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The Faculty offers three cycles of studies. Those who have successfully completed the studies for any cycle receive the corresponding pontifical academic degree: for the first cycle, the Baccalaureate (three years of study); for the second cycle, the Licentiate (at least two years of study); and for the third cycle, the Doctorate (at least three years of study). The Licentiate degree corresponds to the European-style master’s degree.
The order of studies of the Faculty follows the Apostolic Constitution Sapientia Christiana (1979) and its subsequent revisions, especially the Decree on the Reform of Ecclesiastical Studies in Philosophy (2011). Since 2003, the Holy See adheres to the “Bologna Accord” which has established the European Higher Education Area, seeking to achieve and maintain greater academic compatibility and comparability across Europe and beyond. Since 2010, the Faculty has therefore adapted is offerings and consistently uses the certification of study according to the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).