University of Botswana: Statistics



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#1845 of 14,131 In the World
#31 of 1,104 In Africa
#1 of 13 In Botswana
#1 of 11 In Gaborone
#294 of 1,044 For Social Work
Top50% For 91 other topics
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Acceptance rate

* The University of Botswana is among the institutions that don't provide data on acceptance rates. This might happen because the university has programs where applicants only need to meet admission requirements to enroll and don't necessarily compete with others.

We estimate the above acceptance rate based on admission statistics of closely ranked nearby universities with similar research profiles that do publish such data.

Acceptance rate & Admissions

Admissions RequirementsBotswana General Certificate of Secondary Education (BGCSE); Cambridge Overseas School Certificate (COSC) or General Certificate of Education (GCE) or recognized foreign equivalent. Direct entrance to second year on completion of studies in another tertiary Institution
Academic CalendarAugust to May (August - December; January-May)

Research profile

University of Botswana has published 8,178 scientific papers with 91,601 citations received. The research profile covers a range of fields, including Liberal Arts & Social Sciences, Environmental Science, Biology, Political Science, Medicine, Law, Sociology, Geography and Cartography, Engineering, and Computer Science.


University of Botswana majors

by publication & citation count

Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
5,477 / 56,966
Environmental Science
4,499 / 57,290
4,075 / 59,251
Political Science
3,688 / 32,886
3,412 / 39,709
3,393 / 31,153
3,240 / 33,607
Geography and Cartography
2,954 / 34,935
2,874 / 37,771
Computer Science
2,567 / 25,816
2,527 / 24,764
2,379 / 33,769
2,379 / 30,375
2,268 / 17,439
2,190 / 33,415
2,137 / 22,177
2,131 / 19,471
2,084 / 31,716
2,017 / 22,797
1,988 / 19,017
Development Studies
1,879 / 19,787
1,791 / 21,504
1,521 / 22,311
Quantum and Particle physics
1,427 / 15,862
1,389 / 14,491
1,373 / 22,797
1,231 / 20,439
1,204 / 9,235
Public Health
1,195 / 16,583
1,121 / 18,046
Organic Chemistry
1,088 / 17,891
1,054 / 15,555
807 / 10,727
Materials Science
799 / 10,916
Education Majors
788 / 5,902
Family medicine
773 / 8,577
772 / 12,520
760 / 6,772
Art & Design
755 / 5,381
747 / 10,479

Annual publication & citation counts

Year Publications Citations
1990 28 52
1991 50 54
1992 22 64
1993 41 71
1994 49 87
1995 54 90
1996 77 136
1997 89 156
1998 94 229
1999 92 257
2000 126 308
2001 117 316
2002 136 444
2003 133 550
2004 169 704
2005 207 967
2006 233 1115
2007 221 1317
2008 235 1767
2009 214 2057
2010 257 2391
2011 335 2875
2012 330 3356
2013 371 4116
2014 390 4740
2015 395 4691
2016 424 4457
2017 433 4756
2018 447 5566
2019 434 7037
2020 488 8414
2021 605 11038
2022 528 11672
Academic rankings


International studetns 14,025-48,940 per annum (BWP)
Local studetns c.9,350-24,470 per annum (BWP)

Programs and Degrees

The table below displays academic fields with programs and courses that lead to Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctorate degrees offered by University of Botswana.

Note that the table provides a general overview and might not cover all the specific majors available at the university. Always visit the university's website for the most up-to-date information on the programs offered.

Programs Bachelor Master Doctoral
Art & Design Yes Yes No
Biology Yes Yes Yes
Business Yes Yes Yes
Chemistry Yes Yes Yes
Computer Science Yes Yes Yes
Economics Yes Yes Yes
Engineering Yes Yes Yes
Environmental Science Yes Yes Yes
Liberal Arts & Social Sciences Yes Yes Yes
Mathematics Yes Yes Yes
Medicine Yes Yes No
Physics Yes Yes Yes
Psychology Yes Yes Yes
Bachelor's Degree Accountancy, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Construction Engineering, Education, Educational Administration, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Environmental Studies, Finance, Fine Arts, Geophysics, Hotel and Restaurant, Information Sciences, Information Technology, Law, Library Science, Management, Marketing, Mechanical Engineering, Medical Technology, Medicine, Meteorology, Mining Engineering, Nursing, Physical Education, Physics, Primary Education, Social Work, Tourism
Post-Graduate Diploma Education
Master's Degree Adult Education, Archiving, Biological and Life Sciences, Biology, Business Administration, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Curriculum, Demography and Population, Development Studies, Documentation Techniques, Economics, Education, Educational Administration, Educational and Student Counselling, Educational Research, Educational Testing and Evaluation, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, English, Environmental Studies, Fine Arts, Gender Studies, Geology, History, Information Sciences, International Relations and Diplomacy, Law, Library Science, Management, Mathematics, Mathematics Education, Mechanical Engineering, Medicine, Microbiology, Natural Resources, Nursing, Paediatrics, Pathology, Philosophy, Physical Education, Physics, Political Sciences, Primary Education, Public Administration, Public Health, Religious Education, Religious Studies, Science Education, Social Sciences, Social Work, Statistics, Theology
PhD African Studies, Biology, Chemistry, Economics, Education, Environmental Studies, History, Information Sciences, Library Science, Literature, Mathematics, Physics, Political Sciences, Public Administration, Religious Studies, Social Work, Statistics, Theology

