Mater Dei College
|Motto||Sapientia, Caritas, Oratio (Latin)|
Motto in English
|Wisdom, Love, Prayer|
|Type||Private, Catholic School|
|President||Rev. Fr. Florante S. Camacho, SVD|
|Alma Mater song||"Mater Dei Hymn"|
|Colors||Blue and White|
The school was established in 1983 during the term of Hon. Eufrasio Mascarinas as mayor of the town. Bohol's prominent educators together with the local government unit had joined hands to build a community college for local residents who are economically challenged to send their children to big cities to obtain college education. During that time, Tagbilaran City was the only nearest place that offers college education and only few are capable of sending their children to Cebu and Manila for higher education.
It is through the efforts of then Sangguniang Bayan secretary, Cesar Mascarinas, parish priest Msgr. Camilo V. Auza and an educator Fr. Josemaria S. Luengo, Ph.D., that drafted the idea of funding a college into a reality. Finally, Resolution no. 78 (series of 1983) of the town council was passed for this act. The first set of the Members of the Board of Trustees and Incorporators of the school were:
- Rev. Fr. Josemaria S. Luengo, Ph.D.
- Lourdes H. Torrefranca, Ph.D.
- Most Rev. Felix S. Zafra, D.D.
- Benjamin L. Mejorada, Ph.D.
- Msgr. Camilo V. Auza, H.P.
- Rose P. Alfafara, O.D.
- Mariano M. Lerin, Ph.D.; CPA
- Cesar C. Mascarinas, M.A.
Unfortunately, because of a memorandum prohibiting the opening of new collegiate institutions, the secretary of Education and the director of Private Schools at the time junked the school's application for permit to operate. However, Mr. Gulayan, a local boatman and a long-time friend of President Ferdinand Marcos during the Japanese occupation, became an effective catalyst for the approval after seeing Marcos at the Malacañang Palace. It is said that Mr. Gulayan, saved the then-young guerrilla leader Marcos from Japanese soldiers.
Mater Dei College consists of six colleges namely:
- College of Business and Accountancy- Business Department (CBA-B)
- College of Business and Accountancy- Hospitality Department (CBA-H)
- College of Arts and Sciences and Technology (CAST)
- College of Criminal Justice (CCJ)
- College of Nursing (CON)
- College of Education (COE)
- Master of Arts major in English Language Teaching (MA-ELT)
- Master of Arts major in Mathematics Teaching (MAMT)
- Master of Arts major in Educational Management (MAEM)
- Master of Arts major in Business Management (MABM)
- Master of Arts major in Public Services Management (MAPSM)
- Master of Arts major in Values Education (MAVED)
- Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
- Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (BSIT)
- Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (BSCS)
- Bachelor of Science in Information Systems (BSIS)
- Bachelor of Science in Tourism Management (BSTM)
- Bachelor of Science in Hotel & Restaurant Management (BSHRM)
- Bachelor of Science in Accountancy (BSA)
- Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) in:
- Financial Management
- Marketing Management
- Operations Management
- Bachelor of Arts in Economics (AB Econ)
- Bachelor of Arts in English (AB Engl)
- Bachelor of Science in Criminology (BSCRIM)
- Bachelor of Science in Mathematics (BS Math)
- Bachelor of Elementary Education (BEED) in:
- Special Education
- Pre-Elementary Education
- Bachelor of Secondary Education (BSED) in:
- Social Studies
- Values Education
- Associate in Computer Technology (ACT)
- Associate in Hotel & Restaurant Management (AHRM)
- Junior High School
- Senior High School