NOUN Admission Requirements 2024 (Bachelors, Masters, Postgraduates)


NOUN Admission Requirements 2024. This guide unveils the entry requirements for all programme levels, from Certificate to PhD of the National Open University of Nigeria, so you can scale your educational goals with confidence.

Imagine pursuing your education without rigid schedules, classrooms, or geographical limitations. This dream will become a reality at the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN). But before embarking on this rewarding journey, understanding the NOUN admission requirements is key. Worry not, future NOUNites! This comprehensive guide will demystify the process and empower you to navigate the path to flexible learning success.

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NOUN Admission Requirements 2024 for Bachelors, Masters, Postgraduates, Doctoral and Access Programmes.

Explore NOUN admission requirements for certificates, diplomas, degrees, and even doctoral studies below:


1. NOUN Admission Requirements for Certificate Programmes

a) Proficiency Certificate Programmes

  • No previous experience or qualification is necessary.
  • The ability to read and write will be an advantage.

Note: Candidates for Proficiency Certificates will NOT be qualified to proceed to Certificates/Diploma programmes without possessing the requisite basic qualifications.

b) University (Academic) Certificate Programmes

  • Junior Secondary School Certificate.
  • Minimum of 2 credits in SSCE/GCE ‘O’ Level, NECO, NABTEB and at not more than two sittings.
  • T.C. II with at least 2 merits at not more than two sittings.
  • Mature candidates of 30 years and above with relevant work experience of not less than 10 years or evidence of prior knowledge/proficiency in a relevant field may be considered on their merit.
  • I’dadiyah Certificate of Standard Islamiyyah School.

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2. NOUN Admission Requirements for Diploma Programmes

  • A minimum of three credits in SSCE/GCE ‘O’ Level, NECO and NABTEB at not more than two sittings with at least a pass in the English Language.
  • A minimum of three merits in Teacher Grade II Certificate at not more than two sittings.
  • Senior Islamic School Certificate/Higher Islamiyyah Certificate including Arabic and Islamic Studies
  • Thanawiyyah Certificate of Standard Islamiyyah School.
  • NOUN Academic Certificate and Certificates of other recognized institutions.

Note: To qualify to proceed to the appropriate degree programme of NOUN, holders of Diploma Certificates would be required to make up any deficiencies in their SSCE/GCE, NECO, NABTEB and T.C II.


3. NOUN Admission Requirements for Undergraduate Programmes.

100 Level:

  • Five credits in the SSCE / GCE O’Level / NECO / NABTEB or equivalents at not more than two (2) sittings obtained in subjects relevant to the proposed field(s) of study.
  • Teachers’ Grade II Certificates with a minimum of five merits or its combination with any of the certificates listed under
    • (i) to obtain the equivalent of five credits at ‘O’Levels.
  • Candidates seeking admission into the School of Law must have five(5) credits including English Language, Literature in English and at least a credit Pass in Mathematics at not more than two (2) sittings in NECO / SSCE or GCE O/L only.
  • The School of Arts and Social Sciences requires that one of the five credits or merits must be in English Language, while at least two (2) should be in subjects relevant to the proposed field.
  • For the School of Management Sciences, the credit passes at the Ordinary Level must include English and Mathematics
  • For the School of Education, the credit passes must include Mathematics for Science Education and English Language for all humanities. Additionally, those in Science Education must have credit in English Language.
  • For the School of Science and Technology, the credit passes must include Mathematics and English Language.
  • The minimum entry requirement for B.Sc. Environmental Science and Resource Management is five (5) O’Level (SSCE / NECO / GCE or NABTEB) Credits at not more than two sittings including English Language and Mathematics and any of Geography, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Agricultural Science and Economics.

200 Level:

  • National Diploma at Upper Credit from recognised institutions.
  • National Certificate in Education (NCE) in subject(s) relevant to the proposed programme of study with a minimum of one merit and two passes.
  • International Baccalaureates, Interim Joint Matriculation Board (IJMB) with at least two ‘A’ Level papers in relevant subjects and a pre-requisite number of ‘O’ Level credit passes.
  • Candidates for entry into the School of Law must have a minimum Second Class (Lower) degree from any recognized University with at least five credits including English Language, Literature in English and a credit pass in Mathematics at not more than two sittings in NECO / SCCE or GCE ‘O’ Level only.
  • Candidates for entry into the School of Science & Technology may be admitted into the 300 Level of the programme provided they have the following qualifications:
    a) Five (5) credit passes in not more than two sittings in SSCE / NECO / GCE or NABTEB in the following subjects: English Geography and Economics.
    b) A registered and licensed Community Health Extension Worker with a Diploma in Community Health Officers Programme (Higher National Diploma) and with not less than two years post-qualification experience.

