LWRD Curricular Programs

Doctor of Philosophy in Agricultural Engineering

The doctoral program is currently under the administrative jurisdiction of the UPLB Graduate School. It is open to individuals who are MS or MPS holders and who have met the admission requirements of LWRD and the UPLB Graduate School.

The core content of the PhD curriculum focuses on land and water resources engineering, which is designed to provide graduates with the ability to impart knowledge in resources development and management, and to conduct a sharply focused and detailed academic research.

Qualified PhD candidates are then required to take the following:

(1) 12 – 15 units of coursework in the major field (beyond the master’s degree) in the fields of land and water resources planning, water management, soil erosion and sediment transport, drainage engineering, statistical hydrology, groundwater hydrology and water quality control;

(2) 9 – 12 units in the supportive field areas of agro-meteorology, agronomy, soils, economic and statistics; and

(3) 12 units dissertation in which the student demonstrates his/her ability to conduct and defend a deep inquiry in particular aspect of land and water resources phenomena, distribution, conservation or utilization.

PhD candidates are required to pass both written and oral comprehensive examinations. Graduates of this program are expected to have a broad and in-depth view of land and water resources as they relate to agricultural production, the conservation and protection of these resources, and the maintenance of the integrity and stability of the environment.

Admission Requirements

The applicant should have a weighted grade point average of 2.5 or better for graduates of UP or 2.0 or better for graduates of other institutions in their undergraduate courses in mathematics, chemistry, physics and engineering.

Selection of Courses

In coordination with the other units of UPLB, the LWRD can recommend a wide variety of graduate courses for its MS and PhD programs.  Hence, in consultation with his/her major adviser, the student may select the courses he/she wishes to include in his/her course plan, taking into account his/her intellectual capability and the expected needs of his/her profession.  However, the student’s plan of study should be approved by the UPLB Graduate School not later than the end of his/her first semester of enrollment.

Master of Science in Agricultural Engineering

The master’s program is currently under the administrative jurisdiction of the UPLB Graduate School. It is open to individuals who have completed baccalaureate degrees in agricultural or civil engineering and who have met the admission requirements of LWRD and the UPLB Graduate School.

The program has been designed primarily to enhance the professional competence of engineers. It caters to the needs of academic and research institutions. It requires 24 credit units of coursework and 6 credit units of thesis. It can be completed within a minimum period of two years.

MS candidates are required to pass an oral comprehensive examination. In addition to the thesis, a candidate for graduation is required to submit an article based on his research for publication in a technical journal.

Graduates are expected to have acquired expertise in irrigation and drainage, irrigation agronomy, hydrology, soil and water conservation, land use planning, and water resources utilization and management. Graduates under this program are awarded with the degree of Master of Science in Agricultural Engineering, major in Land and Water Resources.

Admission Requirements

The applicant should have a weighted grade point average of 2.5 or better for graduates of UP or 2.0 or better for graduates of other institutions in their undergraduate courses in mathematics, chemistry, physics and engineering.

Selection of Courses

In coordination with the other units of UPLB, the LWRD can recommend a wide variety of graduate courses for its MS and PhD programs. Hence, in consultation with his/her major adviser, the student may select the courses he/she wishes to include in his/her course plan, taking into account his/her intellectual capability and the expected needs of his/her profession. However, the student’s plan of study should be approved by the UPLB Graduate School not later than the end of his/her first semester of enrollment.

Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Engineering

The undergraduate program provides basic education for developing skills and professional knowledge common to the specialized fields of agricultural engineering. The fields of specialization in LWRD are the following:

* Land & Water Resources Engineering
* Irrigation Engineering
* Drainage Engineering
* Hydrology
* Hydraulic Engineering
* Soil & Water Conservation Engineering/Watershed Management
* Aquaculture Engineering

Institute of Agricultural Engineering

University of the Philippines Los Baños
College of Engineering & Agro-Industrial Technology
University of the Philippines Los Baños
Laguna 4031
Telefax No. +63 (49) 536-8745, 536-2686, 536-3291, 536-3606