WPCS 2.1.2
Tuition Fees:$0 /year
Applications Begin:June 2020
Final Award:Master of Arts in Communication Studies
Start Date:September 2020
Academic Unit:School of Journalism and Mass Communication
Campus:Main Campus
Application Deadline: 9 October 2020
Programme Overview
Exams Regulations
Examination for each course unit shall be held at the end of the semester in which the course is taken
Candidates shall be required to pass all the prescribed course units before undertaking the research project.
Each course shall be examined by a 1 x 3 hour written examination paper and continuous assessment.
The written examination shall constitute 60 per cent of the marks in each course while continuous assessment shall constitute 40 per cent.
Continuous assessment shall be evaluated in each course on the basis of seminar papers, tutorials, essays, practical exercises and assignments.
The pass mark shall be 50 per cent in each paper.
A candidate who fails in not more than 2 units in any semester shall be allowed to re-sit those units during the next semester.
A candidate who fails in more than 2 units shall be required to retake those units when they are next offered.
A candidate who fails to satisfy the examiners in the project shall be allowed to resubmit the revised project paper twice within the prescribed period for the programme.
A candidate shall be allowed to re-sit or to retake failed courses twice only.
A candidate who fails to satisfy the examiners after the second re-sitting or retaking failed course(s) shall be discontinued from the programme.
A candidate who fails to satisfy the examiners in the project after the second revision or fails to complete the course within the prescribed duration of the programme shall be discontinued.

The programme shall be covered in a minimum of four semesters and a maximum of 12 semesters. Each semester shall be 15 weeks.

The total number of course units to be taken shall be 13, of which 10 shall be core and 3 electives. In addition, candidates shall be required to undertake a research project. In each semester, candidates shall be required to take a minimum of 3 and a maximum of five course units.

Each course unit shall have 60 contact hours.

The research project shall only be embarked on after completion and passing of the 13 courses and it shall be equivalent to 4-course units.

Admission Requirements

The following shall be eligible for admission:
– Holders of a Bachelors degree of the University of Nairobi with at least an upper Second Class Honors, or candidates with equivalent qualifications from other institutions recognized by Senate.
– Holders of a Lower Second Class Honors degree or its equivalent with at least one year of post-graduation work experience in journalism, communication, and related fields such as public relations, advocacy and advertising.
– Holders of pass degree and a post-graduate diploma in mass communication
– Applicants may transfer credits for similar courses taken at the Masters level in other institutions recognized by the Senate.
– Applicants seeking transfer of credits shall apply in writing through the Director of the School to the Director of the Board of Postgraduate Studies justifying his/her request and attaching evidence of the credential(s) that would support such a request.
– Applicants shall have their applications considered only after paying the prescribed application fee.
– Applicants shall be allowed a maximum of one-third of the courses.

Application Process
Application Fees for Kenyan Students: $28
Application Fees for International Students: $49

How to Apply:
Applicants should visit = to apply Online

The University of Nairobi has three intakes in an Academic year. Main intake being in September/October for all the courses and December/January for Bachelor of Education(Arts), Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Hospitality Management, Bachelor of Travel and Tourism April/May for Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Education(Arts), Bachelor of Education Early Childhood, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Economics, Bachelor of Economics and Statistics, Bachelor of Journalism and Media Studies, Bachelor of Art Broadcast Production, Bachelor of Hospitality Management, Bachelor of Travel and Tourism, Bachelor of Arts Broadcast Production and all Diploma and Certificate courses.

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities for this programme include:
– Advertising account executive
– Broadcast journalist
– Editorial assistant
– Event manager
– Film director
– Magazine journalist
– Market researcher
– Marketing executive
– Media researcher
– Photographer
– UX designer
– Writer

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Tuition Fees for Kenyan Students: $0
Tuition Fees for International Students: $0

Tuition Fees per year for Kenyan Students =
Tuition Fees per year for International Students =
**This programme will be completed after a duration of 2 years, with fees per year as follows:
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– Second year =


International Students pay 20% more than the Kenyan Students.

Relevant Contact

Prof. Ndeti Ndati
Director at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication
Admissions Office
Admission Enquiries