Master of Science/Arts Programs
Master of Science/Arts Programs

Master of Science in Zoology

The graduate program is designed to develop the ability of students to undertake critical inquiry and independent research for the advancement of knowledge in zoology as well as develop professional leadership in biological sciences.

Master of Science in Wildlife

A joint program of the Institute of Biological Sciences, CAS and Forest Biological Sciences, CFNR. The program was able to expand the fields of specialization from the original 2 to 8 fields namely: vertebrate pests, physiology, parasitology, limnology, invertebrate zoology, vertebrate zoology and wildlife biology.

Master of Science in Botany

The main goal is to develop the ability of the students to undertake critical inquiry and independent research, to widen their field of knowledge as well as to develop their professional leadership. The fields of specialization are: economic botany, morphology/anatomy, systematics, plant physiology, pollination biology, phycology and plant ecology.

Master of Science in Genetics

The program furnishes the students with a finer background in biology with specialization in genetics. It prepares the student for competence in instruction, research and extension. An applicant for admission must hold a B.S. degree preferably in the biological sciences.

Master of Science in Microbiology

The program aims to produce highly qualified graduates needed primarily in learning and research institutions and industries. The graduate shall be equipped with comprehensive knowledge and skills in microbiology supported by conception in other fields (molecular biology, biochemistry, statistics, biotechnology and genetics).

Master of Science in Statistics

The Master of Science in Statistics (MS STAT) program is designed to provide the graduate student with a more extensive training in research and teaching through a well-balanced mixture of theory and applied courses. The program requires a minimum of 31 units consisting of: 6 units of core courses (STAT 241 and 242); at least 9 units of 200 level courses in statistics; at least 9 units of cognate courses; 1 unit of seminar; and 6 units of thesis. Cognate field may be pursued in demography, genetics, economics, plant breeding, animal science, computer science, management, food science, information technology, mathematics, engineering science and hydrology, and water resources.

Master of Science in Mathematics

The program involves course work and the conduct and presentation of a research thesis. The program consist of 31 units, broken down as follows: 15 units core courses, 9 units cognate courses, 1 unit graduate seminar and 6 units thesis.

Master of Science in Physics

The Master of Science in Physics program is designed to enhance the physics background of students and develop their skills in performing advanced research. Depending on the interests of the student, such skills can include proficiencies in the analytical exploration of theoretical models, the computational modeling of the behavior and properties of physical systems, or the design and implementation of experiments in the laboratory. Students are expected to have enhanced physics background; be trained in producing high-quality and cutting-edge research in physics; have motivation to contribute new and interesting knowledge and publish research articles in physics journals; be prepared for doctoral studies in physics, applied physics, or a related field; and acquire high analytical and problem-solving skills.

Master of Arts in Sociology

The program, aside form the quantitative paradigms in social science, addresses the current developments in the field of sociology and enhances the competence in the sub-areas of organization, social psychology and demography.

Master of Science in Computer Science

The program addresses the need for advanced formal training of professional leaders in computer science. Candidates are expected to acquire a broad knowledge of the discipline and related fields like statistics, economics, mathematics, management, and other sciences like environmental science, agriculture and forestry. This program has attracted not only Filipino students but also a number of students from Southeast Asia and the Middle East.

Master of Information Technology

The program is designed to further train IT practitioners by providing them with advanced knowledge in IT enabling them to design and implement IT solutions in their workplace. Graduates of the program are expected to be able to: (a) demonstrate in-depth knowledge of technical concepts pertaining to information technology; (b) apply the latest advances in information technology in their field of work; and (c) undertake the proper design, implementation and maintenance of production-grade IT-based solutions.

Master of Arts in Communication Arts (MACA) and Master in Communication Arts (MCA)

These are the two components of the same graduate program; the MACA being the thesis option and the MCA, the non-thesis option. The courses are designed not only for AB Communication Arts graduates but also for teachers, writers, information officers, and other communication practitioners. The courses will train them to be communicators with a strong generalist orientation balanced with advanced training in the various forms and styles of oral and written communication.

Master of Science in Biochemistry

The program equips the student with a comprehensive background in the major areas of Biochemistry. A minimum of two semesters of residence and 25 units of course work are required. Cognate courses may be in any of the following areas: chemistry, entomology, food science, genetics, horticulture, microbiology, nutrition or physiology.

Master of Science in Agricultural Chemistry

The program allows the student to take graduate courses and do research work relevant to Agricultural Chemistry. A minimum of 24 units of course work, with at least 18 units in the graduate level, and 1 unit of graduate seminar are required.

Master of Science in Chemistry

The program allows the student to acquire a strong and comprehensive background in the traditional areas of chemistry at the master’s level with specialization in a particular branch of chemistry. This program also equips the graduate with the principles and tools in order to (a) teach chemistry courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and (b) undertake and supervise research institutions and industry. A minimum of four semesters of residence is required.

MS Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

The MS and PhD program in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology is an interdisciplinary program which involves the following UPLB units: College of Agriculture, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Forestry and Natural Resources, College of Veterinary Medicine, College of Engineering and Agroindustrial Technology, College of Human Ecology, College of Economics and Management, School of Environmental Science and Management, College of Public Affairs, and the National Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology.

The Graduate School supervises the implementation of the program through a management committee composed of chairs of the cluster committees for each of the four clusters in the Basic Sciences, Plant Sciences, Animal Sciences and Physical Engineering Sciences and Environmental Biotechnology. The members of these committees constitute the Graduate Faculty in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (GFMBB). The GFMBB is directly under the Graduate School. The members of the GFMBB nominate and elect two members at large to the Management Committee.  Graduate School provides administrative support to the Management Committee.