The Doctor of Philosophy in Early Christian Studies draws upon courses and faculty expertise in the School of Theology and Religious Studies, School of Philosophy, and the departments of Greek and Latin, history, and Semitic and Egyptian languages and literatures in the School of Arts and Sciences.


  • A Master of Arts degree from either Catholic University’s Center for Early Christian Studies, Department of Greek and Latin, or the Department of Semitic and Egyptian Languages and Literatures, or an equivalent M.A. from another accredited institution
  • Ten graduate courses, or 30 credit hours
  • Demonstrated reading knowledge of German, French, or Italian
  • A written comprehensive examination, including sight translations from both Greek (obligatory) and at least one other ancient language as approved (in each student’s case) by the director.
  • A doctoral dissertation