A.    Admission Requirements

 

1.   RST is principally open to future members of the clergy. However, they are also open to religious men and women and lay persons, provided they meet the required qualifications (Sapientia Christiana, art.31 and RST Statutes).

2.     To be admitted to RST, clerics and religious must present a written permission from their respective Ordinary or Superior.  Laypersons seeking admission to the Faculty should present a certificate of good moral character and a letter of recommendation from their respective Local Ordinary.   

3.     To be admitted as an ordinary student in RST, a student must have completed the degree of Bachelor of Arts major in Philosophy, or any Bachelor’s degree with 28 units in Philosophy. It is a requirement for admission that a student must have command of the English language and a suitable knowledge of the Latin language.

4.     As a matter of general policy, the School of Theology does not accept transferees.   In meritorious and exceptional cases, admission will be left to the discretion of the Dean.

5.   All local applicants must present valid credentials testifying their previous studies including their training in philosophy.   All new students must submit upon admission, the following documents:

5.1  Certificate of Good Moral character and / or Honorable Dismissal (Certificate for Valid Transfer) from the previous school;

5.2  Official Transcript of Records;

5.3  One (1) colored passport size, recent photo

6.   All local applicants must present valid credentials testifying their previous studies including their training in philosophy. All new students must submit upon admission, the following documents:

6.1  Certificate of Good Moral Character and/or Honorable Dismissal ( Certificate for Valid Transfer) from the previous school;

6.2  Official Transcript of Records;

6.3  One (1) colored passport size, recent photo

7.   Secure and upon submission of the aforementioned documents the following forms the Dean’s Office;

7.1  Application Form

7.2  Referral Form: One (1) for current (immediate) superior

7.3  Accomplish the Personal Data Sheet

8.   All applicants to RST must take and pass the entrance examination. The entrance examination is normally composed of the Mental Ability Test, English Test, Latin Test, and Essay Test. Other items may be added depending on the recommendation of the Admission Committee.

9.   Based on the results of the admission examination, a student may be required to take Advanced Technical Reading and Writing as pre-requisite course to the program.

10.  No student may be admitted into RST to work for a degree simultaneously with another academic degree from another school, except for the special arrangements established by the school.

11.  The admission of students to RST is processed by the Admission Committee.

12.  International Students. International students are subject to the rules and regulations of the Bureau of Immigration and the Commission on Higher Education.  International students on student visas must register for subjects to earn credit (and grades).

13.  International students who wish transfer to another school should present a letter citing the reason (s) for transfer addressed to the Officer-in-Charge of the International Students Office of the CHED.   Transfer credentials will be issued by the Recoletos School of Theology upon receipt of the CHED clearance.

14.  International students who intend to temporarily leave the Philippines must apply for an Emigration Clearance Certificate and Special Return Certificate with the Philippine Bureau of Immigration if they wish to retain their student visas.

15.  An International Student’s Fee is charged every enrolment in the Graduate School in addition to the regular tuition and fees.

16.  Deadline for International Applicants. To allow sufficient time to process applications, international applicants applying from abroad are strongly advised to submit the required forms and documents at least six months before the beginning of the semester or term in which they intend to start studies.

17.  Legal Documents Required of International Students. Once admitted, international students on student visas are required to submit the following to the Dian’s Office at least two weeks before the start of registration;

17.1  For Philippine-born aliens and those with permanent resident status an Alien Certificate of Registration (ACR) issued by the Bureau of Immigration.

17.2  For other international students – their passport, visa, ACR, and Certificate of Residence for Temporary Students (CRTS) valid for the semester of enrolment.  Holders of non-student visas valid for enrolment in the Philippines also have to submit the required admission documents to the Dean’s Office at least two weeks before the start of registration.

18.  If these documents are not written in English, complete official translations should be submitted together with the copy of the original records.   Translations may be certified at the Philippine Embassy located in the applicant’s country, or by a responsible academic official of RST. The Transcript of Records must indicate all subjects taken and the grades earned for each. The grading system must also be clearly stated on the Transcript of Records.

 

Graduation Honors for Master of Arts in Sacred Theology

 

      The following are the Implementing Guidelines for the granting of honors for Master of Arts in Theology (thesis):

 

1. A candidate for graduation with honors must have completed the program within the residency period which is five (5) years.

2.   The candidate for graduation with honors in the Master’s program must not have acquired a grade of incomplete, or WF or grade below 3.0.\

3. A candidate for graduation with honors must have carried at least the regular academic units per semester of study.

4.  A candidate for graduation with honors must have completed in RST at least 80% of the total number of academic units including thesis for graduation.

5. Must not have obtained a grade lower than “Meritus” in the oral defense of the thesis.

6. Graduation honors shall be awarded to students with the following weighted average;

 

            Summa Cum Laude                 - 1.00-1.20     

            Magna Cum Laude                  - 1.21 – 1.45

            Cum Laude                              - 1.46 – 1.75

 

Provided:

6.1    They have been in residence for at least 4 consecutive semesters;

6.2    They must have completed the course following the regular;

6.3   They have completed at least 70% of the total number academic units or hours for graduation in RST;

6.4  They have not incurred failing marks in any of the subjects during the Oral Comprehensive Examination;

6.5    They have successfully defended their terminal writing requirement only once within the prescribed period

6.6    They have not incurred an AW, UW, NFE  or failure in any subject; and

6.7    For transferees and shiftiest, grades in all subjects taken in the previous school and / or program shall be included in the computation of General Weighted Average (GWA).

  1. Candidates with grades of 3.0 or 75-78 in any of his subjects will be disqualified from the honor roll.

 

The following are the Implementing Guidelines for the granting of honors for Master of Arts in Theology (non-thesis)

 

  1. A candidate for graduation with honors must have completed the program within the residency period which is five (5) years.
  2. The candidate for graduation with honors in the Master’s program must not have acquired a grade of incomplete, or WF or grade below 3.0.
  3. A candidate for graduation with honors must have carried at least the regular academic units per semester of study.
  4. A candidate for graduation with honors must have completed in RST at least 80% of the total number of academic units including thesis for graduation.
  5. Must not have obtained a grade lower than “Meritus” in the oral defense of the thesis.
  6. The following scheme apply in the determination of honors:

  

Grading Factors and Weight

 

Average Grade in all subjects taken

50%

Oral Comprehensive Examination

25%

 

 

 

Terminal Writing Requirement

25%

Written Form of the Terminal Paper

(70%)

Presentation in a colloquium

(30%)

Total

100%

 

On Incomplete Grades

 

1.   An “Incomplete” (“Inc”) grade must be completed within a period of one (1) year counted from the semester when the “Inc.” grade was incurred. After a year, the student is required to repeat the same course (not necessarily under the same Professor) or get a failing grade of 5.00 or it remains “Inc.” and will earn no credit whatsoever.

2.   A student with an “incomplete “(INC) grades at the time of enrollment will not be allowed to enroll.

 

Intellectual Property

 

1.     Recoletos School of Theology recognizes the right of personal ownership of intellectual property. If a student has produced materials worthy of publication, the institution would encourage the student to seek publication. However, let it be known that the use of those materials in the context of the life of the school, whether in the classroom, chapel, or in other location or formats will not financially obligate the school in any way. The school will not pay royalties to any student for the use of their intellectual property in the context of the life of the school.

2.     If the case arises where such student work is being sold by the school to individuals or entities outside the life of the school, a written agreement will be negotiated with the student. Students may enter into an agreement with the school to take on a special assignment, course or project. Such agreements may provide compensation and may establish other conditions on a case-by-case basis. Such agreements would supersede the policy stated above if any conflict were to arise.