Best online universities and their fees in Nigeria 2021 (accredited)

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Against popular misconception which suggest otherwise, anyone wishing to study and obtain a degree remotely in Nigeria could easily do so. This is possible because there are some numbers of Nigerian universities which allows for distant learning in order to accommodate students who prefers such.




These Institutions are accredited by the Nigerian Universities Commission, NUC, for distant learning programs, and in some cases you would have to pay less fee than those undergoing the conventional physical learning. To get a good ride with distant learning, get your internet enabled computer, and mobile phones in good condition for a seamless schooling.






Although studying through the online materials given isn't monitored, tests and exams given you are mostly proctored. In some of these Institutions, while the first and second year examinations are computer based, subsequent examinations are pen on paper. Are you one of those individuals unable to get a physical learning due to circumstances beyond your control,  below are the list of accredited online universities yet present in the country.



National Open University




The National Open University of Nigeria, NOUN, is the country's largest distant learning university with about 57,000 undergraduates undergoing 50 programmes offered there. It's acceptability comes from it's coordination and distinctness from the regular traditional universities.




It should be noted that the National Open University isn't affected by strikes, which greatly hamper the smooth running of the country's education system. The Institution has it that unlike traditional universities which makes use of permanent staffs for most of its running, the National Open University employs the use of resource persons to it's students, and these resource persons aren't staffs, and they therefore aren't involved in industrial actions.






Graduates of the National Open University like all accredited traditional universities could be mobilized for the compulsory one-year National Youth Service. This is possible after President Muhammadu Buhari on the 3rd of December 2018 ammended the National Open University Act. Those who study law in the university could aswell further their career at a law school, just like any law graduate in the traditional universities.




Examinations for law students are however pen on paper rather than computer based, and this takes place in one of their numerous study centres located across the country. Other undergraduates offering some other courses undergoes their CBT exams in their first and second years. The 30% Tutor marked assessment adds up with the 70% examination maximum to output a total score for a course in the University.



The fees paid by students of the National Open University of Nigeria includes:

  • Undergraduates
    » New student — N41,000
    » Returning Students: 1st Semester — N23,000
    » Returning Student: 2nd Semester — N13,000

    Postgraduates
    » New student — N40,000
    » Returning Students: 1st Semester — N23,000
    » Returning Student: 2nd Semester — N13,000



Courses offered in NOUN includes:


  • AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES


    » B. Agric. (Agricultural Economics and Agro Business Option)
    » B. Agric. (Agricultural Extension and Rural Development Option)
    » B. Agric. (Animal Science Option)
    » B. Agric. (Aquaculture and Fisheries Management Option)
    » B. Agric. (Crop Production and Protection Sciences Option)
    » B. Agric. (Soil and Land Resources Management Option)
    » B.Sc Agricultural Extension and Management
    » B.Sc. Hotel and Catering Management.
    » PGD Agricultural Extension and Management.


    FACULTY OF ARTS AND IT’S COURSES.


    » B.A. Christian Religious studies.
    » B.A. English.
    » B.A. French.
    » B.A. Islamic Studies.
    » M.A Christian Religious Studies.
    » PGD. Christian Religious Studies.


    CENTRE FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND GENERAL STUDIES (CE&GS).


    » Access and General Studies.


    FACULTY OF EDUCATION


    » B.A.(Ed) Early Childhood Education.
    » B.A.(Ed) English.
    » B.A.(Ed) French.
    » B.A.(Ed) Primary Education.
    » B.Sc.(Ed) Agricultural Science.
    » B.Sc.(Ed) Biology.
    » B.Sc.(Ed) Business Education.
    » B.Sc.(Ed) Chemistry.
    » B.Sc.(Ed) Computer Science.
    » B.Sc.(Ed) Integrated Science.
    » B.Sc.(Ed) Mathematics.
    » B.Sc.(Ed) Physics.
    » M.Ed Guidance and Counselling.
    » M.Ed. Educational Administration and Planning.
    » M.Ed. Educational Technology.
    » M.Ed. Science Education.
    » Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE).



    FACULTY OF LAW


    » LLB Law.


