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

Below is the list of requirements for admission to the Asian Center's MA programs: 

  • Formal letter of application addressed to Dr. Joefe. B. Santarita, Dean of Asian Center, University of the Philippines Diliman. 
  • Original AND photocopy of transcript of records of undergraduate degree.* View guidelines regarding transcripts
  • Curriculum vitae and duly accomplished Personal Data Form**
  • Duly accomplished Recommendation Form** from 2 former professors (if non-working); and from 2 former professors and 1 employer (if working), to be submitted in sealed envelopes signed across the flap by the referee.
  • Application fee of PhP 100 for Filipino students and US$25 for foreign applicants, to be paid at the UP Cashier
  • Two (2) passport-sized photos
  • Original AND photocopy of NSO Birth Certificate*
  • NSO Marriage Certificate (for married female applicants)*
  • Aptitude examination
  • Aptitude examination fee of PhP 150 to be paid at the UP Cashier (OCG Trust Acct. No. 9773900-499-450)
  • Two essays (to be written in-house), one autobiographical and one on substantive issues pertaining to studies of the Philippines/Asia.
  • Interview by the Asian Center Admissions Committee
  • Certificate of Transfer Credentials (for Non-UP Diliman applicants)
  • Research plan (Download)

*Both original and photocopy will be submitted to the Asian Center. 

Additional Requirements for Foreign Applicants

  • View the list of additional procedures for foreign applicants, especially pertaining to the acquisition of student visa and compliance with immigration requirements. 

**Application Forms (MS Word files)

Application Procedures

  1. Submit all requirements to the Office of the College Secretary on or before the deadline
  2. Applicants who pass preliminary screening will take an aptitude examination (to be scheduled by the Office of the College Secretary). These include the two essays to be written in-house. 
  3. Successful examinees will be interviewed by the Asian Center Admissions Committee.
  4. Accepted applicants await further instructions from the Office of the College Secretary in processing their application. 

Deadline of application and other information


For additional information, please contact the Office of the College Secretary at 927.0909 or 981.8500 local 3578 or via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Page last updated: 18 January 2018