Second Cycle - Licentiate

Studies for the specialized Licentiate in Liturgical Theology takes two academic years to complete, divided into two semesters per year, and require the drafting of a licentiate thesis and passing a final exam for the relevant degree.

Conditions of Admission

a)  Students can be admitted to second cycle courses who have successfully passed a final exam for a Bachelors in Theology. For those who do not possess this title, but have completed a philosophic-theological six year program of study at a school or higher institute approved by ecclesial authorities (seminaries, religious houses of study, ect.), they must secure an interview at the University for suitability before enrolling.

b) All students that are not native Italian speakers, and have not completed their Bachelors in Theology at the Pontifical University of Santa Croce, must take a final exam for the Italian course in September (cfr. Academic Guide I, 5. 10.).  Those who do not pass this exam must devote 6 credits of linguistic study (cfr. infra, Plan of Study) to the Italian course offered at the University.

c) Besides Italian (cfr. Academic Guide 7 § 1.4.d.), a basic knowledge of other two other modern languages, of latin and of greek, is required.

Plan of Study

The plan of studies for the Licentiate consists of 120 credits ECTS (European Credit Transfer System). Students must attend seminars and courses, pass exams, for a total of 90 credits ECTS divided as follows:

  • 51 credits ECTS for courses of the specialization proper in Liturgical Theology, indicated so by the Academic Guide.
  • 18 credits ECTS of free configuration, which can be chosen from the specialization proper or among other courses offered by the School.
  • 6 credits ECTS corresponding to two seminars.  Students can enroll in seminars only beginning from second semester of the first year of Licentiate.
  • 6 credits ECTS corresponding to two courses dedicated to reading theological texts organized by the specialization.
  • 3 credits ECTS corresponding to a course of Methodological Theology Practice that takes place the first year of second year of the Licentiate.
  • 6 credits ECTS corresponding to a course of language study, chosen by the student among four languages: Latin, Greek, Italian, English (the latter course can only be chosen by those who have a good knowledge of Italian: entry fee is the responsibility of the student).
  • 25 credits ECTS atttributed to the debate of a Licentiate thesis.
  • 5 credits ECTS attributed to proof of degree after the debate of the Licentiate thesis.

The maximun number of credits ECTS that students can obtain per semester is 30. This number includes both courses and seminars offered by the School, and other activities to which credits are attributed (ex. special courses approved by the Directors Committee).

Participation at sessions of the Conventions organized by the School is considered equivalent to two credits ECTS of free configuration (cfr. Academic Guide II, 2.12).  Also recognized are organized courses by the Dicastery of the Roman Curia, of which timely information will be supplied.

The School reserves the right not to start courses or seminars which do not reach a sufficient number of students.



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