National Open University of Nigeria, Courses and Everything you Need to Know

Last updated on September 2nd, 2019

Are you confused about the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN)? Do you have some unanswered questions about NOUN? Are you an admission seeker considering the Open University of Nigeria as an option but don’t really know much about it? Search no more because this article was written just for you.

In this article, I am going to walk you through everything you need to know about NOUN. In in-depth, I will try as much as possible to satisfy your curiosity.
NOTE: In the course of this article I will be using NOUN more often to mean National Open University of Nigeria and not NOUN as the given name of an animal, place or things.

So if you have been asking any of these questions:
Is National Open University of Nigeria, NOUN accredited by NUC?
Is NOUN certificate recognized?
How can I apply for NOUN?
Is NOUN a federal university?
Is National Open University Admission form out? Etc., ask no more because this post will answer all the above questions and many more.

Hence, in a bid to do justice to this article I will break down this article into the following parts:

  1. History of NOUN
  2. Courses/Programmes offered in NOUN
  3. NOUN school fees schedule
  4. NOUN admission requirements
  5. Notable Information about NOUN and
  6. National Open University of Nigeria Frequently asked questions and answers.

So let’s start…

NOUN Building
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History of National Open University of Nigeria

The National Open University of Nigeria is an NUC-accredited Federal Open and Distance Learning (ODL) institution in Nigeria. Distance education or distance learning is a system of education whereby students may not always be present in school.

It has its main campus in Abuja with so many other campuses scattered across the 36 states of the federation. Notable is the fact that it is the first of its kind in West Africa. It is also the largest tertiary institution in Nigeria in terms of students’ population.

The university was initially established on 22 July 1983 by the government of Alhaji Shehu Shagari, the first executive president of Nigeria. It was later suspended on April 25th 1984 by the Federal military government that succeeded Alhaji Shehu Shagari.

The history of National Open University of Nigeria cannot be complete without mentioning the role played by the former president of Nigeria, Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo.

In 2001 Gen. Obasanjo began the process of resuscitating the University which eventually came to fruition in 2002. It is worthy to note to Gen. Obasanjo also enrolled in the same institution in 2006 for a Postgraduate Diploma in Christian theology. He graduated in 2009 and that is what I call leading by example.

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Mode of Instructions/Lectures


The mode by which students of NOUN receive lectures is basically by the use of Printed Materials (popularly known as handouts). The cost of these materials are usually included in the School fees so after payment of all your fees, you are entitled to receive your study materials from your study centre.

As an Open and Distance learning (ODL) institution, NOUN does not provide lectures to students in normal classrooms as is obtainable in other universities. However, from time to time, tutorials are organized for students to attend and it’s not compulsory.
Other rare means by which Open University students are taught includes: Audio/video tapes, Radio and television broadcasts, CD-ROMS and Internet.

Courses Offered in Noun

What are the courses offered in National Open University? This is a question a lot of people have been asking and will continue to ask. NOUN has 9 faculties with as many courses that I am going to list out here. Here I’m going to list out all the NOUN accredited courses for both undergraduate and postgraduate studies according to the faculties they belong. See the list of courses available in NOUN below:

NOUN Undergraduate Courses/Postgraduate Courses

This list comprises of NOUN Undergraduate programmes and Postgraduate programmes (Masters (MSc) programmes, Ph.D programmes, Post Graduate Diploma (PGD) programmes, and Post Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) programmes).


i) Undergraduate Degree Programmes
  • B.Sc. Criminology and Security Studies
  • B.Sc. Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution
  • B.Sc. Mass Communication
  • B.A. English
  • B.A French and International Relations
  • B.A Christian Theology
  • B.A Islamic Studies
  • B.Sc. Political Science
  • B.Sc. Economics
ii) Postgraduate Diploma (PGD) Programmes
  • Criminology and Security Studies
  • Journalism and Mass Communication
  • Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution) Christian Theology
iii) Masters Degree Programmes
  • MSc. Mass Communication
  • MSc. Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution
iv) Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) Programmes
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Distance Education (PGDDE)
v) Masters of Education (M.Ed.) Programmes
  • Educational Administration and Planning
  • Educational Administration and Planning Science Education
  • Educational Technology
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) Programmes (By Research) English (Language/ Literature).


