The S.T.B. degree provides the student with the opportunity to attain a basic theological education and competency. This is a prerequisite for the further specialization of the licentiate (S.T.L.) which, in this degree sequence, presupposes familiarity with the wide variety of subject matter and disciplines that constitute the Christian theological tradition as reflected in the S.T.B. curriculum.


  1. A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.
  2. Superior achievement and the ability to pursue graduate work as indicated by official transcripts from previous institutions of study.
  3. The results of the Graduate Record Examination, GRE, or Miller Analogies Test, MAT. However, GRE scores (vs. MAT or TOEFL) are necessary for applicants to be considered for most university scholarships.
  4. Non-native English-speakers should demonstrate evidence of English proficiency through submission of Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores or through some other means.
  5. At least three academic letters of recommendation.
  6. An undergraduate foundation in philosophy, which includes a demonstrated background in the following areas: history of philosophy, logic, metaphysics, ethics, philosophy of God and philosophical anthropology.
  7. An undergraduate background in religious studies that has provided an introduction to Old Testament literature and an introduction to New Testament literature.
  8. A reading knowledge of Latin.