Catholic Theology (Diploma)

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The diploma programme in Catholic Theology offers a theological education as well as an academic preparation for future employment. It specifically addresses people who want to obtain priesthood and other professions in the service of the Church (e.g. academic pastoral assistants). The degree programme also prepares students for future employment as theological professionals in ecclesiastical and non-ecclesiastical institutions, and in academic teaching and research. Thus, the degree programme in Catholic Theology prepares students for professions, tasks and activities that require and strive for a broad and well-founded examination of the Christian revelation, the development of Christian faith and ecclesiastical life in the horizon of the mental, social, cultural and religious frameworks in past and present. Students have to provide evidence of knowledge in Latin and Greek before they complete their first stage of the degree programme.

Mag. theol.

Degree Programme Code: 011

10 semesters (6+4)/ 300 ECTS credits

Language: German

NO entrance examination



Instruction Language German

Please note that the instruction language of this programme is German. To start the degree programme, you need to hold a certificate of German proficiency on C1 level.

Study programme

The diploma programme in Catholic Theology is divided into two stages. The first stage consists of an Introductory and Orientation Period (STEOP) and subsequent basic and advanced courses in the core subjects of Catholic theology (biblical studies, biblical Hebrew, Christian philosophy, church history, etc.) and ends with the first diploma examination. The second stage consists of advanced courses and aims at improving students’ knowledge. To successfully complete the diploma programme in Catholic Theology, students have to write a diploma thesis. Following the positive assessment of the diploma thesis, students have to pass a second diploma examination.

Five concepts

which you will deal with during your studies (examples):

  • Biblical Hebrew
  • Catechetics
  • Moral theology
  • Canon and ecclesiastical law
  • Pastoral ecclesiology

 Overview of the programme structure & topics

Here you find the current offer of courses for this programme to gain better insight into the topics and structure. For more information please click on the respective level.

After Graduation

Graduates can pursue a career in the following fields:

  • priesthood and other professions in the service of the Church (e.g. academic pastoral assistants)
  • theological experts in both ecclesiastical and non-ecclesiastical institutions
  • academic teaching and research.

Graduates' Perspective on the Degree Programme

Graduate Survey

The University of Vienna regularly surveys graduates after the completion of their degree programmes about their experience with their degree programme and the university itself. The survey gives you insight into graduates perspectives of their studies from a subject and organizational related point of view.

Information about the Graduate Survey

Career Tracking of Graduates

The alumni tracking provides information on the career progression of the graduates of the University of Vienna and provides orientation for entry into the profession after graduation (e.g. search duration of first job, salary development and sectors in which graduates are active).

Information about the Career Tracking of Graduates