Schools Kenya

Umma University (UMMA)

The first Islamic faith-based university to be chartered in Kenya is Umma University. The University’s guiding ideas, precepts, and values are based on Islam, with a focus on the whole development of each individual’s talent, moral uprightness, hard effort, and competitiveness to promote excellence in all areas of life. It is committed to advancing social transformation based on Islamic values and encouraging harmonious coexistence between individuals of many faiths, races, ethnicities, and genders.

To meet the technological and professional demands of the twenty-first century, the national goals and objectives of Vision 2030, the medium-term plans of Vision 2030, the Kenyan counties integrated development plans, and the global Sustainable Development Goals, the university integrates its philosophy within disciplines in Applied Arts and Sciences.

About Umma University

The Thika College for Sharia and Islamic Studies, which served as the university’s predecessor, was founded in 1997. Thika College for Sharia and Islamic Studies was registered by the Ministry of Education, Science, and Technology in 2001 to provide diploma study programs in these fields.

The Thika College diploma programs were approved by the previous Commission for Higher Education in 2007, and permission was given to work with the International University of Africa in Khartoum, Sudan, to offer two undergraduate degree study programs, the Bachelor of Arts in Islamic Sharia and the Bachelor of Arts in Islamic Studies. The Thika College for Sharia and Islamic Studies received a Letter of Interim Authority from the Kenyan National Regulatory Agency, the Commission for Higher Education, on July 23, 2013, allowing it to operate as Umma University. On the Commission’s advice, the University Council moved the University from Thika to Kajiado in August 2014.

On October 18, 2019, H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta granted the University a charter.

Faculty and Departments At Umma University

School of Nursing and Midwifery

  • Department Of Medical-Surgical Nursing And Preclinical Sciences
  • Department Of Midwifery, Reproductive Health, And Gender Studies
  • Department of Community Health and Public Health Nursing
  • Department of Leadership &Management, Research, and Education

School of Sharia and Islamic Studies

  • Islamic Sharia Department
  • Islamic Studies Department
  • Arabic Department

School of Business and Technology

  • Computer Science Department 
  • Business Department

School of Education and Social Sciences

  • Bachelor of Education (Arts)

FAQS about Umma University

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

A. The University is among the institutions that don’t provide data on acceptance rates.

Q. Is Umma University a Federal or State School? 

A. It is a Private University.

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

A. A mean grade of C+.

Q. What is Umma University Official Website?


Q. Is Umma University a good school?

A. Yes. The University ranked 56th in Kenya and 12471st in the World 2023 overall rankings.

Q. Are there hostels at Umma University?

A. Yes. Male and female students are housed in different hostels. The rooms are roomy, well-lit, and equipped with built-in WiFi connections for the Internet. The university includes two dining halls, one for men and one for women.

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

A. All applications should be submitted to the Admissions Office before the 31st of August.

Q. Who founded Umma University?

A. The University was established as Thika College for Sharia and Islamic Studies and was registered under the Ministry of Education in the year 2001, and thereafter authorized to offer Diploma programs in Islamic Sharia and Islamic Studies.

Q. What are the requirements for Umma University?

A. Admission Requirement

  • Any Senate-approved Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university (Minimum Lower Second Class with two years experience. KCSE certificate with a minimum aggregate of C+ (plus) or equivalent qualification. Applicants should have acquired a C in Mathematics in the KCSE Examinations.

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