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
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.
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.
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.
To graduatewith MSc in Natural Resources Management a student shall be required to
take and pass all required courses within the stipulated time.
The MA in Urban Managementis not classified