UP Diliman


Full-time students are allowed the normal load of 9-12 units per semester or 8-10 units per trimester. During the summer session, the normal load is six (6) units. No graduate student employed on a full-time basis shall be allowed an academic load of more than ten (10) units in any semester, unless s/he has the prior approval of the head of the graduate unit to which s/he belongs.

Study load: The normal study load of a full-time student shall be nine (9) to twelve (12) units per semester of formal graduate courses and eight (8) to ten (10) units per trimester.

The Cumulative Weighted Average Grade (CWAG) shall be based on all courses taken by the student in his/her approved Program of Study, including those taken in compliance with the Residence Rules.
To remain in good standing, a student must maintain the required CWAG in his/her course work at the end of each academic year until the completion of the Program of Study as: Doctoral : 1.75, Master’s : 2.0 and Diploma : 2.0

Residence rules: The student must be officially enrolled in residence at least one (1) academic year prior to the conferment of the degree. The counting of the period of residence shall start from the student’s first enrollment in a graduate course after admission into the graduate program and shall include all leaves of absence from the program.

Time limit for the completion

  • Doctoral: six (6 )years for a student who enters the doctoral program with a Master’s degree or its equivalent in the same discipline and eight (8) years for one who enters the doctoral program with a Bachelor’s degree or a Master’s degree in an unrelated discipline.
  • Master’s: Five (5) years
  • Diploma: Two (2 )years

Admission Requirements

Master’s Degree Program

  1. A bachelor’s degree from a recognized institution of higher learning
  2. Intellectual capacity and aptitude for advanced studies and research
  3. Language proficiency
  4. Satisfaction of additional University requirements such as a health clearance and other special admission requirements that may be imposed by the head of the unit concerned and/or appropriate Graduate Committee/ Office, through channels

Diploma and Doctoral Degree Programs

  1. Possession of a bachelor’s degree, in the case of a direct doctoral program, or a master’s degree or its equivalent from a recognized institution of higher learning
  2. Intellectual capacity and aptitude for advanced studies and research
  3. Language proficiency
  4. A health certificate and other additional and special admission requirements that may be imposed by the University and the head of the College/unit or Graduate Office/Committee concerned, through channels

A student in a Diploma program may opt to proceed to a Master’s program upon approval of the Dean/Director, through channels.

Requirements for Submission
The following documents should be submitted directly to the respective college offering the intended program:

  1. Official transcript of academic record of undergraduate work (and graduate work, if any) – one (1) original and two (2) photocopiesFor evaluation purposes, photocopies of records may be accepted provided they are properly authenticated (in the case of foreign applicants, by the Department of Education or by duly designated authorities in the country of the applicant). Final admission will be subject to verification of documents submitted against the original copies of credentials. Certified English translations should also be submitted, where necessary.Applications accompanied by photocopies of academic records not properly authenticated will not be processed
  2. Two written recommendations from former professors or experts in the field
  3. Duly accomplished application for admission form, including two (2) passport-size photographs
  4. Marriage contract (for married women applicants)
  5. Certification of English/Filipino language proficiency
  6. A non-refundable application fee (minimum of P100 for Filipino citizens, P200 for resident aliens, and US$25 for non-resident aliens, depending on the college)

Credentials filed in support of the application become the property of the University of the Philippines and will not be returned to the applicant.

Colleges have different deadlines for the filing of applications. Applicants are requested to inquire about deadlines from the college they are applying to.


Graduate and Postgraduate Programs