Master of Arts in Language and Literature



First implemented in 1997-1998, the Master of Arts in Language and Literature (MALL) Program emerged essentially from the same vision when the Diploma in Language and Literature Program of the Humanities Division was instituted in 1995, namely to address the need in the CAR and other neighboring regions for quality education in language and literature as two separate tracks of specialization. After seven years of implementation, a curricular review in 2004 recommended a revision to make the curriculum follow a dual language and literature specialization to serve the needs of its clientele who follow an integrated approach in their language education curriculum.

About 90% of its clientele come from the various levels of educational sector. Particularly in support of tertiary level teachers for six years now, the MALL program has been CHED’s delivering program for its Faculty Development Program to improve the quality of instruction in tertiary level schools in Northern Luzon. In its renewed CHED-FDP II implementation effective June 2010, the program enjoys ten scholarship slots to allot to its “adopt-a-school” scheme to maximize the benefits of the FDP II.

At present, the MALL program follows the Thesis Track, which provides the students with a rigorous research experience to prepare them for a doctoral education or to enable them to engage in research as academics.

Brief Description of the Program

The Master of Arts in Language and Literature (MALL) is designed to provide training in language and literature as intersecting fields of study. It equips its students with theoretical and pedagogic competencies in these areas of knowledge and provides a forum for critical discussions and studies on linguistic and literary issues. It also engages its students in significant research projects on various topics related language, literature and wider field of cultural studies.

General Objective

The Master of Arts in Language and Literature (MALL) Program seeks to address the need in the CAR and other neighboring regions for quality education in language and literature in all levels of the educational system.

Target Clientele

The MALL program is particularly suited to teachers of language and literature, school administrators and supervisors, teacher educators, and researchers intending to pursue projects that implicate language and literature. It may also be taken by other college graduates who wish to upgrade and update their linguistic and literary competencies, or to shift to another area of expertise.


Program Curriculum

Core Courses (21 units)

MLL 201 Theories of Language and Language Acquisition (3 units)

Aspects of the study of language; the biological, psychological, and sociological considerations in language development and their impact on language education


MLL 202 Teaching Language and Literature (3 units)

Approaches, methods, and techniques for integrated language and literature teaching


MLL 210 Contemporary Literary Theories and Critical Approaches (3 units)

Modern theories and practice of literary criticism


MLL 221 Description and Analysis of a Language (3 units)

Approaches to the study and analysis of language


MLL 227 Instructional Materials Development and Writing (3 units)

Syllabus design and production of instructional materials for different school levels


MLL 230 Cultural Criticism (3 units)

Critical analysis of contemporary cultural forms and institutions, with emphasis on the interpretation of Philippine popular culture and media forms


MLL 299 Research in Language and Literature (3 units)

Research methods used in the study of language and literature, and exploration of pertinent research topics and issues

Elective Courses (6 units)

MLL 203 Teaching Communication Arts (3 units)

Approaches, methods and techniques for teaching communication arts


MLL 222 Rhetoric (3 units)

Principles of effective language use in writing


MLL 223 Semantics (3 units)

Study of meaning – traditional, philosophical and pragmatics


MLL 224 Translation: Theory and Practice (3 units; Prereq: COI)

The study of theory, principles and current practice of translation


MLL 225 World Englishes and New Literatures in English (3 units)

Varieties of non-native Englishes used across culture: their structural features, differences and commonalities vis-à-vis socio-cultural contexts and reasons for language variation; issues of standardization and codification; and, use of varieties in literature. 3u.


MLL 226 Discourse Analysis (3 units; Prereq: COI)

Approaches to the analysis of various types of transactional communication


MLL 231 Literature in the Oral Tradition (3 units)

The study and documentation of various types of folk literature with focus on Cordillera literature


MLL 232 Contemporary Philippine Literature (3 units)

Selected current Philippine literary works written in English and Filipino


MLL 233 World Literature (3 units)

Representative literary works of the continents of the world


MLL 297 Special Topics in Literature and Related Arts (3 units)

Discussion of more recent topics and issues in literature and related arts

Language Requirement

The student must pass a language proficiency test or earn six units of same-language course in a foreign language other than English, or in a Philippine language other than Filipino, Tagalog, and the student’s first language.


To qualify for admission, applicants must

  • Have a bachelor’s degree in language/literature or related specializations or experience in teaching language/literature
  • Have a general weighted average (GWA) of 2.0 or higher in their bachelor’s program. (Applicants who fail to meet this requirement but have adequate experience in teaching language or literature may be considered for admission)
  • Pass the MALL admission test

TOEFL Requirement for Foreign Students

Proof of English and/or Filipino proficiency shall be required of students whose native language is not English or Filipino, except those who graduated from institutions where the medium of instruction is English or Filipino. For English proficiency, a score of at least 500 in the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) shall be required. For Filipino proficiency, a certification shall be required from a duly authorized unit of the University.

Each application for admission into a master’s program shall be accomplished in the official application form and accompanied by the official transcript of records, and two (2) written recommendations from former professors or experts in the field.

Each application shall be submitted to the appropriate College/Unit Graduate Office/Committee and referred to the head of College/Unit concerned for evaluation. The deserving applicant shall be recommended for admission for admission by the latter to the Dean/Director, through channels.

Applications for a system program shall be submitted to the appropriate body in the autonomous unit where the system program is being offered.


Applicants must submit the following:

  • Duly accomplished application form (UPB-GP Form 1)
  • Official Transcript of Records (OTR) of undergraduate and graduate work, original and one (1) photocopy
  • Accomplished Reference Report Form (UPB-GP Form 2) from one (1) employer/immediate supervisor and two (2) teacher references
  • For married women, two (2) copies of their marriage contract
  • Birth certificate (2 copies)
  • Application and testing fee

Research overview

The MALL program aims to provide (1) a firm grounding in theories of language and literature studies; (2) training in the application of current methods, techniques, and technologies in language and literature instruction; (3) training in various types of research; and (4) a forum for discussion of relevant issues in language and literature, especially in the Philippine context.

Faculty Information

Abalos, Cecilia Fe S.
Ph.D., University of the Philippines, 2014

Afable, Maria Rina L.
Ph.D., University of the Philippines, 2011

Calinawagan, Elizabeth A.
Ph.D., University of the Philippines, 2008

Delima, Purificacion G.
Ph.D., University of the Philippines, 1985

Florendo, Ma. Rosario Y.
M.A., University of the Philippines, 2009
Fong, Jimmy B.
Ph.D., University of the Philippines, 2011

Imson, Ma. Elinora P.
Ph.D., University of the Philippines, 1991

Lazaga, Junley L.
M.A., University of the Philippines, 2012

Mendigo, Rosalina A.
Ph.D., University of the Philippines, 2007

Rosario, Francisco Jr., C.
M.A., University of the Philippines, 2014
Subido, Grace Celeste T.
M.A., University of the Philippines, 2005

Tindaan, Ruth M.
M.A., University of the Philippines, 2008

Tolentino, Delfin L.
M.A., Ateneo de Manila University, 1980

Torres, Anna Christie V.
Ph.D., University of the Philippines, 2008