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11+ Universities that Accepts HND for Masters (Postgraduates)

You're on the right page if you want answers to a series of questions: universities that accept HND, schools that accept HND for Masters in Nigeria, can HND holders apply for a master's degree in Nigeria? Is a Master's degree to HND holders? Are universities accepting lower credit for postgraduate? And more...

Just recently, someone dropped me a question: Can I get the list of universities that accept HND for Masters/postgraduate programmes?

There is a need to ask this if you're aware that very many Nigerian universities strictly consider university graduates for their postgraduate programmes.

Recommended: HND vs BSC Discrimination: 3 Ways Out for HND Holders

However, a few universities still give considerations to polytechnic graduates. Such consideration may be attached to certain terms and conditions though. Hence, this post will give you the list of such universities and their known attached terms.

Universities Accepting HND holders for Masters (postgraduate) Programmes

1. University of Ilorin (UNILORIN), Kwara State

The university accepts HND on the terms below
  • Masters in Business Administration (MBA): the university accepts professional qualifications such as ACA, ACMA, AIB, ACIS, CIBN, ACTS or HND (Upper Credit) must possess a postgraduate Diploma Certificate in Strategic Management from the University of Ilorin with a Minimum average weighted score of 60%.
  • Master of Geographic Information Systems (MGIS): Holders of professional qualifications such as HND (Upper Credit) with a minimum of five (5) years post-qualification experience are also eligible to apply.
  • Master in Information Technology (MIT) Regular: Higher National Diploma (HND) in Computer Science, Information Technology or any related field, with a minimum of Lower Credit grade
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Strategic Management (PGDSM): HND certificate with a minimum of Lower Credit from recognized Institutions.

For more on this, see UNILORIN Postgraduate admission adverts.

2. Osun State University (UNIOSUN), Osogbo Osun State

The state-owned university accepts HND for her master's courses on the following terms.
  • Master of Science (M.Sc) in Environmental Management (Professional): Candidates with HND (Upper Credit) as well as three years cognate working experience in related disciplines as stated above from a recognized institution may be admitted.
  • Master of Science (M.Sc) in Disaster and  Risk Management (Professional): In addition, candidates with HND (Upper Credit) and at least three (3) years cognate experience in Social Sciences, Environmental and Engineering programmes, as well as related disciplines from a recognized institution as approved by Senate of Osun State University, may be considered.
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Environmental Resource Management (PGDERM): In addition, applicants with HND (Upper Credit) minimum from recognized institutions in relevant fields with at least three years cognate experience may also be considered.
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Strategic Management (PGDSM): A minimum of HND (Lower Credit) in any discipline from an institution recognized by Senate of Osun State University
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE): A minimum of Higher National Diploma (HND) (Lower Credit) in any discipline from a Monotechnic or Polytechnic recognized by Senate Osun State University.
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Environmental Resource Management (PGDERM): In addition, applicants with HND (Upper Credit) minimum from recognized institutions in relevant fields with at least three years cognate experience may also be considered.
  • Postgraduate Diploma In Financial Mathematics (PGDFM): A minimum of HND (Upper Credit) in Mathematics and Statistics; Computer Science or Accounting from recognized Tertiary Institutions with three years cognate working experience.
  • Postgraduate Diploma In Computer Science (PGDCS): A minimum of HND (Upper Credit) in Electronics/Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering/Science, Computer Technology or related fields from a recognized Monotechnic or Polytechnic.
  • Postgraduate Diploma In Animal Science (PGDAS): HND (Upper Credit) of a Monotechnic or Polytechnic with a minimum of three years of work experience. After admission, each candidate's area of specialization must be agreed upon by the major supervisor and another supervisor (s), the Head of Department of that area of specialization and the candidate.  The candidate must, in addition, satisfy examiners in an oral examination of his/her project.
  • Postgraduate Diploma In Civil Engineering (PGDCV): a minimum of HND (Upper Credit) in Civil Engineering or its equivalent obtained from any NBTE Approved Institution recognized by Senate UNIOSUN.
  • Postgraduate Diploma In Electrical/Electronic Engineering (PGDEN): A minimum of HND (Upper Credit) in Electrical and/or Electronic or its equivalent obtained from any NBTE Approved Institution recognized by Senate UNIOSUN.
  • Postgraduate Diploma In Urban And Regional Planning: A minimum of HND (Upper Credit) in or its equivalent obtained from any NBTE Approved Institution recognized by Senate UNIOSUN.

