Scientific/artistic area Humanistic area, field Theology
Academic degree Master of Arts in Theology
Name Integrated Graduate Philosophical-Theological Studies
Issuing institution Catholic Faculty of Theology, University of Split, CROATIA
Duration Five-year study programme with 10 semesters. Each semester consists of 15 weeks of class, and each week has in average 25 hours of lectures and exercises and a time required for the writing of seminar essays. Annual workload of students is 1800 working hours.
Minimal number of ECTS credits required for study completion 300
Enrollment requirements and classification procedure
  • Taking of the National examination.
  • Those who were not taught religious education at the secondary school level are required to pass test. 
  • Scored a sufficient number of points in motivational interviewing.
  • Classification procedure is required only for those priesthood candidates older than 24 years. 
Learning outcomes of the study programme

a) Knowledge

  • Mastering the basics of biblical Greek, Hebrew and Latin and judging their importance for the interpretation of the content, origin and theological message of biblical writings and theological literature.
  • Analyzing and integrating liturgical rites, traditional and theological sources of the Christian image of the Triune God.
  • Connecting the basic concepts of Christology, soteriology and pneumatology.
  • Comparing the relationship between reason and faith and Christianity and world religions.
  • Identifying the motives and reasons, causes and consequences of the origin and development of liturgical rites.
  • Judging the relationship between the Church and secular rulers throughout history and today.
  • Assessing the importance of church councils for the development of Church doctrines, the impact of heresy on development of dogmas and the relationship of Church and culture.
  • Identifying the motives and reasons, causes and consequences of divisions in Christianity.

b) Cognitive skills

  • Critical evaluation and creative presentation of the main trends and representatives of philosophical thought from the beginning to the present day.
  • Theological valorisation of the knowledge of God.
  • Determining the relationship between the theology of creation, original sin and grace.
  • Formulation of basic principles and degrees of dynamics of spiritual life on the basis of Christian mystics.
  • Evaluation of systematic philosophical approaches to God and the world.
  • Explaining the foundations of sacramentology and presenting the sacraments of initiation, healing and serving.
  • Evaluation and critical judgment of theological significance, ritual and symbolic givenness of
    the sacraments.
  • Analysis and differentiation of the basic laws of mental processes and their impact on human behaviour.
  • Recognize errors in scientific argumentation

c) Psychomotor skills

  • Supporting and justifying basic dogmatic expressions and documents of church teaching in matters of faith.
  • Presentation, interpretation and critical judgment of life, works, pastoral-catechetical contributions and methods of the most important Christian Eastern and Western writers-theologians from the apostolic period to the Middle Ages.
  • Presentation of the main bioethical issues and important topics of the social science of the Church.
  • Managing and leading the complex evangelization process of the pastoral care of the sacraments, marriage and families, church movements.
  • Singing Gregorian antiphons, designing spiritual concerts in sacral spaces and arranging singing in worship.
  • Presentation of general provisions of canon law, the role of the consecration service of the Church and guidelines on the action of God's people
  • Management of the process of religious education.

d) Social skills

  • Argumentation of the Christian interpretation of general and personal history starting from God’ revelation in Jesus Christ.
  • Development of pastoral programmes and synodal work in pastoral.
  • Argumentation of the hierarchical structure of the Church and evaluation of the role and mission of lay believers in the mystery of the Church and the development of ecclesiology.
  • Dialogical confrontation with the similarities and differences of Christian anthropology and anthropology of other religions.
  • Cooperation and cooperative action in the parish pastoral council and the class council.
  • Cooperation with parents in the field of education and religious-pedagogical issues.

e) Selfreliance

  • Synthesizing and independently judging different ethical and anthropological theories.
  • Integrating and valorizing basic methods of interpreting Holy Scripture.
  • Critical evaluation of the historical development of the Church from the beginning to the present.
  • Comparison of multiple forms of Christian life and Catholic principles of ecumenism.
  • Arranging the basic contents, goals and tasks of catechesis and conducting religious education and catechesis in the parish community.
  • Independent planning, programming and teaching of religious education and catechesis of all ages.

f) Responsibility

  • Justification of the basic principles of Christian moral theology.
  • Evaluation of theological and moral virtues, Christian doctrine of sexuality, marriage and family.
  • Judging ethical and moral action.
  • Valorizing the methods of pastoral theology and the role of the parish community in the local Church.
  • Judging sacramental practice.
  • Taking personal and team responsibility for the successful implementation of religious education and catechesis.
  • Judging religious life at the church and social level.
  • Evaluating the role of the ecumenical movement for the unity of Christ's Church.
Employment possibility The acquired knowledge and competences enable students to engage in scientific-research work in the field of theology and humanistic and social sciences.
The study of theology trains the students for specific ecclesiastical vocation concerning ministerial pastoral work (deaconry, presbyterate, bishops) and for professional vocation including the lay pastoral work at educational, social, cultural and caritative level.
Employment opportunities are feasible within education institutions through delivery of religious education and catechetic work in the community of the faithful.
Possibility of work which includes various forms of spiritual assistance, Catholic missions abroad, and broader cultural activity: theological review of translations and publishing, mass media, in cultural and religious tourism and Church administration.
Possibility for progression to higher level study Upon the completion of the fifth year of the study, according to Church regulations (Code of the Canon law 1032 § 2, the Congregation for the Catholic education, Ratio Fundamentalis Institutionis Sacerdotalis, 19/3/1985, No. 63, the Congregation for the clergy, Directory on the the ministry and life of priests, KS, Zagreb 2013, No. 100, Croatian bishops' conference Formation of priesthood candidates. Principles and guidelines, (1 October 2012.) priesthood candidates are required to enroll and complete the sixth, so-called. pastoral year organized by the Diocese of Split and Makarska. Accordingly, the Faculty participates in the organization and performance of teaching in pastoral year. After graduating, students can enroll in postgraduate specialist and postgraduate university doctoral studies in the EU.



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