i) Undergraduate Degree Programmes
  • B. Agric. Agricultural Economics and Agro Business
  • B. Agric. Agricultural Extension and Rural Development
  • B. Agric. Animal Science
  • B. Agric. Aquaculture and Fisheries Management
  • B. Agric. Soil and Land Resources Management
  • B. Agric. Crop Production and protection Sciences
ii) Postgraduate Diploma (PGD) Programme
  • PGD Agricultural Extension and Management


i) Undergraduate Programmes
  • B.Sc. (Ed.) Agricultural Science
  • B.Sc. (Ed.) Biology
  • B.Sc. (Ed.) Chemistry
  • B.Sc. (Ed.) Integrated Science
  • B.Sc. (Ed.) Computer Science
  • B.Sc. (Ed.) Mathematics
  • B.Sc. (Ed.) Physics
  • B.Sc. (Ed.) Business Education
  • B.A (Ed.) Early Childhood Education
  • B.A (Ed.) English
  • B.A (Ed.) French
  • B.A (Ed.) Primary Education
ii) Masters Programme
  • Master of Science Business Administration
iii) Ph.D Programmes (By Course Work and Research)
  • Educational Administration
  • Educational Planning
  • Educational Technology


i) Undergraduate Programmes
  • B.Sc. Computer Science
  • B.Sc. Communication Technology
  • B.Sc. Data Management
  • B.Sc. Environmental Science & Resource Management
  • B.Sc. Mathematics
  • B.Sc. Mathematics/Computer
  • B.Sc. Chemistry
  • B.Sc. Biology
  • B.Sc. Physics
  • B.Sc. Financial Mathematics
ii) Postgraduate Diploma Programmes
  • Digital Communications
  • Mobile Communications Technology (Wireless)
  • Information Technology
iii) Masters Degree Programme
  • Information Technology (with Internet Options)


i) Undergraduate Degree Programmes
  • B.Sc. Community Health
  • B.Sc. Dental Technology
  • B.Sc. Environmental Health
  • Mathematics Education
  • Science Education
ii) Postgraduate Diploma (PGD) Programme
  • PGD HIV/AIDS Education and Management


i) Undergraduate programme
  • LLB (Law) Degree programme
ii) Postgraduate Diploma Programme
  • Legislative Drafting


i ) Undergraduate Programmes
  • B.Sc. Cooperatives Management
  • B.Sc. Entrepreneurship
  • B.Sc. Accounting (in Collaboration with ICAN)
  • B.Sc. Hospitality Management
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ii) Postgraduate Diploma Programmes
  • Financial Management
  • Public Administration
  • Business Administration
iii) Masters Degree Programmes
  • Master of Public Administration (MPA)
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • Master of Science Public Sector Management
  • Master of Science Public Administration


i) Proficiency Certificate Programmes
  • Call Centre Skills
  • Mobile Phone Repair
ii) Academic Certificate Programmes
  • Computer Literacy
  • Dental Office Practice
  • Arabic and Islamic Studies
  • Christian Theology
  • French
  • Hotel and Catering Management
  • Business Communication
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Financial Management
  • Marketing
  • Medical Office Practice
  • Arabic and Islamic Studies
Obasanjo during convocation from NOUN

NOUN School Fees

Like every other university, NOUN school fees vary from programme to programme. That is to say that the fees paid for Computer Science may not be the same with that Business Administration and Management. Notable, also is the fact that the higher you go the lesser the fees you pay; all things being equal. Also know that in NOUN, fees are paid semester by semester and not per session like most institutions do.

NOUN Undergraduate School fees

New Students – Ist semester
• Registration: N6,000
• Caution deposit: N3,500
• Orientation: N1,500.
• Matriculation: N1,500
• I.D. Card: N500
• Library: N3,000
• ICT Administrative charge: N10,000
• E- Facilitation: N4,000
• Jamb regularization: N 6,000
• Result verification: N5,000
Total compulsory fees for new students – N41,000

Returning Students – 1st Semester
• Registration: N6,000
• Library fees: N3,000
• ICT administrative charges: N10,000
• E- Facilitation: N4,000
Total compulsory fees for returning Students: N23,000

Returning Student – 2nd Semester
• Semester registration: N6,000
• Library: N3,000
• E- Facilitation: N4,000
Total Compulsory Fees: N13,000

NOUN postgraduate school fees

New Students – 1st semester
• Registration: N6,000
• Caution deposit: N3,500
• Orientation: N1,500
• Matriculation: N1,500
• I.D. Card: N500
• Library: N3,000
• ICT Administrative charges: N10,000
• E- Facilitation: N4,000
• Result verification: N10,000
Total Compulsory Fees: N40,000

Returning Students – 1st Semester
• Registration: N6,000
• Library: N3,000
• ICT Administrative Charges: N10,000
• E- Facilitation – N4,000
Total compulsory fees: N23,000.

