True to her mission of offering quality education at affordable costs for those who have least in life, then Liceo de Cagayan applied in 1983 for the offering of Graduate Education.

Government Recognition was obtained for the Master of Arts in Nursing (M.A.N.) Program in 1984. Dean Cirlezita F. Cabote of the College of Nursing served as the first director. In 1985 Liceo received Government Recognition for the Master in Management (M.M.) Program. Mr. Aselo S. Calapre, JCD, was appointed dean of the Graduate School, with Mr. Juanito Magno, C.P.A., SGV partner and AIM alumnus, serving as a consultant. Both courses were thesis programs. The M.M., however, had a second option. In lieu of the thesis, a development paper was required for graduation.

The School of Graduate Studies catered to the businessmen and executives in the region who wishes to refine their managerial skills through diligent efforts in an academic atmosphere. It also served as a facility for the in-house development of the administrators, faculty, and staff in the areas of administration and management.

During the first year of its existence, the number of enrollees ranged from 40 to 80 for both M.M. and M.A.N. The students came from the academic, business, and government sectors of Butuan City, Ozamis City, Camiguin, Valencia and Marawi City. The M.M. instructors were holders of M.B.A and Ph.D. in Education. Numbered among the pioneer instructors were Mr. Ric Roa and Mr. Ben Roa, Mr. Carolino, Dr. Gloria Imperio, and Dr. Grace Caballero. The M.A.N instructors included Dr. Marcelo Lopez of the then Philippine Normal College in Cebu City, Dean Socorro Gasco of Tacloban City, and Dean Cirlezita F. Cabote. These initiatives were inspired by a vision of service of Dr. Rafaelita Pelaez Golez, then the EVP.

In 1985 the M.M. Program produced its first candidate Mr. Clemente Paylangco, and in 1986 its second batch: Aselo S. Calapre, Camilo Pangan, Puro Velez, Ceferina Lude̱Yolanda Tenestrante, and Laura Febrero. The M.A.N. Program had in 1986 its first graduate РAmelia Manalo; and in 1987 its second batch: Norma Simborio, Faith Lim, Elizabeth Lagrito, Fleoy Ysmael, Lydia Alumbro and Glory Wabe.

Few years after the School of Graduate Studies, on the initiative of the Executive Vice President and for the purpose of serving the community and meeting its needs, widened the course offerings under the Management Program. Having received the Government Permit, the school offered two majors in 1992: Management Engineering and Development Management; and in 1993, additional two majors: Environmental Management and the Human Resource Management. True to the Liceo tradition, these fields of concentration are pioneering courses in the City.

In February 1994 the School of Graduate Studies transferred from the Rodolfo N. Pelaez Hall to the new concrete three-storey Arts and Sciences Building (ASB) in the main campus located along what is now known as the R.N. Pelaez Boulevard, Kauswagan Road. Classes were held on weekdays and weekends in well-lighted and air-conditioned rooms equipped with overhead projectors, white boards, comfortable chairs, and study tables.

The School of Graduate Studies grew to the level of offering a post graduate course: Doctor in Management for which Government Recognition was given in 1992. The program started with 12 enrollees. Instructors included Dr. Aselo S. Calapre who earned his Doctor in Management from the University of San Jose Recoletos Cebu City, with Dr. Carmen Eturma, Dr. Mariano M. Lerin, and Dr. Victoria Gabison as visiting professors. In 1995 the program had its first batch of graduates: Modesto Babaylan, and Allan Antonio Salderiega, Vincent Salas, and Epifanio Laurito.

In school year 1993-94, DECS Secretary Dr. Armand Fabella lifted the thesis requirement for graduation for the masters program in Business and Management. This attracted a number of students enrolling for advanced studies; that is, by 1994-95 enrolment rose to a record high of almost 500 students. This sudden interest of students to pursue graduate studies was also due to the government’s policy of requiring a graduate degree for promotion and corresponding salary increase.

Toward the end of the school year 1994-95, Dr. Nestor V. dela Cruz who was then Liceo de Cagayan’s vice president for academic and student affairs, headed the School of Graduate Studies as dean. In 1996 Dr. Modesto C. Babaylan took over the deanship.

In July of 1998 the School of Graduate Studies and the Philippine-Canada and Government Support Program entered into a memorandum of agreement in response to a number of government agenciesÂ’ demands for scholarship grants for their heads and staff. To meet their needs, the University offered Master in Local Governance (MLG) Program in support to the governmentÂ’s thrust for effective and efficient local governance. This program was awarded a government recognition in 1999. In the same year the School of Graduate Studies applied for First Level Accreditation with the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities-Commission on Accreditation (PACUCOA).

