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The Licentiate programme represents two years of post- S.T.B. study in one of the following areas of specialization: Scripture, Thomism, Dogmatic and Fundamental Theology, Ecumenism, Moral Theology, and Spiritual Theology. The Licentiate is the academic degree which enables one to teach in a Major Seminary or equivalent institution and is therefore required for this purpose.
Those who have received the S.T.B. degree with a grade point average sufficient for admission to the Second Cycle according to the standards of the Institute which granted the S.T.B., may be admitted into the Second Cycle (e.g., 8/10 if the S.T.B. was granted by the Angelicum).
Those who have not obtained the Pontifical S.T.B. degree but who have completed an equivalent of five or six year programme of philosophical and theological studies, may be admitted to the Licentiate Cycle if, in the judgement of the Dean’s Office, their programme of studies and their grade point average are sufficient. In cases of deficiency or doubt, the Dean may require that some First Cycle courses or an examination be sustained.
A sufficient knowledge of English or Italian is required; students whose mother tongue is neither English nor Italian will have to undergo a test of language proficiency. Those who fail the test will have to attend a language course.
At the time of registration the student must choose one of the areas of specialization. During the two years of studies, the student must complete the following requirements:
- 14 courses in the area of specialization (42 ECTS);
- 3 obligatory courses including Methodology (9 ECTS);
- 3 courses from those common to all areas of specialization (9 ECTS).
- 4 seminars in the area of specialization (16 ECTS).
- The composition of a thesis, at least 50 pages, written under the direction of one of the Professors in one’s area of specialization (25 ECTS). The theme of the thesis is to be registered at the Dean’s office once it is agreed on by the student and the Professor.
- The personal preparation of a set of themes proper to the area of specialization (tesario). The list of themes is given to the student at the time of registration (19 ECTS).
Towards the end of the fourth semester (deadlines are posted each semester), the student must formally request the final exam (lectio coram) at the Dean’s office. At that time the student consigns the following to the Dean’s Office:
- One bound copy of the thesis and one pdf copy;
- A list of 20 themes (list of themes): drawn up by the student, at least one from each of the courses and seminars of their specialization, taken during the biennium. The aim of each theme is to provide a precise topic that can be treated adequately in a 40 minute teaching exercise (lectio coram).
- Students of the Dogmatic and Fundmental Theology and Moral Theology specializations are required to submit a brief outline and bibliography of the themes set by the Faculty (tesario). Three days prior to the scheduled date of the lectio coram, the student goes to the Dean’s Office to choose one of three themes taken from the list of themes as the title of the exposition for the lectio coram. Students will be admitted to the final exam (lectio coram) on condition that  they have passed all their course and seminar examinations during the licentiate cycle,  successfully completed the thesis, and  paid all pertinent fees.