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Uganda Martyrs’ Seminary Namugongo (UMS) is a Seminary of the Province Of Anglican Church Of Uganda. UMS was founded by Namirembe Diocese on the Namugongo Martyrdom site in memory of the 25 Christian martyrs killed on the 3rd June 1886 for rejecting to recant their faith in Jesus Christ as well as to mark the centenary of Anglican Church in Uganda which was due in 1977.

One of the causes for the martyrdom of the Christian converts was the refusal of practices that were not pertinent with Christian teaching and based on such a background the seminary is committed to an Evangelical heritage with emphasis on the Holy Scriptures as the focal point for true Christian living and spiritual maturity. UMS shares premises with the Anglican Church of Uganda Martyrs’ shrine an important and significant place in the history of the Church in Uganda as well as a National Heritage of Uganda.

The Seminary was inaugurated on the 26th September 1976 with 13 students training for the ordained ministry. It started as a small institution but has gradually grown into a big Theological college producing better and qualified Anglican priests and other graduates than ever before.

Accreditation and Affiliation

The seminary is registered with the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) Reg. No. TI.PL.0022 which means UMS meets the required standards of a tertiary institution in Uganda and NCHE accredits the Seminary academic programmes. UMS is also an affiliated regional college of Uganda Christian University which validates and accredits Ministerial training programmes and a few others. The institution is working towards affiliating with reputable Institutions of Higher education including those offshore.

As a college, we feel we have a moral obligation to offer quality training of church ministers to serve in the ordained ministry in such a fast growing Church in Africa as well as offer quality training in other programmes relevant to the growing social and economic needs of society at large.

Vision The vision of UMS is to equip men and women of God by providing holistic and relevant quality higher education and training.


The Mission of UMS is to provide holistic quality education and training, academic and spiritual excellence. Owing to this, UMS is committed to providing; Quality teaching, research and community out-reach.

  • Education and training for integrity in services provision.
  • Professional training with integrated Christian values.
  • Entrepreneurial skills for development leadership in the Church and society.


To prepare God fearing, literate, informed and developmental leaders who will serve in the Church and society.


  • To equip students with relevant skills for the informed services so as to meet the challenges facing the Church and society.
  • To offer quality training which is relevant to the growing spiritual, social and material needs of the Church and society.
  • To coordinate and deliver training and development initiatives to the clergy and laity serving in the Anglican Church and society.
  • To produces all round clergy who are pastorally, spiritually, liturgically sensitive and innovative.
  • To provide education and training that produces mature, responsible and ethical leaders both in Church and society.
  • To establish a culture of innovativeness and personal growth.


The Management of UMS is vested in the hands of the serving Bishops and nominated representatives from the Central region Dioceses of the Anglican Church of Uganda which include: Namirembe, West Buganda, Mityana, mukono, Kampala, Luwero and Central Buganda. The governing council is chaired by the Bishop of Namirembe Diocese.

Academic programs

Uganda Martyrs’ Seminary Namugongo currently runs three programmes accredited by Uganda Christian University offered at diploma and certificate levels.

Courses offered

  • Diploma in Theology
  • Certificate in Theology
  • Counseling Diploma in Guidance and Counseling
  • Certificate in Guidance and Counseling
  • Child Development and Children’s Ministry Diploma in Child Development and Children Ministry
  • Certificate in Child Development and Children Ministry

 Entry Requirement

Diploma UCE and UACE (Ordinary and Advanced Levels) with at least a principle pass (or equivalent); A Certificate from a recognized institution of learning; or a pass in Special Entrance Examinations set by Uganda Christian University.

Certificate UCE (Ordinary Level) Certificate with at least a credit in English (or the equivalence) or a pass In Special Entrance Examination set by Uganda Christian University.

Kenya Applicants for Diploma should hold a C and above or its equivalent.

Other International Applicant International applicants must have qualifications that are recognized for Diploma and Certificate entry requirements in their respective countries.


Address: P. O. Box 31149 Kampala.

Phone: +256 (0) 772 501 764

+256 (0) 312 290 154