Graduate Admissions

Applicants for admission to graduate work for the master’s degree must be holders of the bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from any recognized institution. For the regular Doctor of Philosophy degree, applicants must have a master’s degree or its equivalent from any recognized institution.

A duly accomplished application form must be submitted to the Graduate School together with the following documents:

  • 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 maste'rs degree applicants - Undergraduate and master's degree transcript is required for PhD applicants
  • One photocopy of each certificate or diploma received;
  • Two accomplished recommendation form from former professors. If with a master’s degree, a third recommendation from the major professor is required. This must be sent to the Graduate School by separate mail or handcarried by the applicant or a representative in a sealed envelope. 
  • A nonrefundable application fee of Php 500. Payment options include:
    • direct cash payment at the UPLB Cashier's Office
    • postal money order remitted to the Graduate School
    • JRS and LBC courier services 

    The 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.

    Applicants from Foreign Countries

    A duly accomplished application form must be submitted to the 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 photocopy of each certificate or diploma received;
    3. Two accomplished recommendation form from former professors. If with a master’s degree, a third recommendation from the major professor is required. This must be sent to the Graduate School by separate mail, handcarried by the applicant or a representative in a sealed envelope or a pdf file emailed This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
    4. Certification of that English is the medium of instruction in previous degree/s by the University Registrar or results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)   

    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 P250. 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 P8000.   

    US$ 40 as application fee. Payment can be accepted through bank transfer to the Philippine National Bank with Account No.: 399-692-7000-21, Swift Code: PNBMPHMM payable to Graduate School. A copy of your bank transaction should be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as proof of payment, the original bank transaction must be presented upon admission together with the original documents (TOR, Diploma, etc).  

    Application Deadlines

    All documents must be received by the Graduate School not later than 30 May for First Semester (August) admission, and 30 October for Second Semester (January) admission.  

    Incomplete Applications

    Applications lacking the required documents will not be processed until after all the papers are received by the Graduate School. Processing will then commence at the earliest succeeding 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 Graduate School to have his admission deferred for a period not exceeding one year. If the request is approved, the student cannot register for graduate course work as a nondegree or special student in UPLB while his deferment is in effect.  

    Nonregular Admission

    An applicant for nondegree or special programs may be offered admission to the 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 Graduate School. An applicant admitted on nondegree 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 Graduate School and the 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 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.