    FACULTY OF MANAGEMENT SCIENCE


    » B.Sc Accounting.
    » B.Sc Business Administration.
    » B.Sc Marketing.
    » B.Sc. Cooperative and Rural Development.
    » B.Sc. Entrepreneurship.
    » BSc Public Administration.
    » Master of Business Administration (MBA).
    » Master of Public Administration (MPA).
    » MSc Business Administration.
    » MSc Public Administration.
    » PGD Business Administration.
    » PGD Financial Management.
    » PGD Public Administration.



    FACULTY OF SOCIAL SCIENCES


    » B.Sc Economics.
    » B.Sc. Criminology and Security Studies.
    » B.Sc. International and Diplomatic Studies.
    » B.Sc. Mass Communication.
    » B.Sc. Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution.
    » B.Sc. Political Science.
    » B.Sc. Tourism Studies.
    » M.Sc. Mass Communication.
    » M.Sc. Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution.
    » PGD Mass Communication.
    » PGD. Criminology and Security Studies.
    » PGD. Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution.



    CENTRE FOR EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY AND ENTREPRENEURIAL DEVELOPMENT (CETED).


    » B.Sc Economics.
    » B.Sc. Criminology and Security Studies.
    » B.Sc. International and Diplomatic Studies.
    » B.Sc. Mass Communication.
    » B.Sc. Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution.
    » B.Sc. Political Science.
    » B.Sc. Tourism Studies.
    » M.Sc. Mass Communication.
    » M.Sc. Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution.
    » PGD Mass Communication.
    » PGD. Criminology and Security Studies.
    » PGD. Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution.




University of Lagos





Through it's Distant Learning Institute (DLI) program, the University of Lagos, UNILAG operates an education system where students aren't required to be physically present in classrooms. However, rather than being through a four year duration obtainable for regular students, a DLI undergraduate would be subjected to a five year study period.



Unlike a similar distant learning platform offered by NOUN, UNILAG's DLI requires that you pass it's entrance examination before being inducted to it. Also required is that a prospective candidate attains a minimum age of 21 in addition to other requisites: you must have a working internet connection at home; you must obtain all learning materials before tests and exams; you must physical attend two compulsory lectures a month — these are held only on Saturdays.






Courses available under the Institute includes:


  • » B.Sc. Accounting
    » B.Sc. Business Administration
    » B.Sc. Economics
    » B.Sc. Public Administration
    » B.Sc. (Ed.) Biology
    » B.Sc. (Ed.) Business Studies
    » B.Sc. (Ed.) Chemistry
    » B.Sc. (Ed.) Early Childhood Education
    » B.A.  (Ed.) English
    » B.Sc. (Ed.) Mathematics
    » B.Sc. (Ed.) Physics




Although tuition varies with the programme of study, the average expected tuition per year for UNILAG'S distant learning program is N140,000. The University of Lagos is a reputable institution, and many wouldn't entertain doubts about the effectiveness of its open and distant learning program.




Obafemi Awolowo University





The Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife remains one of the prestigious universities in the country. The Institution boasts of about 60 departments spread across it's thirteen departments in addition to a distant learning program.


At the Obafemi Awolowo University, prospective distant learning students would need to foremostly send in an application for this model of study, and after due admission, the university says the study through it's virtual medium involves the applications of Multimedia Technology that supports electronic instructional delivery (e-learning) with full automation placed on the application, shortlisting, payment and lecture delivery using a Student Information Systems (SIS).







The Institution unfortunately offers few programmes of study under this model, and the cost of it is definitely not cheap. The list of offered undergraduate programmes and their corresponding school fees are made available below.



B.Sc. Accounting:
  • » New students pay N102,500 as first semester fees and N159,000 for second semester.
    » Returning students pay N75,000 as fees for first semester and N131,500 for the next semester.
    » Final year students pay N75,000 as fees for first semester and N151,500 for the next semester.



B.Sc. Economics:
  • » New students pay N102,500 as first semester fees and N159,000 for second semester.
    » Returning students pay N75,000 as fees for first semester and N131,500 for the next semester.
    » Final year students pay N75,000 as fees for first semester and N151,500 for the next semester.



