Historical Sketch of the Graduate School

The graduate program started in 1981 with the offering of Master of Arts in Industrial Education (MAIE) major in Administration and Supervision with ten (10) students.  Enrolment in MAIE gradually increased to 100 students.  In the second trimester of Academic Year 2002-2003, the Doctor of Education was offered in consortium with Bulacan State University. The DHVSU Graduate School was institutionalized and granted an independent status by the Board of Regents on March 2, 2010.

The Master of Arts in Education (MAEd) major in Educational Management program was initially offered in the first trimester of Academic Year 2003-2004.  Another program was added in the first trimester of Academic Year 2008-2009, the Master of Public Administration (MPA).

After which, Master of Business Management, Master of Arts in Education majors in Mathematics, Filipino, Physical Education, English, Technology and Livelihood Education and Doctor of Public Administration were offered.  Certificates of Programs Compliance were issued to the University for satisfactorily addressing the requirements on administration, faculty complement, research presentation and publication, library holdings, support services, physical facilities and laboratories, among others.   In its commitment to quality and excellence, the academic programs were subjected to Accrediting Agency of Chartered Colleges and Universities in the Philippines (AACCUP) evaluation, satisfactory passed the preliminary visit, granted Level 1 with a “Very Good” rating and upgraded to Level 2 status in 2019.

Strong partnership with the various agencies of the government, civil society groups, non-governmental organizations, peoples organizations were forged as part of its “corporate social responsibility” advocacy.  Due to the recognition of the University’s stature and reputation, the GS served as the host unit for the DELTA (Developing Excellent Leaders and Teachers Academic Achievement) scholars of the Province of Pampanga. In 2017, there were 144 public schools teachers (Batch 1) who enjoyed scholarship benefits and other related fees. While 83 public school teachers (Batch 2) were enrolled in 2018. The Project KIKO: (Keeping the Innovative Knowledge Outstanding) ofMayor Francis Garcia, sponsored an initial of 30 scholarship grants for the public school teachers of Bataan. While Candaba Mayor Rene Maglanque sponsored scholarship privileges for the 75 public school teachers to take Master of Arts in Education major in Educational Management.  The Project KIKO and Maglaque Scholarship Program commenced in October 2020.

In recognition of the strong need for a broad-based improvement of the readiness, capabilities and capacities of public service professionals in education to ensure the attainment of producing competitive graduates at different levels of education, innovative engagement is put into fore. Hence, “Cross-Institutional Complementation for Advanced Program Capacitation” is conceived,  a joint academic venture between DHVSU and Dr. Yanga’s Colleges and a Commission on Higher Education (CHED) endorsed program.



 Name                                           Inclusive Year  Designation
Dr. Dolores T.  Quiambao 2012 to date      Dean
Dr. Yolanda E.  Crisostomo  2011 to 2012    Dean
Dr. Laura Miriam Buenviaje  2003 to 2011    Dean
Dr. Laurencita N. Villanueva 1988 to 2003  Coordinator
Dr. Wenceslao M. Santos  1981 to 1983    Coordinator








Academic Programs
GS Academic Programs are granted Certificates of Program Compliance by the Commission on Higher Education.

GS Academic Programs are accredited by the AACCUP (Accrediting Agency of Chartered Colleges and Universities in the Philippines, Incorporated.

Recognition and Citation
The Commission on Higher Education designated the University as the Center of Development for Teacher Education 

Commission on Higher Education and Department of Education endorsed the establishment of the Graduate School - Center for Professional Practice (GS-CPP); the Center offers innovative, transformative and viable short term courses; series of seminars, trainings & conferences were conducted for capacity building, program enhancement, extension services; among others.

The University serves as the partner-agency of the following:

✔         Department of Interior & Local Government - to conduct capacity building for the newly elected officials & civil society organization (CSO) focal persons 

✔         Department of Education – to assist in the research activities of the public school heads and teachers, specifically during the division & regional research congress

✔         Commission on Higher Education – to extend technical assistance in the conduct of   Regional Quality Assessment Team institutional evaluation and monitoring of Higher Education Institutions

✔         Philippine National Police – to serve as an advisory council member as well as conduct continuing professional education sessions, i.e. facilitate strategic planning sessions, consultancy services, etc.

✔         National Economic and Development Authority – to provide assistance in the conduct of policy researches, focus group discussion, and other related engagement;

✔         Talete king Panyulong Kapampangan Foundation, Incorporated, a non-government organization in Pampanga – to provide support in the establishment of the TPKI Learning Institute as well as in the screening of its top executives;

✔         Royal Institute, an international multi-disciplinary organization based in Singapore, conferred the University the highest and prestigious “honorary’ award.

✔         Thai Nguyen University of Economics and Business Administration, International partnership in Vietnam in terms of resource sharing in research, instruction, human complement, among others.