The year 2000 saw a change of leadership in the Graduate Studies. Dr. Bienvenido Flores was appointed as dean. Meanwhile, contact sessions were changed into a trimester mode to accommodate the schedules of professionals including executives in different agencies and companies desiring to further their educational qualifications by enrolling in graduate courses. Beginning with academic year 2000-2001, trimester sessions were scheduled from May to August, September to December, and January to April.

In February 2002 all the Master in Management Programs, including those of Nursing, were granted the level of accreditation applied for. In July 2003 the School of Graduate Studies was visited by a team of National Evaluators from the Evaluation of Graduate Education of the Philippines-Commission of Higher Education (EGEP-CHED) and was rated “very good.”

After a second term Dean Bienvenido Flores resumed full time teaching, but remained as an affiliate faculty of the School of Graduate Studies.

This was also the period when the School of Graduate Studies prepared for the PACU-COA Survey Team for level 2 First Re-accreditation. On January 31, 2006, the Graduate Studies received the certification from the Federation of Accrediting Agencies of the Philippines (FAAP) granting Level 2 status for accreditation of all its Master in Management Programs.

At this time Dr. Teresita T. Tumapon who retired from the presidency in chartered colleges in late 2003 and was serving in the University as consultant for internationalization beginning June 2004, was appointed Dean of Graduate Studies in August 2005.

Since the graduate dean’s portfolio also carried the internationalization consultancy, linkages formed also carried graduate studies components such as accreditation of education and training arising from these linkages. Thus, from 2005 to the present, the Scool of Graduate Studies, together with the College of Education and the Basic Education Departments, has collaborated with the Department of Education (DepEd) for the training not only of teachers from public schools, but also those from private schools along the areas of English, Mathematics, and Sciences for which graduate credits may be earned by the teachers subject to meeting the course requirements. Similarly, linkages were forged for the education and training of the Philippine National Police (PNP), in collaboration with the School of Graduate Studies, the UniversityÂ’s College of Criminology, and Institute of Short Studies.

Between this period and up to the present, efforts have been directed toward enhancing the curricula of the various programs. To respond to the world-wide Sustainable Cities Project (SCP) of the UNDP, the Master in Environmental Management was customized to align with the City’s Integrated Waste Management thrust toward Environmental Planning and Management. Consequently, the University is identified as the anchor institution for the SCP Program.

The rationale and the objectives have been reviewed for their alignment with the curriculum content. In addition, explicit statements on how the core values of the University underpin the discussions of the curriculum content are duly indicated in course syllabi.

Also, the Master in Nursing which is oriented for practitioners, serves as the initial degree for the Master of Arts in Nursing, which is a research-oriented program. The five majors in the graduate nursing program; namely, Nursing Administration Services, Maternal and Child Nursing, Medical-Surgical Nursing, Community Health Nursing and Psychiatric Nursing have remained as offerings, with the last two enriching the more popular first three major areas as cognates of the M.A.N. and M.N. programs.

Similar to the practitioner’s degree, the Master in Management Program sets a second option that consists of additional cognates, subject to a revalida within one year after passing the comprehensive examination.

During this period Local Scholars Program (LSP) recipients of bursaries through the Civil Service who have been long overdue in completing their degree requirements were invited to continue their studies. The “ultimatum” by the Civil Service for them to complete their degrees yielded a handful either completing their course requirements or finally joining the graduation exercises for the SY 2006-2007.

In the same period extramural classes established in earlier years in Davao Doctors College and at the Universidad de Zamboanga were nearing the completion of course requirements for their respective programs; namely, Doctor in Management, Master in Management major in Human Resource Management, Master in Nursing, and Master of Arts in Education major in Health Personnel Education. This phase of the programs saw very hectic months for completion and defense of graduate school theses and dissertations for research advisers as well as examiners and the Office of the dean. Advisers, however, were limited to five advisees at any one time.

On the availment of presentation technology, graduate classes make use of overhead projectors and LCDÂ’s. The School of Graduate Studies broke ground when it held an oral defense using video conferencing between Zamboanga City and Cagayan de Oro City, which according to the CHED Regional Director, was likely the first oral defense to be conducted through such a medium probably in this part of the country. The candidate who was catching up with her bursary deadline and was on a full term of her pregnancy could not personally come over to the University main campus for her orals.

To continue assisting fairly established schools in enhancing the competence of their faculty and staff and for them to meet the degree requirements to teach in higher education, the School of Graduate Studies entered into inter-institutional collaboration agreements with several higher education institutions for extramural classes in selected graduate programs.

The latest addition to the majors in Master in Management is Instructional Systems Management (MM-ISM). As the catalogue of graduate courses states, ISM is a relatively new specialization, which draws from the social and behavioral sciences. It responds to the need for professional trainers as either effective classroom teachers or corporate staff developers.