In line with the NUC Benchmark for Minimum Academic Standard (BMAS), which was approved by the Senate of the University in 2015, candidates seeking admission into any PG programme at the University of Ilorin must fulfil the following general requirements in addition to the specific requirements for specific programmes in various Departments:
i. possess five (5) O/Level Credit pass in at least five subjects that must compulsorily include English Language and Mathematics irrespective of the course of study (Arts/Humanities or Sciences);
ii. NYSC discharge/exemption certificate issued not beyond September 30th of the year it bears.
i. At least a Third Class Degree in a related field
ii. HND holders with a minimum of Upper Credit from recognised institutions may also be considered.
Master Degree Programmes
A First Degree in any recognised university with a grade not lower than Second Class Lower Division (2:2).
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Degree Programmes
A Master degree from any recognised university with at least 60% or CGPA not less than 4.00 on a 5-point scale, or at least 3.50 on a 4-point scale.
How to Apply
To apply, visit: https://uilpgportal.unilorin.edu.ng/pg_app.php
NOTE: NYSC discharge/exemption certificate is compulsory to qualify for admission into Postgraduate Diploma and Master Programmes at the University of Ilorin. The date of issuance of the Certificate, as approved by Senate, should not be beyond September 30th of the year admission is sought.
Besides, all applicants to PG programmes at the University must write a qualifying examination/interview, for Postgraduate Diploma and Master Degrees, or partake in an interactive/interview session for Ph.D.. Candidates that will qualify for admission into any Master degree programme must obtain not less than 55% in the qualifying examination, while those that will qualify for recommendation for Ph.D. admission must obtain not less than 60% in the interactive or interview session. Graduates of the University of Ilorin with First Class or Second Class, Upper Division are, however, exempted from the qualifying examination for admission into Master degree programmes.
Admission for Postgraduate Diploma, Master and Doctoral Degree programmes is done once in a year. PG academic calendar at the University of Ilorin runs between 2nd of October, when newly admitted students register for the session, till the 30th of September, when all academic activities for the session are expected to end. Advertisement for admission into PG programmes is usually published in a national daily as well as in the University Bulletin in the first week of April of every year.
Applicants are given up to six weeks to complete the online application for admission, and are expected to submit printed copies of the Application Forms to the PG School with copies of their credentials and other supporting documents such as transcript and references, not later than 2 weeks after the closure of the online application.
Within two weeks after closure of the Application exercise, the PG School screens applicants’ documents for eligibility after which it sends the documents to the various Departments.
Qualifying examination and/or Interactive/Interview session for Master degree programmes and Doctoral degree programmes, respectively, come up on the first Saturday of July, and by the 2nd week of August, Departments and Faculties are expected to conclude the Admission exercise and make recommendations to the PG School.
The PG School Board usually meets specially to consider the recommendations from Departments and Faculties for approval or amendments.
The Dean of the PG School gets approval of the Vice-Chancellor to publish the names of successful applicants, whose recommendations for admission are already approved by the PG School Board.
By the 2nd week of September, all successful candidates begin to get notifications that they have been offered provisional admission into the specific PG programmes they applied for.
They are expected to accept the offer within two weeks after receiving the notifications with the payment of an Acceptance Fee that gives them the guarantee that they are on their way to becoming PG students of the University of Ilorin.