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Doctor of Philosophy in Agricultural Economics


Brief description of the major field

Agricultural economics as a major of field of study involves the application of economic theories, principles and tools in analyzing problems and issues in agricultural and rural development.


Official Acronym:       AECO


Unit offering the major field:       Department of Agricultural Economics, College of Economics and Management


Prospective Students

College graduates and professionals who want to have a career as educators, researchers, administrators, policymaker/analysts, financial analysts, bank managers, extension and development specialists, business entrepreneurs or project consultants in the field of agricultural economics and related fields.



  •  The program prepares the student for a wide array of possible career choices.

  •  Many graduates of this field are actually currently employed in key international agencies (e.g., World Bank, ADB) and even more as project consultants for international and local consulting firms engaged in development projects.

  •  Many of them have gone on to become distinguished professors, lecturers and mentors in major SCUs in the Philippines and abroad.

  •  Many graduates are employed in strategic agencies that are mandated with policy making, and analysis and implementation of projects for national development (e.g., NEDA, DA, DENR, PCARRD-DOST, PCMARRD-DOST).

  •  Many more graduates work in banks, financial companies, and private agribusiness companies (local and abroad) as market analysts.


Regular PhD Program for Agricultural Economics


An applicant to the regular Ph. D. program must hold a Master’s degree or its equivalent with a grade point average of 1.5 or better. Successful applicants to the Ph. D. program who have completed their Master’s degree in Agricultural Economics at UPLB are usually admitted on a regular basis. For non-UPLB graduates holding a Master’s degree in Agricultural Economics, successful applicants may be granted regular admission or may be required to pass the Summer Program in Economics (held in April and May) depending on the recommendation of the Graduate Instruction Committee.


The student must take the qualifying examination to be prepared and administered by the Advisory Committee during the first semester of residence. The examination results will be the basis for evaluating the student’s ability to pursue doctoral study and for determining a suitable program of course work.

Application for the qualifying examination, duly signed by the Chair of the Advisory Committee and the Chair of the major department, must be submitted to the Dean of the Graduate School not later than one month before the date of the examination.

In order to pass the examination, the student must not receive more than one negative vote from the examination committee. A student who fails the qualifying examination cannot be given a re-examination without the unanimous approval of the advisory committee. A student who fails the re-examination shall be permanently disqualified from earning the degree.

The results of the examination must be reported by the chair of the Advisory Committee to the Dean of the Graduate School within one week of the examination.



For the Ph.D. program, a minimum of 24 units of 200- and 300-level courses plus 2 units of graduate seminar beyond the master’s degree are required. The program allows one or two cognate fields. If the student has two cognate fields, at least 12 units of course work shall be in the major field and 6 units in each of the cognate fields. If there is only one cognate field, the student is required to take at least 9 units of course work in that field and at least 15 units in the major field. Furthermore, the student is required to take 6 units of advanced economic theory and 6 units of advanced quantitative methods. Units in advanced economic theory may be considered as part of the requirements in the major field.

A weighted average grade of 2.0 or better for the course work prescribed by the advisory committee under the major and cognate fields is required in order for the student to qualify for the comprehensive examination. Passing the comprehensive examination qualifies the student to be a candidate for the Ph. D. degree and to start formally the doctoral dissertation work which shall be given an equivalent of 12 units of graduate credit. The Ph. D. degree shall be conferred after the student successfully finishes the final oral defense of the dissertation and satisfies all Graduate School requirements for graduation.

Three years of full time study are normally required to complete the doctoral program. As a rule, not more than seven years are allowed for the completion of all requirements for the Ph. D. degree. However, the Graduate School has very specific requirements and guidelines for readmission in cases where readmission may be required.


Straight Ph. D. Program in Agricultural Economics


A student pursuing a Master of Science in Agricultural Economics who has completed 26 units of 200-level graduate courses including two units of graduate seminar in two consecutive semesters of the first year in the graduate program with a grade point average of at least 1.25 may shift to the straight Ph.D. program. The following procedures must be undertaken prior to admission to the straight Ph.D. program:

  1. Obtain a certification of his grade point average and record of his grades for each course he has taken at the 200-level from the Office of the University Registrar. These documents must be attached to his application for a qualifying examination to the straight Ph.D. program.

