​Frequently Asked Questions

​​Graduate School of Media and Communications

How can one apply for admission?

Applicants are required to submit their applications online on University's application portal www.aku.edu/apply-online. The application portal starts accepting applications when the admissions open. 

Are hard-copy applications accepted from those applicants who live in remote areas without internet facility? 

Applicants from remote areas who do not have internet facilities are provided with downloadable and editable PDFs. You can complete the PDF application form and send the saved document of the form and other application documents at regoff.ke.gsmc@aku.edum.

What is the admission criteria?

This program is modelled for the development of journalism professionals who have a minimum of two years of professional experience in journalism or a related field (within Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda & Tanzania) or who have a four-year undergraduate degree from an accredited / recognized university.

What are the costs of the Master of Arts in Digital Journalism (MADJ)?

The course fee is currently under review, please contact regoff.ke.gsmc@aku.edu for details. For current fee structure, please visit: https://www.aku.edu/admissions/Documents/fee-structure-ea.pdf. Need- and merit-based financial assistance is available for this programme. 

How can I pay application fee for the online applications process? 

You can pay either via MPesa or bank transfer, details are as follows:

Mpesa Deposits

Mpesa Paybill: 657098​

Account: Student Name

Bank Deposits

Diamond Trust Bank Kenya Ltd., Mwanzi Road  

3rd Parklands Avenue,​ ​Off-Limuru Road

P.O. 39694 - 00623, Nairobi, Kenya        

Swift Code: DTKEKENA 

Bank Code: 063

Account # Kes: 0500444002       

Beneficiary Name: Aga Khan University              

Intermediary Bank:        

Standard Chartered Bank, New York     

1 Medicine Avenue,     

NY 10010, USA

​Swift Code: SCBLUS33

Is there any work experience required to apply? 

Yes, applicants with a 2nd class lower grade are required to have a minimum of four years of work experience and those with a 2nd class upper and above are required to have work experience of two years.

When and how are the interviews conducted?

Shortlisted applicants are required to write an admission test that comprises of English language and general journalism knowledge. Those who pass the admission test are invited for oral interviews. Upon passing both an official letter of offer is sent to each successful applicant.

Are there any scholarships or financial assistance available? 

Yes. Need- and merit-based financial assistance is available and all students are eligible to apply. The last part of the application process is the application for financial assistance. ​​Once a student gets admitted, a committee sits to decide on his application for financial assistance. The amount of assistance is decided on a case-to-case basis.

What is the duration of the programme?

The MADJ is a two-year academic programme with one and a half-year of class work and six months of project / research work. Currently classes are being offered solely online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Where will the class be held?

Due to restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the programme is currently all online, comprising synchronous and asynchronous learning. Our main mode of teaching is Zoom and Moodle. As the rules & guidelines around COVID-19 evolve students shall be notified of any changes to attendance.​

When will we be required to attend class?

​Online classes for the MADJ are on Monday to Thursday from 5:30pm – 8:30pm (EAT).