The Graduate School was established in June 1976 by virtue of Resolution N. 65 series Of 1975 which was approved by the Board of Trustees of the then Mindanao Institute of Technology (now University of Southern Mindanao) in December 1975.  It aims to become the center of excellence in graduate education in this part of the country.  It became a regular and full-pledged academic unit in 1981.  After passing the 1st accreditation survey in 1997, the Graduate School was renamed  Graduate College per Resolution No. 30, s 1997 which was approved by the Board of Regents.

The College has four doctoral programs and twenty-three master’s degree curricula.  Of the gradate degree programs, four (4) passed Level II accreditation and thirteen (13) have been re-accredited by AACCUP.

In the first semester of SY 1976-1977,  the Graduate Studies program of the University of Southern Mindanao started by virtue of Res. No. 65, series of 1975 approved on December 5, 1975 by the Board of Trustees of the then Mindanao Institute of Technology (now USM). This was during the presidency of Dr. Jaman S. Imlan (1975-19870.  This program was under the Assistant to the President for Academic Affairs and  Graduate Studies, the late Dr. Venancio G. Garagan from 1976  to 1980.  Program offerings were MS in Agronomy and in Horticulture and MA in Education.

Because of the growing enrolment, it became a regular academic unit of the University in 1981. The first Dean was Dr. Teofilo C. dela Cruz with Dr. Lydia P. Oliva and Dr. Emerson D. Pascual as Associate Dean and Secretary, respectively.  The GS office was first housed at the second floor of the College of Engineering building, then at the College of Arts and Sciences Building .  It was transferred to the University Laboratory Building and then to its present location – the DD Clemente Building.

New academic programs were opened.  The MA in Science Education (MASE) program began in 1978 in cooperation with the Science Foundation of the Philippines .  In 1982, the Master of Professional Studies in Rural and Economic Development (MPS RED) was offered followed later by the MPS curricula such as  MPS – Public Affairs Management and MPS Educational Management, and MS in Agronomy, in Animal Science, in Soil Science, and in Social Sciences, such as Agricultural Education and Extension Education.  During the presidency of Dr. Kundo E. Pahm, specifically in SY 991-1992; the doctoral programs in Educational Management,  Extension Education, and Agricultural Sciences with various major fields were instituted.

In its desired to reach and serve more graduate students, the Graduate School Outreach Program (GSOP) was organized in 1983.  It conducted graduate classes in five sites:  the Summer Institute for Teachers if Agriculture in Jolo, Sulu – four summers in 1984 to 1987 with Dr. Teofilo C. dela Cruz as project coordinator, the weekend graduate classes in Cotabato Cty starting in 1989 with VPAA Dr. Kalinggalan B. Abdulsani taking over a project coordinator when Dr. dela Cruz retired in 1992; the training-seminar schedule of graduate classes in Mati, Davao Oriental in 1991-1992 with Dr. Florecita G. Tabora as project coordinator and the Fifth in Digos, Davao del Sur lanced in June 1995 upon the request of the   Southern Mindanao Agricultural Project (SMAP) management to offer the MPS – Rural Extension and Development program for its field technicians.  Two other graduate course offerings were MPS-PAM and MAEd. These projects were coordinated by Dr. Rosa Fe D. Hondrade.

Moreover, the Graduate School embarked on varied extension projects.  It adopted barangay schools to undertake improvement projects on infrastructure, classroom facilities and capability training, and rural communities to uplift socio-economic conditions through integrated development programs.  Health conditions of USM faculty and staff was a concern answered by medical services especially for FBS, cholesterol and anti-oxidant screening and bone scanning.  This was facilitated by linkages with health service providers.  The Mothers for Peace Movement was launched to harness women power in the quest for peace.  Women empowerment was further enhanced by seminar-workshops on gender and development.  These issues were addressed because peace and development is part of the GS curriculum.  A partnership was established by the Graduate School with the United Bangsamoro Movement for Peace and Development, Inc. (UBMPDI)- USM, the service provider for the GREAT CARE project which caters to the educational needs of 500 officially enrolled out-of-school youth from 12  barangays in Pagalungan and Datu Montawal, both in Maguindanao Province.  Furthermore, it also forged linkage with the Institute for Training and Development based in Amherst, Massachusetts,  USA .  This partnership led to the conduct of an International Conference on Islamic Education in Contemporary Indonesia and the Philippines on December 11-18, 2006 at USM.  Madrasah education was the focus of the conference.

