Among the universities which were given the approval by NUC are 26 Federal universities, 25 state universities and 18 private universities currently eligible to award postgraduate programme certificates. The commission passed the announcement to the public through the office of the Executive Secretary while listing Federal, State and Private universities allowed to award such certificates to students in the country.
The National universities commission further said that they observed some institutions and parastatals are awarding postgraduate degrees, either on their own or through unapproved affiliation with Nigerian and foreign universities without official approval. In other to address this problem, the commission has come out with an approved official list of universities that are allowed to offer postgraduate studies at Masters and Ph.D levels and any certificates attained as from July 30, 2012, is valid.
Below is the full current list of Nigerian universities approved by NUC to conduct postgraduate studies in Nigeria.
List of Federal Universities Approved by NUC for Postgraduate Programmes
Only 26 universities out of a total of 41 federal universities were approved by NUC to offer postgraduate programmes in Nigeria. The list of Federal universities approved are as follows:
1. Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi
2. Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria
3. Bayero University, Kano
4. Federal University of Technology, Akure
5. Federal University of Technology, Minna
6. Federal University of Technology, Owerri
7. Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike
8. Modibbo Adama University of Technology, Yola
9. National Open University of Nigeria, Lagos
10. Nigeria Defence Academy, Kaduna
11. Nnamdi Azikwe University, Akwa
12. Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife
13. University of Abuja, Gwagwalada
14. University of Agriculture, Abeokuta
15. University of Agriculture, Makurdi
16. University of Benin, Benin City
17. University of Calabar, Calabar
18. University of Ibadan, Ibadan
19. University of Ilorin, Ilorin
20. University of Jos, Jos
21. University of Lagos, Akoko
22. University of Maiduguri, Maiduguri
23. University of Nigeria, Nsukka
24. University of Port Harcourt, Port Harcourt
25. University of Uyo, Uyo
26. Usmanu DanFodiyo University, Sokoto.
List of State Universities Approved by NUC for Postgraduate Programmes
Among the 47 state universities across the country, only 25 universities were approved by NUC to carry out postgraduate studies in Nigeria. The full list includes the following:
1. Abia State University, Uturu
2. Adamawa State University, Mubi
3. Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko
4. Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma
5. Anambra University, Uli
6. Benue State University, Makurdi
7. Cross River University of Technology, Calabar
8. Delta State University, Abraka
9. Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki
10. Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti
11. Enugu State University of Science and Technology, Enugu
12. Imo State University, Owerri
13. Kogi State University, Anyigba
14. Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso
15. Lagos State University, Ojo
16. Nasarawa State University, Keffi
17. Niger Delta University, Wilberforce Island
18. Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye
19. Rivers State University of Science and Technology
20. Umar Musa Yar'Adua University, Katsina
21. Gombe State University, Gombe
22. Ibrahim Babangida University, Lapai
23. Kano State University of Science and Technology
24. Kebbi State University of Science and Technology
25. Kwara State University, Malete.
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List of Private Universities Approved by NUC for Postgraduate Programmes
A total of 74 official private universities exist in Nigeria currently. Out of this number of private universities, only 18 were given a positive go-ahead to carry out postgraduate programmes in Nigeria. Before you enroll for your masters and Ph.D. in any private university in Nigeria, make sure they are approved to offer such postgraduate programme by the National Universities Commission.
Here is the list of Private universities as approved to award masters certificate by the NUC.
1. African University of Science and Technology, Abuja
2. American University of Nigeria, Yola
3. Babcock University, Ilishan Remo
4. Benson Idahosa University, Benin City
5. Bowen University, Iwo
6. Covenant University, Ota
7. Igbiniedo University, Okada
8. Pan-African University, Lekki
9. Redeemer's University, Mowe, Ogun State
10. Caleb University, Lagos
11. Joseph Ayo Babalola University, Ikeji-Arakeji
12. Nigerian Turkish Nile University, Abuja
13. Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State
14. Lead City University, Ibadan (MSc. Only)
15. University of Mkar, Mkar (MSc. Only)
16. Madona University, Okija
17. Al-hikmah University, Ilorin (MSc. Only)
18. Godfrey Okoye University, Ugwuomu-Nike , Enugu state.
So before you register for postgraduate studies in any university in Nigeria, make sure they are listed on the current list of universities approved by NUC to offer and also award such certificates.