Karatina University Courses

Karatina University started off as a campus of Moi University before becoming a Chartered public university in 2013. Since then, the university has grown in leaps and bounds with its five academic schools hosting over 7000 students. Part of the reasons behind this phenomenal growth is the quality learning facilities and excellent faculty.

Indeed, Karatina University has one of the highest populations of professors in the country. Additionally, the university is conveniently located in a very serene location near the slopes of Mt. Kenya about 15kilometers North of Karatina Town.

In this article, we will be looking at the various Karatina University courses, how to apply, plus other relevant details.

Before then, let’s look at some basics:

Karatina University Courses Intakes

Karatina University conducts its intakes in the months of January, May, and lastly in September each year. The institution admits both regular government sponsored students and the privately sponsored students. Karatina university has three main modes of learning:  Full Time, Weekends, and Evening.

How To Apply For Karatina University Courses

Self-sponsored students should the Application forms from the main campus at Kagochi or the school of business (SOB) in Karatina Town.

Prospective students can also download the application from  here (Click)

The Application fee for PhD programmes is Ksh. 3,000 and Ksh. 2,000 for any Masters Programmes. The Undergraduate Programmes application charge is Ksh. 1,000 while that for Diploma is Ksh. 500 same as for the University’s Certificate Programmes.

You should send your duly filled course application forms together with all the relevant certificates, testimonials, and the application fees payment slip to admissions@karu.ac.ke.

The University will get in touch in due course. You can also use the contact telephone numbers above to follow up. Of course you are free to visit the University for Clarification of any details.

Government sponsored students should as usual apply through the KUCCPS website. Applications will normally go through as long as they are made before the stated deadline so keep an eye on the deadlines.

Karatina University admission letters are then made available from the main University website here (Click to download).

Karatina University Bank Accounts

The application fees should be deposited into the following account:



Account Number: 0040298291603

Bank Branch: Karatina


Bank: Cooperative Bank

Account Number: 01129059776700

Bank Branch: Karatina

You can also buy a bankers cheque in favor of the university.

Karatina University HELB Loans

Karatina University students qualifying for HELB loans should apply through HELBS official website atwww.helb.co.ke.

Karatina University Hostels

The university offers in-campus accommodation on first-come first-serve basis at a fee of shs. 6,500 every semester. This fee is paid through the listed bank accounts.

Students who are miss space in the University’s hostel facilities can rent suitable accommodation from the tens of privately owned hostels neighboring the various campuses. The rent charge for these hostels vary widely so you will need to do a bit of window shopping to see the available options.

Students are expected to carry with them adequate Money to cater for food and other personal upkeep expenses.

Karatina University KUCCPS Admission List

Like the admission letters, Karatina University’s KUCCPS admission list is published on the institutions website here. Keep checking.

Karatina University Contacts & Campuses

Main Campus (Kagochi) Karatina

Postal Address: P.O. Box 1957, KARATINA, 10101
Contact Telephone: (+254) 20 2176 713,  (+254) 729 721 200,  (+254) 703 610923

Contact Email: info@karu.ac.ke

Itiati Campus

Contact Telephone: 254 (20) 2176 713, 254 729 721 200

Contact Email: info@karu.ac.ke

Karatina University Karatina Town Campus

Contact Telephone: 254 (20) 2176 713, 254 729 721 200

Contact Email: info@karu.ac.ke

Karatina University Website: https://www.karu.ac.ke

Karatina University Schools and Departments

Karatina University has five academic schools hosting dozens of courses. Here are a summary of the various schools.

i)                 School of Pure & Applied Sciences

Karatina University’s School of Pure & Applied Sciences (SPAS) is responsible for training competent manpower  in professional sciences.

The school mainly focuses on biological, chemical, Actuarial, and computational/ information technology sciences with the graduates expected to secure opportunities in relevant industries, academia, and research.

Here you will find prestigious courses such as computer science, actuarial science, and Biochemistry among others.

ii)             School of Natural Resources and Environmental Studies

Karatina University’s  School of Natural Resources/ Environmental Studies offers courses in Natural Resources Management and environmental studies including a Masters programme in Wildlife management. The School offers the courses at various levels from Certificate to the Postgraduate.

iii)          School of Education and Social Sciences

Karatina University’s  School of Education plus Social Sciences serves those who have aspirations to work in Kenya’s Education sector, various Government agencies, and Social welfare organizations locally and abroad.

