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 of Arts in Communication
The program provides a comprehensive and innovative advancement of  communication  as  an  academic  discipline  and  professional  field  of study. It seeks to develop critical inquiry and high-level research by striking a balance between communication research theory and practice.
The MA in Communication grounds the fostering of awareness and responsibility in communication and its application in other disciplines.
Master of Arts in Journalism
Formerly known as MA Media Studies (Journalism), the MA Journalism program is focused on how news gathering, writing, and development shape  the  socio-economic-cultural-political  consciousness  of  the people and how these forces, in turn, shape journalism.
Master of Arts in Media Studies (Broadcast)
Media  Studies  is  an  area  of  intellectual  discourse  that  produces knowledge about the vast array of evolving global and local technologies, economies, and powers that affect the way people communicate. The MA Media Studies (Broadcast) program is focused on how the broadcast media affect the socio-economic-cultural-political life of the people and
how these forces in turn shape the media.
Master of Arts in Media Studies (Film)
The  MA  Media  Studies  (Film)  program  acknowledges  the  extensive impact of Film and its immense popular appeal. The program provides scholars  with  a  means  of  closely  inspecting  and  evaluating  film as  a  complex  social,  cultural,  and  industrial  phenomenon.   It  also focuses on the study of film vis-à-vis the increasingly urgent issues of globalization and new media technologies. It seeks to instill increased professionalization  in  Philippine  film  practice  and  upgrade  local  film scholarship.

The  program’s  courses  operate  on  the  principle  of  praxis,  wherein theory courses are tempered by the possibilities of real-life applications, and production courses draw from and return to philosophical issues in the conception and evaluation of projects.
Doctor of Philosophy in Communication
The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in 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 communications and related disciplines and to pursue careers in academic, government, and private communication media  agencies  and  communication-related  institutions.   It  offers a  platform  to  attain  distinction  in  the  field  of  communication  for professionals in the communication discipline and related fields.
Doctor of Philosophy in Media Studies
The  Doctor  of  Philosophy  in  Media  Studies  aims  to  produce  new critical knowledge about the media through an emphasis on theorizing about media and culture. The program is designed to produce media teachers  and  critics  who  will  raise  the  level  of  understanding  of  the part  of  the  media  in  contemporary  lives.  By  acquiring  and  producing new knowledge about the media through the program, these teachers and scholars will provoke critical discussions and discourses about the media in their particular locations, be they the academic milieu or the arena of media practice.
Admission Requirements:

1. Application for admission duly accomplished FORM
2. Letter of application addressed to the Dean of the College
3. Official transcript of undergraduate or graduate records (original and photocopy)
4. Diploma of undergraduate and / or graduate (original and photocopy)
5. Two (2) 2x2 inch picture
6. Certified true copy of the birth certificate (original and photocopy)
7. A Photocopy of marriage contract (for married women only)
8. Three (3) recommendations for admission duly filled out by competent individuals who are in the best position to assess applicant's potential for graduate work.
9. Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) for foreign applicants.  The TOEFL score required is 500 for paper-based or 173 for the computer-based examination.
10.. A non-refundable application fee of P200.00 for local applicants or US $50 for foreign applicants (payment at the Cash Office, U.P. Diliman Quezon City)

Tuition and other fees:

Tuition P 600.00 / unit
Miscellaneous 1, 415.00
Student Fund 46.50
Deposit / Entrance Fee
(for new students only) 130.00

Deadline for filing Application for Admission:

First Semester (April 6)
Second Semester (October 27)


Please proceed to the Cashier's Office for the application fee before you submit your documents and accomplished application form to the Graduate Studies Department Office (GSD) (Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm) located on the ground floor, right wing Annex Building of the College of Mass Communication, University of the Philippines. 




RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS for the MA Comm and MA MS degrees

RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS for the Phd Comm degree.




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

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