University of the Philippines Los Baños

Graduate instruction at UPLB, then supervised by a committee, was established as early as 1913 when the University was still the UP College of Agriculture (UPCA). With the transformation of UPCA into UPLB and the granting of full autonomy to the latter, graduate instruction expanded, requiring the establishment of the UPLB Graduate School on December 21, 1972 by the UP Board of Regents. Today, the Graduate School continues to attract graduate students from all over the country and abroad to its graduate programs in its traditional areas of expertise as well as in emerging fields.

The Graduate School administers graduate programs in agriculture, forestry, the basic sciences, mathematics and statistics, economics and management, development communication, human ecology, agricultural engineering, land and water resources engineering, molecular biology and information technology, food science and technology, food and nutrition planning, veterinary medicine, environmental science, and public affairs and governance. The School aims to develop critical inquiry and independent research towards the advancement of knowledge and the development of professional leadership among graduate students. It delivers graduate instruction through a 500-strong graduate faculty from UPLB’s nine colleges and one school.

Degree Programs

Master of Science

College graduates and professionals who are interested in doing advanced study in various Master of Science programs listed below will be provided with high-level instruction in the study and practice of their field. They will be provided opportunities to improve and develop their capabilities in their chosen field to prepare them for vital positions as high caliber human resource in the academe, industry, government, and in research and development organizations.

  • Agricultural Chemistry
  • Agricultural Economics
  • Agricultural Education
  • Agricultural Engineering
  • Agrometeorology
  • Agronomy
  • Animal Science
  • Applied Nutrition
  • Biochemistry
  • Botany
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Community
  • Development
  • Development Communication
  • Development Management and Governance
  • Economics
  • Entomology
  • Environmental Science
  • Extension Education
  • Family Resource Management
  • Food Science
  • Forestry: Forest Biological Sciences
  • Forestry: Forest Resources Management
  • Forestry: Silviculture and Forest Influences
  • Forestry: Social Forestry
  • Forestry: Wood Science and Technology
  • Genetics Horticulture
  • Mathematics
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology and Biotechnology
  • Natural Resources Conservation
  • Plant Breeding
  • Plant Genetics Resources Conservation and Management
  • Plant Pathology
  • Rural Sociology
  • Soil Science
  • Statistics
  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Wildlife Studies
  • Zoology

Master of Forestry

Through the Master of Forestry, we provide advanced and more comprehensive appreciation of the major fields in forestry and prepare graduates for independent forestry research and scientific work. Specializations may be chosen from the following areas: Forest Biological Sciences, Forest Resource Management, Silviculture and Forest Influences, Social Forestry, and Wood Science and Technology. Depending on their specialization, graduates would be equipped with the capacity to: provide the science and technology in climate change mitigation and adaptation; serve as specialists/experts in local, national, and international organizations or as policy makers; work as forest plantation managers, managers of forest-based industries, and specialists/experts in forest restoration and rehabilitation; and work in the academe and R&D institutions as development planners.

Master of Information Technology

The Master of Information Technology (MIT) program is designed to provide IT practitioners with advanced knowledge in IT to design and implement IT solutions in the workplace. MIT graduates have a deep understanding of technical concepts in IT; can apply the latest advances in IT in their field of work; and design, implement, and maintain production grade IT-based solutions.

Master of Arts

The Master of Arts program offers two specializations: Communication Arts and Sociology. The MA Communication Arts (MACA), a logical growth point of the BA Communication Arts program, continues the theoretical grounding of students through the study of discourses in language, literature, and culture studies. A strong generalist orientation is balanced by advanced training in the application of theories and principles in oral and written communication to various publics. The MA Sociology program aims to enhance understanding of basic social processes especially those that improve the quality of human life. Graduates have a wide latitude for employment opportunities –the academe, industries, and government and non-government organizations. Master of Communication Arts The Master of Communication Arts is the non-thesis option of MACA.

Master of Agriculture

The Master of Agriculture (MAgr) is a non-thesis program in which students may specialize in either Agronomy or Horticulture. Graduates are equipped to work in the academe, R&D institutions, and private institutions, and as entrepreneurs and managers of business units. They can also become marketing specialists and technical staff in multinational agricultural and chemical companies.

