University of Santo Tomas Graduate School

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University of Santo Tomas
Graduate School
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Established 1938
Dean Prof. Marilu R. Madrunio, PhD
Regent Rev. Fr. Jose Antonio Aureada, OP, S.T.D.
Location Thomas Aquinas Research Complex, UST, Sampaloc, Manila
Patron saints St. Antoninus of Florence | Blessed Iustus Takayama Ukon
Colors Gold, white and blue

The University of Santo Tomas Graduate School is the graduate school of the University of Santo Tomas, the oldest and largest Catholic university in Manila, Philippines.

As early as the seventeenth (17th) century, the University of Santo Tomas (UST) had already been granting master's and doctoral degrees. The different faculties and colleges supervised their respective undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate programs[1]

General information[edit]

Academic programs have grown from a handful of academic offerings to around ninety graduate degree programs, spanning a cross-section of disciplines.[2] Regular classes, colloquia and oral defenses are held at the Thomas Aquinas Research Complex. Laboratories and conference halls are maintained at the left wing of the Benavides Building. The UST Graduate School publishes The Antoninus Journal (formerly Ad Veritatem), a refereed multidisciplinary scholarly journal.

Academic recognition[edit]

The UST Graduate School is recognized by the Commission on Higher Education of the Philippines as a Center of Excellence in several fields of the arts and humanities, allied health sciences, natural sciences, and engineering.[3] Its programs in business, public management, and education were also recognized by the Commission on Higher Education's Fund for Assistance to Private Education (FAPE) in its periodic and systemic Evaluation of Graduate Education Programs (EGEP).[2]

Six of its business-related degrees are also included in the 2011 list of top international master's programs by the Paris-based Eduniversal International Scientific Committee.[4] The following programs are ranked in the Far East Asian region, according to their respective categories: MA in Communication (10th place); MA in Economics (14th); MS in Human Relations Management (14th); Master of Public Administration (17th); MS in Management Engineering (39th); and MBA in Entrepreneurship program (99th).

Prominent alumni[edit]

The Graduate School has produced the following alumni:[5]


Academe and professional practice[edit]

  • Daisy Hontiveros-Avellana - National Artist for Theatre 1999
  • Merlinda Bobis - Professor, Creative Writing Program, University of Wollongong in Australia; Winner: Australian Writers’ Guild Award, Ian Reed Radio Drama Prize, International Prix Italia, Steele Rudd Award for the Best Published Collection of Australian Short Stories, Judges’ Choice Award at the Bumbershoot Bookfair in the Seattle Arts Festival, UMPIL (Union of Writers in the Philippines) Awardee
  • Rustica Carpio - professor, theatre and stage actress and internationally and locally-awarded film actress.
  • Ophelia Alcantara-Dimalanta - former dean of the UST Faculty of Arts and Letters (2000-2010), internationally acclaimed poet, fictionist and literary critic, Palanca awardee and author of several volumes of poetry.
  • Cristina Pantoja-Hidalgo - Vice President for Public Affairs, University of the Philippines; former Dean, UP College of Arts and Letters; former Executive Director, UP Institute of Creative Writing; former Director, UP Press
  • William Henry Scott - Noted historian on Pre-Hispanic Philippines and Gran Cordilleria Central, Tanglaw ng Lahi Awardee
  • Richard L. Parcia - Chief Information Officer (CIO), Asian Institute of Management[6]
  • Gregorio Zaide - professor and historian, a textbook author on Philippine and World histories, former mayor of Pagsanjan, Laguna.
  • Florentino Hornedo - Palanca Awardee and Ivatan culture expert; former Commissioner of the UNESCO National Commission of the Philippines
  • Paz Latorena - teacher and fictionist, who belongs to the first generation of Filipino writers in English. Her short story, "The Small Key" is a widely anthologized literary work.
  • Cielo Macapagal-Salgado - Former Vice President of Philippine National Bank; Former Vice-Governor of Pampanga; Eldest daughter of Pres. Diosdado Macapagal


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  2. ^ a b Official prospectus, University of Santo Tomas Graduate School, 2007.
  3. ^ Graduate School Accessed August 6, 2006
  4. ^ "Six UST Graduate School courses among the best in the world". Retrieved 30 April 2013. 
  5. ^ Alumni list, University of Santo Tomas Graduate School, 2007.
  6. ^ "Leadership | Asian Institute of Management". Retrieved 2018-07-05. 

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