The Imo State University (IMSU) invites applications from qualified candidates for admission into the under listed Postgraduate Diploma and higher degree (full-time and part-time) programmes for the 2015/2016 Academic Session.



(a) Department of Agricultural Economics, Extension and Rural Development

(i) Postgraduate Diploma Programmes in Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Cooperatives, Agricultural Extension, and Farm Management and Rural Sociology.

(ii) M. Sc. and Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics with specialization in Agricultural Cooperatives, Farm Management; Production Economics; Agricultural Finance; Agricultural Marketing, Resource and Environmental Economics.

(iii) M. Sc. and Ph.D. in Agricultural Extension with specialization in Rural Sociology; Rural Development, Agricultural Extension Systems; Extension Communication; Extension Administration.
(b) Department of Animal Science and Fisheries

(i) Postgraduate Diploma Programmes in Animal Science, and Fisheries.

(ii) M. Sc. and Ph.D. in Animal Science with options in Animal Production; Animal Nutrition, Animal Physiology; and Animal Breeding and Genetics.
(c) Department of Crop Science and Biotechnology

(i) Postgraduate Diploma Programmes in Crop Science.

(ii) M. Sc. and Ph. D. in Crop Science with options in Plant Protection; Horticulture, Breeding and Genetics; Crop Nutrition and Physiology.

.(d) Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management

(i) Postgraduate Diploma (ii) M.Sc.

(e) Department of Soil Science and Environment

(i) Postgraduate Diploma Programmes in Soil Science and Environment.

(ii) M. Sc. in Soil Chemistry and Fertility; Soil Physics and Conservation; Soil Microbiology and Biochemistry; Soil Survey and Land Use Planning; and Soil Science and Environment Pollution.

(a) Department of Accountancy

(i) Postgraduate Diploma (ii) M.Sc. and MBA.

(b) Department of Banking and Finance

(i) Postgraduate Diploma (ii) M.Sc. (iii) MBA (iv) M.Sc./PhD for those with MBA Banking and Finance with a GPA of not below 3.50 on a 5 point scale and those with Banking and Finance or related discipline with GPA of not below 3.00 on a 5 point scale (iv) Ph.D with specialisation in (a) Banking (b) Finance

(c) Department of Business Management

(i) Postgraduate Diploma (ii) M.Sc., MBA, (iii) MSc/PhD (iv) PhD

(d) Department of Insurance and Actuarial Science

(i) PGD in Insurance and Actuarial Science

(ii) MSc in Insurance and Actuarial Science

(e) Department of Marketing

(i) Postgraduate Diploma (ii) M.Sc., MBA and (iii) M.Sc./Ph.D, (iv) Ph.D


(a) Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE)

(b) Postgraduate Diploma in Library and Information Science

(c) Department of Education Arts

(i) M.A. (Ed) in Education Arts with options in History, Religion, F.A.A.

(ii) M.Ed and Ph.D in Curriculum Studies

(d) Department of Foundations and Counselling

(i) M.Ed and Ph.D in Guidance and Counselling

(iii)M.Ed and Ph.D in Sociology of Education

(i) M.Ed in Philosophy of Education

(e) Department of Language Education

(ii) M.A. (Ed) in Language Education with options in English Language, Igbo, French

(f) Department of Library and Information Science

(i) MLS and Ph.D in Library and Information Science

(ii) M.Ed and Ph.D in Educational Technology

(g) Department of Life Science Education

(i) M.Sc. (Ed) in Science Education with options in Biology, Health Science, Agricultural Science

(ii) M.Ed and Ph.D in Educational Psychology

(h) Department of Physical Science Education

(i) M.Sc (Ed) in Science Education with options in Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics

(ii) M.Ed and Ph.D in Measurement and Evaluation

(i) Department of Social Science Education

(i) M.Sc (Ed) Social Science Education with options in Economics, Accountancy, Social Studies and Government

(ii) M.Ed and Ph.D in Educational Management and Planning.

a) Department of Civil Engineering

(i) Postgraduate Diploma in Civil Engineering

(ii) MSc in Civil Engineering

b) Department of Food Science and Technology

(i) Postgraduate Diploma Programmes in Food Science and Technology.

