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Type: Public Institution
Motto: Affordable Quality Education for all
Affiliated to: AAU, ACU, IAU
Established: 1992
No of Students: 65,659
Vice-Chancellor: Prof. Elifas Tozo Bisanda
Campuses: Dar es Salaam
Ranking: 9th in Tanzania according to Webometrics
Website: https://www.out.ac.tz/
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The Open University of Tanzania (OUT) is a public university located in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. It was established in 1992 by an Act of parliament no 17. The act became operational in 1993 by the publication of the government notice no. 55 in the official gazette. The first Chancellor was officially installed in a full ceremony on 19th January 1994 and the first batch of students was admitted in January 1994. In January 2007, following enactm.. more

The Open University of Tanzania (OUT) is a public university located in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. It was established in 1992 by an Act of parliament no 17. The act became operational in 1993 by the publication of the government notice no. 55 in the official gazette. The first Chancellor was officially installed in a full ceremony on 19th January 1994 and the first batch of students was admitted in January 1994. In January 2007, following enactment of the Universities Act No. 7 of 2005, OUT started using the OUT Charter and Rules (2007) for its operations. OUT is the first University in East Africa to offer educational programmes through Open and Distance Learning mode.

The Open University of Tanzania has one main campus in Dar es Salaam and 30 regional centres, 10 coordinating centres of which one is in Zanzibar and another in Pemba. It equally has centres in Kenya and one in Rwanda, one in Namibia and one in Uganda. Other OUT Internal Coordination Centres are the African Council for Distance Education – Technical Collaboration Committee (ACDE TCC), the Centre for Economics and Community Economic Development (CECED) and the SADC Centre of Specialization in Teacher Education (SADC ODL CoS TE). OUT has also 69 Study Centres spread throughout the United Republic of Tanzania. OUT has a total student population of 65,659 spread across over 6 faculties. The university is affiliated to the AAU, ACU and IAU. The university has set as its mission to provide an open distance education, research and public service for the sustainable and equitable socio-economic development of Tanzania in particular and the rest of Africa.

The Open University of Tanzania has a host of facilities that accommodates both students and staff needs such as a highly equipped library, a Legal Aid Clinic, accommodation facilities for students, sporting facilities designed to host different sporting disciplines.

OUT is ranked 9th best University in Tanzania according to Webometrics. The University has stood out amongst other universities for being one of the universities in Tanzania with the highest annual grandaunts of students into the job market. The university has a lot of initiatives and community services to its name some of which include the Joint move together with SDUAS to improve Open Distance Learning (ODL) Technology in Tanzania in 2019. In March 2019, UNESCO declared OUT as Africa’s Centre of Excellence.

Some of the most notable alumni of the Open University of Tanzania are; Jakaya Kikwete – Former president of Tanzania, Samia Suluhu- Vice president of Tanzania, Shamsi Vuai Nahodha – Politician, Saada Salum – Tanzanian Minister of Finance

For further information on the Open University of Tanzania, visit the university website

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Undergraduate Programmes

Faculty Of Science, Technology, And Environmental Studies(FSTES)
 Bachelor of Science (BSc.ICT).
 Bachelor of Science in Data Management.
 Bachelor of Science with Education .. more

Undergraduate Programmes

Faculty Of Science, Technology, And Environmental Studies(FSTES)
 Bachelor of Science (BSc.ICT).
 Bachelor of Science in Data Management.
 Bachelor of Science with Education (B.Sc. Ed)) – Conducted jointly with the Faculty of Education.
 Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies (BSc ES).
 Bachelor of Science in Food, Nutrition and Dietetics (BSc FND).
 Bachelor of Science in Energy Resources (BSc ER).
 Bachelor of Science(B.Sc).
 Bachelor Of Science With Education.

Faculty Of Law(FLAW)
Bachelor of Laws (LL.B).

Faculty Of Education(FED)
 Bachelor of Education Special Education.
 Bachelor of Education (Teacher Education).
 Bachelor of Education (Adult and Distance Learning).
 Bachelor of Education (Policy and Management).
 Bachelor of Arts with Education (B.A. (Ed).
 Bachelor of Business Administration with Education (BBA ED).

Faculty Of Business Management(FBM)
Bachelor of Business Administration-Accounting (BBA ACC).
Bachelor of Business Administration Marketing (BBA MKT).
Bachelor of Business Administration Finance (BBA FIN).
Bachelor of Business Administration Human Resource Management (BBA HRM).
Bachelor of Business Administration in International Business (BBA IB).
Bachelor of Human Resource Management (BHRM).

