School of Social Sciences

The School of Social Sciences is committed to equip individual and communities with perspective and skills for local, national, and global transformation. It pursues this mission through multidisciplinary teaching, research, creative work and outreach initiatives. The School has ten research and training centers including the Ateneo Center for Asian Studies, Ateneo Center for Economic Research and Development, Institute of Philippine Culture and the Konrad Adenauer Asian Center for Journalism at the Ateneo de Manila University. Two of its departments were declared Centers of Excellence—the Department of Psychology and the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. 

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School of Social Sciences

    Bachelor of Arts

  • Chinese Studies

    The AB Chinese Studies degree offers a comprehensive knowledge of Mandarin Chinese (18 units) and an understanding of Chinese history and culture (15 units). The business track covers the fundamentals of business in a Chinese context. The humanities track focuses on aesthetic theories and the literature and arts of China. The social sciences track provides a broad introduction to the social realities in China and frameworks for analyzing them. Each track consists of 18 academic units. There is a total of 51 units of Chinese Studies courses in the degree.

  • Communication

    Founded on scholarship, research methods and ethics, undergraduate students focus their studies in communication on one of four concentrations — image & sound production, journalism, media studies, or advertising & public relations. They complete their studies with a summer work experience in related industries and with the crafting of a semester-long research or project thesis.

  • Development Studies

    The AB Development Studies Program provides an excellent blend of theoretical and applied training. Development Studies students are trained to appreciate diverse perspectives, undertake development research, analyze development policies and manage development interventions. The program provides excellent preparation for careers in multilateral and bilateral development organizations, law and politics, Foreign Service, corporate foundations and non-government organizations, development communications and development research, and the executive and legislative branches of government. Students may also use their field of specialization as a springboard for graduate and professional studies.

  • Diplomacy and International Relations with Specialization in East and Southeast Asian Studies

    AB Diplomacy and International Relations with specialization in East and Southeast Asian Studies is designed to train students who envision a diplomatic career with the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the United Nations and its agencies and other regional and international organizations. A specialization track in East and Southeast Asian studies equips students with a multidisciplinary understanding of the region's history, culture, language, economic development, politics and business.

    Careers: The program provides rigorous training to students who are inclined to take the Foreign Service Exam and enter the diplomatic corps.

  • Economics

    Economics is a scientific field of study fit for those who will occupy positions of authority and responsibility in business and public life. It enables the student to have a firm understanding of the workings of the economy: the roles of business and finance, the process of economic development, and the global economic integration of countries, to name a few. The training is rigorous and practical enough to be applied in everyday life.

    Graduates of the program enjoy great flexibility in career options. Many have gone into the private business sector as experts in finance (such as securities trading and investment banking) and as project specialists working for prestigious local and multinational companies (such as land development, corporate planning.) The beauty of the program is that it also prepares students for other career options in government service, socially-oriented jobs (such as working for local and international NGOs), and in international development organizations. The program has also benefited many students who have gone on to earn an MBA or enter the law profession. Other graduates have gone on to pursue masteral and doctoral studies in economics in the Philippines and abroad.

  • Economics (Honors)

    The Honors Program in Economics is designed for the select few who can hurdle the rigorous training in economics and quantitative methods that the program provides. It is intended for the student who wants to become a specialist and plans to have a career as a professional economist.
    In addition to the courses taken in the Standard program, the Honors program requires additional courses in mathematics and statistics and requires more rigorous research tooling students for graduate studies in economics. 

    Graduates of the Honors program have gone on to become specialists in business, finance, and the academe. Others enjoy successful careers in government as development specialists and policy makers.

  • European Studies

    AB European Studies is a multidisciplinary program focusing on the political, economic, social, and cultural institutions of the European Union and its policymaking process. Special focus is given to the European integration process, as well as links between Europe and the Philippines.  Students can specialize in any of the two tracks - International Relations, focusing on the internal and external political dynamics of Europe; and Business and Economics, which does not only concentrates on Europe’s business and economy, but provides students with general skills in business, finance, and accounting.  Students are required to specialize any of the three European languages (Spanish, French or German).

