The UPOU Online Degree Programs

Since the new academic year 2010-2011 is fast-approaching, I’m sure prospective students of the University of the Philippines Open University are interested to know more about the different online degree programs offered by the university on the undergraduate and graduate level. Currently, the UPOU offers more graduate programs than undergraduate programs although there are rumors that the UPOU are in the process of adding more undergraduate programs as the demand increases.

Associate in Arts and the Bachelor of Arts in Multimedia Studies are the only two online degree programs offered by the UP Open University in the undergraduate level. Although both are online degree programs, the Bachelor of Arts in Multimedia Studies also requires students to be physically present during practicums, presentations, practical examinations and others. The Associate in Arts program, on the other hand, has face-to-face classes to supplement the online discussions and course modules but attendance to these are not required.

Although the UP Open University offers a huge number of diploma programs, master’s programs, and doctoral program, the UP Open University is yet to offer mba online. The Diploma Program Offering of the University includes Diploma in Social Work, Diploma in Computer Science, Diploma in Research and Development Management, Diploma in Environment and Natural Resources Management, Diploma in Science Teaching, Diploma in Mathematics Teaching, Diploma in Language and Literacy Education, and Diploma in Social Studies Education.

The UP Open University also offers Master’s Programs including Master in Social Work, Master of Development Communication, Master of Distance Education, Master of Public Health, Master in Hospital Administration, Master of Arts in Nursing, Master of Public Management, Master of Environment and Natural Resources Management, Master of Arts in Education (Language and Literacy Education), Master of Arts in Education (Social Studies), and Master in Information Systems.

The only doctoral program of the UPOU is the Doctor of Philosophy in Education (Biology Education, Chemistry Education, Physics Education, Mathematics Education).

If you wish to learn more about the numerous academic programs of the UP Open University, please check out the official UPOU website. If you have additional questions, the contact information of the University officials are also found on the website. You could also put your comments/questions/suggestions below.

72 Responses to “The UPOU Online Degree Programs”

  1. hi. can you tell me how to apply on this distance education schools? I’ve tried to send an email at PUP but no reply. Can you give me an idea on PUP, St. Benilde, UP distance education programs? Kindly reply through my email.Thank you.

  2. Will you be able to study in the UP Diliman after you’ve graduated from the UPOU AA course?

  3. jack, yes but it really depend on different factors (slot availability, your academic standing, etc.) whether you’ll be admitted as a UPD student.

  4. Hi, can you please tell me how to apply on online education school?

  5. Hi. I just checked the UPOU website and it does not seem to be updated. When is the deadline for registration for the first semester of 2010 for Associate in Arts and what are the requirements? I would also like to ask if it is possible for someone who passed the UPCAT years ago but had to drop out of UP due to financial difficulties and without filing a leave of absence to ask for readmission and to study at the UPOU? I am currently working as a freelance web content writer and I work everyday for at least 8 to 10 hours a day and am supporting two kids, so I can’t really quit work to finish my studies. Hope you can help me sort this out. Thanks. :)

  6. Hi, Ching!

    The deadline for filing of application for admission (Associate in Arts, BAMS, MPM, PhD) would be on January 30, 2010 (Saturday). Since you have been already been admitted as a student in another UP unit, I think you have to apply as a transfer student. I’m not really sure. The best thing to do is to contact the registrar via e-mail: or You might also consider applying for Bachelor of Arts in Multimedia Studies (BAMS).

    Good luck on your future endeavors!

    Thank you,

  7. Hi. Are there any updates on offered programs or courses in UPOU like courses in Engineering? Thank you.

  8. Char, sorry I have no idea if UPOU will be offering Engineering courses. Thank you for dropping by my blog.

  9. hi! im chloe sungkip and a currently now working here in nigeria. i am interested to enroll to ur online masteral program in chemistry or masters in chemistry if there is such a program. how can i avail for this program and what are the requirements? my emailadd is


  10. hi, i want to i know if this UP open university is the same with online study? im currently living abroad. im interested in taking master degree in public health. can you help me. thanks.

  11. Hi Im grace! im interested if the UP online study offers masterals for nursng,. curently im working in the saudi arabia.. i want to know what are the requirements to avail the program.. thank you …my email is

  12. @Grace, you can visit the official website of UPOU at The admission requirements are found on “Admissions” page and you could find out more about UPOU’s MAN program at the “Academics” section. Thank you very much!

  13. Great and nice information. I like your blog.

  14. Good day!

    I am glad that you are now offering Doctor of Communication. May I ask as to when will you accept applicants for the 2nd Sem, SY 2010-2011. Thanks very much!

  15. is it ur requirements to have a good scholastics record ( TOR ) before you accept an applicant for the on line masters degree MAN ?..
    i am a filipino working for almost 26 years abroad, and would like to take my master MAN by DE …

  16. @fahar You need to submit a copy of your scholastic records to the UPOU Office of the University Registrar when applying for admission. Please contact for more information.

