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Type: Public Institution
Motto: Scholarship with Professionalism
Affiliated to: ACBSP, NAB & ACCA
Established: 1967
No of Students: 13,125
No of Staff: 572
Vice-Chancellor: Prof. Abednego Feehi Okoe Amartey
Ranking: 20th in Ghana (Webometrics)
Website: https://upsa.edu.gh/
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The University of Professional Studies, Accra, also known as UPSA, is an accredited public university located in Accra, Greater Accra Region, Ghana. UPSA was established in 1967 as a private business professional institution by Nana J.K. Opoku Ampomah.

It was established as a tertiary educational institution, to train professional accountants and administrators throughout West Africa. UPSA was originally known as the Institute of Profes.. more

The University of Professional Studies, Accra, also known as UPSA, is an accredited public university located in Accra, Greater Accra Region, Ghana. UPSA was established in 1967 as a private business professional institution by Nana J.K. Opoku Ampomah.

It was established as a tertiary educational institution, to train professional accountants and administrators throughout West Africa. UPSA was originally known as the Institute of Professional Studies until it was adopted by the government through the Institutes of Professional Studies Decree (SMCD 200) of 1978.

This Institution was later established as a tertiary institution under the Institutes of Professional Studies Act, (Act 566), 1999; responsible for providing tertiary education in the academic disciplines of Accountancy and Management.

In 2008, the institution was granted Presidential Charter, making it a fully-fledged university capable of awarding its certificates, diplomas and degrees. By 2012, the University of Professional Studies Act, 2012 (ACT 850) was enacted that change the name of the Institution from Institute of Professional Studies to University of Professional Studies.

Finally, on the 26th of April, 2018 the Ghanaian President, His Excellency Nana Addo Danquah Akufo Addo, pledged to rename the University after its founder Nana Opoku Ampomah.

The University of Professional Studies, Accra, is well-known for being the only public institution in Ghana with the mandate to issue academic degrees and also provide professional business qualifications. The university implemented the idea of Student Relief Fund; a fund aimed at providing financial assistance to students unable to make full payments of their semester fees.

UPSA in collaboration with the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA), assists interested students in getting driving licenses through a stress-free procedure. The University of Professional Studies Accra, emerged winner at the 2019 MTN Pulse- HR Focus Business Challenge.

Year after year, UPSA secures internship slots in prestigious institutions for its students.  UPSA was established with an initial enrolment of 5 students, this number has grown over the years, as the university currently operates with over 15,000 students.

The University of Professional Studies, Accra, provides several facilities for its students, some of these include; an Underground Water Reservoir, Conference Rooms, a Conference Centre, a Lecture Block Complex, a multi-purpose hall, a Banking Facility & Finance Annex, an ISTD (Information Services and Technology Directorate) Block, a Club House, a tennis court, an Academic Wing Complex, a University Hospital, Hostels, a Vendor’s Market and a Mosque.

UPSA also has a Library Block Complex that is still under construction. This is a five-story library complex comprised of open reading spaces, a lending library, offices, learning and research commons.

Some notable alumni of UPSA University include Ama Ata Aidoo (Professor, Novelist, and Author), Alban Bagbin (Former Minister of Health), Georgina Theodora Wood (Chief Justice of Ghana), Peter Ala Adjetey (Speaker of the Parliament of Ghana from 2001 to 2005) and Albert Kan-Dapaah (National Security Minister).

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FACULTIES/ STUDY PROGRAMMES

The University of Professional Studies, Accra, has 4 faculties, 3 schools and an institute of professional studies.

Faculty of Accounting and Finance

  • Sc. Accounting
  • Sc. Banking and Finance
  • Sc. Actuarial Science
  • Sc. Business Ec.. more

FACULTIES/ STUDY PROGRAMMES

The University of Professional Studies, Accra, has 4 faculties, 3 schools and an institute of professional studies.

