Graduate Courses


Our programmes are tailored to ensure that students develop to become professionals who can manage ethically, responsibly and holistically in a range of organisations in an increasingly global and rapidly changing environment. We pride ourselves on the knowledge that our graduates, upon completion, are successful in almost all spheres of business, industrial, community and professional life, contributing effectively to local, national and international development.

The school believes that its first responsibility is to the students (student-centered education), staff, alumni and all other stakeholders.  The SGSR strives to be vibrant and progressive in the drive of the university towards excellence in the global context.

The SGSR commences with the following programmes:

  • MBA Accounting Option
  • MBA Finance Option
  • MBA Marketing Option
  • MBA Human Resource Management Option

The Knutsford School of Graduate Studies and Research is determined to adequately meet the expectations of all students for graduate studies. The school looks forward to welcoming all prospective students.


Understanding graduate studies

Build on your previous education under the mentorship of some of the top minds in your field.

MBA Marketing

Master of Business Administration (Marketing) This is a rigorous 2-year programme Students undertake courses such as Services Marketing, Advanced Entrepreneurship, Marketing Research, Integrated Marketing Communications, Relationship Marketing, ...

2h 38m
MBA Human Resource Management

Master of Business Administration (HRM) This is a rigorous 2-year course. Students take such courses as Organisational Behaviour & Management, Human Relations in Organisation, Human Resource Management, International Human Resource […]

2h 38m
MBA Finance

Master of Business Administration (Finance) This is a rigorous 2-year programme. Students take such courses as Financial Management, Analysis of Financial Markets, Investment Management, and Economics. In the second year, […]

2h 38m
MBA Accounting

Master of Business Administration (Accounting) This is a rigorous 2-year programme. Students take such courses as International Financial Management, Investment Management, Accounting Theory, Financial Reporting, and Advanced Taxation. In the ...

2h 38m

Choose your path: specialized expertise or professional development

There are two types of Masters degrees: those that focus on research (thesis-based) and those that are intended to prepare you for advanced professional practice (course-based). Your choice will depend on your own study preferences and professional goals.

If you are self-motivated and interested in developing your knowledge in a specialized area of research, a thesis-based study is ideal. With this option, you can pursue research at the PhD level, work closely with a leader in your field and undertake a substantial research project. *

The course-based path may appeal to you if you are more interested in advancing your professional skillset. Some course-based Masters degrees are intended for students who have recently completed a Bachelors degree, while others may require prior work experience for admission.

After completing a Bachelors degree, a Masters degree is normally the next step, though it’s sometimes possible to move directly into a PhD.

*Note: Some course-based research degrees allow you to pursue a PhD.

Course-based study

Thesis-based study

What is a course-based programme?

In a course-based programme, all degree requirements are fulfilled by completing courses. These may include courses that involve a project, such as a major research paper or group project.

How many courses are required per year?

A full course load consists of three to six courses per term, or six to 12 three-unit courses per year. Part-time enrollment is possible in some programmes.

How long will a course-based program take to complete?

Most course-based Masters programmes are designed to be completed in one to two years full-time, and up to a maximum of six years part-time.

What is a thesis-based programme?

Thesis-based programmes require that you pursue independent and original research culminating in a thesis. You will work under the supervision of a faculty member whose expertise matches your research area.

What is a thesis?

Students must prepare a substantial research document that makes an original scholarly contribution to their field. A PhD thesis is often called a dissertation. Doctoral and Masters students must also defend their thesis in front of an examination committee.

How long will a thesis-based programme take to complete?

A thesis-based Masters programme typically takes two years to complete, with a maximum of four years. A doctoral programme will take four years, up to a maximum of six years.

Admission Requirements

Knutsford University College shall admit candidates with different academic backgrounds to the MBA. Candidates are admitted to the programme at the beginning of each semester beginning from September.  The various categories of candidates to be considered for the MBA programme shall possess the following qualifications:

  • A good first degree from a recognized university/institution in an appropriate field of study (Second class lower or better)
  • Applicants with professional qualifications would be referred to GTEC for validation and approval before admission is granted.

Applicants may be required to go through a screening and selection interview.