  1. After securing the foregoing documents, apply for a Qualifying Examination to the straight Ph.D. program to the Dean of the Graduate School upon the recommendation of the advisory committee and the department chair.

  1. Take the Qualifying Examination to the straight Ph.D. program which is also the Written Comprehensive Examination of the M.S. degree in Agricultural Economics before the opening of classes immediately after completion of the 26 units of 200-level graduate courses.

A student who passes the written Qualifying Examination shall be recommended by the department chair to the Dean of the Graduate School who will issue the official letter of admission to the straight Ph.D. program. An applicant who fails to meet the admission requirements retains his status in the master’s program.

Upon admission to the straight Ph.D. program, the student must nominate his advisory committee and thenceforth, shall be subject to all procedures and requirements applicable to the regular Ph.D. program except insofar as the academic requirements are concerned.


The student who qualifies for a straight Ph. D. program shall plan his course work with the duly constituted Advisory Committee for his/her Ph. D. program.

A minimum of 38 units of course work, 2 units of which are for graduate seminar, shall be required. At least 27 units shall be required in the major field and a minimum of 9 units in the cognate field, if only one cognate field is chosen, or 24 units shall be required in the major field and a minimum of 6 units for each of two cognate fields, if this option is selected. Only graduate courses in the 200 level shall be credited except for 6 units of the courses in the 100 level. In addition, a doctoral dissertation equivalent to 12 units is required.

The student must finish all course work within two years (four semesters and two summers). Exceptions shall only be made on the strength of the recommendation of the major adviser to the Graduate Instruction Committee.


Requirements for Both Regular and Straight PhD Programs




The comprehensive examination which tests the student in his/her major and cognate fields shall consist of a written examination for each area indicated in his plan of course work and an integrative oral examination after the written examination. The student may apply for a comprehensive examination after completing all the academic course requirements with an average grade of 2.00 or better. The written examination is administered by the Comprehensive Examination Committee from among the members of the Graduate Instruction Committee.


The written examination is administered twice a year by the Comprehensive Examination Committee: the first is one month after the first day of regular registration for Summer; the second is one month after the first day of regular registration for the second semester. Interested students should inform the chairman of the Comprehensive Examination Committee about their intention to take the examination and about their major and cognate fields during the start of registration for Summer and the 2nd semester. Students will be required to fill out a form which indicates the courses they have taken and the name of professors who handled these courses. Application for the comprehensive examination shall be submitted to the Dean of theGraduate School at least one month before the date of the examination.


The comprehensive examination shall test the student in his major and cognate fields. The written examination shall consist of four 3-hour examinations for (a) macroeconomic theory, (b) microeconomic theory, (c) major field, and (d) cognate field. An integrative oral examination is administered by the Advisory Committee and may be taken at any time after passing the written examinations.


A student who fails in his comprehensive examination may apply for re-examination not earlier than one month but not later than one year after the first examination. If the student fails in the re-examination, he/she may apply for a Master of Science degree and fulfill the requirements of such degree.


The chairman of the Advisory Committee shall submit to the Dean a report on the results of the examination one week after the examination.




The final oral examination has two purposes: to test the candidate’s ability to defend his/her dissertation and to provide the advisory committee the opportunity to suggest modifications in the draft of the dissertation paper.


The candidate may apply for the examination when his/her dissertation is completed in a form acceptable to his/her major professor who indicates favorable judgment by signing the application for final examination.


The application for final examination shall be submitted to the Dean of the Graduate School at least one month before the examination. Before approval of the application for final examination, the candidate must submit a copy of the final draft of his/her dissertation to each member of his/her Advisory Committee who shall conduct the examination.


The final examination shall be open to interested members of the Graduate Faculty. The schedule shall be given wide publicity by the Department.


To pass the examination, the candidate must not receive more than one negative vote of the committee. The Committee Chair shall report the result to the Dean of the Graduate School not later than three days after the examination.


A candidate who fails in his final examination may apply only once for re-examination which should take place not earlier than one month after the first examination. A re-examination may be given only upon unanimous approval of the Advisory Committee.


