Admission to the Master’s Program

The UP Open University offers 12 Master’s programs, as follows:
(click on the program’s name for more information about the program and its curriculum)

  1. Master of ASEAN Studies (MAS)
  2. Master of Arts in Language and Literacy Education (MALLE) (for UPOU DLLE graduates only)
  3. Master of Arts in Social Studies Education (MASSE) (for UPOU DSSE graduates only)
  4. Master of Arts in Nursing (MAN)
  5. Master of Development Communication (MDC)
  6. Master of Distance Education (MDE)
  7. Master of Environment and Natural Resources Management (MENRM)
  8. Master of Information Systems (MIS)
  9. Master of International Health (MIH) (for UPOU DIH graduates only)
  10. Master of Land Valuation and Management (MLVM) (for UPOU DLVM graduates only)
  11. Master of Public Management (MPM)
  12. Master of Social Work (MSW)
  • Program Schedule/Offering:

    • Trimester: MDE
    • Semester : All other Master’s programs
  • Admission Schedule:

    • MDE: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd trimester of every academic year
    • MAS, MAN, MDC, MIS, MIH:  every 1st semester of every academic year
    • All other Master’s programs : 1st and 2nd semester of every academic year
  • Admission Exam:

    • MPM : MPM Graduate Admission Test (GAT) (sit-down and proctored)
    • MALLE : MLLE Qualifying Exam (sit-down and proctored)
    • MIH : MIH Qualifying Exam (online)
    • MSW : MSW Qualifying Exam (online; to be taken by selected DSW graduates. List of examinees will come from the Faculty Office)
    • All other Master’s programs: Not Applicable
  • Admission Qualifications and Requirements:

Admission Qualifications:
To be admitted to a Master’s program, the applicant must:

  1. have satisfied the program-specific requirements specified in the program’s information and curriculum.
  2. have submitted the complete documentary requirements for admission before the application deadline;
  3. have taken and passed the admission exam if required for the program. Details of and instructions for taking the exam will be emailed by admissions; and
  4. for MDE applicants, have completed the UPOU Distance Education Readiness Module (DERM). Link to the DERM will be emailed by admissions.

General Requirements:

  1. Accomplished Application for Admission Form for Graduate Program.
  2. Original copy of academic credentials:
    • Original and photocopy of the Official Transcript of Records (OTR). Please take note of the following:
      • If the applicant attended multiple schools or earned multiple degrees, the applicant must submit the OTR from the last school attended. The latest OTR should reflect all credentials from prior school/s or degree/s.
      • The OTR should bear the school’s dry seal and imprint, the Registrar’s signature in ink, and must bear an acceptable remarks. TORs without remarks are considered valid.
      • If the applicant holds an international scholastic records, the applicant must submit the original copy duly authenticated by the Philippine Foreign Service Post located in the student applicant’s country of origin or legal residence.
  3. Two (2) letters of recommendation from any of your employer/supervisor, former professor, or former program adviser. Applicants must use the UPOU Form 1a for the recommendation.
  4. Proof of Payment of Application fee  (non-refundable) amounting to PHP 500.00 for applicants based in the Philippines, and USD 100.00 for applicants based abroad. View the payment procedures here.
  5. Photocopy of NSO or PSA birth certificate;
  6. Photocopy of government-issued IDs;
  7. Two (2) pieces identical 2” x 2” photos and two (2) pieces identical 1” x 1” photos, with your name and the program applied for printed at the back of the photo.
  8. Additional requirements for foreign applicants (non-Filipino):
    • Scholastic Records duly authenticated by the Philippine Foreign Service Post located in the student applicant’s country of origin or legal residence;
    • Photocopy of data page of the student’s passport showing date and place of birth, and birth certificate or its equivalent duly authenticated by the Philippine Foreign Service Post.

Admission Requirements for MALLE, MASSE, MIH, and MLVM Programs
(submission of the general requirements is not required)

  1. Accomplished Application for Admission Form for Graduate Program.
  2. Proof of Payment of Application fee  (non-refundable) amounting to PHP 500.00 for applicants based in the Philippines, and USD 100.00 for applicants based abroad. View the payment procedures here.
  • Admission Procedure:

    Step 1: Mail or bring all admission requirements on or before the application deadline to:

    The Admission Section
    Office of the University Registrar
    UP Open University
    Los Baños, Laguna 4031
    Philippines

    Step 2: If required, take the admission exam. The details of and instructions for taking the the exam will be emailed by admissions.

    Step 3: If required, complete the DE Readiness Module (DERM). The link to the DERM will be emailed by admissions.

    Step 4: Wait for an email from the OUR about the admission results. Results of the evaluation will be released after the evaluation of the respective Admissions Committee of the program and before the registration/enrollment period of the applied term.

Application Deadlines
for the Master’s Programs

Academic Year 2020-2021

  • 1st Trimester : 29 May 2020 (MDE)
  • 2nd Trimester : 9 November 2020 (MDE)
  • 3rd Trimester : 26 February 2021 (MDE)
  • 1st Semester:
    • MPM : 24 April 2020 (F)
    • MIH : 5 June 2020 (F)
    • All other Master’s programs: _____ 15 May 2020 (F)
  • 2nd Semester:
    • MPM : 11 September 2020 (F)
    • All other Master’s programs: _____ 10 October 2020 (F)

Schedule of Admission Exams
for the Master’s Program

Academic Year 2020-2021

  • MPM GAT:
    • 1st Semester   : 30 May 2020 (S)
    • 2nd Semester : 24 October 2020 (S)
  • MALLE QE:
    • 1st Semester   : 27 June 2020 (S)
    • 2nd Semester : 7 November 2020 (S)
  • MIH QE:
    • 1st Semester : 27 June 2020 (S)
  • MSW QE: TBA

Contact Information:

Admission Section

Office of the University Registrar
UP Open University
Los Baños, Laguna 4031 Philippines

Tel No: (6349) 536-6001 local 441/199
Email: admissions@upou.edu.ph