The 2017 Student Handbook states:
2.1.3 Transcript of Records. A minimum of 12 units of undergraduate theology and 42 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 Conditional.
4.1.4. Academic Prerequisites: 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 titles, 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: introduction to philosophy, philosophy of the human person, reason and the Christian faith, moral philosophy or ethics, ancient philosophy, medieval philosophy, modern philosophy, contemporary philosophy, logic, metaphysics, epistemology/hermeneutics, political philosophy, philosophy of nature (cosmology), and Asian philosophies (total of 14 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. A total of 42 units of philosophy should be completed.
The following are the guidelines to be followed in view of applicant’s 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 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 42 (or 14 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 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 42 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.
2.2 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.
2.3 In completing their philosophy prerequisites, students may take philosophy courses offered at LST under the Certificate in Pre-Theology Studies Program.