Master of Arts in Demography

The Master of Arts in Demography (MADEM) is a degree program that aims to train practitioners of demography who are able to conduct independent high quality research, teach demography courses at both graduate and undergraduate levels, conduct short-term demographic training programs and engage in population program formulation and evaluation.

Master in Population Studies

The Master in Population Studies (MPOPS) is a non-thesis program that aims to meet the need for population practitioners with a strong grounding in the theory and methods of demography and the ability to critically analyze the interrelationship between population factors and development in its various ramifications, from an interdisciplinary perspective.

Admission Requirements

To qualify for a program, a student must have completed a baccalaureate degree from a recognized college or university with a General Weighted Average of 2.0 (or its equivalent) or better. Computer literacy and a good background in the Social Sciences, Mathematics, or Statistics are additional requirements for applicants to a program.

Applicants shall submit the following documents:

  1. Letter of intent addressed to the Dean of College of Social Sciences and Philosophy, UP Diliman
  2. Two (2) accomplished application forms*
  3. Two (2) accomplished evaluation forms* (in sealed envelopes)
  4. Original transcript of records
  5. Original PSA (NSO) birth certificate
  6. Six (6) 2x2 colored pictures

*fillable PDF form

updated: 4 Mar 2015


Fellowship Program

UPPI offers a limited number of fellowships through the UPPI Endowment Fund, the Demographic Research and Development Foundation (DRDF) and the Philippine Population Association (PPA). The Fellowship covers tuition, monthly stipend and book allowance.

Applicants for the Fellowship must satisfy admission requirements and obtain a good rating in the admission test. He/she should be Filipino citizen, under 35 years of age, of good moral character and should display a high level of interest and intention to work in a population-related field upon completion of training.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the difference between the MA Demography (MADEM) and Master in Population Studies (MPOPs)?

Both programs offer instruction towards functionality and acuity in demography and population studies but there exist some differences between the two. In terms of final course requirement, MADEM has a thesis and a non-thesis option while MPOPs a comprehensive examination and submission of a pre-print paper. In terms of substance, MADEM is more technical and includes more advanced statistical courses and demographic tools and techniques in the curriculum while MPOPs is more on applied demography with additional courses on policy and project evaluation, and is more interdisciplinary.

2. How long does it take to complete any of two graduate programs?

A student enrolled in any of our programs will need a minimum of two years of full-time enrolment.

3. I am currently working but would like to study part-time. Is this allowed?

Yes, part-time study is allowed for students.

4. If I study part-time, what is the minimum number of units I should take per semester?

A full-time graduate student takes 12-14 units per semester or four subjects. Part-time students may enrol in a minimum of three (3) units per semester but we recommend six (6) units for both programs.

5. I am a fresh graduate. Can I still apply for admission if I do not have my original transcript of record (TOR) yet?

Yes, you may still apply for admission provided that you will submit a Certified True Copy of Grades issued by your School/College/University Registrar while waiting for the release of your original TOR.

6. How much is the cost for studying at the UPPI?

School expenses can be subdivided as tuition and miscellaneous fees. At PhP500.00 per unit and PhP2,000.00 miscellaneous fees per semester, a full-time student needs more or less PhP25,000.00 to complete any of our two-year programs. Excluded here, of course, are housing costs and living expenses.

7. Do you offer scholarships/fellowships?

We have a full fellowships program for a limited number of deserving Filipino students covering tuition, monthly stipend and book allowance.

8. Can I send my application documents via courier? To whom shall I send the documents?

Yes, you may send the application documents via courier. The complete mailing address is:

Elma P. Laguna, Ph.D.
Academic Program Coordinator Population Institute
3rd Floor, Palma Hall, Roxas Street, University of the Philippines
Diliman, Quezon City 1101

Contact No.: (02) 8981-8500 local 2468

9. Do you accept foreign students?

Yes, we accept foreign students.

10. What are your admission requirements for international students?

The basic admission requirements are similar to local students with some additional documents. Kindly visit this site for more information - https://upd.edu.ph/foreign-graduate/.

11. Are there student housing facilities in UP campus?

Yes. For information on student housing, visit this site - https://upd.edu.ph/students/student-accommodation/.

12. Are there scholarships, funding grants, or subsidies for international students?

We do not house scholarship funding nor have direct links with possible funding agencies but you may try the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) or search for other scholarships opportunities.


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