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Professional Masters in Tropical Marine Ecosystem Management (PM-TMEM)

Master (ISCED 2011 level 7)


Cost 7,493.50 PHP (3 units)

The Professional Masters in Tropical Marine Ecosystem Management (PM-TMEM) is designed for professionals who wish to pursue careers in government, civil service organization, and private sector involving the management and governance of tropical marine ecosystems. It focuses on the application of the sciences for the development of professional skills and practical analyses of practitioners. This program follows a modular, sequential approach that can be completed in 1.5 years. A distinctive element of the PM-TMEM program is its integrative and trans-disciplinary approach within and across the courses, with lectures and field components handled by various interdisciplinary teams of faculty, including local and international experts. The program culminates with the completion of an independent special project that addressed gaps in the management and governance of tropical marine ecosystems on within the students' areas of responsibility.     


PM-TMEM is part of the graduate offerings of the University of the Philippines (UP), with specific collaboration among 3 campuses -UP Diliman, UP Los Banos and UP Visayas. The program combines the expertise and vast experience of well-established programs in the 3 campuses: (i) UP Diliman's Marine Science Institute, (ii) UP Visayas' Institute of Fisheries Policy and Development Studies, and (iii) UP Los Banos' School of Environmental Science and Management, and the College of Forestry and Natural Resources. All students from the 3 UP campuses will constitute a batch who will attend all course of the program as a single class. 


A list of available courses can be found here

Structural components
Practical/Field work
Research Project

Application procedure

The applicant needs to submit the following no later than six weeks before the registration period of each semester. Registration for the first semester starts around the first week of June while for the 2nd semester, it starts around the first week of November:


  • Application letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Two duly accomplished application forms including a thoughtfully completed Statement of Purpose
  • The original and duplicate copy of the undergraduate and graduate official transcript of records
  • Duly accomplished recommendation forms from two former professors and/or supervisors
    • Submit two if both have doctorate degrees
    • However, submit three if only one has a Doctorate degree, and the other two have a Master’s degree
  • Payment of application fees (non-refundable)
  • For foreign applicants, whose native language and medium of instruction are not English,
    • Certification of English Proficency (Test of English as a Foreign Language, TOEFL average score of 500).
  • Satisfaction of additional University requirements such as a health clearance and other special admission requirements that may be imposed by a Graduate Committee.

Completed applications shall be submitted to the Graduate Office of the College of Science. The Institute’s Graduate Committee evaluates applications and endorses acceptance to the Dean.

Grant opportunities

Available scholarships can be found here


Admission into the MSI Graduate Program requires:

  • A high degree of intellectual capacity and aptitude for research and advanced studies;
  • For M.S. Applicants: a Bachelor’s degree from a recognized institution of higher learning.
  • For Ph.D. Applicants: either a Master of Science degree or its equivalent in relevant fields obtained from a recognized institution of higher learning;
  • A weighted average of at least 2.25 or its equivalent in the natural sciences and mathematics in a B.S. degree;

The student’s preparation should include:

  1. Physics – through thermodynamics and motion;
  2. Mathematics – through calculus;
  3. Chemistry – through organic chemistry; and,
  4. General Biology.


For those who would like to specialize in Marine Biotechnology, elementary biochemistry is required while for those who would like to specialize in the Marine Physical Sciences, Geology 11 is required (they may sit-in/audit) simultaneous with Physical Oceanography and Chemical Oceanography.

ISCED Categories

Project management
Personal skills and communication
Ocean Literacy
Policy and governance
Marine spatial planning