You can enroll in programmes such as Community Development, Criminology, Political Science, Public Administration, and Sociology to add to the popular Education courses.

The School of Education is in Itiati, a few kilometers from the Main Kagochi campus.


iv)           School of Agriculture and Biotechnology

Karatina University’s  School of Agriculture & Biotechnologies offers numerous Agricultural courses. Their undergraduate programs include Horticulture, Agricultural Extension & Rural Development, Agricultural Economics & Resource Management, and Food Science & Nutrition.

Students in this school benefit immensely from the practicals undertaken at the burgeoning university farm.

The school also offers unique Certificate and Diploma courses in emerging tea technology.

v)               School of Business

The University’s school of business has myriad courses in Business, Entrepreneurship, Tourism and Hospitality, and Economics up to the masters level.

The School of Business is located in Karatina town on your way to Karatina Law Courts.

Karatina University Fees Structure

The fees structure depends on the course you are taking. Go to this page and click on your course of choice to down the respective fees structure.

Karatina University Courses

Allow me to pace you through the official Karatina university courses as offered currently. Here they are starting from the Phds. dropping all the way to short certificate courses.

1.   Karatina University Courses: PhD. Programmes

  • in Educational Administration
  • in Geography
  • in Plant Protection

2.   Karatina University Courses: Masters Programmes

  • Master of Philosophy (M.Phil) in Entrepreneurship
  • Executive Master in Business Administration (EMBA)
  • Master of Science (Ms.c.) Hospitality & Tourism Management
  • Master of Science (Msc.) in Hospitality Management
  • Master of Science (Msc.) in Mass Communication
  • Masters in Business Management
  • Master of Science (Msc.) in Entrepreneurship.
  • Masters in Information Science
  • Masters in Biostatics
  • Master of Science(Msc.) in Botany (Specializing in Plant Ecology, Plant Physiology / Mycology, Plant Taxonomy, Plant Pathology)
  • Master of Science(Msc.) in Zoology (Specializing in Parasitology, Physiology or Entomology, Ecology)
  • Master of Science (Msc.) in Wildlife Management
  • Master of Science (Msc.) in Fisheries & Aquatic Sciences
  • Master of Science (Msc.) in Environmental Studies
  • Executive Masters of Education
  • Master of Education (Med.) Arts
  • Masters in Educational (Med.) Administration
  • Master of Education(Med.) Early Childhood & Primary Option
  • Master of Arts (MA.) in History
  • Master of Arts(MA.) in Kiswahili
  • Master of Arts(MA.) in Religious Studies
  • Master of Arts (MA.) in Literature
  • Master of Arts(MA.) in Language and Linguistics
  • Master of Arts (MA.) in Geography
  • Masters of Public Administration
  • Master in Horticultural Sciences

3.   Karatina University Courses: Undergraduate Programmes

  • Bachelor of Science(Bsc.) in Information Sciences
  • Bachelor of Science(Bsc.) in Actuarial Science
  • Bachelor of Science (Bsc.) in Computer Science
  • Bachelor of Science (Bsc.) in Information Technology
  • Bachelor of Science(Bs.c.) -Applied Statistics & Computing
  • Bachelor of Science (Bsc.) in Biochemistry
  • Bachelor of Science (Bsc.) in Microbiology
  • Bachelor of Science (Bsc.) with Education
  • Bachelor of Science (Bsc.)
  • Bachelor of Education (Arts)
  • Bachelor of Education (Sciences)
  • Bachelor of Education ECD(Early Childhood / Primary Option)
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA)in Criminology/ Criminal Justice & Public Safety
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA)in Political Science & Public Administration
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA)in in Community Development
  • Bachelor of Arts(BA)in in Sociology
  • Bachelor of Science (Bsc.)Agricultural Extension Education
  • Bachelor of Science (Bsc.)Agricultural Economics & Resource Management
  • Bachelor of Science(Bsc.) in Horticultural Science & Management
  • Bachelor of Science (Bsc.)-Food Science and Nutrition
  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Economics & Statistics
  • Bachelor of Science(Bsc.) in Entrepreneurship
  • Bachelors of Business Management (BBM)
  • Bachelors of Tourism management(BTM)
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA.) in Economics
  • Bachelors of Hotel & Hospitality Management
  • Bachelor of Economics
  • Bachelor of Science (Bs.c.) Human Resource Management
  • Bachelor Of Science (Bsc.) in Communication and PR (Public Relations)
  • Bachelor of Science (Bsc.) in Project Planning & Management
  • Bachelor of Science (Bsc.)in Natural Resources
  • Bachelor of Science (Bsc.)in Forestry
  • Bachelor of Science (Bsc.)in Environmental Studies
  • Bachelor of Science (Bsc.)in Aquaculture Technology & Management

