Requirements for Admissions and Program Offerings

A. Master’s Degree

    1. A student, after complying with the following requirements, is formally admitted to the preferred MA/MS course:
      Has a general weighted average (GWA) of not lower than 87% at the undergraduate level or its equivalent.  
    2. Passed the Graduate Records Examination (GRE)
    3. Passed the interview with the Dean 
    4. Submitted the following: 
      • Referrals from former professors and/or present employers
      • PSA Authenticated Birth Certificate
      • Marriage Certificate, if married
      • Official Transcript of Records (Original)
      • Transfer credentials if transferring from another school 
      • Certificate of Honorable Dismissal (non-SMU graduate)   Two recent (2” x 2”) colored photos with plain white background

2. An applicant should possess a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from the University or from other recognized institutions of higher learning. 

Graduate ProgramsRequired Bachelor’s Degree
Teacher Education: 
Master of Arts in Education – Early Childhood EducationAn applicant should be a graduate of a course in elementary teacher education.
Master of Arts in Education – Educational AdministrationAny bachelor’s degree with at least 18 units of major subjects in education.
Master of Arts in Education – Guidance and CounselingAn applicant must be a BSE/BSED/BEED degree holder or AB major in Guidance and Counseling or BS major in Psychology or any bachelor’s degree with at least 18 units of major subjects in Guidance and Counseling.
Master of Arts in Education – PedagogyAny bachelor’s degree with at least 18 units of major subjects in teacher education.
Master of Arts in Education – Physical EducationAny bachelor’s degree with at least 18 units of major subjects in physical education.
Master of Arts in Education – Reading EducationAn applicant must be a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, Secondary Education – English major, or AB English.
Master of Arts in Education – Religious EducationAn applicant must be a BSE/BSED/BEED degree holder or AB major in Religious or any bachelor’s degree with at least 18 units of major subjects in religious formation.
Master of Arts in Education – Special EducationAn applicant should be a graduate of a course in elementary or secondary education, preferably with major in special education or allied course, and with training and/or experience in handling classes of children with special needs.
Master of Arts in Language (English)An AB, BSE, BSE-IC, BSEED, BEED degree major in English or any degree with at least 18 units of major subject in English.
Master of Arts in Teaching – Major in ChemistryA BSE degree holder, major in Chemistry; AB, BS major in Chemistry, with at least 18 units of professional subjects in Education.
Master of Arts in Teaching – Major in EnglishAn AB, BSE, BSE-IC, BSEED, BEED degree major in English or any degree with at least 18 units of major subject in English.
Master of Arts in Teaching – Major in FilipinoAn AB, BSE, BSE-IC, BSEED, BEED degree major in Filipino or any degree with at least 18 units of major subject in Filipino.
Master of Arts in Teaching – Major in PhysicsA BSE degree holder, major in Physics; AB, BS major in Physics, with at least 18 units of professional subjects in Education. 
Master of Arts in Teaching – Major in Social StudiesBSEEd/BEEd degree holder major in Social Science; AB, BS major in History; or any degree holder with at least 18 units of major subjects in History.
Master of Library and Information ScienceA bachelor’s degree in Library and Information Science or any bachelor’s degree in teacher education with at least 18 units of major subjects in Library and Information.
Master of Science in Teaching – MathematicsA BSE/BSED degree holder, major in Mathematics; AB, BS major in Mathematics, BSCE, or BS Chemistry with at least 18 units of professional subjects in Education. 
Master of Science in BiologyA BSE, AB or BS degree holder with at least 18 units professional subjects in Education: Major or Minor in Biology.
Business: 
Master in Business AdministrationA bachelor’s degree in Commerce/Business Administration or any bachelor’s degree with at least 18 units of major subjects in commerce or Business Administration.
Public Administration and Governance: 
Master in Public AdministrationA BSPA degree holder or any bachelor’s degree with at least 18 units of major subjects in public administration.
Engineering: 
Master of Science in Management EngineeringA board passer in any engineering-related courses. 
Master of Engineering Major in Civil EngineeringA board passer in any engineering-related courses. 
Developmental Arts and Design: 
Master in Developmental Arts and DesignAny bachelor’s degree holder. 
Health Sciences: 
Master of Science in Nursing – Adult Health NursingA BS Nursing degree holder who graduated from a CHED recognized school of Nursing and a Registered Nurse.
Master of Science in Nursing – Community Health NursingA BS Nursing degree holder who graduated from a CHED recognized school of Nursing and a Registered Nurse.
Master of Science in Nursing – Maternal & Child NursingA BS Nursing degree holder who graduated from a CHED recognized school of Nursing and a Registered Nurse.
Master of Science in Nursing – Nursing AdministrationA BS Nursing degree holder who graduated from a CHED recognized school of Nursing and a Registered Nurse.
Accountancy: 
Master of Science in AccountancyA bachelor’s degree in Accountancy or a bachelor’s degree in Commerce/Business Administration with at least 18 units of major subjects in Accountancy.
Information Technology: 
Master in Information Technology – Software Development

