Graduate Program Application Procedures and Requirements

for the Second Semester, Academic Year 2022-2023

In light of the circumstances brought upon by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of History has adjusted the application process by utilizing online platforms for its MA History and Ph.D. History programs only for the Second Semester, AY 2022-2023.
Rest assured that the responses and content of the submitted application documents will remain confidential within the department. For further details and questions, please send an email to <>.
I. Procedures
Should you wish to be considered for admission, the applicant must facilitate the following:
(1) upload all required documents, except the recommendation letters, as attachments to the applicant’s email with a prescribed subject heading: Application to the Graduate Program – Surname of the Applicant (Ex. Application to the Graduate Program- Reyes); and
(2) fill out the application form using this Google Form link <>.
(3) Please be advised that all application documents must be emailed to <>.
The deadline for submission of applications is on 15 November, Tuesday (up to 11:59 PM). Submissions with lacking requirements and/or incomplete attachments will not be considered.
II. Application Process
The application process has two (2) stages:
a. Pre-Acceptance Stage
• The student must submit certain requirements and the Department shall assess the applicants based on the requirements submitted
b. Post-Acceptance Stage
• The applicants are accepted into the program and they need to submit the pertinent requirement to the CSSP Office of the Graduate Program (CSSP-OGP) for them to be formally admitted as a student at the university.
II.A Pre-Acceptance Requirements (Department Level Assessment)
1. Application letter (may or may not be signed) addressed to the head of the college:
Maria Bernadette L. Abrera, Ph.D.
College of Social Sciences and Philosophy
University of the Philippines Diliman
The letter outlines the applicant’s reasons for his/her interest to be admitted to the graduate program for the next academic year.
2. Scanned Copy of Transcript of Records (TOR)
• For MA History Program Applicants: Official Transcript of Records (TOR) of undergraduate degree
• For Ph.D. History Program Applicants: official TOR of undergraduate and MA degrees
• Certified True Copy of Grades (TCG) could be accepted provided that the TOR is not available at the moment of application submission.
3. One valid ID (e.g. any government-issued ID, school ID, work ID). The name on the ID submitted should match the name on the transcript of records. If not, please explain in your email.
4. Two letters of recommendation to evaluate the applicant’s potential for graduate work. A Word format of the recommendation letter [CSSP-OGP Form 2(00)] can be downloaded here: <…/REVISED_CSSP_OGP_ADAPTED_FORM…>
At least one recommendation form should come from a former professor or recognized authority in History or related disciplines. The other letter may come from an employer, mentor, or any person in a position to evaluate the applicant’s potential for graduate work, except the applicant’s family members and relatives.
Recommendation forms must bear the complete name, position, and complete contact information (office address, email, and telephone number/s) of the recommendation provider. They may or may not be signed. The Department of History may contact the providers of recommendation letters during the evaluation process.
Recommendation providers are strongly encouraged to use their institutional email address and should email the forms (in PDF) to <> with a prescribed subject heading: Recommendation_Surname of the Applicant (Ex. Application to the Graduate Program_Reyes).
Recommendation forms should not be sent to the applicant and should not be sent to the department by the applicant, as these are considered confidential. The recommendation providers should send it directly to the Department through email.
5. One sample research paper that demonstrates the applicant’s capacity to conduct rigorous research and write an academic paper. Ph.D. applicants must also submit a dissertation proposal (1000 words maximum), in addition to the sample research paper.
6. Official report of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for international student applicants whose native language is not English and/or who come from an institution where the medium of instruction is not English.
7. Payment of non-refundable application fee which can be done when work in UP Diliman resumes; the fees are as follows:
PhP 100 for Filipino citizens
US$ 25 for non-resident aliens
II.B Post-Acceptance requirements for MA and Ph.D. History applicants (Admission to the College and the University)
Applicants who are accepted to the MA and Ph.D. History programs should submit the following documents (all in original, unless otherwise indicated) so that UP Diliman could process their official admission into these programs. These documents shall be submitted to the Office of the Graduate Program (OGP) of the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy (CSSP) upon receiving the notice of acceptance.
1. Application form with GWA (General Weighted Average) certification as seen here:<…/Application_Form_Revised_June…>
2. Application letter addressed to the Dean (signed)
3. Curriculum vitae (CV)
4. Original and photocopy of PSA-authenticated birth certificate
5. Original and photocopy of PSA-authenticated marriage contract (for married women)
6. Original and certified true copy of official Transcript of Records (OTR/TOR)
7. Transfer credential / honorable dismissal (for non-UP graduates)
8. Two (2) passport-sized photos