Graduate Program

MS Geology

Individuals interested in taking up a Masters degree in Geology in NIGS must possess a four- or five-year Bachelor of Science in Geology.  Graduates of other undergraduate courses other than BS Geology may be accepted into the program and will be required to enroll and pass selected undergraduate courses* listed in the BS Geology curriculum prior to  taking up graduate courses. Acceptance of applicants into the program is decided upon by the Graduate Committee of NIGS.

M.S. students who are accepted into the program must satisfy 24 units of coursework along with a graduate seminar course. These 24 units are divided into two categories: core subjects and electives. The core subjects are Graduate Seminar, Igneous Petrology, Sedimentary Petrology, and Advanced Field Geology. Electives to be taken are decided by both the student and the program adviser and must be related to the student’s specialization in Geology.  Aside from geology graduate courses, the student may take courses in engineering, chemistry, physics, environmental science, geography, and marine science to name a few. The graduate student is expected to study other fields and topics in geology that are relevant to their specialization. The scholastic rule of the College of Science requires a semestral GWA of 2.0  for a Masters student to stay in the program.

A full time graduate student may finish the coursework in two years.  A Masters’ thesis of 6 units must be accomplished to earn the M.S. degree.

Under the new Geology Law as prescribed by the President of the Philippines and enforced by the Professional Regulatory Commission, graduates of Master of Science in Geology may take the Geology licensure examination even without an undergraduate degree in Geology.

*Elementary geology, petrology, structural geology, and optical mineralogy.

Master of Science in Geology Curriculum

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Interested students in the doctorate program of NIGS must have a Masters degree related to the geosciences as determined by the Graduate Committee of NIGS. A Ph.D. student is required to take 24 units of coursework with guidelines similar to the coursework for M.S. students. In addition, 12 units of dissertation must be taken. The scholastic rule of the College of Science requires a semestral GWA of 1.75 for a Ph.D. student to stay in the program.

Doctor of Philosophy in Geology Curriculum

Application into a Graduate Program

The College of Science, University of the Philippines Diliman handles admissions into the graduate programs of the National Institute of Geological Sciences. Here is the announcement from the CS Graduate Office regarding the application process for Graduate Programs for the 1st Semester, AY 2024-2025.

  1. Download the Form1.1 Application form for admission to a graduate program. 
    Form-1.1-Application-form-for-admission-to-a-graduate-program-waived.pdf (  

  2. Prepare a scanned copy of the following documents:
    a. Application form
    b. Formal letter addressed to the Dean of the College of Science
        Giovanni A. Tapang, Ph.D.
        Dean of the College of Science
    c. Official transcripts of undergraduate and graduate records or True Copy of Grades of all schools attended.
    d. Certified copies of diploma/s or certificate of graduation or certificate of candidacy for graduation
    e. Birth certificate from Philippine Statistics Authority (for Filipino citizens)
    f. Two Recommendation Forms
  3. Upload accomplished application form and digital copies of the requirements here 1st Semester, AY 2024-2025 UP Diliman, College of Science Application to Graduate Programs ( Please note that incomplete requirements will not be processed.

  4. Please wait for an acknowledgment of the application to be sent to the email.

For DOST-ASTHRDP Application, please visit DOST – ASTHRDP – SCIENCE (

Application Deadlines for 1st Semester, AY 2024-2025
Regular applicants – June 30, 2024
DOST applicants – June 30, 2024

Please use the same email address throughout the application process.  

Additional Requirement: Research Concept

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