Master of Development Communication

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About

The Master of Development Communication (MDC) Program is designed to provide communication professionals a deeper understanding and a firm foundation of development communication theories and the necessary skills for development work.

Upon getting your Admissions Notice, students may proceed to enroll. The enrollment procedure is indicated in the admission slip. If students intend to defer your admission, students may do so for one year. Please contact us for deferment or other clarifications regarding your admission and enrollment.
The following are the MDC Program point persons:

Dr. Benjamina Paula Gonzalez-Flor
Program Chair, MDC Program
bgflor1@up.edu.ph

Asst. Prof. Joyce Manalo
Faculty Secretary, FICS
joycemanalo@upou.edu.ph

Program Goals

Upon completion of the program, students are expected to be able to:

  1. Apply the principles and approaches of development communication in their work;
  2. Design, produce, and evaluate communication materials and programs;
  3. Conceptualize and conduct applied communication research; and
  4. Practice the values of a development communicator.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must have:

A Bachelor’s degree in any field or its equivalent from any recognized institution; and

At least one year work experience for students with undergraduate degrees in communication and at least three years work experience for students without undergraduate degrees in communication.

How do I apply?

If you are interested in the program, browse through the documentary requirements and application procedures. Check the academic calendar to make sure you do not miss the deadline for submission of applications.

Enrollment Procedures

Online Registration is done through the Student Portal. Follow these instructions on how to register online. If you have further questions, take a look at the Enrollment FAQs.

Transfer of Credits 
Students under the Faculty of Information and Communication Studies may apply for transfer of credits online at least two weeks before the scheduled validation exam.

Cross-Enrollment
For students who wish to cross register from UPOU to another UP Unit or other higher education institutions and and vice versa, follow the Cross-Enrollment Procedures

Re-admission 
Students may check the procedures for re-admission.

Academic Calendar

The trimester and semester schedules can be found here

This section enumerates the courses offered under the Master of Development Communication program, the prerequisites, types, and credits.  MDC courses are either classified as core or major. 

DEVC 202 (Development Communication Concepts and Approaches)

Description: A survey course on development communication traditions, theories, principles, and approaches.
Number of Units: 3
Semester Offered: First semester
Prerequisite: None

DEVC 203 (Cultural and Critical Theories and Frameworks in Media and Mass Communication)

Description: Concepts, frameworks, and constructs of cultural and critical theories and studies on media and communication focusing on culture and its creation of meanings and identities, the relationship of high and mass cultures, and the role of mass media in creating and maintaining power and social relationships.
Number of Units: 3
Semester Offered: First semester
Prerequisite: None

DEVC 242 (Communication and Media in the ASEAN Context)

Description: The role of communication programs, information and communications technologies, mass media and media systems in the development and evolution of the ASEAN.
Number of Units: 3,
Semester Offered: every semester
Prerequisite: None

Major Courses. The MDC Student shall take 5 core courses totaling to 15 units.

DEVC 204 (Communication Research and Evaluation)

Description: Introduction to the process and methods of communication research, pre-testing and evaluation of communication materials, and evaluation of communication programs and projects.
Number of Units: 3
Semester Offered: Second semester
Prerequisite: DEVC 202

DEVC 206 (Print and Broadcast Production)

Description: The processes and techniques of print and radio broadcast development communication materials production from conceptualization, design and preparation to utilization.
Number of Units: 3
Semester Offered: Second semester
Prerequisite: None

DEVC 207 (Multimedia Production)

Description: Development Communication Materials.
Number of Units: 3
Semester Offered: Second semester
Prerequisite: None

DEVC 208 (Communication, Social Marketing and Social Mobilization)

Description: 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.
Number of units: 3
Semester Offered: every semester
Prerequisite: None

DEVC 263 (Communication of Scientific and Technical Information)

Description: Retrieving, processing and interpreting scientific and technical information for the utilization of scientists, educators, and other knowledge linkers.
Number of Units: 3
Semester Offered: First semester
Prerequisite: None

Thesis

DEVC 300 (Master’s Thesis)

Description: Investigation, elaboration and analysis of development communication concepts and phenomena employing any one of the following methodological traditions: positivist research, evaluation, 
research, or media studies.
Number of Units: 6Semester Offered: every semester
Prerequisite: Completion of all the coursework

