Philippines | International Credentials Equivalencies

Minimum GPA
Reversed scale: 1.75; De La Salle University: 3.0
B Plus GPA
Reversed scale: 1.5; De La Salle University: 3.25
Instruction Languages
English normally
Bachelors Equiv.
Completion of both bachelor`s and master`s degrees
Masters Equiv.
Grad Sample
First Degree Sample
Grading System

A- Equivalent: Reversed scale: 1.25; De La Salle University: 3.5

The most commonly-used grading system is higher education is a reversed 5-point scale, shown below. Some institutions provide a table showing the letter grade or percentage equivalence at the bottom of the transcript.

(SGS EQUIVALENCIES: B = 1.75 | B+ = 1.5 | A- = 1.25)
1.0-1.25 Excellent
1.5- 1.75 Very Good
1.7-2.0 Good
2.5-3.0 Average/Fair
4.0-5.0 Fail

(SGS EQUIVALENCIES: B = 3.0 | B+ = 3.25 | A- = 3.5)
4.0 Excellent A 97-100%
3.5 Superior A- 93-96%
3.0 Very Good B 89-92%
2.5 Good B- 85-88%
2.0 Satisfactory C+ 80-84%
1.5 Fair C 75-74%
1.0 Passed C- 70-74%
0.0 Failed F 69% and below
W Withdrawn

A few institutions use a grading system based on the US.

Recognized Universities

Adamson University
Ateneo de Manila University
De La Salle University
Far Eastern University
Manila Central University
Mindanao State University (Iligan)
Philippine Normal University – Manila
St. Scholastica`s College
University of the East-Manila
University of the Philippines
University of San Carlos
University of Santo Tomas
Xavier University

Notes for Philippines

Primary and Secondary school comprise only 10 years of study. The first year of the bachelor’s degree is usually viewed as comparable to the 11th year of high-school in Canada. As such, the four-year bachelor’s degree is deemed more comparable to a two-year degree at a Canadian university and is therefore not eligible for direct admission to the master’s program.

The Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013 mandated 12 years of compulsory education, made up of six years of elementary education and six years of secondary education.

From 2012 onwards, the school system moved towards a structure that consists of kindergarten and 12 years of compulsory basic education (six years of elementary education, four years of junior high school and two years of senior high school). This system is referred to as K-12.

The 10 year system will change to a 12 year system starting in 2018. Before then, 33 schools will be engaged in a pilot program; therefore, check if the applicant has 10 or 12 years of study.

The first cohort of Grade 12 students graduate in 2018. We can expect to receive graduate applications from this cohort in 2022.

Last Update: October 2, 2018

Last modified: June 13, 2019