MASTER OF ARTS IN POLITICAL SCIENCE AND PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION

Overview

Award of Degree

  • To be awarded the M.A. degree, a candidate must pass all specialized, core and elective course units taken, as well as the Project Paper or Thesis.
  • The final degree award shall be Master of Arts in Political Science and Public Administration specifying his/her broad area of specialization, as determined from time to time by the Department and approved by Senate.

Exam Regulations

Written Examination

  • Final University Examinations shall be given at the end of every semester in each taught course unit; and each final examination shall be in the form of a three-hour written examination paper
  • All examinations shall be governed by the following rules:
  • Each course unit shall be graded out of one hundred marks (100)
  • The written final examination shall account for seventy percent (70%) of all the marks in each course unit, while continuous assessment tests shall account for 30%.
  • In every course unit taken, the pass mark shall be fifty percent (50), which shall be arrived at by adding the overall continuous coursework grade obtained in that course to the final end-of-semester grade.
  • A candidate who fails in any examination in a specialized, core, or elective course unit taken at the end of a semester may re-sit that examination when it is next given during scheduled end-of semester examinations, and should he/she once again fail, may re-sit the examination one more time when it is next scheduled as part of the Universitys regular end-of-semester examination calendar, provided that he/she shall pay such fees as may be prescribed by the University in respect of such examination.
  • A candidate who fails in any examination in an elective course unit may, at his/her own discretion, register in an alternative elective course unit, in lieu of re-sitting an examination in which he/she failed once or more than once; provided that he/she shall pay such registration and other fees as may be prescribed by the University in respect of such examination.
  • In the event that a candidate re-sits the final examination in any course unit, the final grade shall be based entirely on the marks obtained in the final written examination, which shall be graded out of 100 marks; and the continuous coursework marks pertaining to that course unit shall not be considered. The pass obtained by re-sitting a course shall be recorded as 50%.
  • Existing University and Faculty of Arts rules and regulations pertaining to conduct during actual examinations and to examination matters not specifically mentioned in these Regulations, shall apply.
  • A student who, for good cause and supported with authenticated documentary evidence, fails to sit or complete an end-of-semester examination may be allowed to sit for the paper(s) concerned when the examination is next scheduled.
  • A candidate who fails in the second resit or retake or fails to complete the course in the prescribed time shall on the recommendation of the Faculty Board and approval by Senate be discontinued.

The Thesis

  • Topics for the M.A. Thesis shall be identified by candidates in
  • consultation with their supervisors, subject to formal approval of the Department.
  • The marking of the M.A. Thesis shall be governed by the examination regulations governing Masters degree theses at the University of Nairobi .

The Project

  • Candidates shall be required to submit a written project report to the Department for examination two weeks before the end of the final semester of study.
  • The project shall be graded independently out of 100 marks, distributed as follows: 70% for the project report and 30% for oral presentation.
  • The pass mark shall be 50.
  • A candidate who fails to obtain the pass mark in the project may on the recommendation of the Faculty Board of Arts and approval by Senate be allowed to resubmit the project for a maximum of two times.
  • A pass obtained by re-submission of the project will be recorded as 50.
  • A candidate who fails to obtain the pass mark in the project at the second re-submission of the project or fails to complete the course within the prescribed period shall on the recommendation of the Board of the Faculty of Arts and approval by Senate be discontinued.

Specialisation Areas

The sub-disciplines from which students are required to take course units are:-

  • Comparative Politics;
  • International Relations;
  • Political Economy;
  • Political Sociology;
  • Public Administration.

The M.A. degree programme shall consist of either of the two options and the candidate shall select one of the options.

Option One

  • The M.A. programme shall consist of coursework, examination and a thesis, and shall run for a minimum of four (4) semesters and a maximum of twelve (12) semesters of fifteen (15) weeks each.
  • The candidate shall be required to successfully take at least eight (8) taught course units prior to embarking on thesis work.
  • The minimum course load in each semester prior to the final one shall be two (2) course units; while the maximum load shall be four 94) course units per semester.
  •  All courses shall be of 45 hours duration.

Option Two

  • The M.A. degree programme shall consist of coursework, examination and a project paper, and shall run for a minimum of four (4) semesters and a maximum of twelve (12) semesters of fifteen (15) weeks each.
  • The candidate shall be required to successfully take twelve (12) approved course units prior to embarking on the M.A. Project paper.
  • The M.A. Project paper shall be taken during the final semester of the programme, and shall be equivalent of four (4) course units.
  • All courses shall each be of 45 hours duration.
  • Topics for the M.A. Project paper shall be identified by candidates in consultation with their supervisors, subject to the formal approval of the Department.

The common regulations governing the Masters degrees in all Faculties in the University of Nairobi shall apply.

The following shall be eligible for admission into the programme:-

  • A holder of Bachelor of Arts degree with at least Upper Second Class Honours or equivalent in Political Science or Public administration from the University of Nairobi or any other equivalent institution recognized by Senate.
  • A holder of a Bachelor of Arts of Lower Second Class Honours degree or equivalent in Political Science or Public Administration from the University of Nairobi or an equivalent qualification from an institution recognized by the Senate.
  • A holder of a Bachelor of Arts degree with a Pass or an equivalent qualification in Political Science or Public Administration, plus a Postgraduate Diploma in a relevant field, from the University of Nairobi or an equivalent institution recognized by the Senate.

TRANSFER OF CREDITS

A candidate may, on the recommendation of the Faculty Board and approved by Senate, be allowed to transfer up to a maximum of one third (1/3) course units offered in the programme.

Applicants seeking transfer of credit shall:

  • Send a formal application to the Director, Board of Postgraduate Studies through the Dean, Faculty of Arts seeking transfer of credits: Justification of the request and evidence of credentials which would support such a request, shall be attached to the application.
  • Application for transfer of credits shall be processed after payment of prescribed fees.
  • Applicants shall only be allowed to transfer units, which are equivalent to the same level offered in the University of Nairobi.
TUITION 21,000  
EXAMINATION (PER UNIT @1000) 1,000  
MEDICAL FEE (PER YEAR) 6,500  
ICT SERVICES - (PER YEAR) 7,000  
CAUTION - (ONCE) 5,000  
LIBRARY (PER YEAR)  5,000  
ACTIVITY-( PER YEAR) 2,000  
REGISTRATION (PER SEMESTER@2250) 2,250  
ID CARD ( PER YEAR) 1,000  
STUDENT ORGANISATION(PER YEAR) 1,000  
THESIS EXAMINATION 30,000  
    Semester totals
Sem1 2 units 73,750
  3 units 95,750
  4 units 117,750
    Semester totals
Sem2 ,3,5 or 6 1 unit 24,250
  2 units 46,250
  3 units 68,250
  4 units 90,250
    Semester totals
Sem4, 7, or 10 1 unit 46,750
  2 units 68,750
  3 units 90,750
  4 units 112,750
Project =4units    
Project in sems 4 or 7   142,750
Other sems   120,250
     
SUMMARY OF TOTAL FEES    
Sem1 4 units 117,750
Sem2 4 units 90,250
Sem3 4 units 90,250
Sem4 PROJECT 142,750
Totals   441,000