Another project undertaken by the Graduate School with Dr. Rogelio S. Tabora as Dean (November 2000-2005) was the consortium with Sulu State College per Res. No. 95, s. 1999, for the offering of EdD and MPS  in Teaching Agriculture.  The GS also forged linkage with the DepEd for the Third Elementary Education Project (TEEP) scholars.  Elementary school teachers were enrolled in the Master of Arts in Teaching Basic Education program for these areas:  Social Studies, Filipino,  Science and Administration and Supervision.  Another linkage was with the Department of Agriculture in which the Mindanao Rural Development Program supported scholars to acquire degrees in MS Rural Economic Development.

In 2002, construction for the expansion of the GC building began with funding from local funds and savings from the Advanced Education Foundation.  The building with three functional rooms for the GC Dean, Secretary, and staff was inaugurated on December 20, 2003.

In the First Semester of 2003-2004, a new academic program was offered – PhD in Rural Development.  This is under the management of the Institute of Development Economics and Management now, College of Business Development and Economic Management.

To meet graduate school standards, accreditation was conducted by two agencies – the Evaluation of Graduate Education of the Philippines team which evaluated these programs:  EdD and MS in Education and Master of Public Affairs Management’ and the Accrediting Agency for CharteredColleges and University of the Philippines (AACCUP) which conducts periodic evaluation.

In the first semester of SY 2005-2006, the Provincial Government of Cotabato, through the Hon. Gov. Emmanuel F. Piňol, also started the scholarship program for 23 scholars enrolled in the Master of Science in Rural and Economic Development (MSRED). In the second semester of the same school year, the Local Government Unit of Kabacan, through the Honorable Mar Luzviminda J. Tan, funded 21 scholars for the MPA program.

In 2006, two new curricular offerings were added:  Master of Science in Plant Breeding, and the Master of Arts in Islamic Studies which had 14 students awarded with scholarships by the Harry Stine Grant of Iowa, USA.  This grant was through the initiative of Dr. Abubabakar Murray, Dr. Carmat Amilbahar, and Mr. Rasul M. Busian. Another welcome development was the one-semester stint of visiting professor Dr.  Sall Habana-Hafner of the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Massachusetts whose specialization is participatory Action Research.  On September 11, 2006, the GS Policies, Rules and Regulations were revised during a GS Council meeting.  Approved revisions were confirmed by the Board of Regents on December 23, 2006.

For resource generation, the deteriorating wooden stage wall in the Function Room at the Ground Floor of the DDCBuilding was replaced with a concrete one.  This function room is now being rented out for added income to the GS.

In June 2006, provision for a Cyber Nook was established making the GS area in the DDC Building Wi-Fi zone.  Graduate students with laptop computers can access the   Internet within the GraduateSchool area.  Other USM students avail of internet services at the lowest rate.

For online visibility of the GS and easy access to information, the GS Webpage was opened in November, 2000.  Newsletter and the bibliography of books n the GS library are presently available.  In addition, the bibliography and the Handbook of Policies, Rules and Regulations and the GS Faculty Manual and Bulletin of Infrmation.

After over three decades, the GS continues to line up to its mission of producing competent, updated and innovative professionals who excel in their area of specialization and contribute to the upliftment of the quality of life of the people in Southern Philippines.

In Summer of 2014, the University Academic Council approved the following proposed graduate degree programs for CHED endorsement and USM Board of Regents approval to offer: 1) Master of Library and Information Sciences, 2) Master in Information Systems, 3) Doctor of Philosophy in Biology Education, and 4) Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematics Education.

