The Mindanao Studies Program (MSP) seeks to help develop the potentials of Mindanao, its people and resources for growth and progress in line or consistent with national interests. It seeks specifically to:
1. to develop an academic, intellectual and practical mechanisms through research scholarship that identify the fundamental areas of concern essential to Mindanao’s meaningful development as part of the Filipino nation;
2. To provide studies on Mindanao history and culture; and
3. To complement contemporary institutional research activities and studies on Mindanao as part of the UP System’s network of linkages and commitments for national development.