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Frequently Asked Questions


Does KEST offer student scholarships?

KEST does not currently offer student scholarships directly but our fees have been heavily subsidized to cater for the needs of the students. We encourage our prospective students to work in partnership with their local churches and other organizations to raise their tuition and other fees.

Is KEST affiliated to any denomination?

KEST was established as a non-denominational, evangelical institution to provide training for Christian men and women for Christian ministry. KEST’s evangelical identity is based on the Lausanne Covenant (LC) of 1974.

Can I join KEST if I do not have a Senior Four (S. 4) certificate?

KEST offers a non-formal (non-accredited) program for pastors and church leaders who may not have minimum academic qualifications to join our accredited programs. Please contact us for more information.

How long does the application process take?

Once the KEST Admissions Office receives and approves your application documents you will be notified. This takes between 2 weeks to one month depending on the documents submitted. It is advisable that one applies at least 2 months before the opening of the academic semester.
Foreign students should verify their academic documents with the Uganda National Council for Higher Education (NCHE).

How many intakes are there in an academic year?

There are two intakes in an academic year. The first semester starts in August while the second Semester starts in February. Please contact us for the specific opening dates of each particular semester.

Is it possible to join any of the KEST programs in any semester?

Yes, you can join in any of the academic semesters.

What are the minimum requirements for joining any of the programs?

The minimum requirements for any of our programs are those set by the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE):
    The minimum entry requirements for admission to an ordinary diploma programme are—
  • Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) with at least 5 passes
  • Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE) with 1 principal pass and 2 subsidiary passes obtained at the same sitting or its equivalent.
    The minimum entry requirements for admission to a bachelor’s degree programme are:-
  • For direct entry— Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) and At least 2 principal passes at Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE) obtained at the same sitting or its equivalent.
  • For mature age entry— 25 years of age and above and must have passed mature age entry examinations with 50% mark and above.
  • Applicants for the Diploma in Christian Ministry and Bachelor of Theology Degree must prove their active involvement in the local church and a calling to serve.

    Does KEST offer any short courses?

    Yes, KEST offers a number of non-formal short courses like: The Bible Exposition Conference, Premarital and Marital Counseling, Training in Children Ministry, Parenting Seminars, and many others. The dates for the trainings are announced regularly through our website and other media platforms.

    Are the KEST certificates, diplomas and degrees transferable to any other institution?

    KEST is licensed by Uganda’s National Council for Higher Education (NCHE). KEST Diploma Programs are duly accredited by (NCHE). The degree program is affiliated to Ndejje University.

    Is it possible for me to transfer credits from another institution?

    Once one has been admitted, it is possible for them to transfer some credits from an accredited institution of higher learning. Please contact the Academic Registrar’s office for more information.

    What are the delivery options available for the KEST programs?

    We are striving to make our programs available to as many different categories of students as possible. Currently, we have a full-time (day time) and evening modes of delivery. We are in the process of translating our courses for distance and online mode of delivery.

    Does KEST have halls of residence or hostels?

    KEST does not currently have residential facilities for the students. However, there are many hostels near the KEST campus that can be used by the students who come far away from Kampala.

    Where is KEST located?

    KEST is located on 81/84 Gaddafi Road [Former Makerere Road] near the Law Development Center. It is about 10 minutes drive from downtown Kampala near Makerere University.

    How can I contact you?

    You may contact the registrar’s office:
  • Attn: Academic Registrar,
  • Kampala Evangelical School of Theology
  • P. O. Box 16704, Kampala, Uganda
  • Phone:+256-414-534346; +256-704973255; +256-775-973255
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