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UNIVERSITY OF PROFESSIONAL

STUDIES, ACCRA (UPSA)


(SCHOLARSHIP WITH PROFESSIONALISM)
SCHOOL OF GRADUATE STUDIES (SOGS)
ADMISSION TO MBA/MPHIL/MSC PROGRAMMES FOR EVENING AND
WEEKEND SESSIONS FOR 2014/2015 ACADEMIC YEAR
The School of Graduate Studies (SOGS) of the University of Professional Studies; the
only accredited Public Professional and Academic University in Ghana, invites qualified
applicants to enroll in the following focused global and corporate tailored professional
Masters Degree Programmes:
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MBA in Accounting and Finance


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

1. Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Accounting and Finance


Programme Objectives:
The Programme is designed to prepare successful applicants to strategically manage their
organisations financial and other key resources. The aim is to develop the graduate
studentsknowledge in key financial areas, while developing their business and leadership
skills, which can only be acquired by earning an advanced degree at UPSA. Accounting
and Finance managers and leaders in all sectors as well as aspiring graduate students who
want to be more effective in todays challenging business environment are encouraged to
apply.
The uniqueness of the Programme lies in its flexibility and practical emphasis without
compromising academic research and rigour. The modern state-of-the-art lecture
theatres and facilities coupled with electronic learning materials with wireless internet
connectivity, as well as electronic library facilities provide students with an exclusive
environment that facilitate advanced teaching and learning in a comfortable setting.
Target Applicants: These include practising accountants, finance managers, and
management accountants in all sectors, national and international organisations staff as
well as students.

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Duration of Programme: 24 months


Entry Requirements:
Applicants seeking admission into the MBA Accounting and Finance programme must:
Have a good first degree from a recognised and accredited university/institution
preferably second class lower or better in accounting/ finance or,

Have relevant recognized full professional qualification (Chartered level) eg.


ICAG, ACCA, CIMA, CPA, CIB or,

International applicants with a first degree equivalent and English proficiency can
apply for consideration.

2. Master of Business Administration in Auditing


Programme Objectives:
This Programme is designed to prepare successful applicants to develop an understanding
and appreciation of the values of the auditing process and the need to maintain ethical
standards in the application of auditing practice. The programme focuses on knowledge
and skills for systems and operations auditing.
The uniqueness of the programme lies in its flexibility and practical emphasis without
compromising academic research and rigour. The state-of-the-art lecture theatres and
facilities coupled with electronic learning materials for simulating real life situations and
the use of computer assisted auditing tools and other computer programmes are available
to provide graduate students with an exclusive learning environment that facilitates
advance hands-on experience in a comfortable setting.
Target Applicants:
Accounting and finance managers, internal and external auditors and leaders in all sectors
as well as aspiring graduate students who want to be more effective in todays
challenging business environment by acquiring an advanced qualification in the field of
Auditing, are encouraged to apply.
Duration: 24 months
Entry Requirements:
Applicants seeking admission into the MBA in Auditing programme must:
Have a good first degree from a recognized and accredited university/institution
preferably second class lower or better with accounting background or,

Have relevant recognised full professional qualification (Chartered level) eg.


ICAG, ACCA, CIMA, CPA, CIB.

International applicants with first degree equivalent and English proficiency can
apply for consideration.

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3. MASTER OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION IN INTERNAL AUDITING


The Master of Business Administration in Internal Auditing is designed to meet high
level academic and professional needs of the public and private sectors of the economy.
The curriculum places much emphasis on understanding the concepts and approaches to
audit, investigations, assurance services, consulting services and on developing skills to
apply to the underlying concepts and approaches to professional services.
The purpose of the programme is to equip graduates with practical knowledge in internal
auditing to develop, implement, evaluate and improve institutions internal controls to
serve as catalyst for checks and balances to maximise the value of firms. The programme
will also prepare graduates towards professional Certified Internal Auditor (CIA)
Certification or its affiliated qualifications.
Programme Content:
Principles of Internal Auditing, Public Sector Auditing, Conduct of an Audit and Audit
Reporting, Information Systems and Fraud, Information Systems Auditing, Managing the
Internal Audit Function, Total Quality Management/Quality Improvement Programme,
Organisational Behaviour & Management, Fundamentals of Accounting, Information
Technology, Corporate Governance, Public Sector Accounting & Regulatory
Framework, Financial Management, Communication Skills, Business Statistics and
Research Methods, Global Business environment & Managerial Economics, Taxation,
Business Process & Enterprise Risk Management, Strategic Management,
Internship/Seminar/Practitioners Forum, Project Work
Target Audience:
Corporate accounting executives, practising auditors of private and public institutions,
managers of financial institutions, executive and partners of audit agencies, audit
consultants, as well as aspiring graduate students who want to be more effective in
todays challenging business environment by acquiring an advanced qualification in
Internal Auditing are encouraged to apply
Duration: 24 months
Employment Prospects:
Upon completion of the MBA in Internal Auditing programme, participants could be
employed as Internal Auditors in financial institutions, academic institutions, nongovernmental organisations, corporate bodies, international institutions, international
civil service, local government and other related institutions, agencies and departments
Entry Requirements:
Applicants seeking admission into the MBA in Internal Auditing must:
Have a good first degree from a recognised and accredited university/institution
preferably second class lower or better in any discipline or
Have relevant recognized full professional qualification (Chartered level) eg.
ACCA,CA,ICAG,ICSA,CPA and CIMA or,
International applicants with first degree equivalent and English proficiency can
apply for consideration.
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4. Master of Business Administration in Corporate Governance


