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Or why can’t I enter directly into the Doctoral Program with an M.A.? A. The difference between the MA and the STL (License) points to the difference between the American system and the pontifical system (which is closer to the European system). The Vatican's Congregation for Catholic Education views the American M.A. as basically equivalent (sometimes inferior) to the pontifical S.T.B. (Bachelor degree in Sacred Theology). You can see that there is huge potential for terminological confusion! The S.T.B. represents 5 years of philosophy and theology, with the philosophy comprising all the major divisions of the history of philosophy, along with metaphysics, epistemology, logic, ethics, and philosophy of nature or science. The theology is made up of all the major divisions of Sacred Scripture, dogma, moral theology, Church history, and some ancillary areas like spiritual theology, canon law, and Latin and Greek. To be accepted into the S.T.L. program, one has to have done all the materials listed above, although there is no need to have done exactly as much of each of those materials as is taught at the Angelicum (or any other pontifical university). One also has to have a good grade point average. The STL could best be described as corresponding to what is the "course and comprehensives" phase of the doctorate in the United States. One who has the S.T.L. only has to write the dissertation (usually) and defend it to receive the doctorate. One concern is language. Most courses on the S.T.L.-level are taught in Italian. Some are taught in English. On the other hand, on the lower level, we have a full English program at the Angelicum. 2. How long will it take? A. That depends on your background to date. The S.T.L. is a two-year program. You might need more time if you need to take some of the course work mentioned above that belongs to our S.T.B. program. The doctorate normally takes about two years after the STL. So we're speaking of 4+ years. 3. How much will be the final cost? Finally, costs. Tuition goes up about 5% each year. For the 2012-2013 academic year, a full year of STB courses costs 1380 Euros; a full year of STL courses costs 1780 Euros; and the two-year doctoral program costs 2400 Euros. If there were (note this is a contrary to fact condition!) no change in tuition rates, you could expect to pay €5340 Euros for four years (STL and doctorate), plus something for any missing STB work. At today's sad exchange rate, €5960 Euros is $7704 Dollars. The Angelicum does not provide room and board. However the cost of living in Rome is approximately €10,000, including travel costs per year. So the total package would work out to €45,340 Euros or $58,636 Dollars. As I said, remember to multiply by 5%. But also recall, this is for four years, not one! Fr. Robert Christian, O.P. Vice Dean of the Faculty of Theology October 26, 2012
VISITING STUDENTS 1. Is it possible for students to register as visiting students for one semester and what range of courses they would be able to choose from? It is possible to register as a visiting student for one semester. One pays half the annual fee that is found on our web site. For example, this year, one would pay €690 Euros for the semester, and that payment entitles one to a full-time program. Since in your case students would be getting their degrees from Allen Hall, they would not have to follow the sequence of courses at the Angelicum. By that I mean that they would be free to take any courses scheduled for the second semester from any year, whether first or second cycle. The only restrictions concern seminars (normally, they cannot be taken by visitors because there is a limit of 12 students per seminar, so priority goes to our own regular students) and courses which obviously presuppose earlier work-one may not take Greek 3 without having Greek 1 and 2. If a student wishes to take second cycle courses, it would be prudent to determine in advance if he has had sufficient first cycle preparation. For that reason, it will be necessary to have the transcripts or study programme of students sent to us in advance. It would not do, for example, to take a specialized Old Testament exegesis course without ever having studied the Pentateuch. However, I am probably just stating what is obvious and common sense. 2. How many courses you would advise them to take, in order to give a full semester of study. Depending on the level of courses (first or second cycle), a full-time load would be anywhere from 12 to 18 hours per week. On our website and catalogue, courses are listed both according to the ECTS system (European Credit Transfer System) and also according to the number of "hours" (45 minutes each) taught. I am using hours. Some courses are 4 hours per week, some 3, and some 2. 3. Would they be able to register as participating students (not just auditing) in order to do the assessments and gain the credits. Yes. 4. How much it would cost for each visiting student per semester. The tuition only goes up. I think it would be prudent to budget 750 to 800 Euros per person (plus, of course, the costs of room and board at a residence. The Angelicum does not residence). 5. What we would need to do in terms of administration, registration to set this up. There is nothing exceptional to do. Just send the transcripts of the potential students so that we are sure that they are good students, along with a letter of permission from the bishop of each student. If the students are all citizens of the European Union, so there are no visa problems. On the contrary, they need to contact their local Italian embassy for information on studying in Italy. 6. No. Would visiting students like this need any specific qualifications for entry.
Fr. Robert Christian, O.P. Vice Dean of the Faculty of Theology October 26, 2012