Can one do a masters with Second Class Lower in Kenya

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Most universities in Kenya admit those who scored first class lower for Masters degree after they have accumulated experience of 2 years. Some universities will accept your application if you possess a professional qualification. For instance, if you got Second Class Lower in BCom and proceeded to pursue ACCA,you don’t have to show that you have 2 years of practical experience for you to be allowed to pursue a Masters course.

Below are admission requirements for Masters course in various universities in Kenya:

Below are the general admission requirements for Masters Course in Kenya

—-Kenyatta University

A holder of First-class or second class honours (Upper Division) degree from a recognized university in a relevant course.

Those with Second Class (Lower Division) may be considered on condition that they have Grade B and above in units relevant to their areas of specialization.

—-Egerton University

Entry Requirements for Masters Programmes

Application forms may be obtained from the Director, Board of Postgraduate studies upon payment of a prescribed Non-refundable fee and returned duly
completed.

  • All applicants for registration shall be processed in the first instance through the relevant Department in which registration is sought. The Department shall then
    forward all such applications with appropriate comments to the Faculty board concerned for approval Egerton University Statutes 2008 51 and onward transmission to the Board of Postgraduate studies.
  • Applicants shall be admitted to only one Degree programme at a time.
  • Admission shall be confirmed by letter from the Direct, Board of Postgraduate Studies
  • Admission shall be offered to holders of a Bachelor’s Degree with an Upper Second Class Honours or above or equivalent qualification from recognized Institutions.
  • In exceptional cases, the Senate may also admit to the Master’s programme a non-holder of Upper Second Class Honours provided that such candidate can, on the basis of the research and other scholarly work done, demonstrate to the satisfaction of the Senate qualification to undertake postgraduate studies.
  • Subject to approval by the Senate, Departments may formulate regulations requiring applicants to have attained other academic qualifications as may be consistent with the goals of their Master’s programmes or to appear for an interview to determine their suitability for admission. (See annex Pre-masters)
  • In exceptional cases, holder of lower second class honor may be admitted if they have two years of relevant experience.

—-University of Nairobi

Masters Degree: Applicants for masters degree programmes should have a minimum of Upper Second Class Honours Degree in the relevant discipline from the University of Nairobi or Equivalent qualification from Institutions recognized by Senate. Persons with lower qualifications but with postgraduate diplomas after Bachelors’ degrees are also considered for admission.

—-JKUAT Masters Admission Requirements

Admission of students

Requirements: Certificate C-; Diploma C; Degree C+; Masters – Bachelors degree at 1st or 2nd Upper Class or Lower + 2yrs work experience or Pass + 5yrs experience or other qualification considered equivalent by Senate, and; Ph.D. – relevant Masters degree.

User Charges: Application fee: Certificate and Diploma: KShs. 500; Bachelors, Masters and Ph.D. KShs. 1,500/-.

—Maseno University

Masters Degree

To qualify for admission into the Masters degree an applicant shall be:

  • Holder of at least an upper second class honours degree of Maseno University or any other University recognized by the Commission for University Education.

(ii) Holder of a lower second class degree of Maseno University or any other  University recognized by the Commission for University Education and Postgraduate Diploma of Maseno University or any other recognized University or evidence of at least two (2) years research experience as demonstrated by publication in peer reviewed journals.

(iii) Holder of a pass degree of Maseno University or any other University recognized by the Commission for University Education. and a Postgraduate Diploma of Maseno University or any other recognized University and evidence of at least three (3) years research experience as demonstrated by publications in peer reviewed journals.

  1. In addition to the above, the applicant must meet the specific requirements of the Masters programme as approved by Senate

—-Kabarak University

Minimum Admission Requirements

Undergraduate degree in relevant course with Second Class Honors (Upper) or an equivalent qualification recognized by the Commission for University Education (CUE); OR Second Class Honors (Lower Division), or an equivalent qualification recognized by CUE, and at least two years relevant work experience after graduation.

—Daystar University

Postgraduate Programmes

The entry requirement is a Bachelors degree from an accredited university with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 on a 4.00, or a degree awarded with First Class or an Upper Second Class Honours. Those whose GPA is 2.5 or who have Lower Second Class Honours and a Higher Diploma with relevant experience may be considered if the degree or diploma is relevant to the field of study.

—-Adventist University of Africa

General Admission Requirements

  • Applicants seeking admission into any of the AUA Master’s degree programs must hold a recognized bachelor’s degree with a minimum CGPA of 3.00 on a 4-point scale or an equivalent grade average of 60%.
  • Except for Master of Arts in Biblical & Theological Studies (MABTS) applicants with a CGPA of 2.50 to 2.99 or an equivalent a grade average of 55% to 59% may be admitted on probationary status.
  • MABTS applicants must have a CGPA of 3.00 on a 4-point scale or its equivalent grade of 60% and do not have the provision to be admitted on probation.

Doctor of Ministry:

    • Those seeking admission into the Doctor of Ministry (DMin) program must have a master’s degree in Ministry with a minimum CGPA of 3.33 on a 4-point scale or its equivalent grade of 60%.
    • Applicants with a CGPA of 3.0 and 3.32 may be admitted on probationary. After completing one session the student must obtain a GPA of 3.33 to gain regular admission status.

PhD in Leadership:

    • Those seeking admission into the PhD in Leadership program must have a master’s degree in any field with a minimum CGPA of 3.33 on a 4-point scale or its equivalent. Those with a CGPA of 3.00-3.32 may be admitted on probationary status for only one semester.
    • The thesis or equivalent is required to enrol in the PhD in Leadership Programme.

PhD in Biblical and Theological Studies:

    • Those seeking admission into the PhD in Biblical and Theological Studies program must have a master’s degree in Theology/Religion with a minimum CGPA of 3.33 on a 4-point scale or equivalent.
    • Applicants with a CGPA of 3.0 and 3.32 may be admitted on probationary status for only one semester. After completing one session, the student must obtain a GPA of 3.33 to gain regular admission status or be discontinued from the program due to academic deficiency.
    • The thesis or equivalent is required to enrol in the PhD in Biblical and Theological Studies Programme.

English Proficiency

As AUA uses the English language as the medium of instruction, students must have the ability to study (read, write and speak) in English. In order to qualify for admission to AUA, students are required to demonstrate proficiency in English in one of the following ways:

    • Have a bachelor’s degree from a college/university in an English-speaking country where English was the medium of instruction.
    • Achieve a passing score on a recognized English language test (TOEFL, IELTS, Michigan) see table below. Test scores are valid for 3 years.

Required English Test Scores 

Test Minimum Test Score
TOEFL 110
TOEFL iBT 80
IELTS 6.0
Michigan 220