I know that some of my readers are interested in understanding the admission requirements for Master’s degree and Ph.D. degree programme in Nigeria.
I was once in your shoe, and that is why I have decided to share my view based on my experience. I had my Master’s degree at UI and currently undergoing a Ph.D. degree programme at FUNAAB. So I hope I should be able to be of help.
Master’s degree Requirements
- To be eligible for Master’s degree, you must have obtained a Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of Second Class (Upper Division). However, the school may consider candidates with Second Class lower degree from a recognized University. It implies that most University accepts Second Class lower for Master’s programme in Nigeria. But your CGPA must not be lower than 3.0 in relevant fields.
- You must have finished the compulsory one-year NYSC.
Note: No University in Nigeria accept HND for Master’s degree programme. You will have to do PGD (Postgraduate diploma) before you can proceed for Masters.
In most Universities in Nigeria, Master’s degree takes a minimum of 2 years (4 semesters) and a maximum of 4 years (8 semesters). However, M.Sc. in UI and UNILAG takes 18 months (3 semesters).
Ph.D. Requirements in Nigeria
- To be eligible for admission to the Ph.D. degree programme, candidates must have obtained a Master’s degree from a recognized University approved by Senate.
If you have a Master’s degree from other University with Ph.D. grade, you can only proceed to Ph.D. degree programme where you have finished your Master’s degree. Any attempt to go to another University, you will do one-year course work, and the school will examine you before you proceed to the Ph.D. degree programme. The same is true for Mphil/Ph.D. grade.
It is advisable to do Ph.D. programme at the University where you finished M.Sc.
Ph.D. grade in some schools is 60% or 3.5/5.0 or 5.0/7.0. Most schools still use percentage except few ones that use CGPA.
Additionally, the Ph.D. programme takes a minimum of 3 years (6 semesters) and a maximum of 5 years (10 semesters).