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Mapua University Application and Mapua Scholastic Aptitude Examination (MSAE) Basics

One of the lessons I never forgot from my high school classes was the maxim “structure determines function.”  While my teacher referred to inventions at the time, the principle may apply to universities as well.

One such case is Mapua University, whose two-campus structure lends itself to some interesting choices during its application period.  Let’s take a closer look at it.

Mapua Background

While the university has a reputation as a technology-centered learning institution, tech-related courses aren’t the only courses that one may sign up for.  In fact, Mapua has two campus for the precise purpose of allowing students to choose their majors.

Those who wish to study engineering-related courses are advised to enroll in the Intramuros campus, while students who are interested in nursing, business or technology courses would do well to apply at the Makati campus.  In the latter case, business courses refer to the following:

  • Computer Science
  • Hotel and Restaurant Management
  • Information Technology
  • Business Administration
  • Accountancy
  • Entrepreneurship

Mapua Admission Requirements

Basically, Mapua officials will take a close look at applicants’ performance on the Mapua Scholastic Aptitude Examination (MSAE, aka the entrance test), the quotas of the applicants’ program of choice (along with its provisions) and the students’ academic performance during their senior year in high school.

Besides those qualifications, applicants must also present the following:  their application fee payment, a couple of identical 1½” x 1½” ID pictures with plain backgrounds and proof of their candidacy for graduation (i.e. a photcopy of their senior year high school report card, a certificate of good moral character, etc.) and the completed application form.

Mapua Enrolment Requirements

The general enrolment documents are as follows:

  • one long brown envelope
  • the original copy of their birth certificate printed on NSO (National Statistics Office) paper
  • a recently issued certificate of good moral character, accomplished and sealed by the applicants’ high school authorities
  • their Mapua exam permit, exam results letter or notice of results
  • three identical 1 ½” x 1 ½”ID pictures with plain backgrounds
  • the original copy of the students’ high school senior year report card (complete with the principal’s signature on the applicant’s eligibility for admission to college)
  • the complete Student Data Sheet or Enrolment Form (obtained from the Admissions Office or downloadable here)

Mapua Special Case Requirements

Applicants may have other requirements to submit depending on their status at the time of application.  For instance, Mapua high school graduates must present the original copy of their high school report card and a photocopy of written certification from their principal.  The certification should state that their Form 137-A has not been forwarded to any other school, and is still on file.

Valedictorians and salutatorians need to present certification of honors indicating the total number of graduates (provided they have graduated from accredited Philippine high schools with a minimum of sixty graduating students).  The certification must be signed by their high school principal and sealed with the school seal.

Filipino citizens who have studied abroad (with the exception of those under the DepEd) will be asked for a certificate of completion of their high school education (or its equivalent).

Foreign nationals have different paperwork to turn in depending on whether they are graduates from a high school in the Philippines or in another country.  Mapua will ask the former for their Special Study Permit or their ACR (Alien Certificate of Registration and the original copy and photocopy of their passport.

The latter simply need to present a certificate of high school completion and the items listed here.  Either way, it’s highly recommended for foreign students to check with the section chief-in-charge at the Registrar’s Office for additional information about requirements.

As an interesting side  note, applicants may defer enrollment for the succeeding terms until the third quarter, provided they fulfill two conditions:  one, they still possess their original high school credentials; two, they have valid reasons for doing so.

MSAE or Mapua Scholastic Aptitude Examination (Mapua Entrance Exam) Schedule

The application period for SY 2012-2013 started last year (2011). The specific schedule of entrance exams, however, largely depends on the campus in question.  Generally, exams take place between the months of August of the current year and March of the following year.

