UPSA Postgraduate Admission [2020/2021]

By | February 20, 2020

APPLICATION FOR ADMISSION TO POSTGRADUATE PROGRAMMES 2020/2021 ACADEMIC YEAR

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Applications are invited from qualified applicants for admission to the under-listed postgraduate programmes for the 2020/2021 academic year

AVAILABLE PROGRAMMES

1. Master of Philosophy in Finance

2.Master of Philosophy in Leadership

3.Master of Business Administration in Accounting and Finance

4.Master of Business Administration in Auditing

5.Master of Business Administration in Corporate Governance

6.Master of Business Administration in Internal Auditing

7.Master of Business Administration in Marketing

8.Master of Business Administration in Petroleum Accounting & Finance

9.Master of Business Administration in Total Quality Management (TQM)

10.Master of Science in Leadership

11.Master of Arts in Peace, Security and Intelligence Management

12.Master of Arts in Brands and Communications Management

13.Master of Business Administration in Impact Entrepreneurship and Innovation

UNIQUENESS OF OUR PROGRAMMES

The uniqueness of the programmes lie in their flexibility and practical emphasis without compromising academic rigour. The state-of-the- art lecture facilities coupled with the electronic learning aids provide participants with an exclusive comfortable environment for academic work.

PROGRAMMES PROFILE AND MINIMUM ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

1. Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Finance

Programme Objectives:

The MPhil Finance programme aims to contribute to the advancement of knowledge in finance through independent and original research. The programme places emphasis on the improvement of the student’s ability and knowledge to undertake good research in finance and related areas as well as handle financial issues confronting businesses and the financial world with professionalism. The programme provides research-led teaching that develops students’ skills, knowledge as well as a solid foundation for students who intend to pursue a PhD programme and those aiming for careers in finance.

Target audience:

Target audience include academics, finance researchers, finance tutors, portfolio managers, funds and asset managers, financial risk analysts, financial planners and consultants among others.

Duration: Two Academic Years

Available Session: Regular only

Entry Requirements:

Applicants who possess any of the following can apply:

i.A first degree with at least second class lower division from any University accredited by the National Accreditation Board (NAB) in a finance related field such as Banking and Finance, Accounting, Economics, etc.

ii.Relevant recognized full professional qualification in ICAG, CA, ACCA, CIMA, CIB and CPA.

iii.International applicants with a good first degree with at least second class lower division or its equivalent in related fields established by the National Accreditation Board (NAB). Evidence of proficiency in English Language will be required in the case of applicants from non-English speaking countries.

2. Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Leadership

Programme objectives:

The main aim of the Master of Philosophy in Leadership programme is to develop globally-conscious leaders. Given the interconnected nature of the world, it is important to develop leaders who act in ethical, responsible ways, with the realization that their decisions can have strong impacts that extend well beyond their own regional or national borders. The programme is designed to equip participants with further research and teaching skills for developing an additional competence for training and lecturing, consulting, and managing of higher institutions of learning.

Target Audience: Academics, Leaders and Managers of academic institutions, Consultants, Researchers and Managers in all sectors, organizations and institutions.

Duration: Two Academic Years.

Available Session: Regular, Evening and Weekend

Entry Requirements

Applicants who possess any of the following can apply:

i.A good first degree with at least second class lower division from any University accredited by NAB in any discipline.

ii.Relevant recognized full Professional qualification in ICSA, CIM, ICAG, ACCA, CIMA, CIM, and/or CIB.

iii.International applicants with a good first degree or its equivalent in related fields established by NAB. Evidence of proficiency in English Language will be required in the case of applicants from non-English speaking countries.

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

Programme objectives:

The MBA in Accounting and Finance programme is designed to prepare successful applicants to assume a larger role in strategically managing their organizations’ financial and other key resources. The aim is to develop students’ expertise in key financial areas while also developing their business and leadership skills. Accounting and Finance managers and leaders in all sectors who want to be more effective in today’s challenging business environment by acquiring an advanced qualification in the field of Accounting and Finance are encouraged to apply.

Target Audience: Target audience includes practicing Accountants, Finance Managers, Management Accountants and practitioners in related fields.

