In 2013, Saint Meinrad entered into an affiliation with the
Pontifical Atheneum of Saint Anselm in Rome, Italy, which enables
seminarians enrolled in the Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree to
earn simultaneously the Baccalaureate in Sacred Theology (STB) from
Saint Anselm. To receive the STB, the seminarian must successfully
complete the following:
The MDiv curriculum
A 40- to 50-page thesis
A theology examination.
Seminarians must satisfy these prerequisites before enrolling in
Successful completion of one year (two semesters) of Latin or
Greek language study
A cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 in MDiv coursework at the time
of enrollment (fall semester of III Theology)
Successful completion (B+ or better) of two research papers of
at least 3,750 words (approximately 15 pages), not including notes
or bibliography, written for Saint Meinrad courses
The willingness of a Saint Meinrad faculty member to serve as
thesis advisor for a research project that he/she has approved and
that is integral to one of the following scholarly disciplines:
Philosophy, Sacred Scripture, Church History, Systematic Theology,
Moral Theology, Liturgical/Sacramental Theology, Pastoral Care and
Counseling, Homiletics, Canon Law, and Sacred Music.
How to Enroll
Seminarians may enroll in the STB Degree Program in the fall
semester of III Theology, prior to enrolling in spring semester
courses. The enrollment process involves the following:
Completion of the STB Degree Program Enrollment Form (available
from the Office of the Registrar)
Submission of the following documents with the Enrollment
Copies of two research papers of at least 3,750 words
(approximately 15 pages), not including notes or bibliography,
written for Saint Meinrad courses
A thesis proposal (500-750 words)
Payment of a fee to cover administrative and faculty expenses at
Seminarians accepted into the STB Degree Program are required to
take the STB Research Seminar I (spring semester of III Theology)
and STB Research Seminar II (fall semester of IV Theology). These
seminars are designed to provide candidates with the time,
guidance, and structure required to complete a successful thesis. A
successful STB thesis possesses these qualities:
It should range in length between 11,000 and 13,000 words (40-50
pages), not including notes or bibliography.
It should be executed at the bachelor's level or above, offering
a synthesis of established knowledge pertaining to a given
issue (as opposed to ground-breaking, original research).
In consultation with his advisor, the author may choose to write
either a "state of the question" paper or something more creative
It should draw upon adequate source material, determined in
consultation with the thesis advisor.
It should be well written and adhere to a recognized style
manual for citation (preferably Chicago style).
It should include a table of contents.
In addition to completing a thesis, seminarians must earn a
passing grade on a formal examination of their theological
knowledge, which is administered in the spring semester of IV