Studi Monastici
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Studi Monastici

Welcome to Monastic Studies

Monastic Studies is based on our specialization in Spiritual Theology and follows exactly the same study plan. The main difference is that it does not require an academic degree in theology, but only a degree of Cycle II (License, Master’s Degree). It also offers the possibility of a diploma, for those with a high school diploma. Therefore, it is ideal for monks, nuns, novice masters, religious and lay people in general who are interested in monastic studies, but who do not possess the Baccalaureate in Theology required for Spiritual Theology.

Our specialization in Monastic Studies offers a very special insight into spiritual life, as it is structured with a monastic profile. It seeks to know, recreate, actualize and promote the oldest spiritual tradition of Christianity: that of monasticism, whose roots date back to the third century.

A large number of problems we face today have already been solved many centuries ago. Because of this, the Institute attaches great importance to the study of the textual sources of the monastic tradition. Together with the Bible and the liturgy, in fact, they become a secure and authoritative basis for the search for a true identity, both religious and personal and of an authentic spiritual experience so desired in our times of globalization and secularization.

Moreover, a spirituality so founded on the monastic, biblical and liturgical tradition is striking for its completeness. It gathers prayer with daily activities (ora et labora); the physical aspect with the spiritual, intellectual and emotional; the individual dimension with the community, existential and mystical one. All this becomes a sapiential path: balanced, harmonious, practical and accessible to everyone.

A spirituality thus delineated is placed at the center of the world, which it wants to collect, transforming it into a liveable and meaningful reality. One of its essential aspects is the dialogue with the various cultures and with other religions. The phenomenon of monasticism, in fact, exists in various spiritual traditions. Set up in this way, the study of spirituality with a monastic profile allows us to enjoy the plural reality of the world, learning the horizons of all the people who are searching.

Requirements for degrees in Monastic Studies

The specialization in Monastic Studies offers the following degrees:

  • Diploma of Monastic Studies with a monastic profile. This is a non-academic degree of the Pontifical University Sant’Anselmo.
  • the degree of License in Monastic Studies (SM.L.)
  • the degree of Doctorate in Monastic Studies (SM.D.). This is a non-theological academic degree recognized by the Catholic Church.

Conditions for admission to the course:

  • you must have a diploma of secondary school studies that admits to a civil university in the country of the student’s home (no need to be in possession of Baccalaureate in Theology [ST .B.]);
  • sufficient knowledge of Italian to be tested by passing the examination at the end of September / beginning of October (see “University Calendar”).

Requirements for the degree:

  • 63 ECTS (two seminars included);
  • final work.

With the change of the statutes approved by the Congregation for Catholic Education on November 14, 2001 the Faculty of Theology of the Pontifical University Sant’Anselmo can release the academic degree of License in Monastic Studies without a specific theological preparation.

Conditions for admission to the Licentiate Course:

  • a congruous theological preparation (it will be examined case-by-case through an interview);
  • a doctoral degree, or a civil academic degree equivalent to a canonical license, in history, literature, philosophy or other disciplines related to monastic studies;
  • a sufficient knowledge of Latin and Italian to be demonstrated by passing verification exams at the end of September / beginning of October (see University Calendar);
  • in addition to the Italian language, the knowledge of two other modern languages ​​(English, French, German, Spanish).

Requirements for the degree:

Students for the degree of the License must reach a total number of 120 ECTS credits (90 ECTS must be covered by courses, seminars, reviews and the day of study, 30 from the license, from the defense of the license and comprehensive exam):

  • 4 ECTS for the compulsory writing of 2 reviews of 2 different books;
  • 2 ECTS for a compulsory work that deepens the theme of a study day;
  • 6 ECTS for 2 compulsory seminars (active participation and drafting of a paper);
  • 78 ECTS for the 26 courses (preparation, participation, private work, exams);
  • 30 ECTS for the comprehensive exam, the license thesis and the defense of the license.

With the Dean’s approval, personalized programs can be developed.

The License vote is calculated for 30% on the average of the exams, 30% on the written work, 10% on the defense of the work during the discussion and 30% on the comprehensive exam.

After obtaining the Licentiate in Monastic Studies, the student can obtain a Doctorate in Monastic Studies according to the same terms as the academic degree of the Doctorate in theology.

The 3rd cycle aims to complete the scientific training with the drafting, the defense and the publication of a PhD thesis that offers a real contribution to the progress of theology.

Conditions for admission to the 3rd cycle:

The degree of Licentiate in Theology (SM.L.) with specialization in monastic spiritual theology (or monastic specialization) of the Monastic Institute with the minimum degree of magna cum laude. Students who have obtained the degree of license elsewhere may be admitted to the doctorate cycle on the same terms only if the license obtained is consistent with the specialization. If the continuity between the cycles is partially missing, it is up to the Dean’s Council, after consulting the Coordinator, to determine the study plan to be followed.

Requirements for the degree:

  • 2 courses;
  • an (annual) seminar for doctoral students;
  • the drafting, defense and publication of a PhD thesis.