Master of Arts in Women, Leadership and Governance in Africa

The Program targets political and other leaders as well as any individual interested in matters of leadership and governance in Africa.

The objectives are to:

  1. Examine theories, concepts and philosophies of political and socio-economic structures and their relevance to women, leadership and governance in Africa;
  2. Review women’s performance in private and public spaces, including governance and leadership spaces;
  3. Assess the advantage of an all-inclusive representation in leadership and citizens’ participation;
  4. Document women’s styles of leadership and management and analyse how they can contribute to the transformation of Africa’s leadership and governance.


Entry Requirements

The following shall be eligible for admission into M.A. in WLGA:

  1. The common regulations for the masters degree of the University of Nairobi shall apply.
  2. Holders of a Bachelor’s degree of the University of Nairobi of Upper Second Class Honours or any other equivalent institution recognized by Senate.
  3. Holders of a Bachelor’s degree of Lower Second Class Honours of the University of Nairobi or any other equivalent institution recognized by the Senate with at least two years of work experience in a related field.
  4. Holders of a Bachelors degree at lower second class honours or pass degree and a postgraduate diploma from the University of Nairobi or other institutions recognized by Senate.
  5. Holders of a pass degree from the University of Nairobi or any other institution recognized by the University Senate with at least five years of work experience in a related field or with a Post-graduate Diploma.
  6. Any other specific equivalent qualifications that may apply to the area of specialization.


Structure, Duration and Mode of Instruction

Structure and Duration

  1. The M.A. degree program shall consist of course work, examination and research project. The coursework shall be a minimum of twelve (12) units and research project equivalent to four (4) course units.
  2. The Master’s degree programme shall cover a minimum of four (4) and a maximum of eight (8) semesters for full time students and a maximum of ten (10) semesters for part time students.
  3. Each semester shall consist of fifteen (15) weeks.
  4. Each course unit shall be covered by 45 contact hours.
  5. Each candidate will be allowed to take a minimum of two (2) units and a maximum of six (6) units in one semesterPrior to embarking on the research project, the candidate shall be required to successfully take and pass 12 approved course units, of which 10 are core units and 2 electives.
  6. The research project shall be undertaken in the fourth semester and shall be equivalent to four (4) taught course units.
  7. A student shall, under the guidance of assigned supervisor(s), submit a proposal during the first semester of the second academic year of study.
  8. A student shall, under the supervision of assigned supervisor(s), prepare a project report of approximately 15,000 words.



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