It is recommended that the programs of the Pontifical Faculty of Theology be pursued on a full-time basis, although it is possible to complete the requirements on a part-time basis as well. Full-time residency means that the candidate is involved in a full program of studies at the university. According to article 37 of the statutes, "no ordinary student in this faculty can be at the same time an ordinary student in some other faculty." Ordinarily, residency is defined as follows: for the Baccalaureate, three years (for seminarians, four years); for the License, normally two years or one year and three to four summers; for the Doctorate, one year devoted to fulltime research.
Residency also means a quality of presence which is spelled out in part in article 39 of the statutes: "Students enrolled in the faculty are expected to observe all the regulations of the faculty concerning the curriculum, attendance at classes, examinations, and deadlines for research papers. They should moreover, comport themselves in a professional, ethical, and Christian manner consonant with the goals and purposes of the Pontifically-recognized faculty of theology of which they are a part."
Students who are priests and/or religious must present a letter authorizing their studies signed by their ordinary. They must reside at the University, in a diocesan rectory, or in a religious house. Any other living arrangements must be approved in writing by their ordinary.
More detailed information is available from the President of the Pontifical Faculty or the Registrar.