Interested members of the graduate faculty may participate without any voting power in the final examination.




In addition to the time limit for the completion of course work, not more than five calendar years from the start of graduate work shall be allowed for the fulfillment of all requirements for the straight Ph. D. program.


Guidance/Advisory Committee


All entering students are assigned temporarily to the Department Chair for advising for initial registration purposes only. The students are then referred to the Graduate Instruction Committee during the first semester for selection of the final major professor who becomes the chair of the Guidance/Advisory Committee and thesis adviser. The Guidance/Advisory Committee has at least two other members to represent the student’s major and minor fields. The committee approves the student’s study program and administers the oral comprehensive and final examination.


Areas of Specialization

Areas of specialization: Agricultural Development, Agricultural Marketing, Agricultural Policy, Agricultural Prices, Farm Management, Production Economics, and Resource Economics.

The MS AECO program requires a minimum of 32 units, these are 15 units of major courses, 9 units of minor courses, 2 units of seminar and 6 units of thesis. The major courses are composed of core courses ECON 201, ECON 202, ECON 237 and other major courses to satisfy the minimum number of units. 

The PhD AECO program requires a minimum of 38 units, these are 15 units of major courses, 9 units of cognate courses (or 12 units for double cognate), 2 units of seminar and 12 units of dissertation. The major courses are composed of core courses ECON 203, ECON 204, ECON 237 and other major courses to satisfy the minimum number of units. 

Other requirements: Graduate students are required to pass a departmental written comprehensive examination given
once in a semester and an oral examination.


Graduate Courses

AECO 210. Advanced Agricultural Production Economics (3). Selected economic theories and their application to problems in agricultural production and their distribution. 3 hrs (class). PR. COI. (1)

AECO 211. Advanced Farm Management (3). Production problems of small and large farms; farm business analysis; production decision criteria; and labor management. 3 hrs (class). PR. AECO 111 and ECON 102 or COI. (2)

AECO 220. Economics of Agricultural Marketing (3). Economic theory applied to marketing; analysis of marketing functions, cost and prices of agricultural inputs and products; industry structure, marketing policies. 3 hrs (class). PR. AECO 120 or COI. (1)  

AECO 222. Agricultural Prices (3). Price determination in product and factor markets; supply and demand; price variation and instability; dynamic analysis; price policy. 3 hrs (class). PR. ECON 102 or COI. (2)

AECO 230. Advanced Agricultural Finance (3). Conceptual bases of agricultural finance; risks and uncertainties in farm-related financial intermediaries; issues in financing agricultural development. 3 hrs (class). PR. COI. (2)

AECO 240. Natural Resource Economics (3). Application of economic theory to developmental and intertemporal issues in the optimal management of agricultural land and other resource-evaluation of economic institutions affecting use of such resources. 3 hrs (class). PR. ECON 101 or COI. (1)

AECO 241. Economic Analysis and Planning of Agricultural Projects (3). Economic analysis of agricultural projects from national and individual viewpoints; identification of projects; preparation and evaluation of project plans. 3 hrs (class). PR. ECON 101 and ECON 102 or COI. (2)

AECO 248. Economic Analysis and Design of Natural Resource and Environmental Policies (3). Economic principles, methods and tools in the analyses and design of natural resource and environmental policies. 3 hrs (class). PR. AECO 240 or COI. (1,2)

AECO 250. Agriculture and Economic Development (3). Factors that accelerate or inhibit the growth of agriculture; survey of existing growth theories and establishment of their relevance to Philippine experience. 3 hrs (class). PR. ECON 101 and ECON 102 or COI. (2) 

AECO 251. Agricultural Programs for Economic Development (3). Past and present action programs of government agencies and farmer’s organizations; coordination of programs of viable private operating units and public agencies. 3 hrs (class). PR. ECON 101 and ECON 102 or COI. (1)

AECO 253. Applied Regional Economics (3). Application of economic theories and analytical tools to regional planning, development, and program implementation. 3 hrs (class). PR. ECON 101 and STAT 1 or COI. (2)

AECO 260. Research in Agricultural Economics (3). Methods and techniques of economic research, emphasis on current agricultural economic problems. 3 hrs (class). PR. ECON 101 and ECON 102 or COI. (1)

