College of Commerce and Business Administration
College of Commerce and Business Administration
College of Commerce and Business Administration (1933)
Bachelor of Science in Entrepreneurship (4 years)
Vision, Mission & Goals
Vision, Mission & Goals
The UST College of Commerce and Business Administration envisions itself as a model business school forming professionals imbued with Thomistic values.
We educate students to become excellent and ethical economists, entrepreneurs and business managers who are socially responsible and globally-oriented. To realize our mission, we are committed to sustain programs of:
- Integration of instruction, research and community service;
- Faculty Development; and
- Linkages with government, industry, non-government organizations, both local and international.
The College of Commerce and Business Administration educates the youth:
- to respect and foster the dignity of the human person in the context of the welfare of society as a whole;
- to adopt the principle that “quality education is the key to excellence;”
- to adhere to the teaching that “we live in a global community, where countries of different cultures and creeds are interdependent with one another;”
- to cultivate in themselves the teaching that “economic progress is to be organized and merged in such a reasonable and human way so that it will be able to reduce social inequalities;”
- to commit themselves to the empowerment of the majority of the people, so that they will learn to take personal initiative and responsibility in socio-economic affairs; and
- to develop both Christian and Filipino values which are necessary for the formation of a righteous conscience.
- Junior Financial and Investment Executives (JFINEX)
- Society of Thomasian Entrepreneurs (STE)
- Thomasian Junior Association for People Management (TJAPM)
- UST Economics Society
- UST Junior Marketing Association
- Community Achievers Association – Commerce Unit
- Pax Romana – Commerce Unit
- Scarlet – Commerce Unit
St. Matthew the Apostle
Assoc. Prof. Leonardo M. Canoy, Jr., PhD, Dean
Rev. Fr. Senen R. Ecleo, O.P., Regent
Asst. Prof. Maureen H. Gelle-Jimenez, MA, Assistant Dean
Mr. Al Faithrich C. Navarette, PhD, Faculty Secretary
Assoc. Prof. Leonardo M. Canoy, Jr., PhD
Rev. Fr. Senen R. Ecleo, O.P.
Asst. Prof. Maureen H. Gelle-Jimenez, MA
Atty. Adrian L. Montemayor, Ll. M.
Assoc. Prof. Nancy C. Bartolome, PhD, Member
Asst. Prof. Maria Paula Joan T. Bautista, MBA, Member
Mr. Al Faithrich C. Navarette, PhD, Secretary (Ex-Officio)
Coordinators and Supervisors
Ms. Liza de Jesus, Office Clerk
Ma. Carmen Diaz, Office Clerk
Ms. Joselle Marie Leonardo, Office Clerk
Mr. Emmanuel Tacsagon, Office Clerk
Mr. Anthony Yanzon, Office Clerk
Mr. Charlie Deocadiz, Computer Laboratory Technician
Mr. Aurelio Bayan, Utility Clerk
One of the biggest Colleges in the University of Santo Tomas, the College of Commerce was established by the Very Rev. Fr. Silvestre Sancho, O.P in 1930 as a department in the College of Education that offered a two-year associate program in Commercial Science.
Although it remained attached to the College of Education, the department was raised to the rank of a School of Commerce in 1933, with Dr. Stanley Prescott as Director. Eventually, the College of Education granted its autonomy in 1934. Dr. Stanley Prescott was given the honor and the responsibility to be the first Dean of the College of Commerce and Rev. Fr. Ciriaco Pedrosa, O.P. as the first Regent. In 1940, during the deanship of Rev. Fr. Pedro Mateos, O.P., different fields of specialization were introduced, namely: Accounting, Management, Marketing, Economics, Banking and Finance, which were revitalized by the succeeding administrators.
The College was forced to close during the Second World War and reopened in June 1945. Under the deanship of Dr. Mariano Apacible, the four major programs of the College namely, Accounting, Banking and Finance, Economics and Management, were fortified with pedagogy improvements.
In 1988, the College officially became known as the College of Commerce and Accountancy. In March of 1990, the College was granted a Level II Deregulated Status by the Federation of Accrediting Agencies of the Philippines (FAAP). The Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Committee on Accreditation (PACUCOA) granted the College a Level II Formal Status in 1993 and reaccreditation in 1998. In 1999, under the charge of Dean Amelia Halili, the College was recognized as a “Center of Development” by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).
In the efforts towards asserting its presence as a primary model business school in the country, and pursuant to the Commission on Higher Education’s Memorandum Number 17, the College revived its entrepreneurship program under Dean Jeanette Isabelle V. Loanzon and offered the Bachelor of Science in Commerce major in Entrepreneurship more popularly known as the Triple-E Program (“Entrepreneurship and Ethics Education towards Equity”) in AY 2004-2005 which eventually became a straight program, BS in Entrepreneurship and was initially offered in AY 2007-2008. This is an innovative program which synthesizes evidence-based practice of entrepreneurship with ethics education towards social equity.
Meanwhile, in the year 2005 the Accountancy Department separated from the College of Commerce forming the UST Alfredo M. Velayo (AMV) -College of Accountancy.
The latter part of the 2006-2007 academic year signaled the beginning of even more significant changes compressed in even lesser time. With Dean Helena Maria F. Cabrera at the helm, and pursuant to the Commission on Higher Education’s Memorandum Number 39, the Bachelor of Science in Commerce academic programs were gradually phased out and were replaced with the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration academic programs offering a wider range of specialized majors: Business Economics, Financial Management, Human Resource Development Management, and Marketing Management. In 2007, the BSC major in Entrepreneurship was replaced by the BS in Entrepreneurship program on a phased-in basis.
The College celebrated its 75th Diamond Anniversary in 2008, and the administrators, academic officials, non-academic support staff and students were all geared towards a singular vision of achieving the distinction of being a model business school at about the same time when the University celebrated its quadricentennial anniversary in year 2011.The College was renamed the College of Commerce and Business Administration in the same year when the BSBA major in Financial Management and BSBA major in Marketing Management were initially offered.
In AY 2009-2010, PACUCOA awarded the Level II First Reaccredited Status to the College for the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Program with the following majors: Business Economics, Financial Management, Human Resource Development Management and Marketing Management. In February of 2011, the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Committee on Accreditation (PACUCOA) awarded the Candidate Status to the College for the Bachelor of Science in Entrepreneurship program. The conferment of the Degrees of Bachelor of Science in Entrepreneurship as well as the BSBA major in Human Resource Development Management and BSBA major in Business Economics to their first batch of graduates coincided with the Quadricentennial Anniversary of the University in 2011.
In AY 2011-2012, the College linked up with the Junior Achievement of the Philippines (JAPI) to enhance and to strengthen the curriculum of the BSBA-major in Marketing Management Program in order to prepare the graduates of the program to successfully pass the certification examination to become a Registered Marketing Professional.
A very significant and innovative step was initiated in Academic Year 2012-2013, under the administration of Dean Prof. Ma. Socorro P. Calara, which was the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement with iUCE (International University of Cooperative Education) of Germany. The agreement is to conduct a twinning program which is known as the First Philippine-German Dual Study & Double Degree Program. Under the iUCE, students will earn the Degree of Bachelor of Arts in Economics major in International Business and from the University of Santo Tomas, the Degree of BSBA major in any of the four areas of specialization or BS Entrepreneurship. The program will initially commence on June 2013 or Academic Year 2013-2014.
The BS Entrepreneurship program was first granted Level I Formal Accredited Status by PACUCOA in January 2013. In keeping with its vision of being a model business school, the College has received Level III Re-Accredited Status for the BSBA programs and Level II First Re-Accredited Status for BS Entrepreneurship in June 2016.