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MA in Filipino in the Philippines

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Program Overview

The Master of Arts in Filipino program (MA-FIL) is a two-year graduate program designed to enhance the knowledge of students in Filipino literature, history, philosophy, and teaching strategies. It includes topics in Filipino writing and research as well as Filipino music and language. The program aims to produce students who are ready to work as educators, facilitators and college administrators of Filipino departments.

Recommended Undergraduate Program

Students who wish to pursue a graduate degree in MA in Filipino should currently be taking an undergraduate degree in the language field. However, students who are not currently taking an undergraduate program in those fields but still wish to pursue the program are encouraged to take at least 18 units of courses in the relevant fields.

Subjects and Curriculum

  • Mga pinagmulan at impluwensiya sa panitikan ng pilipinas

  • Simulain at kalakaran sa pagtuturo ng wika

  • Kasaysayang pampanitikan ng pilipinas

  • Mga pagdulog at teorya ng panitikan

  • Grammar & istruksyon ng filipino

  • Wika, kultura, at lipunan

  • Literatura at kulturang popular

  • Linggwistikang aplayd

  • Mga piyesang pampanitikan

  • Pagpaplanong pangwika

  • Sosyolinggwistika

  • Kritisismo sa panitikan

  • Riserts sa filipino

  • Pagsasaling wika

  • Leksikograpiya

Admission Requirements


  • The student must have an undergraduate degree relevant to the program

  • An applicant with a degree not in line with the language field may still be admitted to the program as long as they take the pre-requisite courses. However, some colleges and universities admit any bachelor’s degree holders. 

  • The student must pass the Graduate Admissions Test of the university

Basic Requirements

  • Undergraduate Transcript of records (Original and Photocopy)

  • Recommendation letters from former professors, deans, or colleagues

  • Letter of intent

  • Most recent medical and dental health record

  • Copy of NSO Certified birth certificate

  • Copy of undergraduate diploma

  • (1) Latest 2”x2”ID Picture

Areas of Specialization

  • Philippine Development Studies

  • Creative Writing

  • Philippine Foreign Relations

  • Philippine Socio-Cultural Studies

Program Outcome

Graduates of MA in Filipino are expected to be able to:

  • Communicate effectively in Filipino

  • Study texts analytically and interpretatively

  • Creatively and critically apply theories and methodologies learned

  • Analyze the interrelations of different texts

  • Write technically and creatively by using the Filipino language

Board Exam

The MA in Filipino does not have a board examination. However, graduates may opt to take the Civil Service Examination (CSE) conducted by the Philippine Civil Service Commission (PCSC) to qualify in working in government offices. Some graduates opt to take a Doctorate degree to further gain expertise in the industry. 

Career Opportunities

Graduates of MA in Filipino may pursue a career path in educational institutions, publishing companies, production houses, government agencies, or privately-owned companies. They may apply as a Filipino tutor, book author, academician, department head, or a researcher. 

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