The completion of the three-year course of study will prepare graduates of the Graduate Programme in Islamic Studies and Humanities to pursue higher education in Islamic Studies and related areas of the humanities and social sciences; or to seek careers in specific fields; or in areas which attempt to address pressing issues faced by contemporary Muslim societies.
These may include careers in: religious education or the management of religious education programmes of the Ismaili Tariqah and Religious Education Boards. Opportunities may also be available to GPISH graduates; in Aga Khan Network agencies or other non-governmental organizations, focusing on education, strengthening of civil society, cultural preservation, poverty alleviation or sustainable development; in one of the departments at the Institute of Ismaili Studies. Previous GPISH graduates have also found careers; in the media which represent Muslims and Islam to a wider audience; or as Muslim artists or writers who, through their work, represent individual perspectives towards their received heritage.
Past graduates of the Graduate Programme in Islamic Studies and Humanities are now engaged in careers and research in fields as diverse as Islamic studies, Islamic Law, education, public health, ethnomusicology, art history, media studies, and as AKDN representatives. They are in demand in competitive professional environments because of their strong analytical and communication skills, as well as their versatility and global perspective.
While the IIS does not place GPISH students in employment, it does provide opportunities to meet with recruitment officers of Ismaili community and AKDN institutions. Each year, the IIS holds Career Pathways Seminars which provide students with an opportunity to learn more about the various career options available to them.
The Alumni Relations Unit offers a number of benefits and services to graduates of the programme, including organising internships for graduating students to facilitate their transition from student life to professional careers.
For those interested in pursuing careers in academia, The IIS offers a competitive entry Doctoral Scholarship Programme.