Other Requirements:

  • Five (5) ‘0’ level credit passes and ‘A’ level passes must be in subjects relevant to the proposed programme (s).
  • ‘O’ level credit pass in Mathematics is required for all Sciences and Technology, Business Education and Science Education Programmes. ‘O’ level pass in Mathematics may be considered for Social Sciences Programmes. Also, an ‘O’ level pass in the English Language may be considered for Physics and Mathematics Programmes.
  • Candidates applying for B.A. English, B.A. (Ed) English and B.Sc. Mass Communication must have an ‘O’ level credit pass in Literature in English.
  • Holders of First Degree, HND or RN with prior knowledge and relevant work experience may be considered for advanced placement and waiver.
  • Candidates awaiting results of any relevant examination may also apply; they should however note that processing of application will not be completed until entry requirements are met.

4. NOUN Admission Requirements for Postgraduate Diploma Programmes:

Candidates seeking admission must possess either Bachelor’s Degree Certificates or equivalent from institutions recognised by the Senate of NOUN; or

  1. Holders of HND with a minimum of Lower Credit from institutions recognised by the Senate of NOUN.
  2. Candidates seeking admission into the School of Law must possess a minimum L.L.B degree.
  3. Candidates seeking admission for PGD Agricultural Extension and Management must possess a Bachelor’s degree with at least 3rd class division is required. Candidates with a pass degree and a minimum of 3 years of related experience may be accepted. HND holders in Agric Science or other related disciplines may be admitted. Holders of a Bachelor’s Degree in basic Science, Biological/Earth Sciences, and Agricultural Sciences from Universities that are recognised by NOUN are admitable.
  4. Candidates seeking admission for the PGD HIV/AIDS Education and Management must possess an HND or a good first degree in a related field of study. In addition, 5 credits in English, Mathematics, a science subject and 2 other subjects.

5. NOUN Admission Requirements for Master’s Degree Programmes:

  1. A first degree with a minimum of Second Class Lower from a University recognised by the Senate of NOUN in a related field or study.
  2. A postgraduate diploma in a related field from a University recognised by the Senate may also be admitted.
  3. A good honours degree in Education (Arts, Languages, Sciences, Social Sciences, Vocational and Technical subjects) from any University recognized by the Senate of NOUN.
  4. Prospective students seeking admission for M.Sc. HIV/AIDS Management are required to have a PGD in HIV/AIDS education and management as well as 5 credits in: English and Mathematics, a science subject and 2 other subjects.

6. NOUN Admission Requirements for Doctor of Philosophy Programmes (PhD).

  1. For the Doctor of Philosophy degree programmes, candidates must possess a Master’s degree in relevant fields 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.
  2. Candidates for PhD Programmes will be invited for an interactive session before an offer of admission is made.
  3. Candidates are advised to forward transcripts of their academic records and three (3) referees’ report, 2 of which must be from persons very well acquainted with the candidate’s academic work, to the Dean, a Postgraduate School from which admission is requested.

7. Access Programme Requirements:

  • As part of her mandate to increase access to Higher Education, the National Open University of Nigeria now offers a Remedial Programme at an ‘O’ level to the Nigerian Public.
  • Students who are admitted into these programmes will be taught through the face-to-face mode for a full academic year after which they will sit for any National ‘O’ Level examinations of their choice
  • For a start, the programme would take off in three Study Centres of the University: Lagos, Kaduna and Kebbi respectively.

How to Apply for NOUN Admission Form 2024.

The entire process is electronic and online for 24 hours a day. The method of application is as follows:


Conclusion: NOUN Admission Requirements 2024.

NOUN’s flexible admission requirements open the door to a world of learning for everyone. Whether you’re a young adventurer or a seasoned scholar seeking new horizons, NOUN offers a path to achieve your academic goals. So, take the first step, conquer the climb of admission, and embrace the summit of your educational dreams with NOUN!

Lastly, the University’s website is also open to verify the NOUN admission requirements as per programme which you intend to study. Check program details, application deadlines, and don’t hesitate to contact the Admissions Unit for any questions. Now, go forth, intrepid scholar, and conquer your educational Everest with NOUN!



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