    The program gives the students the advantage of first-hand business and cultural exposure of the continent through a study tour, summer internship (local or overseas), study abroad program and service learning courses.

  • History

    History is the study of the continuity we share with all human experience, past and present. It also makes available to us a range of options as we deal with our present and with the future. Our students learn not only to understand our present society against the background of the past, but also to analyze how this understanding is itself shaped by changing contexts.

    Graduates of AB History can enter the fields of education, research, journalism, heritage conservation, tourism, and politics. A comprehensive grasp of history is also a natural first step for students wishing to enter law school or apply for the Foreign Service.

  • Management Economics

    This program is designed to provide a balanced foundation in business and economics. The dual orientation is the strength of the program, as recent events have shown that business survival depends on sound internal management and solid understanding of economic forces.

  • Political Science

    AB Political Science provides its graduates with a solid background in international relations, comparative politics, political theory, and public management. The program is designed to train students in critical and analytical thinking and leadership. The program is enchanced by an intership program, a Junior Term Abroad program, and service learning course.

    Careers: The program provides one the best pre-law preparation programs as well as training for work in government and social development.

  • Psychology

    The AB program offers opportunities for students to take a variety of electives in humanities, business management, computer science, and other areas.

  • Social Sciences

    The Bachelor of Arts Program major in the Social Sciences* is a special program designed to meet the needs of students who are curious, critical, concerned, and practical.  Curious about himself or herself.  Wondering about human relationships and the forces that bind and dissolve whole communities and nations.  Curious about human origins and destinies, about language and communication.  Wondering why people and governments differ, and how they got to be that way.  Wondering what the present and the past can tell a man about the future, in the Philippines and elsewhere. Critical about what he or she reads or hears or sees.  Careful to distinguish what is from what ought to be, and from what others say it is.  Aware of the rules of logic and method, yet honoring the gift of true insight as well.  Able to analyze and weigh the traditional values of one’s own and other cultures and to conclude with a deeper and more conscious respect for both.

    Concerned about the Filipinos and all human beings, about this nation’s resources and the world’s.  Anxious to learn how to help solve or mitigate great problems such as social injustice, environmental pollution and destruction, overpopulation, and disease.  Moved by intelligent compassions for the masses. Practical in preparing for jobs with people, about people.  Bringing to his or her job certain skills, a deep and broad understanding of the human condition.  Ready and eager for the in-service training that employers expect to impart.  Or well-prepared for further professional schooling.  For students who are curious, critical, concerned, and practical – and for those who accept this ideal as a worthy one for themselves, A.B. major in Social Sciences may be of service.  It is designed to inform the curious, lend rigor to the critical, guide the concerned, and prepare the practical.

  • Bachelor of Science

  • Psychology

    The BS program functions as a training ground for students who want to combine their interests in human behavior and the natural sciences, such as biology, zoology, physics, chemistry, and environmental science. The program may serve as preparation for further studies in medicine.

  • Consecutive Degree

  • AB Political Science / MA Political Science Major in Global Politics

    AB-MA Political Science, Major in Global Politics (Honors Program) is developed for outstanding individuals who are interested in pursuing a master's degree after four years of undergraduate studies in political science. It has a selective intake and thus demands higher standards from its students in preparation for advanced studies in political science in their senior year.

    Careers: The program prepares graduates for careers in teaching, research, and development work in local and regional arenas. It also provides solid background for doctoral studies in the Philippines and abroad.

  • AB Political Science/ Masters in Public Management

    AB Political Science-Masters in Public Management (Honors Program) is a collaboration between the Political Science Department and the Ateneo School of Government (ASoG). Designed as an ABMA program, it targets students who are interested in finishing with a Masters in Public Management (MPM) degree in one year under the auspices of the ASoG. The program is further distinguished by a rigorous internship training.

School of Social Sciences

    Department of Communication

  • Master of Arts, major in Communication (Thesis/Non-Thesis)

    The Master of Arts, major in Communication program addresses the needs of three sectors of communication practice: educators and researchers in communication studies, communication planners and policy-makers, and professionals in communication-related industries looking for advancement in their careers.

