This Page is informing the current University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) Admission Entry requirements 2021/2022 academic session. See the UDSM Entry requirements – sifa za kujiunga na UDSM for all Courses and Programmes
What are UDSM entry requirements?
UDSM Entry requirements are formal criteria you must meet in order to be considered for a degree course you’re applying to at the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM).
These criteria are set by the University of Dar es Salaam, to determine whether you’re capable of meeting its objectives. This is based on relevant or similar skills, knowledge and ability you’ve demonstrated in previous qualifications, exams and assessments – see below the full list of entry requirements you might need to meet, for a given course at the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM).
The following is the University of Dar es Salaam Entry requirements, every prospective student at the University of Dar es Salaam is recommended to read the Entry requirements before applying for Admission to any academic programme available at UDSM for the 2021/2022 Academic Year.
Undergraduate Entry Requirements
Candidates wishing to be enrolled at the University of Dar es Salaam to pursue the various undergraduate degree and non-degree programmes have to fulfil the general minimum entrance requirements as well as the additional entrance requirements specific to each academic programme. Candidates applying for programmes under the IUCEA Students’ Exchange Programme must fulfil the entrance qualifications for similar programmes at the University of Dar es Salaam in addition to meeting the requirements of the admitting University whose decision shall be final.
1: Admission Requirements for Undergraduate Degree Programmes
1.1 General Minimum Entrance Requirements
A candidate shall be deemed eligible for consideration for admission to a first-degree programme of the University of Dar es Salaam if the candidate has one of the following qualifications:
(a) Certificate of Secondary Education Examination (C.S.E.E.) or equivalent, with passes in FIVE approved subjects THREE of which must be at Credit level obtained prior to sitting for the Advanced Certificate of Secondary Education Examination (A.C.S.E.E.) or equivalent;
(b) Two principal level passes in appropriate subjects in the A.C.S.E.E. or equivalent with total points from three subjects not below 5 (for Arts programmes) and 2 (for Science-based programmes) based on the following grade to point conversion scale: A = 5; B = 4; C = 3; D = 2; E = 1; S = 0.5 and F = 0 point.
[Note: Principal level passes in Divinity/Islamic Knowledge are not counted]
(c) An appropriate equivalent Diploma of not less than Second class/Credit level or B grade obtained from a college which is fully registered by NACTE and approved by the UDSM Senate. For Diplomas that are further classified into Upper and Lower classes, the requirement shall be an Upper Second class or B+ average.
Note: Applicants from countries which follow an 8-4-4 education system need to complete at least one year of study at a university in their own countries before they can be considered for admission into the University of Dar es Salaam.
(d) A minimum score of 100 obtained from Mature Age Entry Examination (MAEE) consisting of a score of at least 50 in Paper I and 50 in Paper II. MAEE was introduced in order to give opportunity to exceptionally well qualified Tanzanian candidates who wish to study for a first degree of the University of Dar es Salaam but do not possess qualifications which satisfy the University’s Direct/Equivalent entry requirements. To qualify for MAEE one must be 25 years of age or older on 1st August of the year in which admission is sought. In addition, one must have obtained at least three credits in approved subjects at the Certificate of Secondary Education Examination or completed Form VI at least five years before 1st September of the year in which admission is sought.
1.2 Additional Entrance Requirements
In addition to the general minimum entrance requirements, there are additional qualifications, specific to the various degree programmes, as shown in the UDSM prospectus.
V: MODE OF APPLICATION
i) Applicants under Direct Entry Scheme
The Tanzania Commission for Universities (TCU), in collaboration with University Institutions, National Council for Technical Education (NACTE) and other higher education institutions in the country has established a Central Admission System (CAS) which will be operational starting with the 2010/2011 admissions.
Applicants with direct qualifications i.e. those who have completed A-level secondary education (Form VI), will have to apply through the Central Admission System as advertised by the TCU.
ii) Applicants under Equivalent Qualifications
Equivalent Applicants with Diplomas in Education, NTA level 6 and NON-NTA level 6 recognized by TCU/NACTE will also apply through CASS.Other equivalent applicants (such us post-form VI certificates,bachelor degree holders) will continue lodging their applications with the University of Dar es Salaam. All University of Dar es Salaam undergraduate degree programmes are advertised in the local media (newspapers) and on the University website. All applications are submitted by filling the requisite application forms and not in the form of letters. Applicants are urged to apply after the programmes have been advertised and not before. Applicants are advised to obtain Application Forms and Instructions to Applicants from the Directorate of Undergraduate Studies through the following address:
Director of Undergraduate Studies University of Dar es Salaam P.O. Box 35091 Dar es Salaam, Tanzania Tel: 022-2410513 E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Application forms and Instructions to Applicants can also be obtained at the offices of the Regional Education Officers in Mainland Tanzania, and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education for Zanzibar, or can be downloaded from the University website at www.udsm.ac.tz When filling the application forms, applicants must:
(i) Carefully read the accompanying ‘Instructions to Applicants’ before attempting to fill the forms.
