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University of Botswana School of Graduate studies

School of Graduate Studies

The School of Graduate Studies (SGS) has been established in 1996 with the task to coordinate all aspects of graduate student programmes, from recommendation for approval by Senate to quality management as well as from admission through graduation. PhD enrolments commenced in the academic year 1995/96 and the first research student graduated in 1998/99; 2,009 Master, 22 MPhil and 38 PhD qualifications have been awarded so far. At the end of the decade, UB plans to become a research-intensive university and to grow its graduate student population triple fold from 1,000 in 2006/7. With a 35% growth over the past three years, 1,350 graduate students have been enrolled in 42 Master and 28 MPhil/PhD Programmes. During the same period, 30 graduate programmes were newly added and MPhil/PhD enrolments grew by 50% from 83 to 123.

So far, taught graduate programmes were offered only in full/part-time mode, limiting the intake to those students who are able to be residential in Gaborone during their semesters of study. Considering that Botswana has a population of 2 million dispersed over a 600,000 km2 territory (combined area of Germany and UK), lifelong learning for professionals living outside the capital’s catchment area was severely restricted. Starting this academic year, SGS launched a new breed of programmes based on the five MAGIC principles (modular, accredited, globally appealing, interdisciplinary, compliant). The first two programmes in this category are the MBA and the MDP; for the latter SGS received significant competitive funding from the MacArthur Foundation as one of twenty selected universities worldwide. Being chosen to receive this grant and to offer the Master’s in Development Practice (MDP) signifies the increasing global importance of sustainable development and acknowledges the multi-disciplinary competencies UB’s Graduate Programme Portfolio has developed in this area.

The new modular programmes will strengthen international student and staff exchanges, but, foremost, enable professionals residential outside Gaborone to take up graduate studies and provide opportunities for national organisations wishing to strengthen staff recruitment, development, and retention by supporting lifelong learning of their employees. A combination of graduate qualifications (PG Certificate, PG Diploma, Master) in Science, Research, and Educational Management has also been recently approved and will be offered in due course as well as an Executive MBA.

Postgraduate Applications

Postgraduate – Master’s Degree programme Applications Closing dates

Thank you for showing interest in studying at the University of Botswana. University Of Botswana Postgraduate master’s degree programme applications are currently closed.

MPhil/PhD applications are continuous. For any enquiries on MPhil/PhD applications after closing date contact School of Graduate Studies Admissions office at telephone numbers (00267) 3552960, (00267) 3552960/2861/2862/4690; or email:

Information on Applying

Before Applying

  • Please read the instructions and information before completing the application form
  • Make sure the following documents are readily available
    • Application fee receipt (pay a non-refundable Application Fee listed under Fees Schedule , which is payable into the UB bank accounts listed under Financial Procedures
    • Certified copy of Degree Certificate (s)
    • Copy of Transcript
    • Two copies of completed Professional/Academic References
    • Certified copy of National Identity Card (Omang for citizens) and Passport for international applicants
    • Certified copy of Registration Certificate/card or Nursing Licence (where applicable)
    • Copy  of proof of change of surname (where applicable). N.B. All former UB students who have changed their surnames should use surnames they used while they were students at UB so that the system will easily map their student ID to their surname and to their previous record. The new surname could be captured through SGS offices once the applicant has been admitted.
Completing your Application
  • Before you complete an application, please go over the Application Package
  • In order to apply On-line please follow the Step-by-Step advice before completing an application
  • To apply on-line you are requested to have an e-mail address
  • Make your Online application
Tracking your Application
  • Once you have applied and have received the acknowledgement letter, you may use the login details on such a letter to track the process of your application. To do that navigate to the login screen and login using the details given on the acknowledgement letter. Navigate by clicking Main Menu, then Student Admissions, then Self Service and Student Centre.
Making Changes
  • Applicants may make changes to their application anytime before the closing date for applications, but that can only be through School of Graduate Studies Admissions Office to effect the change(s).