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Undergraduate

The College offers programs leading to the degrees of Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Communication, Communication Research, Film, and Journalism. The CMC Departments of Broadcast Communication, Journalism, and Communication Research are designated as Commission of Higher Education (CHED) Centers of Excellence.

The BA programs admit freshman students who qualify through the UP College Admission Test (UPCAT).

Applicants from other schools must satisfy all entrance requirements of the University (see Academic Information Section). In addition, they must have a general weighted average (GWA) of 1.75 or better and pass an essay examination and interview, if applying for admission to the BA Broadcast Communication program, BA Communication Research program, BA Film program, and BA Journalism program.

Students from other units of the University, as well as those from other UP autonomous units, who have completed 30 units of academic courses in the first two semesters may apply for transfer. They must: 1) have a minimum general weighted average or curriculum weighted average (GWA/CWA) of 2.00 in these courses and pass the essay examination and interview, if applying for admission to the BA Broadcast Communication and BA Communication Research programs; 2) have a minimum GWA/CWA of 2.25 in these courses and pass the essay examination and interview, if applying for admission to the BA Film and BA Journalism programs.

Application for admission from other UP System autonomous units as well as from other colleges and universities is open for first semester admission only. Application for shiftees from other UP Diliman units is open for first and second semester admission, except for the BA Broadcast Communication program, which is only open during the first semester of every academic year.

Master’s Program

An applicant to the MA Media Studies (Broadcast) program must have obtained an average of 2.00 or better from his/her Bachelor’s degree. An applicant to the MA Media Studies (Film) program must have an average of 2.25 or better from his/her Bachelor’s degree. An applicant to the MA Communication program must have a GWA of 2.00 or better from his/her Bachelor’s degree.

An applicant to the MA Journalism program must comply with the GWA required stated in the General Rules for Graduate Programs in UP Diliman, which is 2.00 or better. He/She must have either a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism or media-related field and have at least two (2) years experience as a practicing journalist.

The applicant in any of the programs should exemplify a very high degree of accomplishment in the desired field of study, must pass the interview conducted by a distinguished faculty panel, and must pass the written admission examination to be administered by a faculty committee from each program.

An applicant from countries outside of the Philippines must show proof of proficiency in English and/or Filipino. However, if the College’s department/institute (where the program is administered) so requires, an applicant must show proof of proficiency in both English and Filipino.

Foreign applicants who obtained their Master’s degree abroad must show proof that they passed the standard Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 500 or 250 in the computer-based TOEFL.

An applicant admitted to the MA Media Studies (Broadcast) program who does not have either a Bachelor’s degree or work experience in Broadcast is required to take the graduate courses Broadcast 206 (Comparative Laws and Policies in Broadcast Media) and Broadcast 210 (The Producer and the Creative Process) prior to enrollment in major courses. However, he/she may take cognates or electives together with the aforementioned required subjects.

An applicant admitted to the MA Media Studies (Film) program who does not have a background in film is required to take the undergraduate courses Film 102 (History of Philippine Cinema), Film 110 (Basic Photography), and Film 131 (Narrative Film) prior to enrollment in major courses. However, one or more of these undergraduate courses may be waived if the applicant has both practical experience and a Bachelor’s degree in a related field, such as Communication.

Doctoral Programs

The PhD Communication program aims to provide advanced graduate training in theory, research, policy, planning, and management which would enable qualified students to carry out independent research in the discipline and to pursue careers in academic, government, and private communication media agencies and communication-related institutions.

The PhD in Media Studies program offers courses that are more advanced than the MA Media Studies program to produce new critical knowledge through an emphasis on theorizing about media and culture. This program aims to produce media teachers and critics who will raise the level of understanding of the part of the media in contemporary lives.

An applicant to the College’s PhD programs must have a Master of Arts degree from a recognized institution of higher learning.

A general weighted average of 1.75 or higher in the Master’s studies is required of the PhD applicants.

The applicant should exemplify a very high degree of accomplishment in the desired field of study and must pass a series of in-depth interviews to be conducted by a distinguished panel of PhD faculty of the College. Moreover, the applicant must pass a written admission examination to be administered by the PhD faculty committee to be constituted by the Dean.

An applicant must show proof of proficiency in English and/or Filipino as determined by the Graduate Studies PhD Admissions Committee. However, if the Department/Institute so requires, an applicant must show proof of proficiency in both English and Filipino.

Foreign applicants who obtained their Master’s degree abroad must show proof that they passed the standard Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 500 or 250 in the computer-based TOEFL.

An applicant admitted to the PhD programs whose Master of Arts degree was not received from the College is required to take the courses Communication 230 (Concepts and Issues in Communication Theory) and Communication 210 (Approaches in Communication Research) prior to enrollment in major courses. An applicant who does not have a background in Communication is likewise required to take the aforementioned prerequisite courses.

Foreign applicants admitted into the PhD programs who obtained their Master of Arts degree abroad are required to take six (6) units of Filipino language courses as an additional requirement to be taken during the first year of enrollment or they must show proof of proficiency in the Filipino language.

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