Degree Programs


Our academic programs are:

  • shaped by seminal thinkers like Pythagoras, Plato, Socrates, Manly P. Hall, Sri Aurobindo, and Lao Tzu
  • presented using distance learning curricula
  • provided by a world-class faculty of gifted teachers
  • designed to incorporate the entire cultural, spiritual and scientific heritage of humanity with a view towards synthesis and integration.

Students accumulate, study, and reflect on emergent wisdom of all the cultures of the world, ancient and contemporary. Drawing on the disciplines of philosophy, psychology, religion, mysticism, mythology and the new discoveries and cosmologies of science, these programs provide the knowledge and tools leading towards universality and transformation of self and world.

As opposed to teaching students to “making a living, the University of Philosophical Research aims to develop students who can “make a life” and “make a world” by learning inner tools for consciously shaping civilization’s future.


Program Format and Delivery

The University of Philosophical Research provides a distance learning program. All 20 courses in each of the programs are 3 credits each, with the addition of a 3-credit Thesis/Student Comprehensive project, bringing the program to a total of 63 credits.

Each course comprises of listening to 10 one-hour (pre-recorded) lectures on video and
audio, reading of at least two to three required and some recommended textbooks, live telephone conferences with each professor as well as an online Forum for the students to communicate with one another and the professors (see our Online Classroom page). The distance delivered program course assignments comprise objective and subjective methods of assessment and may include objective quizzes, midterm examinations as well as one or more papers and/or projects.

The course album, with one DVD and ten audio CDs each, are sent prior to the beginning of the Term, after UPR has received payment of tuition.

The Course Guide distributed with each course includes the academic calendar and the syllabus for courses offered during a specific semester.

Recommendations for student’s success are included in the Study Guide, which details format requirements for assignments and instructions for using the online e-campus. Topical or assessment papers grades are returned within a 14-day time frame.

The student receives all information concerning the refund process and rights for cancellation prior to the initiation of any coursework, with the enrollment agreement.

Documentation is retained on site for:  All dates of interaction with the student; assignments of faculty; faculty interaction and correspondence; academic progress and course/program completion.