FACULTY OF SACRED THEOLOGY

Programs and Degrees

Introduction
ITF
1st cycle (STB)
2nd cycle (STL)
3rd cycle (STD)

THIRD CYCLE: DOCTORATE IN SACRED THEOLOGY (S.T.D.)

1. Description: This is a two-year course ending with the conferment of Doctorate in Sacred Theology. The program aims to bring the students to scientific maturity principally by means of a Doctoral Thesis which would contribute to the progress of theological science.

2. Admission Requirements: Students applying for the program should:

a. Have a Licentiate Degree in Sacred Theology (S.T.L.) or its equivalent to be evaluated by the Dean and the Admission Committee; those students who have only completed a Master of Arts in Theology degree, granted that he/she has completed a Bachelor in Sacred Theology degree, may be advised to first undergo the Licentiate program. Students who may have earned the units required for both the STB and the STL degrees, may be admitted to the Third Cycle, upon the recommendation of the Admission Committee, on the condition that they are willing to take the required bridging courses, if any;

b. Should submit a written permission from their Ordinary or Major Superior (for clerics and religious); or a certificate of good moral character issued by their Ordinary (for the lay people).

c. Must take and pass the entrance examinations, which include Latin. Applicants without background in Latin will be required to take Latin courses for their language requirements.

d. International applicants must have all the legal documents required for them to pursue their studies in the University.

e. Successful international non-English speaking applicants are required to take and pass an English proficiency examination. Otherwise, they shall be required to attend English proficiency classes.

3. Requirements for the Degree:

a) A six-unit teaching experience of a theological subject, properly certified by the proper authorities.

b) A one-year residence to study two specially designated theological subjects, two seminar courses, a reading course and theological research.

c) A doctoral dissertation that will really contribute to the progress and development of Theology. This central requirement includes: presentation and public defense of the dissertation proposal, approved by the Adviser and the Dean, before a panel of five (5) members; public defense of the dissertation; approval of the dissertation by a panel of five (5) examiners; publication of the dissertation, at least in its principal part, and as decided by the panel.

d) Successful Lectio Coram (a teaching demonstration before the panel of five examiners) done twenty-four [24] hours after the defense of the dissertation.

e) The final grade for Doctorate in Sacred Theology is composed of: General weighted average (20%), written evaluation of the thesis (30%), oral defense of the thesis (40%), Lectio Coram (10%).

4. Reading Course

COURSE DESCRIPTION

A three-unit course designed to give the student the opportunity to apply the steps in writing a book/article review from preparing to read and review, to reading the book/article, organizing concepts, writing the review and, finally,  wrapping up the final report under the guidance of a supervisor. The course engages the student in reading and writing that call for the higher-level skills of critical thinking such as analysis, synthesis and evaluation. It will conclude with the submission of the Final Report deduced from a comparative study of the issues arising from the books/articles reviewed. The books/articles are reviewed in view of a chosen topic which will hopefully be a future dissertation topic.

Basically, this course is, therefore, a book/article review of the reading materials the choice of which is determined by an agreed, particular topic in view of considering it as a future, dissertation topic.

COURSE OBJECTIVES
  1. To gauge, cultivate and acquire a comprehensive and critical knowledge about a particular topic and the different issues that surround it.
  2. To be able to critically read and express one’s thoughts systematically based on the principles of critical thinking given a particular viewpoint.
  3. To be able to submit a Final Report.

COURSE MECHANICS

This involves 5 reading materials (5 books or 3 books and 2 refereed articles). The materials should not be recent (published within the last five years).


Mechanics
  1. Tutorial: The student and supervisor agree on the frequency of the mentoring to monitor the progress of the work.
  2. There is no limit to the number of pages of the Final Report but a minimum of 20 pages is set.
  3. The mentor shall examine the student in at least one of the chosen readings for the course.
  4. The Final Report is to be submitted within a semester’s time-frame.
  5. The Final Report must follow the prescribed format.
STEPS FOR FULFILLING THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE COURSE:
  1. The student enrolls in Reading Course. It is highly advised that the student should first enroll in it before enrolling in Thesis Writing IA.
  2. The Dean meets the class as a group on the scheduled day to explain the course.
  3. The Dean gives the students a copy of the Course Syllabus.
  4. The student submits to the Dean the list of reading materials together with the tentative title of his/her Dissertation. The student may submit a list of names of prospective Supervisors (secure the appropriate Form from the Office of the Ecclesiastical Faculties).
  5. The Dean formally assigns the Supervisor through a letter of appointment with a copy of the Syllabus accompanying the letter. The letter also contains the list of the reading materials to be reviewed. The student is furnished a copy of this letter of appointment.
  6. The Dean’s Office arranges the first meeting of the student and supervisor.
  7. The student submits the list of reading materials to the Supervisor in their first meeting to decide with finality on the list.
  8. The student and the supervisor decide on the frequency of their meetings.
  9. The student and supervisor set the deadline of submission of the Final Report and the examination on at least one of the chosen readings. Once the Final Report is approved by the mentor, the student shall secure the endorsement form from the Ecclesiastical Faculties. Once the endorsement is signed, the student is expected to submit a copy of his Final Report (and the individual reviews for each of the five reading materials) together with the Endorsement Form signed by the Adviser.

