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History of Academic Branch

The Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) was established in 1964 to meet the urgent need for an autonomous institution for the training of officer-cadets for the Nigerian Armed Forces. Previously, the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, UK and the Indian Academy, mainly provided the necessary military and academic training for the granting of the commission into the Nigerian Armed Forces.

The Academic Branch of the NDA basically handles the academic component of training. For purposes of academic training, NDA was, at inception, affiliated to the University of Ibadan. To ensure that proper standards were maintained, the University moderated the then Nigerian Defence Academy Certificate of Education (NDACE) examination which each Cadet was expected to pass as part of the requirements for obtaining a commission. NDACE was rated as the equivalent of the General Certificate of Education (Advanced Level).Read More

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Our Mission

To provide and deliver a well packaged academic curricula in line with the National Universities Commission Benchmark Minimum Academic Standard |Read More

Academic Year

Each academic year is sub-divided into 2 semesters: First (Dry) and Second (Wet). Each programme consists of taught courses and depending on the department, may include Industrial Attachment (IT), Educational Visits and field trips.

NDA Postgraduate School

NDA Postgraduate School is obviously the most stable and consistent Postgraduate Schools in Nigeria. This is largely due to the visionary ideas and philosophy of the Academy’s authority, commitment of the academic staff and absence of rascalize unionism|Read More

Our Status

The Nigerian Defence Academy herein referred to as “the Academy” is a military institution conferred with powers to award its own degrees in accordance with the highest academic standards.


Our Functions

The primary functions of the Branch as a university are teaching, research, community development and services.  The upgrading of the Academy to a degree awarding institution was in keeping with the trends in many parts of the world.  The aim is to produce well trained officers with requisite intellectual, leadership and academic ability capable of meeting, the demands of modern military imperatives such as modern warfare and challenges of leadership and management in a contemporary world.  Consequently, the curricula of studies were reviewed to reflect this new role.The academic content of cadets training is geared towards producing well rounded officers with requisite intellectual, leadership and academic ability.  The training is also designed to meet the demands of modern military imperatives such as modern warfare and challenges of leadership/management in a contemporary world.


Degree Programmes

The degree programme commenced with only 2 Faculties:  Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) and the Faculty of Science (FS) with a total of 6 academic departments. Currently, this has grown to 4 faculties (Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS), Faculty of Sciences(FS), Faculty of Engineering (FE) and Faculty of Military Science and Interdisciplinary Studies (FMSIS)) with 18 departments, namely, Accounting and Management, Economics, Geography, History and International Studies, Languages, Political Science and Defence Studies, Psychology, Biological Science, Chemistry, Mathematics, Computer Science, Physics, Civil Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering,Mechanical Engineering, Intelligence and Cyber Security, Logistics and Supply Chain Management, and Military Science and Technology .


Our Expansion

The Academic Branch has witnessed phenomenal expansion in other areas, in accordance with its approved academic brief and strategic plan. It maintained a commendable profile in the areas of research and publications. This development led to the establishment of the Postgraduate School in the 2005, 20 years after the degree programme started in the Academy. The Postgraduate School offer courses leading to the award of Master’s and Doctorate degrees in all departments in the 4 faculties. The programme is open to both commissioned officers and civilians.  The Academy started conducting the Masters programme leading to the award of Masters in International Affairs & Defence Studies (MIADS), for the Senior Course at the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji with effect from July 2010.  Six courses have so far graduated from this programme.



Core Value

The Registry core values are anchored on friendliness, integrity, timeliness, meticulousness and efficiency – popularly known by its acronym ‘FITME’.

The Registry

The Registry as a component of the Academic Branch came into being in 1985.  The Registry commenced activities with a simple administrative structure made up of one Senior Assistant Registrar, one Assistant Registrar and an Administrative Officer.  The initial tasks of the Registry included drafting relevant administrative documents such as the NDA Enabling Decree, Regulations Governing Conditions of Service of Staff (Senior and Junior), Cadets Handbook for Academic Matters and Academic Regulations, among others.  It also conducted the yearly entrance examinations at different centres across the country and coordinated the admission of cadets into NDA working in concert with the Armed Forces Selection Board. 


The Registry’s vision is to progressively improve our administrative processes and support services in accordance with the changing needs of the Academy and expectations of the cadets, staff and the general public that we serve.


The mission of the Registry is to provide qualitative administrative service to faculties, staff, cadets and other stakeholders while safeguarding the integrity and accuracy of official records. Read More




The Postgraduate School

Twenty years after the commencement of the Degree programmers at the Nigerian Defence Academy, the Academy’s Council approved the establishment of the Postgraduate School. This was in 2004. The official opening of the School was performed on 24th September 2005 by His Excellency, President Olusegun Obasanjo, GCFR, Commander – in- Chief of the Armed Forces, Federal Republic of Nigeria. In attendant for the official opening was the then Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Professor Peter Okebukola. NUC is the statutorily recognized government agency that monitors and regulates the activities of the Nigerian Universities in order to maintain standard and compliance. Following the immediate opening, the School commenced with few postgraduate programmes in Arts and Social Sciences and Sciences. These pioneering courses included but not limited to, Masters and PhD in Military History and Defence and Strategic Studies, Biology, Material Sciences and Explosives.Read More



Servicom Unit

The Service Compact (SERVICOM) Unit was established to give effect to Federal Government policy on improving service delivery in all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).  The Unit has a senior faculty member as Nodal Officer and other support staff.

Research Centres

There are also 5 Centres of Excellence in the Academic Branch.  These are Centre for Defence Studies and Documentation (CDSD); Intellectual Property Technology Transfer Office (IPTTO), Centre for Energy and Environment (CEE), Centre for Critical Thinking Teaching and Learning (CCTTL) and Centre for the Study of