Doctor of Philosophy, major in Commerce

Doctor of Philosophy, major in Commerce

Offered by the Graduate School

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Goals and Objectives

The Graduate School commits itself to develop: 

  1. Competent professionals who, inspired by the ideals of St. Antoninus of Florence, promote excellence in the production, advancement, and transmission of specialized knowledge and skills in the sciences, the arts, and community service; 
  2. Scholarly researchers and creative thinkers who, kindled by St. Thomas Aquinas’s ardour for truth, aspire to become fonts of intellectual creativity and, in their quest for quality research, are proficient and critical in assessing and communicating information in various fields that impact the professions, the Church, the nation, and the global community; 
  3. Professional Christian leaders who, touched by St. Dominic de Guzman’s apostolic fire and warmed by Mary’s motherly care, articulate ethics and truth, high level of moral maturity in resolving issues and promoting social justice and compassion for the poor, and care for the environment; 
  4. Globally engaged citizens who, with ardent advocacy for life, promote a deeper understanding of tolerance and justice as well as linguistic, religious, and cultural diversities as a result of precise evaluation of modern problems and inquiries; 
  5. Committed scholars who, nurtured by the dogmas of Christian faith and values, are dedicated to the pursuit of truth through the promotion of an intellectual culture that values academic rigor and freedom of scientific investigations; and 
  6. Lifelong learners who, empowered by St. Antoninus of Florence’s zeal for learning, are committed to the advancement of a higher culture through a continuous search for intellectual inquiries and new knowledge as well as faithfulness to Catholic intellectual traditions. 
Program Intended Learning Outcomes

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Program Curriculum

Pre-Requisite Courses

PHL 821 – Philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas 
An expository course of the essential philosophical teachings of the Angelic Doctor organized around the 24 fundamental theses of Thomism against the background of St. Thomas Aquinas’ successful synthesis of Scholastic Philosophy, Biblical, and Catholic Tradition and Aristotelian Method. 


PHL 822 – Philosophy of Human Person 
An analytical study of contemporary Christian critique and synthesis of modern and contemporary philosophies of man, with a background of philosophies of man from Ancient Greece, India, and China. 


PHL 823 – Philosophy of Values 
A survey exposition of the moral philosophies dating back from Socrates, Buddha, and Confucius to contemporary moral philosophies around a reflective critique of these in the light of contemporary Catholic moral thought. 

Core Courses

Advanced Statistics with computer application
Engages the students to recognize business problems as possible topics for their dissertation. Students are expected to apply an appropriate research approach which emphasizes the practical and technical aspects of conducting research as well as the application of statistical or mathematical tools. Students shall formulate their research problem, identify the research impediments as well as deal with the ethical issues involved in their research. 


Advanced Good Governance and Corporate Social Responsibility
Provides an in-depth understanding of the importance, principles, practices, elements, key indicators of good corporate governance, and corporate social responsibility. It focuses on the factors, trends, and issues that underlie these critical trends on corporate governance, the political, social, and regulatory environment in which the businesses operate as well as the design and implementation of strategies for these organizations to help in the well-being of people and environment and reputation management. 


Advanced Business Research Transformational Leadership
Fosters transformative change in an organization and among members of the organization towards higher levels of performance. It involves the development and application of leadership skills, knowledge, and strategies to institute change for the personal growth of its human resources and enhance efficiency and effectiveness in operations. It promotes social interaction at all levels of the organization and focuses on challenges, innovation, and effective ways to make an impact and plan for a more strategic role within the organization.

Specialization Courses

Advanced Consumer Behavior 
Discusses the critical issues in consumer behaviour, thoughts, and practice including an understanding of consumer choice processes, social network, and their impact on consumption and communication processes. Different consumer behaviour models such as cognitive and modes of information processing will be studied in relation to the concepts and theories in marketing management. Relevant issues will be explored through experiments, market research, and case studies. 


Advanced Corporate Finance 
Provides a comprehensive view on how value-based financial decision making is anchored on principles and selected theoretical and applied topics in corporate finance and integrating these toward improving strategic operating results and investor returns. It aids in tackling intricate valuation and corporate financing situations and covers the cost of capital in various markets, corporate control transactions, investments, the use of real options, and the role of hybrid securities in capital structure, and assessment of whether investments are appropriately valued. 


