Master of Arts [Gender Studies & Development]


Gender mainstreaming is a critical component within the context of the 2030 integral development vision. In response to
this, the School of Arts and Social Sciences mounts The Gender Studies and Development Studies. This is a multifaceted
inter-disciplinary school wide program that seeks to address the pertinent gender issues raised in vision 2030 among other
articulations and demands which include the challenges posed by the HIV pandemic in the current age of Information Technology (IT).
The main aim of the program is to address gender challenges following an interdisciplinary approach that includes the incorporation of gender issues in the content drawn from disciplines taught within the School.


    To contribute to gender sensitive development policy formulation based on the vision 2030 in view of practical development activities.To provide the needed skills and knowledge for those who work with Organizations that are concerned with integrating gender awareness into their programs and policies.To enhance the Gender mainstreaming and apply the gender lens in approaching HIV/AIDs and related issues while incorporating the application of IT.

Admission Requirements
A candidate for this program shall have a first degree preferably First Class or Second Class Upper (Honours) degree in Bachelor of Arts or in any other related discipline.  A holder of bachelor’s degree with second class lower (Honours) degree with relevant working experience in the area of public or/and private sectors shall be considered eligible.

Course Duration
The Master of Arts program in Gender Studies and Development (GSD) consists of course work, examination and Thesis, and shall normally extend to a period of two years for full time students. For Part time Students, the program shall normally take a minimum of four years.

Programme Structure
The minimum units of coursework shall be 45 distributed through coursework, research and thesis to be covered in four
semesters. Students are expected to take all Core courses and only one elective course in each semester.

First Semester

Code Title Units
Core Courses  
GSD 810 Gender in Historical Perspectives 3
GSD 811 Theories of Gender 3
SAS 801 General research methods 3
GSD 812 Research Seminar 3
GSD 813 Kiswahili Literature and Gender 3
GSD 814 Gender, Population and Rural Development 3
GSD 815 Gender and Discourse 3

Second Semester

Code Title Units
Core Courses  
GSD 816 Philosophy of Gender 3
GSD 817 Gender and Development on a Global Perspective 3
GSD 818 Gender and Development Policies 3
GSD 819 Gender Inequality, Poverty and Development 3
GSD 820 Gender, Lifestyle and Crime 3
GSD 821 Gender, Information and Media Studies 3

Third Semester

Code Title Units
Core Courses  
GSD 822 Research 3

Fourth Semester

Code Title Units
Core Courses  
GSD 822 Research and Thesis 3
GSD 823: Gender Human Rights and Legal Issues  

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