The Program in Liturgical Studies/Sacramental Theology offers the civil degrees of M.A., and the Ph.D., and the ecclesiastical degrees of S.T.L. and S.T.D. Qualified students may develop S.T.L., and S.T.D. programs in consultation with the program director. Please consult specific degree program requirements (ecclesiastical and pastoral degrees) for additional information.

Ecclesiastical Degrees

Two ecclesiastical degree concentrations are offered at the S.T.L. and S.T.D. levels. Each track accentuates one of the two inseparable aspects of this academic area, Liturgical Studies/Sacramental Theology. The S.T.L./S.T.D. in Liturgical Studies focuses primarily upon the liturgical historical development of services with an accentuation upon the theological development through the centuries as the vehicle of a living theology of Christian Worship. S.T.D. seminars will be chosen with this focus in mind. The S.T.L./S.T.D. in Sacramental Theology focuses primarily upon the theological understanding of liturgical services in light of their historical development. This concentration attends to these matters with a focus on issues in sacramental theology as these relate to the method and content of historical/systematic theology. S.T.D. seminars are chosen with this focus in mind.

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