ADMISSION

Graduate studies at UPLB aim to develop the ability of students in critical inquiry and independent research towards the advancement of knowledge and the development of professional leadership.

The Graduate School integrates and administers graduate programs in agriculture, forestry, the basic sciences, mathematics and statistics, development economics and management, agrarian studies and human ecology. It also caters to the increasing demand of graduate offering in other disciplines like agricultural engineering, land and water resources engineering, molecular biology and information technology, food science and technology, food and nutrition planning, and veterinary medicine.

How to Apply

Filipino applicants

A duly accomplished application form must be submitted to the Graduate School together with the following documents:

  • One (1) original and one (1) photocopy of Official Transcript of Record (OTR)*, in English language, for each college previously attended

*Undergraduate degree OTR is required for master’s degree applicants

*Undergraduate and Master’s degrees OTR is required for PhD applicants

IMPORTANT: The Official Transcript of Records must not bear any remarks (e.g. “for evaluation”). 

  • One (1) photocopy of each certificate or diploma received;
  • Two (2) accomplished recommendation forms from former professors. If with a master’s degree, a third recommendation from the major professor is required. The recommendation forms must be sent thru GS Standard Recommendation Google form by the persons making the recommendation. 
  • A nonrefundable application fee of PHP 500.

Payment Options

 – direct cash payment at the UPLB Cashier’s Office

 – JRS and LBC courier services (door-to-door delivery)

– Thru LBP E-service (Php 500)

  1. Click the link: https://www.lbp-eservices.com/egps/portal/Merchants.jsp
  2. Under Merchant List Click the letter “U” and look for the University of the Philippines Los Baños
  3. Click Continue
  4. Select GS Fees
  5. Choose Payment Options
  6. Fill out the data needed.
  7. Click Continue
  8. Check all the information
  9. Click I certify that I am at least 18 years old and have read, understood, and agreed to the Terms and Conditions and fill up the one-time password
  10. Click Submit

IMPORTANT:

Please make sure to send the scanned copy of the proof of payment (e.g. deposit slip) to admissions.gs.uplb@up.edu.ph.

The Graduate School and the individual programs may require additional information or documents from an applicant when deemed necessary. All application materials become part of the permanent records of UPLB and will not be returned to the applicant.

International (Non-Filipino) Applicants

A duly accomplished application form must be submitted to the Graduate School together with the following documents:

  • One (1) original and one (1) photocopy of Official Transcript of Record, in English language, for each college previously attended;
  • One (1) photocopy of each certificate or diploma received;
  • Two (2) accomplished recommendation forms from former professors. If with a master’s degree, a third recommendation from the major professor is required. The recommendation forms must be sent thru GS Standard Recommendation Google form by the persons making the recommendation. 
  • Results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or Certification of English as medium of instruction in previous degree/s issued by the university/school registrar
Additional Requirements for Phd by Research
  • Certification from the immediate head of the agency that the applicant has at least five (5) years of satisfactory research experience
  • Reprints or copies of the applicant’s research outputs
  • A research proposal which shall include the title, rationale, objectives, methodology, and references
Additional Requirements for International Applicants
  • TOEFL score of 500 or IELTS score of 5.5 or better taken within the last two years is required only of applicants from countries where English is not the medium of instruction and/or not the native language.  A copy of the official score report should be issued by the Educational Testing Service to the University of the Philippines Los Baños-Graduate School; or Certification of medium of instruction in previous degree signed by the University Registrar.
  • Photocopy of passport as proof of identification.
  • Proof of financial capacity to pursue studies in the Philippines or scholarship award letter
  • Police Clearance
Other additional attachments required by the following programs
    • Environmental Science – Concept Note
    • Applied Nutrition – Abstract of Research Interest
    • Human Nutrition – Abstract of Research Interest
    • Development Studies – Research Proposal
    • Development Management and Governance – Essay 1: Personal statement, Essay 2:  Research Interest
    • Food Engineering – 
      1. Letter of application
      2. A 300 to 500-word essay on a food engineering problem encountered in the current/previous job and proposed plan of action to address the problem.
      3. Curriculum Vitae
      4. Endorsement letter from the current supervisor if the applicant is employed, and
      5.  Interview (may be conducted online)

     

    English Proficiency Examination

    If English is not the medium of instruction or the TOEFL score is below 500, an applicant is required to take the English Proficiency Examination (EPE) in UPLB. This is to determine one’s level of proficiency. The fee for EPE is P250. If the applicant’s level of proficiency is Level A, he/she is required to take the Level A English Intensive Course for a fee of P8000.

