Graduate School

Graduate School

Degree Programs

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Graduate School (1938)

Degree Programs

Accountancy, Business, and Management

Business Administration (Master’s)

Commerce (Doctorate)

Entrepreneurship (Master’s)

Human Resource Management (Master’sDoctorate)


Hospital Administration (Master’s)

Medical Technology (Master’s, Doctorate)

Nursing (Master’s)

Occupational Therapy (Master’s)

Pharmacy (Master’sDoctorate)

Physical Therapy (Master’s)

Humanities and Social Sciences

Biology Education (Master’s)

Chemistry Education (Master’s)

Clinical Psychology (Master’sDoctorate)

Communication (Master’s)

Creative Writing (Master’s)

Cultural Heritage Studies (Master’s)

Curriculum and Instruction (Master’sDoctorate)

Development Studies (Master’s, Doctorate)

Economics (Master’sDoctorate)

Education (Master’s)

Educational Management and Leadership (Master’sDoctorate)

English Language Studies (Master’sDoctorate)

Guidance and Counseling (Master’s, Doctorate)

Health Professions Education (Master’s)

History (Master’s | Doctorate)

Industrial Psychology (Master’s)

Journalism (Master’s)

Literature (Master’s, Doctorate)

Marketing Communication (Master’s)

Mathematics Education (Master’s)

Philosophy (Master’s, Doctorate)

Political Science (Master’s | Doctorate)

Public Administration (Master’s, Doctorate)

Music, Arts, and Design

Fine Arts (Master’s)

Music (Master’s, Doctorate)

Sacred Sciences

Social-Pastoral Communication (Master)

Theology (Master, Doctor)

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics

Built Environment / Architecture (Doctorate by Research)

Biological Sciences (Doctorate)

Biology (Master’s)

Chemical Engineering (Master’s)

Chemistry (Master’s, Doctorate)

Civil Engineering (Master’s)

Electronics Engineering (Master’s)

Food Science (Master’s)

Library and Information Science (Master’s)

Management Engineering (Master’s)

Medical Physics (Master’s)

Metallurgical Engineering (Master’s)

Microbiology (Master’s)

Physical Planning (Master’s)

Public Administration (Master’s)

Urban Design (Master’s)

Urban Heritage Preservation (Master’s)

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Research Journal


Research Journal

The Antoninus Journal

First released in 2015 as the successor of ad Veritatem, The Antoninus Journal (ISSN: 2423-3084) is a multidisciplinary journal published annually by the Graduate School of the University of Santo Tomas (Manila, Philippines). It is written in English/Filipino, with an English abstract, and contains high-quality peer-reviewed research articles, theoretical and critical essays, and reviews.

The journal accepts manuscripts from a broad range of disciplines covering the natural and applied sciences, social sciences and education, arts and humanities, health sciences, business and management – core program offerings in the UST Graduate School. The journal aims to build up quality information that are relevant and of significance to the Church, society, and the environment. 

Vision, Mission & Goals


Vision, Mission & Goals


We envision a Graduate School that stands for excellence and innovation and that will be globally identified for the distinction of its programs and quality of its research.


We are a Catholic institution dedicated to advancing the frontiers of knowledge in the theoretical and applied fields through quality graduate education that is comprehensive and responsive to the needs of society. We are committed to the formation of scholars and high level professionals who are ethical, competent, compassionate and committed to the service of the Church, the Nation and the Global Community.


The Graduate School commits itself within the next five (5) years:

— To develop the intellect and creativity through excellence in instruction, research, and extension work;

— To form scholars and high level professionals in the arts and humanities, the natural and allied health sciences, the social and management sciences who are ethical and who demonstrate competencies functional in both the local and global workplace;

— To hone the professional and social skills, and critical capabilities of students enabling them to become responsible leaders in their careers and community;

— To provide students opportunities to serve the larger community through extension work and community service;

— To produce quality research in the various fields of knowledge that is internationally recognized;

— To recruit Faculty who are acknowledged experts in the field and to complement the teaching staff by inviting international scholars in the various disciplines;

— To build partnerships and linkages between the Graduate School and academic institutions, industry and government entities at the local and international level; and

— To enhance the image and visibility of the Graduate School and its work in both the local and global community.



