Academic Programs

B.S. Economics


Instituted in 1986, the objective of the Bachelor of Science in Economics Program is to provide future economists with the analytical and quantitative skills to analyze issues in economic development and natural resource economics.

It aims to produce graduates who possess

  1. the necessary skills in quantitative and policy analysis;
  2. the ability to analyze, synthesize and evaluate economic concepts, issues and data relevant to policy and decision-making in the public and private sectors; and
  3. a deep appreciation of the economic issues and problems besetting the country, as well as an objective and critical attitude towards policies meant to address them.

Students in the Program are required to complete 144 academic units, usually in about four years.

The Curriculum is divided into three components:

  1. The general education courses aim to develop well-rounded students and give exposure to the non-economic aspects of society.
  2. Core courses provide rigorous training in economic theory and analytical tools.
  3. Students can choose between development economics and natural resource economics as an area of specialization.

New Freshmen are admitted directly to the program through the UP College Admission Test (UPCAT).



M.S. Economics 


The Master of Science in Economics Program aims to:

  1. develop graduates with solid foundations in Economic theory, and who are strongly equipped with quantitative methods; and
  2. produce graduates who have the unique characteristic of being able to carry out scientific investigation in related disciplines where the University of the Philippines Los Banos is strong, where the crucial problem of current and intertemporal scarcity of resources has to be squarely confronted.

Candidates for the degree are required to complete atleast 32 units of graduate work , consisting of

  1. 17 units of major courses, and
  2. 15 units of courses in a chosen field of specialization

In the field of specialization, nine (9) units of coursework must be earned. In addition, six (6) units of master's thesis is required, with the work on the thesis to be undertaken along the chosen field of specialization.

The program offers two areas in which students may specialize

  1. Economics of Growth and Development, and
  2. Quantitative Economics

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