Bachelor of Nursing Science (B.NSc.):
  • » New students pay N143,000 as first semester fees and N72,000 for second semester.
    » Returning students pay N125,500 as fees for first semester and N72,000 for the next semester.
    » Final year students pay N125,500 as fees for first semester and N97,000 for the next semester.



The following are the postgraduate programmes and their corresponding fees:



  • » Executive Master's in Environmental Management —   ₦216,000.00 (Year 1) ₦196,000.00 (Year 2)
    » Executive Master's in Information Technology (EMIT) — ₦216,000.00 (Year 1) ₦196,000.00 (Year 2)
    » Executive Master's in Public Health (EMPH)   —   ₦250,000.00 (Year 1) ₦250,000.00 (Year 2)
    » Executive Master's in Public Administration (EMPA)   —   ₦230,000.00 (Year 1) ₦210,000.00 (Year 2)
    » Executive Master’s in Technology Management
    (EMTM) —   ₦216,000.00 (Year 1) ₦196,000.00 (Year 2)
    — Executive Masters in Actuarial Science
    (EMAS)   ₦216,000.00 (Year 1) ₦196,000.00 (Year 2)
    » Executive Masters in Managerial Psychology
    (EMMP)   — ₦216,000.00 (Year 1) ₦196,000.00 (Year 2)
    » Executive Masters in Real Estate
    (EMRE)    —    ₦216,000.00 (Year 1) ₦196,000.00 (Year 2)
    » Executive Masters of Technology in ICT Policy and Regulations
    (EMTR)    —   ₦216,000.00 (Year 1) ₦196,000.00 (Year 2)




University of Ibadan





The University of Ibadan is a prestigious institution of learning, and a longstanding one aswell. Admired for it's excellent academic reputation and conducive environment, the University of Ibadan also afford students whose occupation prevents physical learning the opportunity to get a degree in it's Distance Learning Centre (DLC) platform.




The Centre which has grown to popularity currently has a 1,500 capacity Computer-Based Testing Centre (CBT) at University of Ibadan extension. This the management says has eased the delivery platform to students especially in the conduct of examinations.









There are about fifteen programmes from four faculties which are run by the platform, and they are:

  • » B.A. English;
    » B.A. Philosophy and Public Affairs;
    » B.A. History & Diplomatic Studies;
    » B.A. Communication & Language Art;
    » B.Sc. Psychology; B.Sc. Economics;
    » B.Sc. Political Science;
    » B.Sc. Sociology;
    » BSW. Social Work;
    » BLIS. Library, Archival & Information Studies;
    » B.Ed. Guidance & Counseling;
    » B.Ed. Adult Education;
    » B.Ed. Educational Management;
    » B.Sc. Computer Science;
    » B.Sc. Statistics.


The school fees charged at the University of Ibadan Distance Learning Centre (DLC) are as follows:

  • » 200L — N90,055
    » 300L — N90,055
    » 400L — N100,162
    » 500L — N104,710

    * The tuition fee for freshers is yet undisclosed but fresher's acceptance fee is N30,323.


Graduates are mobilised for the National Youth Service Corps upon completion of their programmes.




University of Abuja






The University of Abuja is one of Nigeria's fast growing universities and the best in the federal capital territory. Placed 41 in a recent rankings of Nigerian Universities, the Institution runs both conventional and distant learning programmes, although those under the latter are few.


Like all other distant learning platforms, University of Abuja's distant learning platform engages the use of the internet for course and examination delivery.








The following are the programmes offered and their fees:


Faculty of Management Sciences

  • » B. Sc. Business Administration
    » B. Sc. Public Administration

    New students are to pay N85,500
    Returning students pay N75,500

Faculty of Social Science

  • » B. Sc. Economics
    » B. Sc. Political Science
    »B. Sc. Sociology

    New students are to pay N70,500
    Returning students pay N60,500



Other Institutions offering online learning which are worthy of mention includes:




» The Lagos State University
» University of Maiduguri
» Ladoke Akintola University Ogbomoso
» Joseph Ayo Babalola University University
» Modibbo Adama University of Technology, Yola
» University of Nigeria Nsukka
» Federal University of Technology, Minna (FUTMINNA).