Software engineering courses in Kenya [All you need to Know]

Last updated on July 27th, 2023 at 04:13 pm

There is no denying that technology is the future- indeed, the rate at which technology is disrupting everything from the workplace to the markets is frightening, to say the least.

And that is good news for those who would like to work in tech.

In truth, few fields are as promising in the job market as digital technology – from AI(artificial intelligence) and Machine Learning, VR (virtual reality), robotics, to augmented reality(AR), the demand for tech workers is forecasted to grow massively.

Which brings me to what I want us to talk about in this article: Software engineering courses in Kenya.

You see, behind all these amazing technologies are some powerful software- software are the engines that make tech happen and the on-going tech revolution won’t be there if the software is not there.

And that means one thing: You cannot lack a job if you are good at coding (software engineering).

Of course, to become good, you need to take an excellent software engineering course in Kenya.

So, what are the best Software engineering courses in Kenya and where can you study for these courses?

Read on to find the answer:

Software engineering courses in Kenya –The courses we recommend

Now, if you’re really passionate about software engineering in Kenya, I recommend you consider the following courses:

Degree in software engineering in Kenya

To take a degree, you need to have these minimum grades (in general):

KCSE Mean Aggregate: C+

Additional requirements

Mathematics- C+

Physics– C+

English or Kiswahili– C+


A KNEC Diploma in any of these fields: Software Engineering /IT/Business Information Technology from an Accredited Institution or equivalent

Where can you study?

If you have the above qualifications, you can apply for a degree in software engineering in Kenya at any of the following universities:

United States International University (USIU-Africa)- Here is the link to their bachelor of science(Bsc.) in software engineering programme

Co-operative University of KenyaHere is the link to Co-operative University’s bachelor of science(Bsc.) in software engineering course. Intakes are in the months if January, May, and then September every year.

Baraton University of Eastern Africa– You can also study for the course at Baraton University. Go here for details.

KCA University– KCA University offers a Bachelor’s Degree in Software Development. Go here for details.

Multimedia University– Multimedia University is also great when it comes to software engineering courses and can be an option as well.  Check out the course here.


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Diploma in software engineering in Kenya

You can always take a diploma if you did not get the minimum entry requirements to pursue a degree in software engineering.

All you need to have to get admission to the course in institutions such as Zetech University is a C- (KCSE Mean grade) plus a D- in Mathematics and D- too in either Kiswahili or English.

Here is the link to the course at Zetech University.

You can also enroll for a Diploma in Software Development at the Institute of Software Technologies(IST) in Nairobi.

Check out the program here (The course teaches you how to code mobile apps and apps for the web and takes 1 year).

Is diploma in software engineering marketable in Kenya anyway?

The course is marketable as long as it gives you outstanding skills..

Here is the thing: In software engineering, skills are more important than the name of the paper you have!

Short courses in software engineering in Kenya

If you’re working –or you have a busy schedule for some reason- you can learn software engineering by taking short courses in software engineering.

If you’d want to take that route, I would recommend you check out Moringa School’s programming courses.

Visit this page to learn how you can become a Moringa-Certified Software Engineer in about 20 weeks.


What is software engineering all about?

Software engineering is all about creating computer programs and mobile apps that run various systems in private businesses, government agencies/departments, hospitals, academia, and more.

In short, everything that you do using a computer or mobile phone is made possible by software.

I really cannot exhaust the list of devices and systems that use software programs these days- and that’s why I said the demand for software engineers is at an all-time high.


Key skills and interests required to pursue a career in this field

  • Enthusiasm for new technologies
  • Curiosity and creativity
  • Patience
  • Problem solving skills
  • Effective communication skills
  • Able to set and meet realistic timelines
  • Logical thinking skills
  • Good analytical skills
  • You must be self-directed and self-motivated
  • Planning and organizational skills

For the part, you’re likely to excel in software engineering if you’re good in mathematics because there is a lot of logical thinking to do when writing software.

That is not to say that you cannot succeed if you traditionally find maths tough – no! People do become good software engineers even without a strong mathematical background.

However, a reasonable level of mathematical/ logical thinking is absolutely crucial when doing any serious coding.

What the Job/Career/Professional entails

Job roles for professionals in software engineering include the following:

  • Create android apps/software for the web or desktop use.
  • Install and Test application systems
  • Troubleshoot, support, and repair malfunctioning apps/information management systems.
  • Maintain information security through controlled hardware/software installation
  • Provide support for specified applications.
  • Build Websites

Career Prospects in software engineering


  • Data analyst
  • Web developer
  • User Interface Developer
  • software tester
  • Software application developer
  • Information security analyst



  • Software Engineer
  • Database Administrator
  • Systems Administrator
  • Programmer
  • System Auditor /consultant
  • Database Manager
  • Computer systems manager


Software engineering courses in Kenya [Frequently Asked Questions-FAQs]

Is software engineering marketable in Kenya? / is software engineering a marketable course in Kenya? / is software development marketable in Kenya?

Software engineering is extremely marketable not just in Kenya but also abroad- and that means you can work for local firms or for many companies from outside Kenya remotely.

All you need is good skills in coding especially using the most in-demand programming languages (Javascript, Python, Java, and the others described in this article)


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