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Graduate School Faculty

The Graduate School of the Don Honorio Ventura State University expects its faculty members to provide high-quality educational experience, generate enriching pedagogical knowledge and develop competent capacity enhancement to graduate students enrolled in the said program.

The GS Professors are well-acclaimed personalities and experts highly immersed in public governance and supervision. GS Professors are comprising of University Officials, Undersecretaries, Regional Directors, Department Heads, Supervisors, Chief Executives, Technical Specialists, Practitioners, among others. Their wide array of exposures both in academics, industry and public practice intricately engender a fusion of theoretical conjectures and the pragmatic realities of governance and new public service.



Program Offerings

Doctor of Education major in Educational Management
Doctor of Public Administration
Master of Arts in Education major in Educational Management
Master of Arts in Education major in Mathematics
Master of Arts in Education major in English
Master of Arts in Education major in Physical Education
Master of Arts in Education major in Technology and Livelihood Education
Master of Arts in Education major in Filipino
Master of Science in Social Work
Master of Public Administration
            Thesis Track
            Non-Thesis Track
Master in Business Administration
            Thesis Track
            Non-Thesis Track

Center for Professional Practice
The Center for Professional Practice offers non- degree programs; specifically focusing on lifelong learning, continuing capacity development, and other related flexible learning pathways.


Master of Arts in Education
The Master of Arts in Education prepares individuals for the broad spectrum of educational positions and roles in the field of education. It equips education students for the various administrative and supervisory positions in elementary, secondary, post-secondary and vocational programs.


  • Major in Educational Management
  • Major in Mathematics
  • Major in Technology and Livelihood Education
  • Major in Physical Education
  • Major in Filipino
  • Major in English

Master of Arts in Education major in Educational Management
The Master of Arts in Education major in Educational Management (MAED-EM) is a competency-oriented graduate program which prepares educators and would-be-school administrators with functional philosophies, theories, research-based management with emphasis on administration and supervision of schools. It also allows students to explore the theoretical and practical aspects of curriculum development, supervision of instruction and school activities and educational legislations which will transform them to become highly skilled, globally responsive, educational managers/leaders and instructional specialist.

Master of Arts in Education major in Mathematics
The Master of Arts in Education major in Mathematics is a demand-driven graduate education program owing to the fact that the institution is a renowned institution, thus, the graduate program is designed in pursuit of high-end discipline strongly anchored on the undergraduate Mathematics programs and relevant experiences  of the institution’s clientele in response to the  educational development demand particularly of the region and in general promotes the national sustainable development thrusts.  The program is a complement to the current graduate programs of DHVSU geared towards global competitiveness through enhanced quality, efficiency and effectiveness.

The Master of Arts in Mathematics program is intended for teachers of mathematics courses which include non-mathematics majors whose undergraduate preparation may or not really a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics degree, but of related discipline such as students of business administration, economics, engineering, the social science, etc. The program likewise prepares prospective school administrators in the broad spectrum of educational milieu as regards to position and roles they play in the field of education in various levels including the technical and vocational programs.

Master of Arts in Education major in Technology and Livelihood Education
The Master of Arts in Education major in Technology and Livelihood Education aims to produce highly competent professionals who can:

  1. Develop insights and higher order thinking skills and apply effective management strategies in organization;
  2. Develop competence in the implementation of the program in their respective schools;
  3. Recognize, understand, analyze the complexity of program as implemented in the school as far as the changes and developments is concerned; and
  4. Emerge from major changes with realistic ideas about how they make use of their knowledge, skills, and values in the occupational pursuits in a variety of settings.

Master of Arts in Education major in Physical Education
The Master of Arts in Education major in Physical Education aims to:

  1. To provide a deep understanding of the principles, concepts, and skills in physical education in schools.
  2. To equip with advanced scientific and applied training in sports and wellness, instructional materials development and pedagogical skills in physical education.
  3. To enhance competencies by providing opportunities and involvement in the community through physical education programs.

Master of Arts in Education major in Filipino
The Master of Arts in Education major in Filipino is a demand-response driven program addressing the pressing needs brought about by Republic Act 10533: An Act Enhancing the Philippine Basic Education System otherwise known as the  “Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013″ also known as K to 12 or the Enhanced Basic Education Curriculum, by honing up the competence and pedagogical skills of teachers, school administrators and education program supervisors in the field of Filipino as a subject.

The program Master of Arts in Education major in Filipino is conceived for teachers of the Filipino language, school administrators, education supervisors and those who desires to upgrade their knowledge in the Filipino Language particularly in linguistics or grammar and in literature.

Master of Arts in Education major in English
The Master of Arts in Education major in English prepares individuals for the broad spectrum of educational positions and roles in the field of English education. With its challenging and innovative curriculum, taught by outstanding faculty, it prepares education students for the various administrative and supervisory positions in elementary, secondary, post-secondary and vocational programs.