Programme Objectives:
The programme is designed to equip students and professionals with essential knowledge
and skills involved in dispensing the functions of governance in organisations as well as
advising the Board and leading teams on the best practice of governance. The programme
also examines issues pertaining to compliance with laws and regulations, efficient
internal communication and dissemination of information to and from the Board and
responsibility for continuing self-development in Corporate Governance as a professional
practitioner among others.
Target Applicants:
Administrative managers, managers in non-governmental organisations, politicians,
Company and Board secretaries, officers in the Registry of tertiary institutions, and
leaders in all sectors as well as aspiring graduate students who want to be more effective
in todays challenging business environment by acquiring an advanced qualification in
the field of Corporate Governance, are encouraged to apply.
Duration: 24 months
Entry Requirements:
Applicants seeking admission into the MBA Corporate Governance programme must:
Have a good first degree from a recognised and accredited university/institution
preferably second class lower or better in any discipline or,
Have relevant recognised full professional qualification (Chartered level) eg.
ICAG, ACCA, CIMA, CPA, CIB or,

International applicants with first degree equivalent and English proficiency can
apply for consideration.

5. Master of Business Administration in Marketing


Programme Objectives:
The programme is designed to equip students with the essential knowledge and skills
involved in the practice of marketing in international and local organisations and to
ensure that students are adequately equipped to create a marketing-led organisation and
produce marketers who would be responsible for continuing self-development in
marketing.

Target Applicants:
Corporate marketing executives, managers in non-governmental organisations, corporate
managers, academics, and managers of academic institutions, consultants, researchers,
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pharmacists, and leaders in all sectors as well as aspiring graduate students who want to
be more effective in todays challenging business environment by acquiring an advanced
qualification in Marketing are encouraged to apply.
Duration: 24 months
Entry Requirements:
Applicants seeking admission into the MBA in Marketing programmes must:
Have a good first degree from a recognised university/institution preferably
second class lower or better in any discipline or,

Have relevant recognized full professional qualification (Chartered level) Eg.


CIM or,

International applicants with first degree equivalent and English language


proficiency can apply for consideration or,

Have other qualifications with relevant working experience.

6. Master of Business Administration in Petroleum Accounting and


Finance
The MBA Petroleum Accounting and Finance programme of the University of
Professional Studies, Accra is designed to meet high level academic and professional
needs of the public and private sectors of the economy, particularly, the petroleum and
gas sector. The programme will prepare students to assume a larger role in managing
their organisations operations as well as develop their expertise in the key financial areas
of the petroleum industry. The curriculum places much emphasis on the improvement of
the business managers ability to handle with professionalism the various financial
problems confronting businesses in the petroleum and gas industry. Students will be
equipped with modules and concepts to effectively deal with financial issues and analyses
of opportunities in the petroleum and gas sector.
Programme Content:
Introduction to Petroleum Finance and Accounting, Fundamentals of Petroleum, Applied
Statistics & Energy Economics, Petroleum Finance and Economics, Management
Information Systems, Risk Management, Petroleum Policy and Strategic Resource
Management, Legal Framework in Oil & Gas Management in Ghana, Environmental
Management & Auditing for Oil and Gas Industry, Accounting for Production Activities
& Revenue, Corporate Finance, Financial Management for Oil & Gas Operation,
Investment and Portfolio Management, Accounting for International Petroleum
Operations, Financial Modeling and Petroleum Project Economics, Petroleum Taxation
& Fiscal Systems, Research Methods, Management Accounting for Oil & Gas
Operations, Total Quality Management and Quality Improvement programme, Corporate
Governance and Natural Resource Management, Internship/Seminars/Practitioners
Forum, Project Work

