WPCS 2.1.2
Tuition Fees:$909 /year
Applications Begin:August 2021
Final Award:Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and Security Studies
Start Date:September 2021
Academic Unit:Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Campus:Main Campus
Application Deadline: September 2021
Programme Overview

The Degree in Criminology and Security Studies at Chuka University prepares students for a wide range of professional roles in the criminal justice system, private security and investigative services, disaster management as well as in the broader social science career field.

The programme examines the nature, extent, and causes of crime in various settings, the impact of crime on victims and society, and societal responses to crime at individual and community levels. Thus, the programme introduces the students to the study of crime and criminality, their theoretical associations, the investigation of crimes, the criminal processes and safeguards, adjudication by the courts; and an array of sentencing and correctional outcomes.

The nature and effectiveness of criminal justice reform efforts are also examined in relation to best practices in the world. While indeed skill and knowledge gained through the programme are of great value to the police, many other professional opportunities exist for graduates outside of police-related work.

Other career opportunities related to this programme are in Corrections, Social Services, Civil Society, Private Security, Juvenile Justice, and various forms of investigative services in banks, Insurance firms and other companies.

It further offers students the opportunity to study offender management, vulnerability assessment, risk management, disaster recovery, modern security technologies and current security issues. The focus includes studies and experiences from within and outside our borders, and around the globe.

Training in criminology and security studies for shaping human behaviour to protect the good of society and public safety.

This programme provides valuable and transferable skills that will enable graduates to succeed in a variety of careers and in their life in general. It imparts modern technical and management skills that are relevant and highly applicable in management-level careers in private or government security organizations.

This programme will provide an influential academic discipline that will be tailored towards preparing students to actively engage in careers in the fast-growing criminal justice field, and be able to deal decisively with the ever surging problem of crime.

It is designed for students who wish to pursue careers in police services, forensic investigations, human rehabilitation services and security management. Graduates of this programme will be skilled to take up managerial positions in various departments of the public and the non-governmental sectors


Duration, Structure and Mode of delivery
The B.A. Criminology and Security Studies programme shall extend for a period of eight semesters. This will be offered in the following alternative modes: Full-time mode shall run normally for a period of eight semesters. Part-time students shall attend three hour lectures in the evenings for five days in a week and a minimum of six hours in all.

The part-time students shall be required to register for a minimum of six courses per semester in order to complete the degree programme in three years.Registration for Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and Security Studies will be done at the beginning of university’s academic year in consultation with the Faculty of Arts and Humanities.

A full time student (defined as taking full load of between 6 and 8 courses per semester) will be expected to complete the programme in eight semesters excluding four months of field attachment. A part-time student (defined as taking 4-5 courses for the semester in the duration of the programme) will be expected to complete the programme in twelve semesters including four months of field attachment.

The curriculum offers a varied, yet focused, choice of subjects through which students will be able to develop their interests within specialized fields of criminology and security studies. In the first three years, students are introduced and exposed to all areas of Criminology and Security Studies, and related disciplines.

They proceed to a job attachment/practicum in the second semester of the third year in relevant organizations. It is in the fourth year that the students make a choice to pursue a specialized area of their choice. This is structured into three areas of specialization with respective objectives.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements
Any applicant who meets the minimum entry requirements for admission into the University may be admitted into this programme. Admission may be granted to Diploma holders with at least a credit or its equivalent in criminology or related areas or Police Science from recognized institutions

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
After completing this programme, graduates will be expected to:
– Demonstrate competencies in describing and analyzing crime and its manifestations.
– Apply criminological thought in addressing crime related matters.
– Get employment in social and governmental institutions established to deal with crime.
– Carry out research on trends of crime.
– Theorize the emergence and manifestation of crime in society

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Tuition Fees for Kenyan Students: $909
Tuition Fees for International Students: $1,136

Tuition fee per year for Kenyan Students = KES. 100,000
Tuition fee per year for International Students = KES 125,000
– 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