The application for admission to the VSB graduate programs for AY2021-2022 is now OPEN.

Admission to the Program

All applicants are required to

    (1) fill out the online application form
    (2) take an entrance examination and 
    (3) submit application documents

A Google account is needed to upload the required documents.
Please read and strictly follow the instructions below.

the application process

  1. Get the link to the online application form.
    You are required to accomplish and submit this form, otherwise your application will not be considered.

  2. In view of the current public health crisis, the Graduate Program Admission Test (GPAT) is NOT going to be administered in this application cycle.

    Instead, the applicant is required to take any one of the following examinations:

    (a) the NMAT by GMAC 
    (b) the Graduate Records Examination (GRE)
    (c) the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)

    More details about these examination providers can be found in 'The Admissions Tests' section below. Please visit their websites to learn about how to register and take the examination online.

  3. Submit the required documents/materials listed below.

  4. Initial screening is based on the information from the application form, NMAT by GMAC or GRE/GMAT scores and the submitted credentials.
    Applicants may be called for interview by the Admissions Committee.

online application form

To start the online application process, send an email to with "Application Form Request" in the subject box.

A link to the online application form will automatically be sent to you by email.
(a) Avoid typographical errors in the subject box or the link will not be sent.
(b) Users of email filters like Boxbe have to make their own adjustments to receive the link.
Do the following upon receipt of the email:
  1. Click on the link and fill out the form.

  2. Click on the submit button after completing the form.
    An acknowledgement page stating that your submission has been recorded should appear;
    A message is sent to your primary email address if your submission was received.

  3. Submit the required documents (see next section below). This may be done online or submit the same at VSB, room 105.

  4. Pay the application fee (go to Ms Rosalinda David at VSB, room 105 for instructions).

documents required for admission

The documents and materials required for admission are as follows:

from the applicant

  1. Transcript of Records. (Photocopy or PDF if submitting online)
    Those who will qualify for admission to the program must also submit the original copy. 

  2. Proof of Employment.
    Obtain a certificate indicating your duties and responsibilities.
    A minimum of 2 years work experience is required.

  3. Curriculum Vitae with a 2x2 photograph.

  4. Statement of Purpose.
    The essay should be a  3 to 4 page double-spaced document written in English. It should be uploaded as a PDF or Word document.
Instructions to upload a copy of these documents will be sent to you once you have submitted the online application form. 

from two referees

  1. Letter of recommendation (to be submitted by two referees chosen by the applicant).
    The referee may send the letter as an attachment to or uploaded online.
    A Google account is needed to be able to submit online.

  2. Completed online referee evaluation form.
To start the refereeing process, the referee must send an email to with "Recommendation Form Request" in the subject box. A link to the recommendation form and instructions on file uploading will be sent to the referee upon receipt of the email.

The Admission Tests & Test Fees

All applicants are required to take an entrance/admission test. They can choose to take any one of the following alternative tests: NMAT by GMAC, GRE or GMAT


Applicants who wish to take the NMAT by GMAC should visit the website at and select the University of the Philippines Cesar E. A. Virata School of Business as a score receiving school. The cost of the NMAT is $75.00. You can find the online examination information here.

Graduate Records Exam Applicants who wish to take the GRE should contact the Educational Testing Service (ETS), the company which administers the GRE, at 60376283333 or visit their website at and have their scores sent to the University of the Philippines Cesar E. A. Virata School of Business, (code 1607). For the GRE score report to reach us before the application deadline, applicants should take the GRE before February. The cost of the GRE is $190.00. You can find the online examination information here.

Graduate Management Admission Test
Applicants who wish to take GMAT should register for the examination at and select the University of the Philippines Cesar E. A. Virata School of Business, (code DNQ-RM-65), as a score receiving school. The cost of the GMAT is $250.00. You can find the online examination information here.

Application Fee

Applicants can pay the application fee online or make a direct deposit to the UPD Cash Office's Landbank account.

The following links show alternative modes of paying the application fee:
(Print/save the online application response email beforehand and use it to serve as the bill of payment.)
  1. Pay online using Landbank’sLinkBiz

  2. Pay online via PESONET

  3. Direct deposit to Land Bank
    Land Bank Account Number: 3072-1006-96
    (UPD Revolving Fund)
After the payment using any of the 3 modes, the applicant must email proof of deposit: 


with "MBA/MS Finance/PhD Application Fee" in the subject box (without the quotes).

TOEFL (for international applicants)

International applicants except those with bachelor's degrees from the US, UK, New Zealand and Australian Universities must demonstrate fluency in English by taking the TOEFL (code B151), also administered by ETS.

For more information, call 8981-8500 ext 3456 or email us at

Important Dates & Miscellaneous Information

Because of the uncertainty brought by the COVID-19 crisis, the dates below are tentative and are subject to change conditional on future events.

Deadline for submission of all required documents        1 July 2021
Start of First Trimester, AY 2021-2022 October 2021

As of the first semester/trimester of AY 2020-2021, all classes in the VSB graduate programs are held online in both synchronous and asynchronous mode. This will continue indefinitely until the UP administration allows on-site, face-to-face classroom work (at the BGC Campus for the master's programs.)