The student takes a comprehensive examination after the completion of
his/her course requirements. A student who fails the examination will
have to take another examination. A second failure will mean his/her
taking the examination again but only after taking the required
additional courses of six (6) units. Failing the said examination will
require the student to request a reassessment for a fee of Php 1,000.00.
Dissertation/Thesis Writing and Defense
Before being awarded a doctorate/master’s degree, every candidate is
required to write and successfully defend a doctoral dissertation/master’s
thesis, which will be the candidate’s original contribution to the existing
fund of knowledge in his/her field of specialization.
The thesis/dissertation writing and defense come in three stages – the
proposal, the pre-oral and the oral defenses. Prior to proposal
presentation, the candidate shall submit to the Program Chair the complete
first three chapters of his/her research proposal with the bibliography,
research instrument/s and other pertinent appendices, for approval and
endorsement to the Dean of the Graduate School. Upon submission of the
five (5) copes of his/her thesis/dissertation proposal, the Dean shall
create a Thesis/Dissertation Committee, composed of an adviser and two
evaluators, who shall scrutinize and give suggestions for the paper’s
improvement. If the paper is approved by the Committee, the candidate
shall submit to the GS Office a copy of the revised proposal and will then
be allowed to proceed with the data-gathering and the rest of the writing
Once the candidate has completed Chapters 4 and 5, and upon the
recommendation or endorsement of the adviser and the Program Chair, he/she
now may proceed with the pre-oral defense. During this stage, he/she
shall present the completed research for evaluation by the same Committee.
Five (5) copies must be submitted to the GS at least seven days prior to the
pre-oral. The Committee will go over the paper page by page to
determine if the paper follows the format and style prescribed by the PUPGS
and if the recommendations provided by the committee during the proposal
presentation were incorporated. In this stage, some other
recommendations/suggestions may be provided to further improve the paper
both in format and content.
After the candidate has complied with the pre-oral recommendations,
he/she must submit his/her revised manuscript to the GS Office together with
the Certification signed by the Committee that the paper is now ready for
oral examination. The candidate shall submit six (6) copies of the
thesis or eight (8) copies of the dissertation seven days prior to the oral
defense schedule. The Dean shall create/appoint the Panel on Oral
Examination who will undertake the final evaluation of the
A graduate student is expected to obtain the degree within a given period
Master’s degree - The student is given a period of five
(5) years from the first term of enrollment to finish the degree.
Doctorate degree - A doctoral student must finish the
degree within seven (7) years from the first term of enrollment.
A student who has exceeded the time limit but has passed the
Comprehensive Examination is required to take at least six to twelve units
of additional courses to be determined by the Dean
A student who hast not taken/passed the Comprehensive Examination, but
has exceeded the time limit must have to take 75% of the
required number of units under the new curriculum.
Leave of Absence
A graduate student intending to take a leave of absence must submit a
written request to the Office of the GS Dean if he/she cannot attend the
University for two consecutive terms (Summer is considered a term). A
student returning from a leave of absence without permission must write the
Dean an application for readmission.
- The Registrar issues an Honorable Dismissal to a student who
voluntarily withdraws from the University for purposes of transferring
to another school.
- Any student applying for an Honorable Dismissal shall be cleared of
all accountabilities before a certificate is issued to him/her.
- Any student who was issued an honorable dismissal cannot be
readmitted to the PUP Graduate School.
Policy on Non-Thesis Programs
Students under the Non-Thesis Program are required to enroll in two
research-based subjects wherein they will present in a colloquium the
policy/feasibility studies they have undertaken as requirements of the
Policies on Academic Discipline
Through a written request, students may petition for a class that is not
offered during the semester as long as there are at least ten students in
Graduating students desiring to enroll in a regular course work but do
not meet the minimum number of ten students to organize a class may be
enrolled on tutorial/independent study basis if there is an instructor
wiling to accept the assignment since he/she will be paid only for 18 hours
at the end of the term. The maximum number of students for a
tutorial/independent study is five (5). If the number exceeds
five, a class may be organized and the students will pay for the deficiency
of the total tuition fee of the required 10 students.
Tutorial Class Guidelines
The following guidelines are to be observed in tutorial classes:
- A tutorial class may be offered only in the following cases:
- The student is graduating during the term,
- The subject is not offered during the semester/summer, and,
- Cross-enrollment is not possible;
- Subject must be a non-board, non-major or non-laboratory subject;
- Subject which is no longer offered due to the revision of the
curriculum shall not be offered on a tutorial basis but a substitute
subject should be required in its place;
- A student cannot enroll in more than one tutorial class. However,
he/she may be allowed to enroll in a maximum of two (2) tutorial
subjects if he/she does not exceed the maximum number of units for the
term as reflected in his/her curriculum sheet.
Crediting of Subjects Taken in Other Schools
Equivalent graduate work not exceeding 30% of the total units in the PUP
curriculum and earned not more than five (5) years prior to graduation from
the PUP Master’s/ Doctoral degree program may be accepted by transfer from a
graduate school of recognized standing An accreditation fee per
unit for each credited subject will be charged.
A student shall be disqualified from continuing his program of study in
the Graduate School if he/she:
- fails in two or more subjects within a term;
- fails to maintain the required minimum average grade of 2.0 for
master’s and 1.75 for doctorate;
- fails for the third time in the written comprehensive examination;
- fails in the thesis/dissertation oral examination.
Study Privileges of the University Faculty and Administrative Personnel
The University extends 100% tuition fee waiver to regular faculty members
pursuing graduate studies at the Graduate School and Open University System.
A 75% tuition fee discount is extended to part-time faculty. (Office
Memorandum No. 18, Series of 2008).
Members of good standing of the Unyon ng mga Kawani ng PUP (UNAKA-PUP)
are granted 100% free tuition and miscellaneous fees. These members,
however, must possess the qualifications stated in the guidelines for the
grant of educational benefits to UNAKA-PUP members and their children.
(Office Memorandum No. 20, series of 2008)
Administrative officials and non-UNAKA member-employees are entitled to a
75% discount on tuition fee. Casual employees who have served the University
for at least one year, are granted a 50% discount, also on tuition fees.
All University personnel are exempted from the payment of medical and