Admission to the Master of Arts in Language and Literacy Education

This article will guide you through relevant information about the admission qualifications, procedures, and requirements to the Master of Arts in Language and Literacy Education program. Please read through this article carefully.

The Master of Arts in Language and Literacy Education (MALLE) program is open for admission every semester for UPOU Diploma in Language and Literacy Education (DLLE) graduates onlyYou may click on any section in the Contents to directly navigate you to the information you need.


What are the admission qualifications for the MALLE program?

To be admitted to the MALLE program, the applicant must:

  1. have satisfied the program-specific requirements listed in the program’s information and curriculum;
  2. have submitted the complete documentary requirements for admission before the application deadline; and
  3. have taken and passed the admission exam.

Please take note that the MALLE program is only open for UPOU DLLE graduatesThe UPOU DLLE and MALLE programs are ladderized programs. All applicants are admitted to the Diploma program first. Interested MALLE applicants must first satisfy the course requirements of the Diploma program before proceeding to the Master's program.

To view the admission requirements and procedures for the DLLE program, please visit this article.

Is there a qualifying or entrance exam for the MALLE program?

To be admitted to the MALLE program, an applicant must take the MALLE Qualifying Exam. The MALLE Qualifying exam is a sit-down and proctored examination. Details of and instructions for taking the exam will be emailed by the UPOU Admission Section.

Results of the exam will also be emailed by the UPOU Admission Section. Kindly wait for their email regarding the details and results of the exam.

What are the admission requirements for the MALLE program?

Aside from the MALLE-specific requirements, applicants are only required* to submit the following:

*submission of the general admission requirements is not required

  1. Print copy of the signed application for admission form generated from the Online Application System.
  2. True Copy of Grades (TCG) for the Diploma program.
  3. 500-word essay indicating your purpose for applying to the distance education programs and your plans after completion of graduate study at the UP Open University.
  4. Proof of Payment of Application fee (non-refundable) amounting to PHP 500.00 for applicants based in the Philippines, and USD 100.00 for applicants based abroad. Payment procedures are available in the Online Application System.

What are the admission procedures for the MALLE program?

Step 1: Apply for admission and upload the admission requirements through the Online Application System (OAS). Monitor the progress of your application through the OAS. Please visit this link to view UPOU's admission deadlines. 

Step 2: Mail or bring the complete and valid admission requirements on or before the deadline to the address below:

The Admission Section

Office of the University Registrar

UP Open University

Los Baños, Laguna 4031 Philippines


If a deadline has passed, applications for that deadline will no longer be accepted and will be evaluated for next Semester.

If you missed the deadline, you can expect the next deadline to be around the same date/period as the previous deadline. To be sure, always visit this page for updates.

Step 3: If required, take the admission exam. The details of and instructions for taking the exam will be emailed by admissions.

Step 4: If required, complete the DE Readiness Module (DERM). The link to the DERM will be emailed by admissions.

Step 5: Wait for an email from the OUR about the admission results. Results of the evaluation will be released after the evaluation of the respective Admissions Committee of the program and before the registration/enrollment period of the applied term.

How much is the tuition for the MALLE program?

Tuition is PhP 1,000.00/unit. Semestral tuition for the program is PhP 8,200.00 for the maximum allowable load of 6 units. Click on the links for the schedule of tuition and payment procedures

I have other questions.

For more information about the program, please visit the program webpage here: Master of Arts in Language and Literacy Education

For further admission inquiries and follow-ups on the status of your application, send an email to the UPOU Admission Section via the UPOU Helpdesk.

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