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IMSU Postgraduate Courses And Admission Requirements

The list of postgraduate courses offered at Imo State University (IMSU) and admission requirements will be discussed for those seeking postgraduate admission into the school.

IMSU Postgraduate Courses

Department of Agricultural Economics, Extension and Rural Development

  • Postgraduate Diploma Programmes in Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Cooperatives, Agricultural Extension, and Farm Management and Rural Sociology.
  • M.Sc. and  Ph.D. in  Agricultural  Economics with  specialization  in  Agricultural  Cooperatives, Farm Management;   Production   Economics; Agricultural   Finance; Agricultural   Marketing, Agricultural Business, Resource and Environmental Economics.
  • M.Sc. and Ph.D.   in   Agricultural   Extension   with   specialization   in   Rural   Sociology;   Rural Development, Agricultural Extension Systems; Extension Communication; Extension Administration.

Department of Animal Science and Fisheries

  • Postgraduate Diploma Programmes in Animal Science, and Fisheries
  • M.  Sc. and  Ph.D. in  Animal  Science with  options  in  Animal  Production;  Animal  Nutrition,  Animal Physiology; and Animal Breeding and Genetics.

Department of Crop Science and Biotechnology

  • Postgraduate Diploma Programmes in Crop Science.
  • M.  Sc. and Ph.  D.  in  Crop  Science with  options  in  Plant  Protection;  Horticulture,  Breeding  and Genetics; Crop Nutrition and Physiology.

Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management

  • Postgraduate Diploma
  • M.Sc.
  • Ph.D

Department of Soil Science and Environment

  • Postgraduate Diploma Programmes in Soil Science and Environment.
  • M.Sc. in Soil  Chemistry  and  Fertility;  Soil  Physics  and  Conservation;  Soil  Microbiology  and Biochemistry; Soil Survey and Land Use Planning; and Soil Science and Environment Pollution.

Department of Accountancy

  • Postgraduate Diploma
  • M.Sc.and MBA.

Department of Banking and Finance

  • Postgraduate Diploma
  • M.Sc.
  • MBA                                                                             
  • M.Sc./PhD for those with MBA Banking and Finance with a GPA of not below 3.50on a 5 point scale and those with Banking and Finance or related discipline with GPA of not below 3.00 on a 5 point scale
  • Ph.D with specialisation in Banking or Finance

Department of Business Management

  • Postgraduate Diploma
  • M.Sc., MBA,
  • MSc/PhD
  • PhD

Department of Insurance and Actuarial Science

  • PGD in Insurance and Actuarial Science
  • MSc in Insurance and Actuarial Science

Department of Marketing

  • Postgraduate Diploma
  • M.Sc., MBA
  • M.Sc./Ph.D,
  • Ph.D


(a)Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE)

(b)Postgraduate Diploma in Library and Information Science

Department of Education Arts

  • M.Ed and Ph.D in Curriculum Studies

Departmentof Foundations and Counselling

  • M.Ed and Ph.D in Guidance and Counselling
  • M.Ed and Ph.D in Sociology of Education
  • M.Ed in Philosophy of Education

Department of Library and Information Science

  • MLS and Ph.D in Library and Information Science
  • M.Ed and Ph.D in Educational Technology

Department of Life Science Education

  • M.Ed and Ph.D in Educational Psychology

Department of Physical Science Education

  • M.Ed and Ph.D in Measurement and Evaluation

Department of Social Science Education

  • M.Ed and Ph.D in Educational Management and Planning

Department of Civil Engineering

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Civil Engineering
  • MSc in Civil Engineering
  • PhD in Civil Engineering

Department of Food Science and Technology

  • Postgraduate Diploma Programmes in Food Science and Technology
  • M. Sc. and PhD in Food Science and Technology

Department of Mechanical Engineering

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Mechanical Engineering
  • M.Sc in Mechanical Engineering

Department of Architecture

  • MSc in Architecture
  • PhD in Architecture

Department of Building

  • PGD in Construction Technology/Management
  • M.Sc. in Construction technology/Management
  • PhD in Construction Technology/Management

Department of Estate Management

  • PGD in Estate Management
  • MSc in Estate Management
  • PhD in Estate Management

Department of Fine and Applied arts

  • PGD in Fine and applied arts
  • M.A. Fine Arts (Art History)
  • MFA Fine Arts (Studio)
  • PhD Fine Arts (Art History)
  • PhD (Doc Fa)Fine and Applied Arts (Studio)

Department of Quantity Surveying

  • PGD in Quantity Surveying
  • MSc. in Quantity Surveying with options in-Quantity Surveying-Construction Project Finance-Construction Economics
  • PhD in Quantity Surveying with options in-Quantity Surveying-Construction Project Finance-Construction Economics

