Saturday, February 8, 2014

Top 10 International Relations/Studies degree programs in the Philippines



Philippine International Studies Organization (PhISO) was established on September 2015 by an open letter written by Nassef Manabilang Adiong, PhD which he circulated among IR students and scholars in the Philippines, and whose respondents became the core group and officers of the organization. By the end of September, PhISO’s official website was launched. This was followed by the signing of the charter on October 25 and the creation of a board of advisers by the end of November 2015. With the indefatigable efforts of Frances Antoinette Cruz, the Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws of PhISO were duly approved by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) of the Republic of the Philippines on 01 April 2016.

[Ang PhISO ay itinatag noong Setyembre 2015 sa pamamagitan ng isang pampublikong liham na inilathala ni Nassef Manabilang Adiong, PhD para sa mga Pilipinong mag-aaral at alagad ng agham pang-ugnayang pandaigdigan. Ang mga tumugon ay nagsilbing kasapi ng sentrong samahan at pamunuan ng PhISO. Ang opisyal na website ay inilunsad noong katapusan ng Setyembre. Sinundan ito ng paglagda ng saligang batas noong Oktubre 25 at paglikha ng lupon ng mga tagapayo sa dulo ng Nobyembre 2015. Dahil sa di matawarang abilidad ni Frances Antoinette Cruz, ang mga artikulong pang-korporasyon at saligang batas ng PhISO ay inaprobahan ng Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) ng Republika ng Pilipinas noong ika-1 ng Abril taong 2016.]
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For updated IR degree programs available in the Philippines click here.

There are more or less 35 Philippine universities and colleges that offer International Relations (IR) as degree programs. Most of the IR programs in the Philippines are under the Political Science program or concentrated on area studies. My top 10 highly recommended IR degree programs in the Philippines are:


College of Social Sciences and Philosophy
Department of Political Science
MA-BA in Political Science (with cognate courses on International Relations)
UP Asian Center - MA in Asian Studies
UP IIS - MA in Islamic Studies (IR course of the Muslim world is offered)


College of Liberal Arts
Department of International Studies
MA in International Studies major in European Studies
MA in Asian Studies major in Japanese Studies
BA in International Studies major in American, European, Japanese or Chinese studies
De La Salle's sister schools (Benilde, Dasmariñas, and St. La Salle) offer IR courses.


School of Social Sciences
Department of Political Science
BA in European Studies (International Relations or Business tracks)
BA in Chinese Studies (Business, Humanities or Social Science tracks)
Ateneo's sister schools in Cagayan (Xavier), Davao, Naga, and Zamboanga have IR degree programs. 


College of International, Humanitarian and Development Studies







College of International Relations
BA Foreign Service major in Diplomacy or International Trade
Lyceum Cavite - BS in Foreign Service major in Diplomacy










The King Faisal Center for Islamic, Arabic and Asian Studies
BS in International Relations






Helena Z. Benitez School of International Relations and Diplomacy



School of Multidisciplinary Studies







School of Arts and Sciences









Specialized IR programs:

Centro Escolar University
Graduate School
PhD and MA in Southeast Asian Studies

Foreign Service Institute (Department of Foreign Affairs)
Carlos P. Romulo School of Diplomacy
--Foreign Service Officers (FSO) Cadetship Course
--Career Ministers’ Course
--Course on Conflict Resolution, Negotiation and Mediation
--Course on Diplomatic Communication
--Basic Course in International Relations
--Course on Foreign Policy Analysis
Center for International Relations and Strategic Studies (CIRSS)
--CIRSS undertakes studies in support of the formulation, review and dissemination of Philippine foreign policy. It also organizes conferences, round table discussions (RTD), lectures, and forums as channels for interaction, cooperation and integration of the efforts of local and foreign experts from government, private and academic sectors on foreign policy issues and their domestic implications.

National Defense College of the Philippines
Department of Academics
Master in National Security Administration


List of the remaining IR programs in alphabetical order:

Ateneo de Naga University
College of Arts and Sciences
BA in Philosophy major in Foreign Service and International Relations

Ateneo de Zamboanga University
School of Liberal Arts
Department of Social Sciences

BS in International Studies major in Chinese, European, Japanese, Korean or Southeast Asian studies.

School of Arts and Education
BA in International Studies

De La Salle University, Dasmariñas 
College of Liberal Arts and Communication
BA in International Development Studies

Institute of Arts and Sciences
Department of International Studies
BA in International Studies

College of Arts and Sciences
BA in International Studies

Manuel L. Quezon University
School of Education, Arts & Sciences
BS in Foreign Service

Department of Arts and Sciences
BS in International Studies major in Japanese Language and Studies

College of Arts and Sciences
BA major in International Studies

BS in Diplomacy and International Relations
- URL is inaccessible.

St. Dominic College of Asia
School of International Hospitality and Tourism Management
BS in International Relations

St. Peter’s College, Iligan City
BS in International Relations
URL is inaccessible.

St. Scholastica's College
School of Arts and Sciences
BA in Political Science with specialization in International Relations

BS in Foreign Service

College of Arts & Sciences
BA in Foreign Service

University of San Jose-Recoletos
College of Arts & Sciences
BA in International Studies

University of Santo Tomas
Faculty of Arts and Letters
BA in Asian Studies

University of Southern Mindanao, Kabacan
Institute of Middle East and Asian Studies
Department of International Relations
- URL is inaccessible.

University of St. La Salle
College of Arts and Sciences
BA Political Science major in International Studies

College of Arts and Sciences
Department of History and International Studies
BA in International Studies major in American or Chinese studies

College of Arts and Sciences
BA in International Studies


- Ateneo de Davao University
- Ateneo de Zamboanga University
- Liceo de Cagayan University
- Mindanao Kokusai Daigaku
- Mindanao State University, Marawi Campus
- RC-Al Khwarizmi International College
- University of Southern Mindanao, Kabacan
- Xavier University - Ateneo de Cagayan


See: Tickner and Wæver's International Relations Scholarship Around the World (Worlding Beyond the West)

NB. This list is not an exhausted one, but those are the well-known programs within the circles of IR academia in the Philippines. To learn how IR became an independent social science discipline, read the compendium project of ISA.