Department of Community Development Graduate Course

Diploma in Community Development (DIP CD)

This is a one-year post baccalaureate course specially designed as an intermediate program to reinforce professional training and experience in community development.

Master of Community Development (MCD)

The MCD program is designed as advanced training in Community Development with three areas of studies namely:

  1. Community Organizing Practice (COP)
  2. Community Development Planning (CDP)

Department of Social Work Graduate Course

Diploma in Social Work (DIP SW)

A post baccalaureate degree program that intends to respond to the continuing education needs of experienced social work practitioners, particularly in relation to their direct practice and supervisory functions. Enrollees on a full-time basis can complete the program in one year. As a ladder type program, the Diploma units may be credited towards the Master of Social Work degree.

Master of Social Work (MSW)

A post baccalaureate degree program that prepares students for leadership in policy advocacy, with particular focus on the development of innovative practice models. It is offered in two tracks:

  1. MSW Plan A: 36 units WITH THESIS but no comprehensive examination
  2. Plan B: 39 units without thesis but WITH COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATION

Department of Women and Development Studies Graduate Course

Diploma in Women and Development (DIP WD)

Designed as an intermediate program for individuals interested in women’s and gender studies as an academic discipline which relates theory to practice and which brings them in contact with development practitioners as well as expose them to actual field experiences. Students may proceed to MAWD program after completion.

Master of Arts in Women and Development (MAWD)

Designed as advanced training for women and gender advocates, educators, development practitioners, and other interested individuals, both women and men aiming to be better organizers, educators, trainers, researchers, project and program planners and managers, policy formulators, and extension workers by situating their activities in the context of feminist and development theories. Two tracks are offered from which students can choose depending on their interests and needs.

  • Plan A: with thesis but no comprehensive examination
  • Plan B: without thesis but with comprehensive examination

The main feature of the WD programs is the division of the curricula into clusters, each is designed to attain specific objectives. The first and last modules, namely; core courses and fieldwork, are common to diploma and master’s programs, while the electives and cognates are selected by master’s students depending on their needs and interests:

  • Required General Courses provide a firm foundation in terms of basic theories, approaches and strategies essential to development work with a gender perspective and towards gender equality and women’s empowerment.
  • WD Elective Courses are focused on the development of specific knowledge and/or competencies in the areas of feminist pedagogy, counseling, policy advocacy, and gender-related national and international development work.
  • Cognates provide in-depth analyses of problems and issues related to gender and development from the perspective of related or allied disciplines (e.g. social work, community development, sociology, anthropology, psychology, etc.)
  • Field Work Courses serve as opportunities for direct field experience and practice to test and enrich their classroom-gained knowledge.

Doctor of Social Development Program

DSD Program Guide

DSD Admission and Retention Policies 2018

DSD New Policies 2019

Requirements for the Completion of the Degree

  • Passing the qualifying examination to merit admission into the Doctor of Social Development Program after completing 4 major courses (12 units)
  • Completion of all academic requirements for a degree in Doctor of Social Development as described in the curricular framework

Framework of the Curriculum

Qualifications for Admission

  • Must have at least two years of practice in social development (direct practice, development scholarship, teaching, social development administration);
  • Must have master’s degree with a general weighted average of at least 1.75 for the courses in the master’s degree
  • Must submit a program of studies, including a concept paper, on the area of research the student is interested in;
  • Must have favorable recommendations from two previous professors or supervisors
  • Must pass an interview by the admission committee. For foreign applicants, interviews may be done