All PhD Program applicants are required to:  Fill out the online form,  take an entrance examination, and  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.
IMPORTANT ADMISSION DATES
Deadline for submission of all Application documents AY 2022-23 10 April 2023
Doctoral Program Admission Test (DPAT) 4 June 2023
Interview Period June 2023
Results of Application Released (through email) July 2023
The Application Process
Get the link to the online application form. You are required to accomplish and submit this form, otherwise your application will not be considered.
Take any one of the following examinations:
(a) the Doctoral Program Admission Test (DPAT) on the scheduled date
(b) the Graduate Records Examination (GRE)
Submit the required documents/materials listed below.
Initial screening is based on the DPAT or GRE scores and the submitted credentials.
Applicants may be called for interview by the Admissions Committee.
Online Application Form
To start the online application process, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org 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:
Click on the link and fill out the form.
Click on the submit button after completing the form.
An acknowledgement page stating that your submission has been recorded should appear, and
A message is sent to your primary email address if your submission was received.
Submit the required documents (see next section below). This may be done online or submit the same at VSB, room 105.
Documents Required for Admission
The documents and materials required for admission are as follows:
From the Applicant
Transcript of Records. (Photocopy or PDF if submitting online) Those who will qualify for admission to the program must also submit the original copy.
Personal Statement. The essay should be a 2 to 4-page double-spaced document written in English that should explain, among others, the applicant's purpose in pursuing further studies. It should be uploaded as a PDF or Word document. (The expected content of the essay can be found in FAQ #6 )
Curriculum Vitae with a 2x2 photograph.
Instructions to upload a copy of these documents will be sent to you once you have submitted the online application form.
From Two Referees
Letter of recommendation (to be submitted by two referees chosen by the applicant). The referee may send the letter as an attachment to email@example.com or uploaded online. A Google account is needed to be able to submit online.
Completed online referee evaluation form.
To start the refereeing process, the referee must send an email to VSB.firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com 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 www.ets.org/gre 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.
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:
Pay online using LandBank’sLinkBiz
Pay online via PESONET
Direct Deposit to LandBank
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
For international applicants, a certification of finances must be submitted along with supporting documents detailing the sources of funds. You can download the certification of finances form here.
All international applicants must take the Graduate Records Examination (GRE).
VSB's GRE code is 1607. Also see the international applicant page.
International applicants except those with bachelor's degrees from the US, UK, New Zealand and Australian Universities must demonstrate fluency in English by taking the TOEFL (code B151), also administered by ETS.