WPCS 2.1.2
Tuition Fees:$1,013 /year
Applications Begin:August 2021
Final Award:Bachelor of Science in Information Science
Start Date:September 2021
Academic Unit:Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Campus:Main Campus
Application Deadline: September 2021
Programme Overview

Information is an important resource in the day-to-day operations of individuals, organizations and society. Provision of timely and accurate information has become an important management function in decision making, preparation of action plans and control activities.

Information Science is thus an indispensable discipline as it covers the creation, storage, organization, retrieval, and dissemination of information in organizations, communities, and the society at large.

This programme seeks to enhance and strengthen the students’ scientific research to meet the market demand in training information specialists who will be equipped with knowledge and skills to manage libraries, information centres and information resources in a changing environment that is fast embracing the use of Information Technology.

Philosophy: Acquisition of knowledge and skills in Information Science facilitates career development, innovation and self-reliance in the Information age.

Information plays a key role towards industrialization and actualization of the Vision 2030. The Programme of Information Science ensures that students acquire skills and knowledge that will enable them to make a positive contribution to national development.

Information Science is an interdisciplinary field primarily concerned with the analysis, collection, classification, manipulation, storage, retrieval and dissemination of information. Practitioners within the field study the application and usage of knowledge in organizations, along with the interaction between people, organizations and any existing information systems, with the aim of creating, replacing, improving or understanding information systems.

The BSc in Information Sciences programme offered at Chuka University is a broad-based course which recognizes that the information professions of today are drawing closer together and sharing common grounds between librarians, information technologists, computer scientists, records managers, archivists, and publishers.

Graduates of Information Science will have numerous career options including but not limited to: Library and Information Management; Records and Archives Management; Information and Communication Technology; and Publishing and Media Informatics.

The overall goal of the program is to produce professionals who understand the importance of information and information management processes. The program is designed to provide fundamental skills needed to collect, analyze, classify, store and distribute, and to develop information management policies


The programme will be offered on a full-time basis covered in four (4) academic years, and part-time or school-based basis covered in six (6) academic years. To graduate, the student must complete a minimum of one hundred and twenty (120) credit factors and must pass in all courses taken.

Besides the Information Science core courses, the student must take all University Common Core Courses. Methods of delivery include; lectures, group discussions, seminars, practicals, field trips and research.

Admission Requirements

Candidates admitted into this programme must fulfil the minimum general University entry requirements for a Bachelor’s programme.
Applicants must have completed Secondary Education and obtained; a Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (or equivalent) with an average grade C+ and a minimum of C in both Mathematics and English, Applicants who have passed with at least a “Credit” OR its equivalent in the Diploma in Library and Information Studies from a recognized institution may join the programme.
Applicants may be admitted under the Mature Age Qualifying Scheme as specified in the Statutes. The Department reserves the right to set a special qualifying examination and/or conduct interviews of applicants as individual cases may apply.

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 this programme the learner should be able to:
Acquire skills essential for effective information organization, storage and dissemination.
Develop information literacy and ICTs related skills in library and information science.
Develop research skills in the field of Information Science.
Meet the emerging trends in the field of Information Science.

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Tuition Fees for Kenyan Students: $1,013
Tuition Fees for International Students: $1,267

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