All students entering the seminary are required to participate in the orientation in the week preceding the commencement of classes. Such orientation shall be organized by the Dean of Student Affairs. The schedule for the orientation period will be informed to all approved applicants and returning students in advance.
Admission to Classes
Only students who are officially registered shall be admitted to any class. The Certificate of Registration and receipt of payment should therefore be presented to the respective faculty members on the first day of class. Any exception to this rule shall be authorized only by the Registrar upon recommendation by the Academic Dean. In such cases, a permit signed by the Registrar shall be presented to the concerned professors in lieu of the proof of enrollment. The Academic Dean should immediately be notified regarding such cases by the Registrar.
Academic Standard and Student Load
Any student with a normal load as described in his/her course curriculum is considered a full-time student. Students should be aware that the stated number of units per semester is required for graduation within the normal course schedules. Students with loads of less than the said units should anticipate conflict of schedule with other subjects. Overloading is highly discouraged. Overloading is only allowed during the students’s senior year after and upon manifesting academic proficiency and spiritual maturity to cope with the demands of extra academic load.
Spiritual/ Ministry Formation
Spiritual Formation is a regular part of the students academic load. All students whether part-time or full-time are required to have a Spiritual Formation each semester. This course includes Field Ministry, Chapel Services, Prayer & Fasting, Revival Week, and Field Ministry Week. The Field Ministry requires one hour class session per week. A minimum of 10 hours a week of church ministry involvement (Sunday school teaching, Bible study leading, preaching, visitation and preparation) shall be reported by the students weekly. The Field Ministry Director or Dean of Students shall visit the ministry location of the student for evaluation. The students shall be graded on the basis of their ministry performance, class session, and recommendation by the Field Supervisor/Senior Pastor.
PTS-CAS believes that practical experience plays a vital role in student’s life. The entire training program of PTS-CAS is incomplete without an internship experience. The student shall be placed under the guidance of the church moderator/supervisor for a weekly ministry, integrating the principles learned in the classroom in an actual field work. This provides an actual Christian ministry experience of the student in a local context for a period of time, before leaving the seminary. This ministry involvement is further augmented by a once-a-week meeting in the campus for one and a half hours with Field Ministry director discussing and reflecting on their experiences in the field.
The school year is divided into two semesters approximately 16 weeks each. A minimum of three (3) years will be required to complete the degree of Master of Divinity and four (4) years in the bachelor’s degree except for BTH and BCM which are scheduled for not more than three years. The school year for both levels begins in 2nd week of June and ends in the 3rd week of March. Thus, most students are advised to stay in the campus to indulge in the efficient and effective study habit.
Students shall be present at every meeting of the class. If a student knows in advance he/she will be absent, prior arrangements must be made with the instructor. Penalties for absence from class and for tardiness may be applied by way of grade reduction or refusal of credit depending on the circumstances and upon the judgment of the teacher involved. Excused absences are included in the total number of allowable absences (25% of the total number of hours). 48 hours class sessions sum up a 3-unit course per semester. That means, 12 hours is 25% percent allowable absences. More than that, results to a failing grade (F). However, when an absence is excused by the instructor, any work due may be turned in at the next class session without loss of credit. For a five-day module course, a failing grade is given to students who are absent for one and a half (1 ½) days.
Academic Honesty and Integrity
Every student is expected to be honest in doing his/her paper work. Taking credit for somebody’s written work or ideas is a serious violation of Christian standard. Submitting a paper already graded by other instructor in the previous semester(s) is considered dishonesty. Writing for someone else is also considered dishonesty. Any student found cheating on a test or commits any of the offenses stated above for the first time will be warned. If caught for the second time, the student will be immediately terminated from the course with an “F” grade. If student commits any of the offenses stated above for the third time, the seminary has the right to expel the student concerned. The instructor will notify the Dean of Students, Academic Dean, Registrar and the student in writing to this effect.