Student Organizations

Patron Saint


University of Reading (offering of PhD in Architecture)

University of Leeds (offering of Master of Public Health International; Leeds provides the post-graduate certificate in public health)

Curtin University (offering of MS in Chemical Engineering, major in Metallurgical Engineering)

Student Organizations

UST Graduate School Human Resource Management Association

Patron Saint


(1389-1459), archbishop  

Patron of the UST Graduate School

Feast Day: May 10

Belonging to a high-standing Florentine family, Antoninus applied for admission to the Dominican Order at age 15. However, it was not until a year later that he was accepted, after having memorized the entire Decretals to prove his ability and commitment. Eventually, he assumed the responsibility as the Prior of the convents in Cortona, Fiesole, Siena, Naples and Rome.  In these convents, he strived with great wisdom and firmness to raise the standard of regular observances.  While he was Prior in Rome, he had the incorrupt remains of St. Catherine of Siena enshrined in a golden sarcophagus. Returning to Florence, he founded the Priory of San Marco, where he made its library accessible to scholars, thus making it a center of  Renaissance spirituality and culture and the first public library in Europe. In 1436, he participated in the Council of Florence.

Although reluctant, Antoninus was compelled by Pope Eugene IV to become the Archbishop of  Florence in 1446. In his archdiocese, he was noted for his mercy to the poor, his prudence and good counsel. He devoted himself to pastoral visitations, the remedy of abuses, the strengthening of discipline, the preaching of the Gospel, the amelioration of the condition of the poor, and the writing of books for the clergy and laity. Having received the anointing of the sick and having embraced the crucifix, he passed away in 1459, and was canonized by Pope Adrian VI  in 1523.

As the ‘father of the poor’, he showed compassion for the needy. As the ‘innovative superior’, he served with commitment to his subjects. As a Dominican scholar imbued with holy competence, he engaged in writing books on moral and ascetical theology, and he has been widely acclaimed as a preacher, reformer, economist, sociologist and historian. Providentially, Antoninus is the patron of the UST Graduate School, which promotes excellence and innovation through quality research, and commits itself to advance the frontiers of knowledge in the theoretical and applied fields through quality education that is comprehensive and responsive to the needs of society. 



  • Maccarani, Domenico, Vita di San Antonino, Florence, 1708.
  • Bartoli, Giovanni Gugielo,  Istoria dell’ Arcivescovo San Antonino e de suoi più illustri discepoli, Florence, 1782.



Prof. Michael Anthony C. Vasco, PhD, Dean

Rev. fr. Rodel E. Aligan, O.P., SThD, Regent

Program Leads

Program Leads

Assoc. Prof. Tobias A. Bonaobra, PhD


Assoc. Prof. Leah P. dela Rosa, PhD


Prof. Elizabeth O. Recio, MS Com


Prof. Joyce L. Arriola, PhD


Assoc. Prof. Eric B. Zerrudo, PhD


Assoc. Prof. Rodrigo A. Litao, PhD

EDUCATION (Curriculum & Instruction and Educational Management and Leadership) / HEALTH PROFESSIONS EDUCATION

Prof. Rachelle B. Lintao, PhD


Prof. Maria Natalia R. Dimaano, PhD


Assoc. Prof. Elizabeth H. Arenas, PhD


Prof. Lucila O. Bance, PhD


Prof. Consuelo G. Suarez, MD


Assoc. Prof. Leonardo M. Canoy, Jr., PhD


Assoc. Prof. Augusto V. de Viana, PhD



Rev. fr. Jerry R. Manlangit, O.P., PhD



Asst. Prof. Roland Christopher F. Caballar, PhD


Prof. Edilberto P. Manahan, PhD


Assoc. Prof. Antonio P. Africa, PhD


Prof. Rey Donne S. Papa, PhD


Prof. Rowena L. Escolar Chua, PhD


Prof. Belen L. Tangco, O.P., PhD


Assoc. Prof. Donald S. Lipardo, PhD



Assoc. Prof. Noel L. Lansang, PhD


Prof. Maria Claudette A. Agnes, PhD

PSYCHOLOGY (Clinical and Industrial)

Prof. Pablito A. Baybado, Jr., PhD


Faculty Council

Faculty Council

Prof. Michael Anthony C. Vasco, PhD,


Rev. fr. Rodel E. Aligan, O.P., SThD, 

Member (Ex-Officio)

Prof. Camilla J. Vizconde, PhD

Member (Ex-Officio)

Assoc. Prof. Leonardo M. Canoy, Jr., PhD,


Directors and Supervisors

Directors and Supervisors

Prof. Grecebio Jonathan D. Alejandro, Dr. rer. nat.




