USML | Licentiate of Sacramental Theology (S.T.L.)

Degree Programs and Application

Licentiate of Sacramental Theology (S.T.L.)

Licentiate of Sacred Theology

The Licentiate of Sacred Theology (STL)  with specialization in Sacramental Theology is a research degree which trains students to teach a wide variety of courses, from adult education to graduate courses. The STL also prepares graduates for scholarly research in the field of sacramental and liturgical theology as well as for teaching in Catholic seminaries, universities, and colleges. As a canonical degree of the Ecclesiastical Faculty of Theology, the STL is accredited by the Congregation for Catholic Education of the Holy See.


I. Prerequisites

1. An STB or MDiv  (or equivalent: 66 semester hours of Roman Catholic Theology and 33 semester hours of Philosophy) with a 3.2 academic average in systematic courses and a 3.0 cumulative average.

2. Official transcripts from all college and graduate programs attended.

3. Three letters of recommendation: from a pastor or religious superior; from a professor or academic instructor, preferably in theology or a related field; from an employer or supervisor in ministry.

4. Language competency examinations in Latin and one modern language must be completed before the end of the first quarter of study.

5. A Personal Statement explaining the applicant’s interest in the program and professional or ministerial goals.


II. Course Requirements

The STL is structured around a cycle of seven courses that provide in-depth study of the Christian theological tradition from the New Testament to the present. Special attention is given to Christology, Trinitarian Theology, Theological Anthropology, Theological Method, and Sacramental Theology. The specialization in Sacramental Theology requires five additional courses, and a thesis which treats a question in sacramental or liturgical theology. The STL generally requires two years of study. The second year, but not the first, may be completed during summer sessions, meeting from mid-June to mid-July. 

A. Licentiate Examination

The examination covers areas of concentration in the program, including New Testament foundations, Catholic dogmatic tradition and six selected theologians.

B. The S.T.L. Thesis

The licentiate thesis is written in the major area of specialization and may be compared to a substantial scholarly essay, its length normally about seventy-five typewritten pages. See the Liturgical Institute’s Academic Bulletin and the Bulletin of the Ecclesiastical Faculty for more information.

C. Coursework (Note: course titles may change for the 2013-2014 academic year as the University transitions to a semester system from a quarter system, but all course content will remain the same).

History of Christian Thought I

History of Christian Thought II

History of Christian Thought IIIa

History of Christian Thought IIIb

History of Christian Thought IV

Sacramental Thought and Practice in the Twentieth Century

Classics of Twentieth Century Theology

Contemporary Thought

Thesis Writing

Thesis Guidance

Five three-credit electives taken from the Liturgical Institute curriculum.

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