First step: Which degree course?

First-cycle students : Bachelors

To be admitted to the first cycle, you have to have obtained a diploma of studies (middle-upper school) that qualifies you for a university place in your country of origin; when the school does not have state recognition, you must present a certificate of studies completed to the Dean of the faculty in which you intend to register. The Dean will judge the level of achievement and completeness according to the relevant regulations of the respective faculty. More information on admission to the first cycle can be found in the relevant faculty’s section of the Ordo.

Second-cycle students : Licence

To be admitted to the second cycle, you have to have obtained a Bachelor’s degree (Ph.B. for the Licence in Philosophy; ST.B. for the Licence in Theology). Those who do not possess an ST.B. awarded by a Pontifical faculty but have completed the programme of philosophical and theological studies in a seminary or another legally recognised institute, are able to sit an admission exam. A list of topics for the subjects of the exam can be obtained from the General Secretary.

It is necessary to average a grade of 8/10 to advance to a Licence.

Third-cycle students : Doctorate

To be admitted to the third cycle you have to have obtained the Licence at the grade magna cum laude.

“Master” : first level

To be admitted to a “Master” of the first level, you must have an academic qualification at the level of the first cycle (Bachelors, Laurea breve).

NOTA BENE: The “Master” degrees above use the term “Master” in the Italian and not the Anglo-Saxon sense (e.g MA., MSc.), which indicates a second-cycle degree equivalent to a Licence. The “Master” degrees awarded by our university are NOT academic degrees of the second-cycle equivalent to a Licence.

“Master” : second level

To be admitted to a “Master” of the second level, you must have an academic qualification at the level of the second cycle (Licence, Laurea specialistica, Master – in the Anglo-Saxon sense).

NOTA BENE: The “Master” degrees above use the term “Master” in the Italian and not the Anglo-Saxon sense (e.g MA., MSc.), which indicates a second-cycle degree equivalent to a Licence. The “Master” degrees awarded by our university are NOT academic degrees of the second-cycle equivalent to a Licence.

Diploma of advanced (high-level) specialisation

To obtain this diploma you must have a qualification at the level of the second cycle (Licence, Laurea speicialistica, Master – in the Anglo-Saxon sense).

Those who do not have this academic degree may enroll in the course, or parts of it, if they have a diploma that enables university studies in their home country. In this case, at the end of the course, they will receive a certificate of attendance and not a Diploma of Advanced Specialisation.

University diploma

To be admitted to programmes that lead to a Diploma (e.g. Diploma in Monastic Studies or in Spiritual Theology) you must have obtained a diploma of studies (middle-upper school) that qualifies you for a university place in your country of origin.