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Admission Requirements

  • A bachelor's degree or master's degree from a recognized education institution
  • Original transcript of records with a GPA of 2.00 or better. *
  • Proficiency of English Language**
  • A duly accomplished application form (PDF format)
  • Two letters of recommendation from former professors or supervisors (PDF format)
  • Two 2x2 recent colored pictures
  * Applicants with lower GPA may be admitted on probation.
** For foreign applicants.

Admission Procedure

  1. An applicant who is a Filipino shall accomplish and submit to the OU Registrar OU Forms 1 & 2 and for a foreign national, accomplish and submit OU Forms 1, 2, & 3 together with two copies of his/her most recent 2"x2" color pictures.
  2. The Department Chairperson concerned evaluates the applicant's records and recommends to the OU Director the acceptance of the applicant to the program.
  3. The applicant is notified by the OU Director of the status of his/her application to the program he/she desires to pursue. In case of change of program to be pursued, the applicant is required to go through the entire application process.
  4. An applicant who is recommended for admission by the Department Chairperson concerned and whose application is approved by the OU Director qualifies for registration. A system of on-line registration will be developed and adopted.

Online Registration

  • if you wish to register online; check if you have all the requirements , then
  • log-on to and fill in the required fields including the optional information.
  • Be sure to enter your correct e-mail address. (An e-mail will be sent to you regarding the next step on your enrollment.)

Residence Requirement

  1. The minimum residence requirement for an OU student is two semesters and one summer for the masters degree with a satisfactory completion of 21 units and four semesters and two summers for the doctoral degree with satisfactory completion of 33 units.
  2. A masters degree must be completed within five school years and a doctoral degree, seven school years, excluding leaves, counted from the start of matriculation in the Open University. The start of matriculation of Institute of Graduate Students (IGS) students who transfer to the same degree program in the Open University is their first enrollment in the IGS.

Qualifying Examination for Doctoral Program

  1. The qualifying examination is intended to assess an OU student's preparedness to pursue the doctoral program.
  2. The student must take the qualifying examination within the first year of residence in the program.
  3. The qualifying examination is oral and is administered by the student's Advisory Committee.
  4. A student who applies for a qualifying examination must have passed all the four core courses. His/her application must be recommended by his/her Advisory Committee, and approved by the OU Director upon the recommendation of the Department Chairperson.
  5. The Advisory Committee informs the student after the examination whether or not he/she is qualified to pursue the doctoral program of his/her choice. If qualified, the student's study program is finalized in consultation with the Advisory Committee.
  6. The OU Director approves the student's study program upon the recommendation of the Advisory Committee.

Comprehensive Examination

  1. Comprehensive examination is required in graduate education to provide a means for the integration of all learnings for application and evaluation purposes especially for research, extension and training.
  2. The type of comprehensive examination questions are applied, evaluative and integrated as decided by the faculty/department.
  3. Nature of the comprehensive examination. The comprehensive examination is written. The re-examination could be written or oral at the option of the student.
  4. After completing their course work and before conducting their thesis/dissertation research, all OU graduate students are required to take and pass the comprehensive examination.
  5. Applicants for comprehensive examination. A student applying for comprehensive examination must have finished all the academic courses and has no incomplete grade in any subject taken. The subjects for comprehensive examination are those listed in the approved program of study except seminar and special problem .
  6. Filing of application for comprehensive examination. A student intending to take the comprehensive examination must file an application upon the recommendation of the Chairman of his/her Advisory Committee and endorsement of the Department Chairperson. The OU Director shall approve all applications for comprehensive examinations.
  7. Deadline for filing of application. The application for comprehensive examination shall be filed by the student not later than the last tutorial session of June and November for the first semester and second semester, respectively.
  8. Date of comprehensive examination. The comprehensive examination shall be held after 45 days following the deadline of filing of application for each semester. No comprehensive examination is given during summer.
  9. Passing percentage for comprehensive examination. The student should get a minimum rating of 75 percent to pass in each subject. His/her final grade in the comprehensive examination is either pass or fail.
  10. The results of the comprehensive examination are submitted by the Examination Committee to the Office of the Director not later than one month after the last day of examination.
  11. student who fails to take the comprehensive examination on schedule should request the Examination Committee in writing for a special comprehensive examination, provided he/she conforms to all requirements given to those who earlier took the comprehensive examination.
  12. The re-examination shall be scheduled and taken within the semester, and should not be later than 1 month before the semester ends. Results shall be submitted to the OU Director two weeks thereafter.
  13. Leave of absence during scheduled comprehensive examination shall not be allowed except for medical reasons.
  14. A student who does not perform satisfactorily in the comprehensive examination shall take either a written or an oral re-examination.
  15. The written re-examination will be administered by the same Examination Committee; the professor(s)/tutor(s) of the subject(s) in which the student failed will provide the questions. The schedule of the re-examination will be set by the Examination Committee.
  16. The oral re-examination is administered by the Chairperson and Members of the Examination Committee.
  17. Failure in the aforesaid re-examination means that the student will take the course on audit, and then take another comprehensive examination, the questions of which shall be prepared by the faculty member/tutor who will handle the audit course. Failure in this re-examination shall mean dismissal of the student from the degree program being pursued and that he/she will not be allowed to shift to other fields of study.
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