Zimbabwe Open University(ZOU) Admission Requirements

Zimbabwe Open University(ZOU) Admission Requirements

About Zimbabwe Open University

The Zimbabwe Open University (ZOU) is a State University mandated by the government of Zimbabwe through an Act of Parliament, ZOU Act (Chapter 25:20) to provide Higher Education through Open and Distance electronic Learning (ODeL).

Established in 1999, the State University operates under the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development. His Excellency, President Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa is the Chancellor of the University. Professor Paul Henry Gundani is the Vice Chancellor.

The University has seven faculties: The Faculty of Agriculture, the Faculty of Arts, Culture and Heritage Studies, the Faculty of Education, the Faculty of Commerce and Law, the Faculty of Applied Social Sciences, the Faculty of Science, and the Faculty of Technology. The institution has a Higher Degrees Directorate which caters for those students undertaking Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. All Zimbabwe Open University programmes are accredited by the national regulator, the Zimbabwe Council for Higher Education (ZIMCHE).

Zimbabwe Open University(ZOU) is a higher institution of learning in Zimbabwe that delivers quality education to its students. below are the basic requirements for admission into the university.


The Zimbabwe Open University offers students admission at the following levels:

  • Certificate/Diploma (undergraduate and postgraduate)
  • Undergraduate Degree
  • Masters by Coursework
  • Masters by Thesis
  • MPhil/DPhil


There are 2 levels of Regulations, namely:
General Regulations which cover all programmes; and Programme Regulations which cover each specific programme.

General Regulations take precedence over programme regulations. Five ‘O’ Levels including English Language and specific subjects and qualifications as required by the programme.

Where an applicant does not have a pass in English Language at ‘O’ Level he/she will be required to pass a recognised English Proficiency Test before admission into a programme.
Applicants who fail the English Proficiency Test will be required to take a certificated English Language bridging course offered by the Zimbabwe Open University.

Applications for admissions are through an official ZOU application form purchased at any one of the ten Regional Centres.


Application forms should be submitted to the relevant region where the candidate intends to study. The regions maintain a serialized inventory of application forms and after the deadline for the submission of application forms, the data on application forms is captured onto spreadsheets by programme. The spreadsheets are used by Regional and Faculty Admissions sub-committees to recommend successful applicants to the Senate sub-committee on admissions. The cash office receives money in lieu of application forms. Letters of offer are forwarded to successful students. Invoice statements are attached to these letters.

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