Undergraduate Programs



To be admitted to an Undergraduate programme, a candidate is required to satisfy the general University requirements for admissions to a degree programme and the special requirement for entrance to social work profession, as follows:

Direct Entry
For admission under the Direct Entry Scheme, a candidate must have:

- The Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) (or its equivalent), and
- At least two 'A' level principal passes obtained at the same sitting of the Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education Examination (UACE) (or its equivalent). Qualifications for Direct Entry will be based on performance in the following subjects classified as follows:
  1. Essential: Economics
  2. Relevant: Geography, Literature in English and History
  3. Desirable: Sub-Mathematics, General paper
  4. Others: All others

Mature Age Entry

For admission under the Mature age Entry scheme, a candidate must pass the Mature Age Entry Examination of Makerere University in those subjects relevant to the professional degree course of B(SWSA).

Diploma Holders

Candidates with Diplomas in Social Development Studies (including Education, Human Resource Management, Business Studies, and Paramedicals), or equivalent, from recognised institutions of higher learning are eligible for admission to a B(SWSA) provided :

  • They have an A-Level Certificate.

  • They have obtained a diploma award (at least Second Class)




The curriculum for the BA(SS) Programme consists of six subjects namely; Economics, Political Sciences and Public Administration, Psychology, Social Administration, Sociology and Gender and Development. Students may also take courses from other relevant Departments and Faculties. Most of these courses are based in the Faculty of Arts.

First Year of Studies

First year students will take any three subjects and two courses from each subject per semester, i.e. 12 courses in the first year. First year subjects are all core courses.

Second and Third Years

Students shall be required to offer a major and a minor subject in the second and third year of their studies. The major subject shall constitute at least two core and two elective courses per semester of a student's programme or an equivalent of 16 credit units. A minor subject shall constitute at least two courses per semester, comprising of one core course and one elective, equivalent to eight credit units.

Contact Hours

One contact hour is equivalent to one hour of lectures or one hour of tutorials or two hours of practicals/field work. Three (3) lecture hours will be given per week per course and one (1) tutorial hour per course per week giving a total of four contact hours per course per week. A total of 60 contact hours comprising 45 lecture hours and 15 tutorial hours per course per semester will be given as in Table 3.


This programme is administered using a course unit system. A course unit is defined as one contact hour per semester.

Credit Hours

The credit hours are equal to the number of courses offered in each semester, times the course units, per course. It measures the course load per week. Students are expected to have 24 credit hours in each semester in the first year and 24 credit hours in each of the subsequent semesters. A typical Social Sciences student must have a minimum of 144 credit hours and CGPA of 2.0 for the whole course in order to graduate (See Table 3 below). However, students combining a Social Science with an Arts subject may graduate with fewer or more credit hours in light of the Arts Faculty Curriculum.


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