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Molecular Biology and Biotechnology


Brief Description of the Major Field

Molecular biology is fundamental to many disciplines and biotechnology and its applications have become very important and useful in these disciplines. UPLB’s Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (MBB) Program is an interdisciplinary program, encompassing many disciplines and involves all colleges of UPLB. It has offered the MS MBB degree since 1990 and the PhD degree since 2002. The MBB program addresses the increasing need of industry, academe and government for high caliber graduates in the field. These graduates, being well grounded in the theoretical and applied aspects of MBB, can provide the leadership and manpower to plan, direct and implement research, education as well as production and regulatory aspects of molecular biology and biotechnology and their applications especially in food, agriculture, industry and environment.


Prospective Students

The MS MBB program is open to students who are BS graduates of disciplines in the physical and life sciences such as chemistry, biology, agriculture, and other related degree programs. The PhD program is open to students who have MS degrees in MBB or allied courses. In both cases there are foundation courses which need to be completed to be admitted as regular students (for more information, please contact the UPLB Graduate School or the MBB contact person).



Institutions involved in biologicals, pharmaceuticals, fermentation, food and feed processing, diagnostics, plant and animal breeding and production, etc., are increasingly requiring graduates of molecular biology and biotechnology with advanced degrees to assume important and critical roles in  teaching, research, production and management. Regulatory and monitoring agencies in the different departments of the national government such as the Department of Agriculture, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Department of Science and Technology, Department of Trade and Industry, etc., are also in need of specialists in MBB. Students are also exposed to bioentrepreneurship and may opt to be involved in entrepreneurial pursuits.


Areas of Specialization
Students major in the Molecular Biology and Biotechnology of any of the traditional fields of discipline. The students also take courses in their cognate disciplines.  In the past ten years, MBB students have conducted their theses in areas/disciplines such as biochemistry, genetics, microbiology, plant breeding, plant biology, and plant pathology.


Requirements for Graduation

The PhD MBB program requires a minimum of 41 units, these are 18 units of major courses, 9 units of cognatecourses, 2 units of seminar and 12 units of dissertation. The major courses are composed of core courses (MBB 207/BIO 207, MBB 295/ENS 295, MBB 250, MBB 292) and other major courses to satisfy the required number ofunits.


Graduate Courses 

MBB 201/BIO 201. Advanced Molecular Biology (3). Advances in molecular biology with emphasis on the structures, properties, functions, and interactions of biomolecules in basic cellular processes and manipulation of DNA. 3 hrs (class). PR. BIO 101. (2)

MBB 206/BIO 206. Research Techniques in Molecular Biology I (3). Experiments in molecular biology with emphasis on recombinant DNA techniques. 7 hrs (1 class, 6 lab). PR. BIO 201 (2)

MBB 207/BIO 207. Research Techniques in Molecular Biology II (3). Advanced experimental techniques in molecular biology. 7 hrs (1 class, 6 lab). PR. MBB 206/BIO 206 and MBB 211 (1)

MBB 211. Biocomputing in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (2). Principles and applications of computational sciences in molecular biology and biotechnology. 4 hrs (1 class, 3 lab). PR. COI. (1) 

MBB 224/SOIL 224. Biotechnology of Soil-Microbe-Plant Interactions (3). Biotechnological approaches in the study of beneficial soil-microbe-plant interactions and related principles, processes and applications. 5 hrs (2 class, 3 lab). PR. SOIL 120 or MCB 150, and BIO 101, or COI. (2)

MBB 225/BOT 225. Biotechnology of Plant Secondary Metabolites (3). Physiological bases of secondary plant metabolites production in vitro. 5 hrs (2 class, 3 lab). PR. BOT 20 and CHEM 160 or COI. (2)

MBB 229/VMCB 229. Biotechnology in Immunoprophylaxis and Diagnostics of Animal Diseases. (2). Principles and applications of biotechnological advances in vaccine design and development and veterinary diagnostics. 4 hrs (1 class, 3 lab). PR. VMCB 221 or VPAR 234 or COI. (1)

MBB 235/FPPS 235. Forest Products Biotechnology (3). Application of biotechnology to improve the quality and utilization of wood; bio-processing operations in forest-based and related industries. 3 hrs (class). PR. FPPS 131 or COI. (2)

MBB 240. Industrial Biotechnology (3). Principles of bioprocess and bioseparation technologies with emphasis on physico-chemical and engineering aspects. 5 hrs (2 class, 3 lab). PR. MATH 26, CHEM 160 and MCB 1. (1)

