Approved Private Universities for Postgraduate Programmes in Nigeria

Are you looking for a reputable private university to undergo your postgraduate programmes?

If yes, then here you have the list of the Approved Private Universities in Nigeria for Postgraduate Programmes.

Approved Private Universities for Postgraduate Programmes In Nigeria

Overview of Private Universities in Nigeria

Private Universities are usually not operated by governments, although many receive tax breaks, public student loans, and grants.

Depending on their location, Private Universities may be subject to Government regulation. This is in contrast to Public Universities and National Universities.

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What is Postgraduate Education?

Postgraduate education is any higher education undertaken after a bachelor’s degree.

This is a step up from what an undergrad would have studied and is an opportunity to focus on a particular area.

In an increasingly competitive graduate climate, a postgraduate qualification can distinguish you from other candidates who are chasing the same job positions.

In the US, postgraduate education is referred to as graduate education and undertaken by a grad student at a grad school.

Alternatively, students will move on to medical school, law school or business school to study these specific areas.

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List of Private Universities Approved to Run Postgraduate Programmes in Nigeria

There are 37 approved Private Universities that are qualified to run Postgraduate Programmes in Nigeria.

On 15th April 2021, the National University Commission (NUC) notified the general public that only the following Universities have the approval to offer postgraduate programmes at the Masters and PhD levels in Nigeria:

1. Achievers University, Owo

2. Adeleke University, Ede

3. Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State

4. African University of Science and Technology, Abuja

5. Ajayi Crowther University, Oyo

6. Al-Hikmah University, Ilorin

7. Al-Qalam University, Kastina

8. American University of Nigeria, Yola

9. Babcock University, Ilishan-Remo

10. Baze University, Abuja

11. Bells University of Technology, Ota

12. Benson Idahosa University, Benin City

13. Bingham University New-Karu

14. Bowen University, Iwo

15. Caleb University, Lagos

16 Covenant University, Ota

17. Crawford University, Igbessa

18. Crescent University, Abeokuta

19. Elizade University, Ilara-Mokin, Ondo State

20. Fountain University, Osogbo

21. Godfrey Okoye University Ugwuomu-Nike, Enugu

22. Igbinedion University, Okada

23. Joseph Ayo Babalola University, Ikeji-Arakeji, Osun State

24. Landmark University, Omu-Aran

25. Lead City University, Ibadan

26. Madonna University, Okija

27. Mountain Top University, Ogun State

28. Nile University of Nigeria, Abuja

29. Novena University, Ogume

30. Oduduwa University Ipetumodu

31. Pan-Atlantic University, Lagos

32. Redeemer’s University, Mowe, Ogun State

33. Salem University, Lokoja

34. Samuel Adegboyega University, Edo State

35. University of Mkar, Mkar

36. Veritas University, Abuja

37. Wellspring University, Evbuobanosa, Edo State

The NUC official statement reads:

Employers of labour, educational institutions and other stakeholders are to note that only certificates issued by these universities, for their approved programmes, are valid for employment, further studies and other purposes.

When in doubt about the status of any programme or certificate, the National Universities Commission should be contacted through [email protected]


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