ADMISSION OF NEW STUDENTS
School Year 2016-2017
Intersession: June 6 to July 20, 2016
First Semester: August 8 to December 7, 2016
Second Semester: January 18 to May 20, 2017
School Year 2017-2018
Intersession: June 7 to July 15, 2017
First Semester: August 7 to December 9, 2017
Second Semester: January 17 to May 19, 2018
A. For civil degree applicants (MA, PhD, DMin)
For Doctor of Ministry: Aside from the standard application documents required by the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs (ADGP), LST requires the following documents which applicants need NOT submit to the ADGP:
a) a 10-page essay presenting the applicant's professional history, goals in ministry and area of interest or special concern in the ministry;
b) a copy of their master’s thesis or its equivalent; those with a non-thesis MA degree must submit a major research paper or ministry project of 15-30 pages written during MA course work; those without such paper may be admitted to the DMin program as probationary students pending completion of the requirement during DMin course work.
The hard copy of the form is also available at the Ateneo Office of the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs, Ground Floor, Kostka Hall, Tel. 426-6001 local 5141-5142. Please refer to the Ateneo Graduate Program’s website which contains the following information:
Admission Requirements and Procedures (Filipino Students).Click here.
Application, Testing and Registration Dates (including application and testing fees). Click here.
Special Procedure for International Applicants (Foreign Students). Click here.
Downloadable Ateneo Application and Recommendation Forms. Click here.
Submission of Documents. The Ateneo Application Form and all required documents are submitted to the same Office for Graduate Programs. A separate file is needed at LST, hence, a photocopied set of the same requirements are also submitted to the LST Academic Section Office, c/o the Secretary. All seminarians preparing for the priesthood should also include for the LST file a separate recommendation letter from their Bishop or Religious Superior.
Entrance Examinations. Upon submission of their complete documents to the Ateneo Office for Graduate Programs, applicants should book their entrance exam schedule at the same Office. Another exam, the LST English Proficiency Test, is also taken at LST. See the Secretary of the LST Academic Section Office for booking of exam dates.
Admission. The LST Admissions Committee and the LST Vice President for Academic Affairs evaluate the applicant’s credentials and exam results. Official admission notices are issued by the Ateneo Office of the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs.
Deadlines for the Submission of Documents
For admission in the Intersession Term (June-July 2016): 13 April 2016
For admission in the First Semester (August-December 2016): 15 June 2016
For admission in the Second Semester (January-May 2017): 12 October 2016
For admission in the Intersession Term (June-July 2017): 5 April 2017
For admission in the First Semester (August-December 2017): 14 June 2017
Those applying from abroad
For admission in the Intersession Term (June-July 2016): January 30, 2016
For admission in the First Semester (August-December 2016): March 31, 2016
For admission in the Second Semester (January-May 2017): July 15, 2016
For admission in the Intersession Term (June-July 2017): 30 January 2017
For admission in the First Semester (August-December 2017): 31 March 2017
Those applying from the Philippines
For admission in the Intersession Term (June-July 2016): 1 March 2016
For admission in the First Semester (August-December 2016): 15 May 2016
For admission in the Second Semester (January-May 2017): 15 September 2016
For admission in the Intersession Term (June-July 2017): 1 March 2017
For admission in the First Semester (August-December 2017): 15 May 2017
B. For ecclesiastical degree applicants (STB, STL, STD)
LST Application Form and Submission of Documents. Applicants must fill up the LST Application Form and submit it and all required documents to the LST Academic Section Office (c/o the Secretary). You may download the pertinent forms by clicking on these links: LST Application Form; Checklist of Requirements.
Entrance Examinations. Applicants should take the Ateneo de Manila Graduate School Entrance Examination. The LST Office, in consultation with the applicants, will book exam dates with the Fr. Jaime Bulatao SJ Center for Psychology Services, Ateneo de Manila. Special exam dates are scheduled for international students. Another exam, the LST English Proficiency Test, is also taken at LST. See the Secretary of the LST Academic Section Office for booking of exam dates.
Deadlines. The same as those for the civil degree programs listed above.
