Master of Research and Development Management

The MR&DM is a flexible and fully online graduate program designed to develop knowledge and skills in effective leadership of government and private R&D organizations and research funding institutions. The specialized curriculum covers the development, management, and implementation of research initiatives, including developing research collaborations and partnerships, proposal preparation and submission, contracts negotiation and management of research projects, financial management, technology commercialization, intellectual property rights, and compliance with government regulations and policies. The curriculum also includes management courses that place emphasis on leadership, ethics, and strategic planning with focus on project and technology management. The program is intended for researchers, scientists, engineers, and support personnel of HEls. government agencies, and private research organizations who would like to improve their R&D management skills and capabilities.

Program Outcomes

The MR&DM program aims to produce graduates who are able to:

  1. Demonstrate enhanced managerial leadership with an R&D-oriented perspective in organizing,
    directing, monitoring and evaluating R&D organization;
  2. Influence the transformation of R&D system as a productive, dynamic, cost-effective,
    environmentally adaptive, socially relevant, ethical and development-oriented organization; and
  3. Lead in implementing strategic R&D management innovations in technology generation,
    commercialization, and societal development

The MR&DM program will be offered online, consistent with UPOU’s mandate to provide opportunities for alternative access to quality higher education by offering baccalaureate and post-baccalaureate degree programs by distance education, as well as RA 10650 (Open Distance Learning Act), which provides for expanding access to educational services by institutionalizing open distance learning in Philippine higher education.


To qualify for admission, applicants must have:

  1. Admission requirements
    1. Bachelors degree from a reputable higher education institution; and
    2. Relevant work experience in a supervisory or managerial capacity.
  2. Other admission requirements:
    1. Applicants to the MR&DM program without relevant work experience in a supervisory or managerial capacity will be admitted initially to the DR&DM program.
    2. DR&DM program graduates are qualified for admission to the MR&DM program, provided that they have a GWA of 2.0 or better. Admitted DR&DM graduates will need to validate or re-enroll all courses taken more than five (5) years from their admission to the MR&DM program.

Other UP System rules on admission may apply.

Mode of Instruction

All subjects are offered online. The content (lessons) will be delivered via print, video, websites, or an online resource. Your teacher, called Faculty-in-Charge (FIC), will not do live lectures in the virtual classroom (called Myportal). You will be required to read modules, articles, and other online references. In some subjects, you will be asked to view some online videos.

One common learning activity is the online discussion forum. Students are also required to submit assignments, which could come in a variety of formats and types. In some subjects, you may also be asked to do some collaborative activities.

Program Structure

The 36-unit curriculum is offered in two tracks: thesis and non-thesis. The thesis track requires the application of the appropriate research methodology in an, inquiry on processes, relations. structures, emerging innovations, and/or problems or gaps in the R&D organization. The non-thesis track, on the other hand, requires a special problem where knowledge and skills learned in the program are applied to address a specific problem, gap, or need in an organization or agency setting.

Course Code Course Title Course Description No. of Units
RDM 201 Concepts and Principles of R&D Management Unique characteristics of research and development management; imperatives of success in research; research organization/system, structure and organization of researches and their management implications; behavioral problems encountered in research management. 3 units
RDM 202 Strategic R&D Management Perspectives, concepts, processes, and issues in strategic management in R&D; long-range organizational concern of research systems; and role of leader managers at different levels of the research system. [Prerequisite: R&DM 201] 3 units
RDM 203* Creativity and Innovation in R&D Organization Concepts, principles, and processes of creativity  and innovation in different industry setting 3 units
RDM 211* Support System for R&D Importance of the research support system; components and functions of research support systems; management system for the research support system. 3 units
RDM 220 Organizational Structures, Processes, and Relations in R&D System Human and organizational relations, processes and behavior, including implications and applications of organization theory to the practice of research and development management; organizational designs in appropriate research environments; institution building concepts and principles as they are applied to research organizations [Prerequisite: R&DM 201] 3 units
RDM 231 R&D Project Planning and control Concepts and principles in program/project planning; application of tools and techniques in program/project planning and control in the research setting [Prerequisite: R&DM 201] 3 units
RDM 251 Technology Evaluation Perspectives and frameworks in technology evaluation ; mechanisms in institutionalizing technology evaluation systems [Prerequisites: R&DM 201 or COI] 3 units
RDM 293* Research Methods in R&D Management Approaches, tools, and techniques in R&D management research 3 units