Faculty of Accounting and Finance

  • Sc. Accounting
  • Sc. Banking and Finance
  • Sc. Actuarial Science
  • Sc. Business Economics
  • Sc. Accounting and Finance
  • MBA in Accounting and Finance
  • MBA in Petroleum Accounting and Finance
  • MBA in Auditing
  • MBA in Internal Auditing
  • MPhil in Finance

Faculty of Information Technology and Communications Studies

  • Sc. Information Technology Management
  • A Public Relations Management
  • Diploma Information Technology Management
  • Diploma Public Relations Management

Faculty of Management Studies

  • Diploma in Marketing
  • Diploma in Management
  • BSc Marketing
  • MBA in Corporate Governance
  • MBA in Marketing
  • MPhil Leadership
  • MS Leadership
  • MBA in Total Quality Management

 

Faculty of Law

 

SCHOOLS

Distance Learning School

  • MBA in Accounting/Finance
  • MBA in Corporate Governance
  • MBA in Marketing
  • MPhil in Leadership
  • MBA in Petroleum Accounting and Finance
  • MBA in Internal Auditing
  • MBA in Total Quality Management

 

Weekend Schools

  • Marketing
  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting
  • Bachelor of Science in Banking and Finance

School of Graduate Studies

 

INSTITUTES

Institute of Professional Studies

  • Chartered Institute of Management Accountant (CIMA) U.K.
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants Ghana (ICAG).
  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) U.K.
  • Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) U.K.
  • Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA) U.K.
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants Ghana (ICAG).

 

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Bachelor’s Programmes: To qualify for Bachelor’s Degree Programmes, candidates must:
Level 100 Entry
WASSCE Holders and SSCE/GBCE Holders
WASSCE applicants must have at least credit passes (i.e. grade A1-C6) in three core subjects including English Language, Mathematics an.. more

Bachelor’s Programmes: To qualify for Bachelor’s Degree Programmes, candidates must:
Level 100 Entry
WASSCE Holders and SSCE/GBCE Holders
WASSCE applicants must have at least credit passes (i.e. grade A1-C6) in three core subjects including English Language, Mathematics and Integrated Science/Social Studies in addition to any three elective subjects.
• SSSCE Holders
SSSCE applicants must have at least credit passes (i.e. A-D respectively) in three core subjects including English Language, Mathematics and Integrated Science/Social Studies in addition to any three elective subjects.
• GBCE Holders
GBCE applicants must have at least credit passes (i.e. A-D respectively) in three core subjects including English Language, Mathematics and Integrated Science/Social Studies in addition to any three elective subjects.
**Current final year SHS students, who will be writing WASSCE/GBCE in May/June 2020, are also eligible to apply. They will be required to indicate correctly their WASSCE/GBCE index numbers on the online application form.
• GCSE/ Cambridge GCE ‘O’ and ‘A’ Level
General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE)/ Cambridge GCE ‘O’ and ‘A’ Level applicants must have at least five (5) credit passes including English and Mathematics at the GCSE/Baccalaureate/Cambridge ‘O’ Level and three relevant subjects at the ‘A’ Level.
• American High School Grade 12 with at least Final Grade Point of 3.0
• University Diploma/Higher National Diploma(HND)/ Professional and others to Degree

Level 200 Entry
A. WAEC General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level
Passes in any three (3) subjects (at least, one of the passes should be grade D or better) at the GCE Advanced Level plus a pass in General Paper.
In addition, the applicant must have had credit passes (Grade 6) or better in five (5) subjects including English Language, Mathematics and any Science Subject at the GCE Ordinary (‘O’) Level.
B. Advanced Business Certificate Examinations (ABCE)
Full diploma certificate (i.e. passes in five (5) subjects including three compulsory subjects in the diploma option of the ABCE) and at least two of the passes should be grade D or better.
In addition, the applicant must have had credit passes in five (5) subjects including English Language, Mathematics and Integrated Science/Social Studies in the GBCE only.
C. Post-Secondary Teacher’s Certificate ‘A’/Diploma in Education Certificate in a related discipline awarded by any institution accredited by the National Accreditation Board (NAB).
D. Recognized Professional Qualifications
At least complete Level One (1) of any of the following recognized professional qualifications: ACCA (3 papers), CIB (5 papers), CIM (3 papers), CIMA (4 papers), ICAG (4 papers) and ICSA (4 papers) only. The professional qualification must be related to the programme being applied for.
E. Higher National Diploma (HND) with Second Class (Lower Division) awarded by NABPTEX in related disciplines (i.e. Accounting, Secretaryship & Management Studies, Purchasing & Supply, Marketing, Statistics, etc).
F. University/Tertiary Diploma in a related discipline with a Final Grade Point Average (FGPA) ranging from 1.00 to 2.49 awarded by any university accredited by NAB.

