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Postgraduate – About Postgraduate admission in Nigeria

The rate at which people seek postgraduate admission in nigeria is increasing on daily basis and this is not peculiar only to Nigeria, it is all over the world. And the reason for the increase is that students want to sharpen their skills and increase their employability rate.

The good news is that postgraduate admission isn’t as difficult as undergraduate admission and there are many scholarships for Masters program and Ph.D. compare to undergraduate.

However, universities like UI and UNILAG do conduct entrance examination for students seeking postgraduate admission and this has made these universities difficult to offer Masters degree admission to candidates. But you don’t need to restrict yourself to these two universities for admission, there are numerous universities in Nigeria, UK, USA, Canada, etc. that will give you admission without much stress.

Admission criteria for masters degree

  • You must have at least a second class (lower division) from a recognized University
  • You must have at least five credits in your O’level which must include Mathematics, English and other related subjects
  • You must have completed your NYSC. This is not applicable if you are seeking Masters Admission or Ph.D. admission in Universities outside Nigeria.
  • English proficiency test is required for international students (most Universities in UK, US, Australia, Canada etc. require a test of English if it is not your first language).

Kindly note that University of Ibadan (UI) requires all candidates applying for the degree of Master or PGD would be required to take an English Proficiency test.

Ph.D. admission requirements

  • Candidates of the University of Nigeria or of other recognized Universities who have obtained the Masters degree appropriate for the proposed areas of study with a minimum of 3.50 grade point average on a 5-point scale.
  • You must have at least five credits in your O’level which must include Mathematics, English and other related subjects
  • You must have completed your NYSC. This is not applicable if you are seeking Masters Admission or Ph.D. admission in Universities outside Nigeria.

UI grade system for Ph.D. is quite different (they use Ph.D. grade and MPhil/ Ph.D. grade system). A grade point of 3.5 out of 5-point will offer you an MPhil/ Ph.D. admission if your result is from a recognized University. And this calculation will be done through your transcripts. Most Universities in Nigeria will offer you admission for MPhil/ Ph.D. or MSc/ Ph.D. if you didn’t do your Masters program at their University. MPhil/ Ph.D. or MSc/ Ph.D. means you will do one year of coursework and the remaining three years for your research work.

How to know Universities currently selling Masters form and Ph.D. form

  • Visit the website of the Universities you wish to do your programme frequently. For example, UI postgraduate form does come out around June, FUNAAB and FUTA PG form is around September, some Nigerian Universities Postgraduate form does come out towards the end of the year.
  • Follow my blog: I do release information whenever the postgraduate admission form of any Nigerian University is out.

Bolarinwa Olajire

A lecturer, Educationist, PhD student at FUNAAB, and a Blogger.

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