Baccalaureate in Sacred Theology (STB)

The Baccalaureate in Sacred Theology (STB) is offered through an affiliation with Saint Paul University, Ottawa, and accredited by the Congregation for Catholic Education. The STB represents ecclesial certification that a student has completed the requirements for the degree and is knowledgeable in all the major areas of Catholic theology.


To give a sound theological education in preparation for ministry, which encompasses knowledge of scriptural, dogmatic, moral and practical theology as handed down by Church tradition and developed in light of the contemporary Church in the world.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion the student will be able:

  1. To interpret in an ecclesially and critically responsible way the Hebrew/Christian Scriptures and theological tradition of the Christian community
  2. To have a general knowledge of contemporary theology solidly rooted in the Catholic tradition and open to the contributions of other Christian and non-Christian traditions
  3. To perceive the relationships between the various areas of theology
  4. To have the aptitude to exercise critical discernment both in the selection and use of theological texts (scripture, ecclesiastical documents, particular theologies, etc.), and also in the assessment of various historical situations of the Church and of the world; of the past and of the present
  5. To possess a clear-minded and searching interiorization or personal appropriation of the realities of the faith
  6. To have the aptitude to perceive ministerial activities as contributing to the life of the Church in spirit and in truth
  7. To possess adequate knowledge of the sources, the methods and the tools needed to continue the study of theology independently
  8. To integrate theology, life experience, and pastoral practice

Admissions Requirements

  1. 1.Student must successfully register through OST and be accepted as a student at Saint Paul University, Ottawa. (See section on General Admission Requirements for Graduate Studies at Master's Level.)
  2. Complete Pre-Theology requirements of 30 credit hours of undergraduate philosophy and 12 credit hours in undergraduate theology/religious studies as determined by the Program of Priestly Formation.

Degree Requirements

  1. Successful completion of all requirements for the MDiv degree and Certificate in Advanced Studies for Presbyteral Ministry. Successful completion of the credits specified in the program requirements below.
  2. Maintain a GPA of 3.0.
  3. Complete a written examination.
  4. Complete an oral examination.

The student will satisfy all requirements of the first cycle of theological studies. (Note: Additionally, the candidate for ordination will complete all other requirements for pastoral formation as specified by the Program of Priestly Formation and included in the Master of Divinity Program.)


The STB program will be completed in 4 years with courses in the following areas: historical and cultural studies (8 cr. hrs.), scriptural studies (17 cr. hrs.), theological studies (47 cr. hrs.), pastoral studies (26 cr. hrs.), and electives (8 cr. hrs.).