(ii) M. Sc. and PhD in Food Science and Technology.

c) Department of Mechanical Engineering

(i) Postgraduate Diploma in Mechanical Engineering.

(a)Department of Architecture

(i) MSc in Architecture

(ii) PhD in Architecture

(b)Department of Estate Management

(i) PGD in Estate Management

(ii)MSc in Estate Management

(iii)PhD in Estate Management

(c) Department of Fine and Applied arts

(i) PGD in Fine and applied arts

(ii) M.A. Fine Arts (Art History)

(iii) MFA Fine Arts (Studio)

(iv) PhD Fine Arts (Art History)

(v) PhD (DocFa) Fine and Applied Arts (Studio)

(e) Department of Quantity Surveying

(i) PGD in Quantity Surveying

(ii) MSc. in Quantity Surveying with options in- Quantity Surveying – Construction Project Finance – Construction Economics

(iv) PhD in Quantity Surveying with options in – Quantity Surveying – Construction Project Finance – Construction Economics

(f) Department of Urban and Regional Planning

(i) MSc in Urban and Regional Planning

(ii) PhD in Urban and Regional Planning.


(a) Department of Public Health

(i) Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health

(ii) M.Sc in Public Health

(b) Department of Nutrition and Dietetics

(i) Postgraduate Diploma Programmes in Nutrition and Dietetics.

(ii) M. Sc. in Human Nutrition and Dietetics

(ii) Ph.D in Human Nutrition and Dietetics

(d) Department of Medical Laboratory: (i) PGD in Medical Laboratory Science (ii) M.Sc. in Medical Laboratory Science (iii) Ph.D in Medical Laboratory Science (Chemical Pathology and Medical Microbiology options).


(a) Centre for Gender studies M.A. Women and Gender Studies

(b) Centre for Igbo Studies M.A. Igbo Studies with options in (i) Igbo Arts (ii) Igbo History and Archaeology (iii) Igbo Philosophy and (iv) Igbo Religion

(c) Department of English and Literary Studies

(i) M.A. and PhD in English Language

(ii) M.A. and PhD in Literature

(d) Department of History and International Studies

(i) PGD in History and International Studies

(ii) PGD in International Development Studies

(iii) PGD in Studies in Conflict Resolution and Peace Management

(iv) M.A. in History/International Studies

(vi) M.A. in International Development Studies

(vii) Ph.D in History/International Studies

(e ) Department of French

(b) M.A. French With options in: (i) Language (ii) Literature and (iii) Translation

(c) PhD French With options in: (i) Language (ii) Literature and (iii) Translation

(f) Department of Linguistics/Igbo

(i) M.A. Igbo

(ii) MA Linguistics

(iii)MA Igbo Literature

(g) Department of Philosophy

(i) MA Philosophy

(ii) Ph.D Philosophy

(h) Department of Religious Studies

(i) Postgraduate Diploma in Religious Studies

(ii) M.A. Religious Studies

(iii)Ph.D Religious Studies, with areas of specialisation in: a) African Traditional Religion b) Old Testament Studies c) New Testament Studies d) Church History e) Religion and Society f) Religious Ethics g) Comparative Religion h) Philosophy of Religion (i) Department of Theatre Arts

(a) M.A. in Theatre Arts With options in: (i) Directing (ii) Acting (iii) Playwriting/Dramatology (iv) Dramatic Theory and Criticism, and (v) African Drama and Theatre.

(b) PhD in Theatre Arts With options in: (i) Theatre Studies and Performance Theory (ii) Theatre History and Historiography (iii) Dramatic Literature (iv) Dramatic Theory and Criticism (v) African Drama and Theatre (vi) Theatre in Education (vii) Media/Film Studies and (viii) Arts Administration/Management.


(a) Masters Degree Programmes (LLM)

(b) Ph.D programme in Law: The Ph.D programme is available in specialised areas of Law. The Ph.D programme is domiciled in different departments namely: Department of International Law and Jurisprudence, Department of Private and Property Law, Department of Public Law and Department of Commercial Law.