AECO 261. Food and Nutrition Economics (3). World food problems and the economic consequences of malnutrition; review of food and nutrition policies and programs. 3 hrs (class). (1)

AECO 290. Special Problems (1-3). May be taken twice provided that total number of units to be credited to the student’s program will not exceed 4 units. PR. COI. (1,2)

AECO 291. Special Topics (1-3). May be taken twice provided that total number of units to be credited to the student’s program will not exceed 4 units. PR. COI. (1,2) 

AECO 299. Graduate Seminar in Agricultural Economics (1). May be repeated once for a maximum of 2 units. PR. COI. (1,2)

AECO 300. Master’s Thesis (6). (1,2,S)

AECO 320. Organization and Performance of Agricultural Markets (3). Agricultural markets: structure, conduct and performance; policy and welfare analysis; research and development. 3 hrs (class). PR. AECO 220 and ECON 202 or COI. (2)

AECO 400. Doctoral Dissertation (12). (1,2,S)


Faculty Information

Name  Specialization

 Highest  Educational  


 Experience & Interest
Aragon, Corazon T.  Ag Econ-  Production Econ &  Farm Mgt  PhD  Farming Systems, Fishery Resource  Economics, Agricultural Marketing,  Agricultural Finance and Credit, Project  Planning Evaluation, Agrarian Reform  and Community Development
 Catelo, Salvador  P.  Ag Econ- Ag Prod  Econ,Ag Policy &  Devt  PhD  Project Analysis, Agricultural Marketing  and Price Analysis
 Gordoncillo,  Prudenciano U.  Applied Economics - Development Econ  PhD  Resource Economics
 Lantican,  Flordeliza A.  Ag Econ- Ag Mktg &  Price Anal, Inter'l  Trade & Devt Econ  PhD  Postharvest Economics, Food and  Nutrition Economics
 Pabuayon,  Isabelita M.  Ag Econ- Ag Mktg &  Prices, Ag Policy  and Development  PhD  Fisheries Socio-Economics  and Forest Products Marketing, Policy  and  Development, Resource Economics
 Piadozo, Ma Eden  S.  Agricultural  Marketing  PhD  International Trade
 Quicoy, Cesar B.  Ag Econ- Ag Mktg &  Prices ,Env Science  PhD  Farm Management, Production  Economics, Resource Economics
 Ranola, Roberto F.  Jr.  Ag Econ- Prod  Econ, Res  Economics  PhD   Farm Management, Farming Systems,  Regional Economics
 Rapera, Corazon  L.  Forestry - Forest Economics,  Natural Resource  Economics  PhD  Environmental & Natural Resource  Economics, Policy Analysis, Project  Analysis, EIAs, Material Flow Analysis
 Yorobe, Jose R.  Ag Econ- Ag Mktg &  Price Analysis,  Policy & Devt  PhD  Corn and Livestock Economics, Impact  of Agricultural Technologies, Food  Economics


Contact Information

Key Person:     The Chair

Phone Number:             (6349) 536-3292

Email Address:              [email protected]




 Source: UPLB website

The UPLB Graduate School marked milestones with the launching of two new masters-level degree programs and the celebration of its 42nd founding anniversary on December 1.

At the Thanksgiving Dinner-Fellowship held at the Graduate School multi-purpose hall, UPLB Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr. led the launching of the Master of Science in Entomology, an off-campus program implemented in partnership with ANFLO Management and Investment Corporation (ANFLOCOR) in Panabo City, Davao del Norte. He also relaunched the Professional Masters in Tropical Marine Ecosystem Management (PM-TMEM), a joint program with the UP Marine Science Institute (MSI) of UP Diliman and UP Visayas.

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Article by Mark Jayson E. Gloria, UPLB website

UP President Alfredo E. Pascual enjoined the UPLB graduate education faculty to intensify the internationalization of graduate programs during the Graduate Faculty Conference on Feb. 15 at the Tagaytay International Convention Center. Pascual, who gave the keynote speech during the Conference, said that UP’s mandate as a research, graduate, and regional/global university are intertwined and interrelated. He also commended UPLB’s tradition of excellence as a graduate and research university, especially in agriculture, forestry, veterinary medicine, and biotechnology.