**Applicants who qualify under Categories C, D, E and F must, in addition, have WASSCE/SSSCE/GBCE passes of at least grade D7 or D respectively in three (3) core subjects and three (3) elective subjects or credit passes in five (5) subjects including English Language, Mathematics and any Science subject at the GCE ‘O’ Level.
**Admission is not available for University Diploma/Higher National Diploma(HND)/ Professional applicants to Level 200 of the LLB programme.

Level 300 Entry
A. Higher National Diploma (HND) with at least Second Class (Upper Division) awarded by NABPTEX in related disciplines (e.g. Accounting, Secretaryship & Management Studies, Purchasing & Supply, Marketing, Statistics, etc).
B. University/Tertiary Diploma with at least FGPA of 2.5 (Credit) in related programmes (e.g. Accounting, Public Administration, Management and Marketing etc) from any university accredited by the NAB.
C. Professional Qualification applicants with at least a complete level two (2) of any of the following recognized professional qualifications related to the programme being applied for: ACCA (9 papers), CIB (10 papers), CIM (6 papers), CIMA (8 papers), ICAG (10 papers) and ICSA (8 papers) only.

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Applicants who qualify under Categories A, B and C must, in addition, have WASSCE/SSSCE/GBCE passes of at least grade D7 or D respectively in three (3) core subjects and three (3) elective subjects or credit passes in five (5) subjects including English Language, Mathematics and any Science subject at the GCE ‘O’ Level.
**Admission is not available for entry into Level 300 of the LLB, Bachelor of Science in Business Economics, Actuarial Science and Bachelor of Science in Real Estate Management and Finance programmes.

Diploma Programmes
A. WASSCE applicants
Must have passes (i.e. A1-D7) in three core subjects including English Language, Mathematics and Integrated Science/Social Studies in addition to passes (i.e. A1-D7) in any three elective subjects. Note that at least three (3) of the core and elective subject should be credit passes (A1-C6).
A credit pass is required for the relevant elective.
B. SSSCE/GBCE applicants
Must have at least credit passes (i.e. grade A-D) in three core subjects including English Language, Mathematics and Integrated Science/Social Studies in addition to credit passes in any three elective subjects.
A credit pass is required for the relevant elective.
C. GCE Advanced Level
Passes in any two (2) subjects at the GCE ‘A’ Level plus a pass in General Paper.
In addition, the applicant must have had credit passes (at least Grade 6) in five (5) subjects including English Language, Mathematics and any Science Subject at the GCE ‘O’ Level.

Entry Requirements for Mature Applicants
Mature applicants applying for admission must satisfy the following entry requirements:
Attained a minimum age of twenty-five (25) years by Friday, 29th May, 2020.
Show proof of age with a birth certificate which is at least five (5) years old at the time of application.
Must have at least three (3) years’ work experience and should be able to provide a letter of appointment from their employers or show any proof of employment.
Must possess at least WASSCE, SSSCE, GBCE, Teacher’s Cert ‘A’ and ‘O’ Level.
Must pass the University’s Mature Access Course Entrance Examinations which comprise Mathematics, English Language and Aptitude Test. A mature applicant shall be deemed to have passed the entrance examinations for consideration for admission if he/she obtains a pass mark of 40% in each paper.
Must pass a Selection Interview.
**Mature Applicants for BSc. in Actuarial Science programme must have credit passes in Additional Mathematics or Elective Mathematics at the GCE ‘O’ Level/WASSCE/ SSSCE/GBCE.
**Successful mature applicants will be placed in Level 100.
**Admission is not available for the Mature Applicants to the LLB programme.

