Master Of Arts In Urban Management


Urbanization is an irreversible trend worldwide with close to 50% of the world population

living in urban areas and involves a multitude of social, economic, demographic,

environmental and spatial aspects. Many developing countries, including Kenya have

recorded unprecedented rates of urbanization that has challenged the capacity of many

local authorities to tackle the attendant challenges. The pace of urbanization in the

developing countries has posed several challenges to planners, managers, policy makers

and researchers and thus need to develop innovative programmes that would train human

resources to effectively manage emerging challenges in our urban societies.

The increase in urban population in many developing countries has posed many

challenges to management of these cities, challenges that tend to transcend traditional

urban management fields/professions. The Masters of Science in Urbana Management

programme at Egerton University intends to fill a gap in the training of urban managers

for our urban systems that has traditionally been undertaken by professionals trained

either in the field of planning, legal studies, financial management etc. and that has

proved inadequate in tackling the emerging challenges of urban societies. The

complexities of problems in our urban societies call for managers who will not only be

prudent resource managers but able to mobilize resources for growth and development of

urban centers. These are managers who are able to look for and create opportunities that

can help expand the urban economic base and make linkages with the surrounding region.

The programme intends to generate managers not only with skills to effectively manage

our urban centers but also be keen team players and coordinators of various actors. The

practicum aspect in the program is meant to enhance the practicability of the solutions

that students may propose and strengthen their hands-on approach to tackling urban



Programme Objectives

The Master of Science programme in Urban Management at Egerton University will

provide both basic management techniques and analytic skills necessary for sustainable

and effective management of rapidly evolving urban environments. The curriculum

provides every candidate with the opportunity and responsibility to develop a preferred

specialty in one or more key areas of practice, such as environmental management; health

systems planning; environment impact assessment; urban land use planning; and

environmental hazard management.

The curriculum seeks to build students‘ professional judgment skills through applied

course work and field experience, while instilling awareness of, and appreciation for,

research and theory from many contributing disciplines. In this way, it will contribute to

training and building capacity/skills for our urban managers who will appreciate a

multidisciplinary approach in sustainably managing the major challenges that our urban

societies face. The graduate of the programme will be expected to develop skills that

would enable them undertake situational analysis of the urban areas in regard to human

settlements, planning and management issues, develop monitoring and evaluation tools

for urban projects and generally be managers who are able to co-ordinate various actors in

the urban management.


Admission Requirements

For admission to this programme, applicants should have at least an Upper Second class

division or its equivalent in a field related to urban management from a university

recognized by Egerton University Senate. Candidates with a Second Class degree Lower

Division. with at least two years work experience in urban management related fields will

be considered for admission. The faculty may recommend the admission of students who

do not meet the above requirements but show strength in their practical fields that may

warrant such admissions.


Course Structure and Duration

The course will cover two academic years stretching over four semesters including a

master‘s project dissertation. The programme will involve a core of compulsory units

which cover contemporary urban management issues as well as general social science

research methods - both qualitative and quantitative. There are also a number of optional

units in various facets of urban management, risk management, and social issues. In total,

candidates are expected to cover twenty course units each with total of 60 course work

hours. The first three semesters will be reserved for coursework and the fourth semester

dedicated to urban research and preparation of a master‘s project dissertation.


Examination regulations

All examinations for the MA In Urban Management shall be conducted in accordance

with examination regulations as stipulated in Egerton University Statute XXIX.



The grading of examination for MA in Urban Mangement shall be in accordance with

Egerton University Statute XXIX.

Graduation Requirements

To graduatewith MSc in Natural Resources Management a student shall be required to

take and pass all required courses within the stipulated time.


Degree Classification

The MA in Urban Managementis not classified