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Responding to the mandates officially spelled out in Republic Act 9500 or the new UP System Charter of 2008, which elects UP to be a research and graduate university, among other roles, the UP Los Baños Graduate School convened a faculty conference to plot the path of the school to the future. The conference titled “Responding to the Challenges of a Research and Graduate University” was held on February 15 and 16, 2015 at the Tagaytay International Convention Center. It was attended by around 260 participants consisting of junior and senior graduate faculty members, committee chairs of degree-granting units, college deans, institute directors, department chairs, and heads of UP campuses.

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What was once a silent and unoccupied area at the back of the Graduate School (GS) Building will soon become the site of a modern hub for graduate and international students of UPLB.

It will be called the Graduate School International Student and Cultural Center Building, as officially announced during the groundbreaking ceremony on Dec. 2.

UP System, UPLB, and Nagoya University bigwigs were present during the occasion, which served as one of the highlights of the School’s 43rd founding anniversary.

               UP President Alfredo E. Pascual and Vice-President for Legal Affairs Hector Danny D. Uy joined UPLB Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr., Graduate School Dean Jose V. Camacho, Jr., and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Portia G. Lapitan in the traditional groundbreaking ceremonies. read more

UP and Nagoya University (NU), through President Alfredo E. Pascual and UPLB Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr. and NU President Seiichi Matsuo, respectively, have inked an agreement for UPLB to host the Nagoya University Asian Satellite Campus (NUASC) through the UPLB Graduate School.

This agreement makes the Philippines the eighth country to host the NUASC through which the Transnational Doctoral Programs for Leading Professionals in Asian Countries will be implemented. This will enable Filipino doctoral candidates to enroll in NU doctoral programs without having to be physically present in Nagoya for the whole duration of the course.

The agreement was formalized at the Executive Conference Room in BM Gonzalez Hall, UPLB on Dec. 2. Dr. Jose V. Camacho, Jr., dean, Graduate School and Dr. Fumio Isoda, director, Nagoya University Asian Satellite Campuses Institute, served as witnesses of the signing of the memorandum of agreement (MOA). read more

UPLB and Nagoya University (NU) formally opened the NU satellite campus in the Philippines and held the International Symposium on the Internationalization of Graduate Education at Acacia Hotel in Alabang, Muntinlupa City on March 8.

UPLB Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr.  said in his message during the opening program that to be a globally competitive research and graduate university, UPLB must pursue joint programs and collaborative activities with international academic and research institutions. He cited as an example the Philippines Transnational Ph.D. Program for Leading Professionals in Asian Countries being implemented by UPLB and NU.  

UP President Alfredo E. Pascual added that the program takes the University to a higher level and a step closer to being a globalized institution in terms of research and graduate education.  It will also allow experts to build lifelong partnerships with NU without leaving the country. He issued a challenge for UPLB to become a leader in global intellectual conversations of tomorrow. read more

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The MDSS aims to stimulate critical discussion about contemporary issues and challenges affecting the development of Mindanao. 

Dr. Portia G. Lapitan, vice chancellor for academic affairs who delivered a speech on behalf of Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr. reiterated the importance of Mindanao in the development of the country. She expressed her hopes that through the MDSS, participants would gain a more thorough insight of the issues affecting Mindanao.

“It is also my hope that this seminar would pave the way for scholars to engage in further discourse about Mindanao’s key concerns and strive to influence national policies that would benefit the people of Mindanao,” she added. read more


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The guest of honor and keynote speaker for this year’s ceremonies is Dr. Chamnian Yosraj, president of Maejo University in Thailand. Dr. Yosraj is a UPLB alumnus, having earned both his MS and Ph.D. degrees in Animal Science in 1983 and 1990, respectively. read more

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In his opening remarks, Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr. expressed confidence that the graduates will exceed expectations around them. “UPLB has prepared you to become leaders who have the intellectual capacity and the heart to contribute to your respective communities,” he said.  He also encouraged the graduates to use the knowledge they gained from the University not only in pursuing academic and intellectual endeavors, but also in addressing social concerns. read more

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President Pascual was the keynote speaker during the 44th Commencement Exercises of UPLB that started at six o’clock in the morning, a deviation from the usual afternoon-to-evening ceremonies in the University. He was introduced by Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr. read more

UPLB and Kobe University (KU) in Japan have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to jointly develop academic programs and projects that will benefit both in their instruction, research and training programs.