    Offered in both Thesis and Non-Thesis Options, the program grounds students in foundational subjects in communication theory, communication and social change, and qualitative and quantitative research methods while allowing them to pursue a wide array of communication electives in their field of concentration as well as from other graduate programs in the Loyola Schools.

    At the completion of their course work, students are required to pass a written and oral comprehensive examination. Students taking the program’s Thesis Option are required to produce and defend a year-long capstone research or project thesis, while those taking the Non- Thesis Option are required to complete additional course work and a one-semester Independent Study with a faculty adviser.

  • Master of Arts, major in Communication (Non-Thesis)

    The Master of Arts, major in Communication program addresses the needs of three sectors of communication practice: educators and researchers in communication studies, communication planners and policy-makers, and professionals in communication-related industries looking for advancement in their careers.

    Offered in both Thesis and Non-Thesis Options, the program grounds students in foundational subjects in communication theory, communication and social change, and qualitative and quantitative research methods while allowing them to pursue a wide array of communication electives in their field of concentration as well as from other graduate programs in the Loyola Schools.

    At the completion of their course work, students are required to pass a written and oral comprehensive examination. Students taking the program’s Thesis Option are required to produce and defend a year-long capstone research or project thesis, while those taking the Non- Thesis Option are required to complete additional course work and a one-semester Independent Study with a faculty adviser.

  • Master of Arts, major in Journalism

    The Master of Arts Major in Journalism program is an innovative distance-learning program designed for working journalists, journalism educators, and members of allied media who seek to develop an Asian perspective in their work, to broaden knowledge, and to hone competencies and values they need to excel in their professions. Faculty members from Asia, Australia, Europe, and the United States combine with students from various Asian countries to bring broad perspectives in class discussions, promoting a critical and cross-cultural understanding of current events and issues. This is made possible by the program’s unique mode of delivery: it is primarily an online program where students take a wide range of journalism courses in a virtual interactive learning environment accessible over the World Wide Web.

    The required courses of the program are taught using a fusion of online and on-campus methods while journalism electives are taken purely online. Additional elective courses available from other graduate programs in the Loyola Schools are held on-campus at the Ateneo de Manila University’s Loyola Heights campus.

    Students in the program complete their studies with a semester-long Master’s Project: a work or study of Asian journalism that puts to test and hones the student’s grounding in journalism theory and principles, ethics, and/or production expertise commensurate to the graduate study of journalism at the Ateneo.

  • Department of Economics

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Economics (Regular/Accelerated)

    Established in June 2002, the PhD program provides an opportunity for interested and qualified individuals to complete the highest academic degree in Economics. The program takes advantage of competent faculty in the Department of Economics at the Ateneo de Manila University, as well as the library, computing, and other educational facilities available on-campus. The required training and instruction for the PhD reflects the Department of Economics’ goal of training Filipino economists in the analysis of economic phenomena, equipped with the necessary scientific rigor. Thus, students are required to follow a three to four-year full-time curriculum that emphasizes analytical and quantitative skills. Students ordinarily devote the first two years of studies on course work and preparation for the comprehensive examinations, and begin work on the dissertation in the third or fourth year of studies.

    ACCELERATED PROGRAM: The program is for students who only have an AB or BS degree. Students are required to complete at least 72 units of course work, of which 36 are core courses. The remaining 36 units are elective and cognate courses, workshops, and dissertation research and writing. The student obtains the MA degree (no-thesis) in economics after completing at least 36 units of course work.

    Any undergraduate major will be acceptable, provided the applicant has taken at least one semester each of calculus, statistics, intermediate microeconomics, and intermediate macroeconomics. The applicant must have an overall undergraduate average of 3.0 (out of a maximum of 4.0) or the equivalent grade.

    REGULAR PROGRAM: The program is for students who already have the MA degree in Economics. Students in this program must complete at least 51 units of course work, of which 21 units are required courses. The remaining 30 units are elective and cognate courses, workshops, and dissertation research and writing. 

    An applicant must have completed the MA in Economics degree from Ateneo de Manila University or the equivalent degree from another university. Students who do not have sufficient background for doctoral level courses may be required to enroll in MA level courses in addition to the PhD required courses. Students transferring from doctoral programs in other universities may apply, subject to fulfilment of eligibility requirements. The program can credit a maximum of twelve units toward the requirements of the PhD.