Department of Urban and Regional Planning

  • MURP in Urban and Regional Planning
  • MSc in Urban and Regional Planning
  • PhD in Urban and Regional Planning

Department of Public Health

  • Postgraduate Diplomain Public Health
  • M.Sc in Public Health
  • Ph.D in Public Health

Department of Nutrition and Dietetics

  • Postgraduate Diploma Programmes in Nutrition and Dietetics
  • M. Sc. in Human Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Ph.D in Human Nutrition and Dietetics

Department of Medical Laboratory

  • PGD in Medical Laboratory Science
  • M.Sc. in Medical Laboratory Science in (Chemical Pathology, Medical Microbiology, Haematology  and  Histopathology options)
  • Ph.D in Chemical Pathology, Medical Microbiology, Haematology and Histopathology

Department of English and Literary Studies

  • M.A. and PhD in English Language
  • M.A. and PhD in Literature

Department of History and International Studies

  • PGD in History and International Studies
  • PGD in International Development Studies
  • PGD in Studies in Conflict Resolution and Peace Management
  • M.A. in History/International Studies
  • M.A. in International Development Studies
  • Ph.D in History/International Studies

Department of French

  • M.A. French With options in:(i) Language(ii) Literature and (iii) Translation
  • PhD French With options in: (i) Language (ii) Literature and (iii) Translation(f) Department of Linguistics/Igbo(i) PGD Igbo Language(ii) PGD Igbo Literature & Translation Studies(iii) PGD Linguistic(iv)M.A. Igbo Language(v)MA Igbo Literature& Translation Studies(vi) MA Linguistics(vii) PhD Igbo Language(viii) PhD Igbo Literature& Translation Studies

Department of Philosophy

  • MA Philosophy
  • Ph.D Philosophy

Department of Religious Studies

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Religious Studies
  • M.A. Religious Studies
  • Ph.D Religious Studies, with areas of specialisation in: a) African Traditional Religion b) Old Testament Studies c)  New Testament Studies d)Church History e)Religion and Society f)Religious Ethics g)Comparative Religion

Department of Theatre Arts

  • M.A. in Theatre Arts With  options in:(i)  Directing  (ii)Acting(iii)Playwriting/Dramatology (iv)Dramatic  Theory  and Criticism, and (v)African Drama and Theatre.
  • PhD in Theatre Arts With options in: (i) Theatre Studies and Performance Theory (ii)Theatre History and Historiography (iii) Dramatic  Literature  (iv)  Dramatic  Theory  and  Criticism  (v) African  Drama  and  Theatre  (vi)  Theatre  in Education (vii) Media/Film Studies and (viii) Arts Administration/Management


  • Masters Degree Programmes (LLM)
  • Ph.D programme in Law The  Ph.D  programme  is  available  in  specialised  areas  of  Law.  The Ph.D  programme  is  domiciled  in different departments namely: Department of International Law and Jurisprudence, Department of Private and Property Law, Department of Public Law and Department of Commercial Law.

Department of Animal and Environmental Biology

  • Postgraduate  Diploma  in  (i) Hydrobiology and Fisheries (ii) Public Health Parasitology  and Entomology (iii) Environmental Biology and (iv) Physiology(ii)
  • M.Sc in (i)  Medical  Parasitology  and  Entomology (ii)  Fisheries  and  Hydrobiology  (iii) Environmental Biology (iv)  Physiology and (v) Public Health Parasitology
  • PhD  programme with options in (i)  Medical  Parasitology  and  Entomology (ii)  Fisheries  and Hydrobiology (iii) Environmental Biology (iv)  Physiology and (v) Public Health Parasitology

Department of Biochemistry

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Biochemistry

Department of Chemistry

  • Postgraduate diploma in Chemistry
  • MSc with options in (i) Organic Chemistry (ii) Physical Chemistry, (iii) Inorganic Chemistry, (iv)Analytical Chemistry and (v) Environmental Chemistry (vi) Polymer Chemistry
  • PhD in Chemistry with specialisation in: (i) Physical Chemistry.

Department of Computer Science

  • Postgraduate diploma in Computer Science
  • MSc with specialisation in: (i) Artificial Intelligence (ii) Computer Graphics and Multimedia Technology and (iii) Software Engineering and Development. Information Technology with specialisation in: (i) Computer Networks and Security (ii) Computer Forensics and Information Assurance and (iii) Information Management Analysis.

Department of Microbiology

  • Postgraduate diploma in Microbiology
  • MSc with specialisation in: (i) Medical  Microbiology  (ii)  Environmental  Microbiology  and  (iii) Industrial Microbiology

Department of Physics

  • Postgraduate diploma in Physics
  • MSc with specialisation in: (i)  Atmospheric  Physics (ii) Solid  State Physics and (iii) Applied Geophysics.
  • PhD with options in (i) Atmospheric Physic (ii) Solid State Physics and (iii) Applied Geophysics.

