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          The Graduate School of the college was established in 1980 which stated with only one program, Master of Arts in Education, Major in Educational Administration with Dr. Socorro C. Espiritu, the noted sociologist and writer as its first Dean.

          The Graduate faculty was originally composed of five members. They were Dr. Socorro C. Espiritu, Dr. Lucila Manlutac Madreo, and Dr. Nestorio D. Trinidad and Mr. Ross Nozuelo.

          Dr. Norma Ravelo was installed as the new Dean in the beginning of School Year 1982-1983. There were also new faculty members who replaced the original ones. Dr. James Phillips and Dr. John Tucker, both visiting American-professors attached to The Department of Defense School at Subic joined the faculty rolls. It was during this school year that the Graduate School had its first graduate, Angelina Santos-Reyes. Her thesis entitled: A Proposed Employee Development Program for the Filipino National Employee of the Management Planning, Division Planning and Computer Department, U.S. Naval Supply Depot, Subic Bay R.P.

          Dr. Ester Roque joined the Graduate School faculty list for School Year 1983-1984, replacing Dr. Nestor Trinidad who was appointed Superintendent of Schools for Zambales. The enrollment for that year went up to fifty-six students with Celia Reyes added to the graduate list.

          Mrs. Lolita de Perio joined the faculty in the School Year 1984-1985. Two more graduates of Master of Arts in Education were added to the Graduate School’s list. They were Maria Antonia M. Balde and Virgilio G. Sison.

          Dr. Lucila Manlutac-Madreo was installed as the third Dean of Graduate School for School Year 1985-1986. She replaced Dr. Norma Ravelo, who left for the United States. Miss Primitiva Ferrer joined the faculty, Rev. Fr. Roland Almo and Lt. Carlos Balicha of the Philippine Marines graduated that year.

Under the stewardship of Dr. Madreo, there were additional master programs opened:

1. Master of Arts in Education, Major in Educational Administration - 1986
2. Master in Business Administration – 1988
3. Master of Arts in Education, Major in English – 1991
4. Master of Arts in Education, Major in Science Education – 1996
5. Master in Public Management – 1996
6. Master of Arts in Education, Major in Religious Education – 1997
7. Doctor of Education, Major in Educational Administration – 1996

          School Year 1986-1987 was registered having the highest enrollment for the past seven (7) years which reached to 80 students. Professors during this School Year were Dr. Lucila Madreo, Dr. Teresita Bautista and Dr. Ester Roque.

          Dr. Maria Antonia M. Balde was the fourth Dean of the Graduate School who was assigned in office in December 1998. More new faculty members were added in the rolls, which reach to twenty.

          Dr. Marymerlin L. Espolong, the fifth dean, assumed office when Dr. Balde was promoted to become the Vice-President of the Academic Affairs Student Services in May 1999.

          A new program was added in the course offering as eight programs, Master of Arts in Education, Major in Values Education. This was given a government permit in January 2001.

          Dr. David Cababaro Bueno, the current Dean, Graduate School, revised the curricula in the different Graduate Programs of Columban College, Inc. in 2009 for implementation effective first trimester of 2010-2011.

          The curriculum outline on CMO No. 53, s. 2007, “Policies & Standards for Graduate Programs in Education for Teachers & Other Education Professionals” was strictly consulted and followed for the revision of Thesis-Master’s programs (MAED, MASE, MALT) and Doctoral program (Ed.D.).

          Likewise, guidelines in CMO No. 12, s. 2007, “Policies & Standards for Graduate Catholic Theological and Religious Education-Master’s Programs” was also strictly consulted and followed for both the Thesis-Master’s and Non-thesis-Master’s programs taking into consideration the course titles and descriptions as appended.

          The following were added as enrichment courses to bridge Non-Education, Non-Science, Non-English, or Non-Business related major students who wish to enroll in the specific program per Thesis-Master’s program:

Master of Arts in Education (MAED)
     MAED 10a Seminar on Educational Technology (3)  
     MAED 10b Field Experience and Action Research (3)  
     MAED 10c Seminar on Educational Psychology (3)

Master of Arts in Education major in Science Education (MASE)
     MASE 10a Seminar on Educational Technology and Improvisation (3)  
     MASE 10b  Seminar on Biological Science for Teachers (3)       
     MASE 10c Seminar on Physical Science for Teachers (3)  
Master of Arts in Education major in English Language Teaching (MALT)
     MALT 10a Seminar on Educational Technology (3)          
     MALT 10b Field Experience and Action Research (3)  
     MALT 10c Ling. Teaching English as a Second Language (3)

Master in Business Administration (MBA)          
     MBA 10a Seminar on Accounting Foundations (3)             
     MBA 10b Seminar on Marketing Foundations (3)   
     MBA 10c Seminar on Finance Foundations (3) 

Master in Public Management (MPM)
     MPM 10a Seminar on Global Issues in Public Administration (3)                   
     MPM 10b Seminar on Politics and Policy (3)                    
     MPM 10c Seminar on Public Administration with Internship (3)

Moreover, enrichment of the Ed.D. program was done only by adding the required Ed.D. 10a (Seminar on Classroom Management, Planning, and Assessment); Ed.D. 10b (Field Experience and Action Research); and  Ed.D. 10c (Seminar on Modern Strategies and Approaches in Teaching) courses for Non-education graduate students only. These courses aim to extensively orient Non-education graduate students on the rigidity of teaching field. The DI-SC (Dissertation Seminar and Colloquium) is to be offered in an intensive seminar format designed to assist Doctoral students in making substantive progress toward identifying, refining a dissertation topic, and preparing a dissertation proposal in which they are expected to make oral and written presentations of their proposal in a colloquium prior to DI-WR (Dissertation Writing).