School of Graduate Studies


The School of Graduate Studies offers more than twenty graduate programs in diverse areas through conventional and distance modes of learning. These programs are run under the Faculty of Informatics, Faculty of International Programs, Institute of Agriculture and Development studies, Institute of Quality and Productivity Management and School of Business. Students get admitted to any of these programs through rigorous entrance examinations.


The School offers postgraduate programs of its own and through partnership, creating more access to higher education to the diverse needs and convenience of students with enthusiasm to quench their thirst for tertiary education. Its Masters programs include Accounting and Finance, Agricultural Economics, Business Administration, Computer Science, Development Economics, Development Management, Higher Education Studies, Human Resource Management, Marketing Management, Project Management, Quality and Productivity Management, Social Work, Sociology. In addition, with a view to diversify its programs and provide a range of options for potential candidates, the School provides international programs. Partnering with Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, it offers MBA in Impact Entrepreneurship. The long-established partnership with the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has enabled it to offer eight Masters Programs in Business Administration, Commerce, Economics, Political Science, Public Administration, Rural Development, Social Work and Sociology. Four more Masters Programs are also offered in collaboration with the Open University of Tanzania. These are Masters in Economics, Human Resource Management, International Cooperation and Development, and Project Management. The programs offered in partnership with IGNOU and OUT are distance thus allowing students to enjoy their studies at their own pace and without time and space restrictions.

Establishment History

SMU launched the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) in 2009 so as to address the country’s needs for highly qualified, enthusiastic and diligent professionals in the labor market. The school runs Masters Programs in diverse areas of studies.

Areas of responsibility

Since its establishment in 2009, the SGS has been evolving and currently runs diversified local and international Master’s programs in both distance and conventional modes of learning. The operational activities of these divisions are managed by Deans who are accountable to the President. In addition to these major divisions, there are supportive offices which work toward making students’ stay fruitful and enjoyable. The Student Support Service Office, which is directly accountable to the President, is one of these offices. The other office is the Office of the Associate Registrar which carries out student admission, progression, graduation and related functions. The Associate Registrar is accountable to the Chief Registrar and mainly conducts the functions of SGS.


The School of Graduate Studies is housed in the University's spacious, well-furnished and comfortable building, which is accessible to transport from and to different directions of Addis Ababa.