Master of Science in Sociology Major in Sociology of Development

This course is designed to awaken the student to the paradigm of development in an increasingly globalized world in a search of a paradigm that assures the world of sustainability.


Master of Science in Sociology Major in Pastoral Studies

The program envisions that diocesan priest students become persons who are holistically renewed and transformed in faith as they fully participate in the mission of the Church in our society today.

To realize this vision, the program commits itself to the following principles:
  • Primacy of faith experience and its cultural context;
  • A Christ-inspired mission and ministry;
  • Global, ecumenical and interfaith in perspective, action, and celebration;
  • Interdisciplinary in approach; and
  • Focus on servant leadership in the management of change.

Master of Science in Sociology Major in Pastoral Sociology

Pastoral Sociology is the study of how Faith is to be grounded on the socio-cultural context of people’s lives, where the task of the pastoral sociologist is to analyze this interaction between religiosity and the social environment. By utilizing sociological tools, the pastoral sociologist is expected to facilitate the transformation of socio-cultural structures and values for a deepening of Faith. Thus, the program is designed to form sociologists who will contribute effectively to pastoral tasks.


Master of Science in Sociology

The Sociology Program is designed to form Asian sociologists who are equipped with theories and research tools for social analysis at the macro and micro levels and are committed to the tasks of social transformation.

We offer the following specializations:

Master of Science in Social Work

The program is designed for the formation of individuals committed to relevant social change and willing to intervene in social problems related to the functioning of multi level human systems.  It develops in the student a strong sense of commitment to the profession and the people being served through the internalization of the basic philosophy and the ethical components of social work practice.  It aims at providing students with adequate knowledge and skills in the areas of administration, research, supervision, education, and social planning, to make them effective and relevant partners in meeting the multiplicity of problems inherent in a rapidly changing world.


Master of Science in Economics


The Master of Science in Economics Program of ASI is designed especially for those who wish to involve themselves with policies, and the planning and the implementations of the programs which aim primarily at the amelioration of economically backward communities and regions. Much emphasis is given to the study of the socio-cultural factors which influence economic activity and development.


Master in Social Services and Development

The Master in Social Services and Development Program is one of ASI’s graduate programs that amplify the Vision, Mission, and Goals of the Institute. This graduate program is designed for persons who are presently or expect to be engaged in the social services, human and social development processes. Such engagements can be in the context of developing countries or other kinds of poverty being experienced in diverse social realities.

The program will weave together Catholic and other Christian social teachings; indigenous and inter-faith spirituality; Filipino and other Asian values. This will be a program of co-learners as faculty, students, cooperating agencies and organizations, as well as partner communities implement it.


Master of Science in Economics, With Specialization in Sustainable Community Economics

An interdisciplinary economics course that enlightens those engaged in the pursuit of policy, wholesome education and good governance in the imperatives of profitability-with-social responsibility, rooted in a faith life, advocacy with pedagogy and participatory action research focused on local/community development, oriented not to GDP or GNP growth but also to Gross National Wellbeing (GNW)


To ground policy-makers and implementers in the lives of people particularly our base groups in the rural and urban areas, whose economic sense is important for  self-empowerment.

Who should take up this course? 

Development managers, senior professionals, policy makers who are engaged in the public sector, the corporate or business sector, the Church and affiliated sectors, the academe, Economics professors, as well as regional local and community sectors.



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