Assoc. Prof. Jocelyn F. Agcaoili, MSPT, MHPEd




Rev. Fr. Edgardo C. de Jesus, PhD



Asst. Prof. Marilyn G. Rimando, PhD

SCIENCE LABORATORIES (Supervising Scientist)


Support Staff

Support Staff

Ms. Irene P. Evangelista

Secretary to the Dean, Office Operations

Administration Offices


Mr. Linoy D. Marcaida

Office Clerk, Written Comprehensive Exams and Student Records

Administration Offices


Mr. Herbert I. Tabanera
Office Clerk, Inquiries and Grades Encoding
Administration Offices


Ms. Maylene M. Pailma

Office Clerk, Inquiries and New Student Applications

Administration Offices


Mr. Jackniel G. Rivera

Office Clerk

Administration Offices


Mr. Johannes F. Cortez

Technical Support

Administration Offices




As early as the seventeenth (17th) century, the University of Santo Tomas (UST) had already been granting masterate and doctoral degrees. The different faculties and colleges supervised their respective undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate programs.

It was in 1619 when Pope Paul V granted the faculty to confer degrees to all Dominican colleges in the New World including the Colegio de Santo Tomas which had been founded on 28 April, 1611 by the Superiors of the Dominican Province of the Holy Rosary. In 1629, Pope Urban VIII issued a Papal Document renewing the authority of Santo Tomas to confer degrees. On 20 November, 1645, Pope Innocent X raised the Colegio to the status of a University with civil and ecclesiastical faculties. It was placed under the continued administration of the Order of Preachers, and its authority to confer degrees became permanent. In 1785, King Charles III of Spain granted the University the title of Royal. In the twentieth (20th) century, the University operated under the laws of the state that exercised jurisdiction over the civil faculties. Permission and approval were granted and renewed by the Bureau of Education during the Commonwealth, later by the Department of Education of the Republic of the Philippines, the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports (MECS), and again by the Department of Education, Culture and Sports (DECS); and now, since 1994, by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED). In 1902, Pope Leo XIII awarded the title of Pontifical while in 1947, Pope Pius awarded the title the Catholic University of the Philippines.

The University of Santo Tomas is distinguished as an educational institution with the title, Royal, Pontifical and Catholic University of the Philippines – a title it truly deserves because of its unswerving commitment to the goals of Catholic education and national progress, of the expertise of the faculty, of the sterling intellectual, moral and skill-oriented qualities of its graduates and the contributions of the accomplished men and women who passed its portals and helped shape the course of Philippine history. Without any iota of doubt, the Graduate School of the University has played a prominent and pivotal role in contributing to the prestige of the University as well as to its national, regional and global acceptance.

The earliest existing records in the Archives of the University marked the first twelve (12) graduates from 1629 to 1645. These graduates were conferred the Doctorate degree in Theology as well as Masterate and Licentiate degrees in the Arts respectively. From 1645 to 1911, there was a total of some 1,176 graduates in the Doctorate, Masterate, Licentiate levels in Theology, Philosophy, Arts, Civil Law, Canon Law, Latin, Pharmacy and Medicine. Investitures held since 1663 were recorded in the official graduation book of the University entitled Libro de Asiento de Grados de la Universidad de Santo Tomas.

It is interesting to note some of the academic highlights between the years 1896 and 1917. The University conferred among others such degrees as Doctor in Natural Science in 1896 (1), Licentiate in Philosophy and Letters in 1897 (2), Doctor of Physical Science in 1906 (1), Licentiate in Dentistry in 1908 (1), Doctor of Philosophy and Letters in 1909 (1), Licentiate in Civil Engineering in 1912 (3), Master of Science in 1961 (1), and Master of Science in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering in 1917 (1).

