Makerere University Direct Entry Admissions

Each applicant should:


Have the Uganda Certificate of Education with at least (five passes), or it’s equivalent and at least two principal passes at Advanced Level obtained at the same sitting. For day programmes, only candidates who sat “A” Level in 2020, 2019 and 2018  are eligible to apply.  For Evening, Afternoon, and External programmes, a candidate is not restricted to the year of sitting “A” Level.  


Hold at least a Second Class or Credit (or equivalent classification) Diploma from a recognised institution, relevant to the programmes applied for. ( Details of the Diploma Admission requirements for the current academic year can be viewed here.


Be a Graduate from a recognised university.

How to apply

  1. Application forms and other relevant information may be obtained from the undergraduate admissions Office, Level 3, Senate Building, Makerere University. Admissions are processed in May/June every year.
  2. Non-refundable application fee of UG Shs.50,000/= for Ugandans and UG Shs.172,500/= for International applicants plus Bank charges should be paid from the following banks using Makerere University Paying-in-slips:


All Banks that collect Uganda Revenue Authority Fees/Funds including the following:


3. After paying, each applicant must attach a copy of the payment – slip to the application form and submit it to the application system

Diploma holder applicants who hold class three (3) Diploma Certificates are not eligible for admission and therefore should not apply, except where stated in the diploma holder requirements.


Applicants are strongly warned against presenting forged or other people’s academic documents to support their applications for admission.  The consequences, if discovered, are very grave indeed.

For the latest Cut-Off Points for the respective Academic Programmes to guide you in making choices for courses, programmes, tuition and other fee requirements, take a look at these.

Direct Entry Scheme
A candidate shall be deemed eligible for consideration for admission to a first-degree programme of the University if the candidate has obtained:
The Uganda Certificate of Education (O’ Level) or an equivalent qualification; and
At least two Advanced level passes in approved subjects at the same sitting of the Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education Examination (A’ Level) or an equivalent qualification.

Mature Age Entry
Mature Age Entry Scheme is one of the three avenues of admission to Undergraduate programme to Makerere University.
For a candidate to qualify for entry to the University he/she must sit and pass the University Mature Entry Examination.
To be eligible for the Examination, the candidate must be at least 25 years old before the 1st of August of the year in which admission is sought.
No candidate who had previously attended a programme at Makerere University shall be re-admitted to the University under this scheme to a programme of study in which he/she failed to qualify during his/her previous attendance.
The Mature Age Entry Scheme like other avenues of University entry is open to both Ugandans and Non-Ugandans.

For further enquiries, please contact the Academic Registrar’s Office