A Jesuit, Filipino, and Asian Ecclesiastical Faculty of Theology

Thursday, February 22, 2018
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Non-Degree Programs

The Certificate in Pre-Theology Studies (PTS) is a two-year non-degree program comprising mostly of philosophy, but also basic theology and language courses required for admission to the graduate-level first cycle ecclesiastical degree program, the Baccalaureate in Sacred Theology (STB). The curriculum is grounded on the principle that “reason, when open to the mystery of God and directed to Him, allows a solid acceptance of Revelation, seeks a deeper understanding of its contents, and offers instruments and language for its proclamation to the world” (Ratio Fundamentalis Institutionis Sacerdotalis 2016, n. 116). 

The Certificate Program in Basic Pastoral Ministry (BPM) aims to help pastoral ministers of the Church, especially religious sisters, religious brothers, and lay persons, to acquire the necessary practical knowledge and skills for effective work in their field of service in the Church. The program is also open to anyone who would like to enrich his or her knowledge and practice of the Roman Catholic faith.


Loyola School of Theology, through the Center for Family Ministries (CEFAM), offers a one-year non-degree program for the Professional Diploma in Family Ministries. The diploma program aims to equip priests, ministers, religious brothers and sisters, seminarians, lay-workers and coordinators of family life apostolate for the pastoral care of couples and families. Applicants should contact the Director of the Center for Family Ministries. Click here to view the curriculum at the CEFAM website.
The Certificate in Theological Studies (CTS) is for students who are for one reason or another disqualified from entering the degree programs of the school, but are otherwise capable of graduate work. Envisaged are students from other Asian countries in need of certification, who do not have an undergraduate degree or its equivalent and who, therefore, cannot enter graduate programs according to the requirements of the Philippines' Commission on Higher Education (CHED). This Certificate Program parallels the MA in Theological Studies, requiring a total of 30 credit units. Click here for the MA in Theological Studies curriculum.


The Loyola School of Theology offers a non-degree Certificate in Pastoral Ministry (CPAM) for students who are capable of graduate work, but are disqualified from entering the degree programs of the School because of lack of an undergraduate degree or other reasons. The Certificate in Pastoral Ministry parallels the MA in Pastoral Ministry, requiring a total of 45 credit units. Click here for the MA in Pastoral Ministry curriculum.

Migration is a growing phenomenon in Asia, and all indications suggest that it will remain an important aspect of the region’s landscape. The local churches in countries of origin and destination in Asia are called to promote theological reflection and studies on this phenomenon.