For the 2012 intake year, the following testing dates remain available of the Mapua Intramuros Campus testing schedule:

  • February 4, 2012
  • February 18, 2012
  • March 3, 2012
  • March 17, 2012

The Makati campus, on the other hand, still has the following entrance exam dates:

  • February 11, 2012
  • March 10, 2012

Mapua Provincial / Middle East Application and Testing Process

The aforementioned requirements also apply to applicants based outside of Metro Manila, though they will need to take the Mapua entrance exam at their respective testing centers.  Please note that the testing dates and times are also different from the ones at the Metro Manila campuses:

Testing dates in purple: done with, over, have already passed

Testing dates in red: still to come


Rawis, Legazpi City, Albay
Telephone: (052) 435.5606
Fax: (052) 482.0357
Contact Person: Ms. Khristine Zamudio
Testing Date: December 10, 2011 (9:00-12:00)

San Jose, Balanga City, Bataan
Telephone: (047) 237.3115 local 104
Fax: (047) 791.5843
Contact Person: Ms. Hermie Duran
Testing Date: December 3, 2011 (9:00-12:00)

Bagong Calzada, Balayan, Batangas
Telephone: (043) 211.4985
Fax: (043) 211.6662
Contact Person: Ms. Bernice Ramos
Testing Date: October 16, 2011 (9:00-12:00)

San Carlos, Lipa City, Batangas
Telephone: (043) 756-1329 local 136
Fax: (043) 756.1819
Contact Person: Mrs. Noemi Kasilag
Testing Date: October 15, 2011 (9:00-12:00)

Poblacion, Malolos City, Bulacan
Telephone: (044) 662.1620
Fax: (044) 791.0288
Contact Person: Mr. Gershon Castro
Testing Date: October 29, 2011 (9:00-12:00)

Bito-on, Jaro, Iloilo City, Iloilo
Telephone: (033) 329.2011
Fax: (033) 329.5644
Contact Person: Ms. Jasmin Panique
Testing Date: November 12, 2011 (9:00-12:00)

Bachelor St., Dubinan East, Santiago City, Isabela
Telephone: (078) 682.4799
Contact Person: Rosalia V. Delos Santos
Testing Date: January 28, 2012 (9:00am-12:00nn)

Lakeside Park Subd., San Pablo City, Laguna
Telephone: (049) 562.3891
Fax: (049) 562.3890
Contact Person: Ms. Jenny Echague
Testing Date: November 5, 2011 (9:00-12:00)

Pulo Diezmo Road, Cabuyao, Laguna
Telephone: (049) 832.4000
Fax: (02) 520.8975
Contact Person: Mr. Leopold Aquino
Testing Date: February 11, 2012 (9:00-12:00)

Bonifacio St., Laoag City, Ilocos Norte
Telephone: (077) 772.0391
Fax: (077) 770.4165
Contact Person: Mrs. Divine Sevilla
Testing Date: October 22, 2011 (9:00-12:00)

Moscow Ext., University Village, Lucena, Quezon
Telephone: (042) 373.0993
Fax: (042) 373.0984
Contact Person: Ms. Donalyn Antenor
Testing Date: September 24, 2011 (9:00-12:00)

Nueva Ecija
Sumacab Este, Maharlika Highway, Cabanatuan City
Telephone: (044) 463.8101
Contact Person: Lerma M. Mabagos
Testing Date: January 29, 2012 (9:00am-12:00nn)

18th St., East Bajac-Bajac, Olongapo City
Telephone: (047) 223.5486
Fax: (047) 223.4719/5986
Contact Person: Mrs. Odette Domingo
Testing Date: October 8, 2011 (9:00-12:00)

Manalo Extension, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan
Telephone: (048) 433.2849
Fax: (048) 434.2500
Contact Person: Ms. Vina Karina Baaco
Testing Date: November 19, 2011 (9:00-12:00)

Don Bosco Compound, Mabiga, Mabalacat, Pampanga
Telephone: (045) 893.3893-95
Fax: (045) 893.3897
Contact Person: Ms. Lumen Tua
Testing Date: October 8, 2011 (9:00-12:00)

Rizal Ext., Dagupan City, Pangasinan
Telephone: (075) 522.0884/0866
Fax: (075) 522.8991
Contact Person: Ms. Mardy Espinosa
Testing Date: November 27, 2011 (9:00-12:00)

Sto. Cristo, Tarlac City, Tarlac
Telephone: (045) 982-2159 local 141
Fax: (045) 982.1118
Contact Person: Ms. Therese Angela Caldez
Testing Date: November 26, 2011 (9:00-12:00)

Tests will be held from nine in the morning to twelve noon, regardless of location.  For a more complete listing of testing center locations, contact persons and their contact numbers, kindly refer to this list.


