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The Doctoral Program in Theology aims at developing the capacity for scientific research in the theological field, as well as training university professors in theology and theological advisers to international and national, civil and ecclesiastical organizations.

Requirements for obtaining doctoral degrees

  • Have a minimum of 24 months of attendance at PUC-Rio.
  • Pass the Qualification exam (TEO 3004).
  • Obtain a minimum of 45 credits (including Master’s)
  • Have sufficient knowledge to read texts in two of the following languages: French, English, Italian or German.
  • For students who choose the Biblical Theology Concentration Area, proven knowledge of Advanced Biblical Greek Language and Advanced Biblical Hebrew Language is required.
  • Until forty-two months after enrollment, submit the work (2/3 of the Thesis) to the Advisor and two other teachers appointed by the Graduate Program Coordination, before the defense.
  • Until forty-seven months after enrollment, you must deliver the final text of your Thesis to the Department’s secretariat.
  • Until the forty-eighth month after enrollment, defend the Thesis.
  • Defend the Thesis before the examining board in public and pass the Doctoral Thesis (TEO 3001).
  • After the defense, the student will have 180 days to make corrections and deliver the final text to the department.

Admission and Registration

  • To be a Master in Theology or Sciences of Religion in a Brazilian institution recognized by CAPES or in a foreign institution with a diploma recognized in a Higher Education Institution in Brazil.
  • Graduation in Theology will be required for holders of a Master’s Degree in Religious Sciences.
  • To be accepted by the Department based on academic record, curriculum vitae, professional experience and interviews.
  • Submit to the Graduate Profram a research project to be approved by an examining board.
  • Comply with the other requirements indicated in the selection process notice that is in force at the time of admission.