4.   Karatina University Diploma Programmes

  • Diploma in Secondary_Education (Arts)
  • Diploma in ECDE (Early Childhood & Primary Education)
  • Diploma in Community Development
  • Diploma in County & Public Administration
  • Diploma in Crime Prevention ,Criminology, & Rehabilitation
  • Diploma in Criminal Justice/Legal Studies
  • Diploma in Criminal Justice, Criminology, & Security Studies
  • Diploma in HRM (Human Resource Management)
  • Diploma in Tourism Management.
  • Diploma in Hotel & Hospitality Management
  • Diploma in business management
  • Diploma in Communication & Public Relations
  • Diploma in Horticulture
  • Diploma in Agriculture
  • Diploma in Tea Husbandry/Management
  • Diploma in Tea Trade/Economics
  • Diploma in Tea Processing/Quality Assurance
  • Diploma in IT (Information Technology)
  • Diploma in Tourism and Wildlife Studies
  • Diploma in Aquaculture Technology/Management
  • PostGraduate Diploma In Tea Sciences & Management

5.   Karatina University Certificate Courses

  • Certificate in County Administration/Management
  • Certificate in Criminal Justice, Criminology, & Security Studies
  • Certificate in IT (Information Technology)
  • Certificate in Wildlife Sanctuaries management
  • Certificate in Community Wildlife Management
  • Certificate in Urban Forest and Landscaping
  • Certificate in Fish ponds construction and management
  • Certificate in Aquaculture Technologies and Management
  • Bridging Certificate courses in Chemistry, Physics, Maths, and Biology

6.   Karatina University Short Courses

  • Computer Skills for Senior/Top Managers
  • Computer Skills for The County & Public Administrators
  • Computer Applications Course
  • Data Communication & Networking
  • Computer Hardware & Maintenance & Support
  • Computer Graphic Design
  • Computer Aided Design using AutoCAD
  • ICDL (International Computer Driving License)
  • Accounting Packages (QuickBooks)
  • Statistics Programs (Statistical Data Analysis-SPSS)
  • Linux Essentials
  • Certified Fiber Optic Technicians(CFOF)
  • Huawei Certified Datacom Associates
  • Cisco Networking Academy(CCNA)

Karatina University Needy Students Kitty

The University runs a kitty to help the Needy and Vulnerable(underprivileged) Students pay for fees. The kitty is managed by the  Needy & Vulnerable Students Committee and requires deserving students to apply for support by the stated deadlines.

You must be either an orphan (total or partial) and needy or be a student from a poor background to get assistance from this NVS kitty.

How To Apply For The NVS Kitty

You should collect the NVS kitty application forms from the Dean of Students offices at the University and apply, or download them from here.

Remember to attach the death certificates (where applicable), a letter from your Chief plus other supporting documents when returning the application forms.

The applications are to be forwarded to the Dean of Students’ office strictly before the set deadlines.

Karatina University: Links To Other Resources

Here now are the web links to other relevant university resources:

  • Karatina University Staff Portal: Click here


  • Karatina University Students Portal: Click here (You must be a bona fide student to access the karatina university student portal login)


  • Karatina University Students Portal: Click here (Again you must be a registered student to access this portal)

Karatina University Courses: Final Word

That’s all we have about Karatina University for now. We will keep updating this information when and as we receive new details.

Kindly drop us a comment below here if you have a question.

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