Students based in the Middle East may also take the entrance exam in selected testing centers.  Please go here for a listing of venues, time slots and dates.

Philippine National School
Exam Date: November 23, 2011
Time: 3:00-6:00PM
Exam Fee: 50USD

Philippine School Doha
Exam Date: November 27, 2011
Time: 9:00AM-12:00NN
Exam Fee: 50USD

United International Private School
Exam Date: November 24, 2011
Time: 1:00PM-4:00PM
Exam Fee: 50USD

Philippine International English School
Exam Date: December 5, 2011
Time: 9:00AM-12:00NN
Exam Fee: 50USD

Philippine School Bahrain
+973-17644-101 (fax)
Exam Date: November 28, 2011
Time: 9:00AM-12:00NN
Exam Fee: 50USD

Al-Andalus International School
Exam Date: November 30, 2011
Time: 8:00-11:00AM
Exam Fee: 50USD

International Philippine School in Jeddah
Exam Date: December 3, 2011
Time: 9:00AM-12:00NN
Exam Fee: 50USD

Embassy of the Philippines in Riyadh
Exam Date: December 1, 2011
Time: 9:00AM-12:00NN
Exam Fee: 50USD

Release of Mapua Entrance Exam Results

The university will mail the applicants’ examination results to them, complete with the relevant enrolment dates and the list of additional requirements they’ll need to submit.  Potential Mapua students may also check this webpage for results around a week after their exam.  If the results are not ready yet by that time, they may also call the campus to inquire (Please see the contact details below.).

General Mapua Exam Coverage and Feedback

The entrance test tends to focus on high school material that applicants’ have tackled before, namely Mathematics (Numerical Aptitude), Science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics), English (Verbal Aptitude) and Computers.  Further testing may be given to applicants depending on their course of choice.

The general consensus among test-takers is that the exam isn’t particularly difficult, so long as one had paid attention to one’s high school lessons.  They do caution newcomers not to take it lightly, though, as passing the exam and maintaining grades once they’re in are two different things.

Mapua Admissions Office Contact Information

Kindly refer to the table below::

Campus Address Phone Telefax E-mail
Intramuros G/F South Building
Muralla St., Intramuros,
Manila 1002


(632)524.5570 admissions@mapua.edu.ph
Makati 333 Sen. Gil Puyat Ave. ,
Makati City 1200
(632)896-1650 NA admissions@mapua.edu.ph

Please note that the Intramuros Admissions Office is open everyday except Sunday, from eight in the morning to noon and one to five in the afternoon.  It’s Makati counterpart follows the eight to twelve, one to five schedule, yet is only open on weekdays.





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22 thoughts on “Mapua University Application and Mapua Scholastic Aptitude Examination (MSAE) Basics

  1. ask ko lang po .. ang gusto ko po kasing course ay mechanical engineering pero nung nag entrance exam po ako eh hindi po kasali dun ang mechanical engineering only electrical and industrial engineering lang po .. can i ask po if pwedeng pumasok muna ako sa electrical engineering then mag mechanical engineering ako sa 2nd year? Thankyou so much po ! godbless ^_^

  2. ask ko lng po kung ano ung mga pointers n dpat kong i review bago mag take ng entrance exam, aim ko po ksi n makakuha ng 80% above para sa scholarship. tnx po.

  3. im a bachelor’s degree holder already and is planning to study a degree on IT in Mapua. Does anyone here have done that? How was the entrance exam?

