The Graduate School of Theology of SJVTS is constitutive of the intellectual formation of SJVTS seminarians. This is the Divinity Program of the seminary intended for the candidates to the priesthood. However, SJVTS also operates as a graduate school open to religious and lay extern students. Referred to as our Non-Divinity Program, this is intended for those who have finished their bachelor’s degree and wishes to avail of our Master’s programs in Theology or Pastoral Ministry; whose ongoing formation in the religious life or any particular ministry demand a substantial training and foundation in theological studies; or simply who wish to acquire a deeper theological training in their Catholic faith and tradition.


For the Divinity or Seminary Theology Program

Candidates seeking admission to the seminary course or Divinity Program must have completed a government-recognized bachelor’s degree with at least two years of “studies of philosophy and kindred subject,” and twelve (12) units of undergraduate theology. They must pass the entrance tests and interviews given by SJVTS. They must also be recommended by their College-Seminary Rectors, and approved by their Bishops.

For the Non-Divinity or Graduate Theology Program (GTP)

Applicants for Graduate Theology Program (GTP), which is a non-divinity program, must have a government-recognized (civil) bachelor’s degree, with at least twelve (12) units of theology/religious studies and nine (9) units of philosophy.

They are required to take IQ tests (both Otis and Raven), to write an essay on a certain topic, and to submit their Transcript of Records.

Policies from the Commission on Education (CHED)

The SJVTS Handbook states:

(64.3) The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) requires that those who are admitted to the master’s degree program must have a general average of 86 or B or its equivalent. An applicant who does not meet this required grade may be admitted on a probationary status.

(64.4) In compliance with the CHED policy, a student will only be admitted to a graduate status after completing eighteen (18) units at the master’s level.

(64.5) In admitting transferees, SJVTS complies with the CHED residence policy of at least two (2) consecutive semesters or the equivalent of eighteen (18) units, excluding master’s thesis.


For First Year seminarians of SJVTS (CY1/T1), they are required upon registration to submit the following:

  1. Honorable Dismissal and Transfer Credential from previous school;
  2. Official Transcript of Records addressed to SJVTS;
  3. Two 2×2-inch photos of the student;
  4. Baptismal Certificate; and
  5. Recommendation by the Parish Priest.