Moral theology is the branch of Christian theology that focuses on the human response to the Christian revelation. It is studied in conversation with Scripture and tradition, as well as with other disciplines such as philosophy, religious studies, politics, law, medicine, and the social and behavioral sciences.

Our programs are designed to provide men and women with advanced training in Christian ethics in order to prepare them for effective teaching, research, and publication.

Program Overview

Students may focus their research in various branches of ethics - e.g., social and political, environmental, comparative, biomedical, sexual and familial, feminist, developmental, or virtue theory. The degrees offered also aim to impart an overall understanding of the Catholic moral tradition, its sources, and historical development as well as contemporary methodological expressions and debates.

The S.T.L. in Moral Theology aims to give students a solid grounding in this sacred science covering fundamental moral theology, the historical development of the Catholic moral tradition, and current developments in the various branches of contemporary theological ethics.

In addition and specific to the general requirements for obtaining an ecclesiastical degree, the Moral Theology/Ethics area requires applicants should possess an S.T.B. in theology or religious studies as offered by this faculty, or the equivalent of this degree from another pontifical university or faculty.