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Master of Arts in Communication Arts


Brief Description of the Major Field

The MACA and MCA are the logical growth points of the BA Communication Arts program. They belong to the same graduate program, the MACA being the thesis option and the MCA, the non-thesis option.Starting from basic communication theories in the BACA, the graduate program continues the theoretical grounding of the students through the study of discourses in language, literature, and culture studies, which apply to different communication contexts.


Prospective Students

The MACA and MCA are practical options not only for BACA graduates but also for teachers, writers, information officers, and other communication practitioners.



Students enrolled in the program have a strong generalist orientation, balanced with advanced training in the application of theories and principles in  oral and written communication to various publics. They are also equipped with the proficiency to plan, conduct and evaluate research from a literary and linguistic perspective.


Area of Specialization

  • Writing
  • Speech Communication

Students enrolled in the writing stream are expected to develop their creative and critical skills in the crafting of written texts for various purposes. Those in speech communication are expected to apply principles and practices in speaking not only in the classroom set-up but also to various publics.


Requirements and Mechanics to Graduate

The MCA program is a non-thesis program, it consists of 37 units, these are 24 units of major courses, 12 units of minor and 1 unit of seminar. The major courses includes 6 units of core courses COMA 201 and COMA 202; 3 units of Special Problem (COMA 290); and other major courses (COMA 211, COMA 212, COMA 213, COMA 214, COMA 215, COMA 220, COMA 224, and COMA 226) to satisfy the units required. 

The MA CA program requires a minimum of 31 units, these are 15 units of major courses, 9 units of minor courses * , 1 unit of seminar and 6 units of thesis. The major courses includes core courses (COMA 201, COMA 202) and 9 units of other major courses from COMA 211, COMA 212, COMA 213, COMA 214, COMA 215, COMA 220, COMA 224 and COMA 226. 

*can be taken from any of the disciplines of social sciences, human ecology, management, linguistics, philosophy, literature, mass communication, development communication, and other related areas. 


Graduate Courses

Communication Arts

COMA 201. Critical Approaches to Communication Studies (3). A survey of critical theories and their application to analysis of texts and to communication research. 3 hrs (class). PR. COMA 192 or COI.

COMA 202. Discourse Analysis in Communication (3). The study of language and its extension through communication technology using discourse analysis. 3 hrs (class). PR. COMA 104 or COI. (1) 

COMA 211*. Rhetoric (3). Theories of rhetoric from ancient to modern times. (1) 

COMA 212. Phonology (3). Theories and principles of speech communication, the physiology of speech production, and transcriptions of sounds in the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA). 3 hrs (class). PR. COI. 

COMA 213. Advanced Oral Interpretation (3). Principles, concepts and techniques of oral interpretation applied to a variety of literary genres. 3 hrs (class). PR. COMA 212.

COMA 214. Varieties of Public Speaking (3). The preparation, presentation, and critical evaluation of different kinds of individual and group-speaking performances in professional and off-the-job situations. 3 hrs (class). PR.

COMA 212 or COI.

COMA 215. Speech Communication Strategies for Instruction (3). Preparation, design and application of speech communication tools and strategies for effective teaching. 3 hrs (class). PR. COI.

COMA 220. Grammar and Stylistics (3). Interactive relationship between grammar, semantics, and style. 3 hrs (class). PR. COI.

COMA 224. Writing for Corporate Communication (3). Strategies in the design and preparation of communication forms to meet corporate objectives. 3 hrs (class). PR. ENG 102 or COI.

COMA 226. Writing Children’s Literature (3). Writing in context, fiction, and nonfiction for children. 3 hrs (class). PR. ENG 106 or COI.

COMA 290. Special Problems (3).

COMA 299. Graduate Seminar (1).

COMA 300. Master’s Thesis (6). 


Faculty Information



Highest Educational Attainment




Larcy C. Abello


Assistant Professor

Reading, Writing

Dennis Andrew S. Aguinaldo


Assistant Professor

Literature, Cultural Studies, Writing

Rosario M. Baria


Assistant Professor

Filipino, Speech Communication

Layeta P. Bucoy


Assistant Professor

Communication Arts, Writing

Jea Agnes T. Buera


Assistant Professor

Communication Arts, Speech Communication

Mabini DG. Dizon


Assistant Professor

Language Teaching, Writing

Emmanuel V. Dumlao


Assistant Professor

Filipino, Writing

Leonora M. Fajutagana


Assistant Professor

Communication, Literature, Writing

Eric Joyce DC. Grande


Assistant Professor

Communication Arts, Writing

Dennis D. Gupa


Assistant Professor

Theatre Arts, Speech Communication

Dulcinea R. Laforteza


Assistant Professor

Communication, Literature, Writing

Grace Bernadette T. Mendoza


Assistant Professor

Communication Arts, Speech Communication

William R. Remollo


Assistant Professor

Communication, Literature, Writing

Ma. Sheila M. Simat


Assistant Professor

Language and Literature, Writing

Katrina Ross A. Tan


Assistant Professor

Film/Media Studies, Writing

Noel K. Torreta


Associate Professor

Communication, Literature, Writing

Tricia J. Yambao


Assistant Professor

Development Communication, Writing

Jerry R. Yapo


Assistant Professor

Communication, Literature, Writing


Contact Information


Key person to contact:: Jerry R. Yapo

Contact number: (049) 536 9259

Email address: [email protected]

Mobile: 09218480483



 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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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.


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.




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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