Entry Requirements into 7 New Communication Programmes in Nigeria! Jambites Take Note

Now that Mass Communication has been phased out as a degree programme in Nigerian universities, you may be wondering whether the seven new departments/programmes that have replaced the phased out degree require WAEC/NECO certificates and JAMB subjects totally different from the ones required to gain admission into the ‘old mass communication’ programme. Well, nothing much has changed but it’s good to know the exact requirements for each of the courses so you can advise your younger one about to enroll for Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) a.k.a. JAMB, to pick the right subjects in WAEC and JAMB.

The entry requirements are almost same for all the seven new Programmes/Departments, to be domiciled in a Faculty/School/College of Communication and Media Studies – Journalism & Media Studies, Public Relations, Advertising, Broadcasting, Film & Multi-Media Studies, Development Communication Studies, and Information & Media Studies. There are slight differences in direct entry admissions for secific departments. This is why you should go through admission requirements for individual departments.

Here’s a list of entry requirements to the seven new programmes in the Faculty of Communication and Media Studies. This information is based on the curriculum for the programmes which was approved by the National Universities Commission (NUC).

Basic Admission Requirements

Admission into Communication and Media Studies programmes in Nigerian Universities is by two modes: the Universal Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and Direct Entry (DE). The requirements for each are as stated below:

UTME Entry Mode:

Candidates for admission into the four year degree programme in Communication and Media Studies in Nigeria should possess a Senior Secondary School Certificate or General Certificate of Education of West African Examination Council (WAEC) or National Examination Council (SSCE-WAEC/NECO) or their equivalent with at least five credit passes in relevant subjects including English Language, Mathematics and Literature-in-English at not more than two sittings.

Direct Entry:

Candidates for Direct Entry admission shall possess five credit passes in the Senior Secondary School Certificate, General Certificate of Education, National Examination Council or their equivalent including English, Mathematics and Literature-in-English, of which at least two shall be at the Advanced level or four credit passes of which at least three shall be at the Advanced level provided that such passes are not counted at both levels of the examinations. In some cases, holders of diploma certificate in disciplines related to courses of study desired in Communication and Media Studies are accepted.

Inter-University Transfer Mode

Students can transfer from other universities into 200-Level courses provided they have the relevant qualifications. Universities are to satisfy themselves that the grades obtained by such candidates are acceptable.

 

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Minimum/Maximum Duration

The minimum duration of Communication and Media Studies is four academic sessions for candidates who enter through the UTME Mode. Direct Entry candidates admitted to the 200 level of their programmes will spend a minimum of three academic sessions.

The maximum length of time allowed to obtain an honours degree in the Faculty shall be twelve semesters for the 4-year degree programme and ten semesters for students admitted directly into the 200 level.

 

Specific Admission Requirements for Individual Programmes

 

Journalism and Media Studies Department/Programme

UTME:  

Candidates who wish to study Journalism and Media Studies must have obtained:

A minimum of five (5) units in the Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination or in the General Certificate Examination G.C.E. ‘O’ Level, or NECO, – National Examination Certificate or their equivalents. The five (5) units must include English Language, Mathematics and Literature-in-English and must be obtained in not more than two sittings. An acceptable UTME score is also required.

Direct Entry:

Candidates for Direct Entry admission shall, in addition to the O/L requirements, possess a Diploma in Communication, Journalism or related disciplines from any institution approved by the Senate of the University with not less than a GPA of 3.0. Candidates with GCE ‘A Level’, IJMB and JUPEB may be considered for direct entry in Journalism and Media Studies but shall be required to take and pass compulsory foundation 100 level courses.

 

Advertising Department/Programme

UTME:

A minimum of five (5) credit passes in the Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination or in the General Certificate Examination G.C.E. ‘O’ Level, or NECO (National Examination Certificate) NABTEB or their equivalents   The five (5) credit passes must include English Language, Literature in English  and Mathematics and must be obtained in not more than two sittings. An acceptable UTME score is also required.

Direct Entry:

Direct entry candidates with any of the following qualifications may also be considered for admission, provided they satisfy the O/L (WASCE) admission requirements: National Diploma in Mass Communication any University approved by the Senate of the University with not less than a GPA of 3.0; IJMB, Polytechnic OND with Credit Pass. Holders of Professional Diploma such as NIPR, APCON NIMARK and related communication disciplines are also eligible for Direct Entry Admission, provided they satisfy the O/L requirements.

 

Public Relations Department/Programme

UTME:

A minimum of five (5) credit passes in the Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination or in the General Certificate Examination G.C.E. ‘O’ Level, or NECO (National Examination Certificate) NABTEB or their equivalents   The five (5) credit passes must include English Language, Literature in English  and Mathematics and must be obtained in not more than two sittings. An acceptable UTME score is also required.

