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Maseno University

Maseno University is dedicated to quality through teaching, research, and development, and it offers prompt services to foster and develop academic excellence in basic and applied research at all levels of study by developing practice-oriented human resources who can effectively contribute to social, intellectual, and academic development. To ensure that every customer receives the highest quality service or product at the committed cost and on time, the University is internally working with its employees to consistently improve its services, products, processes, procedures, and work environment.

About Maseno University

A public institution named Maseno University is located in the city of Kisumu, Kenya, near the Equator, in the Maseno neighborhood. It spent ten years as a constituent college of Moi University until becoming a full-fledged university in 2001. One of Kenya’s state universities, it. Now recognized as one of Kenya’s top institutions, it has over 10,000 students studying programs provided on campus.

400 kilometers west of Nairobi and 25 kilometers from Kisumu City, it is situated in Maseno Township along the Kisumu-Busia route. The Main Campus, Nairobi Campus, Kisumu Campus, Homabay Campus, and eCampus are the five campuses that make up this institution. The Kisumu campus is situated in Kisumu City’s Central Business District, while the main campus is along Kisumu-Busia Road. At Homabay town is where you can find the Homabay Campus.

The university offers a variety of degrees, diplomas, and certificates through its 12 schools and institute. The eCampus is a virtual campus that offers flexible online programs for on-campus and off-campus students enrolled in various Maseno University programs through eLearning. It is the first of its type in Kenya.

The name “Maseno” was created by Rev. J.J. Willis from the name of a tree that was close to where the first missionaries in the area built their base and were known in local dialects as “Oseno” or “Oluseno.”

Maseno University was founded as a constituent college of Moi University in October 1990. It was granted full university status in 2001, 11 years after its founding. It was established by a Parliamentary Act in 1991 and is a recognized institution.

Following the resignation of William Wamalwa as chancellor in December 2008, Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki named Professor Frida Karani, Ph.D., as the new chancellor. Maseno University honored the incoming chancellor by awarding him the degree of Doctor of Education honoris causa before he presided over the ninth commencement on December 17, 2009.

The vice chancellor was chosen to succeed Professor Frederick N. Onyango on February 18, 2011. Dr. Michael Joseph serves as Chancellor, and Professor Rosalind Mutua is the Chair of the Council. Professor Julius Omondi Nyabundi is the vice chancellor at the moment. Following the 2012 Education Act, the Commission of University Education (CUE) has recently granted it a charter.

The Maseno University eCampus developed from an eLearning Center that was first established in 2007 by the then-Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Frederick N. Onyango. The eLearning Center was located at Maseno University’s City Campus (now Kisumu Campus), where it offered lecturers technical support and capacity-building services so they could get ready to offer open, distance, and eLearning courses to off-campus students (or “distance education” students as they were known back then).

Prof. Onyango was a staunch supporter of technology’s ability to enhance outcomes in higher education. Many years before this, he organized the University Senate to implement Maseno University’s “With IT” curriculum, which mandated that all undergraduate students complete foundational IT courses as part of their core curriculum. All undergraduate programs provided by Maseno University typically carried the phrase “With IT” after the course title. For example, Bachelor of Arts (Criminology, With IT).

Dr. Betty Obura Ogange, a seasoned educator with multidisciplinary expertise in information systems, online pedagogy, and language education, was hired in 2009 to serve as the coordinator of eLearning. Her main task was to assist in creating the framework for eLearning at Maseno University and gradually encourage the lecturers to adopt innovative ICT-based teaching, learning, and research strategies for the benefit of all enrolled students in Maseno University programs, regardless of where they were physically located.

Later, in 2011, the eLearning Center would be created as an eCampus following the Maseno University Statutes, with Dr. Ogange serving as the Director. Both the Deputy Vice-Chancellor in charge of Academic Affairs at the time, Prof. Madara Ogot, and the incoming Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Dominic W. Makawiti, were ICT aficionados who saw the potential for enhanced services for all students through the eCampus. They backed the demand for rapid finance, capacity building, and human resources that would enable this.

