The M.A. course in International Studies is designed as an academic course with emphasis on subject areas of practical use and importance in the conduct of international affairs. It is tailor-made to suit students, diplomats, professionals, business people, and other individuals who are interested in furthering their academic and/or career objectives in the conduct of international affairs.


Course Outline

Course Structure

The Common regulations for the Masters of Arts degree in all the faculties of the University of Nairobi shall apply. The following shall be eligible for admission:

  1. Holders of a first degree with at least an Upper Second Class Honors of the University of Nairobi, or
  2. Holders of an equivalent qualification from another institution recognized by the University Senate as being of a comparable academic status

Intake is done in September only.

Credit Transfer and Exemptions
  1. The common regulations for credit transfer and exemptions of the University of Nairobi shall apply.
  2. A student shall be allowed to seek credit transfer or exemptions for up to one-third of the total taught courses units provided that they are equivalent to those offered by the University of Nairobi and were taken at an equivalent level of study from an institution recognized by the University of Nairobi Senate.
  3. A student seeking credit transfer or exemptions shall send a formal application to the Academic Registrar through the Principal, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and the Chair of the Department, justifying the request, and attaching relevant supporting documents.
  4. Grades for transferred course units shall be entered in the student's transcript while the exempted course units shall be entered as 'exempt'.
  5. Credit transfers in the case of students who are in the exchange programs shall be applicable only to specific Memoranda of Understanding or Agreements signed in advance between the University of Nairobi and the collaborating universities/institutions for joint programs.


The program runs for two (2) years lasting for a minimum period of four (4) semesters and a maximum of eight (8) semesters.

Classes run during the evening hours only on a full-time basis.


Studying International Studies at the Department of Diplomacy and International Studies will prepare students for careers in various fields that include:

  1. Foreign service
  2. Diplomatic missions
  3. International Organizations e.g. United Nations, African Union, East African Community, World Bank etc. 
  4. International Non-Governmental Organizations e.g. Human rights Watch, Amnesty International
  5. Government Security agencies
  6. International Humanitarian agencies e.g. International committee of the Red Cross.
  7. Educational Institutions: University teach and research
  8. Private sector: International Business.


Apart from using the university career office, our experienced academics staff advice will guide our students on how to expose themselves by developing applicable skills. Once the student identifies an internship opportunity, the Chair DDIS will provide a recommendation letter.

Fees Structure

Payment Instructions