The goal of the Ph.D. in Liturgical Studies/Sacramental Theology is to equip students for careers in research, writing, and teaching on the college, university, and seminary levels. Coursework and dissertations for this degree often reflect an interdisciplinary approach to liturgical studies.


  • Students entering with a licentiate will be considered for advanced standing in the program. Relevant bodies within the school may review the quality of an individual M.A. degree. After such evaluation, further work may be required for individual students, including work in related disciplines.
  • It is expected that applicants to the program in Liturgical Studies/Sacramental Theology would have taken courses in a critical introduction to the Old Testament and New Testament, Christology, ecclesiology, and sacramental theology, and would have familiarity with church history.
  • Applicants would normally be expected to have taken master's-level courses equivalent to the School of Theology and Religious Studies courses in History and Theology of Liturgy, Liturgical Sources, and a Liturgical Theology of Eucharist.


  • A minimum of 36 credit hours, 18 of these will be in Liturgical Studies/Sacramental Theology from courses taken on the 700 and 800 levels, nine credits of which must be from courses taken on the 800 level.
  • 12 credit hours will be in electives taken from courses within the School of Theology and Religious Studies on the 700 and 800 levels, e.g., biblical studies, systematics, church history, etc.
  • The final six credits will be taken from another field within the School of Theology and Religious Studies or from another school within the University, e.g. Architecture, Anthropology, Music, etc. These courses are normally taken on the 800 and 700 levels.
  • During their course work, students will be required to have produced four research papers that will become a part of the student's file to be reviewed by the Liturgical Studies/Sacramental Theology faculty prior to the student being granted doctoral candidacy. At least three of these papers should be written in conjunction with 800-level courses and should evidence the student's proficiency in doing research using foreign languages.
  • Students are to demonstrate reading proficiency in Latin and Greek and in two modern languages, usually German and French. The language requirements will be met by passing a reading proficiency examination administered within the School of Theology and Religious Studies.