Department of Journalism and Communications

Admission Requirements

Generally the department admits students that have been recruited at a national level through the ministry of education. Students who have successfully completed the courses offered in preparatory schools are admitted to the department. Thus students of any high school background with reasonable English language mastery can join the department. Moreover, interested applicants who had diploma in any field from a recognized institution can be admitted as advanced standing students.


General Objective

The Department of Journalism and Communications aims at producing journalists and communicators who are intellectually rigorous and critical. The aims envisage in bringing out professionals who are well aware of the fundamental human rights, and who will work tirelessly to the respect of and observance of these rights in this fledgling democratic nation. The training is designed to create the new generation of professional journalists and communicators whose tolerance and respect for diversity in society is of great quality. The department also aims to produce professionals who are omitted to social justice in theory and practice and who are dedicated to integrity and high ethical standards empowering them to use interpersonal and technically-driven communications in a multi-layered and multicultural world.

Specific Objectives

  • To provide versatile and skilful journalists who can vigilantly serve the Ethiopian people;
  • To produce potential entrepreneur who can manage and run media firms;
  • To produce journalists with democratic outlooks, high ethical and moral standards that can contribute to the strengthening of the ongoing democratic processes within the country.
  • To provide and enlarge opportunities for teaching at universities for both faculty and students;
  • To give professional advice and consultancy services in  media;
  • To assist continuing education department in designing short-term trainings;
  • To ensure the preparation of emerging scholars devoted to research in the analysis of contemporary  media and communication  issues locally, nationally and internationally.
  • To disseminate information, knowledge and technical skills of media to the broader professional and non-professional communities.
  • To develop a centre of resource (human power and expertise, facilities and technologies, as well as information and references) in the media for national development.

Graduation Requirement

Students will be eligible for graduation upon:

  • Successful completion of all courses in major and supportive courses with a minimum of
  • CGPA of 2.00 in the overall 112 credit hours, and
  • Having no “F” grade scored in any of the courses taken.