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

  • Prospective students will visit our website to download the application (free of cost) and transfer credit request form if applicable.
  • 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 have to be sent along with the application.
  • Student will submit the application, transfer credit request and the filled questionnaire either by mail or by email to: admissions@upasadena.org
  • 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 submitting the application using the payment link available to them once they submit the application.
  • Students will receive an Acknowledgement email acknowledging that application has been received within 1 working day. If payment is made, acknowledgment email that application fee payment has been received will be sent. If application fee payment is not received within 2 working days 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.
  • 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.
  • UPAS will send an email with entrance exam details (link) with username (email ID) and password (date of birth) within 2 working days of the receipt of the application fee.
  • Students will have to take the entrance exam within 2 working days or else, they will have to reapply again.
  • An official email will be sent to the students within 6 working days from the date of receiving the application fee regarding 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.
  • The possible reasons for denial of admission are fake transcripts /undergraduate degrees, Transcripts and undergraduate degrees from an unapproved institution. Unsatisfactory performance in the UPAS entrance exam or false declaration or document manipulation may also lead to denial of admission at UPAS.
  • 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 2 working days from the date the entrance exam was taken.
  • Students can appeal the transfer of credits outcome by sending an email to cao@upasadena.org  within 2 working days of receiving the outcome.  The response to the appeal will be given within 2 working days.
  • Students must send the signed enrollment agreement 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/quest details. UPAS will send a reminder email if fee payment is not received 2 working days before the due date.
  • UPAS will send an Acknowledgement email for fees payment received.
  • Students will receive the Welcome kit within 2 working days of the receipt of the fees.

 

Admission Requirements are as follows,

  • 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 Internet broadband (6 Mbs 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.

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Calendar / Academic Schedule

2020 APPLICATION OPEN APPLICATION CLOSE COURSE START (1ST WEEK) MIDTERM (8TH WEEK) FINAL EXAM (15TH WEEK)
Spring 2020 11th November 2019(Monday) 20th December 2019(Friday) 6th January 2020(Monday) February 24th – February 28th , 2020 (Monday-Friday) April 13th – April 17th , 2020 (Monday-Friday)
Summer 2020 16th March, 2020(Monday) 24th April, 2020(Friday) 11th May, 2020 (Monday) June 29th – July 3rd, 2020 (Monday-Friday) August 17th – August 21st, 2020 (Monday-Friday)
Fall 2020 13th July, 2020(Monday) 21st August, 2020(Friday) 7th September, 2020(Monday) October 26th – October 30th, 2020 (Monday-Friday) December 14th – December 18th, 2020 (Monday-Friday)
2021 APPLICATION OPEN APPLICATION CLOSE COURSE START (1ST WEEK) MIDTERM (8TH WEEK) FINAL EXAM (15TH WEEK)
Spring 2021 16th November 2020(Monday) 26th December 2020(Saturday) 11th January 2021 (Monday) March 1st to March 5th , 2021 (Monday-Friday) April 19th – April 23rd , 2021 (Monday-Friday)
Summer 2021 22nd March, 2021(Monday) 30th April, 2021(Friday) 17th May, 2021 (Monday) July 5th to July 9th , 2021 (Monday-Friday) August 23rd – August 27th 2021 (Monday-Friday)
Fall 2021 19th July, 2021(Monday) 27th August, 2021(Friday) 13th September, 2021 (Monday) November 1st to November 5th, 2021 (Monday-Friday) December 20th – December 23rd , 2021 (Monday-Thursday)

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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

  • Satisfactory completion of 36 credit hours in the chosen field of study.
  • The capstone project submitted by the student as part of the graduate program has to be approved by our university faculty committee for an award of a Master’s degree.
  • A 10-week supervised internship must be completed and an internship report should be submitted which is evaluated by faculty.
  • Minimum 50% of the credits towards the degree must be taken from UPAS.
  • Cumulative GPA must be 3.0 or higher.
  • All graduate students are expected to complete the degree program within 3 years from the date of enrollment after which a request has to be made to the admission department in the university asking for an extension. Continuous request for extension will not be encouraged and the student will be dropped from the program and won’t be eligible for a degree.

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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

Transfer Credit Evaluation:

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.

This institution makes no representation whatsoever concerning the transferability of any credits to any institution.
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.