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Welcome to the School of Applied Human Sciences.

The overall objective of the School of Applied Human Sciences is holistic service to all humankind through Novelty, Quality and Integrity. The School endeavors to be the Center of Excellence in innovativeness, restoration of human dignity, nurture and servanthood. This is based on Daystar University’s Mission of developing “managers, professionals, researchers and scholars to be effective Christian servant-leaders through the integration of Christian faith and holistic learning for the transformation of church and society in Africa and the World.” The School exists for the purpose of building, shaping, modeling and mentoring humankind through clinical services, integration of faith and learning, and the promotion of intellectualism and scholarly discourse. 

The School has the following departments:

  • Department of Psychology
  • Department of Development Studies

Welcome ALL!


  • Counseling
  • Community Development
  • Diploma in Agriculture

Undergraduate Majors

  • Bachelor of Arts (BA) - Psychology and Counselling 

    The Psychology major degree is designed to equip students with skills for the change of human behaviour, promotion of human growth, and development of human communities. The programme aims at producing graduates whose responsibility is not only to help change maladjusted behaviour of members of the community, but also to promote spiritual maturity. It enables the student to acquire knowledge on human behaviour and mental processes, rehabilitation, restoration and reconciliation, in light of God’s word.

  •  Bachelor of Arts in Community Development

    The programme’s aim is to develop a worker who has both a high degree of creativity and leadership skills, and who understands that community development work is holistic and involves all aspects of community life (spiritual, economic, social, political). 

  •  Bachelor of Arts Social Work

Postgraduate Majors

  • Masters in Clinical Psychology 

    Qualifications for admission requirements for Masters in Clinical Psychology are:
    1. An undergraduate degree from an accredited institution of higher learning with a cumulative GPA of 2.75, or a degree awarded with an upper second class. In addition, a cumulative GPA of 2.50 with work experience.
    2. Applicants with a first degree in fields unrelated to Psychology studies may be admitted but will be required to start with a specific zero credit hours in Counselling Psychology to ground them.
    3. Applicants from undergraduate in Counselling Psychology will not be exempted from any course or have any credit transfers since this is an advanced level programme.

    The Masters in Clinical Psychology programme aims to expose students to practical and experiential learning and psychometric assessments to sharpen their professions skills, attitudes and habits. A graduate of Daystar University will be equipped with in-depth knowledge and mastery of biological, psychological, social, cultural, and spiritual contributors to mental illness through lifespan and manage them appropriately. 

    Outcome: The Graduates of this programme will work in educational institutions, health institutions, humanitarian organisations, agencies & centers, NGOs, faith-based organisations, correctional institutions among others. The graduates will increase capacity building in mental health professional in prevention and management of mental health in a specialized holistic manner.

  • Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology 

    The MA in Counseling Psychology is a two year, 48 credit hour programme, designed to equip Christian professional counselors who will be well grounded in Christian spirituality (theology), psychological principles, and African cultural perspectives. Counseling psychology programme requires more than sincere intentions and humanitarian concern. It will try to understand and adequately address the human psycho-social-spiritual needs and issues.

  • Master of Arts in Community Development 

    This programme seeks to train the student in the science and art of mobilizing communities, identifying their felt needs, designing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating of community-based projects aimed at poverty alleviation among communities especially those in the developing countries. Approaches such as Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA), Participatory Learning and Action (PLA), People Empowering People (PEP), Participatory Appraisal Monitoring and Evaluation (PAME), and others will be used to enhance community participation. 

    The programme is designed for all parties interested in engaging in various dimensions of community work. Types of students will include:-

  • Master of Arts in Monitoring and Evaluation

    This is a skills based course aimed at equipping the student with the appropriate capacity to pursue a career in monitoring and evaluation. It is designed to present the requisite information that will enhance the students’ knowledge and skills needed to effectively impact on project management processes.

    This M.A in Monitoring and Evaluation programme is based on the premise that effciency, integrity, accountability, and quality performance are core ingredients to programming, management and administration for transformational community development.


The Institute For Child Development
  • Masters of Arts in Child Development With Concentrations

  • Integrated Studies

  • Family Studies

  • Child Therapy

     The Child Development Programme is designed to carter for this need to equip professionals in the ministry to children that are currently supporting, or wishing to support children with the necessary knowledge and skills to impact positively into the lives of children.The programme curriculum is designed to promote the competence of professionals to respond to needs of children particularly those at risk as the first resort.

    This curriculum includes excellent courses that provide clear guidance and facilitation for community mobilization for supporting children; research in the identifcation of children needs; programming interventions, administration and leadership skills. Instruction in Child Development is grounded on the essential principles that are necessary when working with children. These include the following:

    • Child participation
    • Child protection
    • Provision of holistic services to children
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Child Development (PGDCD)

    The postgraduate curriculum in Child Development is designed to equip individuals who work or wish to work with children who have lived under diffcult circumstance with the requisite professional qualifcations in Child Development. In this respect, while some of the courses stipulated in this program may appear similar in content to those offered in teacher training programs, the clientele for this particular curriculum are essentially managers of child rehabilitation programs in Africa.

    The following are the major goals of this programme:

    • To equip the student with relevant knowledge on child and adolescent development with special emphasis on the African child growing under diffcult circumstances.
    • To identify developmental needs and changes in children.
    • To analyze various ways of handling the developmental needs and changes in children.
    • To equip the student with skills in studying, research, and publication in the feld of child and adolescent development with particular focus on the African child living in diffcult circumstances.
    • To propose ways in which the student will integrate Christian faith and work among the children.
    • To equip the student with facilitation skills that will assist them in carrying out participatory training on child development issues at the community level.