Accredited by the Holy See
The School of Theology and Religious Studies is a pontifical faculty, accredited by the Holy See according to the norms of Sapientia Christiana (1979). The rigorous academic standards required by the Holy See ensure not only academic excellence but also a truly global vision of theological education, faithful to the Catholic intellectual tradition and in conversation with the Church throughout the world.
As a pontifical faculty, the School of Theology and Religious Studies is authorized to grant ecclesiastical degrees in theology: the Bachelor’s in Sacred Theology (S.T.B.), the Licentiate in Sacred Theology (S.T.L.), and the Doctorate in Sacred Theology (S.T.D.). Recognized worldwide, ecclesiastical degrees require students to acquire a well-rounded mastery of the theological sciences and certify significant achievements in theological competence.
Among pontifical faculties in the United States, of which there are only several, the School of Theology and Religious Studies stands out as the only one situated at a major research university. It thus provides students with a unique environment in which to pursue their theological studies, whether or not they pursue one of the ecclesiastical degrees.