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AB in Theology in the Philippines

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Program Overview

 The Bachelor of Arts major in Theology is a four-year program that provides biblical, theological and historical methods of study to enhance spirituality and ministerial life development. The program develops awareness and acceptance of the Bible as the word of God thus instills an active life of faith in students. It prepares students to become competent, highly motivated and consecrated ministers, Bible teachers, and church workers.

Recommended Senior High School Strand

Students who want to pursue a degree in Theology are encouraged to take the Humanities and Social Sciences (HUMSS) strand under the Academic track. The curriculum focuses on human behavior, literature, education, politics, liberal arts, and society. The HUMSS strand will cover relevant topics that may be further discussed in their college lectures. 

Subjects and Curriculum

  • Principles and Procedures of Church Growth
  • Theology & Practice of Global Mission
  • Church Leadership and Administration
  • Principles & Methods of Discipling
  • Pastoral Psychology and Counseling
  • Spiritual Formation and Professional Ethics
  • Theology & Practice of Worship
  • Life & Teachings of Jesus
  • Prophetic Guidance
  • Church & Society
  • Pastoral Ministry
  • Church History

Admission Requirements


  • The student must be a high school graduate. 

However, if they were not able to graduate high school, they may opt to take the Alternative Learning System (ALS) and pass the Philippine Educational Placement Test (PEPT) to qualify for college; the availability of courses for PEPT passers depend on the university.

  • The students must pass the College Admissions Test of the university.

Basic Requirements

  • Form 138 - High School Report Card (Original and Photocopy)
  • Recommendation letter from High school principal and guidance counselor
  • Most recent medical and dental health record
  • Copy of NSO Certified birth certificate
  • Certificate of Good moral character
  • Copy of honorable dismissal
  • Copy of high school diploma
  • (1) Latest 2”x2” ID Picture

Program Outcome

Graduates of AB in Theology are expected to able to:

  • Demonstrate mastery of the discipline
  • Facilitate learning using various teaching methodologies appropriate to learners and their environment
  • Develop innovative curriculum, instructional plans, teaching approaches, and resources for different types of learners

On-The-Job Training/Internship

During the fourth year of the program, students are required to attend an On the Job Training (OJT) in educational institutions, churches, and religious organizations.

Students are given the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills in an actual work setting. Usually, universities require them to submit a written report on their tasks, learning experiences, and hours rendered. Their work performance will also be evaluated by their immediate managers and will be submitted to their respective OJT coordinator. The number of hours required may differ in each university.

Board Exam

The AB in Theology does not have a board examination. However, graduates may opt to take the Civil Service Examination (CSE) conducted by the Philippine Civil Service Commission (PCSC) to qualify in working in government offices. Some graduates opt to take a Master’s degree followed by a Doctorate degree to gain expertise in the industry.

Some graduates opt to become teachers or instructors in the theology field. To become a Licensed teacher in the Philippines, a graduate of Bachelor of Secondary Education needs to pass the Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET). The examination is conducted by the Board of Professional Teachers under the supervision of the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC). The LET exam is usually.

There is also an option to take the Teacher Certificate Program (TCP), a non-degree program for graduates of any Bachelor’s degree who intend to become teachers. TCP is considered to be the fastest way to get into the Teaching Profession, requiring only 18 units of Professional Education. Individuals who successfully completed the TCP are given a certification and are qualified to take the Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET).

Career Opportunities

 Graduates of AB in Theology educational institutions, churches, and religious organizations. They may apply as a Bible teacher, community priest, theology instructor, academician, or researcher.

Reviews of AB in Theology graduates:

M. B.
◈ Studied Bachelor of Arts in Theology
◈ At Philippine Nazarene College
◈ Graduated 2008

list bulletAbout my college education: My first time to step into the vicinity of Luzon Nazarene Bible College, I was expecting a different perception of this school. I’ve decided to go here because my whole family and relatives were very supportive and wishes me to become a pastor, but actually I was thinking the other way around. So to not disappoint my family’s expectation I enrolled.
On my first year we are studying subjects like College Algebra, Physical Science, Humanities, Statistics, Personal Hygiene, Philippine and World Literature. But as I enter my second semester until fourth year college weird subjects are offered like Bible Doctrine, Christian Theology, Old and New Testament Survey, Pauline Epistles, Johanine Epistles, Church History and many more. I did not have much of the interest on giving my best effort in my studies in first year of second semester. But until one day when I was given the opportunity to go to Korea last vacation of 2004, the Lord spoke to me and has given me sign that He is indeed calling me to become a pastor.
The issue here is one must be sure first that He has a calling to become a full time pledged pastor the rest of the skills will just follow. But I think it is a must that one should master atleast one instrument like guitar or piano. Because there is singing in every services when you are now a graduate and handling your own church.

list bulletMy current job: I am currently the assistant pastor of Magalang Church of the Nazarene, and a chaplain in our private school, Truelight Foundation School, Inc.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: I’m a practical man and practically contextualizing what I’ve learned in my college years on the church administration. The main weapon I use is of course the Holy Scripture, generally known as the Bible. More on visiting our members during the week, having Bible studies, preaching during Sunday Services and sometimes leading a band through singing. When attending seminars we discuss Doctrines and Ethical Issues, etc.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: Right after my graduation in 2008 I was immediately sent to Escaler Church of the Nazarene in Escaler, Magalang, Pampanga to be an assistant pastor by our mother church in San Pablo, Magalang Pampanga headed by a Korean missionary.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Theology: I would recommend this course for those who are sure that the Lord is leading them for a full time ministry in the field (pastoral work). For those who wants to find joy and peace even though in the midst of storm and is simply satisfied even with just a small amount of salary as long as you love serving the people for the Lord, this would be the perfect course for you.
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