For more details on UNIOSUN postgraduate, check this post.

3. Kwara State University (KWASU), Ilorin Kwara State

For her Postgraduate Diploma (PGD) Programmes, the university accepts Holders of Higher National Diploma (HND) with a minimum of Credit pass or its equivalent in relevant areas.

The following shall qualify for the Postgraduate Diploma admission.
  • Graduates of Kwara State University or other recognized Universities.
  • Holders of Higher National Diploma (HND) (not HD) with a minimum of Credit pass or its equivalent in relevant areas.
  • Candidates who hold qualifications other than the above, which are acceptable to the Board of School of Postgraduate Studies and Senate of the University.
  • In addition to the above, a candidate must satisfy the University’s requirements for matriculation.

the duration of the PGD Programme is a minimum of 2 semesters and a maximum of 4
semesters.

NOTE: This is PDG not Masters

Check KWASU Postgraduates Admission adverts for more details.

4. Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Ogun State 

The university considers HND holders for her Masters/postgraduate programmes on the following terms
  • Postgraduate  Diploma  Programme: Holders of HND with Upper Credit and above could also apply
  • Masters of Information and Communication  Technology  (MICT)  programme: Candidates should possess  HND plus a Postgraduate Diploma in Computer Science or B.Sc. Physical Sciences/Engineering and Allied Disciplines.  Prior computing or IT exposure is beneficial but not essential.
  • BA (Agri Business) and Professional Master in Communication Studies degree programmes: candidates must be holders of Bachelor’s degree from a recognized University or HND (Upper Credit minimum) with a Postgraduate Diploma in any discipline.
  • Masters of Environment Management (MEM) is a three-semester professional programme designed for captains of industries who are degree holders or HND holders with distinction/credit pass plus PGD in relevant fields who have also satisfied all basic UTME requirements while Masters of Environment Management and Protection (MEMP) is an academic Master’s Degree that runs for a minimum of four (4) semesters.

For more on this, see FUNAAB postgraduate admission adverts.

5. The University of Ibadan (UI), Nigeria 

For almost all her Masters/postgraduates courses, the University of Ibadan accepts HND. However, there are attached terms and conditions for accepting that.

In one update
Candidates for admission to the programme should hold a minimum of a first degree in any discipline from a recognised University or possess acceptable professional qualifications such as HND or other approved equivalents. Candidates must have acquired a minimum of five years post-qualification working experience, including the National Service year where applicable.

In a related one,
Prospective students are expected to have an honours degree (minimum of third class) from a recognized University and at least one year work experience. HND holders with a minimum of a Lower Credit and at least two years’ work experience are also eligible for admission.

For HND requirements for a specific course, see the university Postgraduate admission adverts.

6. Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba (AAUA), Ondo State

The university accepts HND; not in all courses though, and on certain terms.
  • POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA IN THEOLOGY (PGD. Th.): An HND Passed at a   minimum of Upper Credit from recognized Polytechnics.
  • Masters in Adult Education with Specialization in the following areas (i) Industrial Education and Training (ii) Community Development (iii) Social welfare (iv) Literacy Training and Development Candidates with degrees in disciplines other than above must possess HND/third Class plus Postgraduate Diploma in  Education (PGDE) with an overall average score of 60%  or any other relevant professional qualifications are eligible to apply.
  • POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA IN EDUCATION (FULL-TIME & SANDWICH): For PGDE programme, candidates with Third Class or HND (Upper Credit) or a minimum of HND Lower etc. holders with substantial teaching experience may be considered. All disciplines are acceptable for admission into PGDE.
  • Professional Master’s Degree Programmes:  The Professional Master’s Degree is open to graduates who earned a minimum of 3rd Class Honours in the first degree or HND at upper credit level in relevant fields with a Postgraduate Diploma.

