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Social development is currently at the center stage of development debate in the Third World. The responsibility for development management is now in the hands of professionals trained in Social Development and Management. The need for a higher degree course that will equip professionals with the necessary skills and knowledge for both the ever expanding sectors in both the private and public service cannot be over-emphasized.

The Master of Arts in Social Development and Management is therefore a multidisciplinary programme. It exposes students to various disciplines that are appropriate to social development, such as Sociology, Social Work, Social Policy, Social Planning and Participatory Development Administration – giving special attention to social change, sectoral planning, development and management of social projects and programmes. Current thematic issues of development such as Gender, Poverty, Inequality and Welfare are dealt with in appropriate courses within the Programme. The Programme is double-tracked in that it will accommodate both future social development “academicians” interested in further research and academics, as well as future social development managers and practitioners in the field.

The programme is designed to:

(i) Train students in social development and management of community based projects and programmes.

(ii) Train students to undertake research and teaching at Tertiary and University levels.

(iii) Train professionals in all aspects of social development and management of development in the Third World.

(iv) Produce professionals with a firm theoretical and practical background in social policy analysis, social planning, social aspects of monitoring and evaluation of international, regional, national and community based projects.

Applicants should have at least:

(a) Common Maseno University Rules and Regulations relating to admission

for post graduate degrees shall apply

(b) Second Class (Upper Division) degree or equivalent from a recognized

University in the Social Sciences and other related disciplines.

(c) Second class (Lower Division) with proven research and publication

in the social sciences and related disciplines.

(d) Pass degree with a Post Graduate Diploma in the areas above.

The duration of the programme shall normally be two academic years of full time attendance OR four years of part-time attendance from the date of registration.

The programme shall consist of Coursework, Examination and EITHER Thesis OR Project. The programme shall consist of 52 units of Coursework, Examination and EITHER Thesis OR Project. The units will be distributed over four semesters as follows:



Course work 15

Course work 15


Course work 15

Course work 15


Research 10

Course work 15


Thesis 12

Project 7



The first year courses shall consist of FOUR foundation courses and ONE Elective chosen according to the specialization requirements of students. Those who are taking coursework and thesis shall be required to submit their research proposal during the first month of their third semester. Those who are taking the project option will go into their third semester of coursework. They will be required to submit their project proposals before the end of their third semester.

The thesis will be no more than 30,000 words. The dissertation will be between 10,000 to 12,000 words. A firm theoretical and critical research grounding will be mandatory for both thesis and project options.

A unit is defined as one lecture hour, or two tutorial hours or three practical hours for a week.