College of Management and Leadership

Addis Ababa Campus


Mekane Yesus Seminary, as a training institute of the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus, was established in 1960. Mekane Yesus Management and Leadership College (MY-MLC) was started in 1995 as a department of the Seminary. At first MY-MLC offered two-year diploma level courses in Management, Leadership, Development and Communication. In 2005 the College upgraded its education to Bachelor level in order to serve better both the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus (EECMY) and the communities of the country at large with full accreditation of HERQA. The College is working in order to produce trained personnel through provision of quality education in Leadership and Development, Gender and Development, and Accounting and Finance and Management. The main objective of the College is to help all of its students and staff to aspire for high ethical standards and to develop their knowledge and skills for the benefit of the Ethiopian and African societies through maintaining excellence in learning and teaching.

The highest decision-making body in the EECMY is the General Assembly which meets every four years. The issue of developing training capacities of the Church training institutions, especially MY-MLC, was brought to the attention of the 16th General Assembly. The General Assembly thoroughly discussed over the matter and resolved that MY-MLC shall grow to Mekane Yesus University by adding more disciplines and upgrading its training step by step to Master and Doctorate levels. Based on the resolution of the General Assembly, the Council of the Church, which is the second highest decision-making body of the Church, decided in July 2013 to start Master’s level training at MY-MLC. In the line of the decisions of the General Assembly and the Church Council the MY-MLC started the Master of Arts Program in Organizational Leadership in 2014.

In line with the EECMY’s Five Year Strategic Plan (2013 – 2017), education for Master of Arts degree in Organizational Leadership was initiated aiming at building the leadership capacity of EECMY leaders and beyond. Leadership capacity building and staff training and development is one of the issues identified as one of the core thematic areas in the Church Strategic Plan.


Throughout the years of its service as a government accredited higher educational institution (HEI), the College has had a question of structural and administrative independence. While it has an accreditation permit from the concerned government body in the programs it is running as an autonomous College, the fact that it is serving as an appendix to the MYS structurally and administratively has been believed to adversely affect its growth. In addition, the accrediting body (HERQA) requires its structural autonomy. Thus, although the College has been appealing to the different levels of the church leadership for this self-autonomy and different decisions have been passed, the autonomy could not be materialized for so long a time. 

On the other hand, the 17th General Assembly (GA) of the EECMY conducted during January 24-29, 2005, initiated the idea of the establishment of Mekane Yesus University (MYU) for the progressive and developmental nature of the academic and educational knowledge.  The idea of establishing MYU was born of the EECMY’s desire to expand the impact of its commitment to social services.  As a church-affiliated institution of higher learning, the MYU will be anchored in the belief that education liberates the mind to inquire freely, develop principles and skills to interpret events and processes, and provides students with the passion and tools for self-initiated and self-directed life-long learning. The church maintains that the life of faith cannot be separated from the secular life in the world. In other words, a sharp line cannot be drawn between the sacred and the secular. The church has a mission to improve life in the world and that education is the most important vehicle for achieving that goal. Thus, this effort of the church to establish a University in turn has strengthened the necessity of the separation of MY-MLC from MYS so that MY-MLC grows to the envisioned MYU.  



To become a nationally renowned center of academic excellence and emerging as a University by 2025.


MY-MLC is Committed to produce ethical and competent graduates with entrepreneurial and wholistic mindset, engage in innovative and cutting edge research endeavor, and provide transformative community services in a way that maintains corporate social responsibility.


MY-MLC has a well-educated and experienced professional and administrative staff, consisting of nationals and a few expatriates. The staff is highly dedicated to the task of making the College a center of academic excellence and a place where students and staff can grow and learn on a professional and personal level. 

The College is led by a Dean who is responsible for overall management, leadership and development of the College. The Associate Dean deals with both academic and administrative matters. Under the supervision of the Dean, there are department heads elected from among the teaching staff. Currently, the College has 23 full-time Faculty as well as part-time instructors. In addition, there are several full-time staff working at administrative functions.

Degree Programs

The College currently offers higher education programs accredited by the Federal Ministry of Education both at undergraduate and graduate levels.

1. Undergraduate Programs (Regular, Evening and Distance) 

The College offers undergraduate programs both as regular programs and extension programs. The undergraduate programs offered are the following: 

• Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and Finance

• Bachelor of Arts in Gender and Development Studies

• Bachelor of Arts in Management.

By the academic year of 2021/2022 the college will also offer marketing management at undergraduate level. 

Undergraduate Admission Requirements

Applicants for admission to undergraduate higher education course will normally have achieved results acceptable to the College in one (1) or more of the following:

• Successful completion of the Ethiopian Higher Education Entrance Examination and has achieved the required pass mark approved for admission by Minister of Science and Higher Education (MOSHE), Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia Ministry of Education (MOE) and Higher Education Relevance and Quality Agency (HERQA) for the academic year; 

• Successful completion of a Technical and Vocational Educational Training (TVET) program (10+3, or Level-4) or a 12+2 diploma in related fields and a Certificate of Competence (COC) in Level-IV or higher, plus One-year work experience and passing an entrance examination administered by the College.

• Successful completion of a degree program from Public Universities and an accredited private university or College with a possibility of exemption of courses up to 25%; 

• Overseas secondary or tertiary qualifications considered equivalent to the above Ethiopian qualifications (a letter of Equivalence be generated form MOE or HREQA); 

• No discrimination in terms of gender, religion, physical disability, and ethnicity background

• Transfer from another public or private Institution with a possibility of credit transfer up to 25% of the credit requirement this excludes academically dismissed applicants.

Duration of the Studies

The duration of the studies for a Bachelor of Arts Degree is four years for the regular degree programs. While studying in the extension program the length of the study is five years.

2. Graduate Program (Regular only) 

Starting from the academic year 2014/2015, the College is offering a Master of Arts Degree in Organizational Leadership and Maters of Business Administration (MBA) starting academic year 2019/2020. By the academic year of 2021/2022 the college will also offer Masters of Art in Project Management. 

Admission Requirements

A minimum admission requirement for the Master of Arts Program in Organizational Leadership is a Bachelor degree with a minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.00 or equivalent from an accredited higher education institution and a pass in the entrance exam. The entrance exam includes both written and oral tasks. Sufficient oral and written skills of English must be demonstrated in the exam. 

For those who join from related educational programs, it may be a requirement to take bridging courses stipulated in the curriculum.

Foreign students must provide a Letter of Equivalence from Higher Education Relevance and Quality Agency (HERQA).

Duration of the Study

Master of Arts Degree in Organizational Leadership is a two-year program in regular program with a total of 36 credit hours. The program consists of:

• core courses (including Master’s Thesis), 34 credit hours

• one of the two elective courses of 2 credit hours

Additional bridging courses are required from students, who have graduated from related fields of education.

Contact Information : +251 113 210 278

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Department Contact Info

College of Management and Leadership

Mekane Yesus Seminary
Guinea Bisau Street, NSL KK, Woreda 02
P.O.Box 1247
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia


+251 911 693 347

Mon – Fri 9:00A.M. – 5:00P.M.