Ecclesiastical Degrees

As an educational institute holding both ecclesiastical and civil charters, Regis College also offers three ecclesiastical degrees recognized across Canada and around the world. The thirty-unit Bachelor of Sacred Theology is a “first-cycle” program, corresponding to the Master of Divinity, that provides first formation in ministry. The two year, “second cycle,” Licentiate in Sacred Theology provides the basic level of competence to teach theology in many Roman Catholic schools and is often pursued in conjunction with a Regis College research oriented advanced master program. The “third cycle” Doctor of Sacred Theology offers the in depth preparation required to teach at an advanced level or exercise other creative forms of leadership in the Church.
  • Bachelor of Sacred Theology (S.T.B.)

    Awarded by Regis College

    The Bachelor of Sacred Theology degree has the same admission, program and graduation requirements as the Master of Divinity program. A full description of the program may be found in the Canonical Statutes of the Faculties of the Society of Jesus in Canada. These Statutes require that the student take and pass a comprehensive examination in theology to obtain the degree. Normally, the STB degree is granted by Regis College to qualified students graduating from Regis College with a Master of Divinity degree.

  • Licentiate in Sacred Theology (S.T.L.)

    Awarded by by Regis College
    The STL prepares Regis College students to teach Catholic theology and pursue a program of advanced study and research. It is undertaken in conjunction with an advanced level Master’s program at Regis College.

    Admission Requirements

    • Fufil Minimum Requirements for all basic programs.
    • STB program or its equivalent, with a B+ standing and a comprehensive exam in theology.
    • Two references affirming the applicant’s potential to teach theology and ability to undertake graduate theological studies.
    • A statement of intent.
    • An admission interview, may be conducted over the phone or internet for international candidates.

    Program Requirements

    The STL requires two years (four sessions) of advanced study at Regis College, entailing seven advanced courses (including a course in Catholic doctrinal theology) and a thesis (or doctoral comprehensive examinations), plus reading proficiency in at least one ancient and one modern research language. A fuller description of the program and residency, admission requirements and graduation requirements is available upon request. Under certain conditions, six of these courses and a thesis may fulfill the civil ThM degree requirements.

     

    • Two years (four sessions) part-time residency as a Regis College student
    • Option One (usually concurrent with a Regis College ThM): Seven courses plus the thesis, and reading proficiency in at least one ancient and one modern research language
    • Option Two (usually concurrent with a Regis College PhD): Seven courses plus the doctoral comprehensives and reading proficiency in at least one ancient and one modern research language

  • Doctor of Sacred Theology (S.T.D.)

    Awarded by Regis College
    The STD prepares Regis College students on a rigorous level to teach Catholic theology and pursue a program of advanced research and study. It is undertaken in conjunction with the Doctor of Philosophy in Theological Studies Program.

    Admission Requirements

    • Fulfill Minimum Requirements for all basic programs.
    • STL, with an A- standing.
    • Three references affirming the applicant’s potential to teach theology and ability to undertake advanced graduate theological studies..
    • A statement of intent.
    • An admission interview, may be conducted over the phone or internet for international candidates.

    Program Requirements

    • Two years full-time residency as a Regis College student
    • Publication of a substantial portion of the approved doctoral thesis. Normally, it is a substantial portion of the thesis as a book with a refereed press, but by exception this may take the form of approximately two-thirds of the thesis published in appropriately refereed journal articles. All submission will be approved by the Ecclesiastical Committee.
    • The STD program requires two sessions of coursework, seminars and/or tutorials at the advanced level at Regis College in preparation for writing a thesis. The thesis must be between 50,000 and 100,000 words in length and defended before five examiners. Students shall be approved for graduation with the STD when the published copy of the thesis (or a significant portion of the thesis) in a refereed publication has been deposited with the Registrar of Regis College for delivery to the Regis College Library. A contract for publication of the thesis is not considered sufficient. These requirements must be met by the fourth Friday in September of the year in which the student wishes to convocate. A fuller description of the program and residency, admission requirements and graduation requirements is available upon request. Under certain conditions, the coursework, tutorials, seminars and/or thesis may also count toward a civil PhD or ThD degree.

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