Wolkite University (WKU) is the emerging public higher education institution of Ethiopia established in 2011. It is situated in the outskirts of Wolkite town, the capital town of Gurage zone, which is located 158 km west of Addis Ababa. Regardless of its young age, it is flourishing and growing fast in academic programs’ diversity, research activities, community engagement, infrastructure development, and accessibility of facilities. Currently, WKU is running with more than 14,000 enrolled students in different modalities. Number of experienced and qualified employees in different academic ranks is showing dramatic increment. The University, apart from undergraduate programs, has been highly engaged in expansion and diversification of graduate programs. School of Graduate Studies has been launched in 2015 with 3 programs (Accounting and finance, MBA, and Development economics). It is now showing visible progress in program expansion and quality education.

On the basis of its mandates in the areas of teaching, research and outreach or community services, WKU has clearly defined its vision, mission and goal within the key objectives which will shape its future development into progressive performance.


The School of Graduate Studies of WKU has envisioned being one of the top 10 School of Graduate Studies of East African Universities in 2035.


The mission of Graduate Studies of WKU is to produce graduates who are knowledgeable, attitudinally mature and practically innovative; and also to promote high level graduate studies in various disciplines and modalities to make the university competitive in today’s dynamic phenomena of the globe.  Its mission includes supplying relevant and demanded technology and knowledge that address national and community level development problem to help make operations of the government and non-government organizations efficient, effective and competitive.


The overall goal of Graduate Studies of WKU is to evolve as an autonomous and independent academic and research institution by focusing on:

  • preparing knowledgeable, skilled, and attitudinally mature graduates in numbers with demand-based proportional balance of fields and disciplines so that the University shall become nationally and internationally competitive
  • promoting and enhancing research focusing on knowledge and technology transfer consistent with the country's priority needs
  • designing and providing community and consultancy services that shall cater to the developmental needs of the country.

Admission requirements

  • The applicant must have completed the academic requirements for the bachelor’s degree.
  • Submission of filled application form
  • Submission of letter of sponsorship from government or non-governmental organization
  • Applicant must satisfactorily pass the entrance examination to be administered by the concerned department.
  • The department/school graduate committee may include additional admission requirements in conformity with the University’s rules and regulations and upon approval by council of postgraduate program.
  • Foreign applicants should present academic records equivalent to accredited Ethiopian higher learning institutions and pass the entrance examination.

Masters Programs

Currently, School of Graduate Studies runs the undermentioned masters programs in regular and continuous education modalities in Wolkite and Butajira Campuses.

College of Business and Economics

  1. Master of Science in Accounting and Finance
  2. Master of art in Business Administration
  3. Master of Science in Developmental Economics
  4. Master of art degree in Economics for Preparatory School Teachers
  5. Master of art degree in Business education for Preparatory School Teachers

College of Agriculture and Natural Resource

  1. Master of Science in Soil Science
  2. Master of Science in Agronomy
  3. Master of Science in Horticulture
  4. Master of Science in Animal Production and Technology

College of Medicine and Health Science

  1. Master of Public Health in Public Health Nutrition

College of Social Sciences and Humanity

  1. Master of art in Development Studies (Specialization in Development Planning and Management, or Community development)
  2. Master of art in Teaching English as Foreign Language (TEFL)
  3. Master of art in Civic and Ethical Education for Preparatory School Teachers
  4. Master of art in Political Science

College of Natural and Computation Science

  1. Master of Science in Applied Mathematics (Specialization in Algebra, Analysis, Numerical Analysis, Differential Equations, Optimization)
  2. Master of Science in Physics (Specialization in Solid State Physics, or LASER Spectroscopy)
  3. Master of Science in Analytical Chemistry
  4. Master of Science in Biotechnology
  5. Master of Science in Biology (Specialization in Botany, or Zoological Sciences)
  6. Master of Science in Biology for Preparatory School Teachers
  7. Master of Science in Chemistry for Preparatory School Teachers
  8. Master of Science in Mathematics for Preparatory School Teachers
  9. Master of Science in Physics for Preparatory School Teachers

College of Computing and Informatics

  1. Master of Science in Computer Science
  2. Master of Science in Information Technology (for IT Teachers)








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