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RSUST Postgraduate Application Form For Admission 2020/2021

The management of Rivers State University wishes to inform the public that applications are Invited from suitably qualified candidates for admission into postgraduate programmes in the Rivers State University, Nkpolu-Oroworokwo, Port Harcourt for the 2020/2021 academic session in the following Faculties/ Institutes:

The deadline for submission of application forms on-line and at the Postgraduate School is four weeks from the date of this publication.

How to obtain RSUST Postgraduate Form

Applications for admission to any postgraduate programme shall be made on-line by logging onto www.rsu.edu.ng and making an e-payment of thirty thousand naira (N30,000.00) only, using interswitch verve – enabled cards. Application forms should be completed on-line, downloaded and hard copies submitted to the Secretary, Postgraduate School along with the following:

  • Photocopies of Certificates.
  • Certified academic transcripts. (It is the responsibility of applicants to ensure that copies of their academic transcripts are forwarded under confidential cover directly to The Secretary, Postgraduate School, Rivers State University, Nkpolu-Oroworukwo, Port Harcourt).
  • Letter of reference from three referees, including one from a previous academic institution, stating that applicant is qualified to undertake advanced studies and research and that the Referee is confident that the applicant will benefit from the training.
  • For PhD applicants, brief research proposals on their intended areas of study should also accompany the application forms.

RSUST Postgraduate Admission Requirements

i) A candidate seeking admission into the Full-time/Part-time Master’s degree programme must possess a Bachelor’s degree with at least Second Class Lower Division in the relevant discipline.

ii) For a Master’s degree in the Institute of Education, candidates shall possess a minimum of Second Class Lower Division in the relevant field of study or PGDE/PGDTE obtained from Rivers State University or any other recognized Institution of equivalent status.

iii) A candidate who holds PGD, PGDE, PGDTE in the relevant discipline or an equivalent Diploma (in Maritime Transport, Marine Engineering or Nautical Studies, Master Mariner, Marine Engineers Class 1) with CGPA of 3.50 or above (on a five-point grade system) may apply for the Master’s Programmes.

iv) Candidates for MSc in Surveying and Geoinfomatics must be holders of either:

  • BSc/B.Tech in Surveying and Geoinfomatics degree with at least 2nd Class Lower Division or equivalent from the Rivers State University or any other approved University;
  • BSc degree (Second Class Lower minimum) in subjects cognate to Surveying such as Mathematics, Engineering, Physics or Geography (with Mathematics) and, in addition, a Postgraduate Diploma (PGD) in Surveying and Geoinfomatics at a pass level equivalent to the CGPA of 3.0 and above on a 5-point scale obtained from the Rivers State University;
  • Higher National Diploma (HND) Upper Credit minimum from a recognized institution may also be considered. Holders of the HND with Lower Credit with a minimum of five (5) years post-qualification relevant experience may be considered. However, such candidates must enroll for and pass prescribed remedial courses in Surveying and Geoinfomatics.

v) Candidates for the M.Ed. degree programmes offered in the Faculty of Technical and Science Education/Institute of Education should possess

EITHER

a good Bachelor’s degree (not lower than Second Class Lower Division) in a relevant teaching subject

OR

Higher National Diploma or its equivalent with at least lower credit classification in addition to PGDE or PGDTE with a CGPA of 3.50 obtained from this University or any other recognized institution.

vi) Candidates for the programme in Social Work and Gender Studies must possess:-

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, Economics, History, Public Administration, Sociology, Anthropology or any other relevant discipline of the Rivers State University or that of any other recognized university with at least a Second Class Lower Division with 3.00 CGPA on a 5-point scale.
  • A PGD at Credit level pass (i.e. 3.5) in relevant area (such as Social Studies, Political Science, Economics, History, Public Administration, Sociology, Anthropology or any other relevant discipline) from the Institute or a recognized university.

vii) Candidates for the programme in Local Government Administration must possess:-

  • A relevant Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, History, Public Administration, Sociology or Anthropology of the Rivers State University or that of any other recognized university with at least a Second Class (Lower Division) with 3.00 CGPA on a 5-point scale.
  • A PGD at Credit level pass (i.e. 3.5) in relevant area (such as Social Studies, Political Science, Economics, History, Public Administration, Sociology or Anthropology) from the Institute or a recognized university.

viii) Candidates for the programme in Philosophy are required to possess:-

  • A good Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy of the Rivers State University or any other recognized university with at least a Second Class Lower Division.
  • A PGD at Upper Credit level in Philosophy from the Institute or a recognized university will also be accepted.

ix) Candidates for the MPA and MSc in Public Administration are required to satisfy the following:-

  • A degree in relevant area from a recognized University with minimum of Second Class lower division may be admitted provided the university matriculation requirements are satisfied.
  • A Postgraduate Diploma at Upper Credit level in relevant area from a recognized university.

x) Candidates for the MA in English Language and Communication Studies are required to satisfy the following:-

  • A relevant Bachelor’s degree in English Language, or English Literature, or B.A. Education/English or Linguistics/Communication with a minimum of a Second Class Lower division of the Rivers State University or any other recognized university.
  • A Postgraduate Diploma at Upper Credit level in Communication, Linguistics, English language from the Institute or a recognized university will also be accepted.

xi) Candidates for the MA in History and International Studies are required to satisfy the following:-

  • Candidates for M.A. programme in History must have five credit passes including English, History or Government at the O’ level as basic requirement.
  • Candidates with Bachelor’s degree in Arts (B.A) in History and International Studies, History and Diplomatic Studies, History and International Relations as well as History and Strategic Studies from approved and recognized universities with a minimum of second Class Lower division degree.
  • A Postgraduate Diploma at Upper Credit level in History, Social Studies or Local Government Administration from the Institute or a recognized university.