An applicant must be a  BSIT or BSCS degree holder or any bachelor’s degree with at least 18 units of major subjects in Information Technology or Computer Science.

  1. A student who has complied with the above requirements but whose undergraduate course is not related to the masteral course preference is required to take 18 undergraduate units (core subjects) of the preferred course.

B. Doctorate Degree

    1. Admission requirements for master’s degree also apply for the doctoral degree, except that the applicant should have a general weighted average of not lower than 90% or its equivalent. In addition, a student is also required to submit three (3) tentative titles for dissertation and a copy of his/her master’s thesis upon enrolment. Applicants who earned their masters’ degree from SMU are exempted from taking the Graduate Records Examination (GRE).
    2. It is expected that an applicant for a doctorate degree has written a master’s thesis. In case the applicant graduated with a non-thesis degree, one of the following requirements should be complied with:
      • The applicant submits a scholarly research paper to be evaluated by the Dean and a faculty member who is an expert in the field.
      • The student enrolls in Thesis Writing 1 or any two research subjects and writes a full blown paper for evaluation by the research professor.
    1. An applicant should possess a master’s degree or its equivalent from the University or from other recognized institutions of higher learning. 
Graduate ProgramsRequired Master’s Degree
Teacher Education: 
Ph.D. Major in Educational ManagementAn applicant must have a master’s degree related to education from the University or from other recognized HEIs.
Ph.D. in Science Education – MathematicsAn applicant must have a degree of MS/MST-Mathematics, MAT- Elementary Mathematics, MAT- Secondary Mathematics, or an equivalent. from the University or from other recognized HEIs.
Ph.D. in Science Education – BiologyAn applicant must have a degree of MS Biology or MAT Biology, or an equivalent from the University or from other recognized HEIs.
Business: 
Ph.D. in CommerceAn applicant should possess a degree of MS in Business Administration, Master in Business Administration, Master of Science in Accountancy, or any business related degrees.
Public Administration and Governance: 
Doctor in Public AdministrationA master’s degree holder preferably in Public Administration.

4. A student who has complied with the above requirements but whose master’s course is not related to the doctorate course preference, is   required to take 18 units master’s core subjects of the preferred course.


C. Transfer / Shifting Students

    1. A transferee who seeks admission to MS/MA or PhD program undergoes the same admission requirements prescribed for new entrants.  In case the admission set by the former school meets the prescribed requirements by the School, the transferee qualifies for formal entry in the program.
    2. A student who decides to shift to another program/specialization has to undergo re-assessment of credentials.  Pre-requisite or additional subjects are determined and taken before a student qualifies for formal entry into the new course.

D.  Foreign Students

  1. Besides the academic requirements, foreign students are obliged to comply with the Student Visa requirements issued by the Office of the Registrar in collaboration with the Bureau of Immigration and Deportation (BID).  Foreign students whose second language is English are also required to take an English proficiency test before admission.  If they are found deficient in the language, they are advised to take up an intensive English course first, in or outside the University. The certificate of proficiency shall be presented upon application for admission. 
  2. For more details, send email to the University Registrar at registrar@smu.edu.ph.

Contact persons/details

Dr. Regina D. Ramel
Dean, School of Graduate Studies
Email address: regina@smu.edu.ph
CP No. 0967-9667-945

Mrs. Gayle R. Mercado
Secretary, School of Graduate Studies
Email address: gmercado@smu.edu.ph

School of Graduate StudiesEmail address: smugraduatestudies62@gmail.com
Fb Page: SMU – Graduate Studies
m.me/SMU – Graduate Studies
CP No. 0936-286-7285

Procedure for Admissions and Enrollment

Students who are enrolling for the first time (including new college graduates with Special Order (SO), or transferees from other graduate schools) should see the Office of the Dean of School of Graduate Studies (ODSOGS) or visit www.smu.edu.ph for the admission requirements. 

