Office of the Graduate Programs

In the beginning, all graduate programs in the University were vertically articulated with the Graduate School which opened in SY 1947-48 providing the overall coordination. The Master of Science in Business Administration (MSBA) program offered in 1979 is the first graduate program of the then College of Commerce; it was among the curricular programs offered by the Department of Business Administration. Later on all graduate programs were transferred to the Graduate School for supervision.

In June 1984, the Master in Business Administration (MBA) program was offered as an alternative to the MSBA. From a thesis requirement associated with the MSBA, the terminal requirement of the MBA was downgraded to a research paper, in effect, offering it as a coursework masters or non-thesis program. A course on Research Proposal Writing was also offered to address the need for guidance in the conduct of research. Later on the MSBA program was shelved.

Generally, interest in pursuing an MBA degree saw an increase in the number of students enrolled in the program. In recognition of its growing student population and for more effective supervision, the Graduate School created the MBA Department in 1996.

The Commission on Higher Education (CHED), established in 1994 through Republic Act 7722 (Higher Education Act of 1994), issued CMO 36, Series of 1998 amending the Policies and Standards on Graduate Education where vertical articulation of programs was also mandated but with consideration of its feasibility. Vertical articulation of programs is premised on the principle that a graduate program should be founded on a strong undergraduate program. In compliance, the Graduate School was abolished in 1999 with the redistribution of the graduate programs to the appropriate colleges and departments of the University. Supervision of the MBA program was given to the Chair of the Department of Business Administration of the then College of Commerce over and above the oversight of undergraduate programs.

The change of leadership in the college in 2000 started the period of expansion. Investment was made in the scholarship of some faculty members with the goal of developing new graduate programs. The Executive MBA, offered in 2003, resulted from attendance in courses at the Asian Institute of Management while the Master of Science in Accountancy (MSA) was offered in 2004 after four of the five scholars sent to De La Salle University completed their degree in MSA. The Executive MBA was designed as a coursework masters while MSA is a research masters. Both programs were also offered as extension programs: the Executive MBA at the Mactan Export Processing Zone and St. Peter’s College in Ormoc City, and the MSA at the University of Mindanao in Davao City. The MSA became the first graduate program of the Department of Accountancy.

Encouraged by the success of the new graduate programs, a study to look at the possibility of offering a PhD program was commissioned. This led to the offering of the PhD in Business Administration (PhD BA) program, in 2005. Recognizing the importance of research and publication in the graduate programs, and to support the publication requirement of students and faculty, the Journal of Business Studies was conceptualized and its maiden issue was launched in the same year.

In the second semester of AY 2007-2008, a Fulbright award recipient visited the College and recommended curricular revisions based on his experience in the United States. These recommendations were adopted in AY 2008-2009 and resulted to the shelving of the graduate programs except MSA and offering of the following : 1) a non-thesis MBA; 2) a thesis MBA; 3) an Executive MBA with a 3-unit International Travel; and 4) PhD in Management (PHD Mgt) program.

During the same school year, the Department of Accountancy continued to expand in terms of curricular programs and offered the Master of Management Accounting (non-thesis), Master of Accountancy major in Internal Audit (non-thesis), and Master of Accountancy major in Taxation (non-thesis) programs.

In the first semester of AY 2009-2010, a review of the programs resulted to the decision to cancel the non-thesis MBA to give emphasis on research which defines higher education. The PhD in BA, which was shelved prematurely, was reactivated as an option for those who wish to pursue a doctorate degree.

At present, the School of Business and Economics re-organized and created the Office of Graduate Programs aimed to strengthen supervision of graduate programs. From a coordinating office, the Office of Graduate Programs now has line function to manage the graduate programs of the School of Business and Economics. This is a necessary move to ensure that graduate students are provided the services they deserve.