The UP Board of Regents (BOR) approved the Master of Research and Development Management (MR&DM) program proposal at the 1356th BOR Meeting held on 26 November 2020. It will be offered during the First Semester of AY 2021-2022 at UP Open University.

The MR&DM is a 36-unit fully online graduate program designed to develop knowledge and skills in effective leadership of government and private R&D organizations and research funding institutions. It aims to produce graduates who are able to demonstrate enhanced managerial leadership with an R&D-oriented perspective in organizing, directing, monitoring and evaluating R&D organization; influence the transformation of R&D system as a productive, dynamic, cost-effective, environmentally adaptive, socially relevant, ethical and development-oriented organization; and lead in implementing strategic R&D management innovations in technology generation, commercialization, and societal development. It will be offered in thesis and non-thesis tracks.

The MR&DM program will be offered as a ladderized program. This will allow DR&DM students to transfer to the MR&DM program upon completion of the core courses of 21 units with a GWA of 2.0 or better. MR&DM students may also apply for transfer to the DR&DM program. 

The curriculum and course material development of the MR&DM program has been funded by the Department of Science and Technology-  Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (DOST-PCIEERD) through the MR&DM Project of the Faculty of Management and Development Studies of UP Open University. The DOST-PCIEERD MR&DM project team is composed of Dr. Jaine C. Reyes (Project Leader), Mr. Larry N. Cruz (Project Staff Level 3), Ms. Ellaisa Ruth B. Veluz (Project Staff Level 2), Ms. Wyomia F. Pradas (Project Staff Level 2), Ms. Ma. Dominique Velasco (Project Asst. II from February 2018 to August 2019), and Mr. Emmanuel A. Casubha (Project Asst. II from September 2019 to June 2020). 

The UPOU is open to accepting applications for admissions to both DR&DM and MR&DM programs for the First Semester of A.Y. 2021 to 2022.  Interested applicants can visit for more details about the program and for questions and other inquiries.

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Written by Ellaisa Ruth B. Veluz

Edited by Primo G. Garcia