The four-year theology course leading to the degree of Bachelor of Sacred Theology (STB) is primarily meant for candidates to the priesthood. The seminary is duly recognized by the Congregation for Catholic Education since October 16, 1989 as a theological institute granting the ecclesiastical bachelor’s degree, by virtue of its affiliation to the Faculty of Theology of the Pontifical University of Santo Tomas, Manila.
Policies for the Ecclesiastical Degree Program
I. Admission Requirements
A. For admission to the program, the applicant must possess any of these academic qualifications:
- A Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy (PhB);
- A Bachelor of Arts degree (AB major in Philosophy);
- Any bachelor’s degree with the completion of 18 courses in Philosophy, namely: Logic, Epistemology, Metaphysics, Philosophy of Man, Philosophy of God, and History of Philosophy (Ancient, Medieval, Modern and Contemporary).
B. The applicant must have a good grasp of English and a working knowledge of Latin.
C. Upon enrollment, the applicant must submit his/her undergraduate transcript of records with the S.O. number.
D. Candidates to the priesthood must submit to the Office recommendations from the Ordinary or Religious Superior and from the college/philosophy seminary of origin.
II. Class Attendance
A. Every student is expected to be punctual and regular in class attendance.
B. A student automatically drops a subject if he incurs a certain number of absences corresponding to the weight of the subject, according to the table below:
Weight of Subject Maximum Tolerable Absences Automatic Failure on the
3 units 5 6th absence
2 units 3 4th absence
1 unit 2 3rd absence
C. A student is also considered absent for every three times that he comes late to class. A student is considered late if he comes ten (10) minutes after the class has been convened. In this case, the professor has the discretion to admit him in class or not.
D. No student may be readmitted to class without an excuse or explanatory slip duly signed by the Dean.
E. If for some unexplained reason, a professor does not come fifteen (15) minutes after the appointed time, the students may leave the classroom and devote the remaining time for personal study in the library or any appropriate place.
A. Without prejudice to the requirements set by individual professors, three main examinations will be held during the semester, namely: preliminary, midterm and final examinations.
B. Only those students with examination permit slips issued and duly signed by the Financial Administrator may be allowed to take the examinations.
C. Students, who for one reason or another are not able to take the examinations at the appointed schedule, should make the arrangement with their respective professors and pay the special examination fee. Just the same, special examinations may be given only upon presentation of an examination permit slip issued and duly signed by the Financial Administrator.
D. Professors are required to administer the examinations themselves, but should they be prevented from doing so, due to some urgent reason, the Dean should be duly informed so that the services of a proctor could be arranged.
IV. Grades and Grading System
A. Grades must be submitted to the Dean’s Office not later than two weeks after the date of examination.
B. Grades must be in the modified standard deviation method of grading system.
1.0 = 97 – 100 Excellent
1.25 = 94 – 96 Superior
1.5 = 91 – 93 Very Good
1.75 = 89 – 90 Good
2.0 = 86 – 88 Satisfactory
2.25 = 83 – 85 Fair
2.5 = 80 – 82 Passing
2.75 = 77 – 79 Passing
3.0 = 75 – 76 Passing
4.0 = 74 Conditional
5.0 = 73 – below Failed
C. The periodic grade should reflect the performance of the students on the basis of the periodic examination, written or oral reports, quizzes and class participation.
D. The final grade is the average of the three periodic grades.
E. The conditional grade of 4.0 entitles a student to take a revalida examination that should be taken within ten (10) days after the date of examination. Should he pass the revalida examination, the student would be given a grade not higher than 3.0.
F. An incomplete grade (inc) may be given to a student who fails to comply with all the requirements of the course. However, the completion of the grade should be made within thirty (30) days after the date of examination.
V. Promotion, Academic Probation, and Disqualification
A. Only those students who obtain a grade point average of 2.25 will be qualified for readmission.
B. Only in exceptional cases may a student, whose grade point average is below 2.25, be readmitted for a year of academic probation.
C. A student who fails in any subject, regardless of his annual grade point average, is automatically disqualified from readmission.
VI. Graduation Requirements
A. To earn the ecclesiastical degree, the student must:
1. complete the curriculum
2. have a grade point average not lower than 2.0
3. pass the comprehensive examination
4. present and defend successfully a thesis of no less than 50 pages on a theological theme.
B. The final grade will be computed from the following:
1. grade point average (70%)
2. comprehensive examination (15%)
3. thesis presentation and defense (15%)
VII. Honors and Awards
A. Summa cum laude is awarded to the candidate for graduation, who completes his studies in this institution and obtains a final grade from 1.24 to 1.0 (97-100), without a final grade below 1.5 in any subject.
B. Magna cum laude is awarded to the candidate for graduation, who completes his studies in this institution and obtains a final grade from 1.49 to 1.25 (94-96), without a final grade below 1.75 in any subject.
C. Cum Laude is awarded to the candidate for graduation, who completes his studies in this institution and obtains a final grade from 1.74 to 1.5 (91-93), without a final grade below 2.0 in any subject.
D. The Service Award is given to the candidate for graduation who completes his studies in this institution and obtains the highest vote from the student body and the seminary Fathers for his exemplary performance of responsible cooperation in the task of formation and community welfare.
E. The Rector’s Award for Excellence in Theology is given to the candidate for graduation who obtains the highest ratings, computed from the grades in the Comprehensive Examinations in Theology and in the Thesis Presentation and Defense.
F. The Archbishop’s Award for Academic Excellence is given to the candidate for graduation who completes his studies in this institution and obtains the highest weighted average grade covering the entire course in Theology, without a final grade below 2.0 in any subject.
G. The Bishop Jorge Barlin Gold Medallion is given to the candidate for graduation, who obtains the Service Award, the Rector’s Award for Excellence in Theology, and the Archbishop’s Award for Academic Excellence.Please also see…