Wherever I am, the world comes after me.
It offers me its busyness. It does not believe that I do not want it.
Now I understand 
why the old poets of China went so far
and high 
into the mountains, then crept into the pale mist.
"The Old Poets of China" by Mary Oliver

The Philippine Studies program of the Asian Center leading to an MA degree is designed to produce specialists with a broad and integrated comprehension of Philippine society, culture, political and socio-economic development, and external relations. Students can specialize in any of three areas: (1) Philippine Socio-Cultural Studies, (2) Philippine Foreign Relations, and (3) Philippine Development Studies. The Philippine Studies Program (PSP) continues to uphold Philippine Studies (Araling Filipino) as a distinct discipline. Philippine Studies include the study of Filipino society and culture and its constituent ethnolinguistic groups. 

It also problematizes the distinct identity of Filipinos, helps produce specialists capable of identifying and studying Filipino or Philippine problems using multi and/or interdisciplinary approaches and methodologies, exposes students to different disciplinal perspectives and imparts a holistic approach to Philippine problems. 

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Overview of Program Requirements



Two Tracks: Thesis or NonThesis 

The Asian Center offers two tracks for its MA programs in Philippine Studies: The Master of Arts in Philippine Studies (thesis track), and the Master in Philippine Studies (nonthesis).  The latter entails more coursework. Except for Development Studies, the required number of units are the same regardless of area of specialization. Three units is equivalent to one subject. 

 Areas of Specialization

Regardless of track, students must specialize on one of the following: 

    • Sociocultural Studies
    • Foreign Relations
    • Development Studies

Program of Study

The program of study details the courses (required and electives) that each student should take to complete their degree. Click on the track and field of specialization below to view the courses for each. 

Coursework: Interdisciplinary

Depending on their track, students can take a certain number of electives, but must pass four core courses and take those under their area of specialization. Refer to the Program of Study to determine the number and kind of courses needed depending on track and area of specialization.  The list of all Philippine Studies courses can be viewed hereView profiles of the Asian Center faculty.

Coursework: Schedules

Generally, classes meet on weekdays once a week for three hours from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Some classes are offered on Saturdays at 8:30 a.m, 11:30 a.m., and 3:30 p.m. What these courses are depend on the teacher and the semester. 


Language Requirement

Students are required to demonstrate competence in a Philippine language or any language required in or relevant to their area of specialization by passing an examination from an accredited institution or by completing 96 hours of language courses offered by the University or an accredited institution.

Comprehensive Examinations


Upon completion of their course work, students must take a comprehensive examination. For students in the non thesis track, passing this exam is one step to qualifying for graduation. For those who are doing their thesis, passing the comprehensive exam is required before they can enroll in Philippine Studies (AS) 300 for their thesis. 

Deadline of Application

The Asian Center accepts applications twice a year: one intake for the first semester, which begins in August, and another for the second semester, which starts January. View Application Deadlines.

Application Requirements

Tuition Fees

View tuition and other fees.

Additional Information


Contact Us

For more information, you may contact the Office of the College Secretary at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at 981.8500 local 3578 or 63.2.927.0909 (Telefax). Please look for Mr. Robert Silleza.


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Last updated: 14 January 2019