International Studies degree programs in the Philippines

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The Philippine International Studies Organization (PHISO) is the pioneering professional organization dedicated to the promotion of International Relations (IR) as a field of study in the Philippines, as well as interdisciplinary exchange of research and knowledge through workshops, conferences and collaborative publication projects aimed at furthering understanding about the concept of the ‘international’.

The mission and vision of PHISO encompasses goals for research and education. Firstly, besides providing a venue for the discussion of dominant approaches to IR such as realism, liberalism and constructivism, PHISO seeks to develop interest and scholarship in Global International Relations through the study of theories, scholars and sources of knowledge from the Global South, particularly the Philippines. This may include relational theory, contrapuntal reading, decoloniality, civilizational encounters in a multiplex world, and the incorporation of IR texts that express the realities of one’s culture and experiences.

Secondly, PHISO endeavors to foster relations and knowledge-sharing with educational institutions, scholars, practitioners and students in order to strengthen ties between the academe and the public, as well as create a broad base of interest in the field. Lastly, PHISO serves as a platform for critical engagement with the theoretical diversity of IR, from the rich corpus of Euro-American scholarship that has historically characterized the discipline and emerging scholarship critical of the limitations of this legacy.


These are the available 28 undergraduate and 9 Master’s degree programs that are relevant to the study of the “International” in the Philippines. Click on the name of the program to view the curriculum, research specializations, and faculty members. So far there is no institution that offers doctoral program in the country.


Northern Philippines (Luzon)

Master in International Studies, University of the Philippines, Diliman

Master of Arts/Master in International Studies, Miriam College, Manila

Master of Arts in Foreign Service, Philippine Women’s University, Manila

Master of Arts in Foreign Service, Lyceum of the Philippines University, Manila

Master of Arts in Political Economy with specialization in International Relations and Development, University of Asia and the Pacific, Manila

AB Diplomacy and International Relations with specialization in East and Southeast Asian Studies, Ateneo de Manila University

Bachelor or Arts in International Studies, Miriam College, Manila

Bachelor of Arts in Foreign Service, Philippine Women’s University, Manila

AB Foreign Service major in Diplomacy or International Trade, College of International Relations, Lyceum of the Philippines University, Manila

Bachelor of Arts major in Consular and Diplomatic Affairs, De La Salle – College of Saint Benilde, Manila

Bachelor of Arts major in International Studies, University of the East, Manila

A.B. International Studies, Far Eastern University, Manila

Bachelor of Arts major in Foreign Service, New Era University, Quezon City

Bachelor of Arts major in International Studies, College of the Holy Spirit Manila

BS International Studies, Cavite State University, Municipality of Indang

AB Philosophy major in Foreign Service and International Relations, Ateneo de Naga University, Camarines Sur

Bachelor of Arts in International Studies major in Tourism, San Beda College – Alabang, Muntinlupa City


Central Philippines (Visayas)

Bachelor of Arts in International Studies, University of San Jose – Recoletos, Cebu City

Bachelor of Political Science major in International Relations and Foreign Service, University of San Carlos, Cebu City

Bachelor of Arts in International Studies major in American Studies, Asian Studies or European Studies, Cebu Doctor’s University

Bachelor of Science in Foreign Affairs, Silliman University, Dumaguete City

Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service, University of San Agustin, Iloilo City


Southern Philippines (Mindanao)

MA in Global Studies major in American Studies, Mindanao State University, Marawi City
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Bachelor of Arts major in International Studies, Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan

BS in International Relations, Mindanao State University, Marawi City

Bachelor of Arts major in International Studies, Ateneo de Zamboanga University

Bachelor of Arts in International Studies, Liceo de Cagayan University

Bachelor of Science in International Relations, Institute of Middle East and Asian Studies, University of Southern Mindanao, Cotabato City

Bachelor of Science in International Studies major in Japanese Studies, Mindanao Kokusai Daigaku, Davao City

Bachelor of Science in Diplomacy and International Relations, RC-Al Khwarizmi International College, Marawi City


See: Tickner and Wæver’s International Relations Scholarship Around the World (Worlding Beyond the West)

NB. To learn how IR became an independent social science discipline, read the compendium project of ISA.

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Nassef Manabilang Adiong, PhD

Nassef works on theoretical research between Islam and International Relations, Muslim governance in the Philippines, and political interaction of Muslim societies with Western modernity. Visit https://nassef.info/ for details.