A. For New Students and Transferees:

A.1  In-Campus/Walk-in Enrolment

Step 1: Guidance and Testing Office

    • Takes the Graduate Records Examination (GRE)
    • Gets the result 

Step 2:  Go to SMU website by typing www.smu.edu.ph in your internet browser.

    • Click “esmis-School Management Information System.”
    • Select and click program/course to enroll
    • Read SMU Data Privacy Policy and click “accept.”
    • Fill-out the online admission form and attach pictures of entrance credentials, then click “submit.”
    • Check your email for the approved subjects, assessed fees and payment options.

Step 3: Office of the Dean of School of Graduate Studies (ODSOGS)

    • Submits hard copies of all required documents for admission
    • Passes the interview with the Dean

Step 4: Treasury and Accounting Office

    • Gets queuing number 
    • Settles the school fees at the Cashier’s window

Step 5: Office of the University Registrar (OUR) or any designated place during enrollment period

    • Prints the Student Copy and Registrar’s Copy of enrolment form

Step 6: SMUNet Office or any designated place for ID processing

    • Presents copy of enrolment form
    • Waits turn for picture taking for school ID   

A.2  Online Enrolment

Step 1: Guidance and Testing Office

    • Takes the Graduate Records Examination (GRE)
    • Gets the result 

Step 2:  Go to SMU website by typing www.smu.edu.ph in your internet browser.

Step 3:  Click “esmis-School Management Information System.”

Step 4:  Select and click course to enroll. 

Step 5:  Read SMU Data Privacy Policy and click “accept.”

Step 6:  Fill-out the online admission form and attach pictures of entrance credentials, then click “submit.”

Step 7:  Check your email for the approved subjects and assessed fees.

Step 8:  Pay tuition fee/down payment through SMU bank accounts (BDO, PNB, BPI or Metrobank) or via Paymaya, GCash, Palawan Express,LBC, JRS, MLhuillier, CEbuana Lhuillier.

Step 9:  Send picture of proof of payment (remittance or bank deposite slip) to treasury@smu.edu.ph or to Saint Mary’s University Accounting Office  m.me/SMUtreasury facebook or messenger account.

Step 10:  Wait for enrolment status via email. 

B. FOR CONTINUING STUDENTS

B.1 In-Campus/Walk-in Enrolment

Step 1:  Go to SMU Website (www.smu.edu.ph)

    • Click “esmis-School Management Information System.”
    • Select and click program/course to enroll
    • Read SMU Data Privacy Policy and click “accept.”
    • Check your email for the approved subjects, assessed fees and payment options.

Step 2: Treasury and Accounting Office

    • Gets queuing number 
    • Settles the school fees at the Cashier’s window

Step 3: Office of the University Registrar (OUR) or any designated place during enrollment period

    • Prints the Student Copy and Registrar’s Copy of enrolment form

          Step 4: SMUNet Office or any designated place for ID processing (for 3rd year students)

    • Presents copy of enrolment form
    • Waits turn for picture taking for school ID   

B.2  Online Enrolment

Step 1:  Open SMU website by typing www.smu.edu.ph in your internet browser.

Step 2:  Click “esmis-School Management Information System.”

Step 3:  Select and click course to enroll. 

Step 4:  Read SMU Data Privacy Policy and click “accept.”

Step 5:  Check your email for the approved subjects and assessed fees.

Step 6:  Pay tuition fee/down payment through SMU bank accounts (BDO, PNB, BPI or Metrobank) or via Paymaya, GCash, Palawan Express,LBC, JRS, MLhuillier, CEbuana Lhuillier.

Step 7:  Send picture of proof of payment (remittance or bank deposite slip) to treasury@smu.edu.ph or to Saint Mary’s University Accounting Office  m.me/SMUtreasury facebook or messenger account.

Step 8:  Wait for enrolment status via email. 

C. Student on Audit

A student who desires to enroll in a course on audit (i.e., on a “no grade, no credit” basis) should indicate “For Audit” on the computerized print-out.  The steps for enrolment for new students are to be followed.  The student on audit pays the corresponding fees just like any regular student.

