Tourism is among the fastest expanding industry that contributes to government revenues and diverse career opportunities. Kenya is endowed with rich faunal and floral biodiversity, physical scenic features, and a dynamic social-cultural diversity. Currently mass tourism dominates the tourism sector in the region. However, the demand of land for agricultural use and other development activities threatens tourism resource sustainability. Tourism training must therefore address the need to integrate tourism with other existing land-use methods and community needs.

The Tourism Act has put emphasis on communities’ participation in managing tourism resources. To encourage community involvement, Kenyan government is determined to develop alternative tourism forms which are non consumptive. Ecotourism has therefore been developed as an avenue to enhance social, economic, and environmental benefits in participant communities. The current expansion of tourism, together with the changing external environment requires skilled manpower in order to manage the industry sustainably. This programme is designed to train manpower to meet these challenges.

At the completion of the training the BSc. Ecotourism graduates should be able to:-

  • Analyze and explain the physical environment, ecology and behavior of major African fauna and floral communities.
  • Identify, prioritize and develop ecotourism circuits, products and   associated eco tourists activities in various destinations.
  • Determine the physical, environmental, economic, social-cultural and infrastructural carrying capacities in current and potential ecotourism destinations.
  • Establish management action frameworks for guiding ecotourism development while addressing environmental, business, public sector and community needs.
  • Develop entrepreneurial skills to operate and manage private ecotourism businesses including running consultancy services.

In addition to satisfying the minimum admission requirement for Tharaka University, the candidates should have attained at least grade C in Mathematics, C+ in Biology or B- in Biological Sciences, C in Chemistry, C+ in Geography or History and Government, and at least C+ in English or Kiswahili in K.S.C.E. . Diploma holders in environmental studies, tourism, hotel or hospitality management from a recognized institution will be admitted. Degree holders from other institutions interested in this program will be considered on individual merits.

The entire duration of the course is Four (4) academic years comprising of eight (8) semesters for full time students. The course can also be offered on  Part-time basis until a total of 168 credit factors is covered.   Part-time students may cover the program within 8 academic years. To graduate, the student will be expected to have covered a total of 168 Credit Factors (CF) and 4 C.Fs of field attachment, making a total of 172 credit factors.

Full Time  Ksh – 68,500 per Semester

Online Learining (Odel) – Ksh – 54,500 per Semester

Applications should be on official forms available at Tharaka University College in Gatunga; Non-refundable fee of KES 2,000 for postgraduate courses degree, and diploma programmes and KES 1,000 for certificate courses to be deposited in the following accounts:

Bank Name        Account Name:   Branch       Account Tharaka University


Co-operative      Fees   Collection  

Bank                     Account                 Chuka       0112972400000

Equity Bank        Fees   Collection   Chuka      021 0277753588


KCB Bank           Fees   Collection   Chuka       1240985967


How to Apply?

Reach out admission Office via 0721839583 or 0703684570