University of Santo Tomas (UST) Requirements

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Requirements


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  • UNDERGRADUATE/BACHELOR'S DEGREE PROGRAMS

    UNDERGRADUATE/BACHELOR'S DEGREE PROGRAMS

    Freshmen

    Applicants who wish to enroll at the University of Santo Tomas must pass the UST Entrance Exam (USTET). Below are the following guidelines:

    1. Only applicants who are currently enrolled in Grade 12 may apply.
    2. The following applicants must secure clearance from the UST Office of the Registrar before paying the application fee:
      1. Out-of-school youth passers of the Philippine Educational Placement Test (PEPT) and Alternative Learning System Accreditation and Equivalency (ALS A & E) – present the certificate of passing
      2. Applicants who are graduates of previous school years – present original Form 138 (Report Card)
      3. Applicants from foreign schools – present Form 137 (Transcript of Records)
      4. Foreigners graduating from local schools – present passport and Alien Certificate of Registration
    3. Applicants must apply online.
    4. Fill out the online Application and Grades Form and the Information Survey that can be found at http://onlineapplication.ust.edu.ph/. Once data is successfully submitted, you can no longer edit them.
    5. Download and print the accomplished Application and Grades Form, Information Survey and USTET Application Payment Slip.
    6. Proceed to any Metrobank branch to pay, over the counter, the non-refundable application fee indicated in the USTET Application payment slip. Fill out the Metrobank payment slip with the following information: (Present to Metrobank the USTET Application payment slip with reference number for verification purposes). Application Fees:
                                     Filipinos studying in the Philippines: PHP 600.00
                                     Filipinos studying abroad: PHP 1,000.00
                                     Foreigners studying in the Philippines: PHP 1,000.00
                                     Foreigners studying in Foreign Schools: PHP 1,500.00
                                     Students studying in the Middle East: USD 100.00
    1. Request the Registrar’s Office of your school to accomplish the High School Grades Form. Make sure that the school principal or registrar signs the High School Grades Form.
    2. Keep a photocopy of all the documents before you proceed to step 9.
    3. Submit the following documents to the OFAD personally. For your convenience, you are highly encouraged to send the documents through any courier service (e.g. UPS, FedEx, DHL, 2go, LBC, etc.):
      1. Accomplished Application and Grades Form together with the Information Survey
      2. Certificate of candidacy for graduation or certificate of enrolment as Grade 12 student coming from the Principal or the Registrar
      3. Clear photocopy of:
                                    PSA Birth certificate/passport
                                   
    Metrobank payment slip (do not send the original copy) Submit the documents to:
                                          OFFICE FOR ADMISSIONS (OFAD)
                                          Room 104, Tan Yan Kee Student Center
                                          University of Santo Tomas
                                          España, Manila
    1. Once we receive your documents, you shall receive a notification regarding the status of your application. Please visit your Activity Log to view the notification five (5) working days after submission of the documents
    2. Upon receiving the notification of OFAD, download and print the TEST PERMIT. Take note of your USTET schedule.

    Transferees

    Requirements

    A student from another school/college/university who wishes to transfer to the University must:
    • Have no failing grades in any course;
    • Have not been subjected to disciplinary action in the school/college/university of origin; and
    • Meet the requirements for residency in the University.

    Procedures
    1. Transferee must submit the following to the Dean’s Office of the department where the program of choice is offered:
      1. A Letter of Intent addressed to the Dean of the department  where the program is offered;
      2. Clear photocopy of duly certified transcript of records; and
      3. Certificate of Good Moral Character coming from the Dean and the Head of the Office for Student Affairs of the school of origin.
    2. The transferee applicant shall forward the Certificate of Good Moral Character to the University’s Office for Student Affairs for clearance.
    3. After careful evaluation of the transferee’s credentials, the Dean shall endorse the transferee to the Office of the Secretary General for approval to take the UST – Transferee’s Qualifying Test (UST – TQT).
    4. If the transferee passes the UST – TQT, he/she must accomplish the Admission Memo and submit it to the Office of the Registrar together with his/her original copy of transfer credentials.

