Prospective Students

Welcome to the Master of Information Systems (MIS) Program! This website is a compilation of answers to questions commonly asked by prospective students. This will help you in deciding if you really want to pursue the program and in applying for admission.

About the Program

The Master of Information Systems (MIS) Program of the University of the Philippines Open University is designed for professionals in the Information Technology industry who would like to develop advanced training in planning, designing, implementing, and managing production-grade information systems.

The program requires students to seek depth in their education by requiring students to undertake 18 units of Information Systems courses, take a comprehensive examination, and complete 4 units of Information Systems Capstone Project. The program also requires students to seek breadth in their education by allowing them to choose 9 units of elective courses that encourage exploration and broaden their exposure from a variety of domain applications for systems development.

UPOU employs the distance education (DE) mode of teaching and learning. The key features of DE as practiced at UPOU are:

  • Students and teachers are physically separated from each other. They do not meet face-to-face in a physical classroom.
  • Students undertake guided independent study of carefully selected as well as specially designed learning materials in various media—print, video, and multimedia.
  • Interaction between teachers and students, and among students, takes place through online tutorials in a virtual classroom. Other forms of communication between teacher and student are email, text, and videoconferencing.
  • Final examinations are conducted either face-to-face at designated learning centers, or online. All examinations are proctored.

MIS students who have completed 18 units of Information Systems major courses with a general weighted average (GWA) of 2.00 or better and was able to complete a satisfactory proposal presentation of their IS 295a project are qualified to take the comprehensive examination. After taking and passing the comprehensive exam, students can now take IS 295b (Information System Project Implementation).

To graduate, a student must earn a total of 31 academic units and have a GWA of 2.00. Students who are unable to meet the grade requirement may apply to be granted the Certificate of Completion of Studies in Information Systems.

Frequently Asked Questions

1.  Who are eligible to apply for the program?

Applicants who have a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, Diploma in Computer Science, or other IT-related courses with a general weighted average (GWA) of 2.00 or better are qualified for admission.

All other applicants must satisfy the following qualifications:

  • a Bachelor’s degree in any field from any recognized institution with a GWA of 2.00 or better;
  • proficiency in at least one programming language; and
  • two years work experience related to Information Systems development.

Applicants who do not satisfy the above requirements will be advised to apply to the Diploma in Computer Science program.

2. What are the requirements for application?

  • Print copy of the accomplished online application form or apply online 
  • Original and photocopy of valid Transcript of Records (TOR) from all schools attended. The TOR should bear the school dry seal and imprint, and the Registrar’s signature in ink, and with acceptable remarks (view the list of remarks in a TOR that will make it valid as a transfer credential)
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation from any of your: a) employer/supervisor; b) former professor; or c) former program adviser
  • Proof of payment of application fee  (non-refundable). If payment was made other than online payment, please upload scanned copy of digital image of the proof of payment)
  • Two identical 2” x 2” photos and two identical 1” x 1” photos, with your name and the program applied for printed at the back of the photos
  • Certificate of training/experience to prove proficiency in at least one programming language
  • 500-word essay  explaining why you are applying for admission to the MIS Program and some background on your experience on systems development
  • Photocopy of NSO Birth Certificate
  • Photocopy of government issued IDs with photo

3. Can I send my application through mail/personally?

You can send your application through mail or personally submit it to:

The Admission Section
Office of the University Registrar
UP Open University
Los Baños, Laguna 4031

4. Is there a different application procedure for international students?

No, there is no separate application procedure for international students. All students will accomplish the same set of requirements.

5. Are international students required to submit their English language proficiency scores?

No, there is no need for international students to submit their English language proficiency scores for the MIS Program.

6. Are transferees from other master’s programs (UP and Non-UP) allowed?

Yes, applicants must accomplish the following for crediting of courses that are equivalent to the courses to be taken in the MIS Program:

  • Accomplish the application for transfer of credits form.
  • Submit the accomplished form and a photocopy of transcript of records to the Learning Center or provide your Faculty Secretary soft copy of the documents.

Please make sure also that what you had submitted to the Office of the University Registrar (OUR), particularly to the Admission Section is an updated, valid and original copy of your previous TOR. Otherwise, the OUR will not encode your evaluated application for transfer of credits.

Ms. Elvira R. Lalap
UPOU Headquarters, Los Baños, 
Tel.: +63(49) 536-6001 to 06 loc 340
Telefax: +63(49) 536-5484

Prof. Joyce Manalo
Secretary to the Faculty
Faculty of Information and Communication Studies
Faculty website:

  • The FICS will provide you with the result of your application through email or by sending you the original copy. The OUR, specifically the EDP Section will encode the evaluated document and consequently shown in the Student Portal for viewing of the students.  
  • For courses taken more that 5 years ago from the time of application, you are required to take the validation exam. Please coordinate with the Faculty Secretary for the details of the examination.
  • For UP Transferees – a maximum of 9 units earned in another UP unit may be eligible for transfer of credits. The final grades earned must not be lower than 2.0 and must be taken within the last five years from the time of application; otherwise, the student must take and pass validation exams.
  • For non-UP transferees – a maximum of 9 units earned in another school, college or university may be eligible for transfer of credits. The final grades earned must not be lower than 2.0 and must be taken within the last five years from the time of application. A student must take and pass a validation exam for every course for which s/he is requesting transfer of credits.

A formal application for transfer of credits must be submitted before the first semester of admission.

7. When is the application deadline?

The application deadline can be found on the Academic Calendar.

8. Are late submission of applications allowed?

No, the application deadline is strictly followed by the university.

9. How can I check if my application was accepted?

The list of accepted MIS Program applicants can be accessed here.

For more information, please read the MIS Program Handbook. You can also read the Student Orientation Handbook to know more about Distance Education mode of learning.