Duration: Two Academic years

Available Sessions: Regular, Evening and Weekend

Entry Requirements

Applicants who possess any of the following can apply:

i.A good first degree from a recognized university/institution in appropriate field of study, preferably second class lower or better in accounting and/or finance.

ii.Relevant recognized full professional qualification. ICAG, ACCA, CIMA, CIM, CPA and CIB.

iii.International applicants with a good first degree or its equivalent in related fields established by NAB. Evidence of proficiency in English Language will be required in the case of applicants from non-English speaking countries

Applicants with third class in business finance/accounting related fields may be considered but they will be required to go through screening and selection interview.

4. Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Auditing

Programme objectives:

This programme is designed to prepare successful applicants 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 skills for systems and operations auditing.

Target Audience:

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 today’s challenging business environment by acquiring an advanced qualification in the field of Auditing are encouraged to apply.

Duration: Two Academic Years

Available Session: Regular, Evening and Weekend

Entry Requirements

Applicants who possess any of the following can apply:

i.A good first degree from a recognized university/institution in appropriate field of study, preferably second class lower or better in accounting and/or finance/auditing.

ii.Relevant recognized full professional qualification i.e ICAG, ACCA, CIMA, CIM, CPA and CIB.

iii.International applicants with a good first degree or its equivalent in related fields established by NAB. Evidence of proficiency in English Language will be required in the case of applicants from non-English speaking countries.

Applicants with third class in business finance/accounting related fields will be required to go through screening and selection interview.

5.Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Corporate Governance

Programme objectives:

The Programme is designed to prepare successful applicants to assume high managerial roles to ensure that their organizations exhibit a high sense of accountability towards its stakeholders by setting processes which affect how the organization is operated, regulated and controlled, within good ethical standards, best practices and relevant laws. Students will also be given appropriate skills on strategic management formulation, implementation, and evaluation, the value of good corporate governance, board skills, among others.

Target Audience: Administrative Managers, Human Resource Managers, Lawyers, Finance Managers, Management Accountants and leaders in all sectors as well as aspiring graduate students who want to know the value of good governance and be more effective in today’s challenging business environment are encouraged to apply.

Duration: Two Academic Years

Available Session: Regular, Evening and Weekend

Entry Requirements

Applicants who possess any of the following can apply:

i. A good first degree from a recognized university/institution preferably second class lower or better in any discipline of study.

ii. Relevant recognized full Professional qualification. ICSA, CIM, ICAG, ACCA, CIMA, CPA and CIB

iii. International applicants with a good first degree or its equivalent in related fields established by NAB. Evidence of proficiency in English Language will be required in the case of applicants from non-English speaking countries.

Applicants with third class in related fields will be required to go through screening and selection interview.

6.Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Internal Auditing

Programme objective

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 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 maximize the value of firms. The programme will also prepare graduates towards professional Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) Certification or its affiliated qualifications.

Target Audience:

Corporate Accounting Executives, Practicing 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 today’s challenging business environment by acquiring an advanced qualification in Internal Auditing are encouraged to apply

Duration: Two Academic Years

Available Session: Regular, Evening and Weekend

Entry Requirements:

Applicants who possess any of the following can apply:

i. A good first degree from accredited university/institution preferably second class lower or better in any discipline.

ii.Relevant recognized full professional qualification such ACCA, CA, ICAG, ICSA, CPA and CIMA.

iii.International applicants with a first degree or its equivalent in related fields established by NAB. Evidence of proficiency in English Language will be required in the case of applicants from non-English speaking countries.

Applicants with third class in business finance/accounting related fields will be required to go through a screening and selection interview.

7. Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Marketing

Programme objectives:

The Programme is designed to prepare successful applicants to assume high marketing roles such as marketing managers, brand managers, market research analysts, and new product managers. Additionally, corporate positions such as sales managers, advertising managers, PR (public relations) directors, and marketing communications managers are some of the key strategic positions that can be occupied after successful completion of the programme. The programme focuses on developing applicants’ knowledge and skills for effectively managing the marketing functions within the organizational strategic level required in today’s dynamic business environment.

Target Audience: Target audience includes Practicing Marketing Officers, Brand Officers, Market Research Officers, New Product Officers, Sales Officers, Advertising Officers, Public Relations Officers, and Marketing Communication Officers.

Duration: Two Academic Years

Available Session: Regular, Evening and Weekend

Entry Requirements

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Applicants who possess any of the following can apply:

i.A good first degree from a recognized university/institution preferably second class lower or better in marketing related discipline of study.

ii.Relevant recognized Professional qualification. ICSA, ICAG, ACCA, CIMA, CIM and CIB.

iii.International applicants with a first degree or its equivalent in related fields established by NAB. Evidence of proficiency in English Language will be required in the case of applicants from non-English speaking countries.