Accelerated General Management 
Focuses on the essential managerial skills and competencies needed in tackling complex issues on management activities- developing strategy, organizing, and driving desired results across a rapidly changing business environment. GM track provides strategic insights on organizational behaviour, human resource, finance, logistics, marketing, strategy, innovation, and networks. 


Advanced Labor and Social Legislation 
Provides the legal framework on the country’s labor and social legislation, including the related rules and guidelines. The mandate and policies of government agencies responsible for the execution of these laws to promote social justice, industrial peace, and workers’ welfare as well as the obligations and rights of both the employers and workers shall be analyzed in support to the rule of law and development efforts of the government. 


Advanced Marketing Communication Management
Deals with the evaluation of marketing communication tools at the brand level and integrates the analytical and creative development and execution of a marketing campaign. This will allow the students to pre-empt the marketing communication campaign with the use of marketing communications research. 


Advanced Monetary and Fiscal Policies 
Involves the study of the principles, tools, and practices used by the government to steer the economy in the right direction: the monetary policy referring to the actions of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas to achieve macroeconomic policy objectives through changes in the interest rates and money supply to expand or contract aggregate demand while the fiscal policy referring to the actions of the national government on matters relating to taxation and spending to stimulate the country’s growth and pursue its development plans. 


Advanced Public Finance, Monetary and Fiscal Policies 
Involves the study of the principles, tools, and practices used by the government to steer the economy in the right direction: the monetary policy referring to the actions of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas to achieve macroeconomic policy objectives through changes in the interest rates and money supply to expand or contract aggregate demand while the fiscal policy referring to the actions of the national government on matters relating to taxation and spending to stimulate the country’s growth and pursue its development plans. 

Advanced Risk Management
Deals with the principles, theories, framework, practices, and international standards on risk and ways to mitigate them. It discusses risks across market, credit, operational, liquidity, reputational, and other types of risks. It also covers insurance and other measures or risk treatments to recover from actual losses. It shall provide an opportunity for students to develop risk management plans in their own workplaces. 


Advanced Strategic Management and Decision Making 
Develops the ability to design and apply strategy models in the structured analysis of business issues for long term success. It includes honing the analytical and decision-making skills needed in preparing, presenting, and defending plans of action, proposals, and/or strategies to align resources with the competitive business environment for superior performance. 


Diversification Strategy 


Entrepreneurial Finance
Aims to present additional approaches to assist entrepreneurs in financing their business ventures. The main areas of study include business evaluation and valuation, financing from the traditional approach of raising funds, and venture capital and private funds. It uses a combination of case discussions and lectures. 


Global Business Developments, Problems, and Strategy
Navigates the international and transnational dimensions of emerging economies, the issues and challenges faced, and the strategic approach to address these. It also covers political environments, expectations of geographical spread stakeholders, and how these can be managed. 


Global Technology 


Government and Business 
Discusses the mandates, policies, programs, and services of the three branches of the Philippine Government, focusing on agencies directly involved in regulating, promoting, and assisting private businesses to grow, increase their economic value and become competitive. Likewise, the study examines the role of business in helping the government in bringing about the economic development of the country, the challenges they face including the initiatives and reforms of the government to meet said challenges. 


International Accounting Finance and Control 
Involves the full range of a firm’s finances, from identifying resources to meet objectives, making financial decisions, tracking variance/s between target and actual performance, reasons for such variance/s, and preparing action plans including appropriate internal control measures to meet strategic objectives and compliance with international accounting and auditing standards. 


International Business and Global Strategy 
Develops an understanding of the rationale, mechanisms, practices, and policies of international business in the regional and global environment. It deals with trade and international institutions that regulate business including foreign direct investments from both the investors and the host country. 

Summary of Program Requirements
Degree Requirements
Prerequisite Courses
Core Courses
Specialization Courses
Cognate Courses
Foreign Languages 
Written Comprehensive Exams
      Dissertation Writing I
      Dissertation Writing II
      Dissertation Writing III