Direct Entry:

Direct entry candidates with any of the following qualifications may also be considered for admission, provided they satisfy the O/L (WASCE) admission requirements: National Diploma in Mass Communication any University approved by the Senate of the University with not less than a GPA of 3.0; IJMB, Polytechnic OND with Credit Pass. Holders of Professional Diploma such as NIPR, APCON NIMARK and related communication disciplines are also eligible for Direct Entry Admission, provided they satisfy the O/L requirements.

 

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Broadcasting Department/Programme

UTME:

A minimum of five (5) credits in the Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination or in the General Certificate Examination G.C.E. ‘O’ Level, or NECO, – National Examination Certificate or their equivalents. The five (5) credits must include English Language, Mathematics and Literature-in-English, and must be obtained in not more than two sittings. An acceptable UTME score is also required.

Direct Entry:

Direct Entry candidates must in addition to the O/L qualifications, obtain the Diploma in Mass Communication of any University approved by the Senate of the University with not less than a GPA of 3.0. Candidates with GCE ‘A Level’ or IJMB or any acceptable equivalent qualification may be considered for direct entry admission into any of the programmes.

 

Film and Multimedia Department/Programme

UTME:

Candidates for admission into the four – year degree in Film and Multimedia Studies should possess a Senior Secondary School Certificate, General Certificate of Education, NECO or their equivalents with at least five credit passes including Mathematics, English Language and Literature-in-English, at not more than two sittings. In addition, candidates must have acceptable passes in UTME.

Direct Entry:

Candidates for Direct Entry admission shall possess five credit passes in the Senior Secondary School Certificate, General Certificate of Education, National Examination  Council or their equivalent including English, Mathematics and Literature-in-English, of which at least two shall be at the Advanced level or four credit passes of which at least three shall be at the Advanced level provided that such passes are not counted at both levels of the examinations. In some cases, holders of diploma certificate in disciplines related to courses of study desired in Communication and Media Studies are accepted.

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Development Communication Studies Department/Programme

UTME

Candidates for admission into the four – year degree in Development Communication Studies should possess a Senior Secondary School Certificate, General Certificate of Education, NECO or their equivalents with at least five credit passes, at not more than two sittings including Mathematics, English Language and Literature in English . In addition, candidates must have acceptable passes in UTME.

Direct Entry

Candidates for Direct Entry admission shall possess five credit passes in the Senior Secondary School Certificate, General Certificate of Education, National Examination Council or their equivalent including English, Mathematics and Literature-in-English, of which at least two shall be at the Advanced level or four credit passes of which at least three shall be at the Advanced level provided that such passes are not counted at both levels of the examinations. In some cases, holders of diploma certificate in disciplines related to courses of study desired in Communication and Media Studies are accepted.

 

Information and Media Studies Department/Programme

There are three different pathways by which candidates can be admitted into the programme: the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), the Direct Entry, and Inter-University Transfer.

UTME

Admission through UTME shall take the student to 100 level. To be eligible for admission, candidate is expected to pass both the UTME and the University screening test. The candidate must have, in addition, a minimum credit pass in five subjects at not more than two sittings in SSCE, NECO or GCE (ordinary level). The credit passes are required in the following subjects: English language, Mathematics and any three of Government, Economics/Commerce, ICT/Computer Studies and Literature-in-English. The UTME subjects are: English Language, and any three of Government, Economics/Commerce, ICT/Computer Studies and English Literature.

Direct Entry

Candidates seeking admission through Direct Entry should have acquired a pass in any three of English Literature, Government, Economics/Commerce, ICT/Computer Studies and Sociology at the advanced level or a minimum of Credit pass in a National Diploma/Diploma in Communication-related courses may undertake the three – year degree programme into 200-level.

Inter-University Transfer Mode

Students can transfer at 200 Level from one University to another provided they have the relevant qualifications and the requisite minimum CGPA of 3.00.

(NOTE: This information was lifted from the Curriculum for the new programmes approved by the NUC)

Finally!

You can see that the requirements are same for the ‘old mass communication’ programme. You can still take the same subject you used to take in JAMB for the ‘old mass communication’ programme (English and any other three subjects in Arts or social sciences). You now know how long you will stay in the university based on your entry mode. So decide now on how to get into any of these programmes, whether through JAMB or Direct Entry. I know some students presently in Mass Communication departments will be wondering whether they could switch to any of the new programmes through Direct Entry. Well, there is no provision for that except you want to step down and start your programme afresh. The candid suggestion I would give to any one currently studying mass communication as a degree is just finish your programme and leave with your degree. If you really love any of the new programmes then proceed to do that at Masters degree level or just acquire the relevant skills in that area through training programmes and other personal development activities.

 

The Author

Chinenye Nwabueze

Nwabueze is a communication researcher with several years of lecturing experience in Nigerian universities.

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