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UCU Core Values
Schools and Faculties
Academics at Uganda Christian University
Uganda Christian University offers a number of degree and diploma programmes which are designed to develop a cadre of professionals with integrity, power of critical inquiry, logical thought and independent judgment with a christian perspective. The programmes are offered in three intakes: September, January and May.
Postgraduate Diploma in Public Administration and Management and Masters in Public Administration and Management are two different programs but at times they study together because they have almost similar courses.
The difference is that a Post graduate Diploma is done in three modules (one year) that ends with a project report while a Master’s degree in Public Administration and Management is for two years (6 modules) that ends with a dissertation or a research report.
The beauty with these programs is that students who pass the post graduate diploma in public administration & management examinations and wish to continue to do a Masters in Public Administration & Management may apply to the Deputy Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs’ office for consideration to continue and be awarded Master’s degree in Public Administration and Management.
These programs were started at the request of the Ministry of Local Government and therefore there is a specialization for those who would like to hold various administrative positions in public organizations. We also added a specialization for those who would like to work in the NGO sector and other private organizations who may specialize in non-profit administration. The program is meant for a small and qualitative group (15-30 students each year) of senior members holding various administrative positions in public organizations, political heads of local authorities, workers in civil society organizations or nonprofit organizations who work closely with public organizations and other staff who are interested in this field and see in it an occupational and specialization potential for the future.
Our vision is to become a nationally recognized leader in developing competent professionals with a wide scope of competencies in the field of local government/public sector management and nonprofit administration.
Development of political, managerial and analytical skills in addition to ethical and professional values in the management of public sector organizations and nonprofit organizations. After completion of the program, we believe the graduate should have the following qualities: Character
A MPAM graduate should be a person of very high integrity, results-oriented, one who emphasizes ethics and values to meet the highest possible standards and one who fosters an institutional culture that advances democratic administration and governance.
MPAM students become informed leaders and responsible citizens who:
• are well-versed in public administration;
• think critically, creatively and ethically;
• possess analytical and technical skills to be creative problem-solvers;
• can adapt to changing political and social environments.
A MPAM graduate should be able to relate the theory to the practice of public administration and should be able to understand the principles of service delivery in the public sector or nonprofit sector and how to apply them in a work environment.
The Uganda Christian University MPAM Program is designed to develop and supplement the following in its students:
• Using critical thinking and analysis to aid in decision-making;
• Understanding of the public policy-making process;
• Developing qualities and characteristics necessary to assume positions of leadership;
• Understanding and adapting to changing political, economic, and social environments; and
• Understanding of the importance of integrity and dedication in carrying out the public trust
A MPAM graduate should be committed to serving people and treating them as customers. He/she should be transparent, responsive to people’s needs and above all accountable while in the service of the state.
• open to holders of a good Bachelor’s degree from a recognized institution (University),
• a minimum of two (2) years working experience in a relevant field will be required,
• Fresh graduates with inadequate or no relevant working experience should have attained a first class degree or a very good upper second class degree to qualify for admission.
• Pass an interview conducted by UCU faculty on a date to be communicated
• The pass mark in each course of study is 60%
• Coursework assessment – 60%
• Written examinations – 40%
• Therefore candidate’s performance in each course for the ward of the degree will be assessed through:
- Course-work. This includes written assignments, recommended reading, participation in seminars and class discussions, tests, reports and presentations.
- A written examination will be taken at the end of each module for each course (usually this will be done at the beginning of the module except for the last (3rd) module).
Students shall carry out field work and archival research and write a dissertation of 8000-1000 words on issues in Public Administration and Management. The topic for the dissertation will be chosen by the candidate but has to be approved by the School of Research and Post Graduate Studies or the Faculty Higher degrees committee. Or
Students shall choose the option of a research paper that shall be based on an extended paper based on desk research (library and archival). The option will provide opportunity to students who intend to further develop skills of critical thinking and analysis. The paper should also be within 8000-10000 words. The topic will be chosen by the candidate but has to be approved by the School of Research and Post Graduate Studies or the Faculty Higher degrees committee.
Participants can continue working full-time while pursuing their studies because the program is a primarily a distance education program with four week residency at Uganda Christian University.
Instructors (Lecturers) will give students take home instructional materials/supplementary readings in preparation for exams that will always be done at the start of the module. Therefore, examinations are written on the first day of the next face-to-face session.
One (1) module is equivalent to a semester because it takes into account the face to face sessions and the time students will be away (independent reading and research).
The actual starting date of the beginning of the face-to-face sessions will always be communicated to the students at the end of every face-to-face session. Face-to-face sessions will run from:
• Late August to late September
• Early January to early February
• Late April to Late May
Year 1 Module 1
Organization Theory and Behavior
Human Resources Management
Ethics and Public Management
Research Methods Year 1 Module 2
Administrative Law and Process
Project Monitoring and Evaluation
Public Policy Formulation and Management
Management Information Systems Year 2 Module 1
(Choose either Local Government Option or Nonprofit Management Option)
Local Government Administration Option
Decentralization and Local Governance
Accounting & Financial Management
Land Use and Physical Planning Nonprofit Management Option
Marketing and Public Relations
Accounting and Financial Management
Year 2 Module 2
The Dissertation or The Research Paper
In 1913, a theological college was established in Mukono. Today, Uganda Christian University serves over 11,000 students offering a wide range of programmes at its five campuses nationwide. In 2013, Uganda Christian University celebrated 100 years of service and looks forward to building a great future.