After receiving the endorsed final report, the Office of the Ecclesiastical Faculties shall issue the grading sheet for the course. The Supervisor provides the student’s grade for the reading course and submits it to the Dean’s Office. He may also send the accomplished grading sheet through the student as long as it is placed in a sealed envelope.

5. Thesis Writing

  1. At an opportune time (after the completion of at least half of the required courses), the student may enrol in Dissertation Writing I (DW1A). This course requires the student to submit both the prospectus and the dissertation proposal.
  2. The Dean’s approval on the prospectus (which contains the Title, Background of the Study, Statement of the Problem, Methodology, Bibliography, Outline and the name of the Proposed Moderator) is a major requirement for the appointment of the moderator. When a moderator is appointed for a particular student, the latter must proceed to the writing of his/her dissertation proposal with the help of the former. The student will be required to pay an adviser’s fee every semester, starting from the semester of the adviser’s appointment until the completion of the thesis. The adviser must be formally appointed by the Dean.
  3. When the dissertation proposal is completed, the student must secure the endorsement form (for proposal defense)from the Office of the Ecclesiastical Faculties. S/he must submit six (6) copies of the dissertation proposal (with the signed endorsement form). The same proposal will then be forwarded by the Office to five (5) examiners [who will be appointed by the Dean] and the student’s moderator.
  4. The public presentation of the proposal shall then be scheduled about four (4) to six (6) weeks after the submission of the proposal. After the presentation, the student shall incorporate, in coordination with the moderator, all the required revisions. He then secures the approval sheet from the Office of the Ecclesiastical Faculties. S/he has to present (for approval) the revised proposal to his adviser and examiners. The accomplished approval sheet shall be submitted to the Office of the Ecclesiastical Faculties who shall also issue the Certificate of Candidacy, which marks the completion of DWIA for the Doctoral program. If this process is not completed within a semester’s time frame, the student must re-enrol Dissertation Writing I by enrolling DW1B (for those who do not have an adviser yet) or DWIC (for those who already have an adviser) on the succeeding semesters.
  5. Only those with Certificate of Candidacy are allowed to enrol in DW2A during the registration period of the following semester. The expected output for DW2A is the completion of the entire dissertation. A student completes his/her thesis when s/he finally obtains the endorsement of his/her moderator for the presentation of the thesis for final defense. If the dissertation is not completed within the semester, the student is required to re-enrol the course through DW2B. Any student who does not wish to enrol in a semester must secure a Leave of Absence from the Dean’s office, otherwise the student is charged with an Absence Without Leave (AWOL). Students charged with AWOL must be ready to abide with the corresponding sanctions (like refresher courses) upon re-admission.
  6. Any student who intends to defend his/her thesis on a given semester must enrol in DW3A during the registration period of that semester. S/he must secure the endorsement of his/her Moderator and the approval of the Dean. He then submits six (6) copies of the completed and endorsed thesis to the Office of the Ecclesiastical Faculties at least six (6) weeks before the desired date of the public presentation and defense of the dissertation. Any student who already enrolled in DW3A, but failed to defend the thesis on a given semester, may re-enrol in the course on the next semester through DW3B. Any student is only given three opportunities to enrol in DW3B, after which the Dean may assign him/her refresher courses.
  7. The examination of the completed dissertation must be done in public in front of five (5) members of a Tribunal and the moderator. Upon submission of the completed dissertation to the Office of the Ecclesiastical Faculties, a copy is sent to each member of the examining tribunal and the adviser. The date of the defense shall also be set by the Dean. The examiners are given until not later than ten (10) days before the date of the defense to submit their written comments and evaluation of the dissertation. These comments shall only be kept in the Office files and shall be forwarded to the student only after the public defense of the dissertation (unless the examiner requires the revision of the dissertation before the public defense). Upon the return of the evaluation forms:
    • If no examiner has raised any objection on the contents of the thesis, then the dissertation defense will proceed as scheduled. The candidate may however also be permitted to rewrite the thesis if in the judgment of the examiners such rewriting is necessary. If an evaluator requires the candidate to rewrite the thesis, the grade for the evaluation of the written thesis must be submitted first and will be based on the original version of the work. The revised work will no longer be graded and will only be needed to qualify the candidate for the public presentation and defense of the thesis.
    • The public presentation and defense of the thesis may only continue if all examiners have agreed to admit the candidate. Any objection must first be addressed before the public defense is pursued. The defense may be re-scheduled when necessary.
  8. In the case of a need to rewrite the dissertation, the student must be given time to discuss the comments with his moderator and revise the dissertation as needed. The date of the defense will be deferred until an understanding between the examiner/s and the student (with the adviser) is reached. If no understanding is reached, the Dean shall decide on the issue and may recommend for the reconstitution of the examination tribunal or the disqualification of the student from the degree. Any examiner who may decide to vacate his post as an examiner must submit a formal notice to the Office of the Dean.
  9. The presentation and public defense of the dissertation shall not be less than one and a half hours. The presentation will start with the opening prayer to be led by the Candidate, who is given 25-30 minutes to present the problem, findings, and conclusions of the dissertation. Each of the examiners is also given 10-15 minutes to cross-examine the candidate. The candidate is required to respond to the questions, and to take note of the suggestions that should be reflected in the final version of the dissertation that will be kept in the library.
  10. After the presentation, the examiners shall secretly cast their votes, which will be of two parts:
  11. The members of the Tribunal are given one white ball and one black ball each. They are to decide on whether the candidate passes or not. The candidate is considered failed in the Thesis Defense if majority of the members of the examining tribunal give black votes. Otherwise, the student is considered passed.
  12. If the student passes in the first voting, the examiners shall proceed to the voting for the student’s grade. Each member of the Tribunal is given five balls, and they shall vote according to the following criteria:
  13. 5       -           Summa Cum Laude
    4       -           Magna Cum Laude
    3       -           Cum Laude
    2       -           Bene Probatus
    1       -           Probatus