    The Department tries to maintain a student-to-faculty ratio of 1:2 or 1:1 to ensure the quality of instruction and student supervision. The Department of Economics accepts qualified applicants for the first semester (August) entry only. Prospective PhD students will normally enroll as full-time students.

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Economics (Accelerated)

    Established in June 2002, the PhD program provides an opportunity for interested and qualified individuals to complete the highest academic degree in Economics. The program takes advantage of competent faculty in the Department of Economics at the Ateneo de Manila University, as well as the library, computing, and other educational facilities available on-campus. The required training and instruction for the PhD reflects the Department of Economics’ goal of training Filipino economists in the analysis of economic phenomena, equipped with the necessary scientific rigor. Thus, students are required to follow a three to four-year full-time curriculum that emphasizes analytical and quantitative skills. Students ordinarily devote the first two years of studies on course work and preparation for the comprehensive examinations, and begin work on the dissertation in the third or fourth year of studies.

    ACCELERATED PROGRAM: The program is for students who only have an AB or BS degree. Students are required to complete at least 72 units of course work, of which 36 are core courses. The remaining 36 units are elective and cognate courses, workshops, and dissertation research and writing. The student obtains the MA degree (no-thesis) in economics after completing at least 36 units of course work.

    Any undergraduate major will be acceptable, provided the applicant has taken at least one semester each of calculus, statistics, intermediate microeconomics, and intermediate macroeconomics. The applicant must have an overall undergraduate average of 3.0 (out of a maximum of 4.0) or the equivalent grade.

    REGULAR PROGRAM: The program is for students who already have the MA degree in Economics. Students in this program must complete at least 51 units of course work, of which 21 units are required courses. The remaining 30 units are elective and cognate courses, workshops, and dissertation research and writing. 

    An applicant must have completed the MA in Economics degree from Ateneo de Manila University or the equivalent degree from another university. Students who do not have sufficient background for doctoral level courses may be required to enroll in MA level courses in addition to the PhD required courses. Students transferring from doctoral programs in other universities may apply, subject to fulfilment of eligibility requirements. The program can credit a maximum of twelve units toward the requirements of the PhD.

    The Department tries to maintain a student-to-faculty ratio of 1:2 or 1:1 to ensure the quality of instruction and student supervision. The Department of Economics accepts qualified applicants for the first semester (August) entry only. Prospective PhD students will normally enroll as full-time students.

  • Master of Arts, major in Economics (Thesis/No-Thesis)

    Established in 1952, the MA program allows professionals the opportunity to pursue quality graduate education in economics. Classes are scheduled on weekday evenings and Saturdays. It is possible to pursue the MA program on a part-time basis. 

    Students in the MA program have to complete at least 36 graduate units, of which 24 are required courses at the 200-level. The remaining 12 units are devoted to the student’s area of specialization and the thesis or research paper.

    THESIS TRACK: This track is geared toward academics and professional researchers who are interested in the applications of quantitative methods in academic and research work. A student in the thesis track has to complete six units of electives and six units for thesis. The program culminates in the student’s oral defense of the MA thesis.

    NO-THESIS TRACK: This track is designed for professionals who desire a stronger foundation in economic analysis as part of their own professional growth. A student in the no-thesis track has to complete 12 units of electives. The student submits an approved research paper instead of the thesis.

    To apply for admission, an applicant must have a bachelor’s degree. Any undergraduate major will be acceptable, provided the applicant has taken at least one semester each of calculus, statistics, intermediate microeconomics, and macroeconomics. The applicant must have an overall undergraduate average of 3.0 (out of a maximum of 4.0) or the equivalent grade.

    The Department of Economics accepts applicants for the first semester (August) entry only.

  • Master of Arts, major in Economics (No-Thesis)

    Established in 1952, the MA program allows professionals the opportunity to pursue quality graduate education in economics. Classes are scheduled on weekday evenings and Saturdays. It is possible to pursue the MA program on a part-time basis. 

