"In Pursuit of Innovation, Interdisciplinary Collaboration, Internationalization & Inclusive Development"

Master of Development Management and Governance


Brief Description of the Major Field

The efforts to combat poverty, food insecurity, soaring prices of essential commodities and aggravating climate change that can lead to unsustainable development, need to be strengthened. Various interventions, from global (e.g., Millennium Development Goals) to local (e.g. community driven development) are being pursued to address these. However, for these interventions to be more effective, transformational leaders, managers and innovators in governance and development management who are capable and dedicated to sustainable and equitable development process, are needed.


This program is a merger and strengthening of two current graduate programs of IDMG: the MM-DM and MPAf-LGD. Merging allows synergistic learning of the various actors in the development process and promotes transdisciplinary mechanisms that the College of Public Affairs advocates and promotes. These programs advance the study and application of traditional as well as contemporary and critical development management and governance approaches, adaptive and anchored on the complementary role of the three main actors of development (government, civil society and business sector) in promoting development.

Students can choose between the Master of Development and Governance degree and Master of Science degree (those wanting to become highly competent practitioners and contribute to the advancement of the development management and governance field can aim for a Master of Development and Governance Degree and those who, in addition to becoming highly competent practitioners, also want to contribute in building/refining knowledge and theory and be researchers or teachers, can aspire for the Master of Science degree). Both programs provide four streams of specialization, (1) organizational and institutional development, (2) program management, (3) local governance and development, and (4) governance of microfinance and   micro     insurance institutions


Prospective Students

• Division, department heads or chief executive officers in government organizations or government owned and controlled corporations; 
• Development workers or managers of  civil society organizations, working with LGUs;
• Managers of community relation offices in private companies promoting corporate social responsibilities;
• Staff of international organizations engaged in development work and governance and administration;
• Elected local government officials
• Division, department heads or chief executive officers in local government units
• Local government functionaries of national government organizations or government owned and controlled corporations;
•Teachers of various aspects of development management and/or governance
• Consultants on development management; and
• Students who wish to pursue higher studies in related degree courses


What to Expect After Graduation

• Have solid academic background and practical experienc of development management and governance with transdisciplinary preparation and able to provide holistic solutions to problems;
• Possess strong social consciousness and entrepreneurial skills and spirit;
• Are committed to sustainable development;
• Have grassroots orientation and able to use appropriate technology;
• Are life-long learners who apply new knowledge and take advantage of new information and technologies;
• Possess strong leadership, interpersonal, team building and communication skills; and
• Have positive values and high ethical standards and integrity.


Area of Specialization

MDMG is a non thesis program it has a total of 31 units that includes 15 units of core courses (DM 201, DM 204, DM 241, LGD 210, AERS 282); 9 units of specialization courses; 3 units of elective; 3 units of field study (DM 298); and 1 unit of seminar (DM 299)


Graduate Courses

Development Management

DM 201. Development Perspective (3). Systems theory and concepts and their application to the analysis of the national development process; comparison of development patterns; and Philippine historical realities and current national development goals and strategies. 3 hrs (class). PR. COI. (1,2)

DM 204. Management Dimensions of Development Organizations (3). History, environment, and dynamics of development organizations; application of management principles in the analysis of development organization. 3 hrs (class). PR. COI. (1,2)

DM 210. Research Management (3). Principles, practices, and dynamics of research management. 3 hrs (class). (1,2)

DM 220. Public Policy and Program Administration for Development (3). (1,2). Policy formulation, analysis, and implementation; program administration and project management for development. 3 hrs (class). PR. COI. (1,2) 

DM 221. Fiscal Administration in Development (3). Theories and methods of fiscal administration and their application in the financial planning and analysis of development programs. 3 hrs (class). PR. COI. (1,2)

DM 223. Project Development and Management (3). Design, implementation, and evaluation of development projects. 3 hrs (class). PR. COI. (1,2)

