University of Nairobi

University of Nairobi (UoN)


  • Masters Program
  • Duration : 2

Course Overview

The Master of Science programme in Agricultural and Applied Economics involves collaboration of sixteen universities in the Eastern, Central and Southern Africa region. Its underlying premise is the need for highly trained local professionals to address the challenges posed by far reaching changes in global and local economies, technology, and marketing, by adapting their advanced knowledge and methods to the particular institutional, political and economic circumstances of the region. The growing economies need professionals whose skills will range from analysing the implications of changes in trade and macroeconomic policy to studying the performance of local markets for agricultural products, services and inputs. Others

will be working with scientists to determine the economic as well as technical feasibility of new products and processes.

Minimum Entry Requirements

1)      Holders of at least an Upper Second Class Honours degree or equivalent qualification in Agriculture, Food Science, and Range Management or in any other subject area judged relevant from a University recognized by Senate.

2)      Holders of Lower Second Class Honours degree in the same disciplines as 1 above from the University of Nairobi or from another University recognized by in Senate, with at least two years relevant research experience, with supporting publications.

3)      Holders of a Pass degree in the same disciplines as in 1 above and a relevant postgraduate diploma from a recognized University or at least five years of field experience and evidence of research publication since graduation.

4)      Holders of equivalent qualifications from other Universities recognized by the University of Nairobi senate.

Course Objectives

The principal objectives of the programme are to:

1)      Expose students to current issues in agricultural and applied economics.

2)      Equip professionals with knowledge and skills essential for transforming the agro-food sectors and rural economies of the region in an environmentally sustainable fashion.

3)      Conform to international “best practices” while adapting skills to the region’s specific features. Of particular note is the challenge posed by shortcomings in institutions, markets and public policy.

Course Program

Course Outline

Core Courses


Mathematics for Economists

Statistics for Economists

Issues in Agricultural & Applied Econ.

 Production Economics



Research Methods, Management & Thesis

Institutional & Behavioral Economics

Elective Courses:

Environment & Natural Resource Management

Environment & Natural Resource Mgt.

Environmental Valuation and Policy

Quantitative Methods in Environ.Econ.

Natural Resource Economics and Mgt.

Project Planning and Management

Agricultural Trade and Policy

Agricultural Policy Analysis

Consumer Demand Analysis

Quantitative Analysis of Agricultural Policy

International Trade and Policy

Agricultural Marketing & Price Analysis

Project Planning and Management

Agriculture and Rural Development

Agricultural & Rural Development

Factor Market Analysis

Farm Management and Production

Farm System. & Sustain. Livelihood Analysis

Science and Technology Analysis

Quantitative Analysis of Agricul. Policy

Food Policy Analysis

Social Organization in Agriculture

Gender & Economic Development

Project Planning and Management

Agribusiness Management

Agribusiness Management

Finance and Risk Management

Agribusiness Supply Chain Management

Quantitative Methods in Agribusiness Mgt


Project Planning 7 Management


Research Project and Report


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