Frequently Asked Questions

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As of 2 February 2022


Q: How do I apply for a graduate program? What are the entrance requirements?

1. Sign-in to the Graduate Online Admission to the Loyola Schools (GOALS) .

Who May Use the GOALS
The Graduate Online Admission to the Loyola Schools (GOALS) is open to those who will be applying for a Graduate Degree Program.

Note: Non-Degree Applicants, Cross-Registrants, Auditors and Ateneo Straight Program Students will have to fill out the actual application forms (see the Downloadable Forms page). Complete set of requirements must be submitted to the Office of the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs  on or before the deadlines.

2. Fill out the form and upload all requirements on or before deadlines set for each term/semester.

3. Allow at least 5 to 14 working days for the OADGP to check and verify the information and documents provided. An email notification will be sent to the applicant afterwards.

4. Pay the Application and Ateneo Graduate Entrance Test fees as indicated in the email to be sent by the OADGP.

5. Take the Ateneo Remote Online Graduate Admission Test on the schedule provided by the OADGP. The online exam will be administered by Fr. Jaime Bulatao, S.J. Center for Psychology Services (Bulatao Center). Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) results may be submitted in lieu of the Ateneo Graduate Admission Test.

6. The Department Chair that offers the graduate degree program may conduct an interview (which may be done via phone call or video call) after the applicant has completed the application requirements and has taken the Ateneo Graduate Entrance Test/GRE.


Q: How do I get details of the program that I’m interested in?

Get the information from the department concerned by email or phone call. The contact address and phone numbers are provided in the answer to the next question. 


Q: How do I get in touch with the department that handles the program I want?

Go to this page for the contact details of the departments.


Q: Am I still qualified to apply to a graduate program if I don’t have the minimum college units for the program that I’m applying for?

You can inquire at the department concerned if you can be accepted into its program with this deficiency. You will probably be asked to take up some undergraduate courses to firm up your background or prerequisites for certain graduate courses.  


Q: How much will I pay for my graduate studies?

You can make a quick or thorough computation depending on your current needs.

Quick estimate. Estimate the number of units you plan to take for the semester. (See Graduate Level Tuition & Fees page )

1. Compute tuition fee: Number of units x current rate per unit.

2. Compute the total of the following miscellaneous fees: Registration Fee, Library Fee, Lab (if any) Fee, Internet Fee, Development Fee, ID fee, Student Accident Insurance Fee.   
A more accurate estimate. Base your computations on a tentative plan/program of study (for your whole stay in the Ateneo). To get your program of study:

a. Request the Department to give you a tentative program of study once you have been admitted into a graduate degree program

b. Compute the cost per semester (see "Quick estimate" above). Note that the tuition and fees may increase by about 6% to 7% each year. 


Q: Are there any scholarships available for graduate students?

There are various scholarships and financial aid available for graduate students. One of which is the 50% tuition scholarship to Filipino master’s and doctoral students who are teachers of academicians, e.g. registrars, guidance counselors, school administrators, curriculum writers, outside the Ateneo. This scholarship is also designed to assist educators to earn their master’s degrees which should qualify them to teach in college. (See Scholarships and Financial Aid for Graduate Students for the complete list of scholarships offered)  


Q: How do I apply to be a teaching assistant or graduate assistant? What are the qualifications needed?

The Departments request the Administration for TA’s or GA’s during the budget preparation period. During the middle of the First Semester of the current school year, the Departments make their request for TA’s or GA’s for the following school year. Interested students should therefore inquire at the Department if an assistantship is available.  


Q: When is the deadline for applications? What are the entrance tests schedules? 

Information pertinent to deadlines and entrance test schedules are posted on the following links:

Application Deadlines --

Entrance Test Schedule --  


Q: What is the entrance test about? What is its scope?

The admissions test consists of four standardized tests measuring general intelligence, basic verbal and numerical ability, verbal reasoning skills, and reading comprehension. The total testing time is approximately three hours. 


Q: When will I be given the results of my entrance exam? 

The entrance exam results are not released to the applicants. They are put together with the application and other documents of the applicant and sent to the department for evaluation. The department makes its decision to accept or reject the applicant based on all the information provided.   


Q: Will there be an interview after the test? Is an interview required for acceptance into a graduate program?

There are some departments that require an interview as part of the acceptance or final acceptance process. These are Communication, Education, History and Psychology. Other departments might require an interview if needed.


Q: When will I know the result of my application after taking the entrance test?

Results for all applicants (including Non-degree applicants, Cross-registrants, Auditors and Straight Students) are generally released during the first week of the following months:

  • May for Intersession Term
  • July for First Semester
  • December for Second Semester 

All applicants will be notified about the results of their application via email. 


Q: What is the period of validity of the entrance examination I have taken?

The results of the entrance test are valid for 3 years. 


Q: If I am accepted this semester and I don’t enroll because of some personal reason, what happens to my application? Can I enroll next semester? Next year?

An accepted applicant may defer their admission only up to two consecutive semesters. All deferred admissions shall be subjected to a re-evaluation process by the accepting departments and Schools. If you wish to defer your admission, please accomplish the Deferment of Admission Form and submit within one month from receipt of your acceptance letter.

Once students have been accepted, they are subjected to the rules and regulations of the Loyola Schools, Ateneo de Manila University. 


Q: Do all departments accept applications every semester?

Not all departments accept new applications every semester. Kindly check this link for the Schedule of Intake of graduate level applicants per department.


Q: I was previously enrolled in a graduate program at the ADMU. However, I stopped studying and haven’t enrolled for a while. How do I go about getting reinstated as a student? Do I have to apply for an extension of my study program?

If you have not enrolled for two consecutive semesters, you need to apply for a reinstatement in your program. Obtain a Reinstatement and/or Extension Form from the Registrar’s Office and get the endorsement of your Department Chair and approval of the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs. The time limit to complete a master’s program is 5 years and 7 years for the doctoral programs. If you exceeded—or are about to exceed—the time limit for your program, you need to process the same form to appeal for an extension. You will need to pay for the P750 Reinstatement Fee and/or P750 Extension Fee.

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