Returning Student – 2nd Semester
• Semester registration: N6,000
• Library fees: N3,000
• E- Facilitation: N4,000
Total Compulsory Fees: N13,000

NOUN School Fees for Ph.D

• Application form: N10,000
• Registration fee per annum: N150,000
• Course Registration: N10,000
• Laboratory Access: N20,000
• I.D. Card: N2,500
• Library: N10,000
• ICT Administrative Charges: N10,000
• E- Facilitation: N6,000
• Examination: N3,000
• Re-sit Examination fee per course (where applicable): N4,000

Project Fees

• The fee for Undergraduates is N15,000.00
• The fee for Post-Graduate Diploma is N25,000.00
• The fee for Masters is N40,000.00

Exam Fees

• Undergraduate students are expected to pay N1,000.00 per course
• The cost for Postgraduates (PGD and Masters) is N2,000.00 per course

Course Registration Fee

• Every one or two units course is N2,000
• Every three units course is N2,500

How to Calculate NOUN School Fees

In order to know how much you are supposed to pay as NOUN school fees, follow these steps to calculate:
Add up the compulsory fee to the total exam fees and course registration fees. Assuming you are a fresh undergraduate, your school fees will be calculated thus: {N41,000 + (N1000 x Total number of courses in the semester) + (Sum of all the Exam course registration fees)}.

If you are confused with the above formula, use the comment box to contact us to help you do your own calculation or make use of the contact form.

How to pay school fees of NOUN

• Visit
• Click “student login” bar on the homepage of the portal
• On the opened window you can log in with NOUN metric number and password
• After that “manage wallet”
• At this page, you can enter the details: student name, email address, phone number and amount
• The next step is to select the type of payment and the bank branch
• After clicking “Pay” you will see the RRR code
• Apply with this Remita Retrieval Reference to any branch of the bank and pay the fee
• Go to so you can see the list of banks where to pay NOUN university school fees.

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Admission Requirements

NOUN admission requirements are not too demanding. It is true that you can seek admission into Nigeria open University through JAMB; however, in most cases, you can gain admission without JAMB in the National Open University of Nigeria. Below are the basic requirements for admission in NOUN.

Undergraduate Programmes

100 Level
Generally, the requirements for getting admission into the National Open University of Nigeria include five (5) credits in the SSCE/GCE O’Level/NECO/NABTEB or equivalents at not more than two (2) sittings obtained in subjects relevant to the proposed course of study. The five (5) credits include Credits in Mathematics, English and 3 other relevant subjects.

200 Level
i) National Diploma at Upper Credit from recognized institutions.

ii) National Certificate in Education (NCE) in subject(s) relevant to the proposed programme of study with a minimum of one merit and two passes.

iii). International Baccalaureates, Interim Joint Matriculation Board (IJMB) with at least two ‘A’ Level papers in relevant subjects and pre-requisite number of ‘O’ Level credit passes.

Postgraduate Programmes

To qualify for admission into any of the postgraduate programmes of the University, a candidate must meet all matriculation requirements of at least five (5) credit passes including English Language and Mathematics. Some programmes accept at least a pass in Mathematics.

For Postgraduate Diploma Programmes, Candidates must possess either a minimum of pass Bachelors Degree in any discipline from a University recognized by the Senate of the NOUN OR a Higher National Diploma with a minimum of Lower Credit.

For the Postgraduate Diploma in Legislative Drafting, the candidate must have been called to the Bar. Also for admission into the school of Business and Human Resource Management Postgraduate Diploma programmes, candidates with professional qualifications such as ACA, ACIS, ACIB, ACII, ACIA, etc may be considered on individual merit.

For Masters (MSc degree programmes, candidates must possess either a Bachelors Degree with a minimum of second class lower in the relevant field of study from a University recognized by the Senate of the NOUN. Nevertheless, holders of lower qualification and with a minimum of 2 years of relevant post-qualification experience may be considered on individual merit OR a Postgraduate Diploma in related field of study from a recognized University OR A Higher National Diploma with a minimum of Upper Credit in the relevant field of study. Candidate with membership certificate of relevant professional bodies may apply for the Master of Business (MBA) programme.

For Ph.D prorammes, candidates must possess a masters degree in relevant field of study from a University recognized by the Senate of the NOUN with a minimum score average of not less than 60% or a cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3.5 on a 5-point scale.

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