Santa Clara University

Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University in Berkeley

Licentiate in Sacred Theology (S.T.L.)


Would you like to extend your theological studies and formation beyond the Master of Divinity or the Bachelor of Sacred Theology degree?  The Licentiate in Sacred Theology is a two-year Catholic ecclesiastical degree program in advanced theological study.  The Jesuit School of Theology encourages lay, clergy and religious who are interested in service to the church in official capacities to pursue the S.T.L. program.  In this degree program,  students further theological inquiry in an area of expertise and continue their formation with the goal of ministering to the church of the 21st century.  Graduates go on to serve in official roles in religious communities and dioceses; in teaching and administrative positions in higher education, diocesan schools, and seminaries; and many continue theological inquiry at the doctoral level. 

Application Deadline: July 1st. After July 1st, contact admissions directly.


  1. The Master of Divinity, Bachelor of Sacred Theology, or their academic equivalent must have been completed with an overall 3.0 (B) average, within the previous five years at the Jesuit School or at a comparable theological center. Requests for exceptions will be considered by the Admissions Committee and the Academic Dean.
  2. A "suitable knowledge of the Latin language" is required.  This is understood to be a working reading knowledge sufficient to use ecclesiastical documents in Latin. This requirement can be met either by coursework, generally two semesters, or by an examination.*
  3. The completion of 24 hours of philosophy.

*To fulfill the Latin language pre-requisite for the S.T.L. program, language proficiency may be demonstrated by the following means:

  1. Successful completion of two semester-long, 3-unit courses, in the Latin language while in studies at JST.
  2. Four semesters of undergraduate language study with the equivalent of a B grade in the fourth semester.
  3. A written examination by a Latin instructor who is approved by the JST Academic Dean.
  4. Evidence of the completion of this language requirement at another school (transcript notation is acceptable).
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Contact Admissions
Please refer all inquires, including requests for application forms, directly to:

Admissions Department

Maureen Beckman

Assistant Dean of Enrollment Management and Marketing
Phone: (510) 549-5016

Kristin Casey
Associate Director of Enrollment Management
Phone: (510) 549-5013

Mailing Address:
Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University
ATTN: Admissions
1735 LeRoy Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94709