    Students in the MA program have to complete at least 36 graduate units, of which 24 are required courses at the 200-level. The remaining 12 units are devoted to the student’s area of specialization and the thesis or research paper.

    THESIS TRACK: This track is geared toward academics and professional researchers who are interested in the applications of quantitative methods in academic and research work. A student in the thesis track has to complete six units of electives and six units for thesis. The program culminates in the student’s oral defense of the MA thesis.

    NO-THESIS TRACK: This track is designed for professionals who desire a stronger foundation in economic analysis as part of their own professional growth. A student in the no-thesis track has to complete 12 units of electives. The student submits an approved research paper instead of the thesis.

    To apply for admission, an applicant must have a bachelor’s degree. Any undergraduate major will be acceptable, provided the applicant has taken at least one semester each of calculus, statistics, intermediate microeconomics, and macroeconomics. The applicant must have an overall undergraduate average of 3.0 (out of a maximum of 4.0) or the equivalent grade.

    The Department of Economics accepts applicants for the first semester (August) entry only.

  • Department of Education

  • Master of Arts in Education, major in Basic Education Teaching (Thesis/Non-Thesis)

    This program examines the theory, practice, and current research in pedagogy, curriculum development, psychology of learning, and assessment and evaluation. Students learn to explore educational materials, resources, and media to enhance student learning. Numerous opportunities for further specialization in teaching methodologies in their respective subject areas are provided. For the thesis option, students are prepared to conduct scholarly research that will address relevant issues in their own school setting. For the non-thesis option, students are given the opportunity to link theory and research with current practice as they engage in fieldwork in a basic education setting.

  • Master of Arts in Education, major in Basic Education Teaching (Non-Thesis)

    This program examines the theory, practice, and current research in pedagogy, curriculum development, psychology of learning, and assessment and evaluation. Students learn to explore educational materials, resources, and media to enhance student learning. Numerous opportunities for further specialization in teaching methodologies in their respective subject areas are provided. For the thesis option, students are prepared to conduct scholarly research that will address relevant issues in their own school setting. For the non-thesis option, students are given the opportunity to link theory and research with current practice as they engage in fieldwork in a basic education setting.

  • Master of Arts in Education, major in Educational Administration

    This program prepares current and prospective school leaders to meet the professional demands of educational leadership. Graduate coursework develops competencies related to effective leadership and educational management practices, as well as allows students to explore the theoretical and practical aspects of curriculum development, teaching and learning, and the supervision of instruction. Exposure to research about current realities, emerging trends, and issues in various aspects of educational administration ensures their continuing growth and effectiveness as school leaders. Students are prepared to conduct scholarly research that will address relevant issues in their own school setting.

  • Master in Education, major in Educational Administration

    The Master in Education, major in Educational Administration prepares teacher leaders to meet the professional demands of educational leadership, development, and administration. Graduate coursework develops competencies related to best practices in school leadership and educational management as well as allows students to explore the theoretical and practical aspects of curriculum development, implementation, and evaluation, the supervision of instruction and support services.  Exposure to research about current realities, emerging trends, and issues in various aspects of educational leadership and administration ensures the students’ continuing growth and development as school leaders.

  • Master of Arts in Education, major in Guidance and Counseling

    This program prepares students to become proficient in the various aspects of school guidance and counseling. The course offers graduate coursework in the development and management of relevant and functional school guidance programs and services; the diagnosis of their students’ educational, vocational, and personal needs and concerns; the implementation of appropriate counseling techniques and intervention programs; psychological measurement and evaluation; and research methodology. Students are prepared to conduct scholarly research in the areas of guidance and counseling that will address relevant issues in their own school setting.

  • Master in Education, major in Guidance and Counseling

    The Master in Education, major in Guidance and Counseling prepares students to meet the professional demands in the evolving and growing demands of the various aspects of school guidance and counseling.  Graduate coursework is a balance of theory and practice and develops the students’ competencies in the development and management of relevant and functional school guidance programs and services; the diagnosis of their students’ educational, vocational, and personal needs and concerns; the implementation of appropriate counseling techniques and intervention programs; psychological measurement and evaluation, and research methodology.

