This graduate school dates back in 1954. It was created as Graduate School by Republic Act No. 1174. The graduate program was first handled by the Graduate and Research Department, followed by the Graduate School. In 1979, it became the Institute of Graduate Studies.
This Graduate School of the then Central Luzon Agricultural College had been offering graduate courses in agriculture and related fields even before its inception as a University.
The IGS engages in advanced training and research in agriculture and related sciences for the promotion of sustainable total farming system development and higher levels of applied sciences toward agro-industrialization. It aims:
(i) to develop graduate students' ability to undertake
research or scholarly work in agriculture, education, socio-economic, and science and technology.
(ii) to develop leadership and management
capabilities of national and regional schools of higher learning and, research and development institute and centers, and
(iii) to develop highly trained human resources
imbued with universal values and professionalism, work and discipline.
The IGS offers graduate programs in coordination with various concerned colleges and their departments. The total number of departments is known as 14 + 1, i.e., 14 departments with one coordinating unit (Plant Breeding) under the Department of Crop Science.
With strong intercollegiate and interdepartmental collaboration and access to the professional resources of the Muñoz Science City, the IGS is able to offer 8 Doctoral, 15 Masteral, 10 Master of Professional Studies, a Master in Agribusiness Management, a Master of Veterinary Studies, a Master in Biology, a Master in Chemistry and a Master of Arts in Language and Literature degree programs.
The Master of Science (MS) Degree is research oriented and requires the conduct of quality thesis, while the Master of Professional Studies (MPS) is a management-oriented program that subjects the IGS candidates to appropriate management apprenticeship work and case study.
To date, aside from hundreds of Filipino graduate students from various state institutions and service organizations all over the country, foreign students come from more than 24 nations, mostly from Asia and Africa. A few have come from Australia and the Americas, having gained access to the graduate programs of the Institute. Its balanced unique science, entrepreneurial and technical advanced education and research program of studies must have attracted these out-of-state enrollees to come over.
IGS has gained Level III Accreditation from AACCUP*.
* Accrediting Agency of Chartered Colleges and Universities of the Philippines