The MOU, which covers a 5-year period, was signed by KU President Hiroshi Takeda on March 23 in KU while UPLB chancellor, Dr. Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr. signed it on April 21 at the BM Gonzalez Hall in UPLB. read more

UPLB, through the Graduate School (GS) and the College of Economics and Management (CEM) has launched the off-campus Master of Management program for employees of the Procurement Service of the Department of Budget and Management (PS-DBM) at the DBM headquarters in Paco, Manila on Nov. 26.

PS-DBM has provided partial scholarships to its deserving employees who will be on the MMgt program that is being implemented by UPLB for continuing organizational development in the former. According to Atty. Tomas C. Syquia, executive director of PS-DBM, “to be the best, we must be taught by the best,” referring to the choice of UPLB as the partner institution. read me

In celebration of its 37th anniversary, the International Students Association (ISA), in cooperation with the International Student Services of the Office of Student Affairs (OSA), staged its annual cultural night at the DL Umali Hall on Oct. 14.

According to Dr. Nina Cadiz, OSA director, the event was “meant to promote the welfare and cooperation of foreign students in UPLB and to promote the benefits of internationalization in a University” such as UPLB.

With the theme “Unifying Force for Global Community,” the event featured song and dance performances of students from the Philippines, Indonesia, Timor Leste, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Bangladesh, and Nigeria. read more

In order to modernize pedagogy and equip faculty members with technology-mediated teaching strategies, the Interactive Learning Center (ILC) and Graduate School (GS) co-sponsored the workshop on Graduate Program Innovations: Hands-On Training on Blended Learning for faculty members on July 27-28, at the ILC Computer Laboratory, CAS Annex I Bldg.   

Dr. Jose V. Camacho, Jr., GS dean, lauded the participants for attending the workshop despite the fact that they were on teacher’s leave. He said that since faculty members are in the forefront of the internalization efforts of the University and UPLB-GS has already embarked on off-campus offering, there is a need to conduct training programs on technology-mediated approaches that would help enhance the graduate programs of the University. read more

The UPLB Graduate School (GS) conducted its 2015 Hooding and Recognition Ceremonies on July 3 at the DL Umali Hall, conferring degrees on 48 Ph.D. and 212 masters candidates. It also gave recognition to its top five Ph.D. and masters candidates, and two recipients of special awards.

In his opening remarks, Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr. advised the graduate students to actively participate in collaborative research activities that promote knowledge building and policy making, to publish their work, and serve the people. He further explained that as the ASEAN integration promotes mobility among faculty and students, it also presents UPLB an opportunity to pursue research and development policies in the region. read more

The Graduate School welcomes new staff officials to improve and strengthen its graduate services. On 15 November 2017, Dr. Mark Dondi M. Arboleda, former School Secretary since 2015, was officially appointed as Associate Dean; Dr. Aimee Lynn A. Barrion-Dupo as School Secretary; and Ms. Nanette A. Aquino as Assistant Secretary. Read more

Dr. Aimee Lynn Barrion-Dupo, Graduate School Secretary, was one of the 68 awardees of the UP Scientific Productivity System for CY 2017. 

The UP Scientific Productivity System (SPS) aims to support the development of science and technology; and encourage and reward scientific productivity. 

The nominees are evaluated according to the following: Scientific Productivity as measured by scientific publications, significant technological output and discoveries; Scientific Standing; and professional Standing

Visit http://ovpaa.up.edu.ph/up-scientific-productivity-system-2/ for more details on the UP Scientific Productivity System.


All GS students are REQUIRED to have the following 1) UP Mail 2) SAIS Access 3) Payment Appointment System Access and 4) GS Portal account. 

1) To obtain UP Mail, email helpdesk@up.edu.ph and request for a UP Mail. Attach an image of your Form 5 or UPLB Student ID.

