Master of Arts
Old Catholic and Ecumenical Theology

Old Catholic and Ecumenical Theology

Open to students of all religions, the Old Catholic and Ecumenical Theology degree program offers in-depth insights to Old Catholic theology, relating it to ecumenical theological and interreligious questions. Accordingly, lecturers from Old Catholic, Protestant, Roman Catholic, Orthodox and Anglican theology offer courses at the Department of Old Catholic Studies, which is the only university department of its kind in Germany. The degree program is complemented by courses on the Jewish-Christian and Muslim-Christian dialogue.

A central aspect of this degree program is its practical approach, with contract lecturers working in ecclesiastical and extra-ecclesiastical professions. As an inherent part of the curriculum, the International Old Catholic Theological Conference, which is often held as a joint Anglican and Old Catholic theological conference, is a great opportunity for students to network with theologians from Germany, the United Kingdom, Austria, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Poland and the Czech Republic.

Possible lines of work:

Priest of the German Old Catholic Church (practical training required after master’s degree), speaker in ecumenical and (inter)religious fields, academia (research management, teaching/research at universities, research institutions, etc.), journalism (editing at news agencies, radio, television, etc.), book sector (archives, libraries, publishers)

Open admission
Master of Arts
4 Semester
Winter semester

Examination Regulations (German versions are legally binding)

University degree (German or non-German) in theology

German language proficiency (DSH level 2, CEFR level C1, as per DSH exam. regulations)

Other language skills: Latin, Greek and Hebrew proficiency certificates (each with a minimum grade of “sufficient” (4.0))

Applicants from outside Germany or another EU country must pass the aptitude test for university studies.

At the University of Bonn, multilingualism and cultural diversity are considered to be valuable resources that complement subject-specific qualifications. This is why, in addition to curricular language modules, students have access to a diverse range of language-learning offers, including the independent-study offers at the Center for Language Learning (Sprachlernzentrum, SLZ) in which they can autonomously learn a foreign language or enhance existing language skills. Furthermore, students can apply for the “Certificate of Intercultural Competence” free of charge, which promotes extra-curricular and interdisciplinary activities of international or intercultural nature.

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