    SHIFTERS

    Requirements

    A student is allowed to shift from one program to another, subject to the availability of slots and the requirements for shifting set by the University and the receiving College/Faculty/Institute. Below are the Policy Guidelines and Conditions:
    • Admission of a shifter is subject to the availability of slots in the receiving college/faculty/institute.
    • A student with nine (9) units of deficiencies in general education courses is not allowed to shift.
    • A shifter is required to comply with the grade and other requirements set by the receiving faculty/college/ institute.
    • The shifter needs to pass the UST – Shifter’s Qualifying Test (UST-SQT).
    • A shifter who wishes to shift to another program within the same faculty/college/institute need not take the UST Shifter’s Qualifying Test (UST-SQT).

    Procedures
    Within the same faculty/college/institute:
    1. The shifter writes a Letter of Intent addressed to the Dean of the receiving faculty/college/institute.
    2. The shifter submits the following documents to the Dean’s Office of the receiving faculty/college/institute:
                     Clear photocopy of transcript of records duly certified by the Office of the Registrar;
                     
    Endorsement letter coming from the Guidance Counselor of the college/faculty/institute  of origin;
                     
    Admission Memo accomplished by the shifter.

  • SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAMS

    SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAMS

    1. Only applicants who are currently enrolled in Grade 10 may apply.
    2. The following applicants must secure clearance from the UST Office of the Registrar before paying the application fee:
                       2.1. Out-of-school youth passers of the Philippine Educational Placement Test (PEPT) - present the certificate of passing
                       2.2 Completers from previous school years;
                       2.3 Applicants from foreign schools - present Form 137 (Transcript of Records)
                       2.4. Foreigners graduating from local schools - present passport and Alien Certificate of Registration
    1. Applicants must apply online.
    2. Fill out the online Application and Grades Form and the Information Survey and press Submit. Should you wish to edit your data, you may do so by clicking “Back”. Once data is successfully submitted, you can no longer edit them.
    3. Download and print the accomplished Application and Grades Form, Information Survey and USTET Application Payment Slip.
    4. Proceed to any Metrobank branch to pay, over the counter, the non-refundable application fee indicated in the USTET Application payment slip. Fill out the Metrobank payment slip with the following information: (Present to Metrobank the USTET Application payment slip with reference number for verification purposes)
                             Application Fees:
                                     Filipinos studying in the Philippines: PHP 600.00
                                     Filipinos studying abroad: PHP 1,000.00
                                     Foreigners studying in the Philippines: PHP 1,000.00
                                     Foreigners studying in Foreign Schools: PHP 1,500.00
                                     Students studying in the Middle East: USD 100.00
    1. Request the Registrar’s Office of your school to accomplish the Junior High School Grades Form. Make sure that the school principal or registrar signs the Junior High School Grades Form.
    2. Keep a photocopy of all the documents before you proceed to step 9.
    3. Submit the following documents to the OFAD personally. For your convenience, you are highly encouraged to send the documents through any courier service (e.g. UPS, FedEx, DHL, 2go, LBC, etc.)
                       9.1 Accomplished Application and Grades Form together with the Information Survey
                       9.2 Clear photocopy of:
    • PSA or NSO Birth certificate
    • Baptismal Certificate (for Catholic applicants only)
    • Metrobank payment slip (do not send the original copy)
    1. Submit the documents to:
                      OFFICE FOR ADMISSIONS (OFAD)
                      Room 104, Tan Yan Kee Student Center
                      University of Santo Tomas
                      Espana, Manila
    1. Once we receive your documents, you shall receive a notification regarding the status of your application. Please visit your Activity Log to view the notification five (5) workings days after submission of the documents.
    2. Upon receiving the notification of OFAD, download and print the TEST PERMIT. Take note of your USTET schedule.
    3. Visit http://onlineapplication.ust.edu.ph/ to apply online

  • ​​GRADUATE SCHOOL PROGRAMS

    ​​GRADUATE SCHOOL PROGRAMS
    UST Graduate School Admission Policies

    1. Accomplished admission requirements must be personally submitted to the UST Graduate School Office during the application period or at least a month before enrollment starts. Documents such as transcripts of records (TOR) and application forms submitted via electronic mails are not allowed. Foreign applicants may send the admission requirements via international courier services.
    2. In general, an applicant with a general weighted average not lower than 2.00 (85%) or B in the bachelor’s program may be admitted to an M.A./M.S. program. An applicant with a general weighted average not lower than 1.35 (92%) or A- in the master’s program may be admitted to a Ph.D./Ed.D. program.
    3. Based on the results of the admission examination, a student may be required to take Advanced Academic Writing (3 units) as a prerequisite course to the program, subject to the following: Passing the bar/board examinations is a requirement for admission to Master of Laws, M.A. in Nursing, M.S. Pharmacy, and any other degree programs that require board examinations.
      • A student unable to meet the cut-off for the qualifying examination is required to enroll in Advanced Academic Writing (3 units) not later than the second term of enrollment;
      • A student required to enroll in Advanced Academic Writing may proceed to other courses in the program only after earning credit for it. However, other courses may be enrolled simultaneously with Advanced Academic Writing.
      • The course Advanced Academic Writing cannot be waived as a requirement for the completion of the program.
     
