Date of Publication


Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Psychology Major in Industrial/Organizational Psychology

Subject Categories



College of Liberal Arts



Thesis Adviser

Jose Lloyd D. Espiritu

Defense Panel Chair

Rene M. Nob

Defense Panel Member

Ellen V. Morada
Maria Carla M. Ong


Understanding factors affecting motivation of employees to fulfill their professional growth and development is important for the success of the different programs on talent development. This study aims to evaluate the factors that affect motivation of employees in completing their master’s degree under their company’s scholarship program. Previous scholars were surveyed on the factors that have led to increase their motivation to complete studies.
To determine the factors that affect motivation of employees to completion of graduate studies under the company-benefit scholarship, the study used the descriptive research design. Findings of the study suggest that the most important intrinsic factor that influences motivation is the employee’s interest in their educational program. This is followed by having a good study attitude and discipline, and proper time management skills. While the most important external motivation is the provision of study leave. This is followed by financial aid and having an environment conducive to learning. There are also differences in external and internal factors’ impact to motivation, these vary across stages of graduate studies. Factors that appeared to be significant across the stages of graduate studies are: financial aid, proximity of school/home to office, social economic status, parent/s as role models and inspiration, external commitments with the family, study leave, support from bosses, support from peers, environment conducive to learning (outside the organization, job promotion, study attitude, and age. Majority of external factors are found to be important motivators during entry stage. While at development/engagement stage, both internal and external factors appeared to be equally important for motivation. During completion stage, presence of internal motivators are found to be most important in maintaining motivation and completing master’s degree.
The results of the study may contribute to the local literature on employee motivation, particularly in influencing employees’ motivation towards completion of master’s degree. Findings can also be used to provide recommendations to the scholarship program’s policies and guidelines to help improve its application and screening process, hence completion rate.

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Scholars; Scholarships—Graduate students; Master of arts degree—Employees

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