Overview

In our quest to meet the growing demands for middle and strategic level manpower needs in leadership and financial management for both the public and private sectors of Ghana, West Africa and beyond, the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA) in 2009 expanded its mandate with the establishment of the School of Research and Graduate Studies (SORAG). Led by the founding Dean Prof. Goski Alabi, the management team of SORAGS was mandated to design graduate programmes and oversee all research activities of the University.

Consequently, seven programmes were submitted by the SORAGS to the National Accreditation Board (NAB) for accreditation. By virtue of the Dean’s hard work and compliance with expected standards, in September 2009, the National Accreditation Board approved three programmes to kick-start academic work at SORAGS.

The school started with the following programmes:

  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) Accounting and Finance
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) Auditing
  • Master of Science (MSc) in Global Leadership
  • Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Global leadership

It must be noted that the two leadership programmes were originally run by the SORAGS in collaboration with the Duquesne University in the United States of America.Seven years down the lane, the School of Research and Graduate Studies has metamorphosed into the School of Graduate Studies (SOGS) after the Research mandate was separately assigned to the Research Directorate and introduced five additional programmes. 

Programmes

Currently, the School of Graduate Studies runs the following programmes:

  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) Accounting and Finance
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) Auditing
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) Corporate Governance
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) Internal Auditing
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) Total Quality Management
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) Petroleum Accounting and Finance
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) Marketing
  • MSc. Leadership
  • MPhil Leadership

At SOGS, we strive to provide quality graduate education and research in business and related disciplines to produce creative learning people in pursuit of development. In doing this, we leverage a structured mix of scholarship with Professionalism. Scholarship to us means the pursuit and acquisition of knowledge and Professionalism means Application of knowledge for development in an ethical way. These two are the key driving forces of School of Graduate Studies (SOGS) existence.

We believe our first responsibility is to the students, staff, alumni and all other stakeholders. In meeting their needs, everything we do exemplify continual learning and development. The foundation of Graduate School is based on the need to provide higher level business education that is responsive to societal needs and prepares graduates to creatively and critically apply knowledge and skills for economic and social improvement. From our foundation as a place of useful and applied learning, we consider as critical, our responsibility to research, teach and be of benefit to society and engagement with society.

Accreditation & Recognitions

The programmes of the School of Graduate Studies are currently affiliated to the following national and international accreditation bodies:

  • National Accreditation Board, Ghana (NAB)
  • Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programmes (ACBSP)

Recognitions: 

  • Member of the International Association of Universities (IAU),
  • Association of African Universities (AAU)
  • Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU)
  • International Association of University Presidents (IAUP)

Vision

To become a leading centre of research and a world-class graduate school of management inspired by values of integrity and creativity. 

Credo

Continual Learning and Development shall be the goal of education

Premise

The purpose of education is to implant a will and a facility for learning; it shall produce not learned but learning people. In times of change, learners inherit the earth, while the learned find themselves equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists"  (Eric Hoffer, undated)

Mission

We strive to provide and promote quality research, graduate education and training in management and related disciplines to produce learning people. 

Scholarship to us means the pursuit and acquisition of knowledge and Professionalism means Application of knowledge for development in an ethical way. These two are the key driving forces of SOG’s existence.

We believe our first responsibility is to the students, staff, alumni and all other stakeholders. In meeting their needs, everything we do exemplify continual learning and development.

Values

Learning and Continual Improvement, Integrity, Respect and Service are the key values of SOS’ Code of Conduct.

 Learning and Continual Improvement

  • Learning and Continual improvement are the streams flowing through SOGS’ Mission and Code of Conduct.
  • Integrity

SOGS is determined to act consistently in accordance with its principles and core values.

  • Respect

Respect in the SOGS community means, respect for one’s self, others and SOGS’ values.

  • Service

Service in the SOGS community means recognizing social needs and applying our strengths and knowledge to address those needs

These are what the "People of SOGS’ that is Students, Staff, Alumni, and other associates strive for always.

Objectives

In line with its Mission, the School of Research and Graduate Studies aims to promote and maintain a supportive learning environment within which faculty and students can optimize their personal, academic and professional development.

Quality Statement

“Superior Educational Value”

Major Functional Areas

In achieving its mission and objectives, SORAGS relies on three functional areas which include:

  • Teaching and Learning
  • Research and Extension Services
  • Industry Support and Training

The School of Graduate Studies has four (4) units to support the effective administration of its activities. These are the General Administration Unit, the Students Support Unit, ICT Unit, and Records and Documentation Unit.