Universities in Tanzania


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About universities in Tanzania

Since the 1960’s, Tanzania has been slowly building towards an educational renaissance. It wasn’t until 1961 that the first higher education institution was established in Tanzania – a college of the University of London – but since then, the country’s undergraduate and graduate programs have exploded. Now, the country holds at least 35 institutions, including public and private universities, colleges and tertiary institutions. Tertiary institutions compromise the most, over 200 strong. With the constant addition of new facilities, educational programs and technology, Tanzania is gradually growing into a more educated state.

Higher education institutions in Tanzania, both public and private, are required to internally monitor instructional quality on a regular basis. All institutions possess a quality assurance department. Elected senates, faculty boards and external examiners then monitor the quality of existing programs.

Structure of Schools in Tanzania

The Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology is mainly responsible for the establishment and maintenance of higher education in Tanzania. The majority of schools are run by the government and require a significant amount of tuition, testing and other fees. However, in order to meet the huge demand for education, many educational institutions are starting to provide financial options or affordable deals to lower-income families.

Higher education in Tanzania is divided into two levels – the non-university level and the university level. The non-university level, higher education institutions offer advanced diploma courses that last for up to three years. On the other hand, university level institutions offer programs at a bachelor, masters and doctorate level.

Bachelor’s Degree in Tanzania

There are several prerequisites for students seeking higher education studies in Tanzania. First, they must complete their A Level Form 6 secondary education successfully. Public universities in Tanzania also require candidates to pass five approved subjects in their certificate of secondary education examination. Of those subjects, they need a credit level in at least three before admission to a bachelor degree program.

Tanzanian candidates who want to pursue a bachelor degree, but do not satisfy the above criteria, can use the MAEE (Mature Age Entry Examination). Individuals must score a minimum of 100 on this test: 50 in Paper I and 50 in Paper II. They are then eligible to enroll into a bachelor degree program in Tanzania.

Universities and colleges in Tanzania are diverse, and offer bachelor degree programs in a variety of faculties. Art, social science, culture and heritage, education, commerce, mass communication and business administration are all available fields of study. Professional programs, like Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Law, are offered by universities in Tanzania, though the most popular program include civil engineering, electrical engineering, mining engineering, textile engineering and industrial engineering.

Master’s Degree in Tanzania

Master’s degree programs offered by public university in Tanzania fall under either of the two categories – masters by thesis, or masters by coursework and dissertation.

Candidates considered for a master by thesis must have earned at least a 3.5 GPA in their bachelor’s degree. Those seeking a masters by coursework and dissertation must score a B Grade or higher in their intended subject of study. They must then complete their postgraduate diploma with at least a B+ grade average and register for a dissertation, in order to obtain a master’s degree.

Doctorate Degrees in Tanzania

Completing a master’s degree successfully allows individuals to apply for PhD Programs. Like master degree, they can be undertaken by thesis or by coursework and dissertation. Usually, the programs are undertaken by thesis; however, some special programs – like political science and economics – can be taken by coursework and dissertation. PhD programs by thesis can be completed either as a 3-year full time study, or as a 5-year part time study.

List of universities in Tanzania

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