OUT admission letter 2022/2023



A graduate program you are applying for may have specific requirements, which is 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 Center closest to you. All the same, the general admission procedures are hereunder.

Visit OUT online application portal through link: https://library.out.ac.tz:8090/index.php/registration

Fill your online application according to instructions given in the following links: https://library.out.ac.tz:8090/uploads/stepbystep.pdf

Submit your application and allow us time to review the application.

If your application is successful after our review, we will send you an admission letter in the email you filled in your online application form. Please ensure that your email is correct and is functioning.

The admission letter has contact details of the personnel whom you can contact for more information (e.g. how to register? When does the programme start? etc.). The immediate contact person is the PROGRAMME COORDINATOR.


Title: The applicant should give a clear title of the research topic that 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).

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Entry Requirements


Master Degree

Minimum Qualifications for a Master's Degree

For admission to the Master's Degree of the Open University of Tanzania a candidate shall either hold an honors degree of the Open University of Tanzania or a qualification from an approved institution of higher learning, deemed to be equivalent to an honors degree of the Open University of Tanzania.

Candidates who hold unclassified degrees should have a credit or a distinction in the subject of the intended Master's Degree. Candidates with a Pass Degree will also be considered for admission if:-

Their undergraduate performance in the proposed subject of study was a B grade average or above

They have satisfied the relevant Faculty/Institute that they have exhibited academic potential through extensive field work, subsequent research experience and/or additional training.

Candidates for a Masters Degree by thesis should, in addition to the above have extensive or rich experience in research in the area of study.

Doctor of Philosophy Degree (Ph.D.)

Entry Qualifications for Ph.D. Studies

A candidate for admission to the Ph.D. degree programme of the Open University of Tanzania shall hold a relevant Master's Degree of the Open University of Tanzania or relevant Master's Degree of equivalent standing from another approved University

Candidates with only the first degree but with First Class or Upper Second Honors or holders of a distinction or a credit in the relevant subject in the case of unclassified degree may also be considered for Ph.D. registration after initially registering for the Master's Degree and doing at least one full year's postgraduate training, if they have been authorized by Senate on recommendation of the relevant Faculty/Institute Board to upgrade their registration to Ph.D. candidacy.

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