Universities offering Bachelor of Commerce and Admission Requirements in Uganda


Below are the admission requirements for Bachelor of Commerce in Uganda and the universities offering the course:

  1. Kampala International University

Bachelor of Business Administration (Finance and Accounting)

Admission Requirements

Candidates admitted to the programme must be holders of the Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education ( UACE) or its equivalent, with at least two principal passes in the relevant  subjects of which one principal pass should be in economics or accounting.

Holders of relevant diplomas in related subjects from Kampala International University or other recognised institutions are eligible for admission to the degree course.

  1. International University of East Africa

Bachelor of Commerce

Entry Requirements

All our undergraduate students are expected to undertake a three-month internship programme to enable them to relate theory to practice, and also to provide them with the initial work experience.

Bachelor’s degree Entry Requirements

Qualification for admission to the programme will be through any of the following:

  1. From the Ugandan and some other East African Education System Essential Economics at UACE and minimum of credit pass in Mathematics at UCE level Relevant Mathematics, History, Geography & Subsidiary Mathematics Others All others
  2. FromKenya Must have C+ pass grade and above at KCSE
  3. From England Minimum of two GCSE (or equivalent) passes at A-level, minimum C grade
  4. International Baccalaureate Minimum of 26 points
  5. IGCSE: Minimum average of 60%
  6. For diploma holders; A student must have obtained a diploma from a recognized institution of higher learning. The diploma programme curriculum must have contained significant business related content.
  7. Lira University

Bachelor of Commerce Admission Requirements


Those Holding Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education Applying for Admission Under Private Sponsorship Scheme.

A Principal pass in Mathematics and/ or Economics and in one of the following; Physics, Geography or Entrepreneurship obtained at the same sitting or a Mature Age Certificate from a recognized Centre
accredited by NCHE or its equivalence.

  1. Bishop Stuart University

General Minimum Entry Requirements

Bachelor’s degree Programmes

  • Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) with at least 5 passes and at least 2 principal passes at Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE) obtained at the same sitting or its equivalent OR
  • Diploma in the relevant field from a recognized institution or the equivalent, OR
  • Mature Age Entry Examinations Certificate accredited by the NCHE with 50% and above.
  1. Covendish University Uganda

Bachelor’s Degree Programme Requirements

The minimum entry requirements for admission to a Bachelor`s degree programme are:

  • Direct entry (a) At least five (5) passes at the Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) obtained at the same sitting or its equivalent (b) At least two (2) principal passes at the Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE) obtained at the same sitting or its equivalent.

Conditional admission will be verified after getting the Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB) Results print – out. Within the framework of the general direct entry requirements, there may be Special Faculty Requirements which a candidate must fulfill to gain admission to a programme in a specific Faculty.

  • Mature Age Entry (a) A candidate must be at least 25 years of age (b) The candidate must have passed Mature Age Entry Examinations with 50% mark or above (c) The Mature Age Entry Examinations must have been taken at a Centre approved by the NCHE (d)No candidate who had previously attended a programme at Cavendish University Uganda shall be readmitted to the University under this scheme to a programme of study in which he/she failed to qualify during his/her previous attendance.
  • A Diploma Holder`s Avenue A candidate must have obtained at least a second class/credit diploma or the equivalent performance which is relevant to his/her desired field of study from a recognized institution.
  • Foundation Programme Certificate A candidate who holds a Foundation Programme Certificate from a recognized institution is eligible for admission.
  • A Degree Holder`s Avenue a) A candidate must have a degree in an accredited programme from a recognized institution. b)The candidate shall be considered for admission to a field relevant/related to his/her degree. c) The candidate must have met the minimum requirements for admission to the degree programme he/she has completed.
  • An International Applicant:

6.1 Must have a qualification that is recognized for University entry in his/her home country or country where he/she has studied. The applicant will be offered a provisional admission for one semester pending equating of his/her qualification.

The University may consider for admission to a degree programme a candidate who has successfully completed a 12 – year – system of education provided that such a candidate has been registered at another University, prior to applying to Cavendish University Uganda, for a degree programme and has successfully completed at least one year of University education. Such a candidate must, however, submit the University academic transcript from that other University.

6.2 A holder of a 12- year-system of education Certificate:

A holder of this Certificate such as the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education or the equivalent is required to successfully complete a Foundation Year before enrolling for the Bachelor`s degree programme.

  • Special Entry: Applications submitted by candidates who do not meet the traditional entry criteria can only be considered after consultations with the NCHE for guidance and with the approval of the Senate.
  • Admission to Other than the First Year Admission to the second or third or any other year requires the special consideration and permission of the relevant Faculty Board and the Senate in accordance with the University policies on Exemption and Credit Accumulation and Transfer.
  1. UNICAF University Uganda

Admission Criteria

The general admission requirements for entry to Unicaf University in Uganda Bachelor degree programmes are as outlined below.  Students are advised to contact the Office of Admissions to find out more about the range of equivalent international academic qualifications accepted.

