The Faculty of Sacred Theology is principally open to future members of the diocesan clergy. However, they are also open to religious men and women and lay persons, provided they meet the required qualifications (Sapientia Christiana, art. 31 and General Statutes, art. 21, infra).
To be admitted to the Faculty of Sacred Theology, clerics and religious must present a written permission from their respective Ordinary or Superior. Laypersons seeking admission to the Faculty should present a certificate of good moral character and a letter of recommendation from their respective Local Ordinary (Statutes, art. 18, n. 2).
It is a requirement for admission that a student must have command of the English language and a suitable knowledge of the Latin language.
All applicants must present valid credentials testifying their previous studies including their training in philosophy. All new students must submit upon admission, other than those stipulated in number 2 above, the following documents: a) Certificate of Good Moral Character and/or Honorable Dismissal (Certificate for Valid Transfer) from the previous school or b) Official Transcript of Records.
All applicants to the Faculty of Sacred Theology, unless they have already earned a degree from the other two Ecclesiastical Faculties, must take and pass the entrance examination. The entrance examination is normally composed of the Mental Ability Test, English Test, Latin Test, and Essay Test (Philosophy Theses). Other items may be added depending on the recommendation of the Admission Committee.
No student may be admitted into the Faculty of Sacred Theology to work for a degree simultaneously with another academic degree from another faculty (General Statutes, University of Santo Tomas, 2000, art. 63, no. 4), except for the special arrangements established by the Faculty with the UST Graduate School.
The admission of students to the Faculty is processed by the Admission Committee, whose functions are the following (Statutes, art. 18, no. 3):
- To evaluate the academic records and other pertinent credentials of applicants;
- To administer the entrance examination when deemed opportune;
- To propose to the Dean who, among the applicants, may be admitted after due verification of their qualifications.
The Admission Committee is composed of the Dean of the Faculty as Chair, and one Faculty member elected by the Faculty Council, and the Secretary of the Ecclesiastical Faculties as members. In the admission of diocesan resident seminarians, the Rector of the Central Seminary should also be a member of this Committee.
For the First Cycle: To be admitted as an ordinary student in the First Cycle Program of the Faculty of Sacred Theology, a student must be an AB graduate, major in Philosophy, or a graduate of an Ecclesiastical Bachelor in Philosophy degree (either from this University or from other Center of Higher Studies approved by the ecclesiastical authorities), or any other Baccalaureate degree with 28 units in Philosophy and a suitable knowledge of Latin. Otherwise, the student concerned must enroll in the Faculty of Philosophy to meet the necessary requirements.
For the Second Cycle: To be admitted to the second cycle, a student must be a graduate of an Ecclesiastical Bachelor in Sacred Theology degree from any Center of Higher Studies approved by ecclesiastical authorities. Those who completed a two-year philosophy and a four-year theology program may also be admitted on the condition that they will be willing to complete three (3) to nine (9) units of bridging courses.
For the Third Cycle: Applicant to the Third Cycle must have a Licentiate degree in Sacred Theology with a grade of at least Cum Laude. Otherwise, the applicant shall first be required to complete a Licentiate degree in Sacred Theology.
Students are given appropriate scholarship for their studies. All are however required to pay miscellaneous fees.
- For students residing in the Central Seminary, 100% discount on tuition fees.
- For students residing in the Central Seminary but are pursuing both the Licentiate and Master of Arts degrees, 50% discount on their tuition fees for all the required courses.
- For students residing outside the Central Seminary, 20% discount on tuition fees.
Students who take up courses outside the requirements of their program shall be required to pay in full.
Students will also be required to pay other fees which include examination fees, thesis defense fee, adviser’s fee, and others.
Tuition, miscellaneous, examination and other fees vary from year to year and are based on the University’s computation of the charges.
As a matter of general policy, the Faculty of Sacred Theology does not accept transferees. In meritorious cases, however, the matter will be referred to the Admission Committee.
Students who had been released or dismissed from the Central Seminary may no longer be eligible to enroll in the Faculty of Sacred Theology. Those students, whose recommendation letters from their Superiors are revoked in the middle of the semester, are bound to drop from their enrolled program in the Faculty.