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The University of Notre Dame is one of the most important Catholic and ecumenical centers in North America for advanced study in theology.

As a doctoral student at Notre Dame, you will be mentored by world-class scholars, access vast research and learning opportunities, experience both depth and diversity in your curriculum, and be a member of a community of students from a wide range of churches, as well as from other faith traditions, who are preparing for careers in research, teaching, and church service.

The doctoral program places a high percentage of its graduates in academic positions, the vast majority of which are tenure-track.

Areas of Concentration

The doctoral program offers six areas of concentration and two joint areas of concentration.

Joint Programs/Area of Concentration

Distinctive Strengths

The Department of Theology has become the international locus for Latino theological studies and our ambitious program of globalization and diversification is increasing its connections to the Church in Africa—leading to a growing program of exchanges with African clergy and religious.

As part of a world-class research university, Notre Dame scholars and students enjoy the benefits of resources in other academic units across the university.

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