The Graduate Theological Foundation offers two options for ministry professionals who are interested in the pursuit of the Doctor of Tribunal Studies degree.
The online Doctor of Tribunal Studies in Canon Law is designed for chancery and tribunal personnel who are engaged in advanced study and research in the academic field of canonical studies as reflected in the dynamics of analysis, theory, and application of various dimensions of tribunal doctrine and practice as mandated by the Second Vatican Council, the Code of Canon Law, current papal teaching, and Roman practice. This online learning program involves graduate Units of Study designed to develop overarching perspectives on significant areas of theology and canon law, further graduate casework in the candidate's specialized interest, and produce a research thesis of creative scholarship, culminating in an oral defense to demonstrate professional competence in tribunal studies.
The residential Doctor 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.