The following served as stewards of the institution:
Name Year
Venancio G. Garagan, Ph D (Deceased) March 1976 – October 1980
Virgilio G. Oliva, Ph D November 1980 – January 1981
Teofilo C.dela Cruz, Ph D February 1981 – December 1984
Lydia P. Oliva, Ph.D. (Deceased) January 1985 – March 1989
Kalinggalan B. ABdulsani, Ed D April 1989 – July 1990
August 1991 – May 1993
Alfredo A. Navarro, Ph D August 1990 – July 1991
Florecita G. Tabora, Ph D June 1993 – May 1998
October 2004 – September 2005
Emerson D. Pascual, Ed D June 1998 – October 2000
Rogelio S Tabora, Ph D November 2000 – September 2004
Joy Gloria P. Sabutan, Ed D October 2005 – July 2013
James Gregory C. Salem, Ph D August 2013 - May 2014
Consuelo A. Tagaro, RPAE, EdD June 2014 to present


  1. Competent professionals who will be leaders in the fields of agriculture, industry, rural and economic development, science and technology, and education, and thus help improve the quality of life of the people in Southern Philippines.
  2. Updated and innovative professionals in the state-of-the-art and cutting edge technologies of their respective fields of specialization.


  1. MS and PhD graduates who can meet the highest standards of performance in their various professions whether in the areas of research, instruction, extension, and resource generation.
  2. Be at par if not well above average in knowledge, skills, and values with other professionals or colleagues in the specific disciplines as offered by the Graduate School, among others: Education, Agriculture, Extension, Public Affairs Management, Mathematics, Industrial Arts, Language Teaching, and Rural Development.
  3. They can be authorities or experts in their own respective disciplines and can thus be depended upon by the community and clientele they serve.
  4. They can generate new knowledge, innovations, technologies, and strategies through research along their fields of expertise.
  5. They can establish, demonstrate or showcase their own leadership, new technologies, innovations, and strategies through outputs as in but not limited to invention, production, project conduct or implementation, and publication.

Target Clientele

The USM Graduate School serves teachers or faculty of all levels of education, researchers and development-oriented agencies both public and private, managers, school administrators, college graduates, and others that are interested to grow professionally.