DM 224. Public Affairs Management in Development I (3). Political and administrative structures and processes in national development with emphasis on rural development. 3 hrs (class). PR. COI. (1,2)

DM 225. Public Affairs Management in Development II (3). Concepts, scope, and components of rural development management. Analysis of management environment and behavior in the implementation of rural development programs. 3 hrs (class). PR. DM 224 or COI. (2)

DM 230. Planned Change in Development (3). Concepts, models, and strategies of planned transformation. 3 hrs (class). PR. COI. (1,2)

DM 241. Managerial Leadership (3). Leadership theories, roles, styles, and skills in various management levels. 3 hrs (class). PR. MGT. 101 or COI. (1,2

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

DM 298. Field Studies in Development Management (3). PR. COI. (1,2,S)

DM 299. Graduate Seminar in Development Management (1). May be taken twice. PR. COI. (1,2)

Development Management and Governance

DMG 224. Governance Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation (3). Governance theories, concepts and issues, and their application in disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation policy, plans and projects. 3 hrs (3 class). PR. COI. (1,2)

DMG 225. Governance of Food Systems (3). Theories, perspectives and approaches to governance of food systems for food and nutrition security. 3 hrs (class). PR. COI. (1,2)

DMG 230. Microfinance, Microinsurance and Development (3). Concepts, models, and management of microfinance and microinsurance institutions and their role in development. 3 hrs (class). PR. COI. (1.2)

DMG 231. Governance of Microfinance Institutions (3). Concepts, approaches, and tools in the governance of microfinance institutions. 3 hrs (class). PR. DM 230 or COI. (1,2)

DMG 232. Governance of Microinsurance Institutions (3). Concepts, approaches, and tools in the governance of microinsurance institutions. 3 hrs (class). PR. DMG 230 or COI. (1,2)

DMG 244. Local Government Entrepreneurship (3). Concepts, principles, practices and tools in local government entrepreneurship. 3 hrs (class). PR. COI. (1,2)

DMG 245. Local Development Planning (3). Theories, processes and tools for local development planning. 3 hrs. (class). PR. COI. (1,2)

DMG 246. Public Integrity and Social Accountability (3). Anti-corruption, public integrity mechanisms and social accountability strategies. 3 hrs (class). PR. COI. (1,2)

DMG 300. Master’s Thesis (6). (1,2)


Faculty Information



Highest Educ. Attained

Mayo Grace C. Amit

  • Development Planning
  • Project Development Appraisal and Management
  • Sustainable Development
  • Rural Development

MS Devt. Planning

Wilfredo B. Carada

  • Development Management
  • Local Governance Development and Administration
  • Policy, Program and Project Formulation Evaluation
  • Institution Building/Development

MS Admin Sciences/MPA

Vivian A. Gonzales

  • National Security Administration
  • Community Development
  • Philippine Studies
  • Development Management
  • Psychology
  • Modern Management in Local Government
  • Public Administration

Ph.D Phil. Studies

Aser B. Javier

  • Local Governance and Development Administration,
  • Institution Building,
  • Administrative Simplification,
  • Management of Innovations and Change
  • Project Management and Development
  • Agriculture Extension Governance

Ph.D International Cooperation

Mimosa C. Ocampo

  • International Development
  • Community Development
  • Microfinance
  • Resource Generation/Fund Raising
  • Development Management
  • Gender and Development
  • Project Planning and Management
  • Extension Education
  • Human Organizational Behavior
  • Human Resource Development and Management
  • Training Management
  • Social Research


Ph.D Development Studies

Nelson J. V. B. Querijero

  • Rural Development Management
  • Integrated Rural Regional Development Planning
  • Community Resource Management
  • Agricultural Economics
  • Project Development and Management
  • Training Design and Management



Damcelle Torres-Cortes

  • Law (family law, human rights, alternative dispute resolution)
  • Program Management
  • Gender Relations



Contact Information

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Phone Number/s: (049) 536-3382

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 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.



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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