Frequently Asked Questions
I have an MBA degree which I feel is insufficient to achieve success in business. How can a PhD degree address this problem?The PhD program's main objective is to train students to conduct original research similar to what is done in universities here and abroad and in international policy institutions like the IMF and the World Bank. The program equips the student with skills in research and pedagogy needed to thrive in an academic environment where the two major activities are teaching and research. Its objective is not to train students how to run a business successfully or help climb a management ladder. A PhD degree in business administration from the VSB is not an "advanced MBA" degree but is rather, a research degree.
There is no minimum or maximum word limit. The average length of a personal statement is between 2-3 pages. It should demonstrate your ability to communicate in a concise manner. We do not expect you to exactly define your dissertation topic but you are expected to describe your interests beyond the general classifications of management strategy, marketing, finance, economics etc. Your application will not be considered if you fail to submit this on (or before) the stated deadline.
International applicants from other countries must take the GRE.Visit the International applicants page for more information.
applicants should take the GRE before February. Submitted GRE scores should not be more than 5 year old.
Is the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) required?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. This test is also administered by ETS. Our institution code is B151. We require a minimum score of 550 on the paper-based exam and 90 on the Internet-based exam for admission. Applicants do not need to take IELTS.
The referee must send an email to email@example.com with "Recommendation Form Request" in the subject box. A link to an online form will be sent to the recommender. In the form, there is a set of rating questions about applicant characteristics and a space to paste a letter.
Can graduate classes similar to the courses in the PhD program but taken elsewhere (in another University) be credited towards the PhD degree?No. We do not transfer credit for courses from other universities. You must complete all requirements of the program in UP Diliman.
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