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2023-2024 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog 
  Jun 18, 2024
2023-2024 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog

Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program

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Students doing graduate work in the Medieval and Renaissance periods require a particularly broad interdisciplinary background. To meet this need, the faculty involved in MRST at the University of Pittsburgh have instituted a certificate program that is designed to enrich the student’s work in the major department while allowing the student to undertake inventive interdisciplinary projects.

Each year the MRST Program organizes a series of lectures featuring visiting national and international scholars and distinguished speakers from the Pittsburgh area. We collaborate with PCMRS, the Pittsburgh Consortium for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (, in regularly bringing together faculty and graduate students from Pitt, Carnegie Mellon, Duquesne, and many other area universities.

Contact Information

Director: Christopher Nygren
Graduate Administrator: Briar Somerville
Main Office: 454 Cathedral of Learning
Phone: 412-624-6564


Students who are already enrolled in a graduate degree program at Pitt can apply for the Certificate in Medieval and Renaissance Studies at any time during their graduate studies, but are encouraged to applyas early in their program of study as possible. Contact Graduate Administrator Briar Somerville at for a certificate application form.

Requirements for the Certificate

For students wishing to complete the MRST certificate at the graduate level, the most important requirement is a research paper focused on medieval and/or Renaissance Studies. As specified by the University, a MA certificate also requires at least 15 credits (5 courses) and a PhD certificate requires 18 credits (6 courses). Many of these credits may be drawn from coursework already required for the student’s degree in the home department (for instance, the requirements for English, HAA, or French and Italian). Working with the Director of MRST, the student will create an individually tailored course of study that gives consideration both to the requirements of home departments and to the importance of interdisciplinary study.


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