  • Regular admission to a Bachelor degree programme requires the 5 passes on the Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE); and two principal passes on the Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE) obtained at the same sitting; or international equivalent when approved by the Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB). Applicants aged 25 and above who have 5 UCE passes and have passed the Mature Entry Examination with at least 50% or above from an approved Higher Education Institution may also be considered for entry.
  • Applicants with a Diploma obtained at credit in a related field of study may be considered for entry.
  • English proficiency; Grade 6 (Credit) or better on the Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) or equivalent
  • Up to date CV
  • Copy of valid passport or national ID

In addition to a strong academic record, extra-curricular activities, leadership skills and other relevant background information may be taken into account.

  1. Islamic University of Uganda

Bachelor Of Business Studies

Admission Requirements

At least 5 passes at O level (UCE)- At least 2 principal passes at Alevel (UACE)- A Diploma qualification from a recognized institution of Higher Learning; or,- A pass in Mature Age Examinations

  1. Nexus International University

Bachelor of Business Administration & Management

Admission Requirements

Applicants for the Bachelor of Business Administration and Management programme shall be eligible for admission in the following ways:

  1. Direct Entry Scheme

Applicants shall satisfy the general minimum entry requirements stipulated by National Council for Higher Education (NCHE). Candidates seeking admission through this avenue must have obtained: –

  • The Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) with at least six credits of which two credits must be in English and Mathematics.
  • The Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE) with at least two Principal Passes obtained at the same sitting, which passes must include one of the following subjects: Economics, Mathematics, or Entrepreneurship or its equivalence from UNEB or a legitimate national authority.
  • Foreign students without UACE or its equivalent qualifications, who have successfully completed secondary school education and are admissible to university degree or diploma programmes in their respective home countries. Such students shall have passed at least five subjects with a minimum overall grade of C (Plain). In addition, foreign students whose studies were not conducted in English shall show proof of proficiency in the English Language.
  1. Diploma Entry Scheme

Candidates seeking admission through the Diploma holder’s Scheme must:

  • Have passed Mathematics and English with at least a credit in the Uganda Certificate of Education or its equivalent
  • Have done a combination involving Economics, Entrepreneurship, History, Geography, Agriculture, Mathematics at UACE and passed at least one of the subjects at Principle level
  • Have obtained a diploma or its equivalent qualification (at credit/distinction level) in the relevant field from a recognised higher institution of learning.
  1. Mature Age Entry

The applicant must have passed Mature Age Entry Examinations (with at least 50%) of any institution dully authorized by the NCHE to issue such examination. For purposes of admission the Mature Age Entrance Certificate shall be valid for no more than two years.

  1. Advanced or Higher Diploma Entry

Holders of Advanced Diploma, Higher Diploma, Higher National Diploma or equivalent qualification qualify for admission to the relevant Bachelors degree programme. The Advanced or Higher Diploma must be passed at Credit level or higher to be admitted to the final year the relevant Bachelor’s degree programme.

  1. Uganda Christian University

Bachelor of Business administration

Minimum Requirements

In addition to the other University admission requirements for undergraduate Programmes, one of the following categories will allow admission to this course:

Direct entrants with Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) or its equivalent, and least 2 A’ level advanced principle passes in Economics, Mathematics, Entrepreneurship and natural sciences taken in the same sitting;
Diploma in Business Administration or related Courses;
A pass in mature-age examination – such candidates must be Ugandan nationals of at least 25 years and have formal education. Those who are successful, in both the written and oral examination, are considered for admission.

  1. Mbarara University of Science & Technology

Bachelor of Business Administration

Minimum Entry Requirements

Bachelor of Business Administration (Duration 3 years)

Direct Entry

Two principal passes at A’level with at least one being either in Economics or Mathematics and a credit in Mathematics at UCE or Subsidiary Mathematics at A’level

Diploma Entry

Hold UDBS or ODBS or HFM Diploma recognized by the University or must have completed at least level one of CPA, ACCA, or CIMA

Fee Structure

TUITION (SHS.) per Semester FUNCTIONAL FEES (SHS.) per year  TUITION (SHS.) per Semester  FUNCTIONAL FEES (SHS.) per year
25 BBA Bachelor of Business Administration 3 980,000 520,000 1,960,000 1,040,000
  1. UTAMU

Bachelor of Business Administration

Admission Requirements

Programme Name Bachelor of Business Administration
Programme Duration 3 Years
Admission Criteria Direct Entry

At least two principal passes in UACE or its equivalent at the same sitting

Diploma Entry

At least 2nd class lower division in Business Administration, Management, IT, Statistics, Development Economics, Library Studies or a related field.


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