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

Beginning in 2004, the Ph.D. Philippine Studies program of the Asian Center, University of the Philippines Diliman was formally incorporated with related programs of the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy (CSSP) and the College of Arts and Letters (CAL). The joint program was established as the Tri-College PhD Philippine Studies Program, with the Asian Center tasked to serve as the central secretariat and headquarters. A Philippine Studies Council and a Coordinating Committee oversee management of the program, from curriculum review to dissertation defense and student relations


The requirements for the Tri-College program cover 9 units of core courses; 27 units of course work; qualifying examinations; language competency; and a dissertation worth 12 units.


View Requirements for PhD Philippine Studies Program. The Tricollege has two intakes of applicants; one for the first semester, which begins in August, and the other for the second semester, which starts in January. View Application Deadlines.

Students are asked to choose from among options A, B, and C below within the first year of study. In addition, a dissertation equivalent to 12 units is required. The Program of Study entails minimum coursework of 36 units, of which 9 units are in core courses (PS 301, PS 302, PS 399) and 27 units of courses are in the students' area of specialization, cognates or electives. Download the PDF listing Philippine Studies courses and the programs of study.


Students must select their major area/discipline and cognates from the programs offered by the three colleges.


Depending on their area of specialization, program of study, and dissertation, students will take their courses at and from the Asian Center, College of Social Sciences and Philosophy, and/or the College of Arts and Letters. Download the PDF listing Philippine Studies courses offered at the Asian Center and detailing the programs of study. 


Apart from coursework, the PhD programs mandates the following:
  1. Minimum General Weighted Average. The student must obtain  a general weighted average of 1.75 in the three core courses to be able to take the qualifying examinations.To remain in good standing, the student should maintain a commulative weighted average grade (CWAG) of 1.75 or better at the end of each academic year until completion of the Program of Study

  2. Language Examination. When necessary for the research proposal and as determine by the students program committee, the student will take a proficiency examination in a pertinent foreign and / or Philippine language  to be administered by an appropriate language department.

  3. Qualifying Examination. The student should pass a qualifying examination after completion of the core courses. Core courses should be taken within the first three semesters following the admission.

  4. Candidacy Examination. The student should pass a candidacy examination after completion of all coursework, including units stipulated under Residence Rules and upon satisfaction of CWAG requirements. The candidacy examination is a sit down examination to be taken in two to three sessions based on the students' discipline or area(s) of study jointly prepared by a panel of examiners. A student who fails the candidacy examination shall be allowed to re-take the examination within one year after the first examination. A second failure or failure to re-take the examination within the prescribed period shall  disqualify the student from the doctoral program.

  5. Dissertation Proposal Defense. Upon advancement to candidacy, the student shall defend his/her disseratation proposal before the dissertation adviser and two readers of the committee.

  6. Oral Defense of Dissertation. The student shall defend his/her dissertation before a committee composed of the adviser, two reader-critics, and two members, at least one of whom was a member of the dissertation proposal committee.

  7. Requirements for Graduation. After the student passes the oral defense, the student shall be qualified to apply for graduation.The applicant for graduation must submit five bound copies of the approved doctoral dissertation as a  prerequisite for graduation. The bound copies must conform to the standard format of the PhD program and carry the  approval of the members of the dissertation committee and acceptance of the dissertation by the Chair of the Philippine Studies Council.The applicant for graduation must submit  at least one pre-print paper on the approved doctoral dissertation, where applicable, as another prerequisite for graduation. After the graduation of the student shall have been recommended by the Philippine Studies Council, and approved by the Board of Regents, the student shall be officially conferred the doctoral degree.


The TriCollege Council is composed of the three deans from the three colleges, three coordinators from each college, and the Head of the Secretariat.


• Ma. Amihan Bonifacio-Ramolete, Ph.D, Chair, TriCollege Council

Council Members

• Bernadette Abrera, PhD, Dean, College of Social Sciences and Philosophy

• Amihan Bonifacio-Ramolete, PhD, Dean, College of Arts and Letters

• Joefe B. Santarita, PhD, Dean, Asian Center

Head Secretariat, TriCollege

• Rolando Talampas


• Noel Christian Moratilla, PhD (Asian Center)

• Nancy Kimuel-Gabriel, PhD (College of Arts and Letters)

• Vicente Villan, PhD (College of Social Sciences and Philosophy)


Click here to view the list of UP faculty affiliated with the Ph.D. program. The list is as of December 2014.