(a) Department of Animal and Environmental Biology

(i) Postgraduate Diploma in (i) Hydrobiology and Fisheries (ii) Public Health Parasitology and Entomology (iii) Environmental Biology and (iv) Physiology

(ii) MSc in (i) Medical Parasitology and Entomology (ii) Fisheries and Hydrobiology (iii) Environmental Biology (iv) Physiology and (v) Public Health Parasitology

(iii)PhD programme with options in (i) Medical Parasitology and Entomology (ii) Fisheries and Hydrobiology (iii) Environmental Biology (iv) Physiology and (v) Public Health Parasitology

(b) Department of Biochemistry

(i) Postgraduate Diploma in Biochemistry

(c) Department of Chemistry

(i) Postgraduate diploma in Chemistry

(ii) MSc with options in (i) Organic Chemistry (ii) Physical Chemistry, (iii) Inorganic Chemistry, (iv) Analytical Chemistry and (v) Environmental Chemistry.

(iii)PhD in Chemistry with specialisation in: (i) Organic Chemistry (ii) Physical Chemistry.

(d) Department of Computer Science

(i) Postgraduate diploma in Computer Science

(ii) MSc with specialisation in: (i) Artificial Intelligence (ii) Computer Graphics and Multimedia Technology and (iii) Software Engineering and Development. Information Technology with specialisation in: (i) Computer Networks and Security (ii) Computer Forensics and Information Assurance and (iii) Information Management Analysis.

(e) Department of Microbiology

(i) Postgraduate diploma in Microbiology

(ii) MSc with specialisation in: (i) Medical Microbiology (ii) Environmental Microbiology and (iii) Industrial Microbiology

(f) Department of Physics

(i) Postgraduate diploma in Physics

(ii) MSc with specialisation in: (i) Atmospheric Physics (ii) Solid State Physics and (iii) Applied Geophysics.

(iii)PhD with options in (i) Atmospheric Physic (ii) Solid State Physics and (iii) Applied Geophysics.

(g) Department of Plant Science & Biotechnology

(i) Postgraduate diploma in (i) Plant Taxonomy/Biosystematics (ii) Mycology and Phytopathology

(iii) Cytogenetics (iv) Plant Breeding and (v) Plant Physiology.

(ii) MSc with specialisation in: (i) Plant Biosystematics/Taxonomy (ii) Mycology/Plant Pathology

(iii) Plant Physiology and (iv) Cytogenetics and Plant Breeding.

(iii)PhD with options in (i) Plant Taxonomy and Biosystematics (ii) Pathology and Mycology and (iii) Plant Physiology.

(h) Department of Statistics

(i) Postgraduate Diploma in Statistics

(ii) MSc, MSc/PhD and PhD in Statistics


(a) Department of Economics

(i) Postgraduate Diploma, (ii) MSc (iii) PhD with specialisation in:

(iv) Public Sector Economics & Finance

(iv) Industrial Economics

(v) Development Economics

(b) Department of Geography and Environmental Management (i) Postgraduate diploma in Environmental Management (ii) M.Sc. in Geography & Environmental Management (iii) M.Sc in Environmental Management (iv) Ph.D in Geography & Environmental Management (v) Ph.D in Environmental Management

(c) Department of Mass Communication

(a) Mass Communication Postgraduate Diploma and MSc Ph.D with options in: (i) Print Sequence (ii) Electronic (Broadcast) Sequence (iii) Theory and Research Sequence

(b) Public Relations i. Postgraduate Diploma in Public Relations ii. MSc in Public Relations

(d) Department of Political Science

(i) Postgraduate Diploma in: – International Relations (PGDIR) – Developmental Studies (PGD, DS) – Intelligence and Strategic Studies – Public Administration (PGDPA)

(ii) Masters Degree Programmes – MSc in – International Relations and Diplomacy – Peace and Conflict Resolution Studies – Intelligence and Security Studies – Developmental Studies – MSc in Public Administration with options in: (i) Local Government Administration (ii) Human

Resources Management and (iii) Public Sector Management.

– Master of Public Administration (MPA)

(iii) Ph.D in Political Science with options in: (i) International Relations and Diplomacy (ii) International Political Economy and (iii) Developmental Studies.

