Applied Business Economics Program

The Applied Business Economics Program (ABEP) is designed for company staff who assist top executives in corporate planning and research and for line people who would like to build strong theoretical foundations in planning.

These include corporate analysts and middle-level managers who have such responsibilities and objectives.

The program aims to provide the participants with an awareness of and sensitivity to the issues and problems confronting the nation, and with opportunities to apply economic research techniques and develop analytical and problem solving skills, especially those necessary to understand and evaluate the economic environment.

ABEP allows the participant to relate current economic conditions and issues to business operations at the firm level using UA&P’s wealth of local and international research data. Since the participants are gainfully employed, the program applies to their industry and institutional needs.

The course is composed of eight modules, with two subjects per module, running for a total of two years. For first-year students, classes are held twice a week, every Tuesday (6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.) and Saturday (9:00 am to 12:00 pm). In their second year, students will have classes every Monday (6:00 pm to 9:30 pm) and Wednesday (6:00 pm to 9:30 pm).

ABEP also offers a Professional Graduate Certificate Course, a two-course certificate open to all professionals who wish to deepen their understanding of Economic and Industry Analyses.

Program Contents

The program runs for two years. The first one and a half years are primarily devoted to seminars and workshops. The last semester of the second year covers thesis writing and defense. The program consists of 45 academic units leading to a Master in Applied Business Economics.


Please view this file, to see the revised ABEP curriculum, to be implemented SY 2019-20. The revised curriculum enhances the first through certain additionsmaking it the most suitable business program for the young business professional.

ABEP can be completed by pursuing either the Thesis track, or the Non-Thesis track:

  • THESIS (6 units)

The Thesis serves to integrate all the subjects taken in the Program.  The thesis must address an issue in the industry, sector or firm and must integrate the analytical tools and skills imparted in the program.

  • PAPER (Non-Thesis Track)

The Applied Business Economics Paper aims to integrate analytical frameworks and methods learned in the Program.

Schedule and Activities

The program begins in August. The courses are given in eight modules that have two subjects each. Each subject runs once a week for ten weeks.

Class hours are from 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm every Tuesday and from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm every Saturday.

It features lectures, research presentations, and class discussions.


The program is recognized by the Commission of Higher Education as a full-fledged graduate degree course. The student receives a master’s degree in Applied Business Economics, provided he meets the following requirements:

  • Completion of academic requirements (attendance, research and integration papers, examinations for the courses prescribed in the curriculum), with no grade lower than 2.5.
  • Submission, defense, and approval of a thesis. The thesis must address an issue in the industry, the sector, or the corporation the participant is in, and must demonstrate the analytical tools and skills acquired from the program.


For admission to the program, each applicant must:

1. Hold a bachelor’s degree from any college or university

2.Have at least 2 years of work experience

3. Submit:

  • Collegiate transcript of record
  • Accomplished application form
  • Three letters of recommendation (one from the immediate supervisor, one from a former professor, and one from a general character reference)
  • Four passport-size pictures

4. Pass the qualifying examination to be administered by ABEP.

Contact Us

Office of the ABEP Director
School of Economics
6th floor, APEC Communications Building
University of Asia and the Pacific

Telephone: 8637-0912 to 26 local 375
Fax: 8637-8549
Email: [email protected]

Get in touch


Pearl Drive, Ortigas Center, Pasig City 1605, Philippines



Phone: (632) 8637-0912 to 26
E-mail: [email protected]