xii) Candidates for the MA in Peace, Conflict and Security Studies are required to satisfy the following:-

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Education, Management, Sciences, Engineering, Political Science, History, Public Administration, Sociology or English Language and Literature of the Rivers State University or any other recognized university.
  • A Postgraduate Diploma at Upper Credit level from RSUST or a recognized university.

xiii) Candidates for the MSc Transport Planning and M.Sc Supply Chain and Logistics Planning must have a PGD in Transport and Logistics Studies (with a minimum CGPA of 3.0 on a 5-point grade system) or B.Sc./B.Tech. degrees(Second Class Lower minimum) in Urban and Regional Planning, Civil Engineering, Marine Engineering, Management Sciences, Environmental Sciences and disciplines related to these.

xiv) Candidates for the Professional Masters in Environmental Management and Control require the following:-

  • Bachelor’s Honours degree (not below Third Class) in Environmental Management, Environmental Science, Natural or Applied Science based subject, Agriculture, Geology, Medical Science or Technology/Engineering and Geography.
  • PGD in Environmental Management and Control with a minimum of Merit/Pass (i.e. 3.0 – 3.49 of 5.0 scale).

xv) Candidates seeking admission into MSc Environmental Management should possess:-

  • A First or Second Upper Class degree or equivalent in Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geology, Geophysics, Geodesy, Meteorology, Mathematics, Hydrology, Engineering, Architecture, Town and Country Planning, Geography, Agriculture, Land Surveying, Computer Science or equivalent acceptable to the Senate of the university for admission into a Master’sprogramme.
  • Second Class Lower Division Bachelor’s Honours degree in Environmental Management or Environmental Sciences related courses.
  • PGD at credit level pass (i.e. 3.5 of 5.0 scale) or 60% on weighted percentage average.

xvi) The criteria for admission into the Master’s degree in Engineering are as follows:

  • The candidate must have B.Tech, B.Sc, or B.Eng degree in Engineering disciplines with at least a Second Class Lower Division grade.
  • A candidate with an upper credit Postgraduate Diploma (PGD) (minimum CGPA of 3.50 on a 5-point scale) in Engineering disciplines from a recognized University shall be considered.
  • The candidate shall in addition satisfy the University matriculation Examination (UTME) which includes five O’Level Credit passes including English language, Mathematics, Physic and Chemistry as requirements for admission into the degree programmein Engineering disciplines and provides NYSC discharged/Exemption/Exclusion Certificate.
  • Application shall be highly competitive and depending on availability of vacancies there shall be a cut-off CGPA to be determined by the Departmental Postgraduate Board.
  • The M.Tech programme is available to first degree graduates in Agricultural Engineering or Agricultural and Environmental Engineering or other related Engineering fields such as Civil and Chemical/Petrochemical Engineering for (Agricultural and Environmental Engineering Option),Mechanical Engineering for (Farm Power and Machinery Engineering Option) from a recognized institution, with at least a second class Lower Division.

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY PROGRAMMES

A candidate for a PhD programme shall:

  • Possess a Master’s degree with a CGPA of 3.50 or above, on a five-point grade system, in a relevant discipline, obtained from the Rivers State University or any other recognized institution of higher learning of equivalent status.
  • For a PhD degree in the Institute of Education, candidates shall possess a Master’s degree (with a CGPA of 3.50 or above, on a 5-point scale) in the relevant field of study obtained from Rivers State University or any other recognized institution of equivalent status. (In addition, an applicant may be required to undergo a selection test and or an interview).
  • A candidate for PhD in Philosophy whose CGPA is not up to 3.5 will be required to register for the MPhil/PhD programme. Such candidates must present two seminars and a research proposal for grading and must score a minimum CGPA of 3.5 before preceding to the PhD, otherwise the MPhil degree should be awarded upon the submission of a thesis and its examination following the procedure of a PhD thesis.
  • A candidate for PhD in Public Administration must have a Master’s degree with a CGPA of 3.5 on a five-point scale or at least an average of B grade (60%) which includes coursework and research thesis from a recognized university.
  • A candidate for PhD in English Language must possess a good Master’s degree in English Language or Literary Studies or Mass Communication from a recognized university, with a CGPA not below 3.5 on a five-point scale.
  • A candidate for PhD in History and International Studies must possess a Bachelor’s degree in Arts (B.A) in History and International Studies, History and Diplomatic Studies, History and International Relations or History and Strategic Studies from approved and recognized universities with a minimum of Second Class Lower Division.
  • A candidate for PhD in Peace, Conflict and Security Studies must possess a good Master’s degree in Peace Studies.
  • Candidates for PhD in Surveying and Geomatics must have an M.Sc in Surveying and Geomatics degree with a CGPA of 3.5 on a 5-point scale or 60% weighted average from Rivers State University or any other institution of equivalent status.
  • A candidate for PhD in Estate Management with Master’s degree in other cognate disciplines like Environmental Management will be required to take and pass remedial courses as may be prescribed by the Department before proceeding with their research.
  • A candidate for a PhD in Environmental Management and Control shall possess MSc degree with a CGPA of at least 3.5 on a five-point scale or 60% weighted average.
  • Holders of Master of Business Administration (MBA) degrees can only be considered for admission into the relevant Master of Science (M.Sc.) programmes related to their first degrees.

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Bolarinwa Olajire

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

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