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Thursday, 23 May 2019

Can I Do Masters (Msc/PGD) Before or During NYSC or at the Same Time?

The question, “Is it possible to do postgraduate programme before NYSC or at the same time?” has been cropping up online for awhile and people are still not satisfied with the answers they had got so far. This was why I researched into 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 Masters before NYSC?
  • Can I do a Masters during NYSC?
  • Can I do Masters/PGD without NYSC certificate?
Very many youth corps members wish they can run Msc, PGD etc while in service. Some even prefer going for their postgraduates courses while still waiting to be mobilized. Below is what you must know if you wish to do masters 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 you can undergo it while in service.

Osun State University (UNIOSUN), Adekunle Ajasin University (AAUA), Kwara State University (KWASU), Federal University of Technology Akure (FUTA), Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta (FUNAAB), 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 Masters 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) and Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU) for which NYSC certificate, exemption or exclusion letter are 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.
  • Professional Degree Master of Public Health (M.P.H) in Field Epidemiology
  • Academic Masters Degree in Otorhinolaryngology
  • PG Diploma in Forensic Odontology
  • Any M.Sc Programme In the Department Of Radiology
  • M.Sc. B.Sc. Biostatistics
  • M.Sc Clinical Epidemiology
  • M.Sc Epidemiology
  • M.Sc. Marketing and Consumer Studies

In the case of Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU), generally, all courses need NYSC discharged certificate. However, the university accepts Exemptions or exclusion letters where necessary.


With time, I will be updating this list until I’m able to cover all Nigerian universities. As a matter of fact, a very few universities will demand NYSC before Masters. You should check each school 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 her postgraduates studies form, they will either allow it or accept exemption or exclusion letters as the case may be.

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1 comment:

  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.


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