The Master of Science programme in Community Studies and Extension (COSE) is designed to address the rapid changes affecting individuals, families, communities, and the society. These changes evolve around cultural, economic, technological, political, environmental and human factors at different levels in society. COSE focuses on sustainable development, which proposes a range of complementary policies to enhance active participation of individuals and families at the grass root level in development interventions. M.Sc. Community Studies and Extension is unique and differs from most programmes offering Masters degree in Community development related areas in the following ways:
M.Sc COSE has the extension component, which lacks in the other degree programmes
The target groups for M.Sc. COSE are the individuals, families and households. This gives it a grassroot approach, which is not emphasized in other programmes.
The practicum component is unique to M.Sc. COSE and gives students an opportunity to critically analyze the approaches, activities and roles of organizations involved in community development. The M.Sc. COSE program is expected to contribute towards development in critical areas of community improvement such as family and youth development, gender and development, entrepreneurship, community resource management, project planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.
Objectives of the Course
The objectives of the Programme are to:
i) Build human capacity in academic and critical thinking to address issues related to physical, economic, technical, social, and psychological transformation of the family and community.
ii) Provide the student with knowledge and skills in identifying, analysing and interpreting issues in community development.
iii) Equip the student with understanding of the process of identifying, planning, and managing community development projects.
iv) Enhance the student‟s capacity to incorporate information technology in resource allocation, networking and community development programmes.
v) Demonstrate an understanding of theory and practice of research in community studies and extension.
The regulations for the admission to the Masters degree Programme as specified in the Egerton University Statute shall apply. In addition, applicants for the Master of Science degree in Community Studies and Extension shall be required to have at least upper second class honours bachelor‟s degree in Agriculture and Human Ecology Extension, Community Development or related qualifications from recognised institutions. In exceptional cases, holders of lower class honour may be admitted if they have at least two years of relevant experience.
Course Structure and Duration
Full-time candidates for the Masters‟ degree shall be registers for a minimum of eighteen (18) months and maximum of thirty-six (36) months.
Part-time candidates for the Master‟s Degree shall complete their programme in a period between thirty (30) and forty-eight (48) months. Candidates must successfully complete thirty (30) Credit Factors of coursework, four (4) credit factors of practicum and in addition successfully complete a Masters Thesis of fifteen (15) C.Fs.
The Masters degree in COSE shall have two options:
o Community Resource Mapping and Management.
o Family Ecology
o The programme shall be undertaken by Coursework, Examinations and Thesis. The coursework shall constitute a minimum of 30CFs of which 21 CFs will be from compulsory courses and 9 CFs from elective courses. Thesis will constitute 15 C.F. The student shall also undertake a practicum for a period of eight (8) weeks.
COSE denotes: Co for Community, S for Studies and E for Extension
The three digits used for coding indicate the following:
The first digit is the level of study.
The second digit is the sub-discipline whereby.
The third digit is the level of the course within a sub-discipline
2=Community Resource Mapping and Management
All examinations for this programme shall be conducted in accordance with examination regulations as stipulated in the Egerton University Statute XXIX
The grading of examinations for this programme shall be conducted in accordance with in Egerton University Statute XXIX
To graduate a student shall be required to take and pass ALL scheduled courses within the stipulated period.
The of Master of Science degree in Community Studies and Extension degree is not classified in accordance with Egerton University Statute XXIX