General Guidelines for Thesis Writing

Each candidate for the Licentiate or the Doctorate degree is required to write a thesis to prove his/her aptitude for research as well as his/her ability to expound and clearly present the study of a previously designated theme.

The thesis for the Licentiate degree should be sufficiently extensive to comprise not less than eighty (80) and not more than two hundred (200) pages, double-spaced in a Times New Roman (12) or Book Antiqua (11) font. The thesis for the doctoral degree shall also be prepared in the same way but should not be less than one hundred fifty (150) pages and not more than three hundred (300) pages.

The candidate for any degree has the right to select the theme of his/her thesis. However, the acceptance by the Moderator and approval by the Dean are required. The theme for the Doctoral thesis together with its tentative general outline shall be submitted for approval to the office of the Dean.

The theme of the thesis, once approved, cannot be changed by the student without the consent of the Moderator and the Dean.

The Moderator for the Thesis Writing must be appointed by the Dean, and shall serve as the candidate’s mentor for the writing of the thesis. The candidate may also propose the selection of a professor as his Moderator provided that the latter must be approved and be formally appointed by the Dean and provided the professor so chosen is also willing to serve as the Moderator.

The proposal for Licentiate Thesis, after having been endorsed by the Moderator, should be evaluated by three readers. Only when the proposal is approved by the three readers (through their signature on the post-evaluation approval sheet) will the student be considered as Candidate for the degree.

The proposal for the Doctorate degree has to be presented in Public in front of a panel composed of five members. Only when the proposal is successfully defended (through the signature of all five evaluators on the post-defense approval sheet) will the student be considered as Candidate for the degree.

When the proposal is approved and the student is given a Candidate for Candidacy, the minimum duration for the writing of the thesis is one (1) Term for the candidates for Licentiate and two (2) Terms or one (1) Academic Year for the candidates for Doctorate. Candidates for the Licentiate or Doctorate degree must respectively submit four (4) copies and six (6) copies of their Thesis, in the form prescribed by the Faculty, to the Office of the Ecclesiastical Faculties at least one (1) month before the examination for the degree.

Candidates should not exceed the maximum number of years for the completion of their respective degree, that is, five years of residency for either the Licentiate or the Doctorate degree. Every Academic Year beyond the five-year period will require at least three (3) units of refresher courses. Students in both programs are only given ten years maximum to complete the degree. Non-completion of the degree after ten (10) Academic Year may mean disqualification from the granting of the degree.

Other than the Moderator, three (3) examiners for the Licentiate degree and five (5) examiners for the Doctorate degree shall be appointed to examine the submitted Thesis. Candidates for AB Classical, who are not aiming for the Licentiate degree, must also submit to the Dean’s Office a Thesis that is duly endorsed by the Moderator and is approved by two (2) examiners.

The Moderator and the appointed examiners shall pass a written judgment on the thesis not later than ten (10) days before the examination for the degree. If the decision of the examiners is favorable (that is, none of the examiners have raised any serious objection against the work), then the examination for the degree shall proceed as scheduled. However, if the vote of the examiners is unfavorable (that is, at least one of the examiners has raised serious objections against the work), then the candidate may be permitted to rewrite the Thesis taking into consideration the suggestions of the examiner/s. If there is a need, the examination for the degree may be moved to a later date. In the event that any concerned examiner disagrees with the findings of the Thesis and decides to resign from his appointment as member of the tribunal, the examiner may formally inform the office of the Dean. In cases where all the examiners disagree with the findings of the thesis, upon the decision of the Dean, the candidate may be disqualified from the degree.

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