Careers and Outcomes

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Preparing to work in a global economy

A graduate degree in religious studies offers you training in direct observation, critical thinking, effective communication and cross-cultural understanding. Such skills are in high demand in all professional fields.

In today’s multicultural workplace and global economy, basic knowledge about other cultures and religious perspectives is indispensable. In addition, good interpreters of information are in high demand. Studying religion is also about people and their many perspectives. Your background in this type of study will benefit you in jobs that require relating to others.

Further graduate education

If you decide to continue your education in a doctoral program, your career options will increase, as well as your earning potential. To aid in this transition, you should produce solid work at the master’s level and secure faculty recommendations to help you move on to the next step.

Missouri State Career Center

To help you prepare and search for jobs, the Missouri State Career Center provides a database of current openings, tips for preparing your résumé and on-campus interview opportunities. The Career Center also compiles information about what you can do with a Master of Arts in religious studies.