    • The grade of the thesis defense (which is only 30% of the final grade) is determined according to the following grading system:

    23 – 25           Summa Cum Laude
    18 – 22           Magna Cum Laude
    13 – 17           Cum Laude
    8 – 12             Bene Probatus
    5 – 7              Probatus

    • Before the conclusion, the members of the Tribunal must assign the topic for the Lectio Coram (which shall be done twenty-four hours later), and must decide on which part/s of the thesis shall be included in the post-defense publication. When all concerns for the defense are addressed, the candidate shall lead the concluding prayer and the meeting shall be adjourned by the Chairman. 
    • On the next day, the Lectio Coram shall be done. The Candidate starts the lecture with an opening prayer, and after which, s/he immediately proceeds with his/her presentation of the assigned topic. The presentation shall last for 25-30 minutes. After the presentation, each member of the examination tribunal is given 10 – 15 minutes to raise questions, which the Candidate must in turn answer. The candidate shall be graded at the end of the session based on his/her presentation and answers to the questions. After the voting, the Chairman shall announce the grade for the Lectio Coram (which will comprise only 10% of the total grade).

    The post-defense requirements must be submitted to the Office of the Ecclesiastical Faculties not later than six (6) months after the defense of the dissertation. No candidate will be entitled to the rights and privileges of the Doctorate degree unless all the post-defense requirements are completed. Failure to comply with the post-defense requirements will require the candidate to re-defend his/her Dissertation.

     

6. Post-defense Requirements

A. SUBMISSION OF FINAL TEXT
  1. After the public presentation and defense of the dissertation, the following have to be done:
    1. Revise the dissertation according to the instructions of the members of the examination tribunal.
    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 all the required revisions, the approval sheet (as signed), Certificate of Originality (as signed), and the abstract of the thesis. The student’s curriculum vitae must also be placed on the last pages of the work. Other optional parts, like the acknowledgment, may also be included. 
    4. Submit to the Office two (2) soft copies (in separate CDs) of the thesis with all parts mentioned in item “iii” above.
    5. Submit three (3) separate hard copies of the thesis abstract.
    6. Submit thirty (30) copies of the published dissertation, and one soft copy of the text of this publication in CD (see the guidelines for publication below).
  2. The hard bound copies must have the following: the cover is white, while the texts on the cover are printed either in Gold or Black. The text of the cover is the same as the text of the title page. The spine of the bound dissertation should contain the following information: year of graduation (top), the title of the Thesis (in capital letters, in the middle), and the last name of the author (bottom).
  3. The student must then seek appointment with the Dean to discuss the mandatory publication of thirty (30) copies of the dissertation. If the examining Tribunal did not make explicit the requirement for publication, the Dean shall instruct the student on whether the dissertation will be published in part (partialiter) or in whole (totaliter). As stated in item 1.f above, the student must submit the thirty (30) copies of the dissertation as published, and one (1) soft copy (in a CD). Only those students who completed the post-defense requirements may apply for original copy(ies) of the Transcript of Records and diploma. (Note: It takes 7 working days to obtain the Transcript of Records, and 30 days for the Diploma).
  4. The post-defense requirements must be submitted to the Office of the Ecclesiastical Faculties not later than six (6) months after the defense of the dissertation. No candidate will be entitled to the rights and privileges of the Doctorate degree unless all the post-defense requirements are completed. Failure to comply with the post-defense requirements will require the candidate to re-defend his/her Dissertation.

