Master of Arts in Social and Development Studies


The Master of Arts in Social and Development Studies (MASDS) is a graduate degree program that utilizes approaches from various social science disciplines to analyze the problems and issues of development. Development is a complex process that brings about change not only in the economy, but also in the politics, culture, and ecology of a society. This has found strong affirmation from the varied experiences of peoples in different countries across regions of the world. The program of study follows the lead of scholars of development studies who harness social science theory together with empirical and policy analysis to provide a better understanding of the process of development.

The MASDS is suited to BA/BS degree holders with sufficient background in the social sciences (anthropology, psychology, history, philosophy, economics, political science) and intend to join government and non-governmental institutions engaged in the planning and design of social and economic development at local, national, or international levels.


To obtain the degree, the student completes 36 units (including 6 units of master’s thesis or 3 units of seminar paper) and passes a comprehensive examination. The degree allows for a thesis or a non-thesis option.

Courses Thesis Option Non-Thesis
Core Courses 15 15
9 12
Electives* 6 6
SDS 300 6 --
SDS 279 -- 3
Total 36 36

Study Plan (Full-time Student)

Year 1
1st Semester 2nd Semester
SDS 202 SDS 201
SDS 290 SDS 271
Qualified Elective 1 SDS 299
Year 2
1st Semester 2nd Semester
Qualified Elective 2 Elective 2
Qualified Elective 3 SDS 300 (Thesis)
SDS 279 (Seminar Paper)
Elective 1 Qualified Elective 4
Comprehensive Examination --
Year 3
1st Semester 2nd Semester
Residency for SDS 300
 or SDS 279
Residency for SDS 300

Required Courses

Course No. Course Title Units
SDS 201 Development Theory
 and Practice
SDS 202 Political Economy of
Developing Countries
SDS 271 Ethical Issues
in Development
SDS 290 Social Science Concepts 3
SDS 299 Research in the Social Sciences 3

 Qualified Electives

Course No. Course Title Units
Historical Perspectives in Development 3
Seminar in Community-
Environment Relations
Practicum in
Development Work
History and Philosophy
of the Social Sciences
Special Topics in
SDS 299.1 Qualitative
Research Methods
SDS 299.2 Quantitative Research Methods 3

6 units of Electives may be taken from any graduate course, in consultation with the adviser.

A full-time student must enroll in at least 9 units per semester while a part-time student may only enroll in at most 6 units per semester. 



Applicants should possess an undergraduate degree with at least 12 units of social science courses. The undergraduate cumulative weighted average grade must be at least 2.5 or 80%.  Applicants must pass the graduate scholastic aptitude test and an interview by a faculty committee. Admitted applicants with insufficient background in economic or social analysis may be required to enroll in an appropriate undergraduate course. 

Documents to be Submitted for Application:

  • Duly accomplished Application Form for admission to graduate studies in UP Baguio
  • Reference Report from one (1) immediate supervisor or employer and two (2) from former professors
  • Official Transcript of Records of previous academic degrees (original, and certified photocopy of the original)
  • For working students, an official permit from his/her employer or supervisor indicating the maximum number of units the student is allowed to enroll
  • For married women, photocopy of Marriage Certificate*
  • Three copies of recent photo (2” x 2”)
  • Payment of application fee (PhP 250)

* The requirement of a photocopy of marriage certificate is only for the purposes of proof of change in name from previous academic records.

Financial Assistance

Financial assistance is available in the form of (i) scholarships to cover the costs of tuition and school fees, and/or (ii) student loans. Interested students can inquire at the CSS Dean’s Office or the UPB Graduate Program Office.


Abansi, Corazon L.
PhD Agricultural Economics
University of the Philippines, 1997

Abayao, Leah E.
PhD History
University of the Philippines, 2010

Boquiren, Arturo C.
MA Economics
University of the Philippines, 1999

Cariño, Jessica K.
MA Asian Studies
University of the Philippines, 1985

Ciencia, Alejandro Jr. N.
PhD Political Science
University of the Philippines, 2010

Colongon, Arellano Jr. A.
MA  Political Science
University of the  Philippines, 1994

Cruz, Gladys A.
MA  Social and Development Studies
University of the  Philippines, 1990

Delos Reyes, Charita A. 
PhD  History,
University of the Philippines, 2014

Diaz, Maria Ana D.
MS Psychology
Saint Louis University, 1995

Diaz, Victoria Lourdes C.
MS Sociology and Anthropology
Purdue University, 1988
Florendo, Ma. Nancy B.
PhD Psychology
Ateneo de Manila University, 2008

Florendo Maria Nela B.
PhD Philippine Studies
University of the Philippines, 1992

Josef, Jennifer C.
PhD Anthropology
University of the Philippines, 2018

Mendoza, Lorelei C.
PhD Economics
Katholieke Universiteit te Leuven, 1997

Muñoz, Analyn B.
MA History
University of the Philippines, 2013

Palaganas, Erlinda C.
PhD Nursing
University of Sydney, 1996

Paulino, Rozel B.
PhD Psychology
University of the Philippines, 2016

Peñalba, Maileenita A.
MA Political Science
University of the Philippines, 2012

Prill-Brett, June
PhD in Anthropology
University of the Philippines,1987
(Professor Emeritus)

Ram, Evangeline F.
MS Psychology
Saint Louis University, 1987

Ramos, Tala Aurora S.

PhD Anthropology
University of the Philippines, ____

Rovillos, Raymundo D.
PhD in History
University of the Philippines, 2005

Salvador-Amores, Analyn V.
DPhil. Social and Cultural Anthropology University of Oxford, 2011

San Luis, Ma. Cecilia
PhD Sociology
University of the Philippines, 2015

Canilao, Narcisa P.
PhD in Philosophy
University of Santo Tomas, 1994

Costales, Achilles C.
PhD in Agricultural Economics
University of the Philippines, 1990

Mendoza, Julius D.
PhD in Philosophy
Katholieke Universiteit te Leuven, 1990


Villia Maria Jefremovas
Associate Professor, Global Development Studies,
Queens University
(2nd Sem, AY 2013-2014)

B. Lynne Milgram
Professor of Anthropology,
Ontario College of Art and Design University
(1st Sem, AY 2014-2015)
Ian Morley
Associate Professor, History
Chinese University of Hongkong
(2nd Sem, AY 2017-2018)

Shelton Woods
Professor of East/Southeast Asian History
Boise State University
(1st Sem, AY 2013-2014)


MASDS Program Coordinator
College of Social Sciences
University of the Philippines Baguio
Gov. Pack Road, Baguio City 2600 
Telefax No. +63 (074) 442-2427

Download application forms at

Submit applications to:
The Graduate Program Office
University of the Philippines Baguio
Gov. Pack Road, Baguio City 2600
Telefax No. +63 (074) 442-2460