Bachelor of Arts in Development Studies - Africa International University | Educartis

4 years
On Campus


Course Overview

The Bachelor of Arts in Development Studies is a four-year undergraduate programme that combines general education with the basic study of community development and is designed to develop a consistent Christian vision and approach to community development and poverty reduction. Taking a multidisciplinary approach, this on-campus course will help students acquire the relevant knowledge, practical skills, and competencies geared towards empowering communities to manage their own initiatives for social transformation. 

Issues involving development, poverty, inequality, and environmental sustainability are some of the most important in the world today and the skills and abilities learned during this programme are highly sought after by a broad range of employers including international aid organisations, consulting firms, and local government departments. Not only is this a challenging, exciting, and meaningful job, but it will also allow you to go on to make a positive difference in the community you live, and the rest of the world. If this sounds like the right choice for you, this programme will help you gain detailed skills and a strong understanding of key principles in this field, enhancing your employability and helping you take the first step to building a successful and rewarding career. 

Upon completion, students will receive a Bachelor of Arts in Development Studies. 
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How This Course Will Benefit Your Career

At the end of this programme, students should be able to: 

  • Demonstrate mastery of sound concepts and principles in research and development theories with reference to factors in sustainable development. 
  • Apply a coherent vision for Christian approach and lifestyle to community development and poverty reduction in view of career readiness. 
  • Design, implement, and manage development services that reflect sensitivity to the holistic nature of human needs, whether spiritual, physical, social, or psychological needs in diverse contexts. 
  • Exhibit ethical and strategic leadership and social responsibility in the workplace. 
  • Effectively organise and tap into available resources, both human and material, to solve organisational problems and address contemporary issues of concern with efficiency. 

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Certification obtained

Bachelor of Arts in Development Studies

What jobs will I qualify for?

This programme will provide students with a path towards careers such as: 

  • Business Development Manager
  • Public Affairs Consultant 
  • NGO Director
  • Institutional Researcher 
  • Foreign Correspondant 

Student Testimonial

"AIU is the best place you can be, with friendly people and a conducive environment." Elvis Kington 


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Admission Criteria

To be eligible for this course, students must have either: 

  • KCSE C+ or above 
  • A relevant diploma from an institution recognised by the University Senate

How do I apply?

To apply for this programme, students must provide: 

  • A complete application form, along with a non-refundable application fee of 1500 KES. 
  • 2 recent passport photographs with their full name written on the reverse side of the pictures. 
  • Copies of secondary and post-secondary certificates and transcripts, including leaving certificates. 
  • A copy of National ID Card/Birth Certificate/Passport Bio-Data Page

Payment options

The total fee for this course is 65,025 KES.

At AIU, we make it easier for you to settle your fees by offering the following methods of payment:

  • Payments can be made by banker's cheque, payable to Africa International University. Please note that the university DOES NOT accept personal cheques. 
  • The university WILL NOT accept any case payments. Cash should be deposited in one of our bank accounts and the banking slip presented for issuance of a University receipt to the finance office. Kindly ensure the correct capturing of your name and registration number on the banking slip. 

Detailed course information

This programme is taken on campus at Africa International University. The course outline is as follows:

Year 1 
  • Environment, Development and Stewardship
  • Essentials of ICT
  • Bible Interpretation and Study Methods
  • Bible Survey
  • Foundations for Life and Mission
  • Library Research and Information Competency
  • English Writing and Composition
  • Personal Spiritual Development
  • Introduction to Sustainable Development
  • Community Health and Development
  • Systems Theory and Other Theories of Development
  • Community Development Strategies and Approaches
  • Principles and Practice of Community Development
  • Principles of Management
  • Human Body and Personal Care
  • Africa and World Civilization

Year 2 
  • Strategic Thinking in Development
  • Introduction to Urban Development
  • Participatory Community Development
  • Disaster Preparedness  and Management
  • Bible Doctrines
  • Global Development Policies and Strategies
  • Social Work and Community Development
  • Social Statistics
  • Community Health and Development
  • Urban Group Dynamics
  • Leadership

Year 3 
  • Management of Community Based Organizations
  • Human Communities and Conflict
  • Environmental Development Stewardship
  • Urban Group Dynamics
  • Contemporary Issues in Community Development
  • Organizational Assessment and Development
  • Socioeconomic Analysis and Wealth Creation
  • Project Planning and Management 
  • Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Development Communication
  • Research Design and Methods
  • Gender and Affirmative Action in Development
  • Local Resource Mobilization and Management

Year 4 
  • Project Proposal Writing and Fundraising      
  • Governance and Politics of Development
  • Project (Compulsory)
  • Rural Development and Sociology
  • Training and Facilitation Skills for Capacity Building
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Trends and Implications of Rural-Urban Migration
  • Social Integration of  the Physically Challenged
  • Internship (Compulsory)
  • Rural Development and Agribusiness
  • Lobbying and Advocacy

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Where and When


Africa International University - AIU

Dagoretti road , Nairobi, Karen, Kenya


Africa International University - AIU

Dagoretti road , Nairobi, Karen, Kenya

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