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2016-2017 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog 
  Jun 20, 2024
2016-2017 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog [Archived 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

Associate Professor: Jennifer Waldron
Main Office: 454 Cathedral of Learning

Additional information regarding the graduate program may be requested from the University of Pittsburgh, Graduate Administrator, Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 454 Cathedral of Learning, Pittsburgh, PA 15260. Phone: 412-624-6564. Fax: 412-383-6999.


For admission, students declare to the major advisor in their primary department their intention to work for the additional Certificate of Advanced Study in Medieval and Renaissance Studies. This may be done at any time during the student’s course of study.

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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