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Preparing for the future

Students follow a number of calling/career paths out of our major.  Some go directly into professional ministry related fields.  Others go for Social Work or Counseling degrees.

Most students however look toward seminary and/or graduate school in religion.  Many who go to seminary will proceed to the pastoral ministry although some will seek further education at graduate school.

Students who choose the graduate school in religion direction will follow one of two paths if their ultimate goal is a Ph.D. in order to do research and/or teach.  The one path is to go first to a seminary for the M.Div. and from there to go to a graduate university.  The other of course is to go directly to the graduate school which means coursework for both an M.A. and Ph.D. before dissertation.  Most Religion-Christian Thought-Biblical Studies Professors around the country opt for the first path mentioned above.

Graduate School

Here is a list of some of the top graduate schools to attend for religious studies (click on the name to go to the link):

  1. Harvard University
  2. University of Chicago
  3. Princeton University
  4. Duke University
  5. Emory University
  6. Princeton Theological Seminary
  7. University of Virginia
  8. Vanderbilt University
  9. Hebrew Union College
  10. University of California- Santa Barbara
  11. Columbia University
  12. The Jewish Theological Seminary
  13. University of Notre Dame
  14. University of Pennsylvania
  15. Brown University
  16. Southern Methodist University
  17. Boston College
  18. Union Theological Seminary in Virginia
  19. Stanford University
  20. Boston University

Whichever path, here are some of the schools to which our graduates have gone to pursue the Ph.D.:

Below are some helpful links to aide you in your search for a graduate school:


Below are some helpful links to aide you in your search for a seminary to attend:

What are some of the seminaries that Grove City College graduates seek out?

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Last Updated: 12/26/2009 | Site Maintained by: Karen Merry| 2007 GCC Department of Religion