School of Mathematics and Statistics
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About The School

headMathematics is an academic discipline and a body of knowledge that involves the study of concepts such as quantity, structure, space and change. It is an essential tool in many fields including natural science, engineering, Medicine and Social Science such as Economics and Commerce. The School of Mathematics and Statistics offers programmes in mathematics and Statistics and comprises of four Departments: The School trains students in the fields of Mathematics and Statistics with a view to applying the knowledge gained to various fields in a practicable way. Major fields of mathematics includes Pure mathematics, Applied Mathematics and Statistics. Specialized disciplines taught within the departments include actuarial science, applied statistics, applied information economics, biostatistics, business statistics, quantitative methods, data analysis, data mining, demography, econometrics, statistical modelling, structured data analysis (statistics) and survival analysis.

Brief History

When the Kenya Polytechnic started Mathematics and Statistics was a course offered in Applied Science Department. Later Mathematics, Statistics and Computation were removed so as to create a Department called Mathematics, Applied Statistics and Computation.
In 1988 Computation was separated from Mathematics and Statistics to create a department called Computer. Mathematics and Statistics were left out to constitute the department of Mathematics and Applied Statistics.
This department lasted until 1992 when it was dissolved and the courses taught under the department were taken to the Department of Applied Sciences. All mathematics lecturers were distributed to different departments of the Kenya Polytechnic where mathematics was offered as service courses.
In 2006 the Department of Mathematics was reconstituted again as Department of Mathematics and Statistics.
In 2010, the University College carried out a major reorganization and the School of Mathematics was created under the Faculty of Science and Technology. The New School consists of four departments namely: Actuarial and Financial Mathematics, Pure and Applied Mathematics, Technical and Engineering Mathematics and, Statistics and Computational Mathematics. Currently all the departments are operational
Currently the School has 18 teaching staff and one secretary. Two Members of staff hold PhDs, Eight holds Masters Degree and 7 hold a first degree. Most of the first degree holders have enrolled for Masters Programs. The School can therefore teach adequately both Diploma and Undergraduate courses.

Our Vision:

To be the centre of excellence in teaching mathematics for technological development.

Our Mission statement:

  • To provide mathematical skills and create positive attitudes that cultivate a culture of research and professionalism to satisfy industrial and technological demands both nationally and internationally.

Our Mandate:

  • To provide an opportunity to many students who wish to pursue different areas of mathematics by increasing their level of competence and preparing them adequately to enable them join the job market.
  • To provide mathematical skills and positive attitudes that cultivate a culture of research and professionalism to satisfy industrial and technological demands both nationally and internationally.


In order to fulfill the training needs as stipulated in the Kenya Polytechnic University College Legal order the School of Mathematics and Statistics has embarked on developing demand driven curriculums. To this end we have developed and implemented the following Diploma and Degree courses.
    •    Diploma in Actuarial Science with computing
    •    Diploma in Applied Statistics with Computing
    •    Bachelor of Science (Mathematics)
    •    Bachelor of Technology in Applied Statistics
    •    Bachelor of Philosophy in Technology in Applied Statistics.


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