University of St. La Salle

The Graduate Programs of the University of St. La Salle provide educational experiences directed towards the formation of socially responsible Christians, critical thinkers and effective communicators.

These programs are designed to extend professionals with experiences that:

  1. Develop higher learning skills and competence responsive to the requisites of the global market and workplace;

  2. Promote leadership in their spheres of influence and involvement;

  3. Nurture appreciation and expertise in research; and

  4. Provide a deeper understanding of local and global realities enabling them to commit to personal and collective action for social innovation and transformation.

These experiences are reflective of the Lasallian Values of the Spirit of Faith, the Zeal for Service and Communion in Mission.


The La Salle Graduate School

The La Salle Graduate School started in 1966 with the offering of the Master in Business Administration (MBA) program designed to assist the community prepare graduates to assume managerial positions in the business world. Years later, a master’s program in Educational Management was offered to train educational administrators and strengthen school management in the city and the province.

In due time, the Graduate School offered master’s and doctorate degrees in various fields of specialization, including the Project Flagships to Reach Educational Excellence (Project F.R.E.E.) program in partnership with the Department of Education and the Eduardo Cojuangco Foundation, the Master of Arts in Conflict and Reconciliation Studies in cooperation with PAX Christi International, and the Master in Education major in Marriage and Family in consortium with the Pope John Paul II Institute, the seat of the Philippine campus of the Pontifical John Paul II Institute of Studies on Marriage and Family based at the Lateran University in Rome.

The Graduate School also works toward the fulfillment of the needs of the individual student by providing modules prepared by mentors for home learning for some senior executives and managers who may not always have the time to attend classes.  For some executives and managers, open learning coupled with modular classes on a one-on-one basis are provided.  These approaches to graduate education are novel ways to further management skills and techniques for graduate students who are willing to improve themselves while actively engaged in their work positions.

In A.Y. 2010-2011, as part of verticalization, the Graduate School was dissolved as an administrative unit.  All graduate programs were integrated into the respective colleges where they belong.

Today, the University continues to make its presence distinctly felt as it consistently produces leaders and key actors in the fields of business enterprise and industry, banking and finance, education and healthcare, information technology and environment, and most notably, in government service.

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Academic Officers

Janice A. Bolen, PhD

Dr. Janice A. Bolen is a Full Professor at University of St. La Salle, Bacolod City. Dr. Bolen was educated at University of the Philippines – Diliman and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics degree. She gained her Master in Education major in Mathematics at University of St. La Salle and her Doctor of Philosophy in Science Education in Mathematics at West Visayas State University, Iloilo City, as a DOST scholar. She instructed mathematical concepts and their real-world applications, deliberated undergraduate and graduate thesis for their correctness and applicability. Formerly, she was the Graduate School Research Coordinator and at present, Dr. Bolen is the Graduate School Dean. 

Research interests: Mathematics Education, Structural Equation Modeling, Path Analysis, Statistics, Mathematical Analysis, Square-Palindromic Matrices

Eric Arthur N. Dio, PhD
Associate Dean

Eric Dio, PhD, is a certified TÜV Rheinland QMS Auditor and is currently the Associate Dean of the Graduate School of the University of St. La Salle. A member of the Yu An Log-College of Business & Accountancy, he has been teaching business courses such as Supply Management, Operations Management, TQM and Strategic Management both in the undergraduate and the graduate program for more than 20 years. He is a past president of both globally-recognized organization the Philippine Institute for Supply Management (Negros Occidental Chapter) and Junior Chamber International-Bacolod.  He is also actively engaged with the local business, government agencies and NGOs as a consultant. Dr. Dio is also an accredited mentor and speaker of the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship-Department of Trade and Industry.   He is also an accredited member of the Regional Quality Assessment Team for Business Programs of the Commission for Higher Education.  In 2017, Dr. Dio was also awarded by the university as one The Most Outstanding Mentor, Administrator and Staff (Faculty Category).  He is also engaged in various researches in topics such as Supply Chain, Job Analysis, Feasibility Studies and Market Studies.     

Dr. Cynthia S. Dy

Academic Coordinator
Education Graduate Programs

Dr. Cynthia Sugon Dy has finished her Masters in Education major in Educational Management, Master of Arts in Education major in English Language, and Doctor in Education major in Educational Management. She has been teaching for 34 years. She is presently connected with the College of Education  University of St. La Salle. For 28 years, she has been handling Research, Major Courses, and Professional Education courses. She has experienced being the Dean, Department Chair, and Graduate School Academic Coordinator of the college. In the field of research,  she  is a  constant Adviser, Chairman, and Panel Member in Undergraduate, Master, and Doctoral  Thesis and Dissertation. Moreover, she is usually invited by the University Research Center to sit as Teacher Consultant, Peer Reviewer, and Technical Panel. Institutional Research. Presently, she leads the two institutional researches on the Graduate Tracer Study and Impact Study of the Tutorial Sessions conducted by the  College of Education. Her research interests are in the areas of extension programs and reading remediation programs. She is a constant professor of Project FREE (Flagship for Reaching Excellence in Education) for the province of Negros Occidental.

