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Doctor of Philosophy Programs

The graduate degree programs of the college promote and uphold the highest standards of excellence, integrity, and academic freedom through a roster of mentors who are specialists in their respective fields.


Graduate students are expected to complete a program of study that involves both coursework and the production of scholarly research which will contribute to the advancement of knowledge in their chosen discipline. CAL currently offers nine (9) PhD programs.


Department of English and Comparative Literature

PhD Comparative Literature

Comparative Literature stresses the use of Philippine and Southeast Asian Cultures as matrix for comparative studies in literary theory, gender studies, etc. It encourages the study of works in the original language and simultaneously promotes translation as an access to other cultures. Its cross-cultural, intertextual approach to the various national/regional literatures enriches the student’s encounter with varied cultural texts.

PhD Creative Writing

Creative Writing offers training in various approaches and techniques in the writing of fiction, poetry, essay, and drama. These courses are taught by multi-awarded and published writers expert at honing the skills of young writers.

PhD English Studies: Language

English Studies: Language trains the students in the theoretical and  practical aspects of language use. It includes courses on language study, approaches to a College English Program, and integrative studies in language and literature.

PhD English Studies:
Anglo-American Literature

English Studies: Anglo-American Literature (graduate) focuses on studies in British and American literatures within the contexts of historical, cultural, and literary developments in Britain and in the United States. Likewise offered are studies in the writings of women and of cultural/ethnic minority groups (e.g., Asian-American).

Area of Specialization A

Area of Specialization B


Department of European Languages

PhD Hispanic Literature

a. Spanish Filipino Literature
b. Spanish Peninsular Literature
c. Spanish American Literature

Due to the growing need for specialization in the distinct areas in Hispanic Literature, the DEL has proposed the following revisions to include three areas of specialization in the PhD (Hispanic Literature) Program: Spanish Filipino Literature, Spanish Peninsular Literature, and Spanish American Literature.


Students may obtain a PhD (Hispanic Literature) degree upon completion of 48 units of formal graduate coursework including a doctoral dissertation. They are also required to successfully pass a comprehensive examination.


The revised Doctor of Philosophy (Hispanic Literature) Program was formally approved during the 57th UPD University Council on December 17, 1997.


Currently, the PhD program is undergoing curriculum revisions. As such, admissions are temporarily suspended.


Department of Filipino and Philippine Literature

Ph.D Malikhaing Pagsulat

Nilalayon ng programa na malinang mula sa mga mag-aaral na maging tagapanguna sa makabago, inobatibo, malikhain at kritikal na manunulat ng malikhaing akda. Inaasahan na mahasa nang husto ang kaalaman at kasanayan ng mga mag-aaral sa epektibong panulat para sa sa kakintalan ng bayan. 

Ph.D Filipino (Istruktura ng Wikang Filipino) 

Ph.D Filipino (Pagsasalin)

Ph.D Filipino (Pagpaplanong Pangwika)

Nilalayon ng programa na mabigyan ng sapat na kaalaman ang mga susunod na mananaliksik, tagasalin, at tagapagpalano at tagapangasiwa sa wika. Inaasahan mula sa mga mag-aaral ng programang doktorado sa wika na manguna sa kanilang napiling larang, maaaring sa loob o labas ng akademya. 

PhD Filipino Panitikan

Nilalayon ng programa na maging daan ang programa sa makabagong pagtanaw sa panitikan at mahigpit na ugnayan nito sa lipunan. Hinahamon ng programa ang mga mag-aaral na tukuyin ang iba’t ibang anyo at porma ng panitikan sa loob at labas ng kaMaynilaan. 


Department of Speech Communication and Theatre Arts

PhD Performance Studies

The DSCTA offers the first PhD in Performance Studies program in the Philippines.


Our PhD in Performance Studies is designed for students to familiarize themselves with the epistemic and methodological traditions of Euro-American, Asian, and Philippine theatre, oral studies, rhetoric and performance scholarship, as well as to identify specific trajectories of individual research projects. We are also envisioning to produce interdisciplinary research projects across the wide spectrum of speech, theatre and performance studies.


The program situates the term “performance” in a broad spectrum of definitions. First, performance may refer to highly aestheticized, stylized, and amplified modes of communicative practice that a society takes in, harnesses, realizes, and ultimately passes on across time and space. Second, performance is any embodied and multi-sensual social practice involving a repertoire of gestures and behaviors that people reiterate, reinvent, recombine, and reconfigure in specific contexts. Third, performance pertains to reiterated modes of exertion, enactment, and intervention in the world that serve purposes such as the transmission of social knowledge, the construction and reconstruction of self-identity, the commemoration or intensification of memory, and the edification and reformation of the world at large, among others.

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