A student is placed on academic probation if he/she fails in 25% or more of the units he/she is taking in any semester. His/her registration in the following semester shall be reduced by at least one subject that is to be selected by the Academic Dean. In the determination of the 25% of the units referred to, the dropped courses shall be excluded and the grade of INC or 4.0 shall be considered a failure. Academic probation is automatically lifted if the student’s GPA in the ensuing semester is higher than 25% of the units he/she is taking. A student who has INC in all his/her subjects for a semester will not be admitted in the following semester. Students on academic probation shall be allowed to enroll not more than 12 units in the current semester. Any students who fail in two or more subjects will be grounded for dismissal in the Seminary.
In the course description an hour means one hour weekly during the semester (16 weeks). If courses are given in a short term program the hours are counted as actual hours taught divided by 16. A course taught for two hours daily for 10 class days amount to one (1) hour as to credit. Since the student has little time for library and other study work the added four  hours are considered as adjustment for homework time lost.
An average grade of 75 out of a possible 100 is required to pass any course. Notation of grades is as follows:
Transcript of Records
Transcript of records are confidential documents and are issued only upon the request of the student. Only a written request will be accepted. No transcript will be issued for persons who do not have financial clearance from the Business Office.
Change of Grade
If the student feels that he has been assigned an incorrect grade for a course, the following procedure should be followed:
- An appointment should be scheduled with the instructor as soon as possible after the receipt of the official grade from the Registrar (Notice of Academic Record).
- Consultation with the instructor regarding his/her grade must be held before the midpoint of the next semester.
- If the consultation with the instructor results to a change of the previously assigned grade, the student should secure the instructor’s signature on the form available at the Registrar’s office. The instructor must submit full supporting documents.
Incomplete Class Work
The entry of incomplete (INC) grade may be assigned by the instructor when it is felt that the granting of an extension of time to complete course work or to take the final examination is warranted by the student’s circumstances. An incomplete grade that is not removed by the midpoint of the following semester will automatically become a grade of Fail (F). Students with extenuating circumstances may apply for additional time to remove a grade of incomplete. Be sure to fill up the required forms.
Courses dropped after the midpoint of the semester will automatically receive the grade of Fail (F). Courses dropped volitionally are noted as follows:
To graduate, all course requirements must be completed or met satisfactorily, including research papers/thesis and any other stipulations laid down at matriculation. Candidates must show evidence of sound doctrinal beliefs and a life example of genuine Christian character befitting a person called by God to spiritual leadership and witness. All financial obligations to the seminary which are due must be paid before the graduation.
A student enrolled in the thesis course is required to write and defend his/her thesis. The candidate must demonstrate ability to carry on original investigation by submitting to the Faculty a thesis in some specific field. Deadline for submission is at least two weeks before the Oral Defense. Thesis defense will be graded pass or fail.
Procedures for Thesis Writing
A thesis must have a minimum of 60 pages in the recent accepted format with at least 30 main books and journal references. When the candidate’s thesis has been accepted by the Thesis Committee, the candidate must comply with the instructions received from the Academic Dean with regards to the binding and distribution of the thesis copies.
Comprehensive Examination is required for all graduating students. Written examinations are given two (2) days covering all required areas of core study – Biblical Exegesis, Theological, Historical, and Practical Study. Oral interview is given one (1) day. A notice of intent to take the Comprehensive Examination must be filed no later than the beginning of the second semester of the school year. The written examinations must be passed as a whole and by unanimous approval of the Comprehensive Examination Committee. Failure on any subject will require the student to a reexamination for the particular subject. Permission for a second examination must be secured through the Comprehensive Examination Committee.
All graduating students are required to attend an exit interview before the seminary Board of Trustee members and faculty for prayer and fellowship.
To provide a unique opportunity and a wider understanding of ministry, all graduating students are required to join the two (2) days pastoral tour as part of their exposure to different kinds of ministries in the community.