Doctoral Program
  1. Doctor of Philosophy in Education, major in
    1. Biology
    2. Mathematics
  2. Doctor of Philosophy major in
    1. Educational Management
    2. English
    3. Filipino
  3. Doctor of Philosophy in Agricultural Sciences
  4. Doctor of Philosophy in Education Extension
  5. Doctor of Philosophy in Rural Development
Master’s Program
  1. Master in Information Systems
  2. Master of Arts Major in Educational Management
  3. Master of Arts in Home Economics
  4. Master of Arts in Language Teaching
    1. English
    2. Filipino
  5. Master of Arts in Teaching Industrial Arts
  6. Master of Engineering in Rural Infrastructure
  7. Master in Public Administration
  8. Master of Science in Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
  9. Master of Science in Agronomy
  10. Master of Science in Animal Science
  11. Master of Science in Biology
  12. Master of Science in Crop Protection
  13. Master of Science in Extension Education
  14. Master of Science in Horticulture
  15. Master of Science in Plant Breeding
  16. Master of Science in Rural and Economic Development
  17. Master of Science in Teaching
    1. Biology
    2. Chemistry
    3. Mathematics
    4. Physics
Agricultural Education/Extension Education
Name Highest Educational Attainment Rank
Dr. Moveta P. Balala PhD Extn Education Professor III
Dr. Alicia C. Cabiao PhD Agr Education Professor I
Dr. Sedra A. Murray PhD Extn Education Asso Prof III
Dr. Jacinta T. Dr. Pueyo PhD Extn Education Professor II
Dr. Alimen W. Sencil PhD Dev Studs Asst Prof II
Dr. Consuelo A. Tagaro Doctor of Education Professor VI
Dr. Luz A. Taposok PhD Agr Education Professor IV
Agricultural Engineering
Name Highest Educational Attainment Rank
Engr. Willie Jones B. Saliling PhD Envi Science Asst Prof II
Prof. Alberto C. Arellano MA Statistics Asso Prof IV
Dr. Nelson M. Belgira PhD Science Educ Prof II
Dr. Herminigildo M. Gutierrez PhD Agr Science Professor IV
Engr. Kathleen Mae Alucilja
Engr. Renel Alucilja
Name Highest Educational Attainment Rank
Dr. Conrado C. Evangelista PhD Entomology Univeristy Professor
Prof. Artemio C. Alagano PhD Crop Prod Mgt Professor V
Prof. Gloria L. Descalsota MS Agronomy Professor III
Dr. Adeflor G. Garcia PhD Soil Science University Professor
Dr. Flora P. Nicor PhD Soil Science University Professor
PhD/ MS Animal Science
Name Highest Educational Attainment Rank
Dr. Josephine R. Migalbin PhD Animal Science Professor IV
Prof. Julius Jerome G. Ele Asst Prof IV
Dr. Sharon I. Meriales PhD Animal Science Professor II
Dr. Emerlie R. Okit  DVM, MSc., TVS, PhD Animal Professor VI
Dr. Cayetano C. Pomares PhD Wool & An Sci University Professor
Dr. Geoffray R. Atok PhD Animal Science
MST/MS Biology
Name Highest Educational Attainment Rank
Dr.Tessie E Lerios PhD Science Educ Asso Prof V
Dr. Ma. Teodora N. Cabasan Asst. Prof III
Dr. May Eva Z. Garcia PhD Science Educ Professor V
Dr. Janette P. Supremo PhD Science Educ Professor III
Dr. Maria  Elena N. Tanabe PhD Microbiology Asst Prof V
Dr. Edward Barlaan PhD Agriculture (Genetics) Asso Prof V
Prof. Florence Roy Salvana Ms Botany Asst Prof II
Name Highest Educational Attainment Rank
Prof. Lydia C. Pascual MS Chemistry Asst Prof IV
Dr. Marivic D. Candari EdD Asso Prof III
Prof. Estrella E. Dela Cruz MS Chemistry Asst Prof IV
Prof. Beldad I. Barroga MAT Chemistry Asso Prof III
Prof. Ma. Victoria T. Dapun MAT Chemistry Asso Prof I
Prof. Stella P. Ocreto PhD Chemistry (cand) Professor I
Crop Protection
Name Highest Educational Attainment Rank
Raquel B. Evangelista PhD Entomology University Professor
Prof. Evelyn P. Esteban MPS Crop Prot Professor II/td>
Dr. Purificacion O. Cahatian PhD Entomology University Professor
Dr. Conrado C. Evangelista PhD Entomology University Professor
Dr. Edna M. Jover PhD Plant Pathology University Profesor
Dr. Jaime C. Silvestre PhD Plant Pathology Professor VI/COLLP?
MAED major in Educational Management
