Bachelor of Arts in Development and Policy Studies

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Description of the Programme:

The complex challenges of development are making ever greater demands on those working in aid agencies, governments, NGOs, policy and research institutes. This programme is designed to produce development professionals who can apply and integrate critical thinking and practical experience from a wide range of perspectives, and can be innovative in seeking meaningful solutions. The programme is also intended to provide a solid grounding in local, regional, national and international development concepts, theories and approaches. The programme is geared towards equipping learners with the analytical and practical skills they need to engage critically in development discourses and debates from an interdisciplinary perspective, and to work across the intersections of development policy, research and programmatic intervention.

Admission Requirements:

a) Candidates must satisfy the minimum entry requirements to University Senate of KCSE mean grade C+ and  C+ (Plus) in English/ Kiswahili, Plus C+ (Plus) in any one Natural sciences and C+ (Plus) in any one Arts related subjects; OR

b) KCSE Mean Grade C- (Minus) plus a relevant KNEC Diploma from accredited Institution.

Programme Learning Objectives (PLOs):

The specific objectives of this programme are:

(a) To equip students with key development theories, concepts and debates in their historical and contemporary context.

(b) To enable learners to acquire capacities and skills to work collaboratively with others to identify solutions to contemporary development challenges at all levels. 

Duration of the Program:

a) The degree shall normally take four academic years of 8 semesters.

b) Students shall be required to undertake industrial attachment after the 2nd semester of the third year of study.

Courses Distribution:


Graduates can work as development officers, policy analysts, humanitarian aid worker, project coordinators, or research associates in development organizations.

Programe Fees:

Kshs: 116,000 per Year