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The University of Philosophical Research
3910 Los Feliz Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Year Founded: 2000
First Accredited: 2008
Reaccredited: January 2014 (Accreditation Renewal January 2018)
CEO President: Obadiah Harris, Ph.D.

Accreditation(s) and Agency E-mail Contact Information:

Distance Education and Academic Council 1601 18th Street, NW, Suite 2
Washington D.C. 20009
Tel: 202-234-5100

State Approval and E-mail Contact Information:

Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education
P.O. Box 980818
West Sacramento, CA 95798-0818
Phone: (916) 431-6959
Toll Free: (888) 370-7589
Main Fax: (916) 263-1897
Licensing Fax: (916) 263-1894

Participation in Funding Programs:


Mission and Description

Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Philosophical Research is to be a university without walls dedicated to the pursuit of self-knowledge and its application in all fields of life; and making available, through contemporary distance and face-to-face learning methods, higher education and research in the lineage of the great wisdom schools of the past.

Institutional Learning Outcomes

  • Information representative of the world’s wisdom traditions in philosophy and culture;
  • Theoretical tools in philosophy, psychology, religion and culture leading to self-understanding, global understanding and transformation
  • Skills of comprehension, analysis, criticism and synthesis for academic application in scholarship and research
  • Skills of oral and written communication for conveying the results of scholarship and research

Areas of Special Focus:

Liberal Studies, Consciousness Studies, Transformational Psychology, Philosophy, World Religion, Comparative Culture

Description of Institution:

The University of Philosophical Research is dedicated to providing degree programs for students wishing to integrate the values of an idealistic philosophical education. The tradition out of which UPR grows is shaped by such seminal thinkers as Pythagoras, Plato, Socrates, Lao Tzu, Emerson, Thoreau, Manly Hall, Sri Aurobindo and all the philosophers of history who perceived an intelligible world with progressive, dynamic and emergent properties of consciousness.

Towards this end UPR has developed its graduate programs, presented through distance learning curricula by a world-class faculty of gifted teachers, who draw freely upon the entire cultural, spiritual and scientific heritage of humanity with a view towards synthesis and integration.

The emphasis is not solely upon objective acquisition of information, as important as it is, but upon participation in the process of learning that leads to knowledge. It is in conscious participation that understanding and meaning emerge and are translated into wisdom. Many institutions of higher learning today are focused upon the acquisition of information which leads to skills development and hence to “making a living.” The University of Philosophical research aims towards “making a life” and becoming more fully human and “making a world” or providing the inner tools for consciously shaping civilization’s future.

Student Demographic Profile:

Students range from their mid thirties through their sixties and are equally female and male.

• Master of Arts in Consciousness (MA)
• Master of Arts in Transformational Psychology (MA)

Average Program Tuition/Cost per Credit Hour:


Success Indicators

Average Completion/Graduation Rate for Students: (2012): 55%  (2013): 73%

Percentage of students surveyed who responded that they:

Achieved their learning goals: 100%

Would recommend the institution to a friend: 100%

Were satisfied with their studies: 100%