Degrees

thThis is a list of religious degrees and certificates, with post-nominal designations,  used by this academic and professional institution.  The degrees awarded through the Old Catholic Institute vary greatly depending on previous experience, previous education, current course work, courses available, and instructor competencies.

Our certification programs, though in some cases use the same courses and materials as the degree programs, are geared more towards helping current or in-process ministers achieve their ministerial/educational obligations.

ACADEMIC DEGREES

Doctorate Level

  • Doctor of Divinity                            DD          Used by those who have been granted an honorary or advanced degree by a
    theological seminary or university in the United States.
  • Doctor of Ministry                           DMin     Used by those who have earned a professional doctorate degree at a theological seminary or university.
  • Doctor of Sacred Theology            S.T.D.    Used by those who have earned an ecclesiastical degree from a catholic academic institution.  The S.T.D is the final degree in a three-degree progression of ecclesiastical degrees.
  • Doctor of Theology                          ThD        Used by those who have earned a doctorate in academic studies at a theological seminary or university. It is considered a terminal degree in academic theology (at other institutions it is the equivalent of a PhD or DPhil in theology).  This is a research-based degree.

Intermediary Level

  • Licentiate in Sacred Theology       S.T.L.     Used by those who earned an ecclesiastical degree from a catholic academic institution. The S.T.L. is the second degree in a three-degree progression of ecclesiastical degrees.

Master’s Level

  • Master of Divinity                             MDiv     Used by those who earned a professional master’s degree at a theological seminary or university.
  • Master of Theology                           ThM       Used by those who earned a master in academic studies at a theological seminary or university.
  • Master of Sacred Theology              S.T.M.   Used by those who earned an ecclesiastical degree from a catholic academic institution.  The S.T.M. is the first degree in a three-degree progression of ecclesiastical degrees.

Bachelor’s Level

  • Bachelor of Divinity                         BD (or BDIV)       Used by those who have earned a professional master’s degree at a theological seminary or university.
  • Bachelor of Theology                       BTh        Used by those who have earned a master in academic studies at a theological seminary or university.

CERTIFICATES

  • Priestly Certificate Program         A program dedicated to helping women and men learn what is necessary to engage in full time ministry.
  • Certificate in Canon Law               A post bachelor’s, master’s, or doctorate degree in Canon Law.  This course is currently designed for use with the Old Catholic Churches International, but can be modified for any catholic institution.
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