Universities in Ghana

Accra Polytechnic

Accra, Ghana
The Accra Polytechnic is a public tertiary educational institution based in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana. Founded in 1949, the school has been a real contribution to the local society. The Polytechnic is a co-educational centre, providing numerous academic programs that lead to the award of a Higher National Diploma certificate. It has nine sister institutions in all the other nine regions of Ghana. Some of the programs made available at Accra include Science Laboratory Technology (SLT1, Statistics (MAS1), Hotel Catering and Institutional Management (HOT1), Fashion Designing And... See full description.

Ashesi University

Accra, Ghana
Ashesi University is a private liberal arts college based in Berekuso. This is a town situated near Aburi, close to Ghana's capital, Accra. The institution was established in March 2002 by Patrick Awuah, a graduate of Swarthmore College and Haas School of Business. Ashesi’s main purpose was to provide educational opportunities for a new generation of motivated, ambitious and ethical business leaders in Africa. The school offers degrees in Business Administration, Computer Science, and Management Information Systems. The academic program is structured with the help of professors from... See full description.

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About universities in Ghana

Ghana’s higher education system essentially follows a binary structure, comprising of universities in one hand, and professionally oriented polytechnics on the other. Higher education is provided by polytechnics, theological colleges, tutorial colleges, universities and university colleges in Ghana. There are three recognized theological colleges, 20 university colleges, ten polytechnics, six tutorial colleges and nine universities in Ghana. Most of these are public institutions.

Universities in Ghana are largely autonomous and are entitled to confer their own degrees. University colleges in Ghana are private institutions that are usually affiliated to recognized universities, which award degrees to their graduates. The National Accreditation Board is responsible for granting accreditation to universities and colleges in Ghana.

University Education in Ghana

University education in Ghana comprises three cycles, namely bachelor’s degree programs, master’s degree programs and PhD programs.

Bachelor’s Degree Programs in Ghana

For admission into a bachelor’s degree program in Ghana, applicants must hold a West African Senior Secondary School Certificate with six passes and a minimum aggregate score. Most bachelor’s programs last four years, however programs in specialization medicine and surgery or dentistry have a duration of six years.  Bachelor’s degree programs in Ghana involve a high degree of specialization. These programs generally focus on one major subject that a student must choose. Student’s can also choose a second or minor specialization. On successfully completing all four levels of the programs, students are conferred with a bachelor’s degree in Ghana. Bachelor’s programs grant access to students for a master’s degree program. Students must obtain a bachelor’s degree with at least second class honors, in order to qualify for admission in to a master’s program in Ghana.

Master’s Degree Programs in Ghana

Master’s courses in Ghana normally span one to two years. Holders of bachelor’s degrees are eligible for admission into a master’s course. These programs continue the specialization of the bachelor’s degree that the student had previously obtained. Master’s programs in Ghana are primarily of two types; the 1 year programs follow theoretical subject’s and conclude with a final paper based on literature study, the 2 – year research master’s degree end in the student being conferred the title of Master of Philosophy (M.Phil). In the second type of master’s in Ghana, students attend first year of theoretical study and in addition spend the second year carrying out independent research, ending in a final paper. Both of these master’s degree programs in Ghana qualify students, who are interested in research, to apply and enroll for Phd or Doctoral studies.

Doctoral Studies in Ghana

A doctorate in Ghana is conferred upon a student after study duration of at least 3 years of research in the context of the doctoral program. Students need to submit an independent thesis and successfully defend their thesis to obtain the Doctorate titles of PhD or DPhil. Applicants must hold a master’s degree to qualify for a Doctorate in Ghana.

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