WPCS 2.1.2
Tuition Fees:$1,897 /year
Applications Begin:January 2021
Final Award:Bachelor of Arts in Community Development
Start Date:January 2022
Academic Unit:School of Human and Social Sciences
Campus:Nairobi Campus
Application Deadline: November 2021
Programme Overview

The curriculum for a Community Development major is designed to equip an undergraduate student with integrated knowledge and skills that he/she may apply in a wide range of community development situations. The programme’s aim is to develop a worker who has both a high degree of creativity and leadership skills, and who understands that community development work is holistic and involves all aspects of community life (spiritual, economic, social, political).

Specifically, the goals of the major are to:
– Equip the student with skills and techniques of involving communities in planning, implementation and evaluation of plans towards the attainment of their goals at the individual, group and community levels
– Enable the student to integrate his/her Christian ministry with development, addressing the diverse needs at the individual, group and community levels
– Present community development to the student from a Christian ministry perspective, emphasizing the concept that it involves meeting the needs of the whole person— spiritual, physical, emotional, social and material
– Enable the student to carry out social science research which will serve as a valid basis for the development of new social policies and programmes
– Enable the student to introduce appropriate methods and practices for preventing and overcoming human poverty, ignorance and disease
– Adequately equip the student with knowledge and skills for better conceptualization and articulation of development issues; and
– Prepare the student for employment in Christian, nongovernmental, public and private sector organizations in community development positions


Course Modules:
– Introduction to Community Development  (3 Credit Hours)
– Community Development & the Church (3 Credit Hours)
– Communication for Development (3 Credit Hours)
– Development Administration (3 Credit Hours)
– Economic Development (3 Credit Hours)
– Gender and Development (3 Credit Hours)
– Participatory Development Techniques/Methodology (3 Credit Hours)
– Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (3 Credit Hours)
– Practicum/ Project work (6 Credit Hours)
– Introduction to Social Statistics (3 Credit Hours)
– Social Reseach Methods (3 Credit Hours)
– Introduction to Psychology (3 Credit Hours)
– Introduction to Sociology (3 Credit Hours)

Specialized Courses in Integrated Community Development Major:
– Urban Sociology & Sustainable Development (3 Credit Hours)
– Planning for Development (3 Credit Hours)
– Personnel/Human Resource Management for Development (3 Credit Hours)
– Extension, Education for Development (3 Credit Hours)
– Financial Management for Development (3 Credit Hours)
– Special Topics in Development: Issues on (3 Credit Hours)

Contemporary Development:
– Integrated Appropriate Technology (3 Credit Hours)
– Community Development Approaches & Strategies (3 Credit Hours)
– Project Management (3 Credit Hours)
– Sociology & Politics of Development (3 Credit Hours)
– Programmes for Community Development (3 Credit Hours)
– Independent Study (3 Credit Hours)
– Senior Project (3 Credit Hours)

Specialized Courses in Rural Development:
– Concepts & Dimensions of Rural Development (3 Credit Hours)
– Community Health (3 Credit Hours)
– Planning for Development (3 Credit Hours)
– Rural Industrialization (3 Credit Hours)
– Psychology for Rural Development (3 Credit Hours)
– Rural Sociology & Sustainable Development (3 Credit Hours)
– Special Topics: Issues in Rural Development (3 Credit Hours)
– Cartographics (3 Credit Hours)
– Rural appropriate Technology (3 Credit Hours)
– Integrated Rural Planning & Management (3 Credit Hours)
– Strategies & Programmes for Rural Development (3 Credit Hours)
– Rural Economics & Agricultural Extensions (3 Credit Hours)
– Independent Study (3 Credit Hours)
– Senior Project (3 Credit Hours)

Admission Requirements

Applicants must possess a minimum grade of C+ or its equivalent in any one of the following subjects: economics, CRE or social ethics.

Application Process
Application Fees for Kenyan Students: $18
Application Fees for International Students: $18

Daystar admission forms are collected from either Athi-River campus or the Nairobi campus. On completion, the form is handed back to the registrar office with a fee of KSh. 2,000 which is not refundable. Deadlines for the application are; 30th November, 30th April and 31st July for January, May and August intakes respectively. Other required documents are:
– Two recent passport size photos for Kenyan student and four for international students all having names at the back
– Secondary, post-secondary, university or college certificates.
– Financial Information Sheet (Foreign students need to include a financial letter from sponsor guaranteeing payment)
– Completed student information sheet and copy of your passport (For foreign students only).

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities for Bachelor of Arts in Community Development include:
– Development services technician
– Social science research assistant
– Housing program assistant

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Tuition Fees for Kenyan Students: $1,897
Tuition Fees for International Students: $1,952

*Tuition fees per year for Kenyan Students = 187,920KES
*Tuition fees per year for Foreign Students= 193,920KES

International Students pay an additional 6000KES (Day students), 8000KES (Boarding Students) of orientation fees to the normal tuition fees.

All fees for each semester are payable in advance or before the date of registration by bankers cheque or direct bank deposit. The University does not accept cash payments or money orders. In order to assist sponsors who cannot raise full fees, the University allows payment of tuition and hostel fees in four equal monthly instalments from the first day of the semester. Sponsors wishing to pay the fees by instalments must apply to the Finance Manager before the semester begins.

Relevant Contact

Dr Solomon Nzyuko
Coordinator, Department of Community Studies
Admissions Office
Responsible for Admission Enquiries