The University of Phoenix (UOPX) is a private, for-profit learning institution located in Phoenix, Arizona. A wholly owned subsidiary of the Apollo Group, an S&P 500 corporation, the university traces its beginnings to 1976 when Dr. John Sperling, a Cambridge-educated economist and professor began his field-based research that focused on exploring “teaching/learning systems for the delivery of educational programs and services to working adult students who wish to complete or further their education in ways that considered their experience and current professional responsibilities.” Dr. Sperling’s research was conducted at a time when most colleges and universities catered to the educational needs of traditional 18- to 22-year-old undergraduate students and very little attention was given to adults who wanted to either complete their degrees or pursue higher education to further their career life.
Today, UOPX is the largest private university in the United States offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs in over 200 locations as well as online in various countries worldwide. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association, its degree and continuing education programs offer 100% online associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in such fields as Arts and Sciences; Business and Management; Criminal Justice and Security; Education; Human Services; Nursing and Health Care; Psychology; and Technology. This online learning program allows busy working adults to pursue the degree they desire wherever they are, whenever they want. Those who pursue an associate degree can, upon completion, choose to convert applicable courses into credit toward a bachelor’s degree.
Tuition cost varies by campus and type of degree program chosen. Financial aid is extended in the form of Federal grants and loans and flexible payment terms.