Graduate School



The CEU Graduate School was organized in 1926 during the administration of Dona Librada Avelino, founder and first CEU President. Dr. Concepcion A. Aguila was the first Graduate School Dean.  She was assisted by Dr. Lorenzo Paredes and Miss Generosa de Leon, then CEU Registrar and Comptroller. During her deanship (1926-1960), Dr. Aguila developed and administered programs leading to the Doctor of Education and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. CEU thus became the first non-sectarian university to offer graduate school courses.

Dr. Alicia Jose Ramos, the second dean, (1960-1965) is credited with the expansion of the Graduate School and growth in enrolment. In 1965, Dr. Paz Policarpio Mendez was appointed third dean. During her term, several new programs on the masters and doctoral levels were opened. In 1988, Dr. Rosita L. Navarro was appointed as fourth dean. The term of Dr. Navarro marked the start of innovative programs which merited financial support from reputable funding agencies. Several graduate degree programs have earned international recognition and endowments in the form of professorial chairs and research grants.

In 2002, vertical articulation of graduate programs emanating from strong undergraduate programs was implemented in CEU. These undergraduate programs are from the School of Accountancy/Business/Secretarial/Public Administration, School of Education/Liberal Arts/Music/Social Work, School of Pharmacy, School of Tourism-Family Economics-Nutrition and HRM, and School of Science.

In 2006, the graduate programs of the School of Accountancy, Management and Technology; the School of Education, Liberal Arts, Music, and Social Work; and the School of Science were granted Level 3 Accredited status by the Philippine Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation (PACUCOA), which were affirmed in 2007 when the three schools were granted Level 3 re-accredited status.


In 2008, the School of Dentistry joined the five other Schools in offering graduate programs, notably Master of Science in Dentistry with Periodontics and Orthodontics as areas of specialization. In the same year, the School of Accountancy and Management offered the first non-thesis program in CEU Manila with its MBA (Non-thesis). Likewise, a doctoral program in Higher Education Management was opened. The latest course opened is the Master of Science in Information Technology effective school year 2009-2010.

The Graduate School is continually enhancing its programs by revising and offering new courses in response to demands from the academe and industry.


The principal aim of graduate study is the development of intellectual independence and leadership through the cultivation of the scientific, critical, and creative faculties of the mind, and the promotion of expertise in research.

Specifically, the various fields of specialization provide intensive training for professional workers in specific areas; enhance the competencies of leaders/executives through in-depth studies, fieldwork, and research; and finally, promote an integrated understanding and appreciation of the persons place in society.


A graduate institution that nurtures creative scholarship, intellectual independence, professional expertise and moral commitment among leaders and active participants in nation building and global cooperation.


In pursuit of the Universitys philosophy œciencia y virtud (knowledge and virtue), the Graduate School seeks to develop research-oriented and technologically competent professionals and intellectually independent leaders who are active participants in national and international development efforts.


  • Level III Re-accredited Status
    All programs are vertically articulated from corresponding undergraduate programs with Level III FAAP- certified re-accredited status through PACUCOA.

  • Research and Development
    The CEU Research and Development Foundation is a non-stock, non-profit corporation organized under the laws of the Philippines, funding worthwhile theses/ dissertations/researches of CEU Graduate School faculty and students.

  • Graduate School Publication
    Aptly called Graduate and Faculty Studies, it aims to provide an appropriate medium for announcing the results of researches completed by CEU faculty members and students of the Graduate School.

  • Professorial Chairs
    Concepcion A. Aguila in Teacher Education, Pilar Hidalgo Lim in Family Studies, Carmen de Luna in Philippine Culture and Philippine Studies, Carmen Guevarra in Culture of the Lowland Filipinos, Dionisio C. Tiongco in Educational Management, Dr. Chin Shen-Hsiung in Science and Technology, Concepcion A. Aguila in Optometry Education, Pilar H. Lim in Nursing Admionistration


Masters Program

Specific Objectives:

To achieve the Graduate School objectives, the Masters programs have been designed to develop in the graduate students the abilities to:
  1. demonstrate mastery of the various aspects of the profession or discipline;
  2. diagnose problems and evaluate options as basis for decision-making;
  3. lead in activities for the advancement of the profession or discipline;
  4. conduct independent research to test existing knowledge or to contribute new knowledge to the profession/ discipline;
  5. communicate or disseminate the results of the in-depth studies that will benefit society.
  • Master of Arts major in: Educational Management, Southeast Asian Studies, Special Education, Teaching, Music Education.
  • Master of Arts in Education major in: Childhood Education, Library Science, Mathematics, Science, Special Education
  • Master of Arts in Nursing, major in Nursing Administration
  • Master of Business Administration (with Thesis or Non-thesis)
  • Master of Public Administration
  • Master of Science in: Biology, Cosmetic Science, Dentistry major in Orthodontics/ Periodontics, Guidance and Counseling, Information technology, Mathematics, Pharmacy, Psychology, Science Education, Social Work, Tourism Management

  • Doctor of Philosophy major in: Business Management, Guidance & Counseling, Science Education, Southeast Asian Studies
  • Doctor of Philosophy in: Mathematics Education, Pharmacy
  • Doctor of Philosophy/Doctor of Education in: Curriculum & Supervision, Educational Management, Higher Education Management
  • Doctor of Public Administration
  • Post-Doctoral Program in
  • Total Quality Management in Higher Education


  1. A grade of 2.0 does not entitle one to any graduate credit for a major course subject.
  2. A student with a remark of NFE (No Final Examination) must take the final examination within one year for those who are currently enrolled, and within one year for those who failed to enroll the following semester. Failure to do so will not entitle the student to any credit for a graduate course.
  3. A student with a remark of NFR (No Final Requirement) must complete the requirement within one semester.
  4. The retention period which shall include years of absence shall be five (5) years for the masterals program and seven (7) years for the Doctoral program.  Students should complete all requirements including thesis/ dissertation defense within the prescribed periods.
  5. Students who exceed the prescribed retention period shall be required to enroll in additional courses to be determined by the school dean.



  • Graduate Program - College of Medical Technology
  • School of Nutrition and Hospitality Management