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

Requirements for MA programs @ UP Asian Center

  1. Fill out this online application form
  2. Formal letter of application addressed to Dr. Joefe. B. Santarita, Dean of Asian Center, University of the Philippines Diliman. 
  3. Original AND photocopy of transcript of records of undergraduate degree.* View guidelines regarding transcripts
  4. Curriculum vitae and duly accomplished Personal Data Form
  5. Duly accomplished Recommendation Form from 2 former professors (if non-working); and from 2 former professors and 1 employer (if working), to be submitted in sealed envelopes signed across the flap by the referee.
  6. Application fee of PhP 100 for Filipino students and US$25 for foreign applicants, to be paid at the UP Cashier
  7. Two (2) passport-sized photos
  8. Original AND photocopy of NSO Birth Certificate*
  9. NSO Marriage Certificate (for married female applicants)*
  10. Aptitude examination
  11. Aptitude examination fee of PhP 150 to be paid at the UP Cashier (OCG Trust Acct. No. 9773900-499-450)
  12. Two essays (to be written in-house), one autobiographical and one on substantive issues pertaining to studies of the Philippines/Asia.a
  13. Interview by the Asian Center Admissions Committee
  14. Certificate of Transfer Credentials (for Non-UP Diliman applicants)b
  15. Research Planc

*Both original and photocopy will be submitted to the Asian Center.

a While it can help to read up on Asia- or Philippine-related issues and theories, both exams test less for objective knowledge than for the depth and range of one's thinking, as well as writing aptitude (proper grammar, sentence structure, clear presentation of one's ideas, etc.)

b This can be obtained at the Registrar's Office of your university.

c Required even for applicants to the nonthesis track.

GWA Requirement?

There is no GWA requirement for applications.

Additional Requirements for Foreign Applicants

View the list of additional procedures for foreign applicants, especially pertaining to the acquisition of student visa and compliance with immigration requirements.