The Licentiate in Sacred Theology degree involves the development of appropriate methods of scientific investigation in theology, specialization in one area of theological concentration through a thesis, and a set of written and oral comprehensive examinations.
All its candidates must have completed a previous academic program calculated to engender a basic familiarity with the long history of Christian theological endeavors.
Admission to the STL program presupposes the possession of the STB degree from a pontifical faculty or its academic equivalent as determined by the Ecclesiastical Degrees Committee (EDC). For admission to the STL program, applicants must submit a university application (available on line), post-secondary transcripts, three letters of recommendation and either GRE or MAT scores; in the case of international students, TOEFL scores are required.
STRS students who are entering their seventh semester of theological studies in the STB program and have obtained permission to delay their STB comprehensives until the scheduled dates during that semester may apply for provisional admission to the STL program provided they have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.00 or higher. This provision will be lifted once the student has successfully completed all STB requirements.
Students admitted to the STL program must indicate, at the time of initial registration, their major field of concentration (Systematic Theology, Moral Theology, Biblical Theology, Historical Theology, Sacramental Theology, or Liturgical Studies). At the time of initial registration, each student will be assigned a faculty advisor for assistance in course selection as well as in the initial consideration of a thesis topic and director.