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Bachelor of Economics


Bachelor of Economics is a 4 years Bachelors Degree examined by Commision for University Education.

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About Bachelor of Economics

Economics has quite an extensive role to play in a multitude of contexts, particularly in solving agricultural and environmental problems. For example, it has much to contribute to improved policies for the efficient targeting of agricultural subsidies, the control of pollution, and the depletion of natural resources.

Economists study the allocation of resources between competing and alternative uses. Resources are finite, and people and governments must make choices. By studying the way that people make choices, economists are able to make decisions and provide solutions.

This Bachelor of Economics program is both a rigorous and flexible program of study that provides analytical tools and aids in the student?s development of problem-solving skills for economic analysis while allowing individuals the opportunity to explore specific areas of interest in various fields of economics.

Economics has quite an extensive role to play in a multitude of contexts, particularly in solving agricultural and environmental problems. For example, it has much to contribute to improved policies for the efficient targeting of agricultural subsidies, the control of pollution and the depletion of natural resources.

Economics has three main subsections:

  • Macroeconomics, which addresses issues such as the level of output and prices, inflation, and unemployment within the economy.
  • Microeconomics, which pertains to how consumers make purchase decisions and utilize their time as well as how firms make decisions on what to produce and who to employ; and
  • Econometrics, which provides the technical tools to estimate economic models from data and to forecast economic outcomes. 

Entry requirements for Bachelor of Economics

  • A KCSE mean grade of C+ with at least a grade C in each of the cluster subjects:
    • English/Kiswahili
    • Mathematics A / Any Group II
    • Any Group III
    • Any Group II / 2nd Group III/Any Group IV/ Any Group V
    • KCSE Subject Grouping
  • A minimum of two (2) principal passes and a subsidiary pass in the General Paper at A-level and have passed with a credit in mathematics at O-levels.
  • Higher Diploma (HDip) in Business Management or Equivalent

Cluster Subjects

Group I: English, Kiswahili, Mathematics

Group II: Biology, Physics, Chemistry

Group III: History and Government, Geography, Christian Religious Education, Islamic Religious Education, Hindu Religious Education

Group IV: Home Science, Art and Design, Agriculture, Aviation Technology, Computer Studies

Group V: French, German, Arabic, Music, Business Studies

Institutions offering Bachelor of Economics


University of Nairobi

Public University Starehe

The University of Nairobi is a world-class university committed to scholarly excellence. University of Nairobi mission is to provide quality university education and training and to embody the...

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Jomo Kenyatta University

Public University Juja

Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) is a public university near Nairobi, Kenya. It is situated in Juja, 36 kilometres northeast of Nairobi, along the Nairobi-Thika...

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Kenyatta University

Public University Ruiru

When you come to Kenyatta University,you discover that you have arrived at a special place.The University’s Main Campus is set on over 1,000 acres with a pleasant and...

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Kaimosi Friends University College

Public University Hamisi

Established in 2014, Kaimosi Friends University College is a public University that makes distinctive contributions to society in education and training, research and innovation.Kaimosi Friends University College is...

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Kirinyaga University

Public University Kirinyaga Central

Kirinyaga University College was established by the Kenya Government through THE Kirinyaga University College Order, Legal Notice No. 108 of September 2011 as a constituent college of Jomo...

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Maasai Mara University

Public University Likoni

Welcome to Maasai Mara University. The vision we hold as a University is to be a World Class University committed to academic excellence for development. Our Mission is to...

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South Eastern Kenya University

Public University Kitui West

SOUTH EASTERN KENYA UNIVERSITY is a fully-fledged Public University that was awarded Charter on 1st March 2013 by His Excellency Hon. Mwai Kibaki, the former President of the...

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Taita Taveta University College

Public University Likoni

Taita Taveta University College (TTUC) is a fast growing Institution located in Taita Taveta County on Voi-Mwatate road, about 8 kilometers from the Nairobi-Mombasa highway.It lies in a...

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Technical University of Kenya

Public University Starehe

The Technical University of Kenya (TU-K) was established through the elevation of The Kenya Polytechnic University College (KPUC) to full university status.TU-K was established as the first Technical...

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Karatina University

Public University Mathira

Karatina University is a Chartered public university in Kenya. Situated 15km North off Karatina town, the University aspires to be one of the leading institutions of higher learning...

