School of Business & Public Administration

The School of Business and Public Administration (SBPA) is one of the biggest schools of the University of The Gambia. With its Main campus situated at Faraba Banta in West Coast Region, the SBPA  offers various undergraduate and graduate programmes in Faraba Banta and Kanifing Campuses. These programmes are designed to address the skills and competency requirements of the labor market, both locally and globally.

The School has two Departments, namely, the Department of Economics and Finance, and the Department of Management Sciences. Each department offers various undergraduate and graduate programmes as follows:

Department of Economics & Finance,  Headed by – Dr. Christopher Belford (Ph.D, MSc., BSc.)

  • Economics (MSc., BSc.)

  • Banking and Finance (BSc.)

  • Islamic Finance (BSc.)

  • Accountancy (MSc., BSc)

Department of Management Sciences – Headed by – Dr. Lamin B. Ceesay (Ph.D., MSc., MA., BSc.)

  • Public Administration (Ph.D., MSc./MPA., BSc.)

  • Marketing (BSc., MSc./MBA)

  • Management (BSc., MSc./MBA)

  • Human Resource Management (BSc., MSc./MBA)

  • Tourism and Hospitality Management (BSc., Diploma programme)

  • Procurement and Supply Chain Management (BSc.)

The school, with its young and dynamic faculty, and its emerging state-of-the-earth infrastructure facilities, can facilitate robust teaching, learning, and research activities. The Campuses offer limitless internet connectivity to enhance student learning experiences.

All students of SBPA are mandated to take the required number of mandatory General Education Requirement Courses, Departmental Requirement Courses, Major (Core) requirement Courses, and Elective Courses.

The courses are mounted by full-time and part-time lecturers from the country’s most educated and experienced lecturers. This allows students to learn from people who understand and work in the public and private sectors of The Gambia and not-for-profit, development, and international organizations.

 

This Bachelor of Science degree prepares career-oriented adult, professionals and students for positions in the public sector, the private sector, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), policy analysis, administration, program direction, community development, programme development, labour relations, consulting, budgeting and public finance, human and government resource management and lobbying.

The undergraduate degree in Public Administration offers students the opportunity to study the management of government and non-government entities. Students are challenged with various experiences that increase their knowledge and skills in managing public, private and non-governmental institutions in developing countries in order to improve quality in service delivery.

Human Resource Management (HRM) is a planned approach to managing people effectively for performance. It aims to establish a more open, flexible and caring management style so that staff will be motivated, developed and managed in a way that they can give of their best to support department’s missions. Good HRM practices are instrumental in helping achieve departmental objectives and enhance productivity.

This programme is tailored for career-oriented students in response to the demand from the public and the private sectors. As part of the programme, students take compulsory courses in economics, management, finance and accounting, marketing and information technology.

This programme is offered for students who want to take up management as a career.  It was started for students in response to the demand from the public and the private sectors.  The programme entails courses in management, economics, finance and accounting, marketing and information technology.

The B.Sc. in Accountancy is career-oriented filed offered in response to the demand from the public and the private sectors, especially the requests from financial institutions. Moreover, almost every business and organization need accountants to measure performance and provide information that will enable them make better and sound decisions.

This programmes is offered for career-oriented students in response to the demand from the public and the private sectors especially the requests from financial institutions. This programme prepares students for the financial world with courses devised to give them the up to speed with the current realities of world.

The programme prepares graduates with the requisite knowledge and skills on advancing the products and services of public and private institutions. Students take courses including marketing, management, economics, finance and accounting and information technology.

This programme is specifically devised for students who want to take up tourism and hospitality management as a career.  This programme prepares students for the bustling tourism industry. It courses entails courses in tourism, hospitality services, management, economics, finance and accounting, marketing and information technology.

Tuition Fee

Regular students pay an annual tuition fee of D38, 000 for Gambians and $ 3,750 for international student while Mature students pay D60,000. Students have the option of paying the whole amount or half of the amount per semester (D19, 000/$2475). Those pursuing a diploma in Tourism and Hospitality Management pay an amount of D24,000.

It is worth noting that, UTG only allows students that pay at least 40% of the due fees to sit to examinations. These payments can be made at any of the various Trust Bank Ltd. Branches across the country. The university is notified of this payment and you are cleared to attend classes and sit to the examinations.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENT

Admission to the programmes at the School of Business and Public Administration is in accordance with the requirements for entry to the University of The Gambia: Minimum of 5 credits ‘O’ level/WASSCE including English language and Mathematics. Applicants must have strong grades in Mathematics and the commercial/business subjects.

The Economics and Management Students Association (ECOMANSA)

The Economics and Management Students Association (ECOMANSA) is the umbrella body that advocates for the advancement of the welfare of all students within the school. ECOMANSA is one of the most vibrant student associations within UTG. In the list of annual activities, they organize includes a research trip to other West African countries, like previously Senegal and Guinea Bissau, an ECOMANSA day, which is sort of a career event and also dedicated to celebrating the achievements of the school amongst others.

The association boasts of strong football and athlete teams coupled with a sports ground situated in the middle of the school campus. This gives students the chance to take time off to exercise and engage in other extracurricular activities.