University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA) Admission Form 2021-2022

The University of Professional Studies, Accra invites applications from qualified applicants for admission to its Undergraduate and Diploma programmes for the 2021/2022 academic year. If you’re interested in applying for admission at the UPSA for the 2021/2022 academic year, then this article is here to give you all the information you need to know before applying.

All Applicants should take note of the following:

All UPSA graduates including those who will graduate in August 2021 should indicate their STUDENT ID NUMBER on the online application forms.

All applications will be considered based on results equivalents and requirements as provided by Ghana Tertiary Education Commission (GTEC) as well as the University’s own admission criteria.

All applicants are strongly advised to be mindful of any person(s) who may approach them under the pretext of assisting them to gain admission to UPSA for a fee. This is because the process for admission to UPSA is very transparent.

It is the responsibility of all applicants to ensure that their online applications are correctly filled and submitted.

Undergraduate Programmes

  • Bachelor of Laws (LLB)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting
  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Finance
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Economics
  • Bachelor of Science in Actuarial Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Banking and Finance
  • Bachelor of Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Science in Information Technology Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Marketing
  • Bachelor of Science in Real Estate Management and Finance

Diploma Programmes

  • Diploma in Accounting
  • Diploma in Marketing
  • Diploma in Management
  • Diploma in Public Relations
  • Diploma in Information Technology Management

Graduate Programmes

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Marketing
  • Master of Science in Procurement Management
  • Master of Philosophy in Finance
  • Master of Philosophy in Leadership
  • Master of Business Administration in Accounting and Finance
  • Master of Business Administration in Auditing
  • Master of Business Administration in Corporate Governance
  • Master of Business Administration in Marketing
  • Master of Business Administration in Internal Auditing
  • Master of Business Administration in Petroleum Accounting & Finance
  • Master of Business Administration in Total Quality Management (TQM)
  • Master of Science in Leadership
  • Master of Arts in Peace, Security and Intelligence Management
  • Master of Arts in Brands and Communications Management
  • Master of Business Administration in Impact Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Master of Science in Insurance Risk Management

Uniqueness of Programmes

The uniqueness of the programmes lies 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.

General Entry Requirements

• West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE)

• Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (SSSCE)

• General Business Certificate Examination (GBCE)

• American High School Grade 12 with at least Final Grade Point of 3.0
• General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE)/ Cambridge GCE ‘O’ and ‘A’ Level

WASSCE and SSSCE/GBCE applicants must have at least credit passes (i.e. grade A1-C6 and grade 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 2021, are also eligible to apply. They will be required to indicate correctly their WASSCE/GBCE index numbers on the online application form.

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.

Specific Entry Requirements (Level 100)

  • Bachelor of Science in Real Estate Management and Finance applicants are required to have credit passes in Economics, Geography and any other elective subject.
  • Bachelor of Science in Actuarial Science applicants must have a credit pass in Elective Mathematics.
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Economics applicants are required to have credit passes in Economics and Elective Mathematics.
  • Applicants for admission to the Bachelor of Laws programme will in addition to the above be required to pass both written examination and selection interview. The dates for the entrance examination and selection interview could be found on the menu for the Admission
  • University Diploma/Higher National Diploma(HND)/ Professional and others to Degree

Level 200

General Requirements

Category 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.

Category 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.

Category C: Post-Secondary Teacher’s Certificate ‘A’/Diploma in Education

Certificate in related disciplines awarded by any institution accredited by the National Accreditation Board (NAB).

Category 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.

Category 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).

Category 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.

Specific/Additional Requirements

• Applicants who qualify under Categories C, D, E and F must, in addition, have WASSCE/SSSCE/GBCE passes of at least grade D7or 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.

• Bachelor of Science in Actuarial Science programme must have credit pass in Elective Mathematics or Additional Mathematics.
• Bachelor of Science in Real Estate Management and Finance applicants are required to have credit passes in Economics, Geography and any other elective subject.

• Bachelor of Science in Business Economics applicants are required to have credit passes in Economics and Elective Mathematics.

Note 2: Admission is not available for University Diploma/Higher National Diploma(HND)/ Professional applicants to Level 200 of the LLB programme.

Level 300

General Requirements

Category 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).

Category 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.

Category 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.

Additional Requirements

Applicants who qualify under Categories A, B and C must, in addition, have WASSCE/SSSCE/GBCE passes of at least grade D7or 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.

Note 3: 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. 

Entry Requirements (Diploma)

Category 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.

• 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.

Category B

G.C.E. 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 (Mature Applicants)

Mature Applicants applying for admission must satisfy the following entry requirements:

• Attained a minimum age of twenty-five (25) years by Wednesday, 30th June 2021.

• 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 employer 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% on each paper.

• Must pass a Selection Interview.

Note 1:

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.

Mature Access Course Classes and Entrance Examinations

• Registration for the Mature Access Course Classes and Entrance Examinations begins immediately in the Admissions Office (Room 7, Seidu Mustapha Wing) and will end on Wednesday, 30th June 2021.

• Mature Access Course Classes will be held from Thursday, 1st July 2021 to Saturday, 21st August 2021.

• Mature Access Course Entrance Examinations will take place on Friday, 27th August 2021 and Saturday, 28th August 2021.

Note 2:

• Successful mature applicants will be placed in Level 100.

• Admission is not available for the Mature Applicants to the LLB programme.

Further information on the Mature Access Course Classes and Entrance Examinations may be obtained from the Admissions Office on 0303 937542/44 or email: admissions@upsamail.edu.gh
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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 the English Language will be required in the case of applicants from non-English speaking countries. International applicants are also requested to acquire a Non-Citizen Ghana card as a prerequisite for the offer of admission. International applicants who fail to provide evidence of having acquired this card will not have their applications processed.

Available Sessions:

Regular, Evening and Weekend Sessions are available for all undergraduate and diploma programmes except the LLB programme which is offered in the Regular Session only.

Moreover, the Regular Session is normally reserved for WASSCE/GBCE applicants.

Mature and Top-up applicants to Level 200 and 300 are, therefore, encouraged to opt for Evening and Weekend Sessions.

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:

  1. Any Ecobank or Access Bank branch nation-wide
  2. Any Ghana Post (Post Office) branch nation-wide
  3. By Visa/Master Card/Mobile Money using the link http://interpayafrica.com/custom/upsa
  4. 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.

  • 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 or any national ID or legitimate documentary proof of date of birth

Admission Deadlines

Timetable for Admission Deadlines for 2021/2022 Academic Year.

 

Type of Applicant /Activity Starting Date for Application Closing Date for Application Entrance Examination Selection Interview
Post-First Degree LLB Tuesday, 16th March 2021 Friday, 16th April 2021 Saturday,8th

May 2021

Monday, 17th May 2021
Mature Tuesday, 16th March 2021 Friday, 30th June 2021 Fri. 27th August – Sat. 28th August 2021 To be Announced
University Diploma/

HND/Professional

Tuesday, 16th

March 2021

Friday, 27th August 2021 Not Applicable Not Applicable
4-Year LLB Tuesday, 16th

March 2021

To be announced Not Applicable Not Applicable
WASSCE Tuesday, 16th March 2021 To be announced Not Applicable Not Applicable
Postgraduate (MPhil/

MBA/MSc/MA)

Tuesday, 16th March 2021 Friday, 27th August, 2021 Not Applicable To be Announced
Postgraduate (Sandwich) Tuesday, 16th March 2021 To be announced Not Applicable To be Announced
Postgraduate (Distance Learning) Tuesday, 16th March 2021 To be announced Not Applicable To be Announced
Postgraduate (PhD) Pending Pending Pending Pending

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