Admission Policy & Criteria

UPAS Admission Process:


Start of Admission cycle: 8 weeks before start of the semester
Close of Admission cycle: 2 weeks before start of the semester

  1. Prospective student will visit our website to download application (free of cost) and transfer credit request form if applicable.
  2. As part of the application process, the prospective student will have to fill a questionnaire which will be evaluated by the admission team to determine if our programs can meet the student requirements which as to be sent along with the application.
  3. Student will submit the application, transfer credit request and the filled questionnaire either by mail or by email to: admissions@upasadena.org.
  4. The student will receive a link to make payment for application fees (non-refundable) with the fee amount. The students can also make payment at the time of the submitting the application using the payment link available to them once they submit the application.
  5. Students will receive an Acknowledgement email acknowledging that application has been received. If payment is made, acknowledgment email that application fee payment has been received will be sent. If application fee payment is not received with 1 business day of submitting the application, a reminder email will be sent to the student. The submitted application will not be processed until the application fee is received.
  6. Students can get the status of their application by sending an email to admissions@upasadena.org from the email they used to submit the application.
  7. UPAS will send an email with entrance exam details (link) with username (email ID) and password (date of birth) within 1 working day of the receipt of the application fee.
  8. Students must take the entrance exam within 2 working days or else, they will have to reapply again.
  9. An official email will be sent to the students within 3 working days after the student completes the entrance exam. The email will contain the acceptance or denial of admission with the reason. The outcome of the admission request is communicated to the prospective student by the admission team and all the documents used along with the reason for approval or rejection is documented in the online student file.
  1. The possible reasons for denial of admission are fake transcripts /undergraduate degrees, Transcripts and undergraduate degrees from an unapproved institution. Unsatisfactory performance (< 75%) in the UPAS entrance exam or false declaration or document manipulation may also lead to denial of admission at UPAS.
  2. If a student is denied admission, the reason for the denial is clearly documented in the Application form and the student is also informed of the reason, via email, for the denial along with the appeal process.
  3. Student can appeal the denial of admission as follows:
    • Send email to registrar@upasadena.org along with the copy of the application form and forwarding denial of admission email within 2 working days of receiving the denial of admission notification.
    • The Registrar will acknowledge the receipt of the email within 1 working day.
    • The response to the appeal will be given within 2 working days.
  4. If the student is accepted, UPAS will send the enrollment agreement, outcome of the credit transfer request and the fee details to the student within 3 working days from the date entrance exam was taken.
  5. Students can appeal the transfer of credits outcome by sending email to cao@upasadena.org within 1 business day. The response to the appeal will be given within 2 working days.
  6. Student must send the signed enrollment agreement to admissions@upasadena.org and pay the tuition fees within 2 working days of the receipt of the enrollment form or from the date the response to the credit transfer appeal is received. Email will be sent to the student with the payment details. UPAS will send a reminder email if fee payment is not received 2 working days before the due date.
  7. UPAS will send an Acknowledgement email for fees payment received along with the final copy of the enrollment agreement to the student.
  8. Students will receive the Welcome kit within 2 working days of the receipt of the fees.
  9. All student admission documents including Application, copy of the student ID, transcript, degree certificate, credit transfer request form, credit transfer evaluation form, enrollment agreement and all course registration forms are maintained as part of student records.

Admission Requirements are as follows,

  • A Bachelor’s degree (BA or BS) from an approved university. Students whose degrees were completed at foreign universities must submit notarized translations into English where appropriate. Such students may be required to have their degrees evaluated by a UPAS-approved evaluation service to determine equivalency to a bachelor’s degree from the United States.
  • A Preferred GPA of 2.5 or above in their Bachelor’s degree.
  • Official transcripts and Bachelor’s degree (B.A or B.S) in the relevant field of study from an approved institution.
  • Personal Statement for seeking admission @ UPAS.
  • Satisfactory performance (> 75%) in the UPAS entrance exam to demonstrate web-•‐based online learning capability.
  • English Language proficiency must be demonstrated during Step 1 of the application process when the application is submitted. Admission team, after reviewing the application, will determine English proficiency based on the following.
    • Be a native English speaker; or
    • Show evidence of having earned a degree from a college or university whereEnglish was the primary language of instruction; or
    • Provide a transcript indicating completion of at least 30 semester credit hours with an average grade of “B” (3.00 on a 4.00-point scale) or higher at an accredited college or university where the language of instruction was English.
  • Students who have had English as a second language need to demonstrate English proficiency by submitting TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores of 79 or higher on the Internet based test (iBT), or 60 or higher on the paper-delivered test (TOEFL PBT). Visit www.toefl.org for more information on the TOEFL.
  • Have a desktop/laptop with Internet broadband (6 Mbps or higher) connection and familiar with using Internet, email and other software programs with instructions provided on how to connect to the learning platform to complete the course work.
  • UPAS accepts transcripts only in English. If the potential student interested in our programs has transcripts in any language other than English, the student must use the service of third-party transcript evaluators approved by the institution.

     Academic & Professional International Evaluations, Inc. (APIE), P.O. Box 5787 Los Alamitos, CA 90721-5787 Telephone: (562) 594-6498 APIE@email.msn.com Website: http://www.apie.org

     Academic Credentials Evaluation Institute (ACEI), P.O. Box 6908 Beverly Hills, CA 90212 Toll Free: (800) 234-1597 (USA Only) or (310) 275-3530 Fax: (310) 275-3528 Email: acei@acei-global.org Website: http://www.acei-global.org

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Calendar / Academic Schedule

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Program Requirements

Graduate Degree Programs

Admission Requirements:

  • Official transcripts and undergraduate degree (B.A or B.S) in the relevant field of study from an approved institution.
  • Official transcripts for the courses for which you would like to transfer credits from any approved institution along with the detailed course syllabus.
  • Personal Statement for seeking admission @ UPAS
  • Satisfactory performance in the UPAS entrance exam to demonstrate web-based online learning capability
  • Have a desktop/laptop with sufficient Internet broadband (4MB/S) connection and familiar with using Internet, email and other software programs with instructions provided only on how to connect the learning platform and complete the course work.

