Political Economy – Evening Program

Bridging cultures and continents.  Designing development.  Crafting strategies and guidelines for governance.

Inspired by Oxford University’s Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) course, our Political Economy Program (PEP) equips students with the knowledge and analytical skills needed for understanding increasingly complex social realities using multiple perspectives from politics, economics, history, philosophy and sociology, and always aware of their local and global contexts.

Through the years, we have produced excellent graduates who are now well-placed in government, civil society, and the private sector in the country and in the international community, making substantial contributions for the good of society.

UA&P is the first and only university in the Philippines offering a Masters in Political Economy (MPE).

MPE prepares graduates to pursue professional work in the fields of politics and governance, economics, diplomacy and foreign service, development work and advocacies, business, media communications, research, and academe.

College graduates and professionals may apply.

Classes are conducted on weekday evenings (6:00-9:00 pm) and on Saturdays.

Like all UA&P students, students in the MPE – Evening Program are provided with one-on-one personal and professional mentoring.

The program is accredited under the K to 12 transition program of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), meaning that faculty and non-teaching staff of universities and colleges can pursue the program under CHED scholarship.  

For more details, visit CHED’s Scholarships for Graduate Studies (Local) page.


CORE (15 units)
Theories of Political Economy
Comparative Political Economy
Quantitative Research Methods
Qualitative Research Methods
Seminar in Political Economy

NON-CORE (21 units)
Theories of International Relations
International Economics
International Political Economy
International Organizations
Theories of Development and Underdevelopment
Economic History
Culture and Development
Public Policy and Governance
Economic Catch-up Development – Korea Model
Social Systems of Production
Political Risk Analysis
International Law
Philippine Foreign Policy
Issues in Philippine Development
International Trade Law Issues
Migration and Development
Social and Political Constitution of the Economy
Introduction to Economic Sociology
Human Security

TOTAL: 36 units

For the course descriptions, click here.

Coursework. Students are encouraged to take as many subjects for their coursework every semester as their schedule permits and as are available, provided they do not exceed the maximum load of twelve (12) units per semester. Coursework can be taken in any order.

Comprehensive exam. Students must finish all coursework before they can be allowed to take the comprehensive examination.

Internship/Policy Paper. Working students will not be required to do internship, on condition that they have had at least two (2) years’ work experience. They must, however, submit a policy paper. Non-working students, and those who lack work experience, will be required to do internship.

Maximum Residency. Maximum residency is four (4) years, inclusive of leaves of absence. Extensions will only be allowed for meritorious reasons and upon application with the Dean.

Degree. Students who complete all their requirements will receive a degree of Masters in Political Economy.


The following currently comprise the faculty of the Masters in Political Economy – Evening Program:

May Zuleika Salao
PhD Philippine Studies, University of the Philippines, Diliman
MA Philippine Studies, University of the Philippines, Diliman
Visiting Researcher, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Cologne, Germany
Program Director, Political Economy Program, School of Law and Governance, UA&P

Robin Michael Garcia
PhD International Politics, Fudan University, Shanghai China
MPA Public Policy, National College of Public Administration and Governance, University of the Philippines, Diliman
Founder and President, Warwick and Roger Consultancy

Nicomedes Alviar
PhD Political Science, University of the Philippines, Diliman
MA Political Science, University of Santo Tomas
Dean, School of Law and Governance, UA&P

Jeremy Benigno Gatdula
Doctor of Juridical Science, San Beda College
Master of Law, Specializing in Public International Law, University of Cambridge
Bachelor of Laws, Arellano University
Executive Director, Institute for Marriage and Family Development
Secretary, School of Law and Governance, UA&P

Nanette Dungo
PhD Sociology, University of the Philippines, Diliman
MA Sociology, University of the Philippines, Diliman
Consultant, Center for Social Responsibility, UA&P

George Manzano
PhD Economics, University of New South Wales
MS Industrial Economics, UA&P
Dean, School of Economics, UA&P

