COLLEGIUM AUGUSTINIANUM


GRADUATE SCHOOL OF PHILOSOPHY AND THEOLOGY

Registration for Examinations
Registration for the Defense of the Doctoral Dissertation
As with any research doctoral degree, the doctoral candidate is required to demonstrate his or her command of the discipline in which the degree is being pursued and to successfully defend his or her scholarly research, philosophical theses and argumentation by the oral examination of a tribunal of three professors who have read the doctoral dissertation. In general, the doctoral defense is conducted for approximately an hour and half, as a public examination open to the entire university community. When the defense has formally concluded, the examining professors recess to discuss the defense and to vote on their grading of the defense. After a short recess, the professors return to announce whether the defense was successful or not and to announce whether the defense has received honors or not, and if so, to what degree. Upon success, the president of the doctoral tribunal pronounces the "doctor" of his or her respective discipline. After the doctoral defense, the tribunal readers send their recommendations for revision of the dissertation to the new doctor, which are to be included in the submission of fifty copies of an excerpt (excerptum) of the revised dissertatioin for the university library. With this publication of an excerpt of the doctoral dissertation, the doctoral degree is officially awarded and the Diploma conferred formally at the next convocation and commencement. 

Second Cycle (Master/Licentiate) Registration 
for the Comprehensive Examination 
The Second Cycle (for the Master or the Licentiate degrees) a Comprehensive Examination is generally required for the completion of the degree program unless this requirement has been dispensed by the respective Dean of the Faculty. The Comprehensive Examination is divided by two parts: 1) An oral examination by two professors concerning the specialization of the student and 2) a written examination concerning the various areas of the respective discipline. 

Registration for Ancient & Modern 
Language Proficiency 
The Second Cycle (for the Master or Licentiate degree) requires demonstration of proficiency in one language (either ancient or modern) relevant to one's research. The modern language cannot be one's native languge. This requirement may be satisfied by a Language Examination or by passing a Language course offered during our summer program.

The Third Cycle (for the Research Doctoral degree) requires demonstration of proficiency in two languages, one ancient and one modern, relevant to one's research.  The modern language cannot be one's native language. This requirement may be satisfied by a Language Examination or by passing a Language course offered during our summer program.