UPR – University of Philosophical Research

UPR: Practical and Profound Wisdom for the 21st Century

The mark of a moderate man is freedom from his own ideas. Tolerant like the sky, all-pervading like sunlight, firm like a mountain, supple like a tree in the wind, he has no destination in view and makes use of anything life happens to bring his way. Nothing is impossible for him. Because he has let go, he can care for the people’s welfare as a mother cares for her child.    Lao TzuTao te Ching


As a nonprofit, online university dedicated to the pursuit of wisdom and excellence in online teaching and learning, our vision is a community of seekers who are continually discovering, applying, cultivating, and rediscovering practical and profound wisdom in the 21st century.


The mission of the University of Philosophical Research is to facilitate students’ exploration, discovery, application, cultivation, and rediscovery of wisdom in their personal, professional, and academic lives through excellence in online teaching and learning.


UPR looks to include wisdom from its every source and to make it accessible to all who value it.

UPR transcends any particular tradition, philosophy or personality.

UPR supports free and open inquiry into ways of knowing and being that are at the same time open to critique and dialogue.

UPR aims to foster an educational community characterized by stimulating and good-faith interaction.

About our name . . .
The University of Philosophical Research:
Our name is not new.
It is not trendy.
It is timeless.
The Philosophical Research Society was founded in 1934 by Manly Hall to aid all those seeking wisdom in that troubled time, and beyond. Free from sectarian concerns, we have worked to help people of all faiths and philosophies connect with the timeless roots of their beliefs and apply them to the challenges they face in an ever changing world. Through depression, wars (both hot and cold) and the personal crises in each of our lives, we have sought to preserve and grow our connection to that light which is the birthright of all.
In the year 2001, the Philosophical Research Society founded the University of Philosophical Research to provide accredited programs with degrees rooted in eternal principles and employing the modern advantages of online learning.
To those seeking an education with a personal connection to the eternal within themselves, we offer our services.



Greg Salyer

President and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Salyer
holds a Doctorate in Literature and Religious Studies
​from Emory University’s Graduate Institute of the Liberal Arts.

Sharon Wright

Dean and Chief Academic Officer Ms. Wright holds an M.A.
​in American Literature from the University of Arizona.

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