For more on this and confirmation, see the university's postgraduate adverts.

7. Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU), Agoiwoye, Ogun State

The university accepts HND for her postgraduate diplomas and Masters as detailed below:
  • Postgraduate Diplomas: Higher National Diploma (HND) in relevant disciplines from accredited programmes of study from approved Polytechnics with a grade not below LOWER CREDIT.
  • Professional Degrees (MPA, MBA and MBF): HND Upper Credit and above OR HND Upper Credit plus Post HND Certificate. HND Lower Credit or B.Sc./B.A. 3rd Class plus relevant PGD course
  • Master Degrees: HND in appropriate discipline with a minimum of Upper Credit as an accredited programme of study of any recognised Polytechnics. HND in appropriate discipline with Lower Credit plus Polytechnic Diploma may be considered. Other professional qualifications by the University Senate such as PGDP, AIB, ACA, ACII, ACI and ACIS may also be considered.

For more details on this, see OOU PG form requirements.

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51 comments:

  1. I need Universities that runs PGD/MSc currently with HND qualification, Mass Communication

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    1. Kindly go through the post above. Follow the link to individual university's admission portal, as given in the post. Then, take time to check all their courses and conditions, you may be luck to find any with your desire.

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  2. I studied biochemistry and obtained a B.Sc with second class lower. How possible will it be me to do a PGD programme for MLSc in any university that has such programme

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    1. All you need to do is to follow the links to each school's advert page, as given in this post. Check their terms and conditions - requirements for your course. Then, you can apply if you meet up as required.

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  3. I study Elect/elect and I want to do Pgd how can I do it

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    1. You just need to check for the opening of PGD admission of your interested university. Then, obtain it.

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  4. i studied evironmental health teachnology and had lower credit but i want to do public health degree ....any school thaty that will accept that

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    1. The only way to find out is to visit the links to each of the schools discussed in this post.

      Check if they have Public Health. Then, see if they accept lower credit. You can also visit any other school of interest not discussed here and check for the same details.

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  5. I have HND in banking and finance and a PGD in Customer relationship management and i want to apply for a master degree please which course will i be offer. Thanks

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  6. I studied environmental biology and I had lower credit, can unilag accept that for PGD in an environment biology course?

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    1. No way to answer that directly. Kindly visit the admission office their terms on this.

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  7. Good day sir...pls I graduated with lower credit in accounting and I want to go further for PhD...pls can I apply with lower credit

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    1. Yes, you can. Just be sure you check the terms of your proposed institution first and be sure they accept that.

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  8. i studied Banking and finance from a polytechnic, graduated with a Distinction. is it possible to do my master program direct? thanks

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    1. You can. Universities listed in this post can be the best bet for you. Check for your course or related ones you can opt-in for.

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  9. Please sir I graduated with lower credit in microbiology please which university can I do my pgd

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    1. You can. Kindly visit the school for further clarification.

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  10. Please sir I studied microbiology with a lower credit which university can i do my phd

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    1. Read the post above to see if any of the universities can consider you. I don't have any information outside this yet.

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  11. I had lower credit in business administration and management, can I apply for PGD in unilag?

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    1. I had already discussed what UNILAG requires for her programme in this post. READ AGAIN. You may not be lucky with anything otherwise.

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  12. I have distinction in (chemistry/biochemistry) SLT, HND, can I do PGD in public health at uniport?

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    1. The information detailed in this post is what I have for now. Check if you can find UNIPORT among. If not, consider visiting the school for their terms.

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  13. Good evening sir.I studied office technology and management but came out with lower credit in Lagos State poly.whichinstitution can I upgrade myself in achieving pgd or Masters?

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    1. You can if you get a university that accepts that for your proposed post-graduate course.

