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Structure of Higher Education System


The higher education system includes universities and university colleges; professional institutes and pre-service training institutes. Private institutions are currently required to be affiliated to a public institution.

Stages of studies

University level first stage

Bachelor’s degree

The first degree is conferred after four to seven years of study depending on the subject.

University level second stage

Master’s degree

Degree awarded after two years’ study following a Bachelor’s degree.

University level third stage


The Doctorate degree is open to graduates who hold a Master’s degree.

Admission to Higher Education

Admission to university-level studies

Name of Secondary school credential required: West African Senior School Certificate Examination

Foreign students admission

Definition of foreign student: Any student who is not Ghanaian.

Admission requirements: Foreign students should have good GCE ‘O’ level passes (or their...

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