(UP Mail has the @up.edu.ph extension it is DIFFERENT from UPLB Liham with the @uplb.edu.ph extension)

2) After obtaining a UP Mail, go to the SAIS Team at the Office of the University Registrar and obtain your SAIS Access credentials (username and password)

3) At the same time register your UP Mail to the Payment Appointment System with the SAIS Team.

4) To obtain a GS Portal Account go to: https://uplbgraduateschool.org/gsportal, Register and email lgbolanos@up.edu.ph with an image of your UPLB student ID for activation. 

Oct. 15, 2017 - All Master's: Nomination of Guidance Committee and Plan of Study
Oct. 15, 2017 - PhD: Nomination of Advisory Committee
Nov. 15, 2017 - PhD: Qualifying Exam
Dec. 15, 2017 - PhD: Plan of Study

Dec. 15, 2017 - Thesis/Dissertation Outline

Probationary students need to satisfy the conditions for conversion to regular within this semester, if not submit a Letter Request for Extension of Probationary Status on or before Dec 15. 

If deadlines are not met accomplish a Waiver of Requirement/s Form and submit on Oct. 15 for new master's and Dec. 15 for PhD and students enrolled in 300/400.

Noncompliance may result in the deactivation of your SAIS enrollment access.

* it the deadline falls on a non working day, the working day immediately after that date shall be the deadline.

All Graduating Students this First Semester 2017-2018 must accomplish the Online Application for Graduation on or before September 29, 2017.
Click this link for the Online Application for Graduation: Online Application for Graduation e-Form

As University Policy No Application for Graduation, No Graduation

The DEADLINE of submission of the following GS requirements has been extended until Oct. 30, 2017.
1) Nomination of Advisory Committee for PHD: https://www.uplbgraduateschool.org/generatenac_phd
2) Nomination of Guidance Committee and Plan of Coursework for Masters: https://www.uplbgraduateschool.org/generatenogc-and-pos-filt
If you can't submit until Oct 30 then submit an Application for Waiver of Requirements instead, on the same date (Oct 30). (https://www.uplbgraduateschool.org/request4waiverform).

Nov. 9: Deadline of Submission of COI for Pre-registration

Nov. 13- 16: Pre-registration


Jan. 5: Deadline of Submission of COI for general registration

Jan. 10- 13 8AM - 9 PM: Online General Registration

Jan. 15-24: Late Registration

Jan. 16: Start of Classes

Jan 24: Last day of Registration

The deadline for submission of grades of First Semester 2017-2018 graduating students (300,400) has been extended to December 19, 2017.The extension has been made in consideration for our graduating students who submitted their manuscripts for external evaluation on time but have just recently received their reviewer's comments.


As a Graduate School initiative to streamline its services, here is the GS Calendar for your reference.

Kindly take note of important dates for the submission of pertinent GS documents.

We look forward to your continuous cooperation.

Click this link fof the GS Calendar for 2nd Semester 2017-2018

The Official Graduate School page is https://www.facebook.com/UPLBGradSch/ . Information for the general public are usually posted there.

The Official UPLB Graduate Student's Group is https://www.facebook.com/groups/UPLBGradStudents/, a closed group for bonafide UPLB-GS Students only. Announcements and other useful information aimed for students are posted there. All GS students are encouraged to join the group.




 Click here to view the schedule of final exam and External review for Mid Year 2018 for thesis/dissertation programs.

All graduating students must apply for graduation online at: https://uplbgraduateschool.org/applicationforgraduation
make sure to have a working UP mail address. for any problem regarding the online application for graduation email: lgbolanos@up.edu.ph

Class Schedule as of July 9, 2018 for those who can't/don't have access to SAIS and to view courses that requires COI. (see last column if it is marked with I or D it is required to submit COI). Use SAIS to view the updated Class Schedule.

Click to view --> First Semeter 2018-2019 Class Schedule (as of July 9, 2018)

Click to view -->​ Enrollment Procedure for New Graduate Students V.3.0 July 20, 2018 

Click to view --> Enrollment Procedure for Continuing Graduate Students


 Click here to view the Schedule of Final Examination and External Review for 1st Semester 2018-2019 for MA, MS and PhD

All graduating students must apply for graduation online at: https://uplbgraduateschool.org/applicationforgraduation
make sure to have a working UP mail address. for any problem regarding the online application for graduation email: lgbolanos@up.edu.ph


If you still don't have a UPLB Liham, U.P. Mail and SAIS Access Credentials you may process them now.

