Is Congruence a Predictor of Satisfaction with the Choice of Degree Program among University Students in Kenya

Ciriaka Muriithi Gitonga, Edward Kigen, Tabitha Wangeri, John Aluka Orodho


A lot of studies carried out in Kenya have examined the factors that lead to a student’s choice of degree program with most reports suggesting that parents and peers have significant influence. The extent to which the personal attributes lead to the choice of degree program has not been examined. This study examined congruence as a predictor of satisfaction with the choice of degree program. The Self Directed Search 4th Edition questionnaire by (Rosen, Holmberg, & Holland, 1994) and a satisfaction scale were used to gather information. The results indicated that majority of the students were satisfied with their choice of degree program. Congruence was found to be weak predictor of the choice of degree program (r=.04, n = 389, .433), and significantly negatively correlated with satisfaction with the degree program (r=-.099, n=389, p=.051). The study concluded that congruence is a predictor of choice of the degree program but not a strong predictor of satisfaction.

Key words: Congruence, Satisfaction, and Choice of degree program.

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