Designed for professionals with diverse educational backgrounds and experience, programmes at IUGS are structured to meet the needs of qualified people seeking to complete their formal credentials. By combining English and American graduate education models, practicing professionals who have accumulated substantial post-baccalaureate coursework now have the opportunity to expeditiously earn their master’s or doctorate degrees and certifications through online or blended pathways. Many students have completed their required coursework, but have not completed their dissertation or thesis. Others have accumulated ample graduate credits, but have not taken the required courses to earn their degree. Still, others have taken the required courses, but have found these courses were not accepted for transfer. IUGS accepts for transfer all relevant post-baccalaureate courses earned at accredited institutions, including approved continuing education, licensing and certification coursework prior to or after admission. Since most candidates are mid-life professionals, they are acknowledged as peers and are respected for their career, personal, and scholastic accomplishments. The traditional professor-student relationship is replaced with academic and professional fellowship. A bonding among the candidates, as well as between the candidates and the professors, is developed and continues beyond graduation. The University was founded in 1979, is accredited, and has earned academic and professional recognition and approval from the public and private organizations. Every professor is a practicing professional who has earned at least one doctorate. Therefore, academic and practical knowledge is integrated into the IUGS learning experience.
Statement of Beliefs
- A need exists for graduate degrees that are affordable, are individually paced, possess academic integrity and allow doctoral and master's candidates to continue to meet their other obligations.
- All relevant post-graduate credits from accredited institutions should be accepted for transfer.
- Most post-baccalaureate credits required for licensing and certification should be accepted for transfer.
- Graduate students should have the right to take post-baccalaureate courses at various institutions that serve their professional and personal objectives.
- Graduate students seeking degrees should be required to take, or to have previously taken, the traditional number of post-baccalaureate credits required by major universities.
- Graduate students should be individually recognized and respected for their professional and academic accomplishments.
- Students with professional maturity and relevant life experience are the best candidates to pursue graduate studies.