Mass communication is a four-year bachelor’s degree program that provides training to Nigerian undergraduates on various aspects of Mass Communication. The media has always been the vehicle on which many other areas of life move, from the times of Television and news and even now in the digital age. Mass communication cuts across topics in Journalism, news sourcing and analysis, news reporting, writing, News casting, etc. Graduates of Mass Communication have lots of career opportunities as Content writers, Journalists, News editors, etc and can work in different media houses, Newspapers and news reporting companies across the country.
This article covers a list of the best universities you can study Mass communication in Nigeria. Read on below:
· Pan- African University
Mass communication is studied under the School of Media and Communication (SMC) in Pan- African University. This is one of the leading and most recognized universities where you can study media-related courses. Students here are able to be creative, the theory of mass communication and practice. Courses under mass communication in this school include: Written and Spoken Communication and Digital Media and Communication
· University of Ilorin
The University of Ilorin is a well known federal university in Nigeria and has been often ranked among the top universities in the country. It is one of the most sought after universities for studying Mass-communication under the Faculty of Communication and Information Science.
· University of Lagos (UNILAG)
The University of Lagos popularly known as Unilag is one of the top and prestigious universities in the country. The school is also reputed to be one of the best where you can study Mass communication, under the faculty of social sciences, with a track record of excellence. The university has produced graduates that have made a tremendous contribution to Nigerian media.
· University of Benin
The University of Benin was founded in 1970 and it is one of the first generation of federal universities established in Nigeria. The faculty of Mass-communication in this school has produced notable individuals in the media.
· University of Jos
In 1971, the University of Jos started as a campus of the University of Ibadan. This was until 1975. Now the school is one of the best in Nigeria. Its department of Mass communication has also produced professionals in the field of media
· University of Nigeria, Nsukka
The University of Nigeria, Nsukka is one of the first generation federal universities established before independence in Nigeria. The department of Mass communication of the university is also one of the oldest in the school. The Department of Mass Communication of the University of Nigeria Nsukka has produced many notable personalities that have impacted immensely on the progress of the country. The department offers training in the following: Broadcasting, Print Journalism, Photography, Cinematography, Public Relations, and Advertising, etc.
· Covenant University, Canaan Land, Ota
Covenant University is one of the best private universities in Nigeria. The department of Mass communication is under the College of Business and Social sciences. The department runs a four-year program in the following specialties.
- Print and Online Journalism (PROJ)
- Broadcast Journalism (Radio and Television)
- Public Relations and Advertising (PRAD)
In the first two years of study, every registered Mass Communication student of the school offers the same courses, this is compulsory and foundational. Students are expected to specialize from 300 Level.
Nnamdi Azikwe University
Nnamdi Azikwe University, also known as UNIZIK has a vision of producing self-reliant, highly professional Mass Communication graduates. Therefore, the Mass Communication programme is designed with much emphasis placed on the practical training of students. Students gain practical lessons in print journalism via internships and production of the Department’s newspaper and magazine – UNIZIK Comet.
Lagos State University (LASU)
Lagos State University is the most reputable state-owned university in Nigeria. Located in the media hub of the country, Lagos state university graduates highly professional mass communication students.
Ahmadu Bello University, Abu, Zaria
Ahmadu Bello University is one of the reputable federal universities located in the northern part of the country. The university is well known for its excellent academic performance.
Afe Babalola University
Afe Babalola is one of the best private schools in Nigeria. The university is well known for its high-quality academic performance. The school offers Mass communication as a course under the name ‘Communications and media studies’
Admission requirements to study Mass communication
JAMB UTME subject combination
Candidates who wish to study Mass communication in any Nigerian university to take the following subjects at UTME
English Language (This is compulsory)
Three other arts or social science subjects such as Government, Literature and Economics
Application via UTME
Candidates applying via UTME are expected to have a 5 credit pass in WAEC/NECO or any other equivalent examination. These credit passes must include the following subjects:
· English language
· Literature in English
· Economics or any other course in the Art field
Candidates are expected to pass the cut off mark for studying Mass Communication in the University of his or her choice at UTME. Mass communication is a highly competitive course, therefore you are advised to do your best and obtain a minimum score of 250 and above. This gives you a greater chance of gaining admission to study Mass Communication in your preferred choice of institution.
Direct Entry Requirements
Candidates via direct entry are required to have one of the following qualifications in order to be considered for admission:
- Two advanced level passes in Arts or Social Sciences subjects.
- An OND/HND credit level in a relevant discipline.
- International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB) in relevant subjects.
It is always best that you check Jamb Brochure as Admission Requirements vary in different universities and across different years. Some other universities refer to the department of Mass communication as Media and Communication or Media and Information Technology, or they combine the course with another one and make it into a whole department.