One of the lesser known options – the University of the Philippine’s School of Economics graduate school is a warm and “bigger picture alternative to an MBA. It is a totally different field, and yet not so different.
Selecting the Right Course
There are two options (to my understanding):
- MDE – Master in Development Economics. Designed for corporate, this is a part time option for those trying to up their corporate skills. Presentations, “real life application” and scheduled at weekends, this is the right path for those looking for MBA alternatives.
- MAE – Master of Arts in Economics. A more theoretical take, this is the track for those whose focus really is econ, with an eye towards a doctorate.
Application is fairly simple:
- Complete online application. This includes an essay and jotting in the email address of three recommend-ers. I don’t know the questions, but my recommend-ers say that it was a quick one.
- Pay PHP700. I paid mine at BPI and simply emailed them the validated deposit stub.
- Take the examination. Contrary to what is written in the site, GMAT/GRE is not accepted (as of 2016 application). For example, they have an essay portion, which is not part of the GMAT.
The interview takes merely 15 minutes – MBA questions are fairly standard.Be prepared to ask questions!
- February. End of application. The recommendations though can be sent up ’til around March.
- April. Schedule of examination and interview.
- May. Examination, interview and results!