(Non-Residential) Research Degree Programs
FACULTY OF THEOLOGY
Doctor of Sacred Theology (S.Th.D.) in Theology
Master of Sacred Theology (S.T.M.) in Theology
Graduate Diploma in Theology (Dipl.Th.)
Specializations: 1) Historical Theology, 2) Patristic and Medieval Studies,
3) Augustinian Studies or 4) Philosophical Theology
FACULTY OF PHILOSOPHY
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Philosophy
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Augustinian Studies
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Christian Humanities
Master of Philosophy (Ph.M.) in Philosophy
Bachelor of Philosophy (Ph.B.) in Philosophy
INSTITUTE FOR MEDIAEVAL STUDIES
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in Mediaeval
This doctoral program is a joint venture of the Faculty of Philosophy, the Faculty of Sacred Theology and the Institute for Mediaeval Studies in which a student may focus his or her research and dissertation on a mediaeval manuscript concerning one or more of Augustine’s works or a text concerning the Augustinian tradition. While our degree programs are generally non-residential, this particular doctoral program will require one year’s residence either in Paris or in Philadelphia.
In Paris, our students will be in residence at Institute d’Etudes Augustiniennes of the Institut Catholique de Paris in France, and they have full access to the Libraries and collections of the University and its institutes.
In Philadelphia, student will have full access to the Rare Book and Manuscript Library of the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library of the University of Pennsylvania and its collection of ancient and mediaeval manuscripts. Students pursuing this doctoral program are required to focus on a chosen manuscript that has not yet been translated. The dissertation will essentially consist of an original translation and critical commentary of a chosen mediaeval manuscript under the direction of one of our fellows. During the doctoral program, students in residence at our Research Institute in Philadelphia will be eligible to receive a Research Fellowship that may also include tuition remission and/or a stipend. Students in this program may also conduct their doctoral work under the Chair of St. Augustine.
1) Except for the Ph.B., all graduate degree programs
require an undergraduate degree in hand.
2) A Research interest accepted by a professor in one
of the Faculties, approved by the Dean.
3) A Research interest with some philosophical or
theological connection to Augustine, Augustinian
tradition, medieval thought, or connections between
Augustine, existentialism and phenomenology.
Second and Third Cycles and Degrees
The Collegium Augustinianum is based upon the European model of higher education, having a more focused curriculum and a specialization for the Master’s degree that includes a thesis directed by a professor in the field. Needless to say, the candidate for any graduate degree must already possess a Bachelor’s degree, or its equivalent, in order to make application for any of these programs.
In the “Second Cycle,” for the research Master’s degree, generally requires two years in order to conduct research and write a thesis under the direction of a professor. However, when a student comes with a Master’s degree in hand (in a related field) and with a research interest acceptable to one of the professors, the Master’s program can be completed in a year’s time at the discretion of the director and with the approval of the Dean. Students interested in the research Master’s degree must present a research proposal to a professor who will supervise the thesis upon application. Thus, the essence of a research Master’s degree is based upon the capacity for independent research and the writing of a thesis under the direction of a professor. For those students who may require more foundation in the respective field (philosophy or theology), the Collegium Augustinianum offers tutorials that focus on the mastery of primary sources (e.g. Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, et. al.), which can be pursued either in residence or via distance. The completion of the Second Cycle also involves the successful completion of a comprehensive exam that will have oral and written components in addition to the successful completion of an exam in either an Ancient language or a Modern Language. This requirement may also be satisfied by passing a course.
The Third Cycle, or the doctoral program, essentially involves research and the writing of the dissertation under the supervision of a director. Thus, the student is required to submit a dissertation proposal to the professor under whom the student wishes to work for the doctoral degree. Further, when students are in residence, they are usually expected to take one doctoral seminar per semester. Non-residential students are not required to follow any coursework. Upon completion of the dissertation, and with the approval of the director, the Dean and the Rector, the doctoral student may register for the defense, which involves a tribunal of three professors including the director of the dissertation. Once the dissertation has been accepted for defense, the Rector and Dean will invite a recognized scholar to participate as a Reader on the defense tribunal. At this stage, the doctoral candidate will have the option of scheduling his or her defense to be held at one of our campuses in Paris, France, Orlando, Florida or in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The defense will be graded according to distinction. Upon successful completion of the defense of the dissertation and the publication of at least an excerpt of the dissertation, the doctoral degree is conferred.
Doctoral Dissertations and Master's theses may be written in English, French, Italian, Spanish or German, depending upon the competence of the directing professor and the permission of the Dean. Further, since the Collegium Augustinianum is an international research institute, in most instances the respective faculty will attempt to find a specialist in the topic of the theses and a director in proximity to the student.
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