Top 10 Nigerian Universities for Master’s Degree

In Nigeria of today, a master’s degree is the new bachelor’s degree. Obtaining a master’s degree is gradually becoming as popular as popular as obtaining a bachelor’s degree. We wouldn’t want to bore you with the the mind-boggling statistics of the number of bachelor degree holders in the country. This is why many of our teeming graduates (who are mostly unemployed) look for a way to obtain a master’s degree in a bid to stand out from the crowd.

The belief held by many academically inclined Nigerians is that -the best place to study for a master’s degree is overseas. You wouldn’t fault this assertion, considering the degrading standard of education in our country.

However, it is worthy of note that some universities in Nigeria still stand out in terms of academic standard and excellence; these are the universities which are best for a master’s degree. We made a research on these Universities, and in this piece, we present you with the Top 10 Nigerian universities best for a master’s degree.

10. University of Nigeria, Nsukka

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The University of Nigeria is a prestigious university situated in the ancient city of Enugu in south-eastern Nigeria. Ranked 14th in Nigeria by the Nigerian Universities Commission. UNN is a great choice for your master’s degree. UNN makes our list because of her high level of recognition as a center for academic excellence in the country.

Worthy of note is the fact that the University of Nigeria, Nsukka operates an academic system that models the American educational system and not the British system which is popular with most Nigerian schools.

9. Federal University of Technology, Minna

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‘FUTMinna’ as it is popularly known, doesn’t make our list just because some of us were privileged to obtain our first degree from that school but because of the academic excellence that is obtainable in the institution. From the highly qualified lecturers to the well maintained and equipped structures in the school. The school provides everything you need in order to smoothly obtain your master’s degree in 18 months or less.

Federal University of Technology Minna is famed for offering Master’s degree in disciplines that have a thing or two do with technology, such as engineering, information and communication technology, as well as natural sciences, environmental technology, and Agriculture.

8. University of Jos

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The first feature that attracts you to Jos is the cozy weather which is quite a norm in the city. Ranked 7th by the NUC, the University of Jos (Unijos) is renowned for the expedient nature with which she conducts her postgraduate diploma and master’s degree program. With your effort and determination, we believe you can obtain your Master’s degree before the expiration of 16-months from the day you start.

7. University of Benin

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Located in Ugbowo, Benin City, the university is a centre for academic excellence suitable for postgraduate diploma and master degree program. Generally, the university of Benin does not accept third class degree holders into their master’s degree program. The school is ranked 3rd by the Nigerian Universities commission’s ranking released in January this year.

6. Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife

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When it comes to Universities that ooze prestige and academic excellence, very few can hold out a candle to OAU. The Obafemi Awolowo University is a school renowned for its high academic standard. Rather than spend millions traveling abroad for a master’s degree while not take the short trip to Osun State and get enrolled in the Obafemi Awolowo University. In less than 17 months you are already a master’s degree holder.

5. Landmark University

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Landmark University is the first private university that makes the cut. Located in Omu-Aran, Kwara State, the university is a citadel for academic excellence and one which would provide you all you need for a successful completion of your master’s degree program. Whatever the price to obtain a master’s degree from this school is, it is still a cheaper alternative to traveling abroad to obtain a master’s degree you can easily obtain here, with almost the same academic standard.

4. University of Lagos


The University of Lagos still remains one of the best universities in Nigeria to study for any degree whatsoever. In terms of courses offered at Master degree level, there are very few courses that are not offered in the university of Lagos.

The university is currently ranked 5th in Nigeria by Webometrics, a renowned universities web ranking body. The university of Lagos offers a smoothly run master’s degree program, where hardworking students are able to complete their program in less than 18.

3. University of Ilorin

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The University of Ilorin is famous for being the school that conducts academic activities in a swift and time conscious manner. In 15 months you can round up your master’s in the university of Ilorin; this will be done without watering down the quality of education being offered. This is what is obtainable abroad, so instead of spending all the money traveling to a foreign country -a great alternative is the University of Ilorin.

2. University of Ibadan

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The University of Ibadan, popularly known as ‘UI’ is one of the best universities in Nigeria where you can run a master’s degree program. A master’s degree should not tie you down for more than 1.5 years and the University of Ibadan believes strongly in this. That is why the University of Ibadan is one of the best for a master’s degree.

Webometrics ranks the university of Ibadan as the best university in Nigeria and the NUC concurs.

1. Covenant University, Ota

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Our top of the bunch is Covenant University. Honestly, the fact that we have such a well-equipped institution in the country is an indication that we are gradually getting it right in terms of academic quality, especially in the private sector. The school is arguably the best for a master’s degree in Nigeria. We don’t need to say too much; check them out yourself.

So there you have it, the top 10 universities to do a masters in Nigeria.

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