Literature is an essential component of culture. For this reason, it is at the core of every nation‘s development and identity formation. It is a key manifestation of the spirit of humanity; that aspect of it without which it ceases to function as the ultimate form of creation. The collapse of great nations has time and again in history been brought about by the drastic decline in morality; and a basic source for the sustenance of morality is literature. Although at the primary level it is a spontaneous realization of the aesthetic potentiality of man, literature requires for its full blossoming a deliberate systematic training in creativity. As a discipline, Literature is concerned both with this training, and with the study of literary theory and criticism.

At the end of the programme, the learner should be able to:

  • Demonstrate language skills that are useful in areas of linguistics and literature inKiswahili.
  • Achieve a very high proficiency in the use ofKiswahili.
  • Analyse Kiswahili literary texts using various literarytheories.
  • Apply knowledge in linguistics and literature in Kiswahili to solve societalproblems.
  • Possess necessary skills to pursue a career in Kiswahili studies in research or academicinstitution.

The common regulations for all Master‘s degree in Tharaka University shall apply. The general regulations for all Master‘s degrees in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities shall apply. The following shall be eligible for admission for Master of Arts in Kiswahili programme: Holders of at least a Bachelor‘s degree with a SecondClass Honours (Upper Division) in B.A. or B.Ed (Arts) with specialization in Kiswahili from Tharaka University or other recognized institutions by Tharaka University Senate. OR Holders of a Bachelor‘s degree with a Second Class Honours (Lower Division) in B.A. or B.Ed (Arts) with specialization in Kiswahili and at least two years‘ relevant work experience.

The Programme takes 2 to 4 years when taken on full-time or part-time basis, respectively. A fulltime candidate for MA in Kiswahili degree shall be registered for a minimum of 18 months and a maximum of 36 months. A part time candidate for Master of Arts in Kiswahili shall complete the programme in a period of between 30 and 48 months. A part time candidate shall be allowed to take a minimum of 9 CFs and a maximum of 18 CFs per semester. The Master of Arts in Kiswahili programme consists of 14 units of course work, examination and thesis. The 14 courses consist of 12 core courses, one seminar presentation which also involves research proposal writing and a Research Thesis. To be awarded a M.A. in Kiswahili degree, a candidate must successfully complete thirty-six (36) taught Credit Factors (CFs), six (6 CFs) for Seminar and Research Proposal Writing, and a Research Thesis for eighteen (18 CFs). Course units shall be taken after necessary prerequisites have been successfully completed, where applicable. Each course will comprise 45 contact hours and examined at the end of the semester by a 3 hourexamination.


Full Time  Ksh-120,000/= per year 

Applications should be on official forms available at Tharaka University  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