Graduate Program

The graduate program of the Department of Philosophy aims to develop the expertise of graduate students in various areas of Philosophy. The Department currently offers an M.A. in Philosophy program and a Ph.D. in Philosophy program to prospective graduate students. The Department, in cooperation with the University of the Philippines Manila College of Medicine, also offers a joint M.S. in Bioethics program.


M.A. Philosophy

The M.A. Philosophy program consists of two tracks: the thesis track and the non-thesis track.


Admission Requirements

To qualify for admission to the philosophy graduate program, the applicant must hold a baccalaureate degree from the University or from any other recognized higher institution of learning, preferably with philosophy or any related field as a specialization.  As a matter of practice, the department does not require any specific grade point average as a condition for admission.  Evaluation of applicants’ preparedness for graduate work in philosophy is determined by the department on a case-to-case basis. Applicants must indicate in their application letter their field of interest within Philosophy (e.g., Epistemology, Ethics, Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Language, etc.) and a problem in this area that they propose to investigate.

Further, the applicant must submit the following requirements at the Office of the Graduate Program, Palma Hall 111 to be considered for admission:

                        1. Letter of application addressed to:

                                The Dean

                                College of Social Sciences and Philosophy

                                University of the Philippines

                                Diliman, Quezon City


                        2.  Two (2) I.D. pictures

                        3.  Transcript of records

                        4.  Authenticated photocopy of NSO Birth Certificate

                        5.  Three (3) recommendation forms accomplished by former professors. Recommendation forms can be obtained at the Office of the Graduate Program, Palma Hall 111.


Advancement to Candidacy

To qualify for advancement to candidacy in the thesis track, the student is required to accomplish 24 units of course work and 6 units of thesis work. Meanwhile, in the non-thesis track, the student is required to accomplish 30 units of course work and must pass a written comprehensive examinations in order to qualify for advancement to candidacy.

Below is a list of courses that the student may choose from while under the M.A. Philosophy program.

Graduate Courses (PDF)


Ph.D. Philosophy

The Department of Philosophy is pleased to offer its Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) program to qualified applicants. All pertinent information about the Ph.D. in Philosophy program is in the Applicant Information found below.

Ph.D. Program Applicant's Information (Doc)


Diploma in Bioethics and M.S. Bioethics


Since school year 2004-2005, the University of the Philippines (UP) Manila College of Medicine and the UP Diliman Department of Philosophy jointly offers the Diploma in Bioethics Program. This is a one-year post-baccalaureate program that will provide doctors, nurses, health care workers, philosophers, social scientists and other professionals a greater understanding of ethical issues related to bio-medicine.

The Masters of Science in Bioethics offers professionals the opportunity to grapple, in a systematic and comprehensive manner, the ethical issues arising from medicine and bio-medical research. The multi-disciplinary field of bioethics covers a wide range of moral issues arising from cloning, stem cell research, organ donation and transplantation, death and dying, patient-doctor relationship, privacy and confidentiality, informed consent, euthanasia and suicide, research integrity, abortion, health resource allocation, HIV/AIDS, human experimentation, standards of care, multi-center research, and clinical trials.

To download the Diploma in Bioethics and M.S. Bioethics brochure, click on the link below:

Diploma in Bioethics and M.S. Bioethics Brochure

For the admission requirements, click on the link below:

Admission Requirements

For the downloadable forms, clink on the link below:

Downloadable Forms