USML | S.T.D. Admission Requirements

Doctorate in Sacred Theology (S.T.D.)

S.T.D. Admission Requirements


  • Completion of the Application Form.

  • Completion of the Required Immunization Information Form which is mandated by the State of Illinois, Acts 85-1315. All this material can obtained from the Office of Registrar or the website. 
  • An S.T.L. Degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.7. 

  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and post-graduate work.

  • Language competency must be demonstrated before final acceptance into the program. Competency is demonstrated by passing the USML language examinations (with a minimum score of 86% / B) in Latin and one other research language (biblical Hebrew, classical or koine Greek, French, German, Italian, or Spanish). These exams are administered at the University twice a year.  See the calendar for the scheduled dates.  

    Aspirants to the S.T.D. program are encouraged to sit for the exams before submitting the application.  Samples of the language exams may be requested from the Registrar.
  • Three letters of recommendation: 

    • from the ecclesiastical superior (for clergy or religious) or from the proper pastor (for laity) confirming the applicant’s good standing in the church;

    • two letters each from a professor or academic instructor in theology or a related field. 

  • Submission of a copy of the applicant’s Licentiate paper for evaluation by the Graduate Board (applicants who earned an STL from USML may be exempted).

  • Completion of all requirements must be submitted to the Registrar by:

    • Fall Semester, the preceding March 15
    • Spring Semester, the preceding October 15 
  • Notification of provisional acceptance to the program will be made by the Graduate Board by March 30 and October 30, respectively.

  • Final acceptance into the doctoral program is granted when the dissertation proposal is accepted by the Graduate Board (see Program Requirements).

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