C. For non degree applicants (Pastoral Care of Migrants, Family Ministries, Theological Studies, Pastoral Ministry, Basic Pastoral Ministry, Pre-Theology Studies)
LST Application Form and Submission of Documents. Applicants should fill up the LST Application Form and get a Checklist of Requirements. All documents are submitted the LST Office at least two months before the announced enrollment dates. Applicants to the Professional Diploma Program in Family Ministries should inquire at the Center for Family Ministries for procedures and requirements.
English Examination. The only entrance exam required is the LST English Proficiency Exam (both for international students and Filipinos). The Exam may be taken anytime with prior reservation of date/time with the Secretary of the LST Academic Section Office.
Admission. Applicants will receive a letter from the Vice President for Academic Affairs informing them about the results of their application.
Philosophy and Theology Courses Required for Admission to the Baccalaureate in Sacred Theology (STB) and Master of Arts (MA) Programs of the Loyola School of Theology
The 2007 Student Handbook states:
017. Transcript of Records. A minimum of 12 units of undergraduate theology and 36 units of systematic philosophy is required for applicants to the STB program. Moreover, they must have attained at least a general undergraduate average of 2.5 (B) with no grade of “failure” or “condition”.
052. Academic Prerequisite: To get accepted to the S.T.B. program, the applicants must have a bachelor’s degree with at least 12 units of undergraduate theology and at least a general average of 2.5 (B). They must also have completed the philosophical studies required by the Church. While course descriptions and the distribution of matter will vary from place to place, the following will generally be considered as normative in determining whether the minimum requirements of the philosophical studies have been met: philosophy of the human person (two semesters), philosophy of religion, foundations of moral value, ancient philosophy, medieval philosophy, modern philosophy, logic, metaphysics, theory of knowledge (epistemology), philosophy of science (cosmology), and philosophy of language (total of 12 courses).
While there may be variations in curricula, students must have completed two years or four semesters in which an "organic exposition of the various parts of philosophy was imparted, which included treating the world, human being and God.” It also should have included the history of philosophy, together with an introduction into the method of scientific research.
The following are the guidelines to be followed in view of applicants’ theological and philosophical requirements for admission to LST:
1. Undergraduate Theology prerequisites for both the STB and MA Programs in Theological Studies and Pastoral Ministry
The 12 units of undergraduate (or prerequisite) theology courses required for admission to the STB, MA Theological Studies, and MA Pastoral Ministry are understood to have been completed if their marks are reflected in an official transcript of records released by a duly-recognized educational institution (college or university) capable of offering these courses.
It belongs to the nature of the above prerequisite undergraduate theology courses that they be completed first before commencing the study of theology on the graduate level which LST offers. Nevertheless, as a matter of concession, those who lack undergraduate theology units may be admitted to LST but they should complete the necessary propaedeutic (introductory) theology courses offered at LST (12 units) within the 1st and 2nd semesters of the 1st year of their enrollment.
2. Philosophy prerequisites for the STB Program
While official LST guidelines explicitly state the required number of units to be 36 (or 12 three-unit courses), the Handbook also acknowledges the fact that there may be variations in the curricula of various faculties of philosophy. Hence:
2.1 It is generally expected that the following courses have been taken by the STB applicant during his philosophical studies: philosophy of the human person, philosophy of religion, foundations of moral value (ethics), ancient philosophy, medieval philosophy, modern philosophy, logic, philosophy of being (metaphysics), theory of knowledge (epistemology), philosophy of science (cosmology), and philosophy of language. Certain courses which are not readily available in some schools (e.g. philosophy of science, philosophy of language) may be substituted with corollary philosophical disciplines which “treat the world, human being and God”. Nevertheless, a total of 36 units of philosophy should still be completed (or 12 three-unit courses).
2.2 It belongs to their nature as prerequisites that these philosophy courses be completed first before commencing the study of theology on the graduate level. Hence, as a general rule, a total of 36 units of philosophy courses should have been completed first in a faculty of philosophy before a student may be admitted to LST. This requirement is for the benefit of the students themselves, who will not have to bother about fulfilling any deficiencies in philosophy side by side with their full-time study of theology.
2.3 Nevertheless, if approved by the Vice President for Academic Affairs on a case-to-case basis, those who lack a maximum of 2 courses (or 6 units) may be admitted to LST on the condition that these 2 courses should be completed by the end of their 1st year of enrollment.
2.4 In completing their philosophy prerequisites, students may take philosophy courses offered at LST under the Certificate in Pre-Theology Studies Program.