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  14. I have upper credit in mass communication and want to further more to university, precisely in 300level which university will offer me admission sir ?

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    1. This is possible if your upper credit is from HND - not OND. However, it may require you to visit any universities offering Mass Communication to confirm if they will offer you 300 level admission instead of 200 level.

      To the best of my knowledge and available information, this post contains the list of universities and courses you can be admitted to 300 level. Others may not make their policies opened yet.

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  15. I am having hnd in urp and pgd from kadpoly can unilorin accept me for msc GIS.

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    1. Kindly check if you meet their published requirements. Follow the link in the post.

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  16. Sir I have HND in bus admin I want to know how to go about getting a certified degree in education (part-time)

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    1. You can obtain PGDE form. You can also go for Top-Up degree in education course. Read more on these on this blog. I have related posts

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  17. I have HND in computer science with lower credit and I want to go for my PGD is it possible?

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    1. Take a moment to read the post again. Be sure you check what each of the universities require for their courses. If your focused course is among, see the requirements if it favors your grade. Best of luck!

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  18. Pls sir I have upper credit in banking and finance. Do I have to put in for PGD before doing my masters

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    1. I will advise you read this post again. For some universities, you may need to do PGD before you're qualified for their Masters programmes. But for those listed in this post, check those who accept HND directly for masters and the courses of consideration.

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  19. Please Sir I graduated with a pass in Accounting from a polytechnic and I want to upgrade my certificate. Can I apply for post graduate diploma in any university?

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    1. Most universities prefer at least credit instead of ordinary pass in HND for their postgraduate programs. You may want to consider HND to BSC conversion first.

      Read more through the link below.
      https://www.schoolcontents.info/2018/06/top-up-degree-in-nigeria-and-abroad-all.html

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  20. goodam sir,i study SLT in OND and microbiology in HND BUT I Want to work in the lab pls how can go about it.thank

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    1. Search for jobs that require your qualifications.

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  21. HND - masters , are there any implications? Like will it affect my promotion at work? Will it fill the space of Bsc that I jumped. Or do you advise I go for HND-bsc- masters. Thanks.

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  22. What are the demerits of skiping bsc by following HND - MBA. Does it affect promotion on the job and discrimination.

    Would you advise I get a top up degree to bsc before masters or HND to masters is a good one.

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  23. I have HND in Mechanical engineering in a lower credit grade am I eligible to masters or top up

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    1. To the best of my knowledge, this post already contains the list of schools offering Masters for HND holders. If you can't find what you're looking for, kindly bookmark this post and revisit for possible update.

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  24. Good morning mr tolani, please I graduated with upper credit from polytechnic (HND) please sir which of the school can you recommend for me for my master's? And which cause should I go for?

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    1. You can try any of the universities detailed in the post.

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  25. I have PASS in microbiology in one of the polytechnic due to the pressure of some lectures asking me out and I refused,I furthered went for a professional course in medical laboratory science 10 years ago with a good grade,can I go for my masters pls advice.Thanks

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    1. Sorry about your situation.

      As a mater of fact, every university has their requirements for Masters programmes. If you wish to further your studies with Masters, kindly go through wat the university requires first. If pass is acceptable, take your chance. If otherwise, you may consider using HND/BSC conversion (top-up degree) programme.

      Read more through the links below.
      1. https://www.schoolcontents.info/2020/05/professional-courses-or-masters-degree.html
      2. https://www.schoolcontents.info/2018/06/top-up-degree-in-nigeria-and-abroad-all.html

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  26. Sir I studied ceramic technology with lower credit which University can I do PGD

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    1. This post contains a few universities (as at the time of this reply), that i have at my disposal, which will accept lower grade and for what courses. Otherwise, you may need to read any school PGD advert to know if your grade will be accepted.

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  27. Please sir, I have HND in accounting with lower credit and proficiency in NIM, PLS can i do PGD in abroad

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    1. Yes you can. Firstly check what each school requires before you can be sure you can apply.

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