MBB 250. Advances in Transformation Biotechnology (3). Advances and applications of transformation of microorganisms, plants and animals using recombinant DNA techniques. 3 hrs (class). PR. MBB 201/BIO 201. (1)

MBB 251/PPTH 251. Molecular Plant-Pathogen Interactions (3). Molecular mechanisms of plant-pathogen interactions and application of molecular diagnostics and markers in plant pathology. 3 hrs (class). PR. PPTH 101 and BIO 101. (2)

MBB 267/ANSC 267. Animal Reproductive Biotechnology (3). Biotechnological concepts and techniques in animal reproduction. 3 hrs (class). PR. ANSC 260 or COI. (2)

MBB 268/ FBS 268. Molecular Phylogenetics (3). Applications of molecular biological techniques and molecular data to inferences of phylogenetic patterns and evolutionary processes, and to analyses of taxonomic groups of organisms. 3 hrs (class). PR. BIO 101 and any basic course in systematics ( BOT 140, ZOO 140, ENT 140 or FBS 167). (2)

MBB 273/ENT 273. Insect Molecular Biology (3). Molecular aspects of insect biology and the use of biotechnology in entomological research and integrated pest management. 3 hrs (class). PR. ENT 120 and BIO 101 or COI. (2).

MBB 290. Special Problems (1-3).

MBB 291. Special Topics (1-3).

MBB 292. Biotechnology and Society (3). Implications of biotechnological research and products on society and the economy. 3 hrs (class). (2)

MBB 295/ENS 295. Environmental Biotechnology (3). Biological and biochemical aspects of environmental biotechnology. 3 hrs (class). PR. MCB 1 and CHEM 160, or COI. (1)

MBB 299. Graduate Seminar (1).

MBB 300. Master’s Thesis (6).

MBB 390. Special Problems (1-3). May be taken twice provided that the total number of units to be credited to the student’s program will not exceed 4 units. PR. COI. (1,2,S)

MBB 391. Special Topics (1-3). May be taken twice provided that the total number of units to be credited to the student’s program will not exceed 4 units. PR. COI. (1,2)

MBB 399. Graduate Seminar (1). May be taken twice. PR. Graduate Standing. (1,2)

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



Faculty Information



Highest degree

Research areas

Evalour T. Aspuria

Associate Professor

PhD Agrobiology

Plant tissue culture; plant transformation and analysis

Edna Y. Ardales

Associate Professor

PhD Microbiology

Molecular plant pathology


Teresita H. Borromeo


MS Agronomy (Plant Genetic Resources)

Plant genetic resources

Barbara L. Caoili

Associate Professor

D. Agr. Sci. Insect Pathology

Insect Pathology, Insect Molecular Virology, Insect Molecular Biology


Alma O. Canama


University Researcher

MS Genetics

Crop molecular genetics and genomics; plant disease resistance

Severino S. Capitan


PhD Animal Physiology

Animal and reproductive physiology and biotechnology

Christian Joseph R. Cumagun



D. Agricultural Sciences (Dr. sc.agr.)

Plant pathology, mycology, fungal genetics, resistance, biological control

Olivia P. Damasco

University Researcher

PhD Agriculture

Plant tissue culture; mutation breeding

Maria Helen F. Dayo

University Researcher

PhD Anthropology

Socio-economic and cultural studiest

Bayani M. Espiritu

Associate Professor

PhD Microbiology


Consuelo Amor S. Estrella

Associate Professor

MS Animal Science

Gene expression in animal growth and reproduction

Hayde F. Galvez

University Researcher

PhD Molecular Genetics and Plant Breeding

Crop molecular genetics/genomics and breeding; DNA marker applications

Roberta N. Garcia

Associate Professor

PhD Biochemistry

Papaya genetic engineering;  coconut & mungbean protein biotechnology; DNA markers

Desiree M. Hautea

Research Professor

PhD Plant Genetics and Breeding

Plant molecular genetics and breeding, genetic resources and crop biotech

Antonio G. Lalusin

Assistant Professor

PhD Bioresources Engineering (Molecular Biology)

Plant and molecular breeding; abaca breeding;

Antonio C. Laurena


PhD Agricultural Chemistry

Plant biochemistry, molecular biology and biotechnology

Pablito M. Magdalita

Associate Professor

PhD Plant Breeding and Biotechnology

Somaclonal variation and tissue culture, somatic embryogenesis, transformation and regeneration, plant breeding

Evelyn Mae Tecson-Mendoza


Research Professor

PhD Biochemistry

Papaya genetic engineering;  coconut & mungbean protein biotechnology; DNA markers

