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Philosophy and Theology Courses Required for Admission to the Bachelor in Sacred Theology (S.T.B.) and Master of Arts (M.A.) 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 S.T.B 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, philosophy of religion, foundations of moral value, ancient, medieval, modern (and contemporary) philosophy, logic, metaphysics, theory of knowledge (epistemology), philosophy of science (cosmology), and philosophy of language.

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 S.T.B. and M.A. Programs in Theological Studies and Pastoral Ministry

The 12 units of undergraduate (or prerequisite) theology courses required for admission to the S.T.B., M.A. Theological Studies,  and M.A. 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 S.T.B. 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 S.T.B. 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 Dean 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 should cross-enroll as an LST student in any government-recognized educational institution that offers philosophy courses (Ateneo de Manila, San Carlos Seminary, University of Sto. Tomas, Claret Formation Center, Christ the King Seminary, etc.), fulfill the requirements of the courses and submit an official transcript of records of the philosophy courses taken. A cross-enroll form is available at the LST Academic Section Office.