(ii) Give full particulars of citizenship (including a copy of the birth certificate) and enclosing photocopies of “O” level and equivalent qualifications (diploma) Certificates. Applicants with diploma qualifications obtained outside the country must submit a translation by the National Council for Technical Education (NACTE) indicating equivalent grades to Tanzanian ones. This is in addition to submission of the original grades.
(iii) Pay a non-refundable application fee of T.Shs. 20,000/= for Tanzanians and USD 45 for Non-Tanzanians. Applications without the required application fee will not be processed. Applicants must ascertain themselves that they possess the minimum entrance qualifications before they pay the fees as the fees will not be refunded under any circumstances.
(iv) Deposit all fees into the University of Dar es Salaam NBC Bank Account number 040103001709 (UDSM branch) OR CRDB Account number 01J088967000 (UDSM Branch) and submit the original pay-in slip together with the application forms.
For those using telegraphic transfer the Swift Code is NLCBTZTX. For NBC Bank and CORUTZTZ for CRDB Bank.
iii) Applicants under Mature Age Entry Scheme In order to give opportunity to exceptionally well qualified Tanzania candidates who wish to study for a fist degree of the University of Dar es Salaam but do not posses qualifications which satisfy the University’s Direct Entry Requirements, the University of dare s salaam offers an alternative method of entry by the mature Age Scheme for persons who satisfy the following conditions.
(i) Candidates must be 25 years of age or older on 1st August of the year in which admission is sought;
(ii) Candidates should have attempted the Certificate of Secondary Education Examination and obtained at least 3 credits in approved subjects or completed Form VI, at least 5 years before 1st August of the year in which admission is sought;
(iii) Candidates should be able to show: – • That they have attended extra-mural classes or residential courses in which case a recommendation from the extra-mural class tutors will be necessary.
Or • That they have attended a residential course at any Adult Education Institute, in which case recommendations from the institute attended will be necessary. Or • That they can obtain from a person acceptable to the University a recommendation that they are qualified to benefit from university education.
(iv) No candidate who has previously attended one of the former Colleges of the University of East Africa or this University shall be readmitted to the University under these regulations to a course for which he/she failed to qualify during previous attendance, unless the candidate produces evidence of further study satisfactory to the University; and If, in the opinion of the University, candidates have complied successfully with conditions (i) to (iv) above, they will be required to take a Special Entrance Examination.
(vi) Non Tanzanians are not eligible for mature age entry scheme. Candidates who comply with condition 1(i) to (v) above may be admitted to the University of Dar es Salaam.
Postgraduate Entry Requirements
At least a Bachelors Degree, Advanced Diploma or its equivalent from a recognized institution of higher learning. Candidates with equivalent qualifications must also possess at least Secondary School Certificates with credit passes.
Duration: 12 months.
- The entry qualification for a master’s programme by coursework and dissertation requires a person to have at least a Lower Second Class degree (GPA of 2.7) or its equivalent from a recognized institution of higher learning. Only candidates with GPA of 3.5 or above in their first degrees are considered for Masters by thesis.
- Applicants who hold unclassified degrees (e.g. B.V. Sc. M.D. etc.) should have at least a B grade average in the subject of the intended Masters. Candidates with Pass degrees will also be considered if:-
- Their undergraduate performance in the proposed subject of study was a ‘B’ grade or higher.
- They have satisfied the relevant School/College/Institute that they have exhibited potential through subsequent research experience and/or additional training.
- An Advanced Diploma from a recognized higher learning institution with a minimum of an upper second class, as well as Postgraduate Diploma and Secondary School Certificates.
- A recognized professional qualification (CPA, CSP, ACCA, CA, CIB, MCIM, CMA certificate)and Secondary School Certificates.
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Degree
The University of Dar es Salaam offers a Doctor of Philosophy degree programme either by Thesis or by Coursework and Dissertation. Minimum Entry Qualifications into a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programme requires an applicant to possess at least Lower Second Class degree of the University of Dar es Salaam or any other Universityrecognised by TCU.
For more details about UDSM entry requirements read TCU admission guidebook 2021/2022
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