Gender equity and equality is increasingly being recognized as central to sustainable economic growth, social development and poverty reduction in both developed and developing countries. Addressing gender inequalities is essential to achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The Master of Arts in Gender, Women and Development Studies is designed to address issues of gender, women and development, educate decision-makers in the formulation of gender sensitive policies, and to apply gender knowledge and skills that are essential to all careers, such as, social work, institutional management, legal systems, government and Non-Government Organizations (NGOs. Gender knowledge is indispensable in fields of development and poverty alleviation.
(a) This programme therefore offers a wide range of carefully selected electives to meet the needs for career progression and specialization in the candidates‘ areas of interest.
There is a severe shortage of qualified personnel in the area of Gender, women and Development studies. This programme will bridge this gap and contribute to capacity building nationally and regionally.
The overall objective of the programme is to equip the student with appropriate theoretical and applied knowledge, skills and attitudes related to gender, women and development. The specific objectives of the programme are:
i) To develop a clear understanding of gender concepts and its centrality in all social analyses
ii) To enable students to enhance the capabilities of using gender analysis in the formulation and design of gender sensitive policies and programmes
iii) To equip graduates with the skills and knowledge of mainstreaming gender in their respective institutional/organizational workstations
iv) To provide training aimed at empowering the graduates to sensitise the community on gender issues through advocacy, counselling, gender theories and practices.
v) To conduct research in gender related areas
The common rules and regulations for Masters Degree as specified in the Egerton University Statutes shall apply.
Admission shall be open to holders of a first degree in Arts in Gender, Women and Development Studies or in any other related discipline, with at least second class honours (upper division) or an equivalent qualification from a recognized institution.
Applicants with a second class honours (lower division) with a working experience of two (2) years or more are admissible.
Course Structure and Duration
The masters of Arts in Gender, Women and Development Studies programme shall extend for a period of at least eighteen (18) months but not more than 36 months for full time students.
Students taking the programme on part time basis shall extend for a period of at least thirty six (36) months but should complete in a period not exceeding ( 48 ) months.
Students may be allowed to defer their studies for only one academic year on valid reason(s) communicated in writing to and accepted by the University senate.
All examinations for this programmes will be conducted in accordance with the examination regulations as stipulated in the Statutes of Egerton University.
The grading of examinations for this programme shall be conducted in accordance with Egerton University Statutes XXIX
To graduate with a Masters of Arts in Gender, Women and Development Studies, a student shall be required to pass course work, carry out research, submit a thesis and pass an oral thesis examination.
Master of Arts in Gender , Women and Development Studies degree classification shall be in accordance with Egerton university Statutes Egerton university Statutes XXIX.