WPCS 2.1.2
Tuition Fees:$1,000 /year
Applications Begin:August 2021
Final Award:Bachelor of Science in Community Development
Start Date:September 2021
Academic Unit:Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Campus:Main Campus
Application Deadline: September 2021
Programme Overview

The process of development includes creating sustainable improvements in the quality of life for all people starting from the individual in the family through the community. The overarching aim of development is lifting living standards of individuals, families, and communities.

This encompasses bettering people’s health, providing educational opportunities, providing opportunities for all people to participate in public life, helping to ensure a clean environment, promoting inter generational understanding, equity and much more. Development has many facets: Human resources, technological, economic, social, cultural and biological.

This requires an in depth understanding of the family as a unit, community dynamics and the society in which all these factors operate. This curriculum therefore offers an interdisciplinary approach in addressing development issues with an aim of producing an interdisciplinary oriented graduate who is competent in addressing issues related to both family and community development.

Deployment of Community Development knowledge and skills uplifts living standards of individuals, families, and communities.

There is an urgent need for comprehending the rapid changes affecting families, communities and the larger society. These changes are attributed to cultural, economic, technological, political, environmental and human factors at different levels in the society. In development, a range of complimentary policies including active participation of individuals and families at the grass root level is important for many interventions in communities’ sustainable development.

Development projects are more likely to succeed if they emphasis beneficiary participation at the individual, family and community levels. It is therefore the aim of this programme to develop strategies focusing on humans, as individuals in families at community and society levels. This curriculum is a result of a survey that was carried out by the department of Agriculture and Human Ecology Extension to determine the current needs in family and community development.

The goal of this programme is to produce graduates capable of improving the physical, psychological and socio-economic development and well being of individuals, families and communities in society.


The programme shall take four years to complete the 170.5 Credit Factors required for graduation. The degree programme may be undertaken either as fulltime or as part time mode.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements
Candidates must satisfy University entry requirements. In addition candidates must have passed KCSE at minimum grades indicated below: Biology C+ or Biological sciences B-Chemistry C+ or Physical sciences B-Or B-in any of the Humanity subjects.

Applicants with a minimum of credit (or pass with at least two years of experience) at diploma level in Agriculture and Home Economics, Agricultural Education and Extension, Co-operative Management, Community Development and any other related field from recognised institutions may be considered for admission. Credit transfer of up to 30% may be granted in accordance with regulations for in-service students. Admission is also open to other degree holders interested in this programme.

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

Application Guidelines
Applications should be on official forms available at the University Main Campus at Chuka, Igembe Campus at Ntuene or Keigoi High School, Embu Campus in Embu Town, Chogoria Campus at Nturiri High School, Tharaka Campus at Gatunga High School, OR Website:; A Non-refundable fee of KES 3000 for Phd programmes, KES 2,000 for degree and diploma programmes and KES 1000 for certificate courses will equally be deposited.

The following documents should be made available:
– Originals & a copy of all Transcripts, Diplomas or Certificates (All originals, where necessary, will be returned)
– One recent passport size photograph (write your name on reverse side)
– Copy of the National Identity Card or Birth Certificate

– Preferred Campus should be indicated on the application form
– Certified copies of certificates and original fee payment receipt MUST be attached to the application form and returned latest two weeks prior to the commencement dates given for the programmes

Career Opportunities

Expected Learning Outcomes
By the end of the training, the graduates will be able to:
– Demonstrate competencies in management and leadership for community development.
– Promote the welfare of individuals, families and communities.
– Have a better understanding of various issues affecting individuals, families and communities.
– Apply analytical research skills to improve the quality of life in individuals, families and communities.
– Engage in gainful employment for self-reliance.
– Pursue advanced studies in areas related to community development studies

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Tuition Fees for Kenyan Students: $1,000
Tuition Fees for International Students: $1,249

Tuition fee per year for Kenyan Students = KES. 110,000
Tuition fee per year for International Students = KES 137,500
– The Institute reserves the right to change fees without prior notice. However, fee changes are subject to approval by the Governing Council.
– The University policy obliges students to pay the full amount of fees as required on the first day of reporting before they are registered.

Relevant Contact

Dr. Geoffrey Gathungu
Dean, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
General School Office
For General Enquiries