As a general rule, the School may permit the enrolment of a non-credit course for anyone who wishes to take particular courses solely for personal and/or professional growth.

D. Cross- Enrollment 

  For meritorious cases, cross-enrollment for elective subjects may be allowed in another institution of recognized standing, subject to the following conditions:

  1. The student fills out an application form for cross enrollment in another school (available at the Registrar’s Office).  The application form is signed by the Dean and approved by the Vice-President for Academic Affairs.
  2. The student should have completed at least twelve (12) units in the master’s level or at least twenty-four (24) units in the doctoral level in Saint Mary’s University.
  3. Only those subjects, which are not offered during the current semester/term in SMU, may be cross-enrolled and must not exceed a total of six (6) units for the master’s degree or nine (9) units for the doctoral degree.

PROCEDURES FOR COLLEGE ADMISSION (*if health protocols allow)

FOR INCOMING FRESHMEN and transferees

  1. Proceed to the Guidance and Testing Office (GTO)

     

    a. Pay the testing fee (P350.00) at the Treasury and Accounting Office (First floor, Fr. Lambrecht Building) and present the receipt to the GTO.
    b. At the GTO, fill up the SMU Form 80-A or the Application for Admission Form.
    c. Take the College Entrance Test (CET) on the scheduled date. (*Waived temporarily to comply with health protocols)
    d. Get the CET result after two weeks or on the scheduled date. Be advised of the course you are qualified to enroll in. 

     

    2. Proceed to Academic Dean’s Office
         a. Proceed to Office of the Academic Dean for admission and registration and submit all entrance / admission credentials for evaluation. 
      • For Freshmen
        i. CET Results
        ii High School Card (Form 138)
        iii NCAE Result, if any
        iv. PSA (formerly known as NSO) generated Birth Certificate (BC)
        v. Certificate of Good Moral Character (from the High School Principal or Guidance Counselor)
        vi. Marriage Certificate (only for women who are married)
        vii. ACR and Study Permit from BI/DFA (if foreign student)
      • For Transferees
        i. CET Result
        ii. Transfer Credentials/Honorable Dismissal
        iii. Certificate of Good Moral Character (from previous school)
        iv. Certification of subjects and grades (from previous school)
        v. PSA Generated Birth Certificate
        vi. Marriage Certificate (only for women who are married)
        vii. ACR and Study Permit from BI/DFA (if foreign student)

NOTE: No student shall be considered officially admitted unless all admission requirements or entrance credentials are submitted before the end of the enrollment period of the school term (MORPHE 2008, CEAP Registrar’s Guidebook, 2009).

 

b. Proceed to the evaluation area for academic advising. 
c. Proceed to the Class/Course Reservation Area. 
d. Secure approval of the Academic Dean for subjects reserved.

3. Proceed to the Treasury and Accounting Office

a. Get queue number at the Accounting Office Lobby.  
b. Wait for your queue number to be displayed on the screen
c. Pay your full amount of tuition fee or a minimum down payment of ₱3,000 at Cashier’s Window 5, 6, 7 or 8.

4. Proceed to the Registrar’s Office

a. Proceed to the area for self-service printing of enrollment form (student copy and Registrar’s Copy).
b. Proceed to the validation area for validation by the Registrar’s Office staff.
c. Proceed to ID Processing Area for the issuance of the ne ID.
d. Proceed to the clinic for the medical and physical examination.

NOTE: 

i. Students are considered OFFICIALLY ENROLLED only upon submission of all entrance credentials and payment of the required down payment.
ii. Students who will enroll on or after the petition period are already considered late enrollees (CHED Manual of Regulations for Private Higher Education, 2008)
iii. Reserved subjects will automatically be revoked one (1) week after the end of the enrollment period if students FAIL TO SEEK DEAN’S APPROVAL of the reserved subjects.
iv. Only students who completed the enrollment procedure can proceed with the petition process. 

FOR SHIFTERS OR STUDENTS FOR READMISSION

  • Pre-enrolment. Proceed to the Office of the Academic Dean that the student intends to shift or be enrolled in and fill up Form 81-B two (2) weeks before the enrolment for purposes of evaluation. 
  • Enrolment
    The process is the same with the enrolment procedure for incoming freshmen.
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