International Applicants
International applicants may be admitted on the basis of qualifications from their home countries for which equivalence shall be determined by the National Accreditation Board of Ghana and submitted to the University. Evidence of proficiency in English Language will be required in the case of applicants from non-English speaking countries.
International applicants are also requested to acquire Non-Citizen Ghana card as a prerequisite for offer of admission. International applicants who fail to provide evidence of having acquired this card will not have their applications processed

Master’s Programmes: To qualify for Master’s Degree Programmes, candidates must:
Possess a First/Bachelor degree from a recognized university/institution in an appropriate field of study.
Possess recognized professional qualification in ICAG, ACCA, CIMA, CPA, CIB, CQI, CIM, ICSA and CMI.
*Only International applicants with a good first degree or its equivalent in related fields established by NAB, are eligible for the master’s programmes.

PhD Programmes: To qualify for PhD Programmes, candidates must:
Possess an MPhil, MSc, MA or MBA from an accredited university or college, with a minimum 3.0 GPA

HOW TO APPLY
• Purchase of Online Serial Numbers (OSN)
Online Serial Numbers (OSN) for UPSA are available for purchase at the cost of GH¢200.00 for Ghanaian Applicants and US$120.00 for International Applicants at the following sales points:
Any Ecobank or Access Bank branch nation-wide
Any Ghana Post (Post Office) branch nation-wide
By Visa/Master Card/Mobile Money using the link http://interpayafrica.com/custom/upsa
By mobile money (all networks) shortcode: *887*18#

• Completion of Online Application Form
All applications must be completed online i.e:
Log on to admissions.upsa.edu.gh.
Use the Online Serial Numbers (OSN) and the receipt number to access the online application form.
Fill in the application form and submit it online.

• Attachment of Supporting Documents
All applicants are expected to scan and attach the following documents to their online application forms. All such documents to be attached must be scanned into PDF format.
For undergraduate
Certified copies of all certificates.
Certified copies of original transcript(s) of academic records.
Certificates confirmed by the professional body is required for professional applicants.
Birth certificate.
For Postgraduate
Certified copies of all certificates
Certified copies of transcript (s) of academic records
Certificates confirmed by the professional body is required for professional applicants
Birth certificate
Two (2) completed referee reports
Vision statement for MBA/MSc. applicant
Research proposal for MPhil applicants

DEADLINES
For WASSCE Applicants
– Starting Date for Application – Friday, 21st February 2020
– Closing Date for Application – Friday, 4th September 2020

For Mature Applicants
– Starting Date for Application – Friday, 21st February 2020
– Closing Date for Application – Friday, 17th July 2020

For Post-First Degree LLB

Starting Date for Application – Friday, 21st February 2020
Closing Date for Application – Friday, 3rd July 2020

For University Diploma/HND/Professional Applicants
Starting Date for Application – Friday, 21st February 2020
Closing Date for Application – Friday, 28th August 2020

For 4-Year LLB Degree Programme
Starting Date for Application – Friday, 21st February 2020
Closing Date for Application – Friday, 21st August 2020

For Postgraduate (MPhil/MBA/MSc/MA) Degree Programme
Starting Date for Application – Friday, 21st February 2020
Closing Date for Application – Friday, 28th August 2020

For Postgraduate (Sandwich) Degree Programme
Starting Date for Application – Friday, 21st February 2020
Closing Date for Application – Friday, 28th August 2020

For Postgraduate (Distance Learning) Degree Programme
Starting Date for Application – Thursday,16th April 2020
Closing Date for Application – Saturday, 15th August 2020

For Postgraduate (PhD) Degree Programme
Starting Date for Application – 19th March, 2020
Closing Date for Application – Friday, 28th July 2020

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ABOUT THE CITY OF ACCRA
Accra is the capital and largest city of Ghana. The city lies on a cliff, 8 to 12 metres high, and spreads northward over the Accra plains. The name Accra comes from an Akan word “Nkran” that means ‘black ants in the vicinity‘. When the Portuguese first settled on the coast of what is now known as Ghana, in.. more

