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In this study, an attempt was made to establish how the management of the academic programmes in emerging Universities of Uganda particularly the Islamic University in Uganda (IUIU) Mbale is done. Specifically, the study sought to establish how planning, organization, direction and coordination of academic programmes were done at IUIU. The primary data were collected using structured questionnaires. Secondary data were obtained from academic reports and other evaluation reports from IUIU. A case study design was conducted and a total sample of 324 respondents including students, lecturers and University administrators were consulted. Data collected was analyzed using the Statistical Package for the Social Science (SPSS). Descriptive statistics were used in presentation of findings. Research findings indicate that there is proper planning of academic programmes at the Islamic University of Uganda evidenced by the activities performed by both students and lecturers like attending lectures, tutorials, and students doing course works, tests and exams as scheduled. Despite the majority view that academic programmes at Islamic University are adequately organized, students expressed the need to create more departments for reasons like improving efficiency, reducing overcrowding, integrating other courses and supplementing course units. While students were motivated to improve performance through retaining the best performers as part of staff, lecturers are not adequately motivated in terms of remuneration. Collaboration between departments was also indicated through exchange of staff, instructional materials, conducting joint research, sharing course units, seminars and discussions. Finally, the study recommends involving all stakeholders (students, parents, government and the community) in the planning of its academic programmes, increasing the resource base and need to increase incentives to staff to motivate them among others.
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