The University was founded through Harambee spirit on 5th January, 1972, as Western College of Arts and Applied Sciences (WECO) under the stewardship of .the former fiery MP, Masinde Muliro. As chairman of the project executive committee, Muliro worked with Prof. Reuben J. Olembo (then Head, Department of Botany University of Nairobi) as secretary.
The establishment of the College was in response to the needs of the people of Western province to have a College which would provide a training ground for technical manpower requirements for the province and the nation. The College was also expected to inculcate a sense of self-help and self-reliance among its students and facilitate active participation of youth in national development
The first batch of 24 students who were drawn from all parts of the country, joined on March 24, 1977, and enrolled for certificate and diploma in courses, which included mechanical and motor vehicle, electrical, electronic, agriculture, water, building, architecture, accounting, FINANCE etc. In December 2002, WECO became WUCST (Western University College of Science and Technology) after being elevated to a Constituent College of Moi University. Early 2007, President Kibaki elevated WUCST to a full university by assenting to a Bill which also changed the name to MMUST
We also have Centre for Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance (CDMHA), Institute of Graduate Studies, Research and Extension (IGSRE), School of Open Learning and Continuing Education (SOLACE), Science and Technology Park and Industrial Linkages (STPIL and also the Privately Sponsored Students’ Programme. CDMHA in particular offers unique programmes perhaps not yet witnessed before in many of the country’s institutions of higher learning, private or public. The programmes include Forensic Science, Banking Fraud and Money Laundering Investigations; Corruption Research, Monitoring and Evaluation; Corruption Prevention Methods. Others are Audit and Planning Logistics, Disaster Preparedness and Engineering Reconstruction; Conflict Management and Resolution etc.
Students pursuing respective careers can expect to achieve either a certificate, diploma or degree up to the highest level, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Statistics, or Pure Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry, Disaster Preparedness and Engineering Management, Disaster Management and Sustainable Development, Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance and Conflict Resolution Management.
The School of Open Learning and Continuing Education (SOLACE) offers short and tailor-made courses for duration of 3-4 weeks in Customer Care, Effective Business Management, Curriculum Analysis and Interpretation, Computer Studies, Community Mobilization and Educational Programmes, Programme Evaluation, Setting and Processing Examinations and Curriculum Leadership, Fund-raising.
In results announced in late July 2016 under the Webometrics Info ranking, MMUST has been placed in position 6366 out of 20300 World Universities – registering an improvement of 4717 positions from the January ranking where it was placed at position 11083. MMUST is placed at position 108 among sub Saharan Africa universities. In the results posted at the Webometrics Info, website, MMUST took position 9 among Kenya’s 141 Institutions of Higher Learning sampled for the analysis. This is a further improvement up by 4 positions from the previously held position 13 in January 2016. The Webometrics Ranking of World Universities, also known as Ranking Web of Universities, is a ranking system for the world's universities based on a composite indicator that takes into account both the volume of the Web contents (number of web pages and files) and the visibility and impact of these web publications according to the number of external inlinks (site citations) they received. The aim of the Ranking is to improve the presence of the academic and research institutions on the Web and to promote the open access publication of scientific results. The ranking started in 2004 and is updated every January and July.
The accommodation service is offered at competitive prices that are market oriented. However, the prices have been fixed taking into account the economic standards of majority of the parents and guardians. JAB students are accommodated in four halls of residence within the campus. The section works in liaison with 15 private hostels in Kakamega to accommodate PSSP students. They charge between Ksh. 6,000 to Kshs. 8,000 per semester. Challenge: The main challenge here is to do with shortage of bed space for the JAB students. Currently, we have a shortfall of 269 bed spaces. Another challenge is the issue of security.
Application forms can be obtained from the Main University or any of the Campuses and Study Centres or can be downloaded from the MMUST Website www.mmust.ac.ke. All applications should be accompanied by a non – refundable fee of Kshs. 2,000/= for Postgraduate Programmes. (b) The non-refundable application fee may be deposited in the following account: National Bank of Kenya, Kakamega Branch A/C No. 100370554 or paid in form of banker’s cheque payable to Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology. All applications should be addressed to Registrar, Academic Affairs, MMUST, P.O. Box 190– 50100, Kakamega. Note: Foreign students from outside East Africa pay 20% more on tuition fee. In addition to the registration fees, students pay other statutory fees Other registration details are provided upon admission into individual Programmes.