The Graduate Theological Foundation offers two options for ministry professionals who are interested in the pursuit of the Master of Tribunal Studies degree.
This online Master of Tribunal Studies in Canon Law is designed for already practicing volunteer or credentialed chancery and tribunal personnel (lay, religious, ordained, or civil lawyers) who wish to foster self-improvement and motivation in the pursuit of canonical education as an end in itself or in preparation for doctoral studies. With its specialized focus on tribunal agenda found in the Code of Canon Law and the practice of the Roman Rota, the M.Tr.S. is ideally suited to the formation and practice of the Assessor (canon 1424), the Auditor (canon 1428), the Advocate (canons 1483,1490), the Notary (canons 483,1567,1568), and other Formal Trial officials, although this training is never a promise of employment. Graduate-level work involves an understanding of doctrine and the formation of skills needed for the various tribunal departments, and preparation for the Master of Tribunal Studies thesis.
The residential Master of Tribunal Studies requires all coursework to be completed through the GTF P.R.I.M.E. affiliate, the International Institute of Theological and Tribunal Studies (IITTS) in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, California.