As the institution’s first director, Dr. Ogange collaborated with the appropriate deans of schools and chairs of departments, gathered a group of technical and pedagogy experts, along with professors and support staff, and developed the structures, policies, and systems that made Maseno University’s eCampus the first of its kind in the area. Via the eCampus, Maseno University’s use of ICT in the curriculum has progressed from seeing it as a “topic” to seeing it as a “resource” for learning.

For off-campus students living in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, and Nigeria, among other African nations, there are now 17 programs available at the campus. Some on-campus courses with a large student body are still supported by eCampus. For instance, the School of Public Health and Community Development offers the course PHT 112 HIV & AIDS Determinants, Prevention, and Management, which is taken flexibly by an average of 2,000–3,000 students each semester because it is a requirement for graduation for all students.

Faculty and Departments At Maseno University

School of Education

  • Education Psychology Department
  • Special Needs Education and Rehabilitation
  • Education Management & Foundations Information
  • Communication Technology And Curriculum Studies

School Of Pharmacy

  • Department of Pharmacology & Pharmacognosy
  • Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry & Analysis

School Of Computing & Informatics

  • Computer Science Department
  • Information Technology Department

School Of Planning And Architecture

  • Department of Urban and Regional Planning
  • Department of Urban Management

School Of Medicine

  • Family Health
  • Human Anatomy
  • Medical Biochemistry
  • Medical Laboratory Science
  • Medical Microbiology
  • Medical Physiology
  • Pathology
  • Psychiatry
  • Radiology
  • Surgery And Anaesthesiology
  • Obstetrics And Gynaecology
  • Internal Medicine
  • Paediatrics And Child Health

School Of Nursing

  • Community health nursing
  • Midwifery Nursing
  • Medical surgical nursing
  • Nursing education, leadership, and research

School Of Physical And Biological Sciences

  • Botany
  • Chemistry
  • Physics and Material Science
  • Zoology

School Of Agriculture, Food Security, And Environmental Sciences

  • Animal Science and Fisheries
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Agricultural Economics and Rural Development
  • Crop and Soil Sciences

School Of Arts And Social Sciences

  • Department of Music & theatre studies
  • Department of Linguistics
  • Kiswahili & Other African Languages
  • Department of Communication and Media Technology
  • Department of Literary Studies
  • Department of Sociology and Anthropology
  • Department of History & Archaeology
  • Psychology
  • French & Other Foreign Languages
  • Religion, Theology & Philosophy
  • Art & Design Department
  • Department of Geography and Natural Resources Management

School Of Business And Economics

  • Department of Accounting & Finance
  • Department of Business Administration
  • Department of Economics
  • Department of Management Science
  • Department of ECOHIM

School Of Public Health And Community Development

  • Department of Nutrition and Health
  • Department of Public Health
  • Department of Biomedical Sciences

School Of Mathematics, Statistics, And Actuarial Sciences

  • Pure and Applied Mathematics
  • Statistics and Actuarial Science

FAQS about Maseno University

Q. How many Students Does Maseno University admit per year?

A. 21,000 students are enrolled in total at the University’s Main Campus, Kisumu Campus, as of right now.

Q. Is Maseno University a Federal or State School? 

A. It is a public university.

Q. What is the cut-off point for Maseno University?

A. Visit the University to find out.

Q. What is Maseno University Official Website?


Q. Is Maseno University a good school?

A. Yes. The University ranked 13th in Kenya, 5700th in the global 2023 rating, and scored in 17 research topics.

Q. Are there hostels at Maseno University?

A. Yes. Hostel reservations can be made by students through the Maseno University Student Portal. All students accepted to the Main Campus receive housing amenities from the university. The rooms are assigned based on a first-come, first-served.

Q. When is the admission form coming out for Maseno University?

A. Refer to the school’s website.

Q. Who founded Maseno University?

A. The University was founded by an Act of Parliament.

Q. What are the requirements for Maseno University?

A. Minimum Requirement

KCSE C+ Mean grade or Grade C plain with a diploma in an applicable field, or EAACE/KCE (“O” Level) Division II and above with a diploma in a relevant field.

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