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Doctorate in Theology

The Doctorate in Theology is a graduate program providing students with the knowledge, skills and training required to carry out original research in the field of theology. The Faculty of Theology at DUC specialises in three areas: 1) Bible and Culture; 2) Christian Anthropology; 3) Ethics and Care. The principal objective of the doctoral program is to provide the opportunity for deeper reflection on a specific theological problem which would lead to an original research contribution within the context of the faculty's concentrations.

The program aims for students to acquire mastery of the research skills of both primary and secondary sources (in their original languages) and to critically apply the results of their research to current theological questions. Students will be invited to participate in active discussions on theological issues in order to foster critical thinking, and master writing and communication skills.

There are scholarships and bursaries available to DUC doctoral students which enables them to better focus on their studies and research.

Are you eligible for an $8 000 entrance scholarship?


Conditions for Admission


To be admitted to the Ph.D. program (civil degree), applicants must have:

  •  A M.Th. or a M.A.Th. from a recognized college or university with a minimum average of B;
  • At least a working knowledge of French and English and a practical knowledge (reading capacity) of another modern language;
  • At least a working knowledge of one or more of the ancient languages (Latin, Greek, Hebrew) if the thesis requires research on original sources; The possibility of admitting an applicant who does not have any previous knowledge of these languages and who cannot acquire one before the beginning of the Ph.D. program will be evaluated on an individual basis at the time of admission.



Conditions for admission are the same as for the civil doctorate degree. Obtaining the canonical doctorate degree also requires:

  • A good formation in philosophy meeting the requirements of the canonical doctorate degree;
  • Knowledge of the ancient languages (Latin, Greek, and Hebrew).



The doctoral program in Theology (Ph.D.) requires a residency of at least 2 years (6 semesters) and the coursework consisting of 3 seminars. During the first year, students must complete:

  • two research seminars, at least one in the student's field of specialisation;
  • the methodological seminar for doctoratal students (DTHY 6080) that continues over two semesters (Fall and Winter).


Comprehensive Examination

At the end of the coursework, students must pass an oral Comprehensive exam of 10 subjects related to the thesis and the research seminars. 



After satisfying the requirements of coursework and in accordance with the Dean of the Faculty, you must ask a member of the Faculty to advise you on a chosen thesis topic. This thesis must have a maximum of 300 pages and be a substantial scholarly work showing mastery of a specific field and making an original contribution to theological science. The canonical degree also requires at least the partial publication of the thesis. The thesis can be written in French or English. The doctoral thesis (Ph.D) is defended before a jury of four members (civil degree) or five (canonical degree) designated by the Dean of the Faculty.




Titlesort descending Course Code Language Semester Time Academic Year
Divine and Human Emotions DTHY 5421 English Winter Wednesday 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. 2016-17
Engaging the Thought of Bernard Lonergan DTHY5401 English 2016-17
Enjeux éthiques en santé II DTHI 5502 Français Fall Samedi, 8h30-11h30 – 13h00-16h00, 15 et 29 octobre 2016 2016-17
God in St. Thomas Aquinas DTHY 6340 English Winter Thursday 9:00 a.m. 2016-17
Justice sociale et foi DTHI 6561 Français 2016-17
The Miracles in the Bible DTHY 6101 English Fall Tuesday 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. 2016-17
Theological Methods DTHY 6080 English Winter Tuesday, 8:30 am - 11:20 am 2016-17