Name Highest Educational Attainment Rank
Dr. Joy Gloria P. Sabutan Doctor of Education Professor V
Dr. Nonita R. Dumagan Doctor of Education Asso Prof I
Dr. Eimer M. Estilloso Doctor of Education Asso Prof IV
Dr. Kautin S. Kulano Doctor of Education Asso Prof IV
Dr. Abubakar A. Murray Doctor of Education Asso Prof V
Dr. Consuelo A. Tagaro Doctor of Education Professor VI
Prof. Mila G. Ulangkaya Asst Prof IV
Home Economics
Name Highest Educational Attainment Rank
Dr. Tessie G. Vilora PhD Home Eco Educ Prof IV
Prof. Leila S. Moscoso MS FS & Nutrition Asso Prof IV
Dr. Urduja G. Nacar Doctor of Education Asso Prof V
Name Highest Educational Attainment Rank
Dr. Nicolas A. Turnos PhD Horticulture Prof VI
Dr. Alfredo F. Calvo PhD Agr Sci (CPM) Prof IV
Ariston D. Calvo PhD Horticulture Univ Prof
Baudilla S. Calvo PhD Crop Science Prof VI
Harem R. Roca MS Horticulture Asso Prof V
Industrial Arts
Name Highest Educational Attainment Rank
Dr. Antonino B. Costes Doctor of Education Asso Prof III
Prof. Joel V. Misanes MIT Asst Prof III
Prof. Solomon L. Presto MATIA Asst Prof I
Prof. Samson C. Rapuza MPS DE-EM Asst Prof IV
Prof. Fausto M. Lanoy Asst Prof II
Prof. Roberto Gornez
Information Systems
Name Highest Educational Attainment Rank
Dr. Lope E. Dapun DBA Prof III
Prof. Virgilio P. Oliva Jr M Information Mgt. Asso. Prof IV
Joseph C. Lorilla M Information Mgt. Asst Prof II
Engr. Alberto C. Arellano MS Statistics Asso Prof V
Eugene G. Ranjo M Information Mgt. Asst. Prof IV
Prof. Astrofil Hyde M. Alcala M Information Mgt. Asst. Prof I
Alvin C. Mibalo M Information Mgt. Asst. Prof II
Engr. Melecio A. Cordero Jr. M Information Mgt. Asst. Prof II
Language Teaching (English)
Name Highest Educational Attainment Rank
Dr. Donnie M. Tulud PhD Applied Linguistics Asst Prof II
Dr. Riceli C. Mendoza PhD App Linguistics Professor I
Prof. Nora B. Bolences MA Lang Teaching Asst Prof IV
Dr. Lawrence Anthony U. Dollente PhD App Linguistics Asst Prof I
Prof. Marlon T. Salvador Doctor of Education Asst Prof II/td>
Prof. Mirasol O. Verona MALT-English Asst Prof III
Prof. Elangbai K. Balawag MA English Asst Prof II
Prof. Evelyn T. Juanitas MALT-English Asst Prof I
Prof. Merlyn A. Resurreccion MA English Asst Prof I
Prof. Pamela B. Villanueva MALT-English Asst Prof III
Venus Maglente
Language Teaching (Filipino)
Name Highest Educational Attainment Rank
Dr. Shandra Gonsang PhD - Filipino Asst Prof I
Dr. Ma. Luz A. Calibayan Doctor of Education Asso Prof II
Prof. Nelia O. Du Asst Prof II
Name Highest Educational Attainment Rank
Dr. Leorence C. Tandog PhD Sciene Educ Professor III
Dr. Lopito C. Eguia PhD Mathematics Prof II
Dr. Jennifer R. Pama PhD Mat Educ Asst Prof IV
Dr. Evangeline A. Tangonan PhD Math Educ Prof II
Prof. Jeaneth R. Licaros MA Mathematics Asst Prof II
Dr. Jonald Pimentel Asso Prof V
Name Highest Educational Attainment Rank
Dr. Nelson M. Belgira PhD Science Educ Prof II
Dr. Jelly Grace B. Nonesa Dr of Science (Physics) Professor I
Dr. David Tijano R. Libatique Asso Prof V
Prof. Benedict D. Entera Asst Prof. I
Plant Breeding
Name Highest Educational Attainment Rank
Prof. Efren E. Magulama MS Agronomy Prof III
Prof. Fabiola R. Alejandro MS Plant Breeding and Genetics Prof III
Dr. Romulo L. Cena PhD Plant Breeding Prof VI
Prof. Milagros C. Malinao MS Agronomy Prof III
Dr. Rhodora S. Manceras PhD - PBG Prof I
Dr. Emma K. Sales PhD Genetics Prof VI
Public Administration, Rural and Economic Development
Name Highest Educational Attainment Rank
Dr. Jul-Aida U. Enock PhD Rural Dev Asst Prof II
Dr. Gloria L. Gabroninok PhD Community Dev't Prof I
Prof. Herson B. Amolo MBA Asst Prof IV
Dr. Palasig U. Ampang PhD Rural Dev SUC VP III
Dr. Lope E. Dapun DBA Prof III
Dr. Jeannie U. Duka PhD Rural Dev Asst Prof IV
Prof. Gloria P. dela Pena MPS-RED Asso Prof II
Dr. Francisco Gil N. Garcia PhD Agr Economics SUC Pres IV
Dr. Norma U. Gomez PhD Agr Economics Professor II
Dr. Lorna G. Valdez Doctor of Education Prof VI