(vi) Ph.D in Public Administration with options in: (i) Local Government Administration (ii) Human Resources Management and (iii) Public Sector Management.

(f) Department of Psychology

(i) Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology

(ii)M.Sc. with options in (i) Clinical Psychology (ii) Industrial Psychology and (iii) Counselling Psychology

(iii) Ph.D with options in (i) Clinical Psychology (ii) Industrial Psychology and (iii) Counselling Psychology

(g) Department of Sociology

(i) Postgraduate Diploma in Sociology

(ii) Criminology & Security Studies

(ii) Masters Degree with options in: – Sociology of Development – Rural Sociology – Industrial Sociology – Personnel and Human Resources Management

(iii) PhD Programmes with options in: – Sociology of Development – Rural Sociology

1. General

All prospective applicants must possess ab initio at least 5 O’level Credit passes at not more than 2 sittings from WASC, GCE, NABTEB, NECO or TC II. For all Social Science courses, a credit in Mathematics is required. Apart from the basic UME of five credits, two of the credits must be in English and Mathematics in all disciplines in the Faculty of Education. Any candidate who does not satisfy the O’level requirements for the courses of choice shall not be considered for admission.

In addition, there are specific Departmental/Faculty requirements, which applicants have to meet. Details of these are available on this portal.

Postgraduate Diploma Programmes

Applicants must hold a good honours degree or at least HND, from an institution recognised by the Senate of Imo State University, Owerri. However, applicants for PGD in Construction Management may be considered if they have certain other certificates plus not less than ten years post qualification experience in a related field. For PGD in Medical Laboratory Science, applicants must possess AIMLS/AIMLT or FIMLT or equivalent qualifications registerable with the Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria (MLSCN).

Masters Degree Programmes

a) A minimum of Bachelor’s Degree with second class honours in relevant discipline, or Postgraduate Diploma at Credit or Higher level in the relevant discipline, or equivalent qualification.

b) For Masters Degree in Education (Measurement and Evaluation) the candidates must have adequate mathematics background.

c) Applicants for M.Sc. Architecture may be required to present a portfolio of their work and/or appear for interview.

d) MPA applicants must have a minimum of five years postgraduate working experience.

e) Applicants to the Masters programme will take a screen test in October 2015.

Ph.D Degree Programmes

Masters degree in the relevant discipline or equivalent qualifications with at least 3.5 GPA on 5-points grade scale or 3.00 on a 4-point scale. Applicants to the PhD programme will take a screen test in October 2015. Applicants will find information on this on the SPGS website (www.imsu.edu.ng).

NYSC Discharge or Exemption Certificate

Photocopies of NYSC discharge or exemption certificate must be attached to the completed application forms, to merit consideration.

Official Transcript

Candidates are advised to apply to their former institutions to forward authenticated copies of their transcripts under sealed cover directly to Secretary, School of Postgraduate Studies (SPGS). Candidates should note that their application may not be processed without all the supporting documents, including transcript, certificates, passport photographs, and referee reports.

Minimum Duration of Programmes

The normal duration for PGD programmes is two semesters for full-time and four semesters for part-time students. For Masters Students, it is three semesters for full-time and six semesters for part-time. For Ph.D Programmes, the minimum duration is six semesters for full time and eight semesters for part-time. In addition to the admission requirements, every candidate in regular employment must submit with his/her application a formal letter of release for Postgraduate studies issued by his/her employer.


Candidates are required to collect scratch cards from IMSU Microfinance Bank for a sum of Twenty Thousand Naira (N20,000.00) and log on to our website at www.imsu.edu.ng to complete the application form, print. All application forms must be completed and returned to The Secretary, School of Postgraduate Studies (SPGS).

The School of Postgraduate Studies expects the recommendations by referees in sealed separate envelopes; referees report could either come with the main application forms or be mailed directly to the Secretary, School of Postgraduate Studies before the deadline for the submission of forms.

Please note that incomplete information or late submission of forms may delay/prevent action on such application.


This application shall close after two months (1st July – 30th September, 2015) from the date of this publication.

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