Licentiate of Sacred Theology

Licentiate Of Sacred Theology

Licentiate of Sacred Theology

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Licentiate of Sacred Theology (S.T.L.) is the title of the second cycle of studies of a Faculty of Theology offered by a pontifical universities or ecclesiastical faculties of sacred theology. An Ecclesiastical Faculty offers three cycles of study: Baccalaureate or fundamentals, Licentiate or specialized, and the Doctorate. The Licentiate is a graduate degree with canonical effects in the Roman Catholic Church. STL is the abbreviation of the Latin, sacrae theologiae licentiatus, which translates as licentiate of sacred theology. "The academic degrees conferred by an Ecclesiastical Faculty are: Baccalaureate, Licentiate, and Doctorate." (Cf. Apostolic Constitution Sapientia Christiana (SapC) OF Pope John Paul II, 47.1)

The programme for a licentiate's degree is equivalent to a total of two years or four semesters of full-time study after receiving a college degree and the Bachelor of Sacred Theology degree (SapC 72b). The S.T.B., or first cycle, requires five years or ten semesters (SapC 72a). " In this cycle the special disciplines are taught corresponding to the nature of the diverse specializations being undertaken. Also seminars and practical exercises are conducted for the acquisition of the ability to do scientific research." (SapC 72b) The licentiate program develops research skills and treats theological questions in greater depth.

Students may pursue the license as either a transitional or a terminal degree. As a transitional degree, the S.T.L....
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