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S.T.L. and S.T.D. in Biblical Theology

In addition to its M.A.-Ph.D. program, the Biblical Studies Area offers the licentiate (S.T.L.) and the doctorate (S.T.D.) in Biblical Theology. These degrees, which are accredited by the Holy See, are especially appropriate for clerics and those who intend to teach in ecclesiastical faculties.

The S.T.L. in Biblical Theology

Prerequisites for the S.T.L. in Biblical Theology

To be admitted to the S.T.L. program a student must have already earned an S.T.B. in theology or its equivalent, e.g., an M.Div. The CUA S.T.B. requires 69 credits in academic theology, a comprehensive examination, and a reading knowledge of Latin.

Degree Requirements for the S.T.L. in Biblical Theology

  • Twenty four credits in exegesis at the licentiate (700) or doctoral (800) level.
  • Thesis guidance (for at least three successive semesters).
  • S.T.L. thesis.
  • A comprehensive examination based on a booklist available on the website of the School of Theology and Religious Studies.

Language Requirements for the S.T.L. in Biblical Theology

  • Six credits of Greek beyond elementary and intermediate Greek (the elementry and intermediate course requires 6 credits).
  • Six credits of Hebrew beyond introductory Hebrew (the introductory course requires 6 credits).
  • A reading knowledge of Latin.
  • A reading knowledge of French or German demonstrated in accordance with School norms.

The S.T.D. in Biblical Theology

Prerequisites for the S.T.D. in Biblical Theology

To be admitted to the S.T.D. in Biblical Theology, a student must have an S.T.L. in Biblical Theology or an S.S.L. from the Biblical Institute (Rome) or the Pontifical Biblical Commission.


Degree Requirements for the S.T.D. in Biblical Theology

  • Twelve credits in exegesis at the doctoral (800) level.
  • Dissertation guidance for at least four successive semesters.
  • Lectio on a topic related to the student's dissertation topic.
  • S.T.D. dissertation and defense.



Language Requirements for the S.T.D. in Biblical Theology

In addition to the language requirements listed above for the S.T.L., S.T.D. students must demonstrate a reading knowledge of German and French in accordance with School norms.