  17. i’m not a great fan of online education coz for me there must be some interaction between teacher and students`”`

  18. Hi Jeric,
    I’m at a point in my life where I feel that I am currently looking at new horizons. As such, I don’t feel that a canned curriculum will match my needs. Is there such a thing at the UPOU as allowing for the student to hand pick his/her courses up to a certain minimum number of units to be granted an M.S. degree? I’m considering an MS in Psych with basic units in Admin and Finance and Accounting. Would this be possible within the UPOU system?
    Thanks in advance,

  19. @Divine: Hello! there is no MS PSych being offered at UPOU. when you want only certain subjects, you can cross enroll but that is if you are within the UP system.when one applies at any UPOU masteral program, there are is already a curriculum that you have to follow however there are electives you can choose from.In some masteral program they may allow non degree enrollees.Hope this helps.
    Good luck!

  20. hi! Im sandra, im 25 yrs old. Workng here in hongkong as domestic helper. I’d like to go back to school while im working here. Is there any course available for me in UPOU? I just got 17 units in the course of Infomation Technology or can i continue that course in UPOU. Its just first semestre. Please send me an email if theres any. Thanks alot.

  21. @sandra: Hello, Sandra! You may want to check out the list of UPOU program/course offerings. If you have any questions regarding UPOU, please contact the Office of the University Registrar UPOU contact information

  22. Hi, I would like to ask how much is the cost per unit if you want to enrol in a Masteral Degree in the Open U?

    And I’m quite hesitant on submitting my documents as it was really required that I have to pass the original copy of my TOR. Is this for real? Or this will be returned after the evaluation?

  23. Charlotte, I believe that the cost per unit for Master Degree Porgrams is P1,000 (for newly admitted students). And yes, you really need to submit the original copy of your Transcript of Records. Thank you!

  24. Keep it up and in new wonderful year !

  25. Hi.. what courses offered for undergraduate student? please send me more info about these. Thanks

  26. @ Cris: Undergraduate course offered is Associate in Arts (2 years) / BAMS. Email for more info.

  27. Hi! Is there any available summer classes in PUP for distance schooling this year? And what are the courses offered for masterals? Thanks! :D

  28. Hello, dj! I’m sorry, but I am not familiar with the summer classes currently offered in PUP Open University. But you may visit their website at Thank you very much!

  29. Jacinto Mariano on April 24th, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    Hi, I would like to inquire about the online education? can you please give me some details.

  30. Good day, I would like to inquire about on line education on Caring for the Special Child.

  31. hello, I would like to ask if master in public administration require a thesis?

  32. Good morning,I would like to inquire about your online study, If my couse is BSED Sience, what are the requirements, and how much the expencess for one simester? pls reply… thank You!!!

  33. @Alphie, UPOU doesn’t offer a BSED Science program at the moment. Please visit the UPOU website at for more information regarding the degree programs currently being offered.

  34. @Nancy, please consult the Master of Public Management prospectus found at: . Thank you!

  35. @Maribel Rufo, For more inquiries regarding the Caring for Children with Special Needs program, please contact the Faculty of Management and Development Studies, UP Open University at or call (049) 536-6010.

  36. What does it take to enrol for a masters in social works? How much does it cost(Tuition fee) for the program?

    Thank You

  37. To whom it may concern,

    Good day! I am interested to study online course. I took BSEd major in Social Studies but unfortunately I didn` t finish the course. I now desire to continue my education & would like to shift my major to English course. I finished the second year college & took all the units.

    I am currently living abroad. I would gladly appreciate if you could teach me the procedure as I do not know the first step to do.

    Thank you & looking forward to hearing from you soon.

    God bless you,

  38. Hello, Rebecca! Unfortunately, UPOU does not offer a BSEd major in English program at the moment. I am not aware of any distance education institution in the Philippines that offers such program. Thank you!

  39. Hello Jeric Peña,

    Your blogs have been a great help to me. I am currently under the AA program of UPOU. I have a question though, is there such thing as honors during graduation? E.g. summa cum laude and the like? And do you have more advice on how to survive UPOU?:)) Like doing well in exams and finals..?? Anyway, you’ve been a tremendous help. Thank you!

  40. Hello, Lyca! Thank you very much for your kind words. I am happy that this blog is of great help to you.

    As far as I know, UPOU do give academic honors to deserving graduates. But I am only familiar with the Chancellor’s List (or Medal) that they give every graduation ceremony. I am not sure what is the GWA requirement in order to be included in the Chancellor’s list. Please ask the Dean or your program chair.

  41. Oh, I see. I was just wondering because they only give a certificate and not a degree for AA (correct me if I’m wrong). Thank you once again, Jeric!

  42. @Lyca, AA is an Associate’s degree (2 years). You will be given a diploma and the UP President will be the one to confer the AA degree to you.

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  44. Hi, i am a science graduate from upng. living abroard would like to study masters degree in environmental management online.
    please advise me.

    Lina Liria

  45. i am interested in environmental health, occupational health and safey. please inform of graduate program this is offered online. i am line abroard
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