 

2. GUIDELINES FOR THE PUBLICATION

· The student is required to publish his work (dissertation) partialiter ("partially") or totaliter ("completely")

· The student must follow the instructions laid below, and must remain faithful to the prescribed format.

· In the event that the panel members have not identified part/s to be published, the student must seek audience with the Dean and discuss the part/s to be published.

· When the chapter/s to be published are identified, the student must arrange the publication of the Dissertation (either partialiter or totaliter) with the UST Publishing House or other publishing house/s. The publication may identify the name of the publisher or printer.

· The student may seek the help of a proofreader or editor when there is a need to improve the text.

· The first galley proof of the publication must be presented to the Dean for approval. Without the prior approval of the Dean’s Office, the printed material may be rejected by the Dean’s Office if it does not conform to the standards set by the Faculty.

· Once the Dean’s approval is obtained, the student may proceed with the publication and must submit to the office of the Ecclesiastical Faculties thirty (30) copies of the said publication.



Alternative Formulations:

Dissertatio ad laurem
In Facultate Sacrae Theologiae
Partialiter Edita

(or)

Part/s of the Dissertation in Partial Fulfillment
of the Requirements of the Degree of
Doctorate in Sacred Theology

FORMAT OF THE IMPRIMATUR/NIHIL OBSTAT AND APPROVAL PAGE
(placed on the back of the cover page)



PARTS FOR THE PARTIALITER

·   Cover page

·   Title Page (same text as of the cover page)

·   Nihil obstat/Imprimatur and Approval page (back of the title page; please check the sample format above)

·   Table of Contents

·   Dedication (optional)

·   Epigraph (optional)

·   Preface

·   Foreword (optional)

·   Acknowledgments

·   Abbreviations

·   List of Illustrations and List of Tables (if necessary)

·   General Introduction: Rewrite Background of the Study, Statement of the Problem, Significance of the Study, Methodology; and include the findings and conclusion of the dissertation to suit introducing the excerpt/s of the study.

·   The part(s)/excerpt(s) to be printed: Include the chapter Number/s and title/s

·   Appendix (if necessary to the printed part/s)

·   Bibliography

·   Outline of the whole dissertation

Note:

1. The cover of the publication should be plain white. Pictures, special designs and other lay-outs are discouraged on the cover, and are not allowed without the approval of the Dean. The book should be 24 cm X 17 cm in size.

2. At the back of printed material, include the official logo of UST Quadricentennial celebrations.

FORMAT FOR THE TOTALITER



Alternative formulations:

Dissertatio ad lauream
in Facultate Sacrae Theologiae

(or)

Dissertation in Partial Fulfillment
of the Requirements of the Degree of
Doctor in Sacred theology

ALTERNATIVE FORMAT FOR THE TOTALITER



PARTS FOR THE TOTALITER

·   If so desired, the printing of the whole dissertation may be formatted to fit into the requirements of publishing a book; and this requires rewriting Chapter I of the dissertation; otherwise, the whole dissertation in its final draft as approved should be published.

·   Composition:

·   Title Page

·   Nihil obstat/Imprimatur and Approval page (back of the title page; please check the sample format above)

·   Table of Contents

·   Dedication (optional)

·   Epigraph (optional)

·   Preface

·   Foreword (optional)

·   Acknowledgments

·   Abbreviations

·   List of Illustrations

·   List of Tables

·   General Introduction:

i. May have to rewrite the whole Chapter I of the original dissertation retaining the following sections: Background of the Study, Statement of the Problem, Significance of the Study, Scope and Limitations and Methodology. However, it is not necessary to retain the titles of these sections so that this introduction could also serve as an introduction of a book; or

ii. Retain the Chapter I as it is.

·   Chapters

·   Appendix (if necessary to the printed part/s)

·   Bibliography

Note:

1. Use either the original footnote or the endnote documentation style.

2. The cover of the publication should be plain white. Pictures, special designs and other lay-outs are discouraged on the cover, and are not allowed without the approval of the Dean. The book should be 24 cm X 17 cm in size.

3. At the back of printed material, include the official logo of UST Quadricentennial celebrations.

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