Minimum 2.0 GPA on a 4.0 point system

Graduate programme endorsement

Each graduate programmme recommends the admission of an applicant to the Faculty of Graduate Studies based on departmental considerations.

Career Objectives

Our competitive global economy is presenting new opportunities for students with business degrees. Today's companies are looking for graduates with both a broad understanding of the business as well as an established professional identity. A Master of Business Administration degree prepares you for a range of careers. Some of the career options for business degree students include:
(i)Business Consultant
(ii)Project Manager
(iii)Human Resource Manager


State the levels of consultations for the design of the programme including consultations with the appropriate professional and/or relevant supervisory body where applicable

The design of the programme has undergone a series of consultation with key stakeholders in the industry. These include professional bodies and professionals.

Minimum and Maximum Workload Per Semester:

A full-time student shall be required to carry a total workload of 15 credits per semester for the first three semesters and 21 credits for the fourth semester throughout the duration of the programme.

Coding and Numbering of Course:

The coding system used is alpha-numeric. The entire courses under the MBA shall be prefixed with four letters followed by three digits. Conveniently, the four chosen letters are KMBA; meaning “Knutsford MBA courses.

Components of the programme:

Provide details of the curriculum and mode of delivery to include the following:
a.Required(core) course(s)
b.Elective course(s)
c.Research component
d.Practical training, industrial attachment, internship, clinical experience, etc.
e.Semester-by-semester structure/schedule, of course, showing the credit value of each course

Progression from semester to semester

To progress from one semester to another, a student is required to maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.00. Otherwise, the student is withdrawn. The programme shall be completed in a maximum of six semesters.

Qualification for award of MBA


To qualify for an award of Knutsford’s MBA degree, a student must take all the prescribed courses (including project work) and obtain a CGPA of at least 2.00. A student must pass in each subject. The pass mark in an individual subject is 60 percent. The student in addition must have discharged all obligations owed the University and the Faculty/Department as may be prescribed in respect of the MSc. in Accounting and Taxation degree.


The MBA programme appropriately designated, shall be awarded to a student who has been properly admitted to the MBA programme of the University, has followed the prescribed course of study over the period, has fulfilled all the requirements pertaining to the programme and obtained a CGPA of at least 2.00

Cancellation of Awards

Knutsford MBA degree conferred on a student may be cancelled at any time even with retrospective effect, if it becomes known that the student gained admission with false qualifications, or impersonated for someone else, or had been guilty of examination malpractice, or has otherwise conducted him or herself in a manner that is judged incompatible with the status of a holder of Knutsford MBA Degrees.

Classification of MBA

The MBA shall be classified as follows: Award FGPA Pass 2.00 - 4.00 Fail Below 2.00

Faculty of Graduate Studies vs. your programme

The Faculty of Graduate Studies sets out the minimum qualifications for admission. However, graduate programme requirements may call for higher scores, additional documentation and testing.

Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee entry into a graduate program as admission is competitive.

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International Students

International students with qualifications equivalent to those above may be considered for admission. They would be required to show evidence of proficiency in English Language and to go through a screening and selection interview.


List the areas in which the students are likely to be employed

Graduates of the programme can be employed in both the formal and informal sectors. Potential sources of employment include:

The target market includes, but is not limited to:

  • Private and public sectors  of the Ghanaian economy
  • Non -governmental organizations(NGOs)
  • Small and medium scale enterprises
  • Consultancy firms
  • Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies( MMDAs)
  • Northern Development Authority
  • Millennium Development Authority
  • Mining companies

When you are ready to apply

Application process

  1. Choose a graduate programme of interest and check its admission requirements
  2. Find a potential graduate supervisor, if required by the graduate programme
  3. Prepare your documentation
  4. Calculate your tuition fees
  5. Create an eID and start your application online

Documents you will need

  • Transcripts
  • Study proposal
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Reference letters
  • Standardized test score

Note: If you are not a Ghanaian citizen or permanent resident, there may be other documents required, as well as document translation.

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Grad student guide

Get important information about what you need to do before you begin your grad program.

Life on campus

Life at Knutsford Get the full Knutsford experience as you pursue an advanced degree in an inspired setting with ocean views and access to a variety of student services. Small collaborative class sizes ensure each student receives personal attention.

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