Sifa Za Kujiunga Na Chuo Cha UDSM Entry Requirements Discover Full Guide

Unlocking the doors to higher education is a momentous milestone, and for aspiring scholars in Tanzania, the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) stands as an esteemed institution of choice. In the heart of the nation’s bustling capital, UDSM has earned its reputation as a beacon of academic excellence and intellectual growth.

However, gaining entry to this prestigious university demands more than just a desire for knowledge; it requires aspiring students to meet a specific set of entry requirements. In this article, we shall explore the essential qualifications and criteria that individuals must fulfill to embark on their educational journey at the renowned University of Dar es Salaam.

  1. Educational Background: UDSM sets high standards for its applicants, and foremost among its entry requirements is the successful completion of secondary education. Aspiring students are typically required to possess a Certificate of Secondary Education Examination (CSEE) with credit passes in relevant subjects. Additionally, candidates may be expected to have passed the Advanced Certificate of Secondary Education Examination (ACSEE) with principal passes or equivalent qualifications for those applying to undergraduate programs.
  2. Academic Performance: While meeting the minimum educational qualifications is crucial, UDSM places considerable emphasis on academic performance. The university seeks candidates who have demonstrated excellence in their studies, particularly in subjects relevant to their chosen field. A solid academic track record reflects a student’s commitment to learning and indicates their potential to thrive in the rigorous academic environment that UDSM offers.

With its rich history and commitment to academic advancement, the University of Dar es Salaam remains a visionary trailblazer in Tanzania. Aspiring students who fulfill the university’s entry requirements and are eager to embrace intellectual exploration are poised to join a community that fosters growth, innovation, and lifelong learning.

Chuo Cha UDSM
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Undergraduate Entry Requirements

Admission Requirements for Undergraduate Degree Programmes

1.1 General Minimum Entrance Requirements

A candidate shall be deemed eligible for consideration for admission to a first-degree program of the University of Dar es Salaam if the candidate has one of the following qualifications:

(a) Certificate of Secondary Education Examination (C.S.E.E.) or equivalent, with passes in FIVE approved subjects THREE of which must be at Credit level obtained prior to sitting for the Advanced Certificate of Secondary Education Examination (A.C.S.E.E.) or equivalent;

(b) Two principal level passes in appropriate subjects in the A.C.S.E.E. or equivalent with total points from three issues not below 5 (for Arts programs) and 2 (for Science-based programmes) based on the following grade to point conversion scale: A = 5; B = 4; C = 3; D = 2; E = 1; S = 0.5 and F = 0 point.
[Note: Principal level passes in Divinity/Islamic Knowledge are not counted] Or

(c) An appropriate equivalent Diploma of not less than Second class/Credit level or B grade obtained from a college that is fully registered by NACTE and approved by the UDSM Senate. For Diplomas that are further classified into Upper and Lower classes, the requirement shall be an Upper Second class or B+ average.
Note: Applicants from countries following an 8-4-4 education system must complete at least one year of study at a university in their own countries before being considered for admission into the University of Dar es Salaam.

(d) A minimum score of 100 obtained from the Mature Age Entry Examination (MAEE) consisting of a score of at least 50 in Paper I and 50 in Paper II. MAEE was introduced in order to give the opportunity to exceptionally well-qualified Tanzanian candidates who wish to study for a first degree of the University of Dar es Salaam but do not possess qualifications that satisfy the University’s Direct/Equivalent entry requirements. To qualify for MAEE one must be 25 years of age or older on 1st August of the year in which admission is sought.  In addition, one must have obtained at least three credits in approved subjects at the Certificate of Secondary Education Examination or completed Form VI at least five years before 1st September of the year in which admission is sought.

1.2  Additional Entrance Requirements
In addition to the general minimum entrance requirements, there are additional qualifications, specific to the various degree programmes, as shown in the UDSM prospectus.


postgraduate Entry Requirements

Minimum Admission Requirements

Postgraduate Diploma

At least a Bachelor’s Degree, Advanced Diploma or its equivalent from a recognized institution of higher learning. Candidates with equivalent qualifications must also possess at least Secondary School Certificates with credit passes.

Master’s Degree

  • The entry qualification for a master’s programme by coursework and dissertation requires a person to have at least a Lower Second-Class degree (GPA of 2.7) or its equivalent from a recognized institution of higher Only candidates with GPA of 3.5 or above in their first degrees are considered for Masters by thesis.
  • An Applicant who holds unclassified degrees (e.g., B.V. Sc. M.D. etc.) should have a credit or distinction in the subject of the intended Master’s Candidates with Pass degrees will also be considered if:-
    1. Their undergraduate performance in the proposed subject of study was a ‘B’ grade or
    2. They have satisfied the relevant School/College/Institute that they have exhibited potential through subsequent research experience and/or additional
  • An Advanced Diploma from a recognized higher learning institution with a minimum of an upper second class PLUS Postgraduate Diploma and Secondary School
  • A recognized professional qualification (CPA, CSP,  ACCA, CA, CIB, MCIM, CMA  certificate)  PLUS

Secondary School Certificates.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Degree

Applicants must have a good relevant Master’s degree of the University of Dar es Salaam or from any other recognised University by TCU.


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