PhD Admission

As of AY 2020-21 and until further notice, all classes in the VSB graduate programs are held online in both synchronous and asynchronous mode. This will continue indefinitely until the UP Administration allows on-site, face-to-face classroom work. Because of the uncertainty brought by the COVID-19 crisis, all dates are tentative and subject to change conditional on future events.
All PhD Program applicants are required to: [1] Fill out the online form, [2] take an entrance examination, and [3] submit application documents. A Google account is needed to upload the required documents. 
Before proceeding with your application, please visit the frequently asked questions page.


Deadline for submission of all Application documents AY 2022-23 30 April 2024

Doctoral Program Admission Test (DPAT) June 2024

Interview Period June 2024

Results of Application Released (through email) July 2024

Read the VSB PhD Student Handbook HERE.

The Application Process

Online Application Form

To start the online application process, send an email to with "Application Form Request" in the subject box. A link to the online application form will automatically be sent to you by email.

Note: (a) Avoid typographical errors in the subject box or the link will not be sent.

 (b) Users of email filters like Boxbe have to make their own adjustments to receive the link.

Do the following upon receipt of the email:

Documents Required for Admission

The documents and materials required for admission are as follows:

From the Applicant

Instructions to upload a copy of these documents will be sent to you once you have submitted the online application form. 

From Two Referees

To start the refereeing process, the referee must send an email to with "Recommendation Form Request" in the subject box. A link to the recommendation form and instructions on file uploading will be sent to the referee upon receipt of the email.

The Admission Test Options

All applicants are required to take an entrance/admission test. 

Doctoral Program Admission Test (DPAT)

The DPAT is developed and administered by the UP Business Research Foundation (BRF). The examination covers two areas: quantitative ability and verbal ability. It takes two hours to complete (excluding breaks); administered face-to-face by the BRF at the UP VSB Building. For more information, kindly contact Ms. Cora Manalang by email: or telephone number: (632) 8920 5488. 

Graduate Records Exam (GRE) 

Applicants who wish to take the GRE should contact the Educational Testing Service (ETS), the company which administers the GRE, at 60376283333 or visit their website at and have their scores sent to the University of the Philippines Cesar E. A. Virata School of Business, (code 1607). For the GRE score report to reach us before the end of May 2023. 

Application Fee

Applicants can pay the 150.00 application fee online or make a direct deposit to the UPD Cash Office's Landbank account.

The following links show alternative modes of paying the application fee:

Land Bank Account Number: 3072-1006-96

(UPD Revolving Fund)

Print/save the online application response email beforehand and use it to serve as the bill of payment. After the payment using any of the 3 modes, the applicant must email proof of deposit: 



with "MBA/MS Finance/PhD Application Fee" in the subject box (without the quotes).

Additional Requirements for International Applicants