The origin of the Department of Agricultural Economics dates back to 1970 when the University of Nairobi and the Faculty of Agriculture were established. Its distinct character for many years was a commitment to provide excellent formal training in Agricultural Economics at the MSc degree level. In the 1999/2000 academic year, the department introduced new undergraduate degree programmes in BSc Agribusiness Management, BSc Agricultural Education and Extension. The programs rolled out the first undergraduate graduands in 2003/2004. In the 2004/2005 academic year, MSc in Agricultural and Applied Economics was launched in the department. This is a regional program under the name CMAAE offered in 16 universities with the third semester taken at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. CMAAE first cohort enrolled in 2005/2006. In 2008/2009, another regional (ASARECA) MSc programme in Agricultural Information and Communication Management (AICM) was rolled out in the department with a distinct focus on the enhancement of skills in Agricultural Information. The first cohort in MSc-AICM enrolled in 2008/2009. In 2011/2012 BSc Agricultural Extension/Education and MSc-AICM were put in ODEL mode of delivery and progress is underway to put all the programmes under e-learning. PhD by research is offered in Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Information and Communication Management.
The degree programme shall consist of course work, examinations and thesis. The course work shall be taken in the first year of study, within a duration of 1 year.
- The common regulations governing Doctor of Philosophy Degrees in the University of Nairobi shall apply. Accordingly the following rules will apply.
- The research proposal shall be developed during the first year of study. However, the candidate shall be required to pass coursework before embarking on field research.
- Subject to the approval of senate, the faculty may require the candidate to attend such a course or courses as may be considered appropriate.
The programme shall take a minimum of 3 years and a maximum of 5 years.
Students shall be required to take seven core courses and at least five elective courses to make a total of twelve courses.
Holders of a Master of Science degree in agricultural related disciplines, biological sciences, environmental sciences or in natural resource management or an equivalent qualification from an institution recognized by senate.
Holders of Masters degree in relevant social sciences recommended by the faculty board and approved by senate.
Agricultural Information And Communication Management
Fees and Funding
Total Kshs. 432,000