UP Open University

What Documents to Submit for Graduate Programs



Step 1. Obtain an application for admission form from one of the following:

1. Downloadable Forms

2. UPOU Learning Center nearest you

3. The Office of the University Registrar

Step 2. Fill-out correctly and completely the application form. If you are a former UP student, indicate your student number in the form.

Step 3. Prepare the other application documents. See list below:

a.   Official Transcript of Records (1 original and 1 photocopy)

i.    PhD applicants should submit an original and official TOR for both bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
ii.   The TOR should bear the school dry seal and imprint, and the Registrar’s signature in ink, and with acceptable remarks (please see Attachment A for the list of remarks in a TOR that will make it valid as a transfer credential)


b.   Two letters of recommendation from:

•    Employer/supervisor
•    Former professor
•    Former program adviser

Note: Use UPOU Form 1a for this purpose. The form is attached to the printed application form. Or you can download it from the UPOU website.


c.   Two identical 2” x 2” photos and two identical 1” x 1” photos, with your name and the program applied for printed at the back of the photos


d.   A 500-word essay (refer to item #29 of the application for admission form)


e.   Photocopy of PRC license (not expired)/board exam rating (if applying for admission to the Master of Nursing program)


f.    Photocopy of PBET/LET eligibility (for teacher applicants only)


g.   Certificate of Teaching Load, UPOU Form 1b (for teacher applicants only)


Note: You can download the form (i.e. UPOU Form 1b) from the UPOU website.

Step 4. Pay the application fee of PhP500.00 for applicants living in the Philippines. See payment options and procedure for locally based applicants.

Pay the application fee of USD 100.00 for applicants living outside the Philippines. See payment options and procedure for offshore applicants.


Step 5. Submit application documents. Mail or bring your accomplished application form together with the other documents and proof of payment on or before the deadline to:

The Admissions Section

Office of the University Registrar

UP Open University

Los Baños, Laguna

4031 Philippines

Step 6. Take the admission examination if you are applying to either the Master of Public Management (MPM) or PhD in Education program.  The Office of the University Registrar will contact you regarding the details of the examination. 


Step 7. Wait for the results of your application. You will know the results of your application through the following:

  • A mailed notice from the Office of the University Registrar

  • An email notice from the Office of the University Registrar

  • An announcement on the UPOU website


Note: Please expect receipt of the result of your application two weeks before the registration period of each term. If you do not receive your result by this time, contact the Admission Section of the Office of the University Registrar through email or phone.



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