  • Master of Arts in Education, major in Information Technology Integration

    This program prepares students to use a wide variety of technological tools and media to support teaching and learning. It covers the production and management of learning resources and educational media and the application of technology to enhance the teaching-learning environment. Students are prepared to conduct scholarly research that will address relevant issues related to the use of educational media and technology in their own school setting.

  • Master of Arts in Education, major in Reading Education

    This program is intended for students who are preparing or are already specializing in the teaching of Reading and the English Language Arts. It examines the theory and current practices and research in reading, writing, and language development. Students become proficient in developing and implementing various methodologies and strategies, as well as in designing and developing instructional materials for use in the teaching of literature, writing, and language. They gain a deeper understanding of a wide range of issues central to teaching students to read, write, speak, and listen in a basic education classroom and are prepared to conduct research to address issues pertaining to their respective school settings.

  • Department of History

  • Master of Arts, major in History (Thesis/Non-Thesis)

    The program exposes students to the scholarship and research techniques of history. It also provides flexibility for professionals in different occupations to earn a master’s degree in History. The two program tracks are: Option I (Thesis) and Option II (Non-Thesis).

  • Master of Arts, major in History (Non-Thesis)

    The program exposes students to the scholarship and research techniques of history. It also provides flexibility for professionals in different occupations to earn a master’s degree in History. The two program tracks are: Option I (Thesis) and Option II (Non-Thesis).

  • Japanese Studies Program

  • Master of Arts, major in Japanese Studies

    This graduate degree program is designed to provide a broad understanding of the Japanese people, their culture, historical development, and contemporary problems.

    The program was developed to interact with discipline-based programs of the graduate school, namely: Sociology, Economics, Political Science, and History. It has the following objectives:
    • to contribute to the deepening of academic knowledge about Japan;
    • to provide a flow of specialists on Japan with a high level of practical and intellectual competence needed in the diplomatic service, public service, government, media and education;
    • to form specialists on Japan who can address the growing economic, political, and strategic importance of the Asia-Pacific region; and
    • to create an original and substantial academic tradition of Japanese Studies in the country.

  • Department of Political Science

  • Master of Arts in Political Science, major in Global Politics (Thesis/Non-Thesis)

    The Master of Arts in Political Science provides students with rigorous training in the theoretical perspectives and empirical methods in the discipline while orienting their studies toward Global Politics. While maintaining a perspective that does not draw a dichotomy between "internal" and "external" politics, the program allows students to specialize in the field of International Relations or Comparative Politics. The MA program is designed to qualify individuals to perform the teaching, research, and service responsibilities expected in colleges and universities, and the analytical skills for professional careers in both the public and private sectors. The program also prepares students for further studies leading to a doctoral degree.

    The program consists of a total of 30 and 36 academic units for the thesis and the non-thesis tracks, respectively, and can be completed within four semesters and one summer by a full-time student. 
    Students in the Thesis track are required to finish 24 units of coursework and six units of thesis. Students who choose the Non-thesis track are required to complete a total of 36 units of coursework, 12 units of which are taken in lieu of a single master’s thesis. 

    For both tracks, a comprehensive written examination is required. This is taken upon the completion of 12 units of required courses in the thesis track and after 12 units of required courses and at least 6 units of field of concentration courses in the non-thesis track.

  • Master of Arts in Political Science, major in Global Politics (Non-Thesis)

    The Master of Arts in Political Science provides students with rigorous training in the theoretical perspectives and empirical methods in the discipline while orienting their studies toward Global Politics. While maintaining a perspective that does not draw a dichotomy between "internal" and "external" politics, the program allows students to specialize in the field of International Relations or Comparative Politics. The MA program is designed to qualify individuals to perform the teaching, research, and service responsibilities expected in colleges and universities, and the analytical skills for professional careers in both the public and private sectors. The program also prepares students for further studies leading to a doctoral degree.

    The program consists of a total of 30 and 36 academic units for the thesis and the non-thesis tracks, respectively, and can be completed within four semesters and one summer by a full-time student. 
    Students in the Thesis track are required to finish 24 units of coursework and six units of thesis. Students who choose the Non-thesis track are required to complete a total of 36 units of coursework, 12 units of which are taken in lieu of a single master’s thesis. 

