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Post Graduate Programs

Master’s Program

This program offers an academic Master’s Degree in Theology (which is equal to a canonical License Degree) as well as an introduction to research methods in one area of Theology, in order to prepare students for a future PhD.  It qualifies for teaching  in Universities, higher level Institutes, and Seminars; and for intellectual and pastoral work.

Students may choose one of these three academic mentions:  Dogmatic Theology, Patristic Theology and Fundamental Theology.  

This Master’s in Theology is accredited for 9 years (May 2009 - May 2018).

 

Admission to the Program

For admission to the program a canonical Bachelor’s Degree in Theology approved by a minimum grade of 5 (scale from 1 to 7) is required.  Those who have completed the entire first cycle of studies in Philosophy and Theology in any center for Ecclesiastical Studies can apply for a Master’s Degree after approving the Universa Theologia examination.

In addition, sufficiency in Biblical Greek and ecclesiastical Latin are required, so to read the Greek New Testament and the Denzinger.  Students should likewise have the ability to understand theological texts in two modern languages of their own choice, from among French, Italian, English and German.

 

Study Plan

The program lasts four semesters of full immersion.  The curriculum consists of 135 credits and a thesis approval worth 45 credits, plus an oral examination on the area of the thesis.  The list of topics of the examination will be approved by the Faculty.

At least 40 of the 135 credits must correspond to five specific methodological seminars:  Fundamental or Philosophical Theology, Practical Theology, Sacred Scripture, Church History and Patristics, and Systematic Theology.

 

Financial Support

External scholarships.  The main source of external scholarships is CONICYT.

The Faculty of Theology Scholarship.  The Faculty itself offers scholarships for its Post Graduate students (full or complimentary).  Application process is by letter of interest to the Post Graduate Director.


Doctoral Program

Doctor of Theology was the first Ph D offered by the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile.  Its principal aim is  scientific research leading to  a doctoral thesis which constitutes an advancement in any of the theological disciplines.

Our Faculty has privileged, during the last two decades,  3 lines of research that have characterized it in the Latin American context:  Vatican II, Patristic Theology and Fundamental Theology.

PhD in Theology holds a 7 year accreditation  (2015 – 2022).  

 

Admission to the Doctoral Program

Candidates must meet the following conditions:

  1. A  minimum qualification of 5.5 (scale from 1 to 7)  for a Master’s Degree in Theology issued from an upright canonical Faculty (that is, a canonical License Degree) or from an equivalent institution, as judged by the PhD Committee;
  2. Previous academic grades and certificates, curriculum vitae et studiorum and a list of scientific publications;
  3. Application Letter to the program, expressing motivation and commitment to dedication to the study plan.
  4. Letter from a Faculty professor who supports student's request and - initially -direct his thesis proposal and work.
  5. Two recommendation letters from professors of any national or foreign university.  
  6. In the case of religious or priests, a letter from his o her's  superior that endorses the application.  
  7. The following language skills accredited by the Director of the program:  Latin and Biblical Greek;  understanding of written English and of one other modern language, either French, German or Italian.

 

Doctoral Study Plan

The General Doctoral Plan is worth 400 credits by the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, and consists of the following three steps:


First (first year).  Development of a Thesis Project which should clearly specify: a working plan; its theoretical framework; hypothesis or methodical questions; objective and proposed bibliography.
 
Second (second and third years). Elaboration of the Thesis under the guidance of the thesis Director.
The final (fourth year).  Approval of "Doctoral Work Courses V and VI"; turning in a written Thesis text which must be approved, orally defended, and published. 

 

Financial Support

External scholarships.  The main source of external scholarships is CONICYT.

Internal scholarships. The Vice-rectory for Research offers the following scholarships:

Assistant Scholarship. Available for students who are starting their Doctoral Program. The scholarship lasts for a period of two semesters.  Students must reapply each year for renewal and be awarded a maximum of four semesters.  This Scholarship includes a 90% reduction of annual fee.

Teaching Assistant Scholarship.  Available for PhD students who approved their candidacy examination  and have initiated their thesis work. The scholarship lasts for a period of two semesters.  Students must reapply each year for renewal and be awarded a maximum of four semesters.

These two scholarships are not compatible with scholarships from other institutions and will only be awarded to students who have not received other external support from sources outside the University.

The Faculty of Theology Scholarship.  The Faculty also offers scholarships to its Post Graduate students (full or complimentary).  Application is by letter sent to the Post Graduate Director who will schedule personal interviews with the candidates and then refer them to subsequent interviews with the Subdirector of Student Affairs for a motivational and social-economic evaluation.  This scholarship may be renewed each semester previous to presenting academic qualifications.