UPR’s Master of Arts degree requires 63 credits. There are 60 credits of required Course Work (3 units per course, for a total of 20 courses) and a 3-credit written Thesis/Student Comprehensive. This program does not lead to state licensure.
Students may complete the 60 credits of Course Work in as few as 4 Quarters (Terms), with a minimum of 15 credits (5 courses) per Quarter Alternatively, students can take as many as 14 Quarters (Terms), with a minimum of 3 credits (1 course) per Quarter-but at least ½ of the time, a student must take a minimum of 6 credits (2 courses) per Term. Students must attend at least 3 quarters per calendar year to be considered as an enrolled student.
Each course contains lectures, outlined requirements with specific goals included in a written Course Guide, required and supplemental readings, and other creative assignments. Mid-terms and Final written assignments cover the lectures and required reading materials for the course. Written papers use the American Psychological Association (APA) Style Guide (an APA “style sheet” is provided in the UPR Study Guide).
Students must remain in compliance with the University’s policy concerning scholastic standing and grade point average, meaning that all course-work applied toward completion must be completed with a grade (i.e., not Incomplete). A cumulative GPA of less than B (3.0) does not qualify for graduation.
Following completion of all required Course Work a student will participate in a proctored Dean’s Final Oral Exam, by telephone, which is the final evaluation process to determine that course Learning Objectives have been met. Students will demonstrate that they are comfortable in articulating in their own words the main themes of the entire curriculum. Upon successful completion of the Final Oral Exam, students will be considered a Masters-Degree Candidate.
QUALIFYING ORAL EXAM
A qualifying oral exam will be administered by the appropriate Program Dean after one year of full time enrollment, the equivalent of completing 8 courses in the program. Drawing from a bank of questions related to the objectives of the courses taken, the Dean will ask the student to demonstrate verbally whether they have achieved the learning objectives of each course. The qualifying exam is designed to verify that students have achieved a command of the subject matter encompassed by the first eight courses they have undertaken and possess an ability to intelligently integrate and apply their learning to various topics of discussion. This exam is an essential measure of the student’s ability to comfortably articulate, in their own words, the main student learning outcomes of their beginning courses as well as an ongoing means to gauge the level of education provided for the students. A satisfactory qualifying exam score (at least B) is necessary for program continuation.
Students may begin their Candidacy immediately upon completion of the Course Work portion of the degree program. They must begin the Candidacy program and Thesis work (thesis proposal approval and committee formation) within 3 months (one Quarter) of completion of the Oral Exam (a Continuation Fee penalty rated at an additional 25% on a 3-credit charge will be applied for up to one additional quarter; followed by dis-enrollment). The student will be expected to complete their written Thesis/Student Comprehensive, a synthesis paper of 50-125 pages, within 1 quarter (3 months). The Thesis is meant to be a reflection of the student’s comprehensive understanding of the material in the Consciousness Studies or Transformational Psychology programs. A student becomes a diplomaed Graduate upon completion of an approved Thesis. In terms of fees, the Thesis is counted as a 3 credit course (rated at $540) and if a 3 month extension is requested and granted there will be an additional $540 Continuance Fee.
With documentation of extenuating circumstances and approval by the Program Dean, the completion time for a student’s Thesis may be extended up to three additional quarters. If this happens, the first additional quarter will not incur any extra charge, but additional quarters will require an additional 3-credit charge.
In terms of fees, the Thesis is counted as a 3 credit course (rated at $450) and if a 3 month extension is requested and granted there will be an additional $540 Continuance Fee.
STUDENT ATTENDANCE (AND LEAVE OF ABSENCE)
Graduate study at UPR is a process of accumulated learning and requires continuous attention. For this reason, it is necessary for students to maintain continuity and regularity in course enrollment and completion from quarter to quarter through the period of the program. However, UPR also recognizes the fact that students may go through extenuating circumstances, such as financial or health or work reponsibility issues that make it very difficult to attend school at certain times. In such eventualities, the student may apply for a Leave of Absence using the appropriate Leave of Absence Form (available upon request from the Registrar).
