UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES

VIRATA SCHOOL OF BUSINESS


Ph.D. in Business


Application for Admission

The PhD Program application period for AY 2017-18 has ended. The formal application process for AY 2018-19 begins in October 2017.
Before proceeding with your application, please visit the frequently asked questions page here.

Information for International Applicants

How to apply

All applicants must complete an online application form.

To start the online application process, send an email to phd.cba@up.edu.ph with "Application Form Request" in the subject box.
A link to the online application form will be automatically sent to you by email.
Fill out the form and click on the submit button.

More detailed information about the admission requirements can be found below.
Information about the program itself can be found in the Student's Handbook.

Application Information

A. Tentative Application Schedule for AY 2018-19

Deadline for submission of all required documents        18 February 2018
Doctoral Program Admission Test (DPAT)* TBA
Interview Period May-June 2018
Applicants are informed of the results by email June 2018


* GRE may be substituted

B. Admission Requirements

  1. Completed online application form.
    The applicant must send an email to phd.cba@up.edu.ph with "Application Form Request" in the subject box to obtain a link to the online application form.

  2. Personal statement.
    The applicant must prepare a statement of purpose.
    It should be sent as a PDF or MS Word attachment to phd.cba@up.edu.ph with "Statement of Purpose (Full Name of Sender)" in the subject box. (See FAQ #6.)

  3. Official transcript of records for all college/university degrees obtained.
    Scanned (unofficial) PDF copies may be emailed but originals need to be provided upon acceptance in the program.
    These should bear the (original) seal of the issuing institution, and indicating the degree, date of graduation, and DECS Special Order number. The minimum academic degree requirement for the application to be considered is a bachelor's degree from a reputable academic institution.

  4. DPAT scores or GRE scores.
    The DPAT is administered by the PhD Program Office and is held every second week of April.
    Alternatively, local applicants who wish to take the Graduate Records Examination (GRE) should contact the Educational Testing Service (ETS), the company which administers the GRE, at 60-3-7628-3333 or visit their website at www.ets.org/gre and ask to have scores sent to the University of the Philippines Cesar E. A. Virata School of Business, (code 1607). International applicants should take the GRE. For the GRE score report to reach us before the April application deadline, applicants should take the GRE before February.

  5. Two personal recommendations.
    This is submitted online by 2 referees chosen by the applicant. The referees must send an email to phd.cba@up.edu.ph with "Recommendation Form Request" in the subject box. (See FAQs about the recommendations)

  6. Interview.
    Applicants who pass the admission test are interviewed by the doctoral faculty.

  7. 2 x 2 photo.
    Submit by email to phd.cba@up.edu.ph.

  8. Non-refundable Application Fee.
    750.00 - To be paid before the document submission deadline.
  9. Additional Requirements for International Applicants

  10. All international applicants must take the Graduate Records Examination (GRE).
    VSB's GRE code is 1607. Also see the international applicant page.

  11. 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.

  12. For international applicants, a certification of finances must be submitted along with supporting documents detailing the sources of funds. You can download the certification of finances form here.

C. Subject Proficiency

  1. Mathematics proficiency. All applicants will be evaluated for mathematics proficiency. If deemed necessary by the Admissions Committee, applicants may be required to pass a math validation examination administered by the Ph.D. office.

  2. GRE scores. Applicants who wish to take the GRE as an alternative to the DPAT should contact the Educational Testing Service (ETS), the company which administers the GRE, at (609) 771-7670 or visit their website at www.ets.org/gre and ask to have scores sent to the University of the Philippines Cesar E.A. Virata School of Business, (code 1607).

Academic Calendar

Classes Begin, First Semester 1st week of August
Classes End, First Semester 2nd week of December

Christmas Break 3rd week of December to
2nd week of January

Classes Begin, Second Semester        2nd week of January
Classes End, Second Semester 2nd week of May

Classes Begin, Mid-Year 2nd week of June
Classes End, Mid-Year 2nd week of July

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