Graduate School Profile



Since its establishment in 1948, the John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University has remarkably sustained the supply of manpower needs of both the local and international maritime industries. It is the first and only maritime university in the Philippines.  The JBLFMU is the only Philippine member of the International Association of Maritime Universities (IAMU).

As an institution for higher learning, it has striven to become the first maritime educational institution in the country and second in the world to be certified to the Det Norske Veritas (DNV) Rules for Maritime Academies.  In addition, it has earned PACU-COA accredited status for a number of its programs.   

The JBLFMU enjoys the prestige and honor of having met the ISO 9001 requirement and maintains this international standard through the firm and consistent implementation of its system quality policy and continues to strive to exceed stakeholders’ expectations.

In view of its commitment to the development of a culture of excellence in maritime educational institutions as well as shipping and maritime-related industries in response to the challenge of producing globally competitive seafarers, managers of maritime institutions and leaders in maritime education; and in answer to the needs of an ever-dynamic maritime environment, the Graduate School of the JBLFMU (Arevalo), Inc., has established continually evolving and dynamic curricular programs.

It offers courses leading to the Doctor of Philosophy in Maritime Education (Ph. D.M.E), Master in Maritime Education (M.M.E), Master in Maritime Management (M.M.M.), and Master in Ship Management (M.S.M.)

The master’s programs may be taken under the residential or distance education mode, depending on what is circumstantially appropriate for the students concerned.

The Graduate School has likewise established centers for its Extension Class Program in various parts of the country, including Metro Manila, Davao City, Koronadal City, General Santos City, Siquijor and Bacolod City.
To further democratize educational opportunities for maritime practitioners and educators, the Graduate School also offers two diploma programs—Graduate Diploma in Maritime Education (D.M.E.) and Graduate Diploma in Maritime Management (D.M.M.). The diploma programs aim at enhancing maritime institution and industry personnel’s grasp of the maritime culture for more efficient and effective delivery of instruction and service in the field.


Consistent and continuous leadership in maritime-related graduate education to promote total human resources development.

To provide high-standard and quality maritime education and
training to fully equip the country’s human resources with the knowledge, attitude and skills required in the global community.

General.  To contribute towards the development of a culture of excellence in the different regional, national and international maritime institutions through education, research and training.

Specific.  Its specific goals are:
1.    To produce globally competitive leaders and workforce in both maritime and non-maritime institutions;

2.    To provide relevant maritime-related education and training responsive to the development needs of the country and the whole world;

3.    To provide well-trained and well-equipped maritime professionals needed by society;

4.    To develop scientific and technical maritime-related research; and

5.    To conserve, disseminate and enhance Filipino culture through education in maritime courses and related fields.


The objectives of the different degree programs of the Graduate School are:

Doctor of Philosophy in Maritime Education

1. To prepare mid-career educators and professionals for a   major leadership role in maritime education and in the maritime industry; and

2. To provide students with substantial theoretical and practical background for the enhancement of promotional opportunities within the educational or maritime arena.

Master in Maritime Education

1. To develop in the students knowledge of educational theories, concepts, principles, methods and techniques to enable them to become more effective and efficient teachers or school supervisors and administrators of maritime institutions and organizations; and

2. To train the students to be competent in conducting research which is of practical significance to maritime education in the country.
Master in Maritime Management

1. To provide an opportunity for seafarers and shoreside personnel to earn high-quality graduate-level management degree;
2. To provide the students with a broader understanding of economics, organizational theories, and quantitative analysis of business problems in the maritime industry.;

3. To provide new insights into the functional fields of maritime-related business, including accounting, finance, marketing and operations management;

    4. To contribute to the body of knowledge in maritime management through independent research projects and theses; and

5. To provide a significant mid-career learning experience to those with the potential for senior management positions in marine-related industries.
Master in Ship Management

1. To develop knowledge of the organization and skills in management of major shipping companies;

2. To assist managers in developing skills in dealing with problems
of choice, complexity and change involved in the successful management of complex shipping organizations; and

3. To develop competencies in the scientific conduct, preparation and
writing of related research, feasibility studies, case studies, project studies, position papers and other technical reports.


The Graduate School, which started in Summer 1995 under the direct administration and supervision of the JBLF System, initially offered three curricular programs leading to the degrees Master of Science in Maritime Education (M.S.M.E.), Master of Science in Maritime Management (M.S.M.M.) and Master of Science in Ship Management (M.S.S.M.).

    On June 15, 2006, the degree titles M.S.M.E., M.S.M.M., and M.S.S.M. were changed, for the purpose of appropriateness, to Master in Maritime Education (M.M.E.), with additional teaching-based specializations; Master in Maritime Management (M.M.M.); and Master in Ship Management (M.S.M.).

    Although administration and supervision of the Graduate School had been transferred to the JBLFMU (Arevalo) in the year 2001, its dean’s office, library, classrooms and function rooms have remained in the JBLFMU (Molo) Campus.

    Following are the past and present deans of the Graduate School:

        Dr. Mary Lou L. Arcelo (1995-1998)
        Dr. Consolacion N. Quiñon (1998-2006)
        Dr. Eda C. Ticao    (Summer 2006)
        Dr. Alberto J. Trinidad (2006-2012)
        Dr. Benelyn P. Batiduan (effective June 1, 2012)

    Dr. Benelyn P. Batiduan serves as Director of the GS Distance Education Program in concurrent capacity as Dean of the Graduate School.

Designated coordinators are Dr. Rodolfo P. Ceballos for Extension Class Program; Dr. Lourdes C. Aranador, Research; and Dr. Johna S. Sindingan, Extension/Community Outreach Program.

Historical highlights of the Graduate School include:

Summer 1995        --  Establishment of the Graduate School
September 12, 1997    -- Government Recognition No. 067 granted to the M.S.M.E. Program, major in Administration and Supervision
                                          --  Government Recognition No. 068 granted to the

M.S.M.E. Program, major in Teaching Competency
September 16, 1998   --  Government Recognition No. 215 granted to the

M.S.S.M. and M.S.M.M Programs
June 30, 2000   -- Temporary Permit No. 131 granted to the

M.S.M.E. Program through the Distance Education Mode                     
                                 -- Temporary Permit No. 132 granted to the M.S.M.M.  Program through the Distance Education Mode
October 22, 2001   -- JBLCF granted full autonomy status by the CHED
June 2002         -- Opening of the Doctor of Philosophy in Marine Education Program
October 2002   -- Opening of Management-level Deck and Engine Courses
June 2003        -- Opening of the Doctor of Public Administration

                           Program and of the Master of Public Administration Program
June 15, 2006  -- Approval of change in nomenclature of the
                                master’s degree programs from M.S.M.E.,
                                M.S.M.M., and M.S.S.M. to M.M.E.,
                                M.M.M., and M.S.M., respectively
July 23, 2006   -- Approval of the Graduate Diploma Programs in Maritime Management (D.M.M.) and in Maritime Education (D.M.E.)
February 12, 2007     -- JBLFMU granted the University Status by CHED
August 22, 2007   -- Approval of the Graduate School’s establishment of centers for its Extension Class Program in various parts of the country.    
December 14, 2009 -- M.M.E. Program granted Level I Accredited Status by the PACU-COA
December 8, 2011  -- JBLFMU-Arevalo granted Institutional Accredited Status by the PACU-COA
June 18, 2012    -- M.M.M. and M.S.M granted Candidate Status by the PACU-COA