Faculty Of Arts And Social Sciences (FASS)
Bachelor of Arts in Tourism Management (BTM).
Bachelor of Arts in literature (BALIT).
Bachelor of Arts in Sociology (BA (Soc)).
Bachelor of Arts in Social Work (BA (SW)).
Bachelor of Arts in Journalism (BA (Journ)).
Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication (BA (MC)).
Bachelor of Arts in Economics (BA Econ).
Bachelor of Arts in English Language & Linguistics (BA ELL).
Bachelor Of Arts In Kiswahili And Creative Studies (BAKISW).
Bachelor of Library & Information Management (BLIM).
Bachelor of Arts in History (BA Hist).
Bachelor of Community Economic Development (BCED).
Bachelor of Arts in Natural Resources Assessment and Management (BA NRAM).
Bachelor of Arts in Population and Development (BA PD).
Bachelor of Arts in International Relations (BA IR).

NONDEGREE PROGRAMMES

Faculty Of Science, Technology, And Environmental Studies(FSTES)
Certificate in Poultry Production and Health (CPPH)
Diploma in Poultry Production and Health (ODPPH)

Institute Of Educational And Management Technologies(IEMT)
  Certificate in ICT – NTA Level 4.
 – Diploma in Computer Science – NTA Level 56

Faculty Of Business Management(FBM)
Certificate in Early Childhood Education (CECE)
Diploma in Early Childhood Education (DECE)

Institute Of Continuing Education(ICE)
    Certificate in Foundation Course – (OFC).
  Certificate in Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy.
  Certificate in Library and Information Studies.
  Certificate in Youth Work.
 Diploma in Youth Development Work, jointly with the Commonwealth Secretariat (CYP).
  Diploma in Primary Teacher Education (DPTE).
  Diploma in Open and Distance Learning (ODDEOL).
  Diploma in Library and Information Studies.

Faculty Of Education(FED)
    Certificate in Early Childhood Education (CECE)
 Diploma in Early Childhood Education (DECE)

Postgraduate Courses

Diploma, Master’s and PhD degree programmes
Master Of Arts In Mass Communication
Master of Social Work (MSW) – (Hybrid mode).
Master of Arts in Gender Studies (MAGS).
Master of Science in Economics (MSc. Economics).
Masters in Community Economic Development (MCED).
Masters of Tourism Planning and Management (MTPM).
Masters of Arts in History (MA History).
Master of Arts in Natural Resource Assessment and Management (MANRAM).
Master of Arts in International Development and Cooperation (MA ICD).
Masters of Science in Humanitarian Action, Cooperation &Development (MSc HACD)Master of Arts in Governance and Leadership (MA GL).
Master of Arts in Kiswahili (MA Kiswahili)Master of Arts in Linguistics (MA Ling).
Master of Arts in Geography (M.A. (Geography)Master of Arts in Economics (M.A. (Econ).
Master of Arts in Library and Information Management (MLIM)Master of Arts in Monitoring and Evaluation (MA M & E).
Master of Arts in Sociology.
Master of Arts in Journalism.
Master of Law by Course Work and Dissertation (LLM).
Master of Law by Thesis (LLM).
Master of Law in Information Technology and Telecommunications (LLM IT & T).
Master of Law in International Criminal and Justice (LLM ICJ).
Postgraduate Diploma in Education(PGDE).
Postgraduate Diploma in Curriculum Design and Development (PGDCDD).
Masters of Education(M.Ed).
Masters of Education in Open Distance Learning (M.Ed. ODL).
Masters of Education in Curriculum Design and Development (MED CDD).
Masters of Education in Administration, Planning & Policy Studies M. Ed (APPS).
Master of Education in Quality Management (MED QM).
Master of Science Botany (M.Sc Botany).
Master of Science in Chemistry (M.Sc Chemistry).
Master of Science in Environmental Studies (MES).
Master of Science in Human Nutrition (M.Sc Human Nutrition).
Master of Science in Physics (M.Sc Physics)Master of Science in Zoology (M.Sc Zoology).
Master of Environmental Studies (MES).
Master of Science in ICT (MSc.ICT)Master of Science in Computer Science (MSCS).
Master of Science in Information Technology Management (MSITM).
M.Sc. Applied Biotechnology.
Masters of Business Administration (MBA).
Master of Business Management Transport and Logistics Management (MBA TLM).
Masters of Human Resource Management (MHRM).
Masters in Project Management (MPM).
Master’s in Business Administration (MBA).
Doctor of Philosophy in Business Management (PhD).
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).
Doctor of Philosophy in Law (PhD).
Doctor of Philosophy in Education (PhD).
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)Department Of Life Sciences.

