UDS Admission Requirements for the 2022/2023 Academic Year

University for Development Studies admission forms for the 2022/2023 academic year have been released. Applicants before applying must know and meet the admission requirements. Find UDS Admission Requirements for the 2022/2023 Academic Year here.

For applicants applying for Degree and HND/Diploma programmes, the below requirements must be met as set by the university.

Three Core Subjects and three Elective Subjects pertaining to the area of stud shall be considered. The aggregate score of all the six subjects (core and elective) should be 36 or better than that.

Find the details of the requirements below.

UDS Admission Requirements for the 2022/2023 Academic Year

WASSCE Holders (for Degree Programmes)

  • WASSCE holders seeking admission into Degree programmes must have at least C6 in all their three Core and three Elective Subjects.
  • WASSCE holders who have Grade D7 or E8 or F9 in any one of their three Core or three Elective subjects are advised not to apply for a degree programme.
  • Candidates should therefore possess, at least, credit scores/grades in the following:
  • Three Core Subjects (English Language, Mathematics (Core) and Integrated Science / Social Studies).
  • Any three elective subjects in the relevant programmes.
  • The aggregate score of the best six (6) subjects (three core and three electives) must not exceed 36


However, admissions will be on a competitive basis, and various programmes offered in UDS have their cut-off points much lower than the aggregate of 36 for WASSCE.


  • Candidates should note that Social Studies is not an elective subject.
  • For candidates who read Arts and Business subjects at WASSCE, a grade in Social Studies may be used in place of the grade in Integrated Science in the calculation of their aggregates if the Social Studies grade is better than the grade in Integrated Science. This is however on condition that the candidate has at least a pass in Integrated Science.
  • For Science students, however, Social Studies (Core) does not replace Integrated Science (Core) in the calculation of candidates’ aggregates.

WASSCE Holders (for Diploma Programmes)

Candidates who do not meet the requirements for Degree programmes in UDS are advised to apply for any one of the Diploma programmes

  • Diploma in  Development Education
  • Basic Education
  • Early Childhood
  • Care and Education

all of which are offered at the Tamale Campus. But the below Diploma programmes are offered at Nyankpala Campus.

  • Diploma in Social Change Communication
  • Agriculture Technology
  • Family and Consumer Science
  • Biotechnology and Molecular Biology
  • Natural Resource Management

To be admitted into a Diploma programme, 

  • three credit passes in the area of specialization (elective subjects) and at least two passes ( D7 or better) in English Language and Mathematics in WASSCE are required.
  • Any candidate without a pass in English Language and Mathematics (core) need not apply for the Diploma.
  • It is not likely that all candidates with the minimum requirements for Diploma programmes will be admitted.
  • Preference will be given to candidates who have good grades/credit passes.
  • Candidates, who have met the requirements for Degree programmes (Credits in three electives and three core subjects), but have aggregates that are not good enough maybe admitted into Diploma programmes.

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