The Leave of Absence applies for one quarter only and must be approved by the university President. The Leave of Absence will not automatically be renewed at the end of a quarter, a student will need to reapply for an absence each quarter. A student may not take more than four quarters on Leave of Absence throughout the duration of his or her enrollment in the program. Absence through a quarter without formal application and permission, or exceeding four quarters, will result in the student’s being dis-enrolled. Written notice is required if a student chooses to discontinue the course or program.
Grading at the University of Philosophical Research is accomplished by a faculty member using a combination of objective and subjective evaluation processes. These include student homework lessons, examinations, and research papers. Instructors rate student achievement on content, accuracy, legibility, presentation, and overall quality.
A student’s mid-term and final exam will be graded and returned to the student within ten (10) working days of receipt of the material. Grades will be issued to the students after the end of each course. All students will have course-work evaluated and reported by the faculty using the following definitions:
Letter-Defines Grade Point Value (A, B, C, D, etc.)
Grade Point Value-0 to 4.0
Credit-Course qualifies for grade-level recognition of course completion.
Non-Credit-Course does not qualify for credit toward completion (i.e., Audit).
Incomplete-Credit students who have not completed all the required course assignments will be given a grade of Incomplete and must retake the course.
Student service facilities are available through the primary administrative structure at 3910 Los Feliz Blvd., in Los Angeles. Assistance in the form of tutorial and learning assessment assistance is provided by University faculty in concert with the academic program in which the student is enrolled. This service and assistance includes all activity required to assist the student in skill development and academic subject-area mastery.
Student services exist to aid the processes of admission, enrollment, registration, course scheduling, and support staff in the administrative location handles payment of fees. UPR provides no career planning services.
MAINTENANCE OF RECORDS DOCUMENTING STUDENT ACADEMIC PROGRESS
UPR records, required by the Reform Act, are kept at the administrative location of 3910 Los Feliz Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90027. The Chief of Operations, who oversees all admissions functions, is responsible for ascertaining that school records maintenance, storage, security and management are in compliance with the Reform Act, the Buckley Amendment and Board policy, procedures, rules and regulations. The following documents are maintained for each enrolled student:
- Written records and transcripts used in the admission decision, student profile information;
- Documents relating to payment and tuition history;
- Records of all enrollments and evidence of academic progress;
- Student transcripts;
- Copies of student work products.
Currently UPR stores student progress records on computer disks, making records accessible through electronic retrieval. All hard copy records are maintained in fire-retardant storage cabinets. All student records, historical and contemporary, are readily available.
The retention period for all records required by the Reform Act is a minimum of five (5) years, with transcripts of record retained for fifty (50) years.
Student Records & Release of Information
All students attending UPR shall have the right to review their academic records, including grades, attendance, and advising. The Student Services staff supervises records and school officials for purposes of recording grades, attendance, afford access, and advising, as well as determining tuition and eligibility.
In the course of the student’s application, enrollment and attendance, this school has compiled a number of important records concerning the student, including grades, payment records, attendance records, disciplinary records, and employment records.
Generally, UPR will not release any information about students to outside individuals unless the college first receives the student’s permission in writing, or is required to give the information under State or Federal laws or to auditors, researchers, etc. However, it is considered that certain information does not violate the student’s rights of privacy and, therefore, the university is permitted to routinely release this information, unless the student specifically asks UPR in writing, not to release it. At this institution, general information is considered to be name, address, date and place of birth, program of study, participation in recognized activities, dates of attendance, certificates or degrees obtained, and the last institution attended.
The Records Custodian for UPR can be reached at:
3910 Los Feliz Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90027
Student grades and attendance can be accessed in the Education office using the student identification number or Social Security Number (SSN). UPR maintains permanent records of grades and attendance located at the primary administrative location in Los Angeles, CA. Transcripts are also made available to students who request them from the Education Department. Graduates, or students with an incomplete program, can request a transcript by writing to the University.