A two-year course which is the beginning of specialization whereby special disciplines and seminars are offered. This cycle ends with the conferment of the degree of Licentiate in Philosophy (Ph.L.). Besides, the students are required to learn and use the method of scientific research in the preparation of a written thesis.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must have a Bachelor in Philosophy degree or its equivalent. It belongs to the Faculty to determine under what conditions students who have done a six-year philosophy-theology course in an ordinary seminary or equivalent school may be admitted to the second cycle, taking into account their previous studies and where necessary, prescribing special courses and examinations (Norms of Application, art. 62);

Written Recommendation/Permission from the Ordinary or Major Superior;

International students must accomplish all the legal requirements needed to pursue their studies in the University;

All applicants must have knowledge in Latin;

Must take and pass the entrance examination. Any applicant who has already graduated from any degree conferred by any of the other two Ecclesiastical Faculties of the University must take and pass a qualifying examination.

Courses Offered

Requirements for the degree

To have completed all the prescribed courses with a general weighted average of not lower than 1.95;

To have completed in the Faculty at least 60% of the total number of units required, otherwise the student may not be eligible to take the examination for the degree;

To take and pass the written comprehensive examination before the oral examination or defense of the thesis;

The approval and successful oral defense of the Licentiate Thesis;

The grade for Licentiate in Philosophy is composed of the general weighted average (40%), comprehensive written examination (20%), written evaluation of the content of the thesis (20%), and the oral defense examination (20%);

Any student must accomplish in the Faculty of Philosophy not less than 76% of the total number of units required by the curriculum before he will be conferred with an academic honor; and

The student must accomplish the post-defense requirements before he can validly use the degree of Licentiate in Philosophy.

Guidelines for the Written Comprehensive Examination

Candidates for the Licentiate in Philosophy, after having submitted the approved thesis, should apply for the written comprehensive examination and pay the corresponding fees;

On the day of the examination, the candidate will pick three questions (by lottery) from all the theses prepared for the written comprehensive examination; he will answer only one question (of the three) for a period of two hours. The comprehensive examination is administered by the Dean or any of the Academic Officials of the Faculty.

The examination paper will then be forwarded by the Dean to two examiners who will evaluate the answers using the following grading system:

  1. 3.00 Probatus
  2. 2.45 Probatus
  3. 2.10 Probatus
  4. 2.00 Bene Probatus
  5. 1.90 Bene Probatus
  6. 1.80 Bene Probatus
  7. 1.75 Cum Laude
  8. 1.65 Cum Laude
  9. 1.50 Cum Laude
  10. 1.45 Magna Cum Laude
  11. 1.35 Magna Cum Laude
  12. 1.25 Magna Cum Laude
  13. 1.20 Summa Cum Laude
  14. 1.00 Summa Cum Laude

Procedures of the Thesis WritingThere will be a common set of thesis statements/questions for all the applicants of the degree in a particular school year. However, these questions are updated/revised every year.

On their second semester for the Licentiate program, students must enroll in Thesis Writing I (THWI). They must attend the regular classroom instructions for writing the thesis proposal. The course requires the students to accomplish their thesis proposal, which they should submit to the professor at the end of the semester. Students who have accomplished the requirement shall receive a numerical grade. Otherwise, they shall be given a mark of INCOMPLETE (INC). The grade shall be included in the computation of the students’ general weighted average both for the AB Classical and Licentiate degrees.

Those students who have completed the THWI must enroll in Thesis Writing II (THWII) during the registration period of the next semester. They have to submit their thesis proposal to the office of the Dean together with the request for approval and the appointment of an adviser.

If the Dean finds the thesis proposal satisfactory, the latter shall appoint an adviser for each student. He shall issue the appointment letter together with a copy of the thesis proposal. Once the concerned professor accepts the appointment as moderator, the student shall then proceed to the thesis writing work through the help of the appointed adviser, who may recommend revisions on the topic or other parts of the proposal. Each student is required to pay every semester the adviser’s fee beginning the semester of the adviser’s appointment until the completion of the thesis.

Students are required to enroll in a thesis writing course every semester from the moment he enrolls in THWI until he finishes the degree. Any student who has already started doing his/her thesis, but has decided to stop for a semester or more, must secure the Dean’s permission for a Leave of Absence. Anyone who fails to enroll in any course within a semester without the prior approval of the Dean shall be charged with an Absence without Leave. If he so wishes to resume his studies in the Faculty from his Absence without Leave, he must secure the necessary permission of the Dean and must be willing to abide with the possible sanction/s.

Any student must enroll in Thesis Writing III (THWIII) during the registration period of his last semester for the program. He must submit four (4) copies of the completed (with the endorsement of the adviser) thesis to the office of the Dean at least a month before the examination for the degree. The student then receives a grade of “Passed” for both TWII and TWIII . The Dean shall forward the copies of the thesis to the appointed examiners for the degree.

Any student who is simultaneously pursuing the AB Classical degree will not be examined for the Licentiate degree without the adviser’s endorsement of the thesis for Oral Examination.

The date of the successful thesis defense shall be the date of the student’s graduation. It shall be noted however, that no student may validly present his/her thesis for public defense unless he/she has already completed all the required courses for the Licentiate degree, and has already successfully passed the Written Comprehensive Examination. If the student fails to defend his thesis on the semester he enrolls in THWIII, he shall re-enroll in the course on the next semester. The student shall be required to pay a modified miscellaneous fee for the re-enrollment of the THWIII.

After the public defense of the Thesis, the student must comply with the required revisions and other post-defense requirements. Non-completion of any of the post-defense requirements will also mean non-issuance of any school record of the concerned student, who may not also validly claim being conferred with the degree.

Qualified students who intend to apply for the Master of Arts in Philosophy degree must also complete the requirements of the UST Graduate School.

Guidelines for the Post-defense Requirements

After the Oral Defense, the following steps need to be done:

  1. Revise the Thesis according to the instructions of the members of the panel of examiners.
  2. Secure from the Office of the Ecclesiastical Faculties the Approval Sheet and have it signed by the Adviser, the members of the Tribunal, and the Dean.
  3. Submit to the Office Two (2) Hard copies of the Revised Thesis containing the following: all the required revisions; Approval Sheet (as signed); Certificate of Originality (as signed); and the Abstract of the Thesis. The revised thesis should be hard bound. Its cover is colored royal blue and the texts on the cover are printed either in Gold or Black. The spine of the revised thesis should contain the following information: year of graduation (top), the title of the Thesis (in capital letters), and the name of the author (bottom)
  4. Submit an abridged form (at least 50 pages, single spaced in Times New Roman (12) font) of the thesis to the Office of the Ecclesiastical Faculties. This should be accompanied by an abstract of 150-200 words and 7-8 keywords. This should be submitted both in soft and hard copies. The faculty should be free to publish this material whenever possible.
  5. Submit to the Office Three (3) soft copies (in separate CDs) of the Thesis and the abstract; and submit three (3) separate hard copies of the thesis abstract.
  6. Only after the completion of the post-defense requirements may the student apply for original copy(ies) of his Transcript of Records and Diploma. Note: It takes 7 working days to obtain the Transcript of Records, and 30 days for the Diploma.