Admission Guideline

SCHOOL OF POSTGRADUATE STUDIES

ADMISSION INTO POSTGRADUATE PROGRAMMES 2012/2013 ACADEMIC SESSION

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for admission into the underlisted Postgraduate Diploma and Higher Degree Programmes of Abia State University in the 2012/2013 Academic session.


  AVAILABILE COURSES
  1.    FACULTY OF AGRICULTURE
  1.    DEPARTMENT OF AGRIC ECONOMICS AND EXTENSION
  (i)    Postgraduate Diploma Programmes in Agricultural Economics and Extension
  (ii)    M.Sc and Ph.D Programmes in Agricultural Economics and Extension with options in :
  Agricultural Economics
  i     Agricultural Production/Farm Management;
  ii    Agricultural Finance;
  iii    Agricultural Marketing and Cooperatives
  iv    Environmental Economics
  Agricultural Extension
  i    Rural and Community Development
  ii    Agricultural Extension Communication;
  iii    Agricultural Extension Planning, and Administration;
  iv    Gender Issues in Agricultural Extension and Policy

2.     DEPARTMENT OF CROP PRODUCTION AND PROTECTION
  (i)    Postgraduate Diploma Programmes
  (ii)    M.Sc and Ph.D Crop Production and Protection with options in:
  Agronomy, Agro Forestry and Physiology

3.    DEPARTMENT OF ANIMAL SCIENCE AND FISHERIES
  (i) Postgraduate Diploma Programmes in Animal Production
  (ii) M.Sc and Ph.D programmes with the following options:
  (a)    Ruminant Animal Production and Management
  (b)    Non-Ruminant Animal Production and Management
  (c)    Reproductive Physiology
  (d)    Animal Production

4.    DEPARTMENT OF SOIL SCIENCE
  (i)    Postgraduate Diploma Programmes
  (ii)    M.Sc and Ph.D Programmes in Soil Science, with specialization in:
  i.    Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition
  ii.     Soil Physics
  iii    Soil Chemistry
  iv.     Soil Pedology
  v.    Soil Management and Conservation
  vi.    Soil Microbiology


  5.    DEPARTMENT OF FOOD SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
  The Department offers the following programmes
  M.Sc and Ph.D programmes with the following
  options:
  (a)    Food Science and Processing
  (b)    Food Enginerring

2.    FACULTY OF BIOLOGICAL AND PHYSICAL SCIENCES
  1.    DEPARTMENT OF BIOCHEMISTRY
  The Department offers the following programmes
  M.Sc and Ph.D Programmes with specialization in:
  i.    Medical Biochemistry
  ii.    Nutritional Biochemistry
  iii    Toxicology
  iv.        Molecular Biochemistry
  v. Environmental Biochemistry

2.    DEPARTMENT OF MICROBIOLOGY
  The Department offers the following programmes:
  a.     Postgraduate Diploma in Microbiology
  b.    M.Sc and Ph.D programmes in Microbiology with the            following areas of specialization:
  i.    Industrial Microbiology
  ii.    Immunology and Immunochemistry
  iii.    Medical Microbiology
  iv    Environmental Microbiology
  v.    Food
  vi.    Epidemiology and Public Health
  vii.    Agricultural Microbiology`
  viii. Soil Microbiology
  ix. Mycology
  3.    DEPARTMENT OF PLANT SCIENCE AND BIOTECHNOLOGY (BOTANY)
  The Department offers the following programmes in the following areas:
  a .      M.Sc and Ph..D in Plant Ecology
  b.    M.Sc and Ph.D in Plant Pathology (Phytopathology)
  c.    M.Sc and Ph.D in Plant Physiology
  4.    DEPARTMENT OF INDUSTRIAL CHEMISTRY
  The Department offers the following programmes in the following areas:
  i.    M.Sc and Ph.D in Environmental Chemistry
  ii. M.Sc and Ph.D in Physical Chemistry
  iii. M.Sc and Ph.D in Inorganic Chemiswtry
  iv. M.Sc and Ph.D in Organic Chemistry
  v. M.Sc and Ph.D In Analytical Chemistry
  vi. M.Sc in Industrial Chemistry – Petroleum, Industrial Chemistry technology, Separation Chemistry, etc

 

5.    DEPARTMENT OF MATHEMATICS
  The Department offers the following Programmes:
  M.Sc and Ph.D programmes with specialization in:
  i.    Complex Analysis
  ii.    Elasticity
  iii.    Solid Mechanics
  iv    Financial Mathematics
v.    Probability Theory


  6.    DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICS
  The Department offers the following programmes:
  i.    M.Sc and Ph.D in Astrophysics
  ii.    M.Sc and Ph.D in Geophysics
  iii.    M.Sc and Ph.D Atmospheric Physics
  iv    M.Sc in Solid State Physics
v.    M.Sc in Medical Physics