     

    Application Fee

    For foreign applicants, payment can be through bank transfer to the Land Bank of the Philippines. Details are as follows:

    Bank Account: UPLB Revolving Fund Dollar

    Bank Account Number: 1894-0022-27

    Bank Name: Land Bank of the Philippines – UPLB Branch

    Bank Address: Victoria M. Ela Ave. Los Baños, Laguna

    Swift Code: TLBP PH MMXXX

    IMPORTANT: Email the scanned copy of proof of payment to aasambrano@up.edu.ph cc: admissions.gs.uplb@up.edu.ph

    Application Deadlines

    All documents must be received by the Graduate School not later than:

      • 15 May if applying in programs requiring midyear preparatory school,

    Degree Programs:

        • Master of Management –
          •  Agribusiness Management and Entrepreneurship
          •  Business Management
          •  Cooperative Management
        • Master of Science –
          •  Agricultural Economics
          •  Economics
        • Doctor of Philosophy –
          •  Agricultural Economics

    NOTE: Check the program listing for more information or inquire from the program chair.

    • 30 June for regular First Semester (September) admission,
    • 30 October for Second Semester (February) admission.

    Incomplete Applications

    Applications lacking the required documents will not be processed until after all the papers are received by the Graduate School. Processing will then commence in the next evaluation period.

    Admission Categories

    An applicant to a degree program may be admitted on either regular or provisional status.

    Regular admission is offered to an applicant whose academic records and supporting documents indicate that he is qualified to undertake graduate study in his chosen field. 

    Provisional admission is offered to an applicant whose academic records and supporting documents indicate deficiencies but show promise of success in graduate study. An applicant must meet the specific requirements of his admission before his provisional status can be changed to regular. An applicant who fails to meet the terms of provisional admission is disqualified from the intended program of study.

    Deferment of Admission

    An applicant who cannot enroll in the semester for which admission was offered may send a written request to the Dean of the Graduate School to have their admission deferred for a period not exceeding one year. If the request is approved, the student cannot register for graduate course work as a nondegree or special student in UPLB while the deferment is in effect.

    * Deferment period should not exceed one year (2 semesters). Deferment fee of PhP200 for Filipino citizen.

    Steps on paying the deferment fee:

    1. Click the link: https://www.lbp-eservices.com/egps/portal/Merchants.jsp
    2. Under Merchant List Click the letter “U” and look for the University of the Philippines Los Baños
    3. Click Continue
    4. Select GS Fees
    5. Choose Payment Options
    6. Fill out the data needed.
    7. Click Continue
    8. Check all the information
    9. Click I certify that I am at least 18 years old and have read, understood, and agreed to the Terms and Conditions and fill up the one-time password
    10. Click Submit

    Non Regular Admission

    An applicant for non degree or special programs may be offered admission to the Graduate School but not to any graduate degree program upon recommendation of the Graduate Admissions Committee of the department for which the applicant intends to enroll courses. The recommendation must be endorsed by the department chair and approved by the dean of the Graduate School. 

    An applicant admitted on non degree status may take a maximum of 12 units of course work for credit but shall not be allowed to enroll for more than one semester, except by special permission of the dean of the Graduate School and the Registrar. An applicant admitted on special status shall not be allowed to enroll for more than 9 units a semester or to register for more than 2 years, except by special permission of the dean of the Graduate School; subjects taken shall not be credited.

    Readmission

    An applicant offered readmission to a degree program shall undergo the same procedure as that of a newly-admitted graduate student. Applications for readmission to a graduate program can be made only once.

    Applicants not admitted

    Applicants who are denied admission due to lack of preparatory or fundamental courses in the intended graduate program of study may have their applications reconsidered only after submission of additional documents not submitted at the time of original evaluation. Applicants denied admission due to poor academic credentials are discouraged from reapplying for admission.

    Step 1. See if you meet the minimum qualifications

     

    Degree Applied For Minimum Qualifications
    Master’s Degree Bachelor’s Degree (4-year degree course) or its equivalent from any recognized institution.
    Doctor of Philosophy(Regular PhD) Master’s Degree or its equivalent from any recognized institution
    Doctor of Philosophy (PhD by Research) Master’s Degree or its equivalent from any recognized institution. Three (3) years of experience in research beyond the Master of Science degree. Published at least one (1) paper (excluding the M.S. and B.S. theses) in refereed scientific journals, at least two of which the applicant must be sole or senior author in the field he is applying for
    Non regular Admission Bachelor’s Degree (4-year degree course) or its equivalent from any recognized institution

     

    Step 2. Secure admissions requirements for uploading in the Online Admissions Portal

    CHECKLIST OF REQUIRED DOCUMENTS

    *Applications with incomplete documents shall not be entertained.

    • Scanned original Transcript of Records (TOR) without remarks or with “For copy of UPLB” / “For further studies”
    • Recommendations from former professors (Please use GS Form No. 2).  The recommendation forms must be sent thru GS Standard Recommendation Google form by the persons making the recommendation.

