Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Public Administration and Management (By Coursework and Research)

The PhD in Public Administration and Management will be the highest academic degree awarded in the study of public administration, Governance, management and administrative sciences at Kabale University. The degree is designed for those seeking academic research and teaching careers as faculty or professors in the study of governance, public administration, management and administrative sectors within Universities but also as professional career managers and administrators for a wide range of organizational contexts. Administration and Management systems are the blood of effective organizations. Yet, there is scarcity of trained experts and practitioners at doctoral level with skills, competences and appropriate attitudes to address the management and administrative issues in practical contexts within the dictates of the 21st century demands. In Ugandan Universities, there are some doctoral programs in management and administration but only undertaken by research only as opposed to a combination of coursework and dissertation; which this new programme adopts.

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Duration 3 Years
Study time Weekend
Intake April & August

Entry requirements

Applicants to the PhD programmes must meet the general requirements for admission to Graduate Programmes set by National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) and Kabale University. Specially, applicants must possess the following:

An admissible applicant should meet the following criteria:

  • Master’s degree from a recognized University and/or Institution of Higher Learning in a field relevant to Business Administration.
  • Any other Master’s degree that may not be relevant but the applicant must have evidence of published materials relevant or related to the field.
  • Evidence of Recognition of Prior Learning that is equivalent to the qualification that is to be pursued. For Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), a prospective candidate shall first get clearance from NCHE to be eligible for admission.
  • An application letter.
  • A detailed and updated Curriculum Vitae.
  • Three recommendation letters signed at least by two academics at a PhD level or higher, and one professional referee.
  • A Concept Paper should be at least 2 pages and not be more than 10 pages, double-spaced.

Fees structure

Tuition Fees per Semester (East African) Tuition Fees per Semester (Non East Africans)
UGX 4,000,000 $2500

Functional Fees

Application fee 50,000
Registration fees (per Academic Year) 60,000
Late Registration (per semester; after the deadline for official registration) 30,000
Examination fee (per semester) 100,000
Research fee (per Academic Year) 300,000
Student Manual (Payable once in the 1st Semester) 20,000
Computer Laboratory fee (per Academic Year) 60,000
Identity Card (Payable once in the 1st Semester) 20,000
Library fee (per Academic Year) 50,000
Medical (per semester) 15,000
Development Fund (per Academic Year) 100,000
Late Payment of Fees (after the deadline for official fees payment) 50,000
Replacement of Admission Letter (per Issue) 5,000
Retake/Supplementary/Missed Exam fee (per course) 50,000
Special Exam (per course) 30,000
Student Games Union fee (Academic Year) 20,000
Student Guild fee (per Academic Year) 20,000
Contribution to the Uganda National Students’ Association (UNSA) (per Academic Year) 2,000
Graduation fee (Payable on Completion of Studies) (Including: Transcript, Certificate, Convocation) 150,000
Certification (per copy) 3,000
Contribution to National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) Collections (per Academic Year) 20,000

Fieldwork, Study, Industrial Training/ Attachment, Internship, School Practice fee

Master of Science in Environment and Natural Resources 500,000= (per Sem)
Bachelor of Agribusiness Management 150,000= (per year)
Bachelor of Science in Agriculture 300,000= (per year)
Bachelor of Agriculture and Land Use Management 150,000= (per year)
Bachelor of Science in Industrial Chemistry 150,000= (per year)
Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology 150,000= (per year)
Bachelor of Industrial and Applied Physics 150,000= (per year)
Bachelor of Applied Design and Fine Art 150,000= (per year)
Bachelor of Arts in Economics 100,000= (per year)
Bachelor of /Diploma in Business Administration 100,000= (per year)
Bachelor of Civil Engineering 150,000= (per year)
Bachelor of /Diploma in Computer Science 100,000= (per year)
Bachelor of Education (school practice) 100,000= (per year)
Bachelor of /Diploma in Electrical Engineering 150,000= (per year)
Bachelor of /Diploma in Environmental Health Science 200,000= (par year)
Bachelor of /Diploma in Environmental Science 150,000= (per year)
Bachelor of /Diploma in Information Technology 100,000= (per year)
Bachelor of /Diploma in Library and Information Science 100,000= (per year)
Bachelor of /Diploma in Mechanical Engineering 150,000= (per year)
Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery 300,000= (per year)
Bachelor of Nursing Science 150,000= (per Year)
Bachelor of/Diploma in Anaesthesia and Critical Care Med 150,000= (per Year)
Bachelor of Procurement and Logistics Management 100,000= (per year)
Bachelor of /Diploma in Public Administration and Mgt 100,000= (per year)
Bachelor of /Diploma in Records Management 100,000= (per Year)
Bachelor of /Diploma in Social Work and Social Admin 100,000= (per year)
Bachelor of Social Sciences 100,000= (per year)
Bachelor of /Diploma in Tourism and Hospitality 150,000= (per year)
Bachelor of Catering and Hospitality 150,000= (per year)
Diploma in Medical Records Management 100,000= (per Year)
Diploma in Hotel Management 150,000= (per year)
Language Enhancement (for Students of French) 200,000= (per year)
Study trips (for Students of Geography) 100,000= (per year)
Study trips/Transport fee (for DEHS, BNS, BEHS, MBChB, BACM) 170,000= (per Sem)

  1. The University Council reserves the right to adjust the fees without prior notice.
  2. These Programmes are run over Weekends, during Fulltime, or in Recess/Holiday Sessions.

Contribution to NCHE should be deposited using a payment reference number generated via

Fees Structure 2023-2024

Course details

  • LH Lecture Hours
  • CH Contact Hours
  • TH Tutorial Hours
  • CU Credit Units
Year One: Semester One
Code Name LH PH CH CU
PAM 9202 Computer Applications in Research 45 30 60 4
PAM 9102 Philosophy of Science 45 30 60 4
PAM 9201 Academic Scholarly Writing and Publication Skills 45 30 60 4
PAM 9104 Advanced Research Methodology 45 30 60 4
PAM 9105 Institutional Pedagogy by workshop 45 30 60 4
Total  Credit Units                                                                            20
Year One: Semester Two
PAM 9101 Administrative and Management Theory 45 30 60 4
PAM 9103 Financial Management and Administration 45 30 60 4
PAM 9203 Public Policy, Leadership and Governance 45 30 60 4
PAM 9204 Advanced Human Resource Management & Development 45 30 60 4
PAM9205 Project Management Theory and Practice 45 30 60 4
  Total Credit Units       20
Year Two & Year Three
PAM 9301 Doctoral Research Seminars (Proposal Development) 4
PAM 9302 Thesis Writing 5

Career opportunities

Our graduates will play a key role in achieving Vision 2040 which is conceptualized around strengthening the fundamentals of the national economy to harness the opportunities around the country as academicians, consultants, managers of financial institutions, policy makers in government ministries and Civil Society Organizations, business and economic analysts, legislators, commissioners from various regional economic and political blocks, as well as entrepreneurs and investment advisors.