Master of Management

The Master of Management (MM) program has three majors, namely, Agribusiness Management and Entrepreneurship, Business Management and Cooperative Management. The MM-Agribusiness Management and Entrepreneurship aims to promote a shift from traditional agribusiness undertakings to value-creating enterprises through innovation at the micro, small and medium enterprise (MSME) and corporate levels. The Business Management major is aimed at developing success-oriented and socially-responsible managers and entrepreneurs who shall establish and manage non-agri-based enterprises into economically-viable entities. The Cooperative Management program aims to provide students with advanced knowledge on the functional areas of management, entrepreneurship and enterprise development that are consistent with the cooperative values and principles.

Master of Development Management and Governance

The Master of Development Management and Governance provides students with solid academic background and practical experiences on development management and governance with transdisciplinary preparation and ability to provide holistic solutions to related problems. They may work in any of these areas: organizational and institutional development, program management, governance and management of microfinance, and local governance and development.

Master in Public Affairs

Depending on the chosen specialization, the Master in Public Affairs trains students in planning, organizing, leading, and evaluating activities on agrarian and ruralurban development; and education activities within public and private academic institutions. It also trains students to be development planners and policy analyst in both the public and private sectors including government, national, and local agencies; non government organizations; academic and research institutions; development assistance agencies; and consultancy organizations. Students may specialize in Agrarian and Rurban Development Studies; Education Management; and Strategic Planning and Public Policy.

Master of Professional Studies in Food and Nutrition Planning

The Master of Professional Studies in Food and Nutrition Planning broadens the student’s perspective and increases his/her effectiveness in applying of scientific knowledge to find solutions nutritional problems in families and communities. The program enhances competencies in applied research in food and nutrition and related fields.

Master in Veterinary Epidemiology

The Master in Veterinary Epidemiology program is designed to have a pool of field epidemiologists who are sufficiently knowledgeable, skilled, competent, confident and able to perform essential surveillance, risk analysis and disease prevention and control activities in populations, including animal health investigation and research. Students will have ample opportunities to work on animal health events of current importance to their workplace or practice areas, even while studying. 

Doctor of Philosophy

Our doctoral degree programs are designed to produce top-caliber professionals who are well-grounded in the theoretical and applied aspects of their fields such as in instruction, research, and extension.

  • Agricultural Chemistry
  • Agricultural Economics
  • Agricultural Education
  • Agricultural Engineering
  • Agronomy
  • Animal Science
  • Biochemistry
  • Botany
  • Computer Science
  • Community Development
  • Development Communication 
  • Development Studies
  • Entomology
  • Environmental Science
  • Extension Education
  • Food Science
  • Forestry: Forest Biological Sciences
  • Forestry: Forest Resources Management
  • Forestry: Silviculture and Forest Influences
  • Forestry: Wood Science and Technology
  • Genetics Horticulture
  • Human Nutrition
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology and Biotechnology
  • Plant Breeding
  • Plant Pathology
  • Soil Science
  • Statistics

Doctor of Philosophy by Research/ Straight Doctor of Philosophy

UPLB has trained people that now make up the human resource in the academe, R&D institutions, non-government organizations, local government units, as well as private companies and corporations. About 40 percent of those conferred graduate degrees at UPLB come from foreign countries including Thailand, Indonesia, India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Vietnam, China, Korea, Lao PDR, Myanmar, East Timor, and Malaysia. Many of the graduates who hold key governance positions in their respective countries are in the forefront of development initiatives and policy formulation. The Graduate School is a founding member of the Southeast Asian University Consortium for Graduate Education in Agriculture and Natural Resources.

This Consortium was launched in September 1989 through the initiative of SEARCA to foster collaboration with other countries to enhance graduate education in agriculture and environment and natural resources management in the region. UPLB shares expertise and engages in student/faculty exchange, and research fellowships with the members of the consortium, namely: Institut Pertanian Bogor (Indonesia), Universitas Gadjah Mada (Indonesia), Universiti Pertanian Malaysia, Kasetsart University (Thailand), University of Queensland (Australia), University of British Columbia (Canada) and Tokyo University of Agriculture (Japan).

Contact Information

Office of the Dean
School of Environmental Science and Management
The UPLB Graduate School
College, Laguna Philippines 4031
Telephone: +63 (049) 536 3414, 2310
Fax: +63 (049) 536 2310
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