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Dr. Kennedy Ongaro
Dean, School of Human & Social Sciences

Welcome to the School of Human and Social Sciences.

As a School we are committed to providing holistic education that transforms our graduates to become change agents in the communities and empowers them to free people from their incapacitating limitations. We believe that human beings have the desire to realize their potentials in life and given a chance, they can enjoy fuller lives. As a school we exist for the purpose of building, shaping, modeling and mentoring humankind through clinical services, integration of faith and learning, promotion of intellectualism and Scholarly discourse, and to this end we subscribe with humility.

We have PhD in Clinical Psychology, Masters in Counseling Psychology and soon to be launched is Masters in Clinical Psychology. We do also have BA and Diploma in Counseling Psychology.

Similarly, we seek to acknowledge cultural diversity, integration of faith and learning, truth and justice, credence in promotion of intellectualism and Scholarly discourse. In the School of Human and Social Sciences, we exist to build, shape, model and mentor humankind, and to this end we subscribe with humility.


The School of Human and Social Sciences (SHSS) concerns itself with issues ranging from human to social development, corporate world to social institutions, interpersonal to community relationships and pathological to maladjustment among others.

The existence of the School of Human and Social Sciences is necessitated by the reality that mental and community health in Africa and the rest of the world have been undergoing dynamic changes and for most part in none reversible ways. The days of consultation of community counsellors and workers within the African cultural setting appear to be diminishing at unredeemable speed. Furthermore, the social fabric in the African continent has gone through a metamorphosis. In Kenya specifically, from the prison doors to the Cathedral gates and from the humblest family setting to the golden gates of the aristocrats, the outcry for psychological and social services is irresistible. In line with Daystar’s Vision and Mission, the School of Human and Social Sciences trains Christian servant-leaders who are competent professionals, researchers, and scholars for the African continent and beyond. Graduates trained in the School work for Government, private, Para-church organisations, Churches, hospitals, nongovernmental organisations and institutions of learning.

School's Academic Objectives

  • Use participatory approach to bring linkage between the School community and the clientele
  • Develop Christian servant leaders and professionals with up-to date knowledge and effective skills for driving positive change in contemporary organizations and communities
  • Maintain novelty in developing quality, unique, relevant and market driven programs Improve student satisfaction through setting in place the advisory system, counselling and conducting student satisfaction surveys
  • Encourage innovation, research, publication and consultancy among faculty
  • Equip students with a commitment to lifelong learning, moral living, critical thinking and personal growth
  • Encourage and promote academic and professional faculty development and training
  • Establish mechanisms for keeping track of alumni Use performance contracting system to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of implementation and success

Welcome ALL!






Bachelor of Arts Degree - 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.

Specifcally, the goals of the major are:

  • Provide students with a clear understanding of the principles of human behavior;
  • Enable the students to develop coping skills, self-acceptance, self-appreciation, positive self-image, self-esteem, self-dignity and appreciation of other people despite their limitations;
  • Promote and foster human relationships and adopt an objective outlook to life;
  • Provide psychological tools to collect, analyze and evaluate information and behavior in order to draw out/formulate sound conclusions;
  • Promote holistic growth and maturity in the student as an individual;
  • Provide courses which will enhance the understanding of the student and help him/her appreciate and promote God’s workmanship in human creation;
  • Enable the student to integrate psychology and Christianity; and, Psychology and African traditional culture.
  • Prepare the student for advanced study at the graduate level in psychology;
  • Enable the student to assume the responsibilities of a Christian professional whose main goal is commitment to bettering the contemporary society as God’s steward, co-worker and an agent of change.


Masters of Arts with Major 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.


The Objectives for the M.A. in Counseling Psychology are:

  • To prepare students academically and professionally to counsel effectively and ethically.
  • To provide advanced training in experimental design and data analysis so that students may conduct research in psychology:
  • To equip students to be knowledgeable consumers of research literature.
  • To provide opportunities for advanced study and practice in counseling methods with clinical populations of interest to the student.
  • To promote students’ ability to integrate psychology with Christianity and with multi-cultural issues.
  • To develop students’ ability to think critically about human problems and solutions.
  • To instill in students a desire for life-long learning through continued study and through informal academic/professional pursuits.
  • To prepare women and men to assume leadership roles, especially in Africa, with the aim of reducing human suffering and promoting psychological well-being.
  • To improve students’ ability to communicate clearly both orally and in writing to professionals and to lay persons about psychological matters.
  • To integrate throughout the course content, discussion, and practical experiences relevant to psychological knowledge, Christian principles and African perspectives.



Masters of Arts in Child Development

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 frst 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 propose ways in which the student will integrate Christian faith and work among the 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 equip the student with facilitation skills that will assist them in carrying out participatory training on child development issues at the community level.




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).

Specifcally, the goals of the major are to:

  • Equip the student with skills and techniques of involving communities in planning, implementation and evaluation of plans towards the attainment of their goals at the individual, group and community levels;
  • Enable the student to integrate his/her Christian ministry with development, addressing the diverse needs at the individual, group and community levels;
  • Present community development to the student from a Christian ministry perspective, emphasizing the concept that it involves meeting the needs of the whole person— spiritual, physical, emotional, social and material;
  • Enable the student to carry out social science research which will serve as a valid basis for the development of new social policies and programmes;
  • Enable the student to introduce appropriate methods and practices for preventing and overcoming human poverty, ignorance and disease;
  • Adequately equip the student with knowledge and skills for better conceptualization and articulation of development issues;
  • Prepare the student for employment in Christian, nongovernmental, public and private sector organizations in community development positions.



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:-

  • Those working with the church and para-church organisations.
  • Those intending to promote formation of local development institutions in society.
  • Individuals in government departments and international development/relief agencies.
  • Development practitioners committed to and involved in initiating change in society
  • Those graduating from undergraduate programmes and desiring to advance their studies in this feld.
  • Policy makers and practitioners in government and international development agencies


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.


For more information about the 4 (four) year study programme, visit or download our University Catalogue (2017-2021)

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Faculty, School Of Human & Social Sciences



Dr. Kennedy Ongaro - (Dean)

Development Studies Department


Dr. Solomon Nzyuko - (Director of the Daystar Leadership and Professional Development Institute (DLPDI)


Dr. Daniel Mutunga - Lecturer


Mrs. Mabel Odima - Lecturer


Dr. Dominics Ayaa - Snr. Lecturer


Dr. Mary Mogute - Snr. Lecturer


Dr. Agnes Jemutai Korir - Snr. Lecturer


Jane C. Kositany - Lecturer

Psychology Department


Dr. Alice Munene - Snr. Lecturer - (Coordinator, Clinical Psychology)


Mrs. Alice Mumbi Mutua - Lecturer


Dr. Susan Muriungi - Snr. Lecturer - (H.o.D)


Dr. Winnie Waiyaki - Lecturer


Dr. Stephen Ndegwa - Lecturer


Dr. Caroline Ayuya - Lecturer

Institute of Child Development


Dr. Roseline Olumbe

School Adminisrators


Sarah Malaki-Ball - (School Administrator)


Jeniffer Njaria - (Ass. School Administrator)





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