Makerere University Diploma Holders Application Procedure

Every student admitted to Makerere University will go through the registration process. The process is in two categories namely college-based registration and self-registration

College-based Registration:

The first type of registration is done by the respective college registrar and is a manual process. At this stage, the student’s details such as date of birth, and nationality are verified manually. The dates for this process are always communicated at the college level.

Self-registration and Enrolment

Students must enroll for each academic semester, this is done by an individual through the student portal. 

After enrolling for a semester, a student then registers for the different course units to do in the particular semester. This is also done by the individual through their student portal account. 

Self registration has different categories depending upon the candidate’s status. I can be as;

  • Continuing student: – This option is for the students under normal progress. 
  • Doing retakes after final year: – This option caters for students whose program period is done but for some reason still have retakes to do. Say one is admitted to a four-year course and has not completed it within the four years. They will select this option during their registration process. 
  • Finalist: – A finalist is a student in the last year of their program period. It could be the third year for a three-year program, and the fourth year for a four-year program.
  • Fresher: – A fresher is a newly admitted student registering for their first semester at campus. 
  • Stay put: – The stay put option is for students who have had low academic performance as defined by their respective programs, and have been advised not to proceed to the next academic year. 

Each applicant should possess AT LEAST a Credit or Second Class or equivalent Diploma in a relevant field from a recognised Institution plus a Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) with at least 5 Passes (or its equivalent) and a Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE) with at least one Principal Pass and Two Subsidiary Passes obtained at the same sitting (or its equivalent).

The application fee of Shs.50,000/= (Fifty thousand shillings only) plus the Bank Charge should be paid to any  Stanbic Bank, DFCU Bank (Makerere Branch), ECO Bank, Centenary Bank and Crane Bank before collecting the application form from the Admissions Office, Room 314, Level 3, in the Senate Building, Makerere University.

Certified copies of Diploma Transcripts (not photocopies of certified copies) from the awarding Institutions must be attached to the application forms. Incomplete application forms shall not be accepted.

Details of the Diplomas required for each programme can be accessed from downloads below (Listed under the respective Colleges). The details of the requirements can be obtained from Undergraduate Admissions(Diploma) on Level 3, Senate Building, Makerere University.

Each applicant should also attach a copy of the Birth Certificate to the application form.

Candidates are warned against submitting forged academic documents.

Government Sponsorship

The number of candidates admitted to each programme under the Diploma Holders Avenue does not exceed 5% of the intake per programme.

For the Private Scheme, the quota for Diploma/Degree Holder applicants does not exceed 20% of the intake per programme

The following Programmes have no Diploma Scheme.

(a)          B.Sc. Education

(b)         B.A. Education

(c)          B. Sc (Actuarial Science)

(i) Ordinary Diploma Programme

The minimum entry requirements for admission to an ordinary diploma programme are:

a) Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) with at least 5 passes

b) Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE) with at least 1 Principal pass and 2 Subsidiary passes obtained at the same sitting or its equivalent.

ii) Admission of CISCO Holders to Makerere University Programmes

The requirements for admitting applicants who possess CISCO Qualifications to programmes at Makerere University are:

a) A candidate who has completed the full series of training (known as  CCNA 1- 4 stages) under the aegis of the CISCO programmes, can be considered as having obtained the equivalent of an Ordinary Diploma with effect from 2010/2011 Intake.

b) Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) with at least 5 passes

c) Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE) with at least 1 Principal Pass and 2 Subsidiary Passes obtained at the same sitting or its equivalent.


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