Doctorate - Department of Moral Theology
Dean Fr. Dariusz Kowalczyk, SJ
Director Fr. Humberto Miguel Yáņez, SJ
Doctorate - Coordinator: Fr. Diego Alonso-Lasheras, SJ
Admission To The Programme. To ensure that candidates have the ability to engage in and successfully complete the requirements of the doctoral programme, an average grade of 9/10 or equivalent in the licentiate (STL) is required. The STL dissertation may be reviewed in the admissions process.
Admission To The Writing Phase. To improve and standardize the quality of doctoral research, and to ensure that all doctoral candidates have a good knowledge of the field they intend to specialize in, top-tier universities today require a certain amount of coursework, methodology training, pilot study research and/or the taking of doctoral exams, prior to admission to the writing phase of the programme. This screening increases the chances that the candidates who actually make it to the writing phase will complete the doctoral programme successfully and in a timely manner.
At the Pontifical Gregorian University, we seek to follow this practice while trying to avoid extra work for our doctoral candidates. The length and content of the screening phase, "cursus ad doctoratum", is flexible and tailored to each student. Students having completed an STL at our university are exempt from extra "cursus ad doctoratum" coursework. The Department offers an interdisciplinary seminar to accompany doctoral students in their research.
Ongoing Accompaniment. Doctoral students in Moral Theology at the Gregorian form a lively community, and participate in a doctoral seminar and a number of meetings ("scuola dottorale"). This formation helps to provide ongoing accompaniment and formation, and to orient the student's scientific research. It helps to overcome the old individualistic model of doctoral research performed in isolation, and without any feed-back from one's peers.