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Doctorate in Theology

Dominican University College
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Doctorate / PhD
Scholarships available
English, French
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Dominican University College

Program description

Doctorate in Theology

The Doctorate in Theology is a graduate program that provdes you 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 the following areas: 1) Bible and Culture; 2) Ethics and Anthropology. The principal objective of the doctoral program is to provide you with 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. You will be invited to participate in active discussions on theological issues in order to foster critical thinking, and master writing and communication skills.

This program is available in French and English. 

Admission requirements

Civil Doctorate (Ph.D.)

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;
  • Be fluent in English or French and have a working knowledge of the other language (French or English). A high level of reading and oral understanding of French is required since French is the main language of the academic courses;
  • A practical knowledge (reading capacity) of another modern language is also required;
  • Have 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.

Canonical Doctorate

Conditions for admission are the same as for the civil doctorate degree. Obtaining the canonical doctorate, also referred as an ecclesiastical licentiate, requires:

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

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Program content

Year 1

  • Two research seminars, with one in the area of the candidate's doctoral research specialisation (as much as possible)
  • One methodology seminar that will help prepare for the thesis writing and that will assist to develop the abilities proper to scientific research at the doctoral level
  • One oral exam of 9 questions on the thesis project and the two seminars

Years 2+

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.

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

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About this institute

Dominican University College

Dominican University College

Established in 1900, Dominican University College (DUC) is a public, first-class research university located in Ottawa, Canada’s national capital. The university offers an inspiring learning environment where every student contributes mentally, physically, and emotionally to making the university a stimulating...

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Why study at Dominican University College

Dominican University College (DUC) offers an inspiring learning environment, where every student contributes mentally, physically and emotionally to make the university a stimulating, innovative and energizing place to study in. Established in Ottawa in 1900, Dominican University College is one of the oldest institutions in Canada. DUC is affiliated with Carleton University and students have an opportunity to enroll in classes on both campuses. A small university size encourages a positive school climate throughout all its premises, where the administration pays special attention to fostering safety on campus, promoting a supportive and caring academic and physical environment, and encouraging and maintaining respectful and trusting relationships among faculty and students.

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Dominican University College

96 Empress Avenue
K1R 7G3 Ottawa Ontario

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