Applicants with third class in related fields will be required to go through screening and selection interview.

8.Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Petroleum Accounting & Finance

Programme Objective

The MBA in Petroleum Accounting and Finance is a unique petroleum programme aimed at providing participants with requisite knowledge of the general accounting and financial practices of the oil and gas industry. The programme will prepare students to assume a larger role in managing their organizations’ operations as well as develop their expertise in the key financial areas of the oil and gas industry. The curriculum places much emphasis on the improvement of the business manager’s ability to handle with professionalism the various financial problems confronting business activities in the oil and gas industry.

Target Audience: Accountants, Finance Managers, and Management Accountants in the Oil and Gas Industry.

Duration: Two Academic Years

Available Session: Regular Evening and Weekend

Entry Requirements

Applicants who possess any of the following can apply:

I.A good first degree from a recognized university/institution preferably second class lower or better in accounting and/or finance.

ii.Relevant recognized full professional qualification in ICAG, ACCA, CIMA, CIM, CPA and CIB.

iii.International applicants with a first degree or its equivalent in related fields established by NAB. Evidence of proficiency in English Language will be required in the case of applicants from non-English speaking countries.

Applicants with a third class in business finance/accounting related fields may be required to go through screening and selection interview.

9.Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Total Quality Management (TQM)

Programme Objective

The MBA in Total Quality Management is designed to meet high level academic and professional needs of managers in both public and private sectors of the economy who seek to change the management culture of business and bring the management practices to the standards of international best practices. The focus is to develop middle to top management skills that can achieve excellence. The programme seeks to prepare participants to assume higher roles in integrating organizational functions and processes focused on creating value to meet changing customer needs and organizational objectives. The curriculum also places emphasis on the ability of students to handle ethical decisions with professionalism to solve various management and quality problems confronting the organization for long term success.

Target Audience:

Managers of Academic Institutions, Consultants, Researchers, Managers from both private and public organizations, Pharmacists, Production Managers, Quality Assurance 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 today’s challenging business environment by acquiring an advanced qualification in Total Quality Management are encouraged to apply.

Duration: Two Academic Years

Available Session: Regular, Evening Weekend

Entry Requirements

Applicants who possess any of the following can apply:

i. A good first degree from a recognized and accredited university/institution preferably second class lower or better in any discipline.

ii.Relevant recognized professional qualification in ICAG, ACCA, CIMA, CPA, CIB, CQI, CIM, ICSA and CMI.

iii.International applicants with a good first degree or its equivalent in related fields established by NAB. Evidence of proficiency in English Language will be required in the case of applicants from non-English speaking countries.

Applicants with third class in related fields will be required to go through screening and selection interview.

10. Master of Science Degree (MSc) in Leadership

Programme objectives:

The programme is designed to equip participants with knowledge, skills and awareness which will enable them to transform their organizations by providing team-based leadership training through the creation and communication of vision and values, aimed at achieving world class standards of performance. Key to achieving the aims of this programme is to develop personal assessments, professional skills and knowledge in the area of leadership strategy, and organizational development through an intensive coaching relationship of participants. It further seeks to equip participants with general insights into leadership theory and practices.

Target Audience:

The target audiences for the programme are managers and leaders in the private and public sectors as well as Members of Parliament, Ministers, Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives, Coordinating Directors, Directors in the Civil Service, Managers in non-governmental organizations, Lawyers, Doctors, Pharmacists, Military Officers, among others.

Duration: Two Academic Years

Available Session: Regular, Evening and Weekend

Entry Requirements

Applicants who possess any of the following can apply:

i.A first degree with at least second class lower from a recognized university/institution in appropriate field of study.

ii.Relevant recognized full Professional qualification. CIM. ICSA, ICAG, ACCA, CIMA, CIM, and CIB.

iii.International applicants with a good first degree or its equivalent in related fields established by NAB. Evidence of proficiency in English Language will be required in the case of applicants from non-English speaking countries.

Applicants with third class in related fields will be required to go through screening and selection interview.

11.Master of Arts In Peace, Security and Intelligence Management

Programme Objective

This programme is designed to equip our graduates with specialized skills sets to identify, tackle, and respond to emerging challenges. The programme seeks to offer prospects for research, innovative thinking and offer solutions to the challenges faced by West African states. This is especially so within the growing fields of peace, security and intelligence management.

