This article is about the best schools for Postgraduate studies in Nigeria. As we all know, almost all Nigerian graduates are taking the academic path to garner postgraduate degrees. This has become a trend largely because of the unavailability of jobs. Graduates attempt at getting Postgraduates degrees such as PGD, M.A, M.sc, M.Agric, LL.M, Ph.D, etc.These degrees are gotten mainly to increase and balance the odds in gaining a good job. Having a First Class or Second Class Upper is no longer a guarantee to secure a mouth watery job anymore. So PG degrees become handy in other to gain more experience, spend the time of joblessness and further one’s educational status.
However, most graduates are in doubt about where to go to for their Postgraduate programs! Some are not aware of the costs for taking such a study and some are skeptical about the time they’ll spend in the program.
This list has thus been compiled to sample of the renowned and possibly, best Postgraduate programmes in the country in other to guide applicants. It should be noted that there is no school that isn’t good or standard but there are some schools with a more profitable and fluid program and the factors that dictate this include; duration of program, number of academic staff, school fees, frequency of oral defence, quality of certificates and graduates, etc. Nobody wants to go to a school where s/he will spend 5 Years for a 1-2 Years program. On the average Masters program, the student undertakes course work for two semesters and the last semester(s) is devoted solely to Dissertation/Thesis work. The research proposal is first presented and defended and then the student writes the research under the guidance of a senior academic in the department who in turn approves the Dissertation/Thesis upon completion. Thereafter, the HOD shall notify the relevant Postgraduate committees and boards after which, both internal and external defences shall be done by the student. For PhD, the process is same but the duration is basically 6 or more semesters of which Seminar presentations shall be done and graded by a supervisor and a board of examiners. Any break in this protocol leads to unnecessary delays.
The schools I have compiled below were judged based on various variables of which include; Duration, Quality, Tuition, Location, Alumni, Research Pedigree, Journals/Publications, Acceptability of Results, Speed, Age, among others. Even though this may be a subjective research, I have been as objective as I possibly can and I would welcome any observations, corrections and contributions. Learning is a continual process. I hereby present the list as follows:
1. University of Ibadan:
The University of Ibadan is more or else Nigeria’s most widely accepted and attended university for Postgraduate Studies. Students from virtually all of West Africa have eyed this school for so long largely because of the name it has garnered for itself. This institution is known for its quality and fast Postgraduate programs in Arts, Sciences, Law, Social Sciences, Agriculture, Pharmacy, Medical Sciences, Business Management, among others. The programs in this school are designed to be dexterous, fast-paced and research-based. Cost of living is quite cheap for students and staff quantity and quality are excellent. Most people believe that UI rests largely on old glory while others believe that if it is not UI, they’ll never undertake a PG program. However, UI has its merits and demerits just like any other school but its merits are more and better. Anyone who can ride along with the classic Yoruba city of Ibadan will have no problem schooling in UI. Journals from this school have high impact factors and are recognised authorities.
The tuition and cost of living for both Master and PhD can be placed between NGN100,000-NGN200,000 on the average. Students are also awarded fellowships and teaching/research assistantships in other to ease their financial burden. The duration of the program is a minimum of 3 semesters (18 Months), sometimes it takes less or more depending on the student, the department and the supervisor. The certificate has a high acceptability even in international circles and graduates are doing well as academics, technocrats and politicians.