EIGHTEEN master’s programs of the UST Graduate School have officially been granted the highest level of recognition by an accreditation body for private higher educational institutions.

The Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation (Pacucoa) gave Level IV accreditation to 13 Master of Arts (MA) programs and five Masters of Science (MS) programs, UST said on its Facebook page on Feb. 8.

The Level IV MA programs are Development Studies, Economics, Education, Educational Management and Leadership, English Language Studies, Guidance and Counseling, History, Hospital Administration, Literature, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology and Public Administration.

The following MS programs were also accredited at Level IV: Biology, Biology Education, Chemistry, Microbiology and Pharmacy.

MS Mathematics Education was on the list of Level IV accredited programs released by UST last November but was replaced by MA Educational Management and Leadership. No explanation was given regarding the change.

According to Pacucoa, academic programs granted the prestigious Level IV status have full autonomy from government regulators. The duration of the Level IV status for the 18 UST master’s programs is until 2019.

Established in 1932, the UST Graduate School has a total of 62 graduate programs. Dayanara T. Cudal

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