The Department of Theological Studies' primary focus is the academic study of the Christian tradition in its historical and cultural contexts. In advancing the Catholic and Jesuit tradition of Saint Louis University, the department approaches revealed Christian truth with a special emphasis on its relation to human culture and the requirements of social justice.
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|Fall: Jan. 1 (International: Jan. 1)||Transcript(s); Three (3) Letters of Recommendation; GRE G or MAT scores; Resume; Professional Goal Statement; Three (3) Personal Potential Index evaluations||
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|Spring: No admittance|
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|Chair: James R. Ginther, Ph.D.
Admissions Coordinator: Charlotte Ruzicka
Assistantship Application Deadline: February 1
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Credit Hours/Coursework: The program comprises three main components, for a maximum of 63 hours: Prerequisite Courses (18 hours), Doctoral Courses (33 hours), Dissertation Research (12 hours). | Course of Study | Language Competencies
Program Description: Through critical methods, our Ph.D. program investigates the development of the Christian church, its beliefs and theologies, and religious practices in their social settings. | Admission & Application
Careers Possibilities: Community Development Director; Missionary; Youth Minister. | Career Services
Curriculum & Program Details: The Doctor of Philosophy in Historical Theology degree is based upon the Catholic tradition and approaches theology from an historical per¬spective. This comprehensive way of examining theological issues takes a double thrust, namely studying the issues within their own context of time and place while also relating them to the broad developments within the tradition of Christian theology from the early church to the present day. The program's goals are:
About the Theological Studies Faculty: At Saint Louis University, faculty, staff and students all make a contribution to an active community life that is so necessary to the academic study of the Catholic theological tradition. Each group has an important role to play.
Faculty in Theological Studies are active researchers and many are leading scholars in their specialty areas. In the last ten years, faculty in the department have published 35 books and over 100 essays and articles. | Theological Studies faculty, staff, alumni/ae
Scholarships & Financial Aid: The Department of Theological Studies, in cooperation with other entities of the university, normally grants assistantships to select Ph.D. students and some MA students for at least three years. A forth year is normally funded via a combination of tuition remission and/or teaching appointments (see below). Thus, on a competitive basis, the DTS strives to provide its students a consistent level of funding for four years (presuming good academic standing and good performance reviews). For those students who do not have a research assistantship, various forms of tuition remission may be available. The Department appoints students as Research Assistants. The Assistantship is considered central to our formation of doctoral students into well-trained, research active scholars. Doctoral students who have completed their coursework and comprehensive examinations can be appointed as adjunct Professors in the Department. Students who begin teaching for the first time take advantage of the training in the Center for Teaching Excellence and the guidance of a Faculty mentor. | Financial Aid | Student Financial Services at SLU
Program Highlights: The Department is nationally recognized for its research and teaching in historical theology and supports doctoral study in patristic, medieval, modern and American Christianity. | Special Programs | Graduate Student Resources