    1. A foreign student, whether new or transferee, must pay the out-of-state fee, i.e., USD 2,750.00 for the master’s program and USD 3,500.00 for the doctoral program before formally enrolling. Payment of this fee may be in full or in an installment basis. A student who wishes to pay in installment may pay the out-of-state fee during the entire duration of the program. He/She, however, cannot graduate without a certificate from the Treasurer’s Office that he/she has settled the amount in full. The fee may be paid in US dollars or in pesos. If a foreign student discontinues his/her studies for whatever reason(s) during the first semester entry, the rule on dropping of courses is observed to determine adjustment of fees.  Moreover, if a foreign student suddenly disappears for whatever reason(s) and fails to settle his/her accounts, no official record of his/her academic performance shall be released.
    2. There are some M.A./M.S. programs which require that the applicant take some undergraduate (foundation) courses as preparatory courses if his/her bachelor’s degree is not aligned with the M.A./M.S. degree s/he wishes to pursue. A student who wishes to pursue an M.A./M.S. degree not aligned with his/her bachelor’s degree should finish at least eighteen (18) units of foundation courses in the area of specialization (with grades not lower than 2.0 whether the courses were taken at the undergraduate or graduate level), subject to the approval of the program lead. Those in the M.B.A. and M.S.C. programs whose undergraduate degree is non-business or non-economics must take additional nine (9) units of foundation courses, namely, Principles of Economics, Principles of Accounting, and Principles of Marketing. However, there are master’s degree programs that require a corresponding identical bachelor’s degree, e.g., law, nursing.  This is not limited to a holder of a bachelor’s degree in Political Science cannot immediately apply in the Ll.M. program. This is in view of the fact that the Ll.M. requires both A.B./B.S. and Ll.B. degrees prior to enrollment in the Ll.M. program. Also, graduates of professional degrees like, but not limited to M.D., D.M.D., D.V.M., O.D., J.D. or Ll.B., must first take and obtain a master’s degree prior to their application to the doctoral degree program. The M.B.A., M.S.H.R.M., and any other management-related graduate programs require at least two (2) years of work experience prior to admission into the program.
    3. If an applicant wishes to pursue a doctoral degree not aligned with the M.A./M.S. degree already earned, he/she will be required to take additional M.A./M.S. foundation courses.
    4. Courses taken from another university without the approval of the UST Registrar’s Office and the recommendation of the Dean shall not be formally credited.
    5. An applicant who already possesses a doctoral degree and wishes to pursue a second doctoral degree must fulfill the following requirements: If the desired second doctoral degree program is not related to the previous master’s and previous doctoral degrees, the applicant is required to take at least 24 academic units in the master’s level, equivalent to nine (9) units of core and fifteen (15) units of specialization courses over and above the regular requirements for the doctoral degree.
    6. An applicant who wishes to pursue another M.A./M.S. or Ph.D./Ed.D. at the UST Graduate School must formally apply in the desired master’s/doctoral program. Prerequisite courses completed in the first master’s program, such as Thomas Aquinas and Critical Thinking and Research Methodology need not be taken again, but the applicant must take additional or parallel major/prerequisite courses in place of the prerequisite subjects completed before.
    7. Graduates of non-thesis track programs at the UST Graduate School or any other universities from A.Y. 2010-2011 to A.Y. 2014 – 2015 who wish to pursue doctoral studies at UST are required to enroll in six (6) units of bridging courses. At the end of the course, they need to submit publishable research papers and are required to publish these papers in reputable local or international journals before they are allowed to formally enroll in the doctoral program. Graduates of non-thesis track degree programs at the UST Graduate School or elsewhere before A.Y. 2010-2011, therefore, should finish a thesis-track M.S./M.A. program at UST or elsewhere should they intend to pursue their doctoral studies at UST.
    For a list of downloadable files visit http://graduateschool.ust.edu.ph/admission/
     

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