Roberto De Vera
PhD Economics, University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
MS Industrial Economics, UA&P
Assistant Professor, School of Economics, UA&P

Veronica Ramirez
PhD Educational Administration, University of the Philippines, Diliman
MA Language and Literacy, De La Salle University
Associate Professor, Center for Research and Communication

Melita Thomeczek
MA Literacy Communications, Syracuse University, New York
Former Philippine Ambassador to Germany

Delia Tantuico
Master of Laws, University of San Francisco
Bachelor of Laws, University of the Philippines, Diliman
Vice Dean, Institute of Law, UA&P

Michael Henry Yusingco
Master of Law and Development, University of Melbourne Law School
Bachelor of Laws, Arellano University

Eleazar Ricote
PhD Public Administration (cand), National College of Public Administration and Governance (NCPAG)
MBA, Graduate School of Business, De La Salle University
MPA, University of the Philippines, Diliman
Deputy Executive Director, Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Center

John Lawrence Avila
MA International Studies, University of Birmingham
Trade Policy Assistance Manager, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Philippines

Natividad Cristina Gruet
PhD Development Studies (cand), De La Salle University
MA Political Economy with Specialization in International Relations and Development, UA&P
Instructor, School of Law and Governance, UA&P

Wayne Antkowiak
Master in Public Health Administration, University of Hawaii
Master of Education in Health Education, State University of New York
Consultant, World Health Organization

Bienvenido Nito
MA Business Economics, UA&P
Strategic Business Economics Program (cand), UA&P
Corporate Secretary, Research, Education, and Institutional Development (REID) Foundation



Prerequisites. Applicants must preferably have an undergraduate degree in political economy, political science or economics.  Students with degrees from other disciplines may be admitted subject to an evaluation of their transcript.  They may be required to take prerequisite undergraduate courses.

Qualifications. Applicants must have a general weighted average (GWA) of at least 2.0 in their undergraduate course.  Applicants with GWA below 2.0 but not lower than 2.25  may only be admitted on probation.

Application Procedure. Submit two (2) copies of the duly accomplished Application Form to the School of Law and Governance (7th Floor APEC Communications Building) together with one (1) copy of the following attachments:

  • Official transcript of records of undergraduate course (original)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Photocopy of college diploma
  • For non-UA&P graduates: Prospectus showing course descriptions of the undergraduate course
  • For foreign applicants:  (a) photocopy of passport, (b) photocopy of ACR, (c) current TOEFL or IELTS score, if native language is not English
  • Proof of payment of application fee of Php1,500.00 (US$40 for foreign applicants)

Once your application has been reviewed and found to be complete, you will be notified of your interview schedule.


Documentary Requirements

  1. Official Transcript of Records (original)
  2. Certificate of Transfer Eligibility or Honorable Dismissal (original and photocopy)
  3. Two (2) copies of duly accomplished Mentoring Form (only upon first enrollment for the school year)

Additional documentary requirements for those applying for scholarship

  • Graduate Scholarship Application Form and supporting documents (see Application Procedure in “Scholarships” drop down box below)

Enrollment procedure  

STEP 1: Proceed to SLG Office (look for Myra Labayne or Michael Asuncion)

  • Present letter of acceptance and submit the documentary requirements.
  • Secure Registration Certificate from SLG Office.

STEP 2: Proceed to Cashier (2nd Floor College of Arts and Sciences Building)

  • Present Registration Certificate and pay tuition and other fees.


Full and partial scholarships are available.


  • general weighted average (GWA) of 2.0 in the undergraduate course
  • financial need
  • positive interview result

Application Procedure

  1. Fill out the Graduate Scholarship Application Form in two (2) copies.
  2. Submit the duly accomplished Graduate Scholarship Application Form together with the required supporting documents.

The School of Law and Governance may require the presentation of additional documents. All requirements should be complete in order that the application may be processed.

Faculty and non-teaching staff of universities and colleges can also pursue the program under CHED scholarship.  For more details, visit CHED’s Scholarships for Graduate Studies (Local) page.

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Telephone: 8637-0912 local 368
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