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Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology

Public University Lurambi

Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology (MMUST), formerly Western University College of Science and Technology, is a public university located in Kakamega town, Kenya.MMUST holds the view...

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University of Embu

Public University Runyenjes

The University of Embu is a truly inspiring place to be where you will be part of a community of enthusiastic, industrious, highly qualified and experienced staff and...

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Objectives of Bachelor of Economics

Bachelor of Economics students gain an understanding of consumer and firm-level decision making and how the economic system functions and can be influenced.

Application areas include such topics as health care, sports, tax policy, financial markets, international marketing and trade, and natural resources. The following options are available:

  • The agricultural economics option deals with economic issues related to food and fiber supply and demand and the natural resource base that supports agricultural production and societal needs. Students will have expertise applicable to public decision-making and private decisions of farms, ranches, and agribusinesses.
  • The environmental and resource economics option trains students to make informed decisions while carefully weighing the trade-offs between protecting, restoring, developing, and allocating natural resources.
  • The business economics option trains students to use economic concepts to better understand the management, marketing, and financial problems faced by businesses operating in a market system.
  • The financial markets option provides students with solid, analytical training in the substantial overlap between economics and finance. The option requires coursework that focuses on the analysis of financial markets.
  • The international economics and development option provides students an understanding of how policies, institutions and endowments influence physical, human, and natural capital accumulation which leads to the emergence of poor and rich communities and countries.
  • The economics, policy, and law option provides students with the analytical skills used in law school and policy-making including those used in tax, law, regulation, program, policy, and project arenas.
  • The quantitative economics option provides students with the skills to understand and use more advanced statistical and mathematical models, preparing them for careers involving data analysis or for advanced education ? such as a Ph.D. in economics or a related field.

Bachelor of Economics graduates will:

  • have gained a solid understanding of microeconomics, macroeconomics, and finance;
  • develop critical-thinking skills and knowledge in analysis and understanding of the economic events and everyday problems;
  • learn how to use empirical evidence to evaluate economic problems and theories, as well as strategic business and policy proposals;
  • master solid communication skills in order to formulate a well-organized argument and communicate effectively in written, spoken, and graphical form about specific economic and financial issues.

Bachelor of Economics - Programme

Year 1, Semester 1

  • Introduction to Microeconomics
  • Basic Mathematics
  • Introduction to Business Studies
  • ICT Concepts
  • Linear Algebra
  • Communication Skills
  • Critical & Creative Thinking

Year 1, Semester 2

  • Introduction to Macroeconomics
  • Calculus
  • Economic Statistics I
  • Fundamentals of Accounting
  • Computer Applications
  • Society & Culture
  • Health Education

Year 2, Semester 1

  • Intermediate Microeconomics
  • Development Studies
  • Mathematics for Economics I
  • Economic Statistics II
  • Cost Accounting
  • Data Base Systems
  • Legal Systems and Method

Year 2, Semester 2

  • Intermediate Macroeconomics
  • Economics of Banking and Finance
  • Mathematics for Economics II
  • Numerical Methods
  • History of Economic Thought
  • Principles of Management
  • Company Law

Year 3, Semester 1


  • Microeconomic theory
  • Economic Growth and Development
  • Operations Research I
  • Entrepreneurship Development
  • Business Ethics and Governance


  • Labour Economics
  • Economics of Microfinance
  • Economics of the Industry
  • Welfare Economics

Year 3, Semester 2


  • Macroeconomics Theory
  • Economic Development Policy and Planning
  • Research Methods
  • Business Plan Development


  • Agricultural Economics
  • International Economics
  • Urban and Regional Economics
  • Operations Research II

Year 4, Semester 1


  • Monetary Economics
  • Introduction to Econometrics
  • Public Finance 
  • Research Project


  • Financial Economics
  • Economics of Natural Resources
  • Health Economics
  • Demographic Economics
  • Economics of Human Capital

Year 4, Semester 2


  • E-Commerce 
  • Macroeconomic Modelling and Forecasting
  • Project Planning and Appraisal
  • Research Project


  • Economics of Federalism and Fiscal Decentralization
  • Environmental Economics
  • Transport Economics
  • Managerial Economics

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