General Qualification

Admissions to any SLU graduate programs shall be based on the academic, personal qualifications, and admission exam performance of individual applicants. The applicant must also satisfy any special or additional requirement set by the Graduate Program cluster.

To be allowed to enroll (Master’s or doctoral program), the applicant must have the prerequisite degree from recognized higher education institutions (HEIs). All pertinent documents (e.g. transcript of records, number in the registry of graduates) should be submitted before any formal admission.

– Master’s degree. The applicant must have a Baccalaureate degree from an institution of recognized standing.

– Doctorate degree. The applicant must have a Master’s degree in related fields from an institution of recognized standing.

Disciplinal Alignment

  1. An applicant for a master’s degree program who has a non-aligned baccalaureate degree may be accepted conditionally through a bridging program. The applicant will be required to take up and pass a certain number of key courses of the aligned baccalaureate program before the applicant can be fully accepted into the master’s program.
  2. The number and type of courses to be taken by graduate students who are on conditional status shall be determined by the concerned Graduate Program Coordinator and concurred upon by the Dean. The basis for evaluation is the needed foundational subjects for the said graduate program applied for. This may also be based on the requirements identified in the respective Programs Standards and Guidelines.
  3. Those seeking admission into a PhD program must have a master’s degree that is aligned to the PhD program. This means the master’s degree is in the same discipline, or at least a cognate discipline in case there is no master’s degree that is strictly aligned to the PhD program.
  4. An applicant who has a master’s degree that is not aligned to the PhD program s/he is applying for may be accepted conditionally. The applicant will be required to take bridging courses of 15 maximum units or the core courses of the aligned masters and pass the comprehensive examination in that master’s degree before s/he can be fully accepted into the PhD program.
  5. Applicants with a professional (track) master’s or non-thesis master’s degree will not be allowed to enroll directly in a PhD program as these types of master’s degree are terminal in nature. The applicants may be accepted conditionally, but they must take up research courses (see item 4) that are deemed missing in their professional/non-thesis master’s degree or, in lieu of this, present one publication in a peer-reviewed journal that passes the criteria of the graduate school.
  6. Certification of Practice experience; regardless of length, does not comprise and cannot be credited in lieu of academic unit or bridging requirements.

Admission Requirements and Procedure

In consideration of the interest of incoming graduate students and the conditions brought about by the current state due to COVID-19, the following modified admission requirements and procedures will be followed.

  1. Prospective applicants who would like to enroll in any of the programs of the School of Advanced Studies shall send an e-mail to the respective Graduate Program Coordinator (GPC). The applicant shall attach an electronic copy of the transcript of record.
  2. The GPC evaluates the transcript to determine the academic qualifications of the prospective applicant. The GPC might also require a letter of recommendation as maybe deemed necessary. If the prospective student will have difficulty in obtaining such, this document maybe submitted at a later date.
  3. The GPC will schedule the interview. All prospective applicants for the graduate program must be personally interviewed by the GPC prior to any admission procedure. This may be done via Zoom, Google Meet or any other electronic means. The information will be e-mailed to you by the respective GPC.
  4. After the successful interview, students can now start the enrolment process. A copy of the curriculum and the program offering for the term will likewise be given.
  5. The GPC will also ask the students to prepare the scanned copy of the following documents which will be submitted to University Registrar’s Office.
  • Transfer Credentials/Honorable Dismissal (for transferees)
  • Certificate of Good Moral Character (for transferees)
  • Certified True Copy of Transcript of Records
  • Photocopy of PSA Birth Certificate
  • Marriage Certificate (if applicable)
  • Four (4) 2×2 picture

If there is difficulty in producing the requirements, the applicant will inform the GPC that such document will be submitted at a later date. The hardcopy of these requirements shall also be submitted via courier to:

Andrew S. Macalma
Diego Silang Building, Saint Louis University
A. Bonifacio Street, Baguio City
2600, Philippines
(074) 443-2001 local 382

For Foreign Students and Students with Foreign Credentials:

Official transcript of records must be translated in English and authenticated by the Philippine Foreign Service Post in the student’s country of origin or legal residence, with the Embassy’s official stationary, diplomatic red ribbon and dry seal.

For International Students

The medium of Instruction in the Graduate Program is English, therefore it is necessary that the students must be proficient in writing and speaking in English. After the interview with the student, the GPC will recommend whether the students need to complete additional courses in English. Such course may be taken concurrently with graduate studies or they may be taken before any graduate program course.

For Additional Courses

Additional undergraduate/masters units or other subjects in the field of specialization may be required. These shall be subject to the same criteria as major subjects and may be taken concurrently with graduate subjects.