MA, MSc and MBA degrees
For a master's degree you need to accumulate a total of
40 points. A bachelor's degree is a prerequisite for COU acceptance, but
applicants aged thirty and over who do not hold a bachelor's degree will
be considered on merit on the basis of professional experience and prior
training, private study, etc., if it is felt that the applicant may be
capable of successfully completing a program.
At COU we believe in giving you all the credit you have
earned, even when you have earned it outside of a classroom. That is why
we will consider awarding you credit for life experience and past work
success. We personally evaluate each individual's background and strive to
give credit wherever we can. Through our application evaluation process,
you can earn up to 20 credit points or 50 percent of your advanced degree.
Throughout the courses you are expected to undertake
assignments. These are usually marked by your tutor, who will comment
constructively on your work. All students will be required to present a
final project in a pre-approved subject area.
- MA in Psychology
- MA in Sociology
- MA in Anthropology
- MA in Literature
- MA in History
- MA in Art History
- MA in Education
- MA in Philosophy
- MA in International Relations
- MA in Jewish Studies
- MSc in Management
- MSc in Marketing
- MSc in Tourism Management
- MSc in Economics
- MSc in Mathematics
- MSc in Environmental Sciences
- MSc in Oceanography
- MSc in Information Technology
- MSc in Organizational Behavior
- Master of Business Administration (MBA)
The research doctoral degree is designed to prepare one
for scholarship, systematic inquiry and research. These PhD degrees
require 50 points beyond the master's. Send us copies of your transcripts
and we will develop a customized degree plan stating exactly what is
needed to complete your doctorate in the shortest time and least cost.
We offer PhD degrees in English Literature, Education,
History, Art History, Sociology, Psychology, Political Science,
International Relations, Jewish Studies, Environmental Sciences,
Information Technology, Economics, Organizational Behavior, Marketing,
Management, Tourism, and Interdisciplinary Studies.
Commonwealth Open University has designated its honorary
degrees as "Doctor of the University" (D.Univ.) and "Master of the
University" (M.Univ.). The recipients receive them because of their
success and major achievements in their chosen profession, or their
service to their community or the world. Applications for potential
candidates are always welcome.
Planning your time
Students are free to choose their own study pace. An
estimate is that it is possible to complete 40 credit points in one year
(12 months). MBA an PhD degrees require more time, being the estimate 30
credits per year. For this purpose, the time involved would be about 14
hours of study a week.
Students are given a maximum of one year for completion
of each undergraduate foundation course. All master's and doctor's degree
programs are required to be finished within three years. If more time is
needed, you may request an extension.
COU awards letter grades as follows:
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A grade point average of 3.0 is required for graduation.
Learners who fail may retake examinations upon successful application to
the Director of Education and payment of a re-exam fee.