* For Institution

** For Inclusion (Cross listing)

Course Code Course Title Course Description No. of Units
RDM 221 Problem Solving and Decision Making in R&D Management Qualitative and quantitative approaches and tools for systematic problem solving and decision-making [Prerequisite: R&DM 201] 3 units
RDM 241* Regulatory Environment of the R&D Organization Concepts, importance, and management of regulatory environment of the R&D organization, including compliance, ethical, and legal issues and concerns [Prerequisite: R&DM 201, COI (Student whose professional work or graduate program is in policy making or any basic or technical science fields, will be allowed to enroll)] 3 units
RDM 252 Technology Commercialization and Utilization Interdependence of R&D and technology promotion functions in different R&D organizations; technology promotion and commercialization strategies, mechanisms, and techniques; factors in facilitating technology utilization [Prerequisites: R&DM 251 or COI] 3 units
RDM 253* Intellectual Property Management in R&D Organization Concepts and types of intellectual property rights and the issues and concerns in intellectual property rights in R&D 3 units
ENRM 211** Environmental Planning and Management 3 units
DEVC 208** Communication, Social Marketing and Social Mobilization Application of communication, marketing and other social science paradigms, strategies, concepts, principles and practices in promoting and mobilizing people for developmental programs, ideas and products 3 units
PM 227** Human Resources Development The government’s manpower development policies and plans as they relate to public personnel in general and to selected agency manpower planning programs in particular; forecasting for manpower needs at the agency level; developing programs to meet such needs 3 units
PM 230** Financial Management in Government Financial management, including financial planning, budget analysis and preparation, accounting, cash management, and financial accountability in a government organization 3 units
PM 241** Public Policy and Program Administration Introduction to policy analysis, policy system, policy research, the role of the State and the rationale for public policy, policy implementation, including the disciplinary foundation, processes, and methodological and practical issues of Policy Science 3 units
ASEAN 281** ASEAN Science and Technology Strategies and policies of the ASEAN Member States (AMS) in the area of science and technology (S&T), S&T infrastructure across the members countries, S&T indicators in terms of their contribution to the ASEAN as a whole. S&T development in each AMS complementation, synergy and cooperation in science and technology in the whole of the ASEAN Region. 3 units

* For Institution

** For Inclusion (Cross listing)

Course Code Course Title No. of Units
RDM 298 Special Problem 3 units
RDM 300 Thesis 6 units

A comparison of the two tracks is given in below.

MRDM Program
Thesis Track Non-Thesis Track
Core Courses 24 units 24 units
Electives 6 units  9 units
Non-Thesis/ SP 3 units
Thesis 6 units
Total 36 units  36 units


The program can be completed in 7-8 semesters as shown in the program of study below. The thesis and special problem can be completed in two semesters.

Program of Study

Students are expected to take the courses in the following sequence:

Year First Semester Number of Units Second Semester Number of Units Mid-Year
1 RDM 201 3 units RDM 220 3 units
RDM 211 3 units RDM 231 3 units
2 RDM 202 3 units RDM 203 3 units Comprehensive Exam (after all core courses)
RDM 251 3 units RDM 293 3 units
3 Elective 3 units RDM 298* 3 units
Elective 3 units Elective* 3 units
RDM 300** 6 units

*Non-thesis track
**Thesis track

For DR&DM Graduates who wish to proceed to MR&DM

Year First Semester Number of Units Second Semester Number of Units
1 RDM 202 3 units RDM 293 3 units
RDM 203 3 units Electives 3 units
Comprehensive Exam (after all core courses)
2 R&DM298* 3 units
Elective* 3 units
R&DM300** 6 units

Program Policies

The retention policy of UPOU will be observed and followed for this program.

  • Students of other graduate programs in UPOU/other universities may apply for transfer to the MR&DM program.
  • Students in the DR&DM program may apply for a transfer to the MR&DM program upon completion of the core courses of 18-21 units or at the end of the 1st Semester of your 2nd Year with a GWA of 2.0 or better.
  • Students in the MR&DM program may apply for transfer to the DR&DM program.

To be eligible for graduation, students must earn the specified units of core and elective courses, and the thesis or special problem (depending on his/her track).

In addition, students must:

  • Take and pass a written comprehensive examination after completing all of the core courses: and
  • Make and pass an oral presentation of their thesis or special problem a panel composed of their adviser and two members of the program faculty.

Students who finished the specified courses equivalent to 24 units of the core courses of the DR&DM program while pursuing the MR&DM degree can choose to pick up” the Diploma in Research & Development Management degree as an exit program.

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