    For both tracks, a comprehensive written examination is required. This is taken upon the completion of 12 units of required courses in the thesis track and after 12 units of required courses and at least 6 units of field of concentration courses in the non-thesis track.

  • Dual Degree Programme with The University for Peace

    Dual Degree Programme with The University for Peace is a program that allows students to consider obtaining more than one degree by studying in the Ateneo and its partner university, the United Nations-mandated, University for Peace (Costa Rica). The program allows students to deepen their knowledge in the nuances of the globalizing world through the Ateneo M.A. in Political Science, Major in Global Politics program and at the same time receive specialized training and international exposure in peace studies and conflict resolution through the M.A. programmes (Environment Development and Peace; Gender and Peace Building; International Peace studies; International Law and Human Rights, among others) of the University for Peace. It also provides scholarship opportunities for interested applicants through the Asian Peacebuilders Scholarship (APS) program, with the support from The Nippon Foundation.

    Careers: The program provides advanced training for careers in peace and development work, conflict resolution, the academe, international organizations, government.

    Interested applicants: Click to apply now.
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  • Department of Psychology

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Leadership Studies, major in Organization Development

    The PhD in Leadership Studies, major in Organization Development is a program designed to develop scientist-practitioners who can build knowledge, theory, and practice on Asian and Philippine leadership and organization development. More specifically, by the end of this degree program, learners will be able to:
    1. Critically evaluate existing theories and practices of leadership and organization development in the context of culture.
    2. Build knowledge on leadership and organization development practice based on cultural context.
    3. Reflect on their own experiences, and improve their self-understanding.
    4. Apply leadership theory and practice towards building and transforming community, institution, and nation.

    The primary market of this program are human resource management (HR) or organization development (OD) practitioners and faculty who wish to teach human resource management, industrial-organizational psychology, organization development, or related fields. Other possible students are leaders or consultants from business management, academe, nonprofit and nongovernment organizations, and public governance who wish to deepen their theoretical grounding and contribute to knowledge building on organization transformation.

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology

    The PhD in Clinical Psychology program is primarily a clinical research program, the goal of which is to form psychology scholars who can contribute to building knowledge in Clinical Psychology. The program is intended for academics, teachers and researchers who wish to hone their skills in clinical psychology research. 

    An MA in psychology or a graduate degree is required for admission into the PhD in Psychology program. If from an MA non-thesis program, the applicant must show evidence of research competence (papers generated during coursework). They need to take the Ateneo Graduate admission test, Critical Thinking test and MMPI test. Applicants also need to submit a Statement of Research Interest and identify a preferred mentor who will interview them before they are accepted into the program.

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology

    The PhD in Psychology program is a research program, the goal of which is to form psychology scholars who can contribute to building knowledge in Psychology. The program is intended for academics, teachers and researchers who wish to hone their skills in research. 

    An MA in Psychology or a graduate degree is required for admission into the PhD in Psychology program. The applicant must have an MA in Social, Organizational or Developmental Psychology. If from an MA non-thesis program, the applicant must show evidence of research competence (papers generated during coursework). They need to take the Ateneo Graduate admission test, Critical Thinking test and MMPI test. Applicants also need to submit a Statement of Research Interest and identify a preferred mentor who will interview them before they are accepted into the program.

  • Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology

    The Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology program is a research program, the goal of which is to form counseling psychologists who can contribute to building knowledge in Counseling Psychology. The program is intended for academics, teachers and researchers who wish to hone their skills in counseling psychology teaching and research. 

    Applicants need to take the Ateneo Graduate admission test, submit a Statement of Research Interest and identify a preferred mentor who will interview them before they are accepted into the program. A one year work experience is required before admission into the program.

  • Master in Counseling Psychology

    The Master in Counseling Psychology program is a practice program. The goal of which is to form counseling psychologists who can competently deliver psychological services in the form of assessment, intervention and evaluation. The program is intended for those who wish to become counselors, school psychologists, industrial counselors and/or those who will handle psychological assessment in various settings.