In 1926, Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy major in Economics as well as Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy in Education were offered. Records show that three (3) out of the first four (4) graduates of Master of Arts in Education in 1930 were females while the first graduates of Doctor of Philosophy in Education in 1934 were all females, and all became faculty members, possibly the first female teachers in the University. The first woman granted a Licentiate in Pharmacy was graduated in 1924 while the first women graduates of Doctor of Pharmacy were graduated in 1925 – four (4) out of the five (5) graduates then. Although the different degrees of Master of Science in Chemistry were first offered in 1928, it was only in 1936 when the University first conferred the degree of Master of Science in Chemistry and in Physics. In 1928, the University offered five (5) more courses: M.A. and Ph.D. major in English; M.A. and Ph.D. major in Political Science; M.S. and Ph.D. in Biology; Ph.D. in Chemistry; and Ph.D. in Mathematics. It was in 1934 that M.S. and Ph.D. in Commerce were first offered by the University. The first candidates for the degree of Ph.D. in Chemistry and Mathematics graduated in 1935.

Within the period of eleven (11) years, from 1926 to 1937, UST granted ten (10) honorary degrees to nine (9) recipients. One of them was Rev. Eugene I. McGuinnes who was awarded both degrees of Doctor of Canon Law and Doctor of Sacred Theology in 1927 while the two most prominent awardees were the Honorable Sergio Osmeña, Sr. In 1929, and His Excellency Commonwealth President, Manuel L. Quezon in 1936, both of whom were given Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.

In 1938, the University established formally the Graduate School to take charge of all graduate and post-graduate studies in the civil faculties except that of Medicine and Surgery and that of the Ecclesiastical Faculties. The first Dean was Father Rector himself, Very Rev. Fr. Silvestre Sancho, O.P., S.Th.D. From 1938 to 1946 the Graduate School granted degrees in the following disciplines: Master of Science (M.S.) in Chemical Engineering; Master of Laws (Ll.M.) and Doctor of Civil Law (D.C.L.); M.S. and Ph.D. major in Chemistry; M.S. and Ph.D. in Commerce; M.S. in Pharmacy and Doctor of Pharmacy (Phar.D.); M.A. and Ph.D. in Education; M.A. and Ph.D. in English; M.A. and Ph.D. major in Philosophy; M.A. and Ph.D. major in Political Science; Doctor of Letters; Master of Science in Civil Engineering; Master of Science in Mathematics; and Master of Science in Physics.

All the Graduate courses offered before 8 December, 1941 had their respective certificates of government recognition. However, after World War II, in 1945, the UST Graduate School applied for and received new certificates of recognition for said courses except for Civil Engineering and Physics.

In 1951, permission was renewed by the Director of Private Schools of the Department of Education for the UST Graduate School to continue offering different majors covered by the certificates of government recognition for the different degrees. Thus, apart from the already existing courses, the Graduate School began offering other majors: M.S. and Ph.D. in Biology; M.S. and Ph.D. in Zoology; M.S. and Ph.D. in Economics; M.A. and Ph.D. in Guidance and Counselling; M.A. and Ph.D. in History; M.S. in Botany; M.S. in Elementary Education; M.A. in Library Science; M.A. in Linguistics; M.A. in Filipino; M.A. in Public Administration; and M.A. in Social Sciences.

In 1955 the UST Graduate School was granted certificates of recognition for a Masterate Program in Music and in Spanish to be followed by Master of Arts in Nursing in 1960; Master of Arts in Higher Religious Studies in 1965; and Doctor of Letters in 1966. On 18 May, 1972, permission to continue offering these different majors covered by certificates of recognition was again granted by the director of Private Schools. Likewise, in 1974, the Department of Education, Culture and Sports granted permission for the Graduate School to offer Master of Science in Chemistry Education.

In 1975, the Graduate School applied for permission to offer three (3) new majors: M.S. Architecture; M.S. Medical Technology, major in Laboratory Management, and Master in Business Administration (MBA).

In 1978, the Graduate School applied for and opened six (6) new majors: M.A. and Ph.D. in Development Education; M .S. Biology Education; M.S. Mathematics Education; M.A. Special Education; M.S. Microbiology; M.A. Oriental Religions and Cultures. The following years saw the approval of offering new programs: M.S. Advertising in 1979; M.S. and Ph.D. in Personal and Human Resource Management in 1981; M.S. Applied Physics, major in Medical Physics in 1983; Ph.D. in Public Administration in 1984; and M.S. Management Engineering in 1987.