The Bachelor of Sacred Theology (S.T.B.) is an ecclesiastical degree program offered by affiliation with St. Mary's Seminary & University in Baltimore, Maryland. The purpose of this degree is to offer the student an organic exposition of Roman Catholic doctrine together with an introduction to the scientific, academic pursuit of Theology.

Applicants for admission to the S.T.B. program must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. The applicant must have a minimum of thirty (30) semester credit hours in philosophical studies and twelve (12) semester credit hours in theology or religious studies. This program is open to all, seminarians or not, who have completed the appropriate prerequisites.

The program requires completion of 92 credit hours of course work, maintenance of a cumulative GPA of 2.5 (C+) for Baccalaureate courses, and successful completion of oral and written comprehensive examinations in the final year of the program.


Course of Studies for the S.T.B.

First Year Theology

SH-5105 Patristic and Medieval Church History 3
SL-5128 Foundations of Christian Liturgy 3
SS-5101 The Pentateuch and Historical Books 3
SD-5101 Fundamental Theology and Theological Method 3
MT-5103 Prayer in Christian Tradition 1
PS-5111 Catechetics 1
SH-5106 Church in Reformation and Modern Times 3
MT-5102 Fundamental Moral Theology 3
SS-5102 Synoptic Gospels 3
SD-7233 The Trinity 3

Second Year Theology

SD-6231 Christology/Soteriology 3
SS-6241 Pauline Corpus 3
MT-6253 Spiritual Theology 2
SD-6234 Theology of the Church 3
MT-6251 Meaning of Human Sexuality 3

Third Year Theology

SD-6232 Theology of Sacraments 4
SD-6238 Christian Anthropology and Life of Grace 3
MT-7352 Catholic Social Ethics 3
SS-7242 Gospel of John 3
PS-7273 Introduction to Canon Law 3
SS-7341 Prophets (or SS-9343: The Psalms) 3

Fourth Year Theology

SD-7235 Theology of Eucharist 5
SD-7236 Theology of the Priesthood 3
SH-8236 American Catholicism 2
MT-8254 Medical Ethics 3
PS-8275 Theology & Canon Law of Marriage 3
MT-8255 Theology of Reconciliation and Anointing 3
SD-9442 Apologetics in American Culture 2


In addition to the above required courses, S.T.B. students are required to take four elective courses of two credits each.


The M.A. and the S.T.B. Degrees at a Glance

If a seminarian is enrolled concurrently in the M.A. and the M. Div. programs, and is in the M.A. Coursework Option Track, he can transfer 24 credits from the M.Div. to the M.A. degree (excluding Pastoral Studies courses). Of the remaining 24 credits required for the M.A., 12 are earned by taking the Faculty Designated M.A. Courses and 12 more by taking Electives.

If a seminarian is in the M.A. Thesis Track, he can transfer 24 credits from the M.Div. to the M.A. degree (excluding Pastoral Studies courses). Of the remaining 24 credits required for the M.A.: 6 are earned by writing/defending his M.A. thesis, 12 by taking the Faculty Designated M.A. Courses, and 6 more by taking Electives.

If a student is enrolled concurrently in the M.A. and the S.T.B. programs, and is in the M.A. Coursework Option Track, he can apply all 48 credits from the M.A. toward the S.T.B., including the 12 credits earned by taking Faculty Designated M.A. Courses; these can serve as Electives in the S.T.B. program.

If a seminarian is in the M.A. Thesis Track, he can apply 42 credits from the M.A. toward the S.T.B., including the 12 credits earned by taking Faculty Designated M.A. Courses; these can serve as Electives in the S.T.B. program. (The six credits earned by writing/defending the M.A. thesis cannot apply to the S.T.B.)

There is a fee for the diploma after successful defense of the thesis. The current fee for an M.A. diploma is $50.00.