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ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
Undergraduate Admission Requirements

Candidates seeking for admission into the Open University of Tanzania for undergraduate studies must fulfil the following eligibility requirements

Requirements for Certificate Programme
Must obtain a form 4 Certificate or its .. more

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
Undergraduate Admission Requirements

Candidates seeking for admission into the Open University of Tanzania for undergraduate studies must fulfil the following eligibility requirements

Requirements for Certificate Programme
Must obtain a form 4 Certificate or its equivalent with at least 4 passes plus a professional Certificate obtained from a national recognized Training Institution or
Should obtain a Diploma or Advanced Diploma or a first degree or Postgraduate Degree.

For Diploma Programmes
Must have at least Four O level passes (D’s and above).
Should have at least 2 years of relevant professional experience.
Must has have one Principal pass and one subsidiary at A-level.

For Bachelor’s Degree programmes
Certificate of Secondary Education Examination (C.S.E.E.) or East African Certificate of Education (Ordinary Level) or equivalent, with passes in at least FIVE approved subjects.
First degree holders from other disciplines with Maths as a subsidiary at  A-Level are also eligible for admission.

Requirements for International students
Applicants must have obtained a certificate of Secondary Education Examination with 5 passes or 3 credits at O-level or its equivalent in approved subjects, plus a certificate of Secondary examination at A – Level or equivalent with 1 principal pass and 1 or more subsidiaries. OR
A Certificate of Secondary Education Examination at O-Level or its equivalent with 5 passes or 3 credits in approved subjects plus a Certificate obtained after attending a professional course lasting at least nine months related to the degree programme the applicant is intending to pursue.
Must show proof of English proficiency (For students from Non-English speaking countries)

Postgraduate Admission Requirements

Requirements for Master’s Programmes
For admission to the Master’s Degree of the Open University of Tanzania a candidate shall either hold an honours degree of the Open University of Tanzania or a qualification from an approved institution of higher learning, deemed to be equivalent to an honours degree of the Open University of Tanzania.
–  Candidates who hold unclassified degrees should have a credit or, a distinction in the subject of the intended Master’s Degree. Candidates with a Pass Degree will also be considered for admission if:

  • Their undergraduate performance in the proposed subject of study was a B grade average or above and;
  • They have satisfied the relevant Faculty/Institute that they have exhibited academic potential through extensive fieldwork, subsequent research experience and/or additional training.

–  Candidates for Master’s Degree by thesis should in addition to the above have extensive or rich experience in research in the area of study.

Requirements for PhD in Philosophy
Candidates must hold a relevant Master’s Degree of the Open University of Tanzania or relevant Master’s Degree of equivalent standing from another approved University.
 Candidates with only the first degree but with First Class or Upper Second Honours or holders of a distinction or a credit in the relevant subject in the case of unclassified degree may also be considered for Ph.D.

HOW TO APPLY
Collect a hard copy application form from the Open University of Tanzania centres or downloaded them from the university website.
Fill in the forms and return them to DPS with copies of their academic certificates and transcripts in person or by snail mail.
International students are expected to download applications form from the university website and fill in their requirements

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The Open University of Tanzania is located in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Other universities located in this city are University of Dar es Salaam, Kampala International University in Tanzania, more

The Open University of Tanzania is located in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Other universities located in this city are University of Dar es Salaam, Kampala International University in Tanzania, Tanzania Institute of Accountancy, the Institute of Finance Management, and Dar es Salaam Institute of Technology.

Dar es Salaam is the former capital and the most populous city of Tanzania. It served as the capital city of Tanzania from 1961 to 1973, having been the administrative and commercial centre of the region as far back as the 1900s.
Dar es Salaam went through a tumultuous period of growth between 1973 and the late 1990s, before finally emerging in the 2000s as one of Africa’s leading cities. It experienced rapid urbanization rates as businesses opened and flourished, leading to growth in the construction sector.
Dar es Salaam experiences a tropical wet and dry climate, typified by hot and humid weather throughout the year.  Average temperatures range from 20.9 degrees Celsius to 30.7 degrees Celsius. The total population of Dar es Salaam is just over 6.5 million people.
It is Tanzania’s most important city as far as business and government are concerned, although it is largely dependent on agriculture for employment. It is characterized by high concentrations of trade and manufacturing, compared to other parts of Tanzania.

Tourism is a key attraction in Dar es Salaam, with the town boasting two museums, botanical gardens, and several beaches. The Dar es Salaam Marine Reserve is a popular spot for day trips from the city.  The Udzungwa Mountains National Park offers breathtaking views and friendly local guides for bold and adventurous travellers.
It is also home to the country’s only stock exchange. In addition, it boasts a shopping mall, a large fish market, a Central Business District spread across several wards and even a natural harbour.

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Motto: Affordable Quality Education for all
Affiliated to: AAU, ACU, IAU
Established: 1992
No of Students: 65,659
Vice-Chancellor: Prof. Elifas Tozo Bisanda
Campuses: Dar es Salaam
Ranking: 9th in Tanzania according to Webometrics
Website: https://www.out.ac.tz/
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