University of Botswana alumni

  1. Mokgweetsi Masisi

    Mokgweetsi Masisi
    Born in
    Botswana Flag Botswana
    1962-.. (age 61)
    politicianinternational forum participant

    Mokgweetsi Eric Keabetswe Masisi is the fifth and current President of Botswana, serving since 2018. He served as the 8th Vice President of Botswana from 12 November 2014 to 1 April 2018. He was a Member of Parliament in the National Assembly for the Moshupa-Manyana constituency from 2009 to 2018. Initially having a good relationship with former President Ian Khama, who appointed Masisi as Vice President, the two later clashed over a ban on elephant hunting, and Khama has since accused Masisi of having "stifled dissent". Coming to power in the 2019 elections, the opposition claimed irregularities and electoral fraud, however an observation mission from the African Union reported that the elections were conducted transparently and met international standards.

  2. Slumber Tsogwane

    Slumber Tsogwane
    Born in
    Botswana Flag Botswana
    1960-.. (age 63)

    Slumber Tsogwane is the current Vice President of Botswana and also Member of Parliament for Boteti West. He is the longest serving Member of Parliament of the 12th Parliament of Botswana. He took office on 4 April 2018, succeeding Mokgweetsi Masisi. He is a member of the Botswana Democratic Party.

  3. Bogolo Kenewendo

    Bogolo Kenewendo
    Born in
    Botswana Flag Botswana
    1987-.. (age 36)
    economistinternational forum participantpolitician

    Bogolo Joy Kenewendo is a Botswana global economist and politician with deep expertise in international trade and development. She has a particular focus on Pan-African development and a passion for accelerating digitization and innovation across the continent. She is the former Cabinet Minister of Investment, Trade and Industry of Botswana. Kenewendo was dropped from cabinet in November 2019. Since then, she serves as the Managing Director of Kenewendo Advisory, based in Gaborone, Botswana. She leads Molaya Kgosi Women Leadership and Mentorship Program and the Board Chair of Molaya Kgosi Trust.

  4. Beatrice Mtetwa

    Beatrice Mtetwa
    Born in
    Eswatini Flag Eswatini
    1957-.. (age 66)

    Beatrice Mtetwa is a Swazi was born 1957 and naturalised Zimbabwean lawyer who has been internationally recognized for her defense of journalists and press freedom. The New York Times described her in 2008 as "Zimbabwe's top human rights lawyer".

All 12 notable alumni

University of Botswana faculties and divisions

Faculty : Business Accountancy, Business Administration, Business and Commerce, Finance, International Business, Management, Marketing, Tourism, Transport Management
Faculty : Education Adult Education, Education, Educational Administration, Educational Sciences, Family Studies, Home Economics, Physical Education, Primary Education, Science Education, Secondary Education, Special Education
Faculty : Engineering and Technology Architecture, Civil Engineering, Construction Engineering, Design, Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Engineering, Geological Engineering, Industrial Design, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Mining Engineering, Real Estate, Regional Planning, Technology, Town Planning
Faculty : Health Sciences Environmental Studies, Health Sciences, Laboratory Techniques, Medicine, Nursing, Public Health, Surgery
Faculty : Humanities African Languages, Archaeology, Arts and Humanities, Chinese, English, Environmental Studies, French, History, Information Management, Information Sciences, Library Science, Media Studies, Performing Arts, Religious Studies, Sociology, Theology, Visual Arts
Faculty : Medicine Medicine
Faculty : Science Biological and Life Sciences, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Environmental Studies, Geology, Information Management, Mathematics, Microbiology, Natural Sciences, Physics, Statistics
Faculty : Social Sciences Demography and Population, Development Studies, Economics, Law, Political Sciences, Psychology, Public Administration, Social Sciences, Social Work, Sociology, Statistics

General information

Alternative names UB
Founded 1964
Accreditation Botswana Qualifications Authority – BQA
Motto Thuto Ke Thebe
Colors brown, blue

Location and contacts

Address Private Bag 0022
City population 246,000

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