Produce world-class professionals and leaders with advanced scientific and technological skills and knowledge in response to various expectations and needs of society.
1. Enhance critical thinking through independent study leading to innovations for socio-economic progress;
2. Expand learning opportunities and optimize potentialities of the students to achieve academic and professional advancement;
3. Provide relevant training in research to actively contribute to the advancement of knowledge and the nation’s sustainable growth and development;
4. Serve as a center for the delivery of responsive extension programs and linkages to the various stakeholders.
In 1977, Dr. Lydia M. Profeta, started the Graduate Program of the then Rizal Technological Colleges (RTC) now known as Rizal Technological University (RTU). RTC had a consortium arrangement with the San Sebastian Graduate School and through this, graduate classes in RTC started and were held every Saturday. Majority of the first batch of students were RTC faculty members who were then supervised by the dean of the San Sebastian Graduate School.
When the RTC was nationalized on April 1, 1978 the College assumed full control of the graduate students. In April 1979 the RTC College of Graduate Studies (CGS) was established under the Office of the College President with the President herself assuming the deanship in a concurrent capacity. The CGS was then named as RTC Institute of Graduate Studies.
The Philosophy, vision, objectives, policies and standards on admission, academic and degree requirements of the Graduate Studies and the study privileges of its faculty and administrative personnel were promulgated and subsequently revised by the founding dean to keep abreast with the academic and technological demands of time.
On January 4, 1982, the deanship of the Graduate Studies was bestowed to Dr. Josefina V. Estolas who was then the Vice President for Research and Development with Dr. Josefina Rebuquiao ably acting as the Graduate Studies Secretary. Dr. Estolas further strengthened the policies and guidelines on thesis and dissertation writing. Likewise the student admission procedure was enhanced.
When Dr. Estolas was designated as Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA) after the retirement of the then VPAA, Dr. Pedro P. Mendonez, she turned over her duties as Dean of the College of Graduate Studies to Dr. Rogelio T. Viaña on September 15, 1984 in concurrent capacity as he was then the Director of the Department of Cooperative Education.
The course of events in 1986 effected some changes in the school’s organizational set up especially when Dr. Estolas took over as Officer-in-Charge of the RTC on March 21, 1986 and eventually the second College President on March 2, 1987. Dr. Viaña had to relinquish his deanship as he was designated as Vice President for Research and Development and Chief Executive Assistant on April 1, 1986. Dr. Josefina Rebuquiao took over the helm of the College of Graduate Studies until her early retirement in 1990. Succeeding her was Dr. Clarita G. Javier who upon her retirement in 1991 had to turn over her function to Dr. Paz S. Regis, the then Vice President for Academic Affairs. Thus, Dr. Regis held the deanship of the CGS in concurrent capacity.
When Dr. Regis was designated as concurrent dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Viaña assumed again the deanship of the CGS on June 1, 1992. On July 6, 1993, Dr. Jose Q. Macaballug was appointed as Officer-in-Charge of the College (upon the retirement of Dr. Josefina V. Estolas as RTC President) and subsequently as third President of RTC on July 7, 1994. President Macaballug re-designated Dr. Viaña as Graduate Studies Dean and his Chief Executive Assistant.
Dr. Viaña carried on the programs and executed the plans and projects of his predecessors and introduced novel ones. The Academic Advisory Committee composed of academicians and representatives from business, industry and government sector was created. Existing programs were enriched and new ones were offered, viz. – MA in Engineering Education, MA in English (major in Literature and in Language Instruction), Ph.D. in Public Administration and Ph.D. in Technology Education. And to complement these academic developments, facilities and learning resources have been and are being continually upgraded. Likewise, membership in national and International organizations is incessantly maintained. The management of the student affairs is shared with the Graduate Students Association. Consequently, the Association willingly takes part in the sustained development of the Graduate School’s physical facilities and academic programs.
On April 5, 1995 the CGS Academic Advisory Committee recommended to the RTC Executive Academic Council the change of name of the College of Graduate Studies to RTC Graduate School (RTC-GS), which was approved by the latter on March 11, 1996.
On October 11, 1997, the Rizal Technological Colleges was converted into a University by virtue of Republic Act 8365, thus, the RTC-GS assumed a new name: RTU-Graduate School. In light of this, RTU-GS espouses a new role, a new philosophy, a new mission and a new vision in human resource development, in the advancement of knowledge and in reaching out to the less fortunate sector of our society.
A reorganization in the University took place mid 1999 and Dr. Amelita L. de Guzman was designated Dean of the Graduate School and served until her retirement in April, 2008. . Under her deanship, a revision of all curricular programs was undertaken and implemented during A.Y. 2004-2005 as well as the opening of new programs.
In May, 2008, Dr. Ruth Sarra Guzman was appointed as the new GS Dean. She has continued the initiatives of the past leaders of the Graduate School. Additional course offerings have also been added to the current list of graduate programs such as the Master of Arts in Science Education; Master of Arts in Literature and Language Instruction and three new diploma or non-thesis programs in Public Administration, Business Administration and Astronomy. Policy and procedural reforms are also underway to guarantee the best delivery of services to our clientele with emphasis towards a culture of excellence and high scholarship in our graduate programs.
The Graduate School continues to play a very significant role in the advancement of knowledge as it pursues its avowed mission and goals.