Historical Overview

In 1974, Director P. Ramon C. Reyes established the Graduate School for Business Administration with only the Master in Business Administration Program (MBA) as the department’s initial program offering. Meanwhile, Dean Theodoro T. Abrigo, in 1980, instituted the Master in Business Administration Special Management Program (MBA SMP), a first-rate graduate program designed solely for the business executives, managers and leaders.

Subsequently, the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) was launched in 1995 under the Dean Perfecto Panuelos with the aim of intensifying the theoretical knowledge of MBA graduates and further sharpen their managerial and leadership skills.

For over 40 years, distinguished university professors and well-known industry practitioners have become part of the teaching and learning history of the Letran Graduate School. Likewise, its dynamic academic set-up and serene campus have been home to many individuals who have risen to important work positions and professional recognitions.

The Academic Programs

Designed to accommodate an individual’s educational goals and career direction, the Letran Graduate School offers the following Programs:

  1. MBA Standard with thesis (recent graduates are accepted in this program of 30-units Coursework and 3+3 units of Thesis Writing and Defense which is equivalent to 36 units)*
  2. MBA Standard with Strategic Management (recent graduates are accepted in this non-thesis program of 36 units of Coursework and 3 units of Integrating course with Defense which is equivalent to 39 units)
  3. MBA Special Management Program is re-introduced as a first-rate, intensive, modular–type, stand-alone certificate and seminar-designed program for business executives, managers, senior educators, seasoned academic administrators, entrepreneurs, individuals in leadership capacity and those preparing for high level administrative assignments (consists of 36 units of Coursework equivalence and 3 units of Integrating course requirement called Business Project Paper )
  4. Doctor of Business Administration, with focus on either Management Consultancy or Educational Leadership direction (qualification for application is any Masters Degree in a related field) **
The Graduate School Schedule

The Letran Graduate School operates in a 3-term cycle. Regular classes are scheduled in 4 sessions every Saturday (8-11, 11-2, 2-5, 5-8) and on weekdays (Thursdays and Fridays) 6-9pm. The Certificate Courses and some course of the MBA SMP may from time to time run on a full weekend or on 3 consecutive week day schedule.

Certificate Courses

The Letran Graduate School with its thrust of continuing professional education also provides Certificate Programs to practitioners, some of which are credited courses in the new MBA Special Management Program such as:

    This 2-day course focuses on the basics of developing the ability to express positive and negative ideas and emotions in an open, honest, tactful and direct way. Through innovative modalities, participants will be introduced to the various skills that recognize one’s rights and responsibilities in a communicative exchange that arrives at a mutually beneficial and satisfying outcome.
    This course is about enhancing one’s skills and techniques to plan, lead and participate in meetings of any kind, including spontaneous discussion between colleagues, to formal presentations and meetings with external suppliers or customers. This course is helpful not only to regular meeting participants who feel that their time is better used for another purpose, but also to a frustrated meeting chairperson who is constantly struggling to keep things on track. Using exercises to improve communication and facilitation skills, focus and creativity, this course will develop an individual to become a more effective business meeting manager and speaker.
  • SELLING BASICS (2 days)
    The challenge of moving our products/services to get across our customers remains to be of tall importance in the field of business. The adage that “nothing happens until a sale is made” proves to be an existing truth which puts great importance on making (trade) “transactions” where any economy rests its soul. The course provides the understanding on the basic essentials in selling - knowledge about the product/service, the target market environment/industry, and the essential selling skills that make an effective salesperson. Using the key (basic) techniques in selling, the discussions and exercises in the course will help prepare an individual to develop his/her basic selling skills and utilize them to build an edge in the business.
    A program that leverages on the financial sector’s culture of financial fitness, prudent lifestyle, planned spending and calculated entrepreneurial risk-taking. It aims to help people in the financial sector, even ordinary individuals to understand the path towards financial independence through the sound management of income and creative investment.
    The key to the successful supervision of other people is being able to effectively delegate, manage time, set clear goals and expectations and resolve conflict. Oftentimes, people are promoted to a position of supervision without a clear understanding that it requires a completely different skills set. This dynamic training approach which includes strategies on conflict resolution, setting of SMARTER goals and conscientious provision of feedback is an employee’s new take of the challenging but rewarding role of managing men.
    In this continuously evolving industry, high demand for prime-skilled professionals arises in quite an astounding rate. But what is at the core of these “prime-skills” that really does matter? Sometimes, the problem is where we least expect it to be—memos, e-mails, letters, conversing? We thought that these are natural skills enhanced through school education, but these ‘simple’ skills, as a majority of us may call them, may be determinants of one’s professional aptitude. Wrong construction, grammar, and approaches in a conversation say a lot about an individual, especially in the professional industry. This training course works on the reinforcement of the participants’ writing skills, including grammar and construction, speech and conversational skills. Writing fundamentals will include pointers on writing effective business pieces such as e-mails, memos, letters, reports, and proposals. This part of the course is designed to provide the participants with the key understanding of modern business writing techniques to enable them to write more efficiently and professionally. Speech and conversational skills will teach the participants proper articulation and pronunciation, and the proper approaches that may be used when engaging in a communicative exchange. It will also give pointers on how to facilitate and present one’s self properly when speaking with another individual, or in front of an audience.
  • RISK MANAGEMENT( 2 days with pre-work; equivalent to Risk Management course credits in the MBA SMP)
    This seminar on Risk Management aims to facilitate the cascading of information, practices, experiences and expertise on the topic of Risk. Its purpose is to introduce ideas and promote good practice for those involved in the business of managing risk. All too often assessments of risk are crudely made and the consequences of getting things wrong can be serious; including lost opportunities, loss of business, the loss of reputation and even life of the company. This seminar presents the basic information, the current issues and emerging problems and the steps toward properly managing risk for the practitioners of an industry that thrives on uncertainty and taking chances.

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