Basic Requirements

RST admits future members of the clergy and candidates to religious life and to pious organizations.   It is also open to lay persons, provided they meet the required qualifications stated in Sapientia Christiana, Art. 31 and RST Statutes.  The following are the requisites for admittance to the RST:

  1. A written permission from respective Ordinary or Superior or a certification of good moral character for laypersons,
  2. Completed the degree of Bachelor of Arts major in Philosophy, or any Bachelor’s degree with 28 units in Philosophy.
  3. Proficient with the English language both orally and in writing,
  4. Basic knowledge of Latin,
  5. Valid credentials testifying their previous studies including their training in philosophy,
  6. The following documents:
    • Certificate of Good Moral character and / or Honorable Dismissal (Certificate for Valid Transfer) from the previous school;
    • Official Transcript of Records;
    • One (1) colored passport size, recent photo
  7. Forms from the Dean’s Office;
    • Application Form
    • Referral Form: One (1) for current (immediate) superior
    • Personal Data Sheet
  8. Entrance examination normally composed of the Mental Ability Test, English Test, Latin Test, and Essay Test (n.b. Other items may be added depending on the recommendation of the Enrolment Committee,

For SThB these are the following required philosophy subjects.

  1. Introduction to Philosophy
  2. On Christian Faith and Reason
  3. Ancient History of Philosophy
  4. Medieval History of Philosophy
  5. Modern History of Philosophy
  6. Contemporary History of Philosophy
  7. Metaphysics
  8. Theodicy
  9. Philosophy of Nature
  10. Philosophy of Man
  11. Moral and Political Philosophy
  12. Logic
  13. Philosophy of Knowledge
  14. Methods of Research
  15. Latin
  16. Introductory Theological Courses (A minimum of 2 courses)
  17. Foreign Language aside from the Mother Tongue (At least one foreign language)
  18. Other Courses from Human Sciences (At least 2 courses)

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.

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.

Once admitted, international students on student visas are required to submit the following to the Dean’s Office at least two weeks before the start of registration:  For Philippine-born aliens and those with permanent resident status an Alien Certificate of Registration (ACR) issued by the Bureau of Immigration; For other international students, they are to submit 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.

If these documents are not written in English, an official translation is to be furnished together with a 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.

Enrolment Proper

On the scheduled days for enrolment, students are to fill out the enrolment form.  Data that are of primary importance include the following: updated Personal Information, Curricular offering data i.e. courses, schedule of classes and number of units to be taken.  Subject encoding will be done by the registrar’s office.

As a proof of being officially enrolled, the student is to acquire the study load.  This only can be taken after having paid the required enrolment and other fees specified.  The break down and schedule of payment are listed in the study load.


Transferees to RST have to submit the official Transcript of Records form the previously attended school of theology to the office of the Dean of Studies for the evaluation of credits.

Basis for the crediting of previously taken subjects are the descriptive title, course coverage and number of Units.  The number of unit of the subject to be credited must be equal or greater than the number of units offered at RST.

The maximum limit of units for subjects to be credited is thirty percent (30 %) of the total number of academic units (excluding thesis) required for the degree at RST.  Subject crediting is only applied on the first term upon enrolment of the transferee.

Transferees from UST’s Ecclesiastical Faculty and other Theology Schools with failures are automatically excluded from RST. In some cases when a student who is previously enrolled at the UST’s ecclesiastical faculty of theology wishes to transfer at RST, the student must first secure a permission and/or clearance from UST, stating his eligibility to continue his theological studies at RST.

On Cross-Enrolment

Students from other theological center may enroll at RST provided that such course is offered on the specific term.  The enrollee should procure a recommendation letter coming from the dean of the current school.  It is the office of the RST Dean of Studies that approves cross-enrollees.

Adding or Changing of Subjects

              By rule, subjects are to be taken according to the curricular schedule.  However, students may add or change their subject provided there is no conflict of schedule, the course desired is available during the term of enrolment and with the permission and approval from the office of the Dean of Studies.

Adding and changing of subjects has to be effected by the filling out of the required form from the office of the Dean.  After the requisites are completed the form is to be forwarded to the office of the registrar for encoding of subject change execution.  Adding and changing is no longer allowed after the first week of the formal beginning of classes.

Dropping of Subject Courses

Dropping of some course subjects may be effected only before the scheduled preliminary examinations.  This is to be done formally through the accomplishment of the required form at the Registrar’s office.

Dropping of all course subjects may be entertained any time before the Final examinations provided that this is properly communicated to the office of the Registrar.   In such a case the no-refund policy is applied.  The student gets the “WP” (Withdrawal with Permission).

Dropping of courses outside the conditions above merits a mark of “WF” (without permission) which is equivalent to a grade of 5.00.

A student, whose absence from classes amounts to more than twenty percent (20%) of the total number of hours prescribed for the enrolled subject, is considered dropped due to absences and merits a grade of 5.00.


            Refunds due to withdrawal or dropping of enrolled courses are subject to the following conditions and percentages:  100 % if done prior to the start of the term, 90 % if within the first week of classes, and 80 % within the second week of classes after the beginning of the term.  Beyond the stipulated period the no-refund policy applies.

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