ABOUT THE CITY OF ACCRA
Accra is the capital and largest city of Ghana. The city lies on a cliff, 8 to 12 metres high, and spreads northward over the Accra plains. The name Accra comes from an Akan word “Nkran” that means ‘black ants in the vicinity‘. When the Portuguese first settled on the coast of what is now known as Ghana, in 1482, Accra was occupied by several villages of the Ga tribe. Between 1650 and 1680, the Europeans built three trading posts along the coast, known as Fort James (English), Fort Crevecoeur (Dutch), and Christiansburg Castle (Danish). After a tribal war, the major Ga towns on the Accra plains were displaced and drawn to the coast by the prospect of profitable trade with the Europeans. As a result, three coastal villages that are Osu (Christiansborg), Dutch Accra (later called Ussher Town), and James Town, sprang up, becoming the nuclei of what was to be Accra. Accra then grew into a prosperous trading centre, and after the Danes and the Dutch left the region in 1850, Accra became the capital of the British Gold Coast colony. It served as the capital, and after independence, Accra became the country’s capital, acting as its administrative, economic, and educational centre. Accra is influenced by the local steppe climate with an average temperature of 26.6 °C. The Ghanaian culture is characterised by a host of social gatherings – both colourful and musical. The celebration of festivals is an essential part of life, whether for child-birth, rites of passage, puberty, marriage or death. Accra’s economy revolves around the industrial, financial and service sectors. It is equally a bastion of tertiary education, boasting some of the best universities in Ghana like; the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration, the University of Professional Studies, Accra, Ashesi University, Wisconsin International University College, Ghana, the Central University and the Pentecost University College, one reason why the city has become a popular study abroad destination.

Accra is one of Ghana most historic neighbourhoods where history resides on every street corner. It is best known for the Independence Square which contains monuments of Ghana’s independence struggle, including the Independence Arch, the Black Star Gate, and the Liberation Day Monument. Another visible historical landmark is the Jamestown Lighthouse that was constructed in 1875 by the British. The city encourages relaxation through the presence of numerous parks like the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum & Memorial park (final resting place of Ghana’s first president and it contains photos, artefacts and an insight into Dr Nkrumah’s life), the Labadi beach and the Osu Castle. It promotes cultural exploration through the W.E.B Dubois Memorial Centre, the Artist Alliance Gallery and the National Theatre. Ghana is a country with a deep sports heritage and Accra being its capital upholds that heritage through the Accra Sports stadium, a 39,800 all-seater and multipurpose stadium. The Makola Market is a renowned market place and shopping district in the city, where a wide array of products are sold. Accra encourages movement within and out of the city through its airports, namely the Kotoka International Airport and the Accra International Airport. The city possesses a raft of health centres that cater to the health needs of the population. Provisions for worship are put in place through numerous worship houses like the Cathedral Church of the Most Holy Trinity and the Accra Central Mosque.

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Scholarships

The University of Professional Studies, Accra, awards scholarships through the Vice Chancellor’s Endowment Fund (VCEF). The Scholarship Scheme is targeted at prospective and continuing students of the University’s undergraduate programmes.

The Scholarships are mainly for Ghanaian students who are bright and financially deficient.

The award policy

• Awards are available for the needy, marginalised and talented students
• Awards are geared towards needy females (60:40)
• Scholarships are not automatically renewed annually.
• Scholarships reviewed yearly against both need and academic performance.
• An award can also be withdrawn, if the awardee’s financial circumstance either changes for the better or was entirely false in the first instance.
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Type: Public Institution
Motto: Scholarship with Professionalism
Affiliated to: ACBSP, NAB & ACCA
Established: 1967
No of Students: 13,125
No of Staff: 572
Vice-Chancellor: Prof. Abednego Feehi Okoe Amartey
Ranking: 20th in Ghana (Webometrics)
Website: https://upsa.edu.gh/
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