The academic programme in St. Charles Seminary spans a period of eight years. The first three years are spent in the seminary studying philosophy. Alongside philosophy, a seminarian completes the Bachelor of Arts Degree at the Diocesan University College of St. Francis de Sales on the same Seminary Hill campus. At least one year of pastoral experience (regency) follows. Then four years of theology. The students of theology who qualify are awarded the Bachelor of Theology Degree from the University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum), Rome. Others obtain the Diploma in Theology granted by St. Charles Seminary.