Maribeth R. Pillo, PhD
Academic Coordinator
Business Graduate Programs

An advocate for hospitality and tourism sustainability, protection, and development, Dr. Maribeth Pillo holds a baccalaureate degree in Tourism and a Masters Degree in Business Administration, major in Human Resource Management. She has served as a PAASCU accreditor for Hospitality and Tourism programs since 2013. Her research interest covers various facets of service operations, destination sustainability, human resources-related issues, and hospitality management. Currently, Dr. Pillo is the Academic Coordinator for Business Graduate Programs.

Mr. Jose Sebastian M. Cuadra
Academic Coordinator
Arts & Sciences Graduate Programs

Mr. Jose Sebastian Cuadra holds a Master in Education degree major in English and is currently finishing his Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Management.  For 31 years in the teaching profession, he has handled classes in elementary to graduate school levels. He has help various positions in the University of St. La Salle:   chair in English/Reading Department,  Discipline Officer, Level Vice Principal (Elementary) ,  and Vice Principal for Operations (Senior High School).  

His areas of specialization include Reading Instruction, Instructional Materials Preparation, Classroom Motivational Activities Design, and Media and Information Literacy (MIL).  Being the only PEAC (Private Education Assistance Committee) trainer in the Visayas region for MIL, he has conducted online training for teachers in the Senior High School.  He has also conducted talks/seminars in Public Speaking, Classroom Assessment, Motivational Activities.

He is an active member of Philippine Association for Media and Information Literacy and Philippine Association for Language Teaching.  He was once the secretary of Negros Occidental Private Schools Sports Cultural and Educational Association (NOPSSCEA).  He received The Outstanding Mentor and Staff (THOMAS) award for elementary and secondary levels, and the Medrano Award for excellence in service for 25 years by the University.

Research Coordinator

Currently the Research Coordinator of the Graduate School; a full-time professor of the Languages Department of the College of Arts & Sciences, University of St. La Salle, where she was formerly the Department Chairperson for 4 consecutive years;

a graduate of Doctor of Philosophy in English and Master of Arts in Education major in English and Literature where her thesis was cited as the Best thesis in Literary Criticism; an exchange professor twice, in 2008-2009 at Stanford University, California as Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant and in 2011-2013 at Kongju National University, South Korea;

with certificate as TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) trainer; currently the managing editor of the Breakthroughs: A Research Journal Of Learning And Instruction; research interests involve Literary Criticism and Linguistics;

a strong advocate of Philippine Literature and recognition of regional authors.

Anthony J. Gallego, Ph.D. TM.

I graduated with my doctorate as a Doctor of Philosophy in Technology Management at Northern Negros State College of Science and Technology (NONESCOST). My dissertaIon wriIng on generic Agricultural E-MarkeIng Management System. Currently connected as a college professor at the University of St. La Salle – Bacolod. I belong to the College of Engineering and Technology (CET) under the Computer Science and InformaIon Technology Department. At present, I am the Graduate School Academic Coordinator of College and Technology. I have been also at Fellowship BapIst College (FBC) as a college professor wherein I belong to the Engineering Department handling minor and major courses in InformaIon and Technology. I have been affiliated with a professional organizaIon such as the Philippine Society of Information Technology EducaIon (PSITE) wherein I serve as an acIve member of the society up to the present. I am an acIve member of the Safety OrganizaIon of Negros Occidental (SONO), and also a member of Bacolod-Negros Occidental FederaIon for InformaIon and CommunicaIon Technology (BNeFit). I complete and passed Cybersecurity 1 iniIated by the Department of InformaIon and CommunicaIon Technology(DICT). I am also a cerIfied NC IV Programmer given by Technical EducaIon And Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

Dr. Jocelyn May Flor A. Cadena

Academic Coordinator
Nursing Graduate Programs

Dr. Jocelyn May Flor A. Cadena is a nurse by profession but a teacher by vocation. She finished her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in University of St. La Salle with a Clinical Competence Award. She earned her Master of Nursing and PhD in Nursing with Highest Honors in the same university. She taught Chemistry and other sciences in basic education. In her nearly 25 years in the teaching ministry, she has been an Educator, Clinical Instructor, Researcher, and Administrator. She served as Level Chairperson in different levels for six years before her appointment as Dean of the College of Nursing for two terms. She was promoted as Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and had served the academe for a term. She is currently the Level 1 Chairperson and Graduate Programs for Nursing Academic Coordinator. As a researcher, she is currently the Editor- in- Chief of the Journal of Nursing Education and Practice. Moreover, she is invited as Panel Chairman, Panel Member, and Research Adviser both in undergraduate and graduate research studies.  Lastly, she is a PAASCU Accreditor and one of the Members of the Regional Quality Assessment Team (RQAT) for Nursing Program in Region VI-Western Visayas, Philippines.

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