  4. Hiiii. Sana mabasa nyo po itoo. I reaallllyyy need it. Sooo, Ano po ba talaga yung non-quota and quota courses na inooffer ng Mapua. Hope to see your answer soon. Please. Thank you very much!

  5. Hi! I’m from Baguio City. I really want to study in Mapua but I don’t know where can I take the exam? wala naman po kasi testing centers dito sa baguio. hehe. So pupunta pa talaga ako ng Manila para mag exam? help please 🙂

  6. Hi! I only found out just now that the entrance exams are finished. Do you entertain late enrollees? And what if the enrolee has no high school background but has a certificate from PEPT that he can attend college, do you accept such records? And I also checked the tuition fee courses in Mapua and am a bit confused; what is exactly the total tuition fee we have to pay in one school year for ComSci and can other coursed be included with it? Hope to hear from you soon

  7. Hello po, paano ko po kaya malalaman ung scores sa MSAE, mag-aaoly po sana ako ng scholarship grant ng isang private agency. Eh ang problema ko po kasi hindi ko alam ung MSAE Score ko. At least 70% daw po kasi. Thanks po. 🙂

  8. hi po . ask ko lng po kung ano po ung basis para maipasa ung MSAE , its like dis po kase, nahirapan po ako sa english and i dont think kung makakapasa ako because of dat. I hate grammar po kase e. But nadalian po ako sa math and alam kong mataas ang makukuha kong score in dat subject, ECE po ung preferred coarse ko. do I have the chance na makapasok sa MAPUA if ever na failed ako sa MSAE because of english? tnx po 🙂

    • Hi Nico,

      Here are the testing dates for SY 2012-2013 aspiring freshmen:

      INTRAMUROS CAMPUS – For all programs offered in Mapua Intramuros
      Address/Contact Info
      Intramuros Admissions Office
      G/F South Building
      Muralla St., Intramuros,
      Manila 1002 Philippines
      Telephone: +632.247.5000 local 5100-5102
      Tele-facsimile: +632.524.5570
      E-mail: admissions@mapua.edu.ph

      Intramuros Campus Testing Dates

      • February 4, 2012
      • February 18, 2012
      • March 3, 2012
      • March 17, 2012

      MAKATI CAMPUS – For all programs offered in Mapua Makati/strong>

      Makati Campus Address/Contact Info
      Makati Admissions Office
      333 Sen. Gil Puyat Ave.
      Makati City 1200 Philippines
      Telephone: +632.896.1650
      E-mail: admissions@mapua.edu.ph
      Makati Campus Testing Dates

      • February 11, 2012
      • March 10, 2012
    1.ilang items ba yung MSAE..?
    2.how many hours ba yung oras sa pagtake ng exam…?
    3.wala bang special exam para sa mga galing probinsya..?

    • Hi Florandz,

      Mapua has provincial testing centers. Unfortunately, each provincial testing center has only one testing date. I’ve updated the above post with that information, so check it out.

  10. Hi!

    ask ko lang po, napasa ko na po yung MSAE. Kaso nga lang po may mga nakalagay po about sa MATH PLUS something?…required po bang mag-take nun?…kung required, panibagong bayad nanaman po ba yun aside from the tuition fee? or mababawas na po yung sa tuition fee?

    Ang mahal po kasi ng tuition sa MAPUA eh…thanks po 😀

    • Hi Russel,

      Congratulations on passing the Mapua Scholastic Aptitude Exam. Well, MathPlus may or may not be required.

      • It’s required if your Math sub-score in the MSAE is lower than 70%.
      • It’s optional if your Match sub-score is 70% or greater.

      Since the Math Plus is basically a 36-hour Math tutorial/refresher course, I suppose it must have its own fee, and this is not likely to be deductible from the regular semester’s tuition fee.

      • Hi!

        How will I know po kung yung Math sub-score ko po sa MSAE ay lower than 70%? Nung pinadalhan po ako ng mail, nakalagay po dun na they highly recommend me to take the MATH PLUS. Does that mean they require me to take it? thanks po 😀

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