Target Audience

The target audience includes Government security and allied services (Military Personnel, National Security Officers, etc), NGOs in peace and security, law enforcement agencies, legal profession, public sector, researchers, private security sector, traditional and chieftaincy sectors, private institutions / organizations.

Duration: 12 months

Available sessions: Evening, Weekends and Sandwich

Entry requirements:

Applicants seeking admission into the MA in Peace, Security and Intelligence Studies Programme must:

a)Have a good first degree from an accredited University/Instit ution, preferably with second class lower or better; and

b)International applicants with a first degree equivalent and English

proficiency can apply for consideration.

c)Relevant recognized full professional qualification such as ICAG, CA, ACCA, CIMA, CIB and CPA

Applicants with third class will be required to go through screening and selection interview.

12.Master of Business Administration in Impact Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Programme objective

The programme aims at contributing to the advancement of knowledge through the conception of independent business ideas and growing them. It places emphasis on the identification of opportunities and ideas in the environment and equipping students with the capacity to manage and grow these ideas in viable businesses to create jobs and reduce unemployment. It further improves the Entrepreneur’s ability to handle various financial problems confronting businesses with professionalism.

Target Audience

The programme’s employment prospect is in three folds. Firstly, it intends to equip students with the requisite skills to start their own business. Secondly, it will train people who already run their business to scale it up. Thirdly, it will cultivate in employees the entrepreneurial drive essential for the growth of business that they can adapt and use to improve the functions of their company of employment. Sectorial, employment prospects are listed below:

·Private and Public sectors ·Financial Sector ·Agriculture sector

·Information and Technology sectors

Duration: 18 months

Available sessions: Evening, Weekends and Sandwich

Entry requirements:

Applicants seeking admission into the Master of Business Administration in Impact Entrepreneurship and innovation programme must have:

a)A good first degree (at least second class lower) from any university/institution recognized by the National Accreditation Board (NAB).

b)Relevant, recognized and fully qualified Professional qualification validated by the NAB

c)Applicants with third class will be required to go through screening and selection interview.

13.Master of Arts (MA) in Brands And Communications Management

Programme objective

The programme aims to provide a foundation in traditional and emerging brand management in response to changing marketing practices. The programme helps participants to develop a high-level understanding of contemporary branding and communications techniques. Participants will be equipped with strong creative and problem-solving skills. The programme is suited to graduates seeking career development and opportunities in brand management and advertising. Graduates may take on roles such as brand strategist, brands consultant, brand manager, brand communications manager and creative director.

Duration: 12 months

Available sessions: Evening, Weekends and Sandwich

Entry requirements:

Applicants seeking admission into the Master of Arts (MA) in Brands and Communications Management must have:

a)A good first degree (at least second-class lower division) from an accredited Institution.

b)A third-class degree with at least five (5) years of relevant working experience may be considered through a selection interview.

c)Relevant and recognized full Professional qualification such as the Chaptered Institute of Marketing (CIM, UK).

HOW TO APPLY

a) 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:

(a) Any Ecobank or Access Bank branch nation-wide

(b) Any Ghana Post (Post Office) branch nation-wide

(c) By Visa/Master Card/Mobile Money using the link http://interpayafrica.com/custom/upsa

b) Completion of Online Application Form

All applications must be completed on-line i.e.

(i) Log on to admissions.upsa.edu.gh to access the on-line application form.

(ii) Use the Online Serial Numbers (OSN) and the receipt number to start the application process.

ATTACHMENT OF SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS

All applicants are expected to scan and attach the following documents to their online application forms. All such documents should be in PDF format.

Ÿ Certified copies of all certificates

Ÿ Certified copies of transcript (s) of academic records

Ÿ Birth certificate

Ÿ Two (2) completed referee reports

Ÿ Vision statement for MBA/MSc. applicants

Ÿ Research proposal for MPhil applicants

Closing date for submission is Friday, 26th June, 2020.

IMPORTANT NOTE:

Applicants who do not meet any of the requirements above MUST NOT APPLY. Fees paid to the University are NOT refundable.

Further information may be obtained from the University’s website (www.upsa.edu.gh) or from the School of Graduate Studies via:

Phone: 0303-937547, 505-2478065, 024-4570264 or 020-

1991507 and E-mail: sogs@upasmail.edu.gh

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