WPCS 2.1.2
Tuition Fees:$1,738 /year
Applications Begin:January 2021
Final Award:Master of Arts in Monitoring and Evaluation
Start Date:January 2022
Academic Unit:School of Human and Social Sciences
Campus:Nairobi Campus
Application Deadline: November 2021
Programme Overview

The M.A. in monitoring and evaluation has been developed to respond to the need for expert human resource for tracking the performance of diverse programmes and projects with the view to enhancing quality performance. It is also designed to ensure rapid and sustainable development of monitoring and evaluation education and discipline.

Definition and Nature of the Programme
This is a skills based course aimed at equipping the student with the appropriate capacity to pursue a career in monitoring and evaluation. It is designed to present the requisite information that will enhance the students’ knowledge and skills needed to effectively impact on project management processes. The programme gives credence to the promotion of intellectual and scholarly discourse in matters pertaining to monitoring and evaluation.

Students will acquire skills in monitoring and evaluation, management and administration, programme design, planning and implementation, research and analytical skills, leadership dynamics, dynamics of change, participatory monitoring and evaluation approaches, communication of results, human rights, application of the Christian Principles and values, and ethical issues in monitoring and evaluation. The programme will cover 48 credit hours spread within a period of two years. This is an equivalent of six sessions in a trimester system or four in a semester system.

Philosophy of the Programme
This M.A in Monitoring and Evaluation programme is based on the premise that efficiency, integrity, accountability, and quality performance are core ingredients to programming, management and administration for transformational community development. Further, it is founded on the belief that monitoring and evaluation is a critical element for the realization and enhancement of the programmes universal human rights concerns and most importantly a divine mandate.

Rationale of the Programme
Kenya is a signatory to the Millennium Development Goals. In order to achieve these goals it has launched vision 2030. This is aimed at transforming Kenya into a medium income economy. To realize this the government, has charged the Ministry of Planning and Development and Vision 2030, with the responsibility to track progress made in the implementation of government policies, programmes and projects through the National Integrated Monitoring and Evaluation Systems (NIMES).

Part of the NIMES responsibility is to challenge both the public and the private institutions to respond to the formulated policies while increasing the culture and practice of monitoring and evaluation in the country. However, there is limited capacity in human resource and knowledge required for effective implementation of the NIMES mandate.

Through the monitoring and evaluation Programme, Daystar University, as an academic institution of higher learning, is responding to these capacity needs.
This programme is unique and timely. It is the only Master of Arts in monitoring and evaluation in the Eastern Africa region which cuts across disciplines. Its generic form makes it a versatile programme catering for diverse disciplines. This is a deliberate move informed by the fact that tracking of performance and the application of monitoring and evaluation approaches to enhance performance is a need spread across disciplines. This notwithstanding, the programme also recognizes the special interests and needs which may arise from the time to time, hence through MME 608 has provided room for special topics.

The programme is appropriately benchmarked with similar courses in the East Africa region and the country in particular. During its development, reference was made to programmes offered in other universities and relevant regional training institutions.

The University offer the course at Masters Level but it is usually dedicated to specific disciplines such as public health, environmental science, and the non-university institutions offer training on seminar basis to short course participants who are not examined. Consideration of the courses offered in these other institutions has ensured that the course is relevant and fills the gaps not addressed by the others. Periodic review and comparison with other courses, current or those which will come up in the future will ensure that the course maintains its unique positioning as a pace setter.

The monitoring and evaluation programme stands out because of its holistic approach which integrates Christian approach and practical learning. The programme will:
– provide MA students graduating from the programme with an opportunity to pursue doctoral studies in this discipline.
– provide a good opportunity to enhance the linkages between the academia and the service provision in diverse development fields (the industry)
– fast track the institutionalization of monitoring and evaluation in diverse development initiatives

Purpose of the Programme
The purpose of this programme is to equip the student with the essential knowledge and skills to effectively carry out monitoring and evaluation activities in diverse programmes.

Student Assessment
Course grades will be derived as follows:
For courses that are essentially conceptual (where much of what is required is mastery of information or the cognitive aspect of learning): 60% from final examination, and 40% from continuous assessment, projects, term papers, field reports and field evaluations. For courses that are essentially skills-oriented (these are courses that will require the students to demonstrate specific practical skills as demanded by the particular content): 40% for final examination, and 60% from continuous assessment, projects, term papers, field reports and field evaluations.

Grading System
A student receiving less than a C grade (an equivalent of 56%) will automatically be graded an F and must repeat that course in order to receive credit. Such a student will have a maximum of four attempts on the course. Once she/he has failed the fourth time, then the student will be advised to discontinue the programme.
The grade the student achieves after repeating will be averaged in the GPA.
Courses which are required but carry no credit are not used in calculating the GPA. GPA for a student is obtained by dividing the total number of credits attempted by the total number of grade points obtained.

Admission Requirements

To qualify for admission in the MA Child Development, an applicant should:
– Hold an undergraduate degree in child-related study discipline like Child Development, Social Work, Community Development, Psychology, and Christian Ministry. Applicants with degrees in education, post graduate diploma in education (after first degree) and also in medicine (MTC) are also legible. Applicants with field-based experience in working with children despite having degrees that are not necessarily child –focused will be considered.
– Applicants should have attained their degrees from accredited institutions of higher learning, with a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale, or a degree awarded with an upper second class honors or lower second class honors with experience of not less than 3 years after graduation.
– Be born again Christians
– Language requirement: The student must exhibit sufficient mastery of the English language as demonstrated by a score of 500 or higher on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or an equivalent score on the British English language examination (International English Language Test), or an examination set by Daystar University. Students from Anglophone countries will be exempted from the test although the University may request any student to sit for a diagnostic English examination if the academic staff believes that the student’s mastery of English is insufficient.

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

Daystar admission forms are collected from either Athi-River campus or the Nairobi campus. On completion, the form is handed back to the registrar office with a fee of KSh. 2,000 which is not refundable. Deadlines for the application are; 30th November, 30th April and 31st July for January, May and August intakes respectively. Other required documents are:
– Two recent passport size photos for Kenyan student and four for international students all having names at the back
– Secondary, post-secondary, university or college certificates.
– Financial Information Sheet (Foreign students need to include a financial letter from sponsor guaranteeing payment)
– Completed student information sheet and copy of your passport (For foreign students only).

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities in Master of Arts in Monitoring and Evaluation include:
– Project Monitor
– Community Development Worker
– Project Manager
– Nonprofit Manager
– Charity Director
– Program Manager
– Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist
– Corporate Sustainability Manager

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Tuition Fees for Kenyan Students: $1,738
Tuition Fees for International Students: $1,738

*Tuition fees per year for Kenyan Students = 187,920KES
*Tuition fees per year for Foreign Students= 193,920KES

International Students pay an additional 6000KES (Day students), 8000KES (Boarding Students) of orientation fees to the normal tuition fees.

All fees for each semester are payable in advance or before the date of registration by bankers cheque or direct bank deposit. The University does not accept cash payments or money orders. In order to assist sponsors who cannot raise full fees, the University allows payment of tuition and hostel fees in four equal monthly instalments from the first day of the semester. Sponsors wishing to pay the fees by instalments must apply to the Finance Manager before the semester begins.

Relevant Contact

Dr Solomon Nzyuko
Coordinator, Department of Development Studies
Admissions Office
Responsible for Admission Enquiries