  7.    DEPARTMENT OF ANIMAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL
  BIOLOGY (ZOOLOGY)
  M.Sc and Ph.D with specialization in:
  i.    Medical Entomology/ Parasitology
  ii.    Medical Parasitology
  iii.    Renal and Endocrine Physiology
  iv.    Environmental Biology
  v.    Fisheries and Aquaculture
  vi.    Genetics and Molecular
  vii.    Hydrobiology
  3.      FACULTY OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
  1.    DEPARTMENT OF ACCOUNTANCY
  The Department offers the following programmes:
  a. Postgraduate Diploma in Accountancy
  b. M.Sc (Accountancy)
  c. Ph.D (Accountancy)

 

2.    DEPARTMENT OF MARKETING
  The Department Offers the following Programmes
  i. Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing
  ii. M.Sc (Marketing)
  iii. Ph.D (Marketing)
  3.    DEPARTMENT OF MANAGEMENT
  The Department offers the following programmes:
  i. Postgraduate Diploma in Management
  ii. M.Sc (Management)
  iii. Ph.D (Management)
  4.    DEPARTMENT OF BANKING AND FINANCE
  The Department offers the following programmes:
  a.    Postgraduate Diploma in Banking and Finance
  b.    M.Sc in Banking and Finance
  c.    Ph.D (Finance)
  5.    DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMICS
  The Department offers the following programmes:
  a.    Postgraduate Diploma in Economics
  b.    M.Sc  and Ph.D with Specialization in:
  i    Development Economics
  ii    Industrial Economics
  iii    Monetary Economics
  iv    Quantitative Economics
  4.    FACULTY OF LAW
  The Faculty offers the following Full-Time/Part-Time Programmes in the following areas:
  (i)    LL.M (chosen from the following areas)
  -    Comparative Constitutional Law
  -    Comparative Criminal Law
  -    Comparative Company Law
  -    Jurisprudence and Legal Theory
  -    Intellectual and Industrial Property Law
  -    International Economic Law
  -    International Protection of Human Rights
  -    International Humanitarian Law
  (ii)    Ph.D (Course Work and Thesis)

 

5.    FACULTY OF ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES
  1. DEPARTMENT OF GEOGRAPHY AND PLANNING
  The Department offers following programmes:
  M.Sc and Ph.D in:
  -    Environmental Management
  -    Climatology
  -    Hydrology and Water Resources
  -    Urban Studies & Management
  -    Population Geography
  -    Rural Development
  2.    DEPARTMENT OF ESTATE MANAGEMENT
  The Department offers the following programmes:
  a.    Postgraduate Diploma in Estate Management
  b.    M.Sc Degree in Estate Management
  c.    Ph.D in Estate Mangement
  3.    DEPARTMENT OF URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNING
  The Department offers the following programmes
  a.    Masters in Urban and Regional Planning (MURP)
  b.    Ph.D in Urban and Regional Planning
  4.    DEPARTMENT OF ARCHITECTURE
  The Department offers the following programmes:
  a.    Postgraduate Diploma in Architecture
  b.    M.Sc (Architecture)
  c.    M. Phil (Architecture)
  d.    Ph.D (Architecture)

 

 

 

6.    FACULTY OF EDUCATION
  The Faculty offers the following programmes at both Full-Time, Part-Time, and Sandwich in the following areas:
  a.    Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE)
  b.    M. Ed and Ph.D in the following areas:
  -    Curriculum Studies
  -    Measurement and Evaluation
  -    Educational Admin. and Planning
  -    Educational Psychology
  -    Guidance and Counseling
  c.    M.A and Ph.D in the following areas:
  -    Education Social Studies
  -    Education Sociology
  -    Comparative Education
  -    Education Psychology
  -    Education History
  Notes: Forms are also available now for Sandwich Programmes:

7.    COLLEGE OF MEDICINE AND HEALTH SCIENCES
  The College offers the following programmes:
  M.Sc and Ph.D programmes in the following areas:
  -    Anatomy
  -    Pharmacology in Cardiovascular Pharmacology, Neuropharmacology, Chemotherapy, Endorinology, Ethnopharmacology
  -    Surgical Pathology
-    Environmental Health Sciences


  8.    MJCE FACULTY OF HUMANITES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES
  The Faculty offers the following programmes:
  a.    Postgraduate Diploma in the following areas:
  -    Library and Information Science (PGDLIS)
  -    Public Administration (PGDPA)
  -    International Studies (PGDIS)
  -    Mass Communication (PGDMC)
  -    Translation Studies (PGDTS)
  b.    M.A in the Following:
  -    Literature – in –English
  -    Applied Linguistics
  -    Linguistics
  -    Igbo
  -    History and International Relations
  M.Sc (International Affairs and Diplomacy)
  Masters in Public Administration (MPA)
  M.Sc  (Public Administration)
  M.Sc (Industrial Sociology and Personnel Management)
  MA Degree in Mass Communication with specialization in:
  Broadcasting
  Print Media
  Advertising and Public Relations.
  MLIS in Library and Information Science
  MA and Ph.D Degree in Religious Studies with specialization in:
  1.    Christian Theology
  2.    Religion and Society
  3.    Church History
  4.    Biblical Studies (Old/T and New/T)
  5.    African Traditional Religion
  MA and Ph.D Degree in Foreign Language and Translation Studies with Options in:
  (i)    French Language & Linguistics (FLL)
  (ii)    Professional translation Studies (French/English or English Igbo)
  (iii)    French Literature (FLT)
  (iv)    African and Caribbean Literature in France (ACL)
  C.    Ph.D Programmes in the underlisted (for candidates who already possess M.A in the relevant field
  -    Literature-in-English
  -    History and International Relations
  -    Linguistics
  -    Applied Linguistics
  -    Igbo

