Admissions

FILIPINO APPLICANTS

A duly accomplished application form must be submitted to the UPLB Graduate School together with the following documents:
 
  1. One (1) original and one (1) photocopy of Official Transcript of Record*, in English language, for each college previously attended.
     
    * Undergraduate transcript is required for master’s degree applicants.
    * Undergraduate and master’s degree transcript is required for PhD applicants.
     
    IMPORTANT: The Official Transcript of Record must not bear any remarks (e.g. “for evaluation”).
     
  2. One (1) photocopy of each certificate or diploma received.
  3. Two (2) accomplished recommendation forms from former professors. If with a master’s degree, a third recommendation from the major professor is required. The recommendation forms must be sent directly by the persons making the recommendation to the UPLB Graduate School through email (admissions.gs.uplb@up.edu.ph).
  4. A non-refundable application fee of PhP 500.

PAYMENT OPTIONS

  • Direct cash payment at the UPLB Cashier’s Office
  • LBC, JRS Express, or DHL courier services (door-to-door delivery)
  • Fund transfer/deposit payment to Landbank
    Account Name: UPLB Special Revolving Fund
    Account Number: 1892-1004-93
     
    IMPORTANT: Please make sure to send the scanned copy of proof of payment (e.g. deposit slip) to admissions.gs.uplb@up.edu.ph.
The UPLB Graduate School and the individual programs reserve the right to require additional information or documents from an applicant when deemed necessary. All application materials become part of the permanent records of UPLB and will not be returned to the applicant.

 

INTERNATIONAL (NON-FILIPINO) APPLICANTS

A duly accomplished application form must be submitted to the UPLB Graduate School together with the following documents:
 
  1. One (1) original and one (1) photocopy of Official Transcript of Record, in English language, for each college previously attended.
  2. One (1) photocopy of each certificate or diploma received.
  3. Two (2) accomplished recommendation forms from former professors. If with a master’s degree, a third recommendation from the major professor is required. The recommendation forms must be sent directly by the persons making the recommendation to the UPLB Graduate School through email (admissions.gs.uplb@up.edu.ph).
  4. Results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or Certification of English as medium of instruction in previous degree/s issued by the university/school registrar.
  5. Photocopy of passport as proof of identification.
  6. Proof of financial capacity to pursue studies in the Philippines or scholarship award letter.
  7. Police Clearance.

ENGLISH PROFICIENCY EXAMINATION

If English is not the medium of instruction or the TOEFL score is below 500, an applicant is required to take the English Proficiency Examination (EPE) in UPLB. This is to determine one’s level of proficiency. The fee for EPE is PhP 250. If the applicant’s level of proficiency is Level A, he/she is required to take the Level A English Intensive Course for a fee of PhP 8000.

APPLICATION FEE

Application fee is USD 40. Payment can be made through bank transfer:
 
Bank Name: Land Bank of the Philippines – UPLB Branch
Bank Address: Victoria M. Ela Ave. Los Baños, Laguna
Bank Account: UPLB Revolving Fund Dollar
Bank Account Number: 1894-0022-27
Swift Code: TLBP PH MMXXX
 
IMPORTANT: Email the scanned copy of proof of payment to aasambrano@up.edu.ph cc: admissions.gs.uplb@up.edu.ph.
 

APPLICATION DEADLINES

All documents must be received by the UPLB Graduate School on or before:
 
  • 30 June: First Semester (September) admission.
  • 30 October: Second Semester (February) admission.

 

INCOMPLETE APPLICATION DOCUMENTS

Applications lacking the required documents will not be processed until after all the papers were received by the UPLB Graduate School. Processing will then commence in the next evaluation period.

 

ADMISSION CATEGORIES

An applicant to a degree program may be admitted on either regular or provisional status.

Regular admission is offered to an applicant whose academic records and supporting documents indicate that he is qualified to undertake graduate study in his chosen field.

Provisional admission is offered to an applicant whose academic records and supporting documents indicate deficiencies but show promise of success in graduate study. An applicant must meet the specific requirements of his admission before his provisional status can be changed to regular. An applicant who fails to meet the terms of provisional admission is disqualified from the intended program of study.

 

DEFERMENT OF ADMISSION

An applicant who cannot enroll in the semester for which admission was offered may send a written request to the Dean of the UPLB Graduate School to have their admission deferred for a period not exceeding one year. If the request is approved, the student cannot register for graduate course work as a non-degree or special student in UPLB while the deferment is in effect.

