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Advisory Committee

  1. The need for direction and guidance of a graduate student as a researcher on training necessitates the services of an Advisory Committee which shall be chaired by a faculty from his/her major department.
  2. The Department Chairperson shall serve as the student's temporary adviser during his/her first semester in the program.
  3. During his/her first semester in the program, the student shall constitute his/her Advisory Committee, which shall be composed of three members for the masters degree, and five for the doctoral degree. In special cases, an additional member may be tapped from outside the university.
  4. For the masters students, two members of the Advisory Committee must come from their major department and one from their cognate field (minor courses).
  5. For the doctoral students, three of the Committee members should come from their major department and two from their cognate field (minor courses).

Program of Study

  1. The program of study is a listing of courses and other requirements to be taken or accomplished by the student to enable him/her to earn the degree being pursued.
  2. The program of study of a student shall be prepared by him/her in consultation with his/her major adviser before the end of the first semester in residence. No student shall be allowed to enroll for the second semester in the program without an approved program of study.
  3. The program of study shall be approved by the OU Director upon the recommendation of the student's Advisory Committee and the Department Chairperson concerned.
  4. The members of the Advisory Committee, the Department Chairperson and the Office of the OU Director shall each be provided by the student with a copy of the approved program of study.
  5. No change in the program of study shall be made unless approved by the Advisory Committee.
  6. A change in the program of study refers to any alteration in the content of the duly approved program of study. This includes the addition, deletion, substitution of courses, and change in number of units.
  7. The approved program of study cannot be changed more than three times, except when the change is due to a new curricular requirement, as prescribed by the OU Graduate Council.

Course Work and Credit

  1. For the Master of Science in Rural Development and Master of Science in Education degrees, the minimum course requirement is 36 units consisting of 12 units core courses, 12 units major courses, 6 units elective/cognate courses, and 6 units thesis.
  2. For the Master of Professional Studies (MPS) program, the minimum course requirement is a total of 46 academic units (consisting of 12 units core courses, 24 units major courses, and 6 units elective/cognate courses) and 4 units apprenticeship.
  3. For the Master in Agribusiness Management program, the minimum course requirement is 39 academic units (consisting 12 units core courses, 16 units major courses, 6 units elective/cognate courses, 1 unit graduate seminar) and 4 units case study.
  4. For the doctoral program, the minimum course requirement is 48 units of course work (consisting of 12 units core courses, 21 units major courses, 6 units cognate courses, and 9 units elective courses) and 12 units dissertation.
  5. The regular load of a student is 9 units per semester and 6 units per summer term. Should part of the student's load be made up of "non-credit" courses, i.e., undergraduate courses that are not intended for graduate accreditation but which nonetheless are required of a student to cover for deficiencies in his/her academic preparation or required non-credit graduate course, the maximum load is 12 units per semester and 9 units for summer term.

Non-Credit Courses

  1. A non-credit graduate course is any course taken by an OU graduate student for which graduate credit toward a degree is not allowed, either because it is a pre-requisite or a requirement for admission to graduate work.
  2. A non-credit graduate course is not counted towards a degree but is subject to the payment of all school fees.

Transfer Credit

  1. Graduate courses taken in other schools with grades lower than 1.5 shall be credited if validated. A maximum of 9 units may be transferred and credited.
  2. All subjects taken and passed/units earned by a student of the Institute of Graduate Studies who transfers to the same degree program in the Open University shall be credited.
  3. Undergraduate courses in the senior level may be credited for the masters degree, provided that:
    • the course has not been previously credited for any bachelors degree as certified by the Dean or Registrar of the school where the student graduated; and
    • the grade obtained in the course is 1.50 or better
  4. Maximum of 9 units shall be credited for students whose program had lapsed, that is, the program is not completed or finished within the applicable maximum residence period as defined in Section 2 of Residence Requirement.
  5. Attendance in advance non-degree training within 3 years prior to graduation from the degree enrolled in the OU may be given a maximum of 3 credit units.
  6. Evaluation of non-degree training for purposes of accreditation as provided in Sec. 4 herein is made by the Advisory Committee of the student subject to the following conditions:
    • One unit credit may be given for every 18 hours of lecture or 54 hours of laboratory work; and
    • Presentation of an authentic certification of the sponsoring/training institution/agency as to the actual training title and description and satisfactory performance of the applicant.

Classification of OU Graduate Students

  1. Regular. A regular graduate student is one who has complied with the following requirements:
    • Sufficient academic background for the chosen field of study as determined by the Department Chairperson;
    • Grade point average of 2.00 or better in the highest degree obtained; and
    • Submission of all pertinent requirements at the time of registration.
  2. Probationary. A probationary graduate student is one who falls under any of the following categories:
    • His/her grade point average is 2.0 or better, but he/she does not possess sufficient academic background.
    • He/she has sufficient academic background but his/her grade point average is lower than 2.0.
    • The status of a probationary student is changed to regular if he/she obtains a GPA of 2.00 or better in the first 9 units he/she took at the OU. The student concerned applies for a change of status through his/her Department Chairperson, who recommends the change to the OU Director, who approves the same if the grade requirement is met. A student who fails to get a GPA of 2.00 will not be allowed to re-enroll.

Residence Requirement

  1. The minimum residence requirement for an OU student is two semesters and one summer for the masters degree with a satisfactory completion of 21 units and four semesters and two summers for the doctoral degree with satisfactory completion of 33 units.
  2. A masters degree must be completed within five school years and a doctoral degree, seven school years, excluding leaves, counted from the start of matriculation in the Open University. The start of matriculation of Institute of Graduate Students (IGS) students who transfer to the same degree program in the Open University is their first enrollment in the IGS.
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