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Can I Do Masters (MSC/PGD) Before or During NYSC?

The question, “Is it possible to do a postgraduate programme before NYSC or at the same time?” has been cropping up online for a while and people are still not satisfied with the answers they had got so far. This was why I researched the matter. And I hope when you’re done reading this piece, you’ll be satisfied with my findings.

This post answers three questions:

  • Can I do a Master's before NYSC?
  • Can I do a Master's during NYSC?
  • Can I do Master's/PGD without the NYSC certificate?
  • Can I do PGD and be in service together?

Very many youth corps members wish they can run MSC, PGD, etc. while in service. Some even prefer going for their postgraduate courses while still waiting to be mobilized. Below is what you must know if you wish to do Master's before or during NYSC.

You Can Run Masters/PGD Programmes Before or During NYSC

Possessing an NYSC certificate before postgraduate programmes is not required by almost all universities in Nigeria. For example, going through the University of Ilorin postgraduates advert, there is no single reference to the need for NYSC before Masters. Hence, the university allows you to obtain their postgraduate forms immediately after graduation – which means, also, you can undergo their postgraduate programmes while in service.

  1. Osun State University (UNIOSUN),  
  2. Adekunle Ajasin University (AAUA)
  3. Kwara State University (KWASU),  
  4. Federal University of Technology Akure (FUTA),  
  5. Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta (FUNAAB) and
  6. University of Lagos (UNILAG)

...were sampled to confirm if you can run MSC during or before NYSC. Here are my findings.

NYSC is not needed for you to proceed to MSC or PGD in those universities. You can run their Master's while at NYSC or before being mobilized in the first place.

Universities that Require NYSC for Masters (Postgraduates Programmes)

Currently, I’ve been able to see a few courses that the University of Ibadan (UI) for which an NYSC certificate, exemption certificate or exclusion letter is required. However, this condition is only applicable to Nigerian graduates at UI.

Below is the list of courses that the University demands NYSC for if you must apply for their Master's programme.

  1. Professional Degree Master of Public Health (M.P.H) in Field Epidemiology
  2. Academic Masters Degree in Otorhinolaryngology
  3. PG Diploma in Forensic Odontology
  4. Any M.Sc Programme In the Department Of Radiology
  5. M.Sc. B.Sc. Biostatistics
  6. M.Sc Clinical Epidemiology
  7. M.Sc Epidemiology
  8. M.Sc. Marketing and Consumer Studies

In the case of Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU, generally, all courses need NYSC discharged certificates. However, the university accepts Exemption certificates or exclusion letters where the discharge certificate is not available.


With time, I will be updating this list until I’m able to cover all Nigerian universities. Subscribe for the update to be sent to you.

As a matter of fact, very few universities will demand NYSC before a Master's. You should check each school's current or previous year PG adverts to see whether they allow you to run Masters before NYSC or during the service year.

If a school will allow exempted graduates and distance learning/part-time graduates to obtain their postgraduate studies form, they will either allow it or accept exemption or exclusion letters as the case may be.

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  1. Hello. Morning. I don't think unilorin is one of the universities that don't accept NYSC certificate before admission for master's programme. There is a recent information on the school's website now that indicates this. It was concerning the interview for master's degree applicants of Law.

  2. Is an offence to enrol in part time weekend only masters programme while serving? Thanks

  3. can i do my (PGD) when I am still at service (NYSC)

    1. Yes. That is what has already been covered in the post. Read.

  4. The info there is either outdated or wrong all this aforementioned university now accepts nysc certificate before coming in for msc except for ui

  5. Please can I be admitted into masters degree program in the same school I graduated from while awaiting my BSc result? If at all I am admitted, is there any risk attached to it?

    1. No school is accepting awaiting results for Masters degree

  6. What if you finish HND with pass can u apply pgd

  7. Unilag requires NYSC discharge certificate or exemption letter for one to apply for any of their postgraduate degree

  8. Can I apply for PGD while awaiting my nysc discharge in the next two months?
    Having learnt that application closes this month.

  9. Hello, I hope my questions would be answered. What of university of Abuja? Can I go for MSc while serving?


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