Department of Plant Science & Biotechnology

  • Postgraduate diploma in (i) Plant  Taxonomy/Biosystematics (ii) Mycology  and  Phytopathology (iii) Cytogenetics  (iv) Plant Breeding and (v) Plant Physiology.
  • MSc  with specialisation in:  (i) Plant  Biosystematics/Taxonomy (ii)  Mycology/Plant  Pathology (iii) Plant Physiology and (iv) Cytogenetics and Plant Breeding.
  • PhD with options in (i) Plant Taxonomy and Biosystematics (ii) Pathology and Mycology and (iii) Plant Physiology.

Department of Statistics

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Statistics
  • MSc, MSc/PhD and PhD in Statistics

Department of Economics

  • Postgraduate Diploma
  • MSc
  • PhD with specialisation in: (i)Public Sector Economics & Finance (ii)Industrial Economics (iii)Development Economics

Department of Geography and Environmental Management

  • Postgraduate diploma in Environmental Management
  • M.Sc. in Geography & Environmental Management
  • M.Sc in Environmental Management
  • Ph.D in Geography & Environmental Management
  • Ph.D in Environmental Management

Department of Mass Communication

  • Mass Communication Postgraduate Diploma
  • M.Sc.
  • Ph.D with options in: (i) Print Sequence (ii) Electronic (Broadcast) Sequence (iii) Theory and Research Sequence
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Public Relations
  • MSc in Public Relations

Department of Political Science

  • Postgraduate Diploma in:-International Relations (PGDIR)-Developmental Studies (PGD, DS)-Intelligence and Strategic Studies-Public Administration (PGDPA)
  • Masters Degree Programmes – MSc in-International Relations and Diplomacy-Peace and Conflict Resolution Studies-Intelligence and Security Studies-Developmental Studies
  • MSc in Public Administration with options in: (i) Local Government Administration (ii) Human Resources Management and (iii) Public Sector Management.-Master of Public Administration (MPA)
  • Ph.D in Political Science with options in: (i)International Relations and Diplomacy (ii) International Political Economy and (iii) Developmental Studies.
  • Ph.D in Public Administration with options in: (i)Local Government Administration(ii)Human Resources Managementand (iii) Public Sector Management.

Department of Psychology

  • Postgraduate Diplomain Psychology
  • M.Sc.with  options  in (i) Clinical  Psychology(ii) Industrial  Psychology and  (iii) Counselling Psychology (iv)  Developmental Psychology
  • Ph.D with  options  in  (i) Clinical  Psychology (ii) Industrial  Psychology and  (iii) Counselling Psychology

Department of Sociology

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Sociology (ii) Criminology & Security Studies
  • Masters Degree with options in:-Sociology of Development-Rural Sociology-Industrial Sociology -Personnel and Human Resources Management
  • PhD Programmes with options in:-Sociology of Development-Rural Sociology

IMSU Postgraduate Admission Requirements

All prospective applicants must possess ab initio at least 5 O’level Credit passes at not more than 2 sittings from WASC, GCE, NABTEB, NECO or TC II. For all Social Science courses, a credit in Mathematics is required. Apart from the basic UME of five credits, two of the credits must be in English and Mathematics in all disciplines in the Faculty of Education. Any candidate who does not satisfy the O’level requirements for the courses of choice shall not be considered for admission. In addition, there are specific Departmental/Faculty requirements, which applicants have to meet. Details of these are available on this portal.

Postgraduate Diploma Programmes: Applicants must hold a good honours degree or at least HND, from an institution recognised by the Senate of Imo State University, Owerri.  However, applicants for PGD in Construction Management  may  be considered if they have certain other certificates plus not less than ten years post qualification experience in a related field. For PGD in Medical Laboratory Science, applicants must possess AIMLS/AIMLT or FIMLT or equivalent qualifications register able with the Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria (MLSCN).

Masters Degree Programmes

  • A minimum of Bachelor’s Degree with second class honours in relevant discipline, or Postgraduate Diploma at Credit or Higher level in the relevant discipline, or equivalent qualification.
  • For  Masters  Degree in  Education (Measurement  and  Evaluation)  the  candidates  must  have  adequate mathematics background.
  • Applicants for M.Sc. Architecture may be required to present a portfolio of their work and/or appear for interview.
  • MPA applicants must have a minimum of five years postgraduate working experience.

Ph.D Degree Programmes: Masters  degree  in  the  relevant  discipline  or  equivalent  qualifications with at  least 3.5GPA on 5-points grade scale or 3.00 on a 4-point scale.

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