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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 program thus aims to lead students towards a deeper understanding and interpretation of the human person, and of the human person’s freedom and relationships with the world and with God, doing so from a pastoral perspective, i.e., giving attention to the necessary connection between philosophy and the true problems of life (cf. Pastores dabo vobis, n. 52, Optatam totius, n. 15).
The Certificate in Pre-Theology Studies requires twelve (12) philosophy courses, four (4) basic undergraduate theology courses, and two (2) propaedeutic English courses. These are 3-unit courses totaling 54 credit units wherein students fulfill the course requirements and receive marks at the end of the semester. Being basic philosophy and theology courses, they are considered propaedeutic, i.e., preparatory for higher degree studies in theology or pastoral ministry. 
The program allows for the validation of previously-taken basic theology and philosophy courses up to a maximum of eighteen (18) units or six (6) courses in which case the Certificate can be completed in one year.
First Year
Cat. No.
First Semester
Cat. No.
Second Semester
PREng 201
BPM 101
BPM 102
Philo 201
Philo 202
Expository Writing and
Research Methods I
Introduction to the Mystery
of Faith
Introduction to the Old
Introduction to Philosophy
Philosophy of the Human Person
PREng 202
BPM 105
BPM 106
Philo 208
Philo 248.3
Expository Writing and
Research Methods II
Church and Sacraments
Introduction to the New
Asian Philosophy: Confucianism, Hinduism, Buddhism
Second Year
Cat. No.
First Semester
Cat. No.
Second Semester
Philo 203
Philo 211
Philo 212
Philo 204
Ancient Philosophy
Medieval Philosophy
Philosophy of Religion
Philo 207
Philo 205
Philo 213
Philo 214
Philosophy of Science
Modern Philosophy
Contemporary Philosophy
Students who lack only one (1) or two (2) pre-theology courses may be admitted directly to STB provided they complete these courses within their First Year STB. Those who are deficient in three (3) or more courses should complete them all before admission to the STB Program.
Propaedeutic English

Nolasco, Josephine, M.A., De La Salle University, Manila
Regalia, Rose Marie, M.B.A., University of Sto. Tomas, Manila
Propaedeutic Theology
Aquino, Arnel, S.J., S.T.D., Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, Boston, Massachusetts
Bagley, Ronald, C.J.M., D.Min., Andover Newton Theological School, Massachusetts
Kroeger, James H., M.M., D.Miss., Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome
Montesclaros, Manuel, S.J., S.S.L., Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome
Abulad, Romualdo, S.V.D., Ph.D., Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City
Alejo, Albert, S.J., Ph.D., School of African and Oriental Studies, University of London
Bresciani, Umberto, Ph.D., National Taiwan University, Taipei
De Castro, Antonio, S.J., S.T.L., E.H.D., Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome
Francisco, Jose Mario, S.J., S.T.L., Ph.D., Graduate Theological Union, California
Go, Johnny, S.J., Ed.D., University of London and Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
La Guardia, Michael, S.D.B.Ph.D., Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City
Targa, Sergio, S.X., M.Phil., University of London, London
Tosolini, Tiziano, S.X., Ph.D., Glasgow University, Scotland
Admission Requirements
Those with at least an undergraduate (college) degree or its equivalent may be admitted to the Program. The following application requirements should be submitted to the Assistant to the Vice President for Academic Affairs at least two months before the opening of classes:
  • Duly accomplished LST Application Form (click here to download the form)
  • One ID picture (2” x 2”)
  • One photocopy of original Transcript of Records from previous school and its English translation if the Transcript is in a foreign language
  • One page single-spaced Personal Essay introducing oneself and indicating one’s motivation in applying to the Certificate Program
  • Letter of Recommendation from the Religious Superior, Bishop or Official of the applicant’s institution
  • LST English Proficiency Test (PhP 100.00)
  • Application Fee (PhP 100.00)
  • For International Applicants, photocopy of passport and visa
First Semester classes begin on August 7, 2017.
Tuition and Fees
A semester for a new student taking 15 credit units or 5 courses at LST will cost around PhP 35,000 (USD 700 or EUR 645). Computation is based on tuition and fees for SY 2016 – 2017. For detailed information regarding tuition and other fees, click here.
For complete information regarding admission procedures to the various academic programs of the Loyola School of Theology, click here.
Mailing Address:
Loyola School of Theology
Ateneo de Manila University
Loyola Heights, 1108 Quezon City
P.O. Box 240, UP Post Office
1144 Quezon City, Philippines
Tel. (632) 426-6430 to 35 local 3606 
Fax. (632) 426-5967
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