PLAN OF STUDY FOR FIRST SEMESTER MDC STUDENTS (AUGUST-DECEMBER)

FIRST YEAR: FIRST SEMESTER

FIRST YEAR: SECOND SEMESTER

SUBJECTS

UNITS

SUBJECTS

UNITS

DEVC 202

3

DEVC 242

3

DEVC 208

3

DEVC 206

3

Total

6

Total

6

SECOND YEAR: FIRST SEMESTER

SECOND YEAR: SECOND SEMESTER

DEVC 263

3

DEVC 207

3

DEVC 203

3

DEVC 204

3

Total

6

Total

6

THIRD YEAR: FIRST SEMESTER

 

DEVC 300 (proposal presentation)

6

Residency (Thesis Defense)

 

Total

6

 

 

Total number of units: 30

PLAN OF STUDY FOR SECOND SEMESTER MDC STUDENTS (JANUARY-MAY)

FIRST YEAR: FIRST SEMESTER

FIRST YEAR: SECOND SEMESTER

SUBJECTS

UNITS

SUBJECTS

UNITS

 

 

DEVC 242

3

 

 

DEVC 206

3

 

 

Total

6

SECOND YEAR: FIRST SEMESTER

SECOND YEAR: SECOND SEMESTER

DEVC 202

3

DEVC 204

3

DEVC 208

3

DEVC 207

3

Total

6

Total

6

THIRD YEAR: FIRST SEMESTER

THIRD YEAR: SECOND SEMESTER

DEVC 203

3

DEVC 300 (proposal presentation

6

DEVC 263

3

 

 

Total

6

Total

6

FOURTH YEAR: FIRST SEMESTER

 

 

Residency (Thesis Defense)

 

 

 

Total number of units: 30

PLAN OF STUDY FOR CHED SCHOLARS

FIRST YEAR: FIRST SEMESTER

FIRST YEAR: SECOND SEMESTER

SUBJECTS

UNITS

SUBJECTS

UNITS

DEVC 202

3

DEVC 242

3

DEVC 203

3

DEVC 206

3

DEVC 208

3

DEVC 207

3

Total

9

Total

9

SECOND YEAR: FIRST SEMESTER

SECOND YEAR: SECOND SEMESTER

DEVC 204

3

Residency (Thesis Defense)

 

DEVC 263

3

 

 

DEVC 300 (proposal presentation)

6

 

 

Total

12

 

 

Total number of units: 30

Alfonso, Grace J., PhD

Professor

Media Studies; Postmodern

Bandalaria, Melinda dP., PhD

Professor

Advocacy & Social Mobilization

CSR Communication

Flor, Alexander G., PhD

Professor

Environmental Communication;

Knowledge Management (KM4D);  

Mixed Methods Research

Flor, Benjamina G., PhD

Associate Professor

MDC Program Chair

Governance Communication

Education

Monitoring and Evaluation

Jamias, Serlie B., PhD

Professor

Network Analysis

Qualitative Methods

Librero, Felix R., PhD

Professor

Instructional Technology

Systems Theory

Lumanta, Melinda F., PhD

Professor

Organizational Communication

Knowledge Management

Saludadez, Jean A., PhD

Professor

Agency Framework in Organizational Communication Research

Serrano, Joane V., PhD

Associate Professor

Environmental Communication

How many years will it take for me to finish the program?
Assuming a normal load of six units per semester are taken, the average period to complete the course would be two and a half (2 1/2)  years. The period it would take to complete the course would however, depend on the student’s own pace.

I am currently working. Can I still enroll?
The MDC Program was primarily designed for part time and working students. Thus, distance e-Learning  suits working students well.

What if I am based outside the Philippines?
All courses are taught online, which means that you can study any course wherever you are.

How can I apply for admission?
The procedure of application may be found here.

Are there classroom sessions?
All MDC courses are delivered online. However, it is possible for face to face sessions to be scheduled as needed. But if ever, attendance is typically not required.

Do I have to view the modules at a certain time or date or can I study these modules at my own pace?
The courses taught are asynchronous. You can view these modules on your own pace, at your available time. However, do take note or be updated if there are deadlines set by the faculty-in-charge.