Eureka Teresa M. Ocampo

Assistant Professor

PhD Biochemistry

Banana MAD box; stress physiology,  biochemistry and molecular biology

Antonio A. Rayos

Associate Professor



Lilian F. Pateña

Associate Professor

MS Agronomy (Plant Physiology)

Plant tissue culture

Calixto M. Protacio


PhD Crop Physiology

Plant physiology and biotechnology

Filomena C. Sta. Cruz


PhD Plant Pathology


Lutgarda M. Tolentino



Rural sociology



College of Arts and Sciences



Highest degree 

Research areas

Lourdes B. Cardenas




Biotechnology of secondary plant metabolites

Wilma T. Cruz

Associate Professor

PhD Microbiology

Molecular microbiology

Ida F. Dalmacio


PhD Food Science

Probiotics, food fermentation and microbial toxins

Maria Genaleen Q. Diaz

Associate Professor

PhD Genetics

Plant and fish molecular genetics

Ivan Marcelo A. Duka

Associate Professor

MS Genetics

Molecular genetics

Marivic S. Lacsamana

Associate Professor

PhD Biochemistry

Protein Chemistry; Enzyme Immobiliza-tion; Nanozeolites

Nacita B. Lantican

Assistant Professor

PhD Microbiology

Molecular microbiology

Rita P. Laude


PhD Genetics

genetics, coconut molecular biology

Damasa M. Macandog


PhD Botany

Environment-al biotechno-logy; bioeco-nomic modeling of upland systems

Merlyn S. Mendioro


PhD Genetics

Plant and insect molecular genetics

Florinia E. Merca


PhD Food Science

Cereal chemistry; lectins; plant biochemistry

Pablo P. Ocampo


PhD Zoology

Conservation,      and captive breeding of native and endemic freshwater fishes;

biomarkers of pesticide exposure in fish;  bioavailability of agricultural pesticides, and vertebrate pest management


Rina B. Opulencia

Assistant Professor

PhD Microbiology

Molecular microbiology

Asuncion K. Raymundo


PhD Plant Pathology - Bacteriology

microbial genetics

Jaime M. Samaniego

Assistant Professor

MS Computer Science


Maribel D. Sese


DSc Botany

Plant/microalgal physiology and molecular biology

Mary Ann O. Torio

Assistant Professor

PhD Biochemistry

Protein engineering; biopeptides; protein chemistry

Neilyn O. Villa

Assistant Professor

MS Genetics

Molecular and cyto genetics of indigenous organisms

Lucille C. Villegas

Associate Professor

PhD Microbiology

Microbial Biotechnology/Microbial Bioremediation



College of Veterinary Medicine



Highest degree

Research areas

Helen Molina

Professor 5



Fellow, Royal Vet. College in

Vet. Path.

(FRVC in Vet.Path.)

Veterinary Pathology, Pathophysiology and Diagnostics; Animal Vaccine Production

Billy P.  Divina

Associate Professor 7


Veterinary Parasitology

Conrado Valdez



Obstetrics and gynecology



College of Economic and Management



Highest degree

Research areas

Faustino Q. Arrienda II

Associate Professor



Agribusiness, marketing, entrepreneurship

Dinah Depositario

Associate Professor


Agribusiness, marketing, entrepreneurship

Jose Yorobe

Associate Professor


Economics and policy



College of Forestry and Natural Resources Management





 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.

read more

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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Posted on March 4, 2015 by upweb_wordpress in In the News, Article by Jo. Florendo B. Lontoc, photos by Abraham Arboleda

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

The Graduate School (GS) and the College of Public Affairs and Development (CPAf), together with UP Mindanao, launched the Mindanao Development Studies Seminars (MDSS) on May 13-14 at UP Mindanao, Davao City. 

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


The Graduate School will hold its Hooding and Recognition Ceremony on June 24 at the DL Umali Freedom Park. During this occasion, the students who will have finished their doctoral program will be conferred their degrees through a ceremony in which their academic regalia (hoods) would be put on them by their advisers and University officials led by Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr and Dr. Jose V. Camacho, Jr., dean of the Graduate School.

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

The UPLB Graduate School (GS) held its 2016 Hooding and Recognition Ceremonies on June 24 at the DL Umali Freedom Park. Of the 279 graduates, 229 obtained master’s degrees and 50 earned doctorate degrees.

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

“How do you thank your benefactors? How do you thank the Filipino taxpayers? How do you thank the Filipino people as a whole?” asked UP President Alfredo E. Pascual to the 2,245-strong UPLB Class of 2016 on June 25 at the DL Umali Freedom Park.

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).

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