Master of Arts in Behavioral Science (MABESC)
The program exposes students to the practical applications of the behavioral sciences (i.e., Sociology, Anthropology and Social Psychology) through innovative approaches in planning for sustainable development that addresses gender, organizational and environmental challenges, both at the micro and macro levels.
MABESC is committed to provide an excellent graduate training for Filipino career professionals who wish to or are participating in and performing varied tasks required in the multi-faceted field of engendered social, organizational and environmental development. Thus, the program is offering two tracks: (1) Organizational and Social Systems Development; and (2) Environmental Studies. Under the first track, students may opt to specialize in gender.
To enter the Program, the applicant must
- have her/his last degree earned in Behavioral Sciences or related disciplines;
- satisfactorily pass the admission test for Graduate School, i.e; for MA;
- have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0/B or its equivalent;
- satisfactorily pass a panel interview;
- submit a personal resume and a research plan for a prospective thesis; and,
- specific requirements of the DLSU Graduate Admissions Office.
Duration: 5 years course requirement, 3 years thesis
The student has to pass the written comprehensive examinations to be able to proceed to thesis writing.
* Every academic year, 4 students are given 50% tuition fee discount.
ABS514M (Theories and Applications of Behavioral Sciences).
The course emphasizes the transdisciplinary perspective of the Behavioral Sciences which is comprised of the disciplines of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Psychology. It provides an overview of the theories and practices drawn from these disciplines for understanding human behavior, change and development in different social and work settings. (core course)
ABS523M (Quantitative Research Methods).
The course familiarizes the student with the concepts and methods of quantitative research and their applications in social research and development. It will focus on survey, content analysis, experiment, and existing statistics and the management and analysis of data drawn from these. (major course)
ABS531M (Foundations of Social Development).
The course deals with the basic concepts and theoretical paradigms about development in general and social development in particular. It also analyzes and examines the various social development programs, initiatives, and experiences of various institutions and groups in the country, i.e., government organizations, non-government organizations, peoples organizations and other civil society groups. (core course)
ABS676M (Social Dimensions of Corporate Organizations).
This course focuses on the functions and interplay of human (primarily social, cultural, political, and economic) and environmental factors in the directions and development of organizational initiatives. Issues and strategies pertaining to corporate social responsibility will likewise be addressed. (cognate)
ABS686M (Community, Organizational, and Academic Leadership).
This course deals with the understanding of theories and best practices in leading and managing people in communities, organizations, and the academe. It is designed to enable students to examine the varied types and models of leadership under these different milieus. (cognate)
ABS679M (Social and Organizational Change and Management).
The course covers the underlying fundamental philosophy, principles and methodologies of social and organizational change and development. It analyzes the various environmental processes, forces, and conditions that impact on societies and organizations, and how the latter is able to effectively manage adjustments or transformations to remain viable. (core course)
ABS816M (Program Planning, Management and Evaluation).
This course deals with the concepts, principles, theoretical frameworks, methods and tools used in planning, managing and evaluating programs. It discusses the various issues involved in program planning and management, including management of change within the program, quality assurance initiatives, and monitoring and evaluation of program inputs and outcomes. (major course)
ABS825M (Special Topics).
Current topics of special interest or concern in social planning and development will be covered – sectoral concerns/issues such as gender, poverty alleviation, information technology, education and society, environment and sustainable development to cross-cultural issues in organizational management, leaders and entrepreneurs, among others. (cognate)
Thesis (6 units)
ABS851M (Thesis Writing 1 and Proposal Defense).
ABS852M (Thesis Writing 2 and Thesis Final Defense).
The student enrolled in Thesis Writing conducts an independent research under the supervision of a thesis mentor. Thesis Writing has two phases: Phase 1 which involves the preparation of, and successful defense of the thesis proposal, and Phase 2 which ends with oral defense of the final thesis.