Professional Development & Career Diversity Preparation

The Graduate Studies Office supports the professional development of graduate students and their preparation for diverse, high-impact careers across the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences.

Find out about GRAD-PIThe Graduate Programming Incubator

See the Future Focus Series for upcoming professional development events.

Learn about the Graduate Student Professional Development Challenge

We encourage all graduate students to use an Individual Development Plan to structure the identification and achievement of career goals.

You will find additional resources assisting you in your professional and career development journey–whether you are interested in exploring and pursuing careers in the academy, research and education more broadly, the public sector or government, or in industry or the non-profit sector.

Student Life

Pittsburgh is a world-class urban setting with a small-town feel. It is a city that keeps growing and reinventing itself, and the Dietrich School is proud to be part of this thriving community. Our distinctive neighborhoods offer safe, affordable living options. Our public transportation network is free to Pitt students, faculty, and staff. Our University’s comprehensive network of student services includes career and academic development; international student assistance; health and wellness; disability and legal services; and more.


The Dietrich Graduate School of Arts and Sciences seeks to promote diversity among faculty and students.  We want to foster an inclusive environment for students and faculty and to increase the number of well-trained academics who reflect different cultures, ethnicities, socio-economic backgrounds, experiences, genders, religious affiliations, and sexual orientations.