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Target Audience:
Corporate accounting executives, managers in petroleum industry, corporate managers,
academics, consultants, researchers, as well as aspiring graduate students who want to be
more effective in todays challenging business environment by acquiring an advanced
qualification in Petroleum Accounting and Finance are encouraged to apply.
Duration: 24 months
Entry Requirements:
Applicants seeking admission into the MBA in Petroleum Accounting and Finance
programme must:
Have a good first degree from a recognised and accredited university/institution
preferably second class lower or better in accounting/finance or,
Have relevant recognized full professional qualification (Chartered level) eg.
ICAG, ACCA, CIMA, CPA, CIB or,

International applicants with first degree equivalent and English Language


proficiency can apply for consideration.

7. Master of Business Administration in Total Quality Management


The MBA in Total Quality Management (TQM) Programme is a blended learning
programme of the School of Graduate Studies of the University of Professional Studies,
Accra. The aim of the Programme is to groom effective leaders who can support the
development and growth of their organizations through the principles and philosophy of
Total Quality Management. The Programme was developed with inputs from the
Chartered Quality Institute, UK (CQI-UK).
The MBA in Total Quality Management is designed to meet high level academic and
professional needs of managers in both the public and private sectors. At the end of the
programme, graduates will acquire skills that can transform their organisations
management practices to the standards of international best practices for sustainable
excellence and long term success. The programme also seeks to prepare students to
assume higher roles in integrating organisational functions and processes to create value
to meet changing customer needs that would result in a sustained competitive edge.
Programme Content:
Using Quality to Improve Business Performance, Quality Planning and Assurance,
Quality in Documentation and Information Management, Quality in the Supply Chain,
Technology of Quality Management, Quality Management Systems Model (with emphasis
on ISO 9001 implementation), Management Systems Audit, Managing People and Work
Environment in Quality, Legal Aspects of Business, Financial Management for Leaders,
Economics for Managers, Organisational Behaviour and Management, Corporate
Governance & Business Ethics, Quantitative Techniques for Management Decisions,
Management Information Systems, Production & Operations Management, Project
Work, Business Development & Entrepreneurship, Strategic Leadership, Business
Research Methods.
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Target Audience:
Managers of academic institutions, consultants, researchers, practising managers from
both private and public organizations, pharmacists, production managers, quality
managers, marketing managers, procurement officers, medical officers, blood bank
officers, security officers, bankers, heads of units in manufacturing, construction, as well
as aspiring graduate students who want to be more effective in todays challenging
business environment by acquiring an advanced qualification in Total Quality
Management are encouraged to apply.
Duration: 24 months
Employment Prospects:
Upon completion of the MBA in TQM Programme, graduates could be employed as
heads of quality assurance directorates of banks, security agencies, manufacturing firms,
constructions firms, academic institutions as well as managers of local and international
research institutions, non-governmental organisations, corporate bodies, international
institutions, international civil service, local government and other related institutions,
ministries, agencies and departments.
Admission Requirements:
Applicants seeking admission into the TQM must:
Have a good first degree from a recognised and accredited university/institution
preferably second class lower or better in any discipline or,
Have relevant recognised full professional qualification (Chartered level) eg.
ICAG, ACCA, CIMA, CPA, CIB, CQI, CIM, ICSA and CMI or,

