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Master in Business Administration in the Philippines

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Program Overview

The Master in Business Administration (MBA) program is a two-year graduate program usually taken by mid-career professionals to gain an advantage in their professional careers. The curriculum is designed to equip students with the skills that will make them qualified and competent in higher-level management positions. The program centers on the current management techniques, functional areas in the field of business, relevant concepts in economics, applied mathematics, statistics, and behavioral science, and their practical applications. It does not only teach students about theories and applications of business concepts, processes, tools, and techniques but also teaches students about managerial tools and right decision-making processes in a business.

Recommended Undergraduate Program

Students who wish to pursue a Master of Business Administration should have an undergraduate degree in the business or management field. However, students who do not hold 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

  • Managerial Accounting

  • Marketing Research

  • Financial Management

  • Managerial Statistics

  • Economic Analysis of Business

  • Production and Operations Management

  • Entrepreneurial Management

  • Project Research and Development

  • International Business

  • Management Information Systems

  • Marketing Management

  • Financial Accounting

  • Management Policy

  • Problems in Personnel Management

  • Organization Theory and Design

  • Human Behavior in Organization

  • Research Methodology

  • Communication Skills Development

Admission Requirements


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

  • 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

  • Business Management

  • Marketing

  • Tourism Management

  • Finance

  • Operations

  • Human Resource Management

  • Entrepreneurship

  • Economics

  • Industrial Management

  • Organizational Development

  • International Business

  • Environment Management

Program Outcome

Graduates of Master of Business Administration are expected to be able to:

  • Communicate effectively in a variety of formats

  • Identify key issues facing businesses or specific business units

  • Utilize qualitative and quantitative methods to investigate and solve critical business problems

  • Integrate tools and concepts from multiple functional areas to solve business problems

  • Evaluate and integrate ethical considerations when making business decisions

  • Incorporate varied perspectives when making business decisions

Board Exam

The Master of Business Administration 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 Master’s degree followed by a Doctorate degree to gain expertise in the industry. 

Career Opportunities

Graduates of Master of Business Administration may pursue a career path in business, government agencies, non-profit organizations, educational institutions, or private companies. They may apply as a marketing head, sales representative, account manager, lead manager, retail manager, operations head, and business development head.

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Reviews of MBA graduates:

A. D.
◈ Studied Master in Business Administration
◈ At University of Manila
◈ Graduated 2011

list bulletAbout my college education: I graduated with a degree of Bachelor of Science in Business Administration major in Entrepreneurship at Universidad de Manila. At first I didn’t like my course because it made me think what kind of job I will have if ever I graduated. Eventually I realize that these past years, in the world of business it's not how you will be part of the staff but how will you manage your own business. And it made me think of going into a higher level and now I’m planning to enroll myself in graduate school and have my master's degree.

list bulletMy current job: I was a former accounting staff for the past 9 months but I left my company for personal reasons.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: Yes, my school teaches us how to be honest, professional; career oriented and most especially, be a role model to the entire studentry.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: It took 2 months for me to find a job. But luckily I am so blessed to be part of a very skillful and smart team.

list bulletDo I recommend studying MBA: Yes, I strongly recommend business entrepreneurship to those undecided students and who don’t have the right course in mind. It will make you successful in your dreams and especially in your goals if you are a business minded person. It is the right course for you and be part of the growing entrepreneurs here and abroad.
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