Application Process

Formation Year 2018-2019

Application Period for Formation Year 2018-2019
begins in May 2017 and ends on December 9, 2017.

If you are interested to apply for admission to San Jose Seminary, please write and express your intention to Rev. Fr. Rector. He supervises the admission process of the seminary, assisted by the Director of Admissions, the seminary faculty, and the stay of the Fr. Jaime C. Bulatao, SJ Center for Psychology Services (Bulatao Center) of Ateneo de Manila University.

  1. A Jesuit formator administers the examination in areas designated as testing centers. If the applicant cannot go directly to San Jose Seminary in Quezon City, he can make arrangements with the seminary for him to take the examination in any of the designated testing centers in the provinces.
  2. Applicants to San Jose Seminary undergo three phrases.


The requirements to take the Phase One of the admission examination are as follows:

  1. Application/Bio-data Form with a 2×2 ID picture
  2. Photocopy of Transcript of Records or copy of grades
  3. Recommendation or Evaluation from the College Seminary Rector/Spiritual Director

Upon submission of the abovementioned requirements, the applicant may be asked to take a series of IQ tests. If an applicant has already taken any of these tests, the seminary is informed of the fact. Another version of the test is given, or the seminary may simply ask for the score from those who administered the tests.

The results of Phase One determine whether or not an applicant would qualify for the next phase of the admission/screening process.

PHASE TWO: Psychological Tests and Essay Writing

Qualified applicants take a battery of psychological tests. They would also need to submit three (3) personal essay covering different topics.

PHASE THREE: Personal Interviews

The psychological tests are submitted to the Fr. Jaime C. Bulatao, SJ Center for Psychology Services (Bulatao Center) of Ateneo de Manila University where a team of clinical psychologists study and make a psychological profile of each applicant. The applicants recommended to proceed to the next phase of the admission process are then interviewed by three (3) Jesuit formators in the place and time designated.

  1. The Board of Admissions will process all the pertinent documents. After which, Fr. Rector will then inform each applicant the status of his application. Those to be admitted are asked to immediately submit documents needed for their entrance to the seminary. They are also informed of their entrance to the San Jose Seminary.

Some qualified applicants who have not completed the ecclesiastical requirements in philosophy but are nonetheless already college graduates may be accepted into Special Philosophy prior to admission into regular Theology.

Our Theology students are enrolled in the Ateneo de Manila University. Documents required by the Office of the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs must all be submitted before an applicant can take the ADMU admission examination. Results of the examination along with the documentary requirements are then forwarded to the Loyola School of Theology.


San Jose Seminary
Ateneo de Manila University Campus
Loyola Heights, Quezon City 1108
Phone: (02) 426-6091 / 0949 728 8010
Fax: (02) 426-5936
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