 

NON-REGULAR ADMISSION

An applicant for non-degree or special programs may be offered admission to the UPLB Graduate School but not to any graduate degree program upon recommendation of the Graduate Admissions Committee of the department for which the applicant intends to enroll courses. The recommendation must be endorsed by the Department Chair and approved by the Dean of the UPLB Graduate School.

An applicant admitted on non degree status may take a maximum of 12 units of course work for credit but shall not be allowed to enroll for more than one semester, except by special permission of the Dean of the UPLB Graduate School and the University Registrar. An applicant admitted on special status shall not be allowed to enroll for more than 9 units a semester or to register for more than 2 years, except by special permission of the Dean of the UPLB Graduate School; subjects taken shall not be credited.

 

READMISSION

An applicant offered readmission to a degree program shall undergo the same procedure as that of a newly-admitted graduate student. Applications for readmission to a graduate program can be made only once.

 

APPLICANTS NOT ADMITTED

Applicants who are denied admission due to lack of preparatory or fundamental courses in the intended graduate program of study may have their applications reconsidered only after submission of additional documents not submitted at the time of original evaluation. Applicants denied admission due to poor academic credentials are discouraged from reapplying for admission.

Step 1. See if you meet the minimum qualifications

  • Master’s: Bachelor’s degree (4-year degree course) holder or its equivalent from any recognized institution.
  • Doctor of Philosophy: Master’s degree holder or its equivalent from any recognized institution.

Step 2. Secure admission requirements for uploading in the Online Admissions Portal

Checklist of Required Documents

IMPORTANT: Applications with incomplete documents shall not be processed.

  1. Scanned original Transcript of Records (TOR) without remarks or with “For copy of UPLB.”
  2. Two (2) accomplished recommendation forms from former professors. If with a master’s degree, a third recommendation from the major professor is required. The recommendation forms must be sent directly by the persons making the recommendation to the UPLB Graduate School through email (admissions.gs.uplb@up.edu.ph).
  3. Proof of payment.

    Applicaton Fee

    • PhP 500 for Filipino citizens

      • Direct payment to UPLB Cash Division
      • LBC, JRS Express, or DHL courier service (door-to-door delivery)
      • Fund transfer through Land Bank of the Philippines

        Account Name: UPLB Special Revolving Fund
        Account Number: 1892-1004-93

    • USD 40 for international applicants (excluding bank charges)

      • Direct payment to UPLB Cash Division
      • Fund transfer through Land Bank of the Philippines – UPLB Branch

        Account Name: UPLB Revolving Fund Dollar
        Account Number: 1894-0022-27
        Swift Code: TLBP PH MMXXX

  4. Scanned copy of original official certificate or diploma from previous degrees.
  5. Other additional attachments required by the following programs:

    • Development Management and Governance – Essay 1: Personal statement, Essay 2: Research Interest
    • Development Studies – Research Proposal

Additional Requirements for International Applicants

  • TOEFL score of 500 or IELTS score of 5.5 or better taken within the last two years is required only of applicants from countries where English is not the medium of instruction and/or not the native language. A copy of the official score report should be issued by the Educational Testing Service to the University of the Philippines Los Baños-Graduate School; or Certification of English as medium of instruction in previous degree signed by the University Registrar.
  • Photocopy of passport as proof of identification.
  • Proof of financial capacity to pursue studies in the Philippines or scholarship award letter.
  • Police Clearance.

Online Admission Portals

Fill-out the google form and upload the required documents through the following links:

IMPORTANT: Hard copies of the requirements should be submitted to the office of the UPLB Graduate School once admitted.

Step 3. Wait for the result

The applicant will be notified through mail and email. If no email has been received this means that the application is still in process.

Applicants (for Masters/MS/PhD) who are admitted are classified as:

  • Regular: students who have satisfactorily met the minimum requirements for the particular discipline.

  • Provisional: students who have certain deficiencies which may be corrected by prescribing additional requirements. The provisional admission is valid for one term only. During the first semester of residence, students on provisional admission are classified as having probationary status. They should register at least 9 units of courses with graduate credit in their field of specialization and should obtain a weighted average grade of 2.00 or better.

FIRST SEMESTER (September-January): 30 June

SECOND SEMESTER (February-June): 30 October

DR. JOMAR F. RABAJANTE

Dean, Graduate School
University of the Philippines Los Baños, College, 4031 Laguna, Philippines