Graduate School

Prof. JWF Muwanga-Zake

Dean, Graduate School & School of Education


The Graduate School aims at enabling personal intellectual and professional advancement to achieve academic success and international development.


The Graduate School enhances students’ intellectual life by enabling professional scholarly study and advanced research. The School promotes internationally benchmarked quality learning and research that prepares interdisciplinary leadership, to advance knowledge and understanding, drive innovation, and contribute to the resolution of complex national and global problems to meet societal needs. The School focuses on the following strategic areas to fulfil its mission:

Academia Experiences:

The Graduate School encourages academia to use their experiences, programming and infrastructure to enhance career development. The School reflects on international and national conversations about graduate education through student-focused mentor/mentee guidance, particularly professional and transferable skills.

Inclusion of Diversity:

The Graduate School is internationally oriented to accommodate diversity, including attention to equity, access, inclusion, engagement, and achievement. Particular concern is directed towards professional, and personal successes.  of a diverse graduate student community. The School tracks the entire lifecycle of the graduate student experience starting from a holistic recruitment and admissions processes; fellowship programs supporting access to graduate education; signature initiatives supporting student engagement in academic, community, and professional development activities; support for graduate student organizations that advance diversity, equity, inclusion, and access; awards recognizing exemplary leadership and service; and faculty resources addressing academic climate, inclusive mentoring, and student well-being.

Continuous, Diagnostic and Formative Assessment:

Graduate continuous, diagnostic and formative assessment initiatives enhance student growth and innovation. Systematic data collection, reporting, and accessible dashboards about all aspects of graduate education for each student informs decision-making about student progress.

Field, Faculty, and Staff Support:

A major function of the Graduate School is to deliver seamless, efficient, and aligned services that enable fields to devote their efforts and resources to research, scholarship, instruction, and professional development for students. The School philosophy is to work collegially and productively in partnership with graduate fields to support graduate education.


The Graduate School promotes talent, research, scholarship, and leadership of academia. Important trends and initiatives in higher education are acquired through graduate and postdoctoral programs and their best practices beyond the university.

Programmes Offered:

Doctor of Philosophy with Mbarara University of Science and Technology by a research Thesis in the following areas – minimum of 3 years;

  1. PhD (Science);
  2. PhD (Computing- Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Software Engineering, Information Technology and Information Systems).
  3. PhD (Public Administration);
  4. PhD (Economics);
  5. PhD (Management);
  6. PhD (Business Administration); and
  7. PhD (Development Studies).

Masters by course work and dissertation – minimum of 2 years:

  1. Master of Science in Computing

This programme aims at equipping students with advanced skills in computer security, mobile computing computer networks and information systems.

  1. Master of Information Systems

This programme is intended to develop professionals with theoretical and practical skills in the ICT sector.

  1. Master of Information Technology

The broad goal of the program is to provide students with the foundations in content and competencies that will support their development as effective IT professionals.

  1. Masters in Project Planning & Management
  2. Executive Master of Business Administration

The programme aims at equipping corporate level executives and managers with skills necessary to provide leadership, management and policy direction.

  1. Master of Business Administration

This programme is integrated with both ICT and Management courses aimed at producing graduates with strong knowledge in ICT and its application.

  1. Master of Public Administration & Management

The programme is designed to raise analysis of public management and to develop more efficient and resourceful public sector managers/administrators.

  1. Masters in Monitoring and Evaluation

The Masters in monitoring and evaluation is global and gives generally accepted knowledge and skills across different countries.

Postgraduate Diplomas (PGD)– minimum of 1 year

  1. PGD in Computing

This programme intends to provide theoretical and hands on skills in computing to support learners’ initial careers.

  1. PGD in Information Systems

The programme focuses on information management, strategic management, business information systems, systems modelling and information systems technology among others disciplines.

  1. PGD in Information Technology

This programme is aimed at equipping students with necessary skills through engaging them in rigorous intellectual analysis, critique and problem solving using a variety of teaching and learning techniques.

  1. PGD in Oil Governance and Management

The programme has been carefully designed to produce a crop of top managers and leaders with a wide range of knowledge, skills and competencies to steer the Oil & Gas sector.

  1. PGD in Public Procurement

This programme aims to develop substantive public procurement professional skills, values and knowledge in various facets of procurement.

  1. PGD in Human Resource Management & Development

This programme is intended to produce human resource professionals with the ability to lead people, lead business, and lead change by transforming human capital into opportunities.

  1. PGD in Project Planning and Management

The programme is recognized as the most appropriate form of management for the new generation of managers who are asked to handle multi-disciplinary projects in a rapidly changing business environment.

  1. PGD in Monitoring and Evaluation

The PGD in Monitoring & Evaluation is one-year course covering the basic paradigms, principles, concepts, approaches and methods used in M&E.

  1. PGD in Public Administration

This programme is blended with models and concepts from social sciences disciplines to raise more efficient and resourceful public managers/administrators.

  1. PGD in Financial Management

The programme is recognized by NCHE.

  1. PGD in Institutional Governance & Leadership

The PGD in Institutional Management & Leadership.

  1. PGD in Public Policy

This programme is blended with models and concepts.

  1. PGD in Accounting and Finance

The programme is newly accredited by NCHE.

  1. PGD in International Business

The programme is newly accredited by NCHE.

  1. PGD in Education with Technology

The programme is newly accredited by NCHE.