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Progression Through the Program

All concentrations for the degree require the completion of 36 credit hours of course work, comprehensive examinations, and the submission of a dissertation.  By way of exception, a maximum of six credit hours from doctoral-level courses from an accredited institution may be accepted as transfer credits.

There are four common courses, three of which students complete as a cohort—two on campus during summer residencies and one online.  The fourth common course is taken as an independent study with the student’s academic advisor at La Salle University upon the completion of all other courses.  All of the remaining courses are readings courses, conducted as independent studies with faculty members from La Salle University, or appropriately qualified professors at another accredited institution.  With the exception of the summer residencies, all other courses consist of a seven-week term.  The structure of the Program encourages the student to complete all course work within two years.  The student would then participate in a third summer residency to complete the comprehensive examinations.

Students will have a maximum of seven years to complete the degree.  The course work may not extend beyond four years, although an extension beyond the seven years may be granted by petition to the Program Director.  No petition for extension beyond ten years will be approved.

For a description of the common courses and the template for the independent studies, see course descriptions.  To see what a complete course of study might look like, view sample curricula.

Francis Berna, OFM, Ph.D.

Francis Berna, Ph.D.

Theology and Ministry Graduate Studies
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Philadelphia, PA 19141 USA
Phone: 215.951.1346
Fax: 215.951.1665

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