International applicants with first degree equivalent and English Language


proficiency can apply for consideration

8. Master of Philosophy/Master of Science in Leadership


The Master of Science Programme
The Master of Science in Leadership Programme is a blended learning programme of the
School of Graduate Studies of the University of Professional Studies, Accra. The
Programme is intended to develop leaders with a global impact. The Programme was
developed with inputs from leaders of global operations of a variety of public, private and
non-profit / non-governmental organisations.
The Programme is designed for those working in, or interested in working in
organisations such as embassies, high commissions, international non-governmental
organisations, corporations doing business in the global market, governments, public
sector officials, and the security services.
The purpose of the Master of Science in Leadership Programme is to produce exceptional
leaders. This blended Masters Degree Programme is one of its kind in the country and
provides opportunities for adults to develop knowledge, skills and attitudes, which will
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equip them to perform creatively, ethically and effectively within their organisations. The
programme also empowers those who want to learn in a way that creates value and brings
about a constructive difference with their presence.
The Programme has been designed flexibly without compromising on the academic
rigour and at the same time, made to suit the busy schedules of participants. Participants
are presented with online library and interaction with local and international faculties.
Online streaming video lectures and outstanding communication between faculty and
students bring to life the classroom situation, offering an educational experience that no
text-based degree programme can match. To make it truly international, courses are
taught by a team of international faculty made of local, American, European, Indian and
career diplomats to bring global perspective to bear on the programme. This is to enable
students explore the added advantage of diversity of views and experiences. The
Programme is a learning-based model and not a teaching and assessment-based model.
Programme Content:
Fundamentals of Leadership, International Culture and Communication, Corporate
Governance, Administrative Law, Financial Management for Leaders, Organisational
Development, Strategic Leadership, Understanding the Global Economy, Leading People
and Managing Organisations, Ethics in Management, Project Management and Research
Methods.
Target Audience:
The target audiences for the programme are practising managers and leaders in the
private and public sectors as well as members of parliament, ministers, metropolitan,
municipal and district chief executives and co-ordinating directors, directors in the civil
service, managers in non-governmental organisations, practising lawyers, doctors,
pharmacists, security officers and aspiring graduate students.
Employment prospects:

Upon completion of the Master of Science in Leadership Programme, participants could


be employed in various management positions in corporate bodies, non-governmental
organisations, international institutions, international civil service, local government and
other related institutions, agencies and departments.
Duration: 24 months
Entry Requirements:

Applicants seeking admission into the Master of Science in Leadership Programme must:

Have a good first degree from a recognized and accredited university/institution


preferably second class lower or better in any discipline or,
Have relevant recognised full Professional qualification (Chartered level) eg.
ICAG, ACCA, CIMA, CPA, CIB) or,
International applicants with first degree equivalent and English Language
proficiency can apply for consideration

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The MPhil Option of the Leadership Programme


The Master of Philosophy in Leadership is similar to the Master of Science in Leadership
option except that it is a research-based Programme for those wishing to have an added
advantage of working in the academic environment or any of the other organisations
listed in the Master of Science in Leadership option.
Duration: 24 months
Target Audience:
Academics, leaders, managers of academic institutions, consultants, researchers and,
practising managers in all sectors.
Employment Prospects:
Upon completion of the MPhil in Leadership Programme, applicants could be employed
in academic institutions as lecturers, deans, researchers as well as managers of local and
international research institutions, non-governmental organizations, corporate bodies,
international institutions, international civil service, local government and other related
institutions, agencies and departments.
Entry Requirements:

Applicants seeking admission into the MPhil in Leadership programme must:


Have a good first degree from a recognised and accredited university/institution
preferably second class lower or better in any discipline of study or,
Have relevant recognized full professional qualification or,
International applicants with first degree equivalent and English proficiency can
apply for consideration

SALES CENTRES
Online serial Numbers (OSN) for the University of Professional Studies, Accra are
available for purchase at the cost of GH160.00 for Ghanaian Applicants and GH320.00
for international applicants at the following sales points:
(a)
(b)
(c)

Any branch of Ecobank


Any branch of Access Bank
By MTN Mobile Money Services

For further information please contact the University website (www.upsa.edu.gh) or


the School of Graduate Studies (SOGS) Phone: 050-4485514, 024-4877707 or
026-251-9915. E-mail: sogs@upsa.edu.gh,

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COMPLETION OF ON-LINE APPLICATION FORM


(a)

Applicants to the programme will be required to complete an on-line application


form. To this end, they are advised to read carefully instructions guiding the
completion of the on-line Application Form.

(b)

All applicants must submit the manila envelope enclosing the following not later
than Saturday 31st May, 2014 to the address below

Certified copies of all certificates and transcripts

Two (2) endorsed recent passport sized photographs

Birth certificate

One (1) small self-addressed EMS envelope

Two (2) completed referee reports

Completed Declaration Form

Vision statement for MBA/MSc. applicants

Research proposal for MPhil applicants

The manila envelope should be submitted to the address below by EMS:


THE DEAN, SCHOOL OF GRADUATE STUDIES
UNIVERSITY OF PROFESSIONAL STUDIES, ACCRA
P.O. BOX LG 149
ACCRA
Important Note: Applicants who do not meet any of the requirements above MUST
NOT APPLY. Fees paid to the University are NOT refundable.
Applicants should visit our website at http://admissions.upsa.edu.gh for instructions on
online completion and submission of application forms.
Deadline for on-line completion and submission of application forms and supporting
documents is Saturday 31st May 2014.

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