1) Go to the UPLB ITC (Second floor Old Admin/Cashier's Office Building) to obtain a UPLB Liham, they will also facilitate the request of your U.P. Mail.

2) Once you have a U.P. Mail use it to email: lgbolanos@up.edu.ph and request for SAIS Access Credential. State the following in your email message: SAIS ID, STUDENT NUMBER, FULL NAME.

Note: UPLB Liham and U.P. Mail are different. UPLB Liham has the @uplb.edu.ph while U.P. Mail has the @up.edu.ph domain. UPLB Liham is used to access the campus WiFi and other UPLB e-services while U.P. Mail is used for UP System wide e-services such as SAIS.

The Graduate School will have an Special Election for the Graduate School Student Council

Sept. 3-6 - Submission of Certificate of Candidacy

Sept. 10-24 - Campaign Period

Sept. 25 - Election

Click here for the Certificate of Candidacy

Click here for the UPLB USC Constitution


Only the Filing of Application has been extended. The deadline for the actual conduct of Final Examinations remains unchaged: November 19, 2018.

This is the LAST EXTENSION as this is the latest possible date allowed by the GS Policy (Chapter 9, Part 2, Section 6, Article 3).

"The application for Final Examination, duly recommended by the chair of his/her guidance committee and noted by the chair of the major department together with the final draft of the thesis shall be submitted to the Dean of the Graduate School not later than two weeks before the examination. The candidate must also submit a copy of the final draft of his/her thesis to each member of his/her guidance committee."

Furthermore if the Application is filed less than two weeks from the actual date of exam, a Justification Letter addressed to the GS Secretary with the endorsement of the adviser is required from the student. 


Click to view --> Enrollment Process for New Students

Click to view --> Enrollment Process for Continuing Students

January 8-11 assisted enrollment will be dedicated to New Students.

All Continuing Students without access to SAIS will be assisted starting January 10.

Modified Form 5a (prerogative enrollment) will be allowed starting Jan 14, 2019 only.

We are now accepting filing of candidacy for the GS Student Council. The deadline for submission at the GS is on
March 18, 2019 (11:30 am). Click this link for the --> form.

Reminder to all New GS Students.

If you missed the Feb 15 deadline, we are giving you another chance until March 30, 2019

Without these accounts you will not have access to important University services. Without a SAIS Accoount you cannot view your student records like enrollments, grades, etc. You will also be the least priority in enrollment since enrollments are self service through SAIS.

To have these important accounts refer to the New Graduate Student Enrollment Procedure for 2nd Semester 2018-2019 items 8-11. 


The deadline for Nomination of Committee for PHD and Nomination of committee and plan of coursework for Master's was March 15, 2019. All LATE submissions shall have an attached letter of justification addressed to the GS School Secretary, endorsed by the temporary/registration adviser. The processing of forms without an attached letter shall be deferred to the next semester.

Furthermore, all other documents that are submitted late shall also have an attached justification letter endorsed by the adviser.

All enrollments are via SAIS (https://sais.up.edu.ph)

June 5, 8am – 9pm Graduating Students
June 6 – 7, 8am-9pm Online/General Registration (first come first serve basis, all levels)

June 5 – June 14, 8am- 3pm Fri Payment of Fees
June 10, Mon – June 14, Fri Change of Matriculation
June 10, Mon Start of Classes

Administrative Enrollment will be June 10 – 14 only.

No late enrollment will be allowed unless sanctioned by a higher authority.



Dr. Mark Dondi M. Arboleda takes-over as secretary of UPLB Graduate School effective March 4, 2015.

He succeeds Dr. Willie P. Abasolo who was appointed by the UP Board of Regents as the new dean of the College of Forestry and Natural Resources on March 3, 2015.

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The 43rd Commencement Exercises of UPLB will be held on Saturday, July 4, 2015 at the D.L. Umali Freedom Park in front of the D.L. Umali HAll (UPLB Auditorium).

Click here to download the instructions





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