Specifically, it aims to:

  1. update and enrich classroom teachers’ content knowledge in English;
  2. enhance and expand classroom teachers’ pedagogical knowledge and skills for teaching English;
  3. improve classroom teachers’ efficacy in producing innovative and creative instructional programs or materials that will improve the teaching-learning process, and
  4. to conduct relevant researches for the improvement of the teaching-learning process

Master of Science in Social Work
The Master of Science in Social work aims to prepare the students to assume leadership roles in various fields in the practice of social welfare and social development work.   Specifically, it aspires that the students of this program will be able to:

  1. Enhance leadership skills in the practice of the profession;
  2. Equip them with knowledge to further promote effective implementation of social welfare programs; and
  3. Develop the Social workers’ sustainable contribution in promoting development work.

Master in Public Administration
Master in Public Administration is a graduate program designed to equip students with administrative and management concepts and theories useful in formulating solutions to problems associated with public and non-profit administration. It also aims to enhance students’ research capability in the areas of public administration, policy formulation and analysis, development management, budgeting and financial resource management, human resource development and contemporary issues in public affairs management.

Students under the MPA program are exposed to current issues in public administration as well as to the practical application of various skills and techniques in the field. The program is inter-disciplinary drawing from both business and economics.

Plan A (Thesis Track) is designed to provide researchers, teachers, and prospective college instructors with the knowledge and research skills in public administration. Students are required to prepare and defend a thesis.

Plan B (Non-Thesis Track) aims to provide students with the theoretical background and technical skills needed for the effective implementation of public policy in a developing country. Students under Plan B may choose from the following fields of specialization: public policy and program administration, organization studies, fiscal administration, local government and regional development, voluntary sector management, public enterprise management, and spatial information management.

Master of Business Administration
The Master’s Degree in Business Administration is designed to meet the growing demand for trained men and women managers in business and industry. It seeks to develop intellectual leaders with a distinct advantage in their profession, be it industrial, financial, government or non-profit institutions. It is envisioned to provide the business community with competent managers and entrepreneurs responsive to the environmental opportunities and attuned to the expected role of business and management.

Specifically, the MBA Program shall:

  • Develop among the students an understanding of the role and responsibilities of business and society;
  • Develop the students’ attitudes, technical skills and commitment necessary in the business world;
  • Provide the students with the theoretical and practical training of the entire business functions and the interrelationships;
  • Strengthen the analytic skills of students for problem solving and decision making;
  • Develop in the students an interest in research in business and management; and
  • Develop in the students an understanding of the role of the computer technology as a strategic business.

MBA Non-Thesis Program is designed for business professionals, practitioners, entrepreneurs, employees in public and private institutions, and senior undergraduate students, regardless of their field of study. This program prepares them for management roles in the fields of Human Resource Management, Strategic Marketing Management, or in Innovation Management. It is designed to develop practitioner-oriented skills that enable would-be managers to contribute to strategic decisions necessary for the organization’s viability and sustainability.

This track links theory to practice by analyzing marketing issues from inside an organization. Concepts and processes which involve the development of market-driven strategies, operational knowledge and understanding the marketing functions of an actual organization, and how it interconnects with other functions as well as its impact on the business are the main focus of this track.


Admission Policies and Guidelines

Admission Requirements

Applicants seeking admission in the Graduate School shall submit the following preliminary requirements:

  • Accomplished Application Form
  • Letter of Intent
  • Certified True Copy of Transcript of Records

(Note: For enrollment purpose should be specified)

  • Two (2) Recommendation Letters from Superior and former Professor(s)
  • Birth certificate issued and authenticated by Philippine Statistics Authority (Photocopy, however, bring Original for verification purposes)
  • Marriage Certificate issued and authenticated by Philippine Statistics Authority, for married female applicant (Photocopy, bring Original for verification purposes)
  • University Admission Test and Interview                                       
  • Official Receipt: Testing Fee (P300.00)

Additional Requirements for Transferees

  • Honorable Dismissal
  • Description of professional subjects and course taken from previous school

Qualifying Examination and Interview

Qualifying Examination and Interview: An applicant for the graduate and/or post graduate program must pass the admission examination (standardized examination and essay question) and qualifying interview.


Message from the Dean



The journey towards success is painstaking. However, you have proven yourselves worthy of the Honorian diploma for the sheer diligence and excellence demonstrated as you straddled the rough path of professional growth.

In this, the University takes pride in conferring recognition on all of you who sought to further their professional competence no matter how volatile, complex, and ambiguous the circumstances are.

So in the spirit of gratitude, thank all those whose efforts showed you, and led your way through triumph. Savor the victory now, but never forget—it is just the beginning!

Treat this echelon as a preliminary phase for greater realization. As John Dewey once said, “Educaton is not preparation for life; education is life itself.”

Once again, warmest congratulations on yur graduation. Carpe Diem!

Dolores T. Quiambao, Ed. D.
Dean, Graduate School

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