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University of Phoenix


Online Campus
Phoenix, Arizona

Founded in 1976, University of Phoenix is now the largest accredited private university in the United States. The University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association (312-263-0456; University of Phoenix serves thousands of students every year with more than 20,000 highly qualified instructors at over 180 campuses and through Internet delivery worldwide.

High academic standards, commitment to quality, and programs designed specifically to address the needs of today's marketplace have earned University of Phoenix a reputation for leadership in both the academic and business communities. A distinguishing blend of proven academic models and innovative instructional delivery systems, combined with a focus on excellent service to students, has pioneered the University's phenomenal growth. The mission of University of Phoenix is to provide access to higher education opportunities that enable students to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to achieve their professional goals, improve the productivity of their organizations, and provide leadership and service to their communities.

Distance Learning Program

The online learning format utilizes computer communications to link faculty members and students from around the world into interactive forums. Class size is limited to 20 for maximum interaction. Course work is completed entirely online for the convenience of working students who find it difficult or impossible to attend classes at fixed times and places.

Delivery Media

Once enrolled in an online degree program, students are required to log on at least four days each week to participate in class discussions focused on the topics they are studying. All interaction among students and instructors is completed through e-mails and online forums, while assignments are completed offline. This balance of both online and offline interaction is referred to as asynchronous communication.

Programs of Study

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) and Bachelor of Science in Business (B.S.B.) degree programs require 120 credits (124 in Kansas) for degree completion. The Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree consists of 60 credits and has a specialization in general studies.

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree programs feature specializations in criminal justice administration, elementary education (Arizona residents only), health administration, health administra tion/health information systems, health administration/long-term care, human services management, information technology, information technology/visual communication, management, nursing, and organizational security and management.

The Bachelor of Science in Business (B.S.B.) degree programs feature specializations in accounting, administration, communications, e-Business, finance, global business management, hospitality management, information systems, integrated supply chain and operations management, management, marketing, public administration, and retail management.

The Master of Arts in Education

(M.A.Ed.) degree programs consist of a number of specializations and vary in the number of credit hours required. The specializations are administration and supervision, curriculum and instruc tion, curriculum and Instruction/adult education, curriculum and instruction/ESL, early childhood education, elementary education, secondary education, and special education.

The Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) degree program features specializations consisting of varying credit hours. In addition to the M.B.A., the following specializations are available: accounting, global management, health care management, human resources management, marketing, and technology management.

The Master of Health Administration (M.H.A.) degree program prepares leaders who can effectively respond to the dynamic and ever-changing health-care industry.

The Master of Information Systems (M.I.S.) degree focuses on technology theory and its application in real-world business opportunities and challenges. The Master of Management (M.M.) degree features specializations in human resource management and public administration management. Credit hours can vary between the M.M. degree and the M.M. degree with the specialization.

Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) degree programs feature a number of specializations. In addition, bridge programs are available for students who hold a degree in another subject other than nursing. The specializations in clude nursing/health-care education, integrative health care, M.B.A./health-care management, and Master of Health Administration.

Doctoral degree programs are available with a number of specializations. They include the following: Doctor of Business Administration, Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership, Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership with a Specialization in Curriculum and Instruction, Doctor of Health Administration, Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership, and Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership with a Specialization in Information Systems.

For more information on the programs, including program descriptions, prospective students should visit the Web site at

Credit Options

Through the University of Phoenix's Prior Learning Assessment Center (PLAC) or through a number of national testing programs (such as CLEP, DANTES, and Excelsior) that test students for college-level knowledge, students may be able to earn a number of credits depending on University policy and individual program requirements.


All faculty members have both academic credentials and demonstrated success in the fields they teach. The University recruits only those who are working in their area of expertise—bringing practical, real-world experience to the students they teach. In addition, all faculty members undergo extensive training in online instruction, and all participate in periodic evalua tions that include a peer-review component.


For graduate applicants, an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 (3.0 for prior graduate work) is required. Students must also be currently employed or have access to an organization where they can apply concepts they have learned. Undergraduate applicants must have a high school diploma or its equivalent, be at least 18 years old, and be currently employed or have access to an organizational environment. Students must complete the University-proctored Comprehensive Cognitive Assessment.

For international applicants and those whose primary language is not English, a minimum score of 213 on the computer-based TOEFL; 750 on the TOEIC; 6.5 on the IELTS; or 550 on the Berlitz Online English Proficiency Exam within the last two years is required.

Admission requirements may vary depending on state and program require ments. Prospective students should contact the University for a complete list of admission requirements.

Tuition and Fees

Graduate business tuition is $612 per credit; graduate nursing and graduate education tuition is $485 per credit. Undergraduate business tuition is $494 per credit; undergraduate nursing tuition is $430 per credit. Doctoral programs are $692 per credit. Additional costs include an application fee of $45 and a graduation fee of $65. A resource fee ($75 for undergraduate courses and $95 for graduate courses) is required to access online readings and texts. Textbook costs vary by course.


Unless students are relying on foreign transcripts for admission, all that is needed to begin the first course is to complete an application, enrollment agreement, and disclosure form. While students are in their first three classes, academic counselors work with them to complete transcript requests, the Comprehensive Cognitive Assessment, and any other items necessary for formal registration.


Enrollment Department
University of Phoenix Online
3157 East Elwood Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85034
Phone: 800-833-0287 (toll-free in the U.S.)
Fax: 602-387-6440
Web site:

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