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
  The following shall constitute the minimum entry requirements to our postgraduate programmes:

1.    POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA PROGRAMME
  A graduate from a recognized University or a person with a qualification adjudged to be equivalent to a first degree may be admitted, provided the Matriculation and Departmental requirements of this University are satisfied. A holder of a minimum of Upper Credit in the HND from a recognized Institution may also be admitted.

a.    .Applicants for PGD in Business Administration must in addition possess credits at O’ level in English Language, Mathematics, and Economics.

b.    Applicants for Diploma in Estate Management must possess good honours degree in the Social and Environmental Sciences, or HND in Urban and Regional Planning or full professional qualification with relevant experience in the appropriate professional examinations of the Nigeria Institute of Town Planners and the relevant cognate experience may be considered.

c.    For postgraduate Diploma in Microbiology, applicants must possess one of the following: B.Sc or HND in Microbiology, Biochemistry, Zoology, Botany, Laboratory Technology, Food Science and Technology or Chemistry.
  d.    for Postgraduate Diploma in Pharmacology and Physiology, applicants must possess B.Sc in allied services from reputable universities and those with Lower CGPA.

2.    MASTERS DEGREE PROGRAMME
  a.    A candidate with a first degree from a recognized University having a minimum of a second class lower division may be admitted, provided the University Matriculation and Departmental requirements are satisfied. However, candidates with CGPA of 2.6 on 4pt scale or 3. 00 on 5pt scale and above will be given preference.

b.    A candidate with a good postgraduate diploma from a recognized University may also be admitted.

c.    Candidates for Masters of Library and Information Science who do not hold a degree in Library and Information Science may be required to do Postgraduate Diploma in Library and Information Science.
  d    Applicants for Business Administration Course and Industrial Sociology and Personnel Management programmes are required to have credit level passes in English language, Mathematics and Economics at O’ Level.
  e.    For the Masters Degree in Surgical Pathology or Human Physiology, applicants must have MB.B.ch or equivalent degree obtained from this University or any recognized University. Also for the Masters Degree in Human Physiology, a good Second Class Honours in Physiology is acceptable. In addition, a good degree in related subject provided the Physiology content is substantial, will be considered.
  f.    For the Masters Degree in Urban and Regional Planning, Estate Management, holders of Abia State University Postgraduate Diploma, or Postgraduate diploma in any recognized Universities in Urban and Regional Planning at the Merit level and above with be considered.


  3.    DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY (Ph.D) DEGREE
  a.    A candidate with a good Masters degree (NOT MBA) in the relevant or related discipline which includes course work and a defended research dissertation from a recognized University may be admitted, provided the University matriculation requirement is satisfied.
  b.    Candidate with a minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3.0 on the 4 point scale or 4.0 point on 5 point scale will be given preference. Candidates must have obtained (60%) Sixty percent average in both the course work and the MASTERS Dissertation examined by an External Examiner and involving an oral defence. In addition to these admission requirements, candidates may be required to present themselves for selection test and or interview.

CREDENTIALS
  Photocopies of NYSC Discharge/Exemption certificate, photocopies of all qualifying credentials, including O’ level must be attached to the competed application forms, as well as, arrange for their transcripts to be sent directly to the Secretary, School of Postgraduate Studies. Non-Receipt of transcripts in time is at the detriment of the applicant.

DURATION OF PROGRAMMES
  Postgraduate Diploma Proogrammes
  a.    Full-Time Diploma: Minimum of three semesters and a maximum of six semesters.
  b.      Part-Time Diploma: Minimum of four semesters and a maximum of eight semesters.
  Masters Degree Programmes
  a.    Full-Time:  A minimum of three semesters and a maximum of six semesters.
  b.    Part-Time: A minimum of four semesters and a maximum of eight semesters
  Ph.D Programme
  a.    Full-Time: A minimum of four semesters and a maximum of ten semesters.
  b.    Part-Time: A minimum of six semesters and a maximum of fourteen semesters.

METHOD OF APPLICATION
  Application should be online
  a.    Proceed to any of the banks: First Bank Plc ; Zenith Bank Plc ; Oceanic Bank O; ABSU MFB Uturu; Inter Continental Bank Plc , Fidelity Bank Plc, and Union Bank  on the e-transact network and request to pay application fee of N11,500 (Eleven thousand Five hundred naira) for the form.

b.    Collect the e-transact receipt from the Bank on payment and proceed to any Internet Center for the completion of the form.

c.    Log on to the ABSU Portal www.absuu.net and complete the application form.

d.    Finally confirm your entry and print a copy of the form as well as three copies of the Referees’ confidential report which will be forwarded to your referees   for completion      ( two of this should be your teachers at the university level).
   
  Deadline for application: 31ST DECEMBER, 2012.

Successful candidates are expected to commence lectures as soon as possible.

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