ADMISSION PROCEDURES AT THE OPEN UNIVERSITY OF TANZANIA
A graduate program you are applying for may have specific requirements which are not presented here. Kindly see the details regarding the programmes of your choice at the Open University and related issues in our current University Prospectus which is available on our website www.out.ac.tz or at the OUT Centre closest to you. All the same, the general admission procedures are hereunder.
1.Pay application fee of 30,000 Tanzanian Shillings (for Tanzanian citizens) to Research and Consultancy Account No. 0111 0101 5604, NBC Bank, Corporate Branch or 30 United States Dollars (for international applicants) to NBC Forex Current Account No. 0111 0500 0670, Corporate Branch, Swift Code NLCB TZTX.
2.Avail your Bank pay-in slip of the application fee (mentioned in the item 1) to the Open University of Tanzania Regional Branch which is close to you, after which, they will give you codes for opening up your postgraduate online application portal. (For International students, avail your BANK pay-in slip to ISO by email address: email@example.com )
3. Visit your application portal through link: http://library.out.ac.tz:8090/index.php/registration
4.Fill your application online according to instructions given in the following links: http://library.out.ac.tz:8090/uploads/stepbystep.pdf
5. When your application is successful you will be notified what to do next through the email address you filled in the online application form.
GUIDELINES FOR PREPARATION OF A TENTATIVE RESEARCH PROPOSAL FOR REGISTRATION TO A MASTER DEGREE BY THESIS OR PhD DEGREE
1. Title: The applicant should give a clear title of the research topic which will be the basis for deciding on the Faculty in which the research will be conducted and guiding the faculty on the search for supervisor(s).
2.A Brief Statement of the Research Problem. Under this heading the applicant should outline the research problem, giving the background to it, and its significance.
3.Brief Literature Review. The applicant should also give a brief review presenting the principal literature on the problem area i.e. what has been done on the research problem. He/she should list the preliminary references cited in the text of the statement or tentative research proposal. Authors names should be according to agreed conventions.
4..Research Objectives. The applicant should show the principal objectives of the intended research, outline what gaps of knowledge will be filled through the research, and what advances will be made when the research plan is executed. Provisional hypotheses should be presented, if already formulated.
5.Research Methodology. The applicant should briefly indicate the instruments to be used and methods to be adopted in carrying out research.
NOTE:These guidelines are only for those applying for a degree program done purely by thesis (research) without any course work.
All inquiries regarding admissions should be addressed to:
The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic),
The Open University of Tanzania,
P.O. Box 23409, DAR ES SALAAM, TANZANIA.
Tel. No. 2668820/2668992
Fax. (255) 022-2668759
- Applications together with an application fee of TShs. 30,000 or equivalent should be sent to the nearest Regional Centre where forms and other information are available. Foreign applicants will be required to pay USD 30. Alternatively the application forms can be downloaded from our website given above. The Directors of Regional Centres will process the forms before they are submitted to the headquarters. Direct entry applicants who finished school after 1990 must apply directly through the Tanzania Commission for Universities (TCU) website .The academic year at the Open University of Tanzania, commences in November, for all its programmes.
- Registration can only be considered if the University receives convincing evidence that the candidate will be adequately financed during his or her study at the University. Applicants from other countries who are in need of financial assistance to meet fees and other expenses are advised to apply for bursaries from their respective Governments, employers or other sponsoring agencies.
- Fees once paid will not be refunded for continuing students. Fees paid for one academic year can not be deferred to another year unless the student has paid the complete programme fees. In extremely exceptional circumstances consideration of refund of paid fees may only be made to those who have withdrawn from studies, graduated and paid excess fees. Provided that where refund is applicable, the University shall be entitled to charge 15% of the refunded amount deduct The percent shall be set, announced and reviewed by university from time to time.
- New undergraduate and postgraduate students for 2013/2014 academic year will be admitted in October except where indicated otherwise. Postgraduates doing Masters and Ph.D. by Thesis are admitted at any time of the year.
- The deadline for change of academic programme and registration for all students will be four weeks from the first date of the orientation week conducted at the Regional centres, or as may be indicated in the Almanac. A fee of Tsh 30,000/- will be charged for any request to change programme.
- All students that are admitted are required to conform entirely to all the University regulations. Students will be allowed to change subject combinations only in consultation with designated Deans and Directors of The Open University of Tanzania.
- A candidate who has been discontinued on academic grounds at one of the accredited universities in Tanzania may be allowed to apply in another discipline or to restart the same programme without consideration of any credit transfer.
- If any candidate previously discontinued from University studies will be shown to have cheated to gain admission by credit transfer, he/she shall be discontinued from studies at this University.
- Students gaining admission to this university as transfer cases from accredited universities can transfer their grades only after getting approval from the Senate. Such admissions will take into consideration the regulations of the sister universities in Tanzania. The transferred credits shall not exceed one third of all the credits in the programme. A fee of Tsh 80,000/- for local credit transfer and US$ 120 for international credit transfer will respectively be charged to any applicant before consideration is given to the request.
- Change of names by students after registration is not allowed. The University reserves the right to refuse any changes of names that are drastic, even when properly booked up by relevant laws of the land. Students should register in the names that appear in their certificates. The official order of names during registration will be; Surname, First Name(s), Middle Name(s). Where a candidate has only two names in his or her certificates, then only those two names shall be used.
- Students from this University or any other accredited University discontinued due to any examination irregularities may only be considered for admission after three years since being discontinued. No credit transfer is allowed for such students.
- Every student is required to carry with him/her, the student identity card issued by the University, whenever he/she visits the main campus, enter examination rooms, and attend face to face sessions. Any loss of the identity card must be reported to the Admissions Office, where a new card shall be issued after payment of a fee of Tsh 10,000. Regional centres may also issue local identity cards, valid for only one academic year, for those who have cleared fees for that academic year.
- The minimum duration for completion of an undergraduate degree programme is THREE YEARS. Students who complete before that period must be cleared by Senate before they can be allowed to graduate. The maximum registration period for an undergraduate degree is EIGHT YEARS. A fee of Tsh 50,000/- or USD 50 (for international students) will be charged for any request to extend registration period.