The Program of Master of Arts in Liturgy developed from the renewal courses on liturgy offered by the Paul VI Institute of Liturgy in Malaybalay City since 1991. On December 7, 1998 the Commission on Higher Education granted to San Beda College the permit to open and conduct the course of Master of Arts in Liturgy in consortium with Paul VI Institute of Liturgy. On July 18, 2001, the Commission approved the opening of the MA in Liturgy Program in the Manila campus. Starting Academic Year, 2002-2003, the Program of Master of Arts in Liturgy has been offered at San Beda College campus.
The SBC Graduate School of Liturgy is envisioned to contribute to the continuing formation and training of the personnel for liturgical ministry and education in the Philippine Church. Through its Master of Arts program, the SBC Graduate School of Liturgy aims to form and train professors of liturgy, liturgy formators, directors of liturgical committees, and parish liturgy coordinators. The doctoral program, in turn, advances the aim of the MA program seeking to enhance the candidates’ ability to handle liturgical matters, issues, and questions in all pertinent aspects—historical, theological, celebrative, and pastoral—for teaching, ministry, and research.
With its corps of professors and mentors who are holders of licentiate and doctoral degrees in Sacred Liturgy mostly from the Pontifical Institute of Liturgy in Rome, GSL is the only graduate level school of liturgy in the country with masteral and doctoral programs in liturgy. It offers a two-track MA program consisting of an academic MA degree (MA in Liturgy) which requires a thesis with a minimum of 80 pages, and a professional (non-thesis) MA degree (MA in Liturgical Studies) which requires a research/project paper of around 50 pages.