National Open University of Nigeria Postgraduate Courses

The National Open University of Nigeria, (NOUN) is the only Nigerian University that is 100% dedicated to providing distance learning in the Country. The University commenced postgraduate studies in 2003 by offering diploma certificates. However, it wasn’t until 2009 that the establishment of the School of Postgraduate Studies.

Currently, the programmes exist as both full-time (research-based Ph.D and Masters Degrees) or part time courses.

These programmes are designed to expand the depth of the student’s knowledge; develop new skills, update professional skills as well as produce graduates that add value to their organisation or business.

Most of the programmes at the Postgraduate Diploma and Masters level are based on Coursework and Research which have been created based on the principles of open and distance Learning.

Currently, the Dean of the School of Post Graduate Studies is Samaila Mande. He is a Business Administration scholar and a Human Resources Management expert.

The vision of NOUN is to achieve excellence in scholarship, research, consultancies, upgrading the professional skills/competencies of graduands and enhancing knowledge development underpinned by the principles of Open and Distance Learning.

And the mission of the institution is to provide a conducive environment for the pursuit of high quality postgraduate studies with the objective of generating and expanding new knowledge as well as enriching the quality of life and experiences of its students.

In this post, we’ve highlighted the postgraduate courses offered by NOUN and the admission requirements into these programmes.

School of Arts & Social Sciences

Postgraduate Diploma Programme in:

  • Christian Theology
  • Journalism
  • Peace and Conflict Resolution
  • Criminology and Security Studies

Master of Arts/Science Programmes in:

  • English
  • Peace and Conflict Resolution
  • Mass Communication
  • Christian Theology

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) Programme (By Research) in:

  • Christian Theology/Religious Studies
    English and Literary Studies with specialisation in English Language, Literature in English, African Oral Literature

School of Management Sciences

Postgraduate Diploma Programme in:

  • Banking and Finance
  • Cooperative Management
  • Corporate Governance
  • Human Resource Management
  • Local Government Management

MBA Programme in:

  • Banking and Finance
  • Corporate Government
  • Financial Management.
  • Human Resource management.
  • Marketing

Masters in Public Administration Programme (MPA) with Specialisation in:

  • Public Personnel Management
  • Hospital Administration
  • Local Government Administration
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) programme (By Research) in:
  • Public Administration

School Of Education

Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE)

Master of Education (M.Ed) in:

  • Educational Administration of Planning
  • Educational Technology

Master of Science Education (M.Sc. Ed)

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) Programme

  • Educational Leadership with specialization in:
  1. Educational Administration
  2. Educational Management
  • Science Education
  • Educational Technology
  • Mathematics Education

All programmes in the school are by coursework and research


School of Law

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Legislative Drafting

School of Science & Technology

Postgraduate Diploma in:

  • Agricultural Extension and Management
  • Digital Communication
  • HIV/AIDs Education and Management
  • Information Technology

Master of Science (M,Sc) Programme in Information Technology
with Internet Application.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) Programme by Research in:

  • Agricultural Extension and Management
  • Applied Mathematics (Industrial Option)
  • Crop Production/Protection
  • Animal Production
  • Applied Biology
  • Polymer Science
  • Environmental Science/Climate Change
  • Waste Management

The admission requirements into these programmes have also been highlighted below:

  • Candidate must meet, among others, all matriculation requirements of at least 5 credit passes including English Language and Mathematics. Some programmes accept at least a pass in Mathematics.
  • For Postgraduate Diploma Programmes, Candidates must possess either a minimum of pass Bachelors Degree in any discipline from a University recognised by the Senate of the NOUN OR a Higher National Diploma with a minimum of Lower Credit.
  • For the Postgraduate Diploma in Legislative Drafting, the candidate must have been called to the Bar. Also for admission into the school of Business and Human Resource Management Postgraduate Diploma programmes, candidates with professional qualifications such as ACA, ACIS, ACIB, ACII, ACIA, etc may be considered on individual merit.
  • For Master Degree programmes, candidates must possess either
  • a Bachelors Degree with a minimum of second class lower in the relevant field of study from a University recongnised by the Senate of the NOUN. However, holders of lower classification and with a minimum of 2 years of relevant post-qualification experience may be considered on individual merit
  • A Postgraduate Diploma in related field of study from a recognised University
  • A Higher National Diploma with a minimum of Upper Credit in the relevant field of study. Candidate with membership certificate of relevant professional bodies may apply for the Master of Business (MBA) programme
  • For the Doctor of Philosophy Degree prorammes, candidates must possess a Masters Degree in relevant field of study from a University recognised by the Senate of the NOUN with a minimum score average of not less than 60% or a cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3.5 on a 5-point scale.

45 thoughts on “National Open University of Nigeria Postgraduate Courses”

  1. Pls I wish to apply for master in christian theology.i already had PGD missionology from college of mission ede owned by rccg affiliated to redeemed university do I go about application

  2. My names is Audu yerima Zakka a graduate of university of Maiduguri,please I wish
    to enroll for MSC in Education administration and my Field of study is Bsc education geography. Sir I don’t know whether I will be offered an admission in NOUN.thank u

  3. I would love to take a postgraduade diploma form on social science. Christian thiology. please kindly let me know whenever the forms are available, thanks.

  4. Great work out there. Please I would like to know if you have any PGD programs in the Field of Psychology. Plus, how much and duration of study. Also, how about scholarships?

  5. Hi
    I would like to take a course on criminology and security studies

    When the form will be out?

    I would also like to know the tuition fees, and Lagos study centers

    What is the online implication of the course

  6. I wish to apply for Master Degree in International Relations and Diplomacy but cannot be fund in those courses listed above?

    I am a holder BSc. Degree in political Science with many Years of experience in Public Administration.
    Is the course available to enable me apply ?

  7. My name is Adeniyi Adeyinka and I want to apply for Masters in Education, I have my first degree in and my PGD with NTI.
    I like to know if am qualify to do the M.ED on a part time and the cost please.
    Thank you

  8. My name is Ajayi Gbenga, I would like to take up PGD programme, but my concerns is that my SSCE English result was pass. Is it possible for me to enroll into any PGD programme with this.

  9. Am interested in studying masters in educational management or administration (mathematics education) I have done post graduate diploma in education with NTI.please furnish me with the steps to waiting for your reply,thanks

  10. Please I am thinking of running my Masters Degree with NOUN, my field is Psychology and I cant get any update relating to that.
    Please any little help will do.

  11. Good morning sir/ma. please did you have masters in public health nursing? If no, please when did you intend to start the program? Also, is postgraduate in nursing education available? Pls reply .

  12. My name is Rose Ndukwe , a student of NOUN , 300level,but for 3 years now , I stopped because of personnel reason, I hope to go back,I want to know if they will be problem?

    • hi Mis Rose , am Victor by name . Pls can NOUN offer me admission in PUBLIC HEALTH 3 hundred level with HND in Microbiology with Upper Credit ?

  13. Hi am chukwuzoba by name plz to whom it may concern I want to know if the institution have started post graduate studies on business adminstration I will be very much greatful if am given a feedback

  14. Often i read about the institution accepting upper,but at the process of filling the form online is not accepting,i came to your head office was told another story,please what’s happening?

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