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Pre-Theology Program
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Pre-Theology Program

The Pre-Theology Program is designed to prepare students for full-time study in Theology towards a Master of Divinity. Those who do not have sufficient preparation in Philosophy and Theology are required to go through this program.

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The Pre-Theology Program provides a sequence of courses that satisfies all the preparatory requirements for admission to major seminary study in accordance with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Program of Priestly Formation (Fifth Edition, 2005).

The Pre-Theology curriculum consists of a variety of Theology, Philosophy and Biblical Languages courses.

Classes are offered on Seton Hall University's campus in South Orange, New Jersey. 


The following is a selection of faculty of Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology (ICSST). Click to read more about all of our ICSST faculty »

Ellen Scully
Ellen Scully
Associate Professor and Chair of Undergraduate Theology
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Eric Johnston
Associate Professor of Undergraduate Theology
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Msgr. Anthony Ziccardi
Rev. Msgr. C. Anthony Ziccardi
Coordinator for Undergraduate Admissions and Retention and Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies
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Joseph Rice
Associate Professor of Philosophical Theology
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