Admission Policies / Requirements

 

 

 

Graduate Level:

Admission to the GRADUATE PROGRAMS

 
 
Undergraduate Level (updated as of 29 May 2017):
 
 

 

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UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMS

The College offers programs leading to the degrees of Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Communication, Communication Research, Film, and Journalism. The CMC Departments of Broadcast Communication, Journalism, and Communication Research are designated as Commission of Higher Education (CHED) Centers of Excellence.

The BA programs admit freshman students who qualify through the UP College Admission Test (UPCAT).

Applicants from other schools must satisfy all entrance requirements of the University. In addition, they must have a general weighted average (GWA) of 1.75 or better and pass an  essay  examination  and  interview,  if  applying  for  admission  to  the BA Broadcast Communication program, BA Communication Research program, BA Film program, and BA Journalism program. Students  from  other  units  of  the  University,  as  well  as  those  from other UP autonomous units, who have completed 30 units of academic courses  in  the  first  two  semesters  may  apply  for  transfer.   They must:  1)  have  a  minimum  general  weighted  average  or  curriculum weighted  average  (GWA/CWA)  of  2.00  in  these  courses  and  pass  the essay  examination  and  interview,  if  applying  for  admission  to  the  BA Broadcast Communication and BA Communication Research programs; 2)  have  a  minimum  GWA/CWA  of  2.25  in  these  courses  and  pass  the essay  examination  and  interview,  if  applying  for  admission  to  the  BA Film and BA Journalism programs.

Application for admission from other UP System autonomous units as well as from other colleges and universities is open for first semester admission only.   Application  for  shiftees  from  other  UP  Diliman  units is  open  for  first  and  second  semester  admission,  except  for  the  BA Broadcast Communication program, which is only open during the first semester of every academic year.

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For further inquiries, contact:
 
The Office of the College Secretary
UP College of Mass Communication
Plaridel Hall, Ylanan St., UP Diliman, Quezon City
Telephone: (+632) 981-8500 loc. 2675
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GRADUATE PROGRAMS

The College offers graduate studies leading to the degrees of Master of Arts in Media Studies with specialization in Broadcast and Film, Master of Arts in Journalism, Master of Arts in Communication, Doctor of Philosophy in Communication, and Doctor of Philosophy in Media Studies.

Admission to any of the above-mentioned graduate programs is guided by the University’s General Rules for Graduate Programs in U.P. Diliman and the College’s Guidelines for Master’s Degree Programs and Guidelines for Doctoral Programs.

 

Master's Programs

An applicant to the MA Media Studies (Broadcast) program must have  obtained  an  average  of  2.00  or  better  from  his/her  Bachelor’s degree.   An applicant to the MA Media Studies (Film) program must have an average of 2.25 or better from his/her Bachelor’s degree.

An applicant to the MA Communication program must have a GWA of 2.00 or better from his/her Bachelor’s degree.

An applicant to the MA Journalism program must comply with the GWA required stated in the General Rules for Graduate Programs in UP Diliman, which is 2.00 or better. He/she must have either a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism or media-related field and have at least two (2) years experience as a practicing journalist.

The applicant in any of the programs should exemplify a very high degree of accomplishment in the desired field of study, must pass the interview conducted by a distinguished faculty panel, and must pass the written admission examination to be administered by a faculty committee from each program.

An applicant from countries outside of the Philippines must show proof of proficiency in English and/or Filipino. However, if the College’s department/institute (where the program is administered) so requires, an applicant must show proof of proficiency in both English and Filipino.

Foreign applicants who obtained their Master ’s degree abroad must show proof  that  they  passed  the  standard Test of English as a Foreign  Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 500 or 250 in the computer-based TOEFL.

An applicant admitted to the MA Media Studies (Broadcast) program who does not have either a Bachelor’s degree or work experience in Broadcast is required to take the graduate courses Broadcast 206 (Comparative Laws and Policies in Broadcast Media) and Broadcast 210 (The Producer and the Creative Process) prior to enrollment in major courses. However, he/she may take cognates or electives together with the aforementioned required subjects.

An applicant admitted to the MA Media Studies (Film) program who does not have a background in film is required to take the undergraduate courses Film  102 (Philippine  Cinema), Film 110 (Basic B and W Photography), and Film 131 (Narrative Film) prior to enrollment in major courses. However, one or more of these undergraduate courses may be waived if the applicant has both practical experience and a Bachelor’s degree in a related field, such as Communication.

 

Doctoral Programs

The PhD Communication program aims to provide advanced graduate training in theory, research, policy, planning, and management which would enable qualified students to carry out independent research in the discipline and to pursue careers in academic, government, and private communication media agencies and communication-related institutions.

The  PhD  in  Media  Studies  program  offers  courses  that  are  more advanced than the MA Media Studies program to produce new critical knowledge through an emphasis on theorizing about media and culture. This program aims to produce media teachers and critics who will raise the level of understanding of the part of the media in contemporary lives.

An applicant to the College’s PhD programs must have a Master of Arts degree from a recognized institution of higher learning.

A general weighted average of 1.75 or higher in the Master’s studies is required of the PhD applicants.

The applicant should exemplify a very high degree of accomplishment in the desired field of study and must pass a series of in-depth interviews to  be  conducted  by  a  distinguished  panel  of  PhD  faculty  of  the  College. Moreover, the applicant must pass a written admission examination to be administered by the PhD faculty committee to be constituted by the Dean.  

An applicant must show proof of proficiency in English and/or Filipino as determined by the Graduate Studies PhD Admissions Committee. However, if the Department/Institute so requires, an applicant must show proof of proficiency in both English and Filipino.

Foreign applicants who obtained their Master ’s degree abroad must show proof  that  they  passed  the  standard Test of English as a Foreign  Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 500 or 250 in the computer-based TOEFL.

An  applicant  admitted  to  the  PhD  programs  whose  Master  of  Arts degree was not received from the College is required to take the courses Communication  230  (Concepts  and  Issues  in Communication Theory) and Communication 210 (Approaches  in  Communication  Research) prior to enrollment  in  major  courses. An applicant who does not have a background in Communication is likewise required to take the aforementioned prerequisite courses.

Foreign applicants admitted into the PhD programs who obtained their Master of Arts degree abroad are required to take six (6) units of Filipino language courses as an additional requirement to be taken during the first year of enrollment or they must show proof of proficiency in the Filipino language.

 

For further inquiries, contact:
 
The Graduate Studies Department
Room Plaridel Hall Annex,
UP College of Mass Communication
Ylanan St., UP Diliman, Quezon City
Telephone: (+632) 981-8500 loc. 2671

 

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