Below are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions posed to us by prospective students:
How flexible is the UPR graduate program? Do working professionals or stay-at-home parents, for example, enroll?
UPR online courses are designed so that students may access study materials, engage in forum discussions and complete assignments at any time of the day convenient to them. We expect working professionals and stay-at-home parents to form the majority of our student population.
May I enroll as a part-time student?
Yes, the UPR graduate programs and courses can be pursued on a part-time self-study basis. You can do self-study, engage in forum discussions, and complete assignments and research papers or projects at your convenience, within the time-constraints of the study-calendar. UPR online courses are designed flexibly to suit the needs of working executives.
How often will I need access to a computer?
The study materials for UPR courses are available both online and in DVD/CD form, containing video, audio and text material. These can all be studied wherever you have computer access. The predominant part of the study materials are the audio lectures, which can also be listened to on any audio playback system – during travel, housework or free time anywhere. For forum discussions, you will need some weekly access to the internet. This is usually widely available through cyber-cafés or business centers of hotels. Many working executives with high travel requirements take and complete UPR online graduate programs and courses.
Does the UPR MA program help in regards to becoming a professional counselor?
UPR is not a professional school. UPR graduate programs are primarily geared towards the growth of knowledge and transformation of consciousness, leading to the acquisition of universal values and the integral development of the human being. Through the enhanced comprehension and self-reflective assimilation involved in UPR programs, students will be enabled to mobilize their latent potential and engage in a more effective and responsible way in whatever they have chosen as their field of work.
Is UPR accredited?
Yes, UPR is accredited by the Distance Education and Academic Council, a national agency for postsecondary accreditation authorized by the US Department of Education.
Does this university qualify in regards to applying for student loan?
There are loan programs available for students of accredited universities. For more information, contact the Registrar.
How are tuition fees accepted? One lump sum, over the course of the program?
The student does not need to pay the total cost of the program at initial enrollment. Payment of fees is needed on a quarter basis, depending on the number of courses taken.
What if I don’t finish the program? Am I liable for the entire program fee?
No, there is no stipulation in the contract obliging the student to pay the total program cost. Fees need to be paid only for courses taken.
How many courses do I need to take to complete my Masters?
For a Master’s degree, a students needs 51 credit units. Each graduate level course at UPR fetches typically 3 credit units. Thus a student usually takes 17 graduate courses for a Master’s degree and writes a Master’s thesis, which counts for 3 credit units.
How much time can I take to finish the program?
A student may complete an UPR graduate program in a minimum period of one year; and a student may take a maximum period of 5 years to complete the program.
Do courses need to be taken in a particular order?
UPR has four academic quarters in a year. Courses are distributed quarter-wise through the academic calendar. A course can be taken in any quarter in which it is offered.
When can I enroll for an UPR program or course?
The UPR academic calendar is divided into four quarters – Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall. A student may apply for enrolment to an UPR program or course in any one of these quarters. See the Academic Calendar page under Academics for more information.
Is every course offered every quarter?
No. Courses are distributed according to the annual academic calendar. See the section on Online Courses to find out more about the courses offered.
Is the credit acquired here transferable to other institutions?
Credit acquired by students in accredited universities are considered for transfer by most universities. However, units you earn in our Masters of Arts programs may or may not be transferable to any other college or university, such issues must be resolved by the college or university in question.
Do I need a Bachelors degree in order to enter into the MA program here?
Yes. To be admitted to an UPR Master’s program, the student must have a Bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0 from a college or university accredited by an accrediting association recognized by the United States Department of Education.
Are there special requirements for international students?
If the degree has been completed in another country, documentation must be provided that the institution offers degree programs equivalent to those approved by the U.S. Department of Education. Students who are not first-language English proficient must provide verification English proficiency in the form of a TOEFL test with a minimum score of 530. See the “Out of Country Students” section under Admissions Requirements.
Will I need to travel to the University at any point?
There is no mandatory requirement for physical presence for UPR distance graduate programs. However, extra-curricular educational events such as seminars, workshops and colloquia aligned with UPR courses and programs are hosted at UPR premises in Los Angeles, CA and the UPR library is available for reference materials.
Is there any facility for the students to come and study at the campus?
UPR has no residential facilities but the campus library is available for reference study. See the section on Library under Resources.
What kind of interactions should a student expect with faculty members?
UPR academic courses are conducted online using the popular world wide web-based classroom management software system, Moodle. Students and faculty members engage in conversations using the forum feature for the specific class on this platform. Students may also email their professor. The course format also includes two mandatory one-hour teleconferences, when students can participate together in an audio conversation with their professor.
Does the program fee $9895 include books?
What type of equipment does the student need in order to join the distance learning program?
To successfully take and complete UPR distance learning courses, the student needs to provide assurance of access to a personal computer with worldwide web access and must have an e-mail account and e-mail access. See the section on Virtual Classroom.
If the student drops a course does he/she get the money back?
See the section on Withdrawal and Refund policy on our Tuition page. UPR refund polices are in line with mandated state and national educational policies.
May I take electives?
The UPR programs are designed to allow students to choose from a wide selection of electives from the complementary graduate degree program to finish a degree. UPR is constantly expanding its curriculum through the addition of more electives.
How do I get my undergraduate records to you and what do you require?
As part of the Admissions Application process, the student’s undergraduate records need to be sent directly to UPR by the records office of the degree-granting institute or sealed official transcript(s) of undergraduate courses taken should be enclosed with the application by the student. See the section on Admissions Requirements.
What can I expect to do after I graduate from UPR?
Our graduates have gone on to pursue doctoral studies or have found employment as teachers, writers, counselors, life-coaches and administrators. Apart from these fields, our graduates find themselves equipped to become responsible leaders of society and excel in whatever profession they find themselves in.
What Doctors Degree programs might I pursue after finishing a Masters Degree at UPR?
A UPR degree in either Consciousness Studies or Transformational Psychology is good preparation for Doctors Degree programs in Psychology, Mythological Studies or Philosophy. For schools with degree programs likely to be compatible with our organization, check our Affiliates page.
More broadly, UPR is nationally accredited by the DEAC and its 2006 survey of DEAC graduates showed that of those attempting to transfer credits and degrees, 70% were successful. Acceptance of degrees or credits from DEAC – accredited institutions is largely determined by the policy of the “receiving organization,” e.g., a college registrar.