    Applicants need to take the Ateneo Graduate admission test, MMPI test and undergo an interview. A one-year work experience is required before admission into the program. 

  • Master of Arts in Developmental Psychology

    The Master of Arts in Developmental Psychology program is a research program, the goal of which is to form developmental psychologists who can contribute to building knowledge in Developmental psychology. The program is intended for academics, teachers and researchers who wish to hone their skills in developmental psychology teaching and research. 

    Applicants need to take the Ateneo Graduate admission test, submit a Statement of Research Interest and identify, a preferred mentor who will interview them before they are accepted into the program.

  • Master in Developmental Psychology

    The Master in Developmental Psychology program is a practice program, the goal of which is to form developmental psychologists who can contribute to and conduct applications of Developmental Psychology with youth and families especially in school or community settings. The program is intended for developmental psychology specialists, school psychologists, early childhood educators, social development workers in child-focused non-profit organizations. 

    Applicants need to take the Ateneo Graduate admission test and undergo an interview.

  • Master of Arts in Organizational Psychology

    The Master of Arts in Organizational Psychology program is a research program, the goal of which is to form organizational psychologists who can contribute to building knowledge in Organizational Psychology. The program is intended for academics, teachers and researchers who wish to hone their skills in organizational psychology teaching and research. 

    Applicants need to take the Ateneo Graduate admission test, submit a Statement of Research Interest and identify a preferred mentor who will interview them before they are accepted into the program. One-year work experience is required before admission into the program.

  • Master in Organizational Psychology

    The Master in Organizational Psychology program is primarily a practice program, the goal of which is to form organizational psychologists who can contribute to the practice. The program is intended for those who wish to become human resource management and organization development practitioners or consultants. 

    Applicants need to take the Ateneo Graduate admission test and undergo an interview. A one-year work experience is required before admission into the program. 

  • Master of Arts in Social Psychology

    The Master of Arts in Social Psychology program is a research program, the goal of which is to form organizational psychologists who can contribute to building knowledge in Social Psychology. The program is intended for academics, teachers and researchers who wish to hone their skills in social psychology teaching and research. 

    Applicants need to take the Ateneo Graduate admission test and submit a Statement of Research Interest and identify a preferred mentor who will interview them before they are accepted into the program.

  • Master in Social Psychology

    The Master in Social Psychology program is primarily a practice program, the goal of which is to form social psychologists who can contribute to the practice. The program is intended for those who wish to go into social development work. 

    Applicants need to take the Ateneo Graduate admission test and undergo an interview

  • Department of Sociology and Anthropology

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology

    The Ph.D. in Sociology degree program provides interested and qualified individuals a program of studies that will enable them to receive the highest academic degree in general sociology. The training required also reflects the Department’s goal of providing students with the highest level of skills for analyzing social phenomena with scientific rigor, for assessing ideologies of social reform, for comprehending various perspectives on social change, and for crafting program designs to enhance people’s welfare.

  • Master in Applied Sociology and Anthropology

    The Master in Applied Sociology and Anthropology (MASA), a non-thesis program, responds to a need often expressed for Social Science professionals who are able to apply knowledge and skills from Sociology and Anthropology to practical problems. The program is for teachers and development professionals who wish to gain practical knowledge and skills in Sociology and Anthropology without having to go through the rigorous preparations required of those intending to pursue a doctoral degree.

  • Master of Arts, major in Anthropology

    The Master of Arts, major in Anthropology provides students with a grounding in the theories and methods of anthropology, with an opportunity to specialize in such areas as cultural change and ethnology, and in more focused areas such as social and cultural anthropology.

  • Master of Arts, major in Sociology

    The Master of Arts, major in Sociology gives students a grounding in the theories and methods of sociology, with an opportunity to specialize in areas such as social change, social problems, and social organization, and in more focused areas as urban structures, gender relations, social inequality, globalization, and interpretative sociology.

  • Master of Science in Social Development

    The Master of Science in Social Development, an applied Social Science program, gives students the practical, analytical, and theoretical tools to engage in social development research, policy-making, and action upon completion of their studies.

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