Graduation Requirements:

University of Pasadena graduation requirements are as follows,

  • Completion of 36 credit hours in the chosen field of study
  • Ensure a minimum 50% of the credits taken towards the degree are taken from the institution.
  • Completion of a Capstone project and submission of a project report evaluated by faculty
  • Completion of a 10-week supervised internship and submission of an internship report evaluated by faculty.
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher including capstone project and internship.

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Language Proficiency Requirement

This institution does not offer instruction in English as a second language . Nor do we provide English language services. All classes are conducted only in the English language. To prove students are able to communicate fluently in English, if there is any doubt, this institution accepts a successful TOEFL test result and/or the U.S. Foreign Service Language Rating System.

Students who have had English as a second language need to demonstrate English proficiency by submitting TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores of 213 or higher on the computer-­‐based test, 79 or higher on the Internet based test, or 550 or higher on the paper-­‐based test.
Visit www.toefl.org for more information on the TOEFL.

Applicants holding a baccalaureate or advanced degree from an accredited college or university in the
U.S is exempt from the TOEFL requirement.

Foreign Transcript Evaluation

University accepts transcripts only in English. If the potential student interested in our programs have to process the same with our institution approved agencies to submit translated transcripts.

Academic & Professional International Evaluations, Inc. (APIE)
P.O. Box 5787 Los Alamitos, CA 90721-5787
Telephone: (562) 594-6498
APIE@email.msn.com
Website: http://www.apie.org

Academic Credentials Evaluation Institute (ACEI)
P.O. Box 6908 Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Toll Free: (800) 234-1597 (USA Only) or (310) 275-3530
Fax: (310) 275-3528
Email: acei@acei-global.org
Website: http://www.acei-global.org

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Technical Requirements

Online education in UPAS is made easy with 24/7 student support, if you have any difficulty in accessing the course content or other resources that are available to you.
We expect our students to be familiar with use of computers, Internet, and e-­‐mail and be able to follow instructions to configure programs and course work. In order to enroll in UPAS online programs you are expected to have the following minimum requirements fulfilled:

Hardware

  • Desktop/Laptop with i3 Intel processor or equivalent
  • Color monitor with 1024 x 768 resolution
  • Minimum 20 GB free Hard Disk Space
  • Minimum 2 GB RAM
  • High-speed broadband (6 Mb/s or higher) connection
  • Audio speakers/headphone and microphone

Software

  • Windows 8 or later, Mac OS 10.13 or higher
  • Internet Explorer 11 or higher or other equivalent browsers
  • Microsoft Office 2015 or higher version
  • Adobe Flash Player
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader ( version 9.11 or DC)
  • Additional software depending on the need for any particular course

Email

  • Have a personal email account

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Transfer Credit Policy

NOTICE CONCERNING TRANSFERABILITY of CREDITS and CREDENTIALS EARNED at this INSTITUTION:

Credits earned at other institutions will be evaluated using the following criteria:
Transcript copies must be forwarded to the Office of Admissions for evaluation.
Only those courses that are substantially comparable to the acting courses at this institution will be considered for evaluation.
Courses under consideration must have a grade of “C” or higher.

The transferability of the credits you earn at University of Pasadena is at the complete discretion of an institution to which you may seek to transfer. Acceptance of the Degree you earn in the Master of Science Degree in General Engineering,Master of Arts in Education at University of Pasadena is also at the complete discretion of the institution to which you may seek to transfer. If the Degree that you earn at this institution to which you seek to transfer is not accepted at the institution to which you seek to transfer, you may be required to repeat some or all of your coursework at that institution. For this reason you should make certain that your attendance at this institution will meet your educational goals. This may include contacting an institution to which you may seek to transfer after attending University of Pasadena (UPAS) to determine if your degree will transfer.

Experiential Credit is not given nor evaluated at this institution.

Transferring Students:

In order for UPAS to determine whether your course credits can be transferred or not, please mail all your relevant transcripts to the admissions office at UPAS. Acceptance of credits will be based on the approval from our Chief Academic Officer (CAO) or satisfactory performance in our challenge examinations for the respective course.

We allow students to transfer up to 10 credits for masters programs, upon approval based on criteria specified above.

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Distance Education – Disclosures

This institution’s education offerings are distance learning (on-line learning) only. Students will receive all materials and information regarding their on-line class one week prior to the start of class, and one week after all enrollment and registration matters have been completed.

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Notice to Prospective Degree Program Students

This institution is provisionally approved by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education to offer
degree programs. To continue to offer this degree program, this institution must meet the following requirements:

  • Become institutionally accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education, with the scope of the accreditation covering at least one degree program.
  • Achieve accreditation candidacy or pre-accreditation, as defined in regulations, by (date two years from date of provisional approval), and full accreditation by (date five years from date of provisional approval).

If this institution stops pursuing accreditation, it must:

  • Stop all enrollment in its degree programs, and
  • Provide a teach-out to finish the educational program or provide a refund.

An institution that fails to comply with accreditation requirements by the required dates shall have its approval to offer degree programs automatically suspended.