Program and Course Information

Program Outcomes

The University offers outcomes-based degree programs that are focused on the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed in today’s 21st century workforce. Industry experts collaborate with the University faculty to identify the requisite competencies and key learning objectives in their respective fields.  

Our outcomes-focused approach allows students to advance as quickly as they develop the skills and knowledge (competencies) required to be successful. Graduation is based on demonstrating competence, not on how much time is spent in a “classroom.” A typical student who had no background in the course material would spend an average of 135 hours of student work to successfully demonstrate achievement of all learning objectives in a single course. However, students who already possess some of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required in the course may find that they are able to complete the course in less time. Our academic model measures a set of demonstrated skills, rather than a succession of courses, to determine whether or not a student has gained the knowledge, skills, and abilities to be successful in today's workplace.

Program Pre-requisites

Entry to programs that have pre-requisites requires that those requirements be satisfied before formal admission to the program.  Students may be conditionally admitted to the program in order to satisfy the pre-requisites by taking the needed courses from the university.  The tuition for pre-requisite courses is the same as the program tuition.  Once those courses are successfully completed, the student will be formally admitted to the program.

Course Overview

The University courses are designed around a set of course outcomes that align with program-level competencies.. Unit topics within the courses map to specific learning objectives. Students master the course outcomes through a variety of learning resources (e.g., textbooks, readings, journal articles, videos, and webinars) and formative assessments (e.g., quizzes and exercises).   

Students demonstrate mastery through objective assessments (proctored examinations) and performance assessments (projects, papers, presentations, etc.).  For each course, the assessments are designed to measure achievement of course outcomes.  Course exercises, practice quizzes, and other course-based activities also contribute to student mastery measurement.

Course Scheduling

Terms begin on Mondays with the exception of national holidays and are approximately 16 weeks long. All coursework is to be completed prior to midnight Pacific Time on the closing date of the term.

Study Suggestions

For study suggestions and student success strategies, refer to the New Student Orientation course. A number of resources are provided for students on developing study skills, successfully completing courses, and time management. Students can access the New Student Orientation Course through the New Charter platform.  Study suggestions are also provided by Student Advisors and Instructors. Students are encouraged to stay in close contact with Student Advisors and their Instructors.


Students in courses submit coursework, discussion posts, and exams electronically via the platform. Every graded submission receives feedback from faculty.  

All students work in the UP Learning Management Platform.  Students in courses engage in all coursework via this platform, including course discussions, instructor led- interactions, non-graded formative assessments such as quizzes and exercises and graded summative assessments such as exams and projects.  

If you experience technical trouble when uploading an assignment, send an email describing the problem (including the course and URL/web address if possible) to:


All objective assessments (examinations) are electronically scored.  Final examinations are electronically scored and proctored. Performance assessments such as final projects are graded by the assigned faculty Evaluator. Students must pass the final exam and final project to pass a course. The minimum passing score on exams and projects is 60% for undergraduate students and 70% for graduate students. Note that while students must earn minimum passing scores on both the final exam, those scores must also be high enough to earn the necessary cumulative scores to pass the course.   Minimum course grades for undergraduates is 70% and 80% for graduate students.   Students must pass each course throughout their program of study to graduate.

The University examinations are administered through an online proctoring service and can be taken at a student's home, place of employment, or other convenient location. Students must verify their identity before taking a Final Exam. A computer with high-speed internet access and an installed webcam is required to take the exam.

Undergraduate students must earn a grade of 70 (C-) or above, and graduate students starting on or after that date must earn a grade of 80 (B-) or above for all courses that count toward a degree program. Students must maintain a GPA of 2.0.  This means that, even if they pass all courses, if they are consistently earning C- grades, they are candidates for academic probation

In courses that have a Pre-Final, students must take that assessment prior to taking the Final Examination. Although passing the Pre-Final is not a guarantee of passing the actual Final Examination, it guides students in determining their readiness to take the Final Examination and in choosing areas in which to focus their preparation. If a student fails the Final Exam or Final Project, he/she may take it a second time. If a student passes the Final Exam and Project but his/her final grade is not high enough to pass the course and receive credit toward the program, the student may attempt the Final Exam or Final Project a second time. If a student passes the course, he/she may not take the Final Exam or Project a second time to improve his/her grade. While registered in a course, a student may take the proctored Final Exam no more than two times and may submit the Final Project no more than two times under any circumstances.

If a student does not pass after the second attempt(s), s/he will receive a grade of F for the course. The student, after consultation with his/her Student Advisor, may re-register in the course one additional time in a subsequent term. If the student does not pass the course in the subsequent attempt, the student will be administratively withdrawn from that academic program.

Students may repeat courses when (a) they have received a non-passing grade, (b) they have received a grade that does not meet program requirements, or (c) they wish to improve their GPA.  Students may repeat a course that was passed only once. That is, they may take any course no more than a total of two times. When the student repeats a course and receives a higher grade, the higher grade will be used for calculating the GPA. If the student performs unsatisfactorily in the repeated course(s), the original grade will be used for calculating GPA. 

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