Postgraduate Program

  • MA Public Administration and Management

Applicants to both courses are required to possess an honours degrees in Social Sciences or in a related field or its equivalent, plus at least two years' experience in the field of social services institutions, including medical, educational and vocational institutions.

  • Master of Arts Social Sector Planning and Managment

    • Information will be updated soon

    1. This programme is offered by the Department of Political Science and Public Administration.


      The programme is intended to offer opportunity for comprehensive training for persons wishing to pursue academic careers and for those who need advanced graduate study as well as practitioners in related fields.  The thrust of the programme is to equip students with tools of analysis and research, as well as to re-tool practitioners in the related fields.

      The programme aims first to provide students with the basic grounding in the theory and approaches in international relations. Secondly, to enable students gain a more detailed knowledge of those aspects of International Relations in which they wish to specialise and thirdly, to emphasise the development of critical thinking and research skills necessary to understand the problems confronting the developing countries and other parts of the world and where possible, to offer alternative solutions. And fourtLHy, to enable students integrate theoretical knowledge and practical experience.

      Admission Requirements

      The programme intake per year is twenty-five (25) privately sponsored students.  Applicants should have an Honours Degree in Social Sciences or a related field, or its equivalent from a recognized University; and, practical experience in diplomacy and related fields.
      Duration and Nature of Degree

      The duration of the programme is two years or four semesters. The programme of study is by course-work and dissertation.  Teaching is done through lectures and seminars. Assessment is by seminar papers, essays, research papers, examination and a dissertation.


    • Applicants should have obtained a good Honours degree in Sociology and Social Sciences, or its equivalent from any recognized university. Applicants with relevant qualifications from related disciplines in the humanities and sciences, including those with a background in health, and applicants practising in related fields who possess demonstrated research or management experience of at least two years, will also be considered.

    Admission Requirements

    The following shall be eligible for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in the School of social sciences.

  • Any Master of Arts of the University of not less than two years'standing.
  • A Bachelor of Arts of the University of not less than threeyears' standing whom the Senate has specially exemptedfrom the Master's examinations.
  • A graduate of any other recognised University who has beenadmitted to the status of Master of Arts in the university,and who has held the qualification by virtue of which suchadmission has been granted for not less than two years;or who has been admitted to the status of bachelor of Artsin the University and has held the qualification by virtueof which such admission has been specially granted fornot less than three years and has been specially exemptedby the Senate from the Master's examination.

Ph.D courses are currently by research only.  However, a student may be required to undertake certain courses to fill knowledge gaps.  The Faculty in its Five-Year Strategic Plan (2001-2005) is planning to offer taught Ph.Ds, through which the candidate  will be required to pass written comprehensive examination before embarking on field research and thesis writing.

Application Procedure

Applicants should pick, fill in and return forms to the School of Postgraduate Studies (Floor 4 Senate House) together with either a research proposal or a synopsis of the intended study. Applicants who submit fully developed proposals may be fully admitted right away, while those with a synopsis may be offered provisional admission and one year in which to develop a proposal.  The applicant may be fully admitted after submitting the proposal.

Fees Payable: Same as for the Masters degrees

For further information, please contact:
The Director, School of Postgraduate Studies,
Makerere University, P. O. Box 7062 KAMPALA,
Telephone: +256 414 530983
The Head of Department under which your special interest/training falls.

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