Saint Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology

Formation and Education for the Life of the Church

Baccalaureate in Sacred Theology

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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 the program:

  • 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 Form:
    • 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 Saint Anselm

Thesis Preparation

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 10,000 and 12,500 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
  • 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).

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 Theology.