MASTER in Sciences of Marriage and the Family - SPECIAL CYCLE - Pontificio Istituto Giovanni Paolo II per studi su Matrimonio e Famiglia

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MASTER in Sciences of Marriage and the Family - SPECIAL CYCLE

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MASTER'S DEGREE in Sciences of Marriage and the Family


Director of Studies: Prof. ALEXANDRA DIRIART

General Presentation

Since the academic year 2005/2006, the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and the Family, in collaboration with the National Office for Pastoral Family Ministry of the Italian Episcopal Conference, has been offering a special cycle of the Master's in the Sciences of Marriage and the Family.

The program requires a minimum of 25 registered students, lasts three years, and functions according to a cyclical plan of studies. Each year requires the attendance of three intensive weeks (one in March, two in July).

In addition, there will be participation at stages (pastoral laboratories) at institutions approved by the Pontifical John Paul II Institute.

PLAN OF STUDIES Academic Year 2016-2017


Beginning in the academic year 2008/2009, the Special Cycle Master's program consists of a certain number of classroom hours and of e-learning as well as a certain number of hours dedicated to a specific work of formation which will be conducted in a tutoring mode.

The courses are subdivided into five areas:

- Biblical-Theological

- Anthropology

- Moral Theology

- Human Sciences

- Pastoral Ministry

For each of these areas, the Institute will provide for a tutor to whom will be assigned the work of following, during the three years, those students that will have chosen to concentrate their formation in that area. The tutor must guide each student during the course of their formation, elaboration, and a research which is capable of assuring their specialization, but also keeps in mind the comprehensive approach of all of the areas. The tutoring will include, in the course of the three years, the composition of three papers (one for each year of the program) which will be inserted into the plan of studies; at the same time, it must constitute a guide towards the concluding lectio coram, which will have an interdisciplinary character.

The formation will conclude with the presentation of the final paper and a final exam.

The total number of ECTS, including the courses, tutoring, stage, dissertation and the final exam is 120 ECTS.

General Norms

1. Those who possess a at least three-year University degree can be admitted to the program. Those who do not have the requested prerequisites, with the consent of the President or the Vice-President, may register as extraordinary students. Even though they can not earn the Master's, they can attend classes and, if they desire, take the exams for these courses. In that case, they will receive a certificate.

2. For international students, admission is conditional upon knowledge of the Italian language.

3. Registration for the second year is conditional upon the knowledge of at least two of the following languages (excluding one’s native language) that add up to 4 ECTS: Italian, English, French, German, Spanish. As regards the knowledge of these languages, they will be certified according to the indications given by the Secretariat.

4. By the end of the first year, the student must chose a tutor whose name will then be communicated to the Director of Studies.

5. As concerns the stage, at the beginning of the third year, the student must present to the Secretariat of the Institute a proposal for the institution at which he or she would like to conduct the stage (it would be appropriate that the choice of this institution would be agreed upon with the person in the diocese responsible for pastoral family ministry), indicating at the same time the object and the finality of the project, the student’s role in the project, and the name of the person responsible for the project. The Institute will evaluate the proposal and communicate its approval to the student. The student, once he or she has completed the stage, will present to the Institute a brief final report, accompanied by a letter from the person responsible for the project, who will second this report. If this testimony is lacking, the stage must be repeated, either at the same or at another institution.

6. At the end of the second year, the student must choose a professor, who will guide him or her in the elaboration of a final paper. The outline of this paper, having been approved by the Reader, must be turned in to the Secretariat. The paper can not be any longer than 50 pages and will be presented and discussed during the final exam. Besides the discussion of this paper, the final exam will consist in an oral interdisciplinary test, based upon two of the themes chosen from a list, one by the candidate and one by the Reader. Contact with the Reader can take place long-distance. Administrative contact with the Secretariat can also be long-distance, except for the general norms and the particular prescriptions given by the Secretariat.

The final grade (expressed in thirtieths) will be calculated using the following formula:

- The average of the courses and the papers: 70%

- The final paper: 20%

- The oral interdisciplinary test: 10%

When there are decimals, grades inferior to 0.5 are rounded down; grades equal to or superior to 0.5 are rounded up.

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