    – Two (2) recommendations if applying for Master’s degree program

    Three (3) recommendations if applying for PhD degree program

    • Proof of payment

    Application fee

    PhP500 for Filipino citizens: Direct Payment to UPLB Cash Division, or through LBC, JRS express or DHL or Fund Transfer through Land Bank of the Philippines:

    1. Click the link: https://www.lbp-eservices.com/egps/portal/Merchants.jsp
    2. Under Merchant List Click the letter U and look for the University of the Philippines Los Baños
    3. Click Continue
    4. Select GS Fees
    5. Choose Payment Options
    6. Fill out the data needed.
    7. Click Continue
    8. Check all the information
    9. Click I certify that I am at least 18 years old and have read, understood, and agreed to the Terms and Conditions and fill up the one-time password
    10. Click Submit

    USD40 for international applicants (excluding bank charges): Direct Payment to UPLB Cash Division or Payable to UPLB Graduate School through Land Bank of the Philippines – UPLB Branch,

    Account Name: UPLB Revolving Fund Dollar

    Account number: 1894-0022-27

    Swift Code: TLBP PH MMXXX

    • Scanned copy of original official certificate or diploma received

    Other additional attachments required by the following programs
      • Environmental Science – Concept Note
      • Applied Nutrition – Abstract of Research Interest
      • Human Nutrition – Abstract of Research Interest
      • Development Studies – Research Proposal
      • Development Management and Governance – Essay 1: Personal statement, Essay 2:  Research Interest
      • Food Engineering – 
        1. Letter of application
        2. A 300 to 500-word essay on a food engineering problem encountered in the current/previous job and proposed plan of action to address the problem.
        3. Curriculum Vitae
        4. Endorsement letter from the current supervisor if the applicant is employed, and
        5.  Interview (may be conducted online)
    Additional Requirements for Phd by Research
    • Certification from the immediate head of the agency that the applicant has at least three (3) years of satisfactory research experience
    • GWA of 1.75 or better in the MS degree
    • Reprints or copies of the applicant’s research outputs
    • A research proposal which shall include the title, rationale, objectives, methodology, and references
    Additional Requirements for International Applicants
    • TOEFL score of 500 or IELTS score of 5.5 or better taken within the last two years is required only of applicants from countries where English is not the medium of instruction and/or not the native language.  A copy of the official score report should be issued by the Educational Testing Service to the University of the Philippines Los Baños-Graduate School; or Certification of medium of instruction in previous degree signed by the University Registrar.
    • Photocopy of passport as proof of identification.
    • Proof of financial capacity to pursue studies in the Philippines or scholarship award letter
    • Police Clearance

      ONLINE ADMISSIONS PORTALS

      Fill-out the google form and upload the required documents through the following links:

      For MS applications: Form 1 Application Form – MS

      For PhD applications: Form 1 Application Form – PhD

      For PhD by Research applications: Form 1 Application Form – PhD by Research

      For Non-Degree applications: Form 1 Application Form – Non-Degree

      Step 3. Wait for the result

      The applicant will be notified through mail and email. If no email has been received this means that the application is still in process.

      Applicants (for MS/Regular PhD/PhD by Research) who are admitted are classified in one of 2 groups: regular, for students who have satisfactorily met the minimum requirements for the particular discipline; provisional, for students who have certain deficiencies which may be corrected by prescribing additional requirements. The provisional admission is valid for one term only. During the first semester of residence, students admitted on probationary basis should register at least 9 units of courses with graduate credit in their field of specialization and should obtain a weighted average grade of 2.00 or better.

       

      Master’s Degree, Ph.D. Degree (both domestic and international applicants)

      *All documents must be received by the Graduate School not later than:

      Term            Deadline Date            
      1st Semester (September)  June 30
      2nd Semester (January)  October 30
      For programs requiring midyear preparatory school

      • Master of Management

      Agribusiness Management and Entrepreneurship

      Business Management

      Cooperative Management

      • Master of Science

      Agricultural Economics

      Economic

      • Master in Food Engineering

      Food Engineering

      • Doctor of Philosophy

      Agricultural Economics

       May 15

       

       

      Online Admissions Portal

      For MS Applications: Form 1 Application Form for MS Degree Programs

      For PhD Applications: Form 1 Application Form for PhD Degree Programs

      For PhD by Research Applications: Form 1 Application Form for PhD by Research

      For Non-Degree Applications: Form 1 Application Form for Non-Degree Program

      For Submission of GS Recommendation Form: GS Recommendation Google form

      Downloadable Forms

      Recommendation Form – PDF

      Recommendation Form – Fillable Word File