COLLEGIUM AUGUSTINIANUM
COLLEGE OF FELLOWS


GRADUATE INSTITUTE OF PHILOSOPHY, THEOLOGY AND CLASSICS

School of Divinity

Ecclesiastical Degrees and Licensure


The Collegium Augustinianum School of Divinity is authorized to grant ecclesiastical (canonical) degrees in philosophy, theology, canon law and liturgy by the canonical authority of the Synod of Bishops of the Old Catholic Confederation, for ministry in the Old Catholic Church in the United States and within the Churches of the Anglican Communion. Our Ecclesiastical (Canonical) degrees are also recognized by the Commission for Independent Education of the Department of Education of the State of Florida (Statute 1005.06). The following Ecclesiastical degrees can be pursued concurrently with the respective research degree at the Graduate School. The School of Divinity prepares candidates for ordained and lay ministry in the Old Catholic Church in the United States, but it is open to anyone seeking a theological education.




THE DOCTOR OF SACRED THEOLOGY (S.T.D.) DEGREE


The doctoral dissertation may be on any topic in theology. The dissertation may be in English, Italian, French, Spanish, German or Dutch depending upon the competency and permission of the supervising professor. The doctoral program usually takes between two and four years to complete, depending upon the student. As with most of our degrees, the doctoral program in theology is a non-residential, research degree under the supervision of a directing professor. At the completion of the doctoral dissertation, and at the recommendation of the supervising professor, the student may submit the "Argumentum" to the Rector and schedule the date of the doctoral defense, where the candidate is required to defend his or her dissertation before a doctoral tribunal of three professors, which is conducted in Philadelphia.


The Licentiate degree is a canonical requirement for matriculation into the Doctor of Sacred Theology degree program.




THE LICENTIATE IN SACRED THEOLOGY (S.T.L.) DEGREE

This degree has three specializations: 1) Historical Theology, 2) Patristic Theology and 3) Systematic Theology, which normally requires two years, including a research year and a year for writing the thesis.

The Licentiate degree also requires the following examinations in order to complete this degree: 1) a Language Examination either in an ancient or modern language and 2) a Comprehensive Examination, which is written and oral. Depending upon the background of the student, the Dean may dispense the student from some of these requirements at his discretion.



THE BACHELOR OF SACRED THEOLOGY (S.T.B.) DEGREE

In order to pursue this degree, one must already possess a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree or the Bachelor of Philosophy (Ph.B.) degree. This degree provides foundation in theological sources, and it requires a minimum of eight papers and a Baccalaureate thesis at the end of the program. Advanced standing can be awarded by the Dean.