UPSA – Key Facts About The University Of Professional Studies Accra


The University of Professional Studies Accra, popularly known as UPSA is one of the uprising tertiary institutions in Ghana. Located in East Legon, UPSA is a public university that provides both academic and business professional education.

Despite the fact that it was established not so long ago, the university is gradually growing to become a leading educational institution, as far as training in business and other social sciences related disciplines are concerned, both in Ghana and beyond.

5 Important Facts To Know About UPSA

1. Inception

UPSA was founded in 1965 as a private professional business education tuition provider. In 1978, the institution was taken over by government through the Institute of Professional Studies Decree, 1978 (SMCD 200), and named Institute of Professional Studies.

Subsequently, the school became established as a tertiary institution with a mandate to provide tertiary and professional education in Accountancy, Management and other related areas of study by the Institute of Professional Studies Act, (Act 566), 1999.

UPSA received the University Charter in 2008, and was later renamed University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA) following the enactment of the University of Professional Studies Act, 2012 (ACT 850).

Central Administrative Block – Photo Credit: upsa.edu.gh

UPSA is accredited by the Accreditation Council Business Schools Practice, a highly recognized international accreditation Body in the United States. The school remains the first and only public institution in Ghana, with the mandate to offer both academic degrees as well as training for higher professional education.

2. Mission/Vision

It is the ultimate mission of UPSA to provide and promote higher professional education and training in business and other social sciences related discipline by leveraging a structured mix of scholarship with professionalism..

Defining scholarship as “the pursuit and acquisition of knowledge” and Professionalism as “application of knowledge for development in an ethical way” the two are the key driving forces of the university’s existence.

3. Academic Programmes and Courses

The following are courses offered by UPSA at the diploma, undergraduate, postgraduate and professional levels:

Diploma Programmes

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

Undergraduate Programmes



  • BSc (Hons) Accounting
  • BSc (Hons) Banking and Finance
  • BSc (Hons) Marketing
  • B.A (Hons) Public Relations Management
  • BSc (Hons) Information Technology Management

Professional programmes

  • Association Of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA) UK.
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants, Ghana (ICAG)
  • Chartered Institute Of Marketing, (CIM) UK.
  • Chartered Institute Of Management Accountants (CIMA) UK
  • Institute Of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA) UK

Postgraduate Programmes (Masters)

  • MBA in Petroleum Accounting
  • MBA in Accounting & Finance
  • MBA in Auditing
  • MBA in Corporate Governance
  • MBA in Marketing
  • Mphil in Leadership
  • MSc. In Leadership
  • MBA in Total Quality Management

Note: UPSA is the first University in Africa to be hosting a Masters Programme in Total Quality Management and the first Ghanaian University to be offering a Masters Programme in Auditing.

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The University recently inaugurated its Faculty of Law and currently offers legal education.

4. Structures and Other Facilities

UPSA’s surrounding area boasts a wide array of good hotels, restaurants and shopping centres for students’ convenience. The campus is also equipped with a full medical clinic, a canteen for meals and snacks, a state-of-the-art five-story library complex, counselling services, and a hostel for students within walking distance.

School Hostel – Photo Credit: upsahostel.com

Moreover, UPSA provides for free tuition that gives her degree students the opportunity to benefit from any of the school’s professional programmes, such as CIM, ICSA, and ACCA.

5. Examination Malpractice Sanctions

The University of Professional Studies Accra sternly frowns at examination malpractice and its related activities. The school has laid out stringent sanctions for students who offend in this manner.

Recall that in 2016, 22 students of UPSA, most of whom were in their final years, were expelled from the university for grade manipulation. Seven of them further had their names published on the school’s notice board as an additional punishment for refusing to cooperate during investigations.

To be forewarned, is to be forearmed!

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