Programme Overview

The diploma programme is designed to provide students with an extensive and in-depth understanding of business practices. Its primary objective is to increase, enrich and bank upon business knowledge acquired at certificate level. The programme largely targets mid-career persons as it aims to meet the needs of people with work experience in business, NGOs or government and who wish to enhance their skills in functional areas of administration.

Students who pursue this course can thus relate theoretical knowledge gained at KWUST with professional work experience and set-up. The programme thus allows flexibility and dynamism. On successful completion of the course, career advancement avenues will be created for the diploma holders.

The Diploma Programme in Business Administration takes duration of 1 year consisting of 720 hours (12 credit hours). There are a total of 12 units to be fully covered and completed for Diploma Award. Students will be required to pursue 6 units in Part I and the remaining 6 units in Part II.

Trimester 1

Unit CodeUnit Name
DBA 001Communication skills
DBA 002Business Law
DBA 003Computer Applications
DBA 004Introduction to Economics
DBA 005Principles of Management
DBA 006Principle of Marketing
DBA 015Business Finance

Trimester 2

DBA 007Research Methodology
DBA 008Financial Management
DBA 009Introduction to Statistics
DBA 010Introduction to Multinational Business Operations
DBA 011Events Management
DBA 012Business Environment
DBA 100Seminar on Selected Topics in Gender Issue

Trimester 3

DBA 0138 Weeks Attachment
DBA 014Research Project

Entry Requirements

Direct Entry

Although the Diploma Programme in Business Administration is basically designed for mid-career entrants, entry is also open to KCSE graduates. In all cases, the applicant should have attained any of the following

  • KCSE Mean Grade C ( C Plain)
  • KCE Division II
  • Certificate from a reputable and recognised institution with a credit level pass.
  • Degree from those applicants wishing to obtain specialised knowledge and skills in Business Administration

Mid career Entry

Applicants should have 2 years working experience in the relevant area of study. Completion of the Diploma Programme in Business Administration will exempt students 1 (one) year in the Degree Programme in Business Administration at KWUST. Entry into this programme is competitive. Possession of the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission into the programme for either local or foreign applicants.

Fee Structure

Kshs 85, 000 for entire course

The business administration programme runs on a sessional basis. There are 3 intakes in a year – January, June and September.


There are daytime and evening classes on weekdays and on Saturday. Daytime classes are held in the morning from 8am to noon and in the afternoon from 2pm to 5pm. Evening classes are held from 5.30pm to 8.30pm.