Diploma in Information Technology

Course Overview

The Diploma in Information Technology is for you if you want to build a better world with technologies like artificial intelligence and cloud computing and the like.

This program will introduce you to practical and theoretical knowledge in IT, and you will learn the fundamentals of programming, computer science, business systems, database design and digital media. In addition to IT skills, this course also equips you with skills in boosting your professional development, to broaden your job prospects and thrive in your next workplace.

What you'll study

Semester I

    • Elements of Computer Systems
    • Basic Computer Applications
    • Elements of Business Mathematics and Statistics
    • Basics Theories of computer electronics
    • Basic Communication Skills

Semester II

    • Elementary Computer Networking
    • Basic Computer Troubleshooting
    • Essentials of Office Practice
    • Basic Internet Applications
    • Customer Care

Semester III

    • Computing Mathematics
    • Introduction to Computer Applications
    • Introduction to Electrical and Electronics
    • Introduction to Management Principles
    • Communication Skills and Office Practice

Semester IV

    • Introduction to Financial Planning and Budgeting
    • Computer Maintenance
    • Operating Systems Concepts
    • Introduction to Computer Programming
    • Computer Networks
    • Industrial Training

Semester V

    • Linear Algebra
    • Web Programming
    • Database Concepts
    • Information System Analysis
    • Desktop Publishing

Semester VI

    • Project Work
    • Server Operating System Administration
    • Principles of IS Management
    • ICT for Development
    • Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Entry Requirements

Form IV (3 Years Programme)

  • Certificate of Secondary Education Examination (CSEE) with four (4) D passes and above in non-religious subjects or NVTA Level 3, or Any equivalent qualification.

Form VI (2 Years Programme)

  • Advanced Certificate of Secondary Examination (ACSEE) with One Principal Pass and One Subsidiary Pass.

What you'll experience

  • Be provided with knowledge, skills and values needed in the information technology field
  • Gain necessary attitudes for understanding and operating in diverse public and private industries
  • Be able to demonstrate information technology intelligence within information technology operations
  • Assist businesses with technical questions.
  • Gain an understanding of computing software, tools, packages and design

Careers and opportunities

Our graduates will work in roles including:

  • IT Specialists
  • Computer support specialist
  • Database administrator
  • Computer Technician
  • Data security Administrator
  • Process Manager
  • Web developer

Teaching methods

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Laboratory work
  • Practical work

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • Technical reports and logbooks
  • Written exams
  • Projects
  • Presentations
  • Competence tests
  • Group discussions

Course costs

Registration (IAA)


Examination (IAA)


Application Form (IAA)


Wear and tear




Computer Lab Fee


Student ID


  • EAC students – $700 per year
  • SADC students – $750 per year
  • Other students – $780 per year

How to Apply

Institute of Accountancy Arusha admission cycles are normally guided by two regulatory authorities which are The National Council for Technical Education (NACTE) and The Tanzania Commission for Universities (TCU). If you apply to IAA, you will be following provisions as set forth by the mentioned authorities.

Different programmes have different entry requirements. You can visit our programme page to see entry requirement for different programmes or be sure to read thoroughly the TCU admission guide book and the NACTE admission guide book.

We consider each applicant and put enormous care into evaluating every application. We hope you will explore the information in this section to understand what we look for in our admissions process.

  • Fee 900,000/=
  • Duration 3 Years (Form IV), 2 Years (Form VI)
  • Language English
  • Mode of Study Full Time
  • Intakes October and March Intake