Graduate Degree Programs
Graduate Degree Programs

The College of Human Ecology also offers graduate programs that aim to develop the ability of students in critical inquiry and independent research toward the advancement of knowledge and the development of professional leadership.

Visit the UPLB Graduate School website for the details regarding admission.


  The Graduate Diploma in Environmental Planning (DEnP) is a post-graduate diploma degree program which caters to students that aim to obtain necessary analytical, theoretical, critical thinking and practical skills needed to effectuate them as full-fledged environmental planning professionals. Governed by relevant legal directives (Presidential Decree 1308, RA 10587 and Civil Service Memorandum Circular No. 10-2017) and increasing interest in the field of environmental planning the program is also targeted to strategically to produce quality environmental planning professionals from various planning and development planning institutions in the country, specifically those from the Southern Tagalog region who aim to acquire knowledge and basic skills set in environmental planning. It will also equip them with the necessary skills and knowledge for field-based planning and spatial planning which are both necessary in the professional practice of environmental planning. 

GD EnP 2023

MA environmental planning

   The Master of Arts degree in Environmental Planning​ (MAEnP) is a research degree program aimed at developing leadership, development and management skills of planning practitioners in the country. It employs a comprehensive and interdisciplinary approach, allowing its students to obtain necessary analytical, theoretical and practical skills needed to effectuate them as planning professionals.


  The program is designed to broaden the student’s perspective and increase effectiveness in the application of scientific knowledge to the solution of nutritional problems in families and communities. Hence, the program provides experience to enhance competencies in applied research in food and nutrition and related fields.


  This is designed to enhance the student’s knowledge and skills in the processes of rational management of resources for family and individual well-being and to provide research experience and training for leadership positions in agencies concerned with human welfare and development. Individual programs of study may be developed with support courses coming from other colleges in the university. The students have the opportunity to integrate courses from other disciplines to design a program suited to their professional goals and interests.


  The Master of Professional Studies in Food and Nutrition Planning (MPS-FNP) is an interdisciplinary program that utilizes a multisectoral approach to food and nutrition planning. Such an approach integrates nutrition into the overall development process as a necessary factor in policy-making and as an indicator of development. The student may choose courses from any of the following fields, subject to the approval of her/his guidance committee: Agrarian and Urban Development Studies, Rural Sociology, Community Development, Development Communication, Agricultural Economics, Development Management and Governance, Agricultural Chemistry, Human Nutrition and Food, Food Science, Animal Science, Horticulture, Agronomy.



  The degree program envisions to provide students with knowledge and skills to enable them to explain recent trends in nutrition science; plan, conduct, and evaluate basic and applied nutrition research. With an orientation highlighting the importance of incorporating nutrition in agriculture and rural development, students will also be able to critically analyze food and nutrition problems and alternative solutions as well as design projects and programs and recommend policy options for nutrition improvement.

PhD (by research) human development

  The PhD by Research in Human Development is a transdisciplinary program that includes various themes like education, security, resiliency, physical growth and development, cognitive development, value system, economic activities, culture, family, creativity and giftedness, and other related concerns.

The program was instituted as a response to the growing needs of the government sectors and the industry in the area of human development. It focuses on the human-ecological study of human development covering child, adolescent, and adult development, specifically on key transitions across the lifespan and intergenerational issues. The program also covers other human interests such as human expressions through giftedness, creativity, and innovation, and the development of public policy on human development.