WPCS 2.1.2
Tuition Fees:$0 /year
Applications Begin:June 2020
Final Award:Master of Arts in Development Studies
Start Date:September 2020
Academic Unit:Institute for Development Studies
Campus:Main Campus
Application Deadline: 9 October 2020
Programme Overview

**The programme will consist of full-time study by coursework, examination, research project paper or thesis extending over two academic years.
**In the first year (Part I) all students will be required to take and pass a total of eight courses 5 of which will be compulsory and 3 will be electives. Four compulsory courses will be common for all students while the fifth one will be the compulsory unit in the module selected.
**Each student will be required to select one of the following five course modules:
– Technology and Natural Resource Management
– Development and Change in African Societies
– Human Resource Development
– International Development
– Planning for Development

**The student will be required to select three electives from any course module in order to fulfil the requirement of eight courses.
**The Second Year Part (II):
– Students proceeding to Second Year (Part II) will either opt for a research project paper or a thesis.
– Students opting for a research project paper will take in the first semester, four courses related to the area of research participate in a field-based research project, and in the second semester write and present a research project report for examination.
– Students opting for a thesis will devote the entire second year to research, thesis preparation, and presentation for examination.

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for registration for the Master of Arts in Development Studies degree, one should be:
i) A holder of at least an upper-second bachelor’s degree from the University of Nairobi in any discipline;
ii) A holder of an equivalent degree or an equivalent qualification recognized by University of Nairobi Senate to be of comparable academic status.

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

How to Apply:
Applicants should visit = to apply Online

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

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**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. Karuti Kanyinga
Director, Institute for Development Studies
Admissions Office
Admission Enquiries