Schools Zimbabwe

Great Zimbabwe University (GZU)

The goal of Great Zimbabwe University is to advance industrialization and social modernization through innovative teaching, research, and heritage-based study.

About Great Zimbabwe University

The Great Zimbabwe University (GZU) is a university in the Zimbabwean city of Masvingo. Seven kilometers east of the Masvingo CBD, it is currently located on the campus of the Masvingo Teachers’ College. The university currently operates several sites in and around the city, including those in the densely populated suburb of Mucheke, most notably the School of Tourism and Hospitality, which is perched atop what was formerly a hotel. Among the campuses in the heart of the city are the Herbert Chitepo law school and the library. Along the Bulawayo highway, there are additional recently constructed campuses to the west of the city in the industrial area. 

A second campus can be found at Mashava, a mining town 40 kilometers to the west of Masvingo. The university’s namesake, the Great Zimbabwe National Monument, will soon be close to a larger campus.

Great Zimbabwe University was one of several colleges the government built following the country’s independence in 1980. Its predecessor, Masvingo State University (MASU), was founded in response to the 1995 Chetsanga Report’s recommendations. According to the paper, teachers and technical colleges should transition into degree-granting organizations that will eventually become universities in their own right. In 1999–2000, a university college affiliated with the University of Zimbabwe was established. A Parliamentary Act established the independent Masvingo State University two years later. Two years later, the institution’s name was changed to Great Zimbabwe University.

The institution offers degree and diploma programs in the arts, business, education, and sciences at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The programs are made to adapt to the demands of the labor market in Zimbabwe’s dynamic economy.

Faculty and Departments At Great Zimbabwe University

Gary Magadzire School of Agriculture


Simon Muzenda School Of Arts and Heritage Studies

  • African Languages & Literature
  • English & Media Studies
  • History, Archaeology & Development Studies
  • Performing & Visual Arts
  • Philosophy & Religious Studies
  • Centre For Culture and Heritage Studies

Munhumutapa School of Commerce

  • Accounting & Information Systems
  • Banking and Finance
  • Management Studies
  • Economics
  • Graduate Business School
  • Hospitality, Tourism, and Culture
  • Research and Innovation

Robert Mugabe School of Education & Culture

  • Curriculum Studies
  • Educational Foundations
  • Teacher Development
  • Teaching and Learning Centre
  • Technical Education
  • Centre For Special Needs Education

Herbert Chitepo Law School

  • Law


  • Public Health (catering to the study of tropical diseases)
  • Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Basic Sciences
  • Medical Laboratory Sciences
  • Occupational Health Therapy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Pharmacy

School of Natural Sciences

  • Department of Physics, Geography, and Environmental Science
  • Department of Mathematics and Computer Sciences

Julius Nyerere School of Social Sciences

  • Human Resource Management
  • Psychology
  • Rural & Urban Development
  • Sociology & Social Anthropology
  • Nehanda Centre For Gender And Cultural Studies

Frequently Asked Questions about Great Zimbabwe University

How many Students Does Great Zimbabwe University admit per year?

Answer: The university admission rate range is 60-70% making this Zimbabwean higher education organization a somewhat selective institution. 

Is Great Zimbabwe University a Federal or State School? 

Answer: It is a public university.

What is the cut-off point for Great Zimbabwe University?

Answer: As of the time of this publication, the GZU cut-off points for the 2023/2024 academic year have not been released.

What is Great Zimbabwe University Official Website?


Is Great Zimbabwe University a good school?

Answer: Yes. The university ranked 8th in Zimbabwe, 7443rd in the global 2023 rating, and scored in 12 research topics.

Are there hostels at Great Zimbabwe University?

Answer: Yes.

When is the Admission Form coming out for Great Zimbabwe University?

Answer: Refer to the school website to find out.

Who founded Great Zimbabwe University?

Answer: The University was founded through the recommendations of the Chetsanga Report and is administered by the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education.

What are the requirements for Great Zimbabwe University?

Answer: Entry Requirements for Undergraduate Degree Courses

Passed at least two topics at the Advanced Level or its equivalent, in addition to at least five subjects at the Ordinary Level.

Ordinary Level Passes or Equivalent

  • Ordinary Level of the Zimbabwe School Examinations Council
  • An Ordinary Level of the Associated Examinations Board’s General Certificate of Education
  • An Ordinary Level of the Cambridge School Certificate
  • Ordinary Level of the East/West African Examinations Council
  • An Ordinary Level of the University of London’s General Certificate of Education
  • and any other Examinations Boards that may be endorsed by Senate from time to time

Advanced Level Passes or Equivalent

  • Advanced Level of the Zimbabwe School Examinations Council;
  • Advanced Level of the Associated Examinations Board’s General Certificate of Education;
  • Advanced Level of the Cambridge Higher School Certificate;
  • Advanced Level of the East/West African Examinations Council
  • Advanced Level of the University of London’s General Certificate of Education;
  • and any other Examinations Boards that may be authorized by Senate from time to time

Entry Requirements for a Postgraduate Degree Programme

  • A Bachelor’s degree, or its equivalent, in a field or fields related to the course you’re applying for, from a recognized university.
  • 1 academic year is the program’s duration.

Entry Requirements for a Master’s Degree Programme

  • A Bachelor’s degree or postgraduate certificate in the desired course(s) from a recognized university.
  • Two academic years are the program’s duration.

Entry requirements for a DBA or Ph.D. degree program

  • Candidates must be master’s degrees or other related program graduates from an accredited university. Practitioner Experience: Applicants must have a minimum of three years of management experience, either before or following a master’s degree.

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