Licentiate in Comparative Theology of Christian Traditions - Ecumenical Studies

The Licentiate in Comparative Theology of Christian Traditions - Ecumenical Studies aims to provide a solid and broad platform for the study of the theological traditions of the different Christian denominations and to promote, within the Faculty, the development of a place and a network aimed at ecumenical dialogue. The programme, structured over two years, is directed toward students from different Christian denominations.

Admission Requirements

  • Baccalaureate in Theology or equivalent studies with an 8/10 overall grade point average
  • •Good knowledge of Italian and English (corresponding to level B1)

In the event that the candidate has obtained a Baccalaureate in Theology

  • • In a non-ecclesiastical Faculty of Theology, the Faculty of Theology of the Pontifical Gregorian University reserves the right to assess the equivalence of an 8/10 grade point average by means of an Admission Examination.
  • • In an ecclesiastical center that does not confer canonical academic degrees, the candidate will be asked to sit for an Admission Examination.
  • If the candidate coming from a non-Catholic denomination has not completed the Baccalaureate in Catholic Theology, the Faculty of Theology of the Pontifical Gregorian University will assess the theological studies previously completed to verify eligibility for admission

Application / Matriculation

Application / Matriculation: is completed by accessing the online platform, following consultation with the Licence Moderator. After having filled in all the required fields, the interested candidate must also attach the following documents (in addition to the usual administrative documents):

  • For Catholic candidates only: Baccalaureate Degree showing the final grade.
  • Certification of courses and examinations taken.
  • For non-Italian students: Certification of 100 hours of Italian language study.

Course of Study

A total of 120 ECTS is required to achieve the academic degree, which each student must complete in accordance with the following:

* 36 ECTS by attending and passing the exams of 12 Courses (3 compulsory, 2 experiential, 7 elective courses selectable from various Departments including those offered by the PIO) according to the overall Curriculum for the Licentiate in Comparative Theology of Christian Traditions/Ecumenical Studies

* 24 ECTS by attending and successfully completing 6 Seminars

* 30 ECTS with the submission of the Licentiate Thesis written under the direction of a professor of the Department, with the consent of the Director. This consent must be obtained through the completion of the Form: Richiesta Direttore Tesi di Licenza / Licentiate Thesis Director Request

* 30 ECTS with the passing of the Final Exam which will focus on a series of “theses” or topics presented in the “Tesario di Teologia Comparata delle Tradizioni cristiane/Studi ecumenici / Exam Theses of Comparative Theology of Christian Traditions/Ecumenical Studies”.

Language Requirements

  • All students enrolled in our Licentiate in Theology programme are required to possess knowledge of three modern languages. In addition to knowledge of Italian and English, which are prerequisites for admission, the student is required to demonstrate a knowledge of one of the following languages: French, German, Spanish.


  • Moderator p. Gerard Whelan SJ
  • Office C204-D
  • Tel: 06 67015501 
  • [email protected] 
  • by appointment: Fridays from 9.30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.