Office of Doctoral Programmes


It is my pleasure to welcome you to the Office of Doctoral Programmes (ODP) at the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA).

Since 2010, UPSA has introduced several Master’s degree programmes in areas such as Marketing, Accounting, Finance, Auditing, Global Leadership and Corporate Governance. With the institutional experience gained managing these graduate programmes, the University constituted a doctoral programme development team which then consulted widely with both industry and academia stakeholders, including a highly accomplished member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, Ghana, to develop the University’s first doctoral programme. I am delighted that the team’s proposal, which was submitted as an application to both the National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE) and the National Accreditation Board (NAB), has now been approved. UPSA therefore, now introduces its first doctoral programme, the PhD in Marketing, to be offered through the Faculty of Management Studies.

The UPSA PhD in Marketing programme prides itself on establishing a strong linkage between theory and practice and offers students an interdisciplinary environment, enabling the review and discovery of creative marketing ideas and the development of analytical skills for the effective and efficient resolution of complex marketing problems.

Students enrolling in the programme will benefit from a number of unique and highly desirable programme features. The first, is the diverse and multi-stage rigorous assessment regime. This enables regular evaluation of the student’s work in different types of assessment tools. Secondly, students are offered practical course-based research and teaching sessions which lead to journal; publications and in-class teaching. A third unique feature helps maintain higher levels of student retention in the programme and ensure timely graduation through a multi-dimensional academic experience monitoring and evaluation system.

Specifically, this includes ;

A.  A rigorous admission process which ensures a good fit between student academic capabilities and the university’s supervision resources;

B. The institution of a regularly evaluated student mentoring system;

C. Mandatory faculty tracking of student coursework performance;

D. Incentivized faculty-student research collaboration and documented student-supervisor interactions.

Finally, with the aim of producing doctoral graduates grounded in our local context and yet internationally informed, course instruction and research supervision in the programme will be facilitated through a dynamic and innovative collaboration between UPSA professorial rank faculty and a select group of international and local adjunct doctoral programme faculty.

The ODP has the primary responsibility of overseeing the growth of UPSA into a globally recognized doctoral research institution, that responds to the doctoral training needs of the nation and the larger world community.  This we pledge to working closely with our stakeholders and the public at large.

Prof. Nathan Kobina Austin
Dean, Office of Doctoral Programmes


Phd Marketing


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Postal Address: P.O.Box LG 149, Accra – Ghana
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