WPCS 2.1.2
Tuition Fees:$936 /year
Applications Begin:August 2021
Final Award:Bachelor of Development Studies
Start Date:September 2021
Academic Unit:School of Social Sciences
Campus:Main Campus
Application Deadline: September 2021
Programme Overview

The program focuses on economic, social and political processes linked to development cooperation. It will give the student an insight to critically examine global and local preconditions and processes of development.


Course Duration
The Bachelor of Development Studies shall normally be offered over a minimum of four (4) years of study, usually called academic years and maximum of (6) years

Admission Requirements

The following are the minimum requirements for registration into BDS degree Programme

a.    Direct Entry

i)    KCSE or equivalent certificate with a minimum of C+ and grade C (plain) in English and any one Humanity subject (History/Religious Education/Geography/Commerce) or similar grades in an equivalent examination approved by the University Senate in liaison with CHE.

ii)    KACE or equivalent Certificate with a minimum of the principles passes and O level Credit in English Language and any Humanity subject.

iii)    Diploma in relevant disciplines in the field of business and management from an institution recognized by the University Senate in liaison with CHE and which may be eligible for credit transfers on application as spelt out by the University’s credit transfer policy

b.    Entry via University Bridging

i)    A holder of KCSE certificate or equivalent with a minimum of C+ and lacking clusters subject as in (i) above.  The Candidate must score at least a C plain in the subject he/she is bridging in as in 6.1.1. (i) above;
ii)    A holder of KACE certificate or equivalent with minimum of two principles and lacking O level clusters subject grades as in 6.1.1.(ii) above.  The candidate must score in the subject in which he/she is bridging in as 6.1.1 (ii)

c.    Entry via Pre-university Programme
i)    A holder of KCSE certificate or equivalent with a mean aggregate of C (plain) with C (plain) in English and any Humanity subject.

Objectives of the programme

  1. To provide students with a broad base knowledge and skills in order to systematically manage modern economic and social aspects;
  2. To provide an understanding of perspectives that forms the context of development;
  3. To provide basic knowledge, skills and ability in the development in support of organizations;
  4. To produce a graduate development professional whose qualification will be recognized in the world;
  5. To equip students with analytical critical thinking and problem solving skills in development;
  6. To produce graduates who can apply effectively  and efficiently the acquired scientific knowledge, skills and abilities in the course for the socio- economic benefit of mankind and country industrial development.

Rationale of the programme
The BDS Course of study is meant to meet the current needs for development experts with broad based knowledge skills and abilities in the following business areas:

  1. Project Management
  2. Community Development
  3. Change Management.
Application Process
Application Fees for Kenyan and East African Students: $9
Application Fees for International Students: $46

Application Guidelines:
**Application forms can be downloaded from or collected from the school campuses/ marketing centres. Duly filled application forms should be addressed to the Registrar – Academic Administration.

The following Documents should be made available:
– Copies of all academic certificates including secondary school certificates, Bachelors, Diplomas & Certificate level transcripts and certificates.
– One (1) recent passport size photograph (write your name on reverse side)
– Copy of national I.D/Passport.

Application fee is as follows:
– a) Kshs 1000 for Certificate, Diploma and under- graduate programs for the East African applicants. USD 50 for the Non-East African Applicants.
– Kshs 2000 for Postgraduate programmes for East African Applicants. USD 100 for Non-East African Applicants.

Application for admission does not guarantee admission into the University for course applied for; this will be subject to fulfilment of all requirements and class size as approved by the University Senate.

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities for this programme include:
– Business or Government Consultant.
– Community Development Worker.
– Development Officer.
– Diplomat.
– Economic Development Advisor/Officer.
– Economic Policy Analyst.
– Ecotourism Guide/Agent.
– Foreign Service Officer.

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Tuition Fees for Kenyan and East African Students: $936
Tuition Fees for International Students: $1,123

Tuition Fees for Kenyan Students = Kshs 103,000
Tuition Fees for International Students = Kshs 123,600
Students from Countries in the East African  Community (EAC), pay the same amount as Kenyan Students. The six countries in the East African Community include; Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda.

– All international students (Non East African) are to pay additional (statutory fee, quality assurance & tuition fee) of 20% above the normal fee.
– The university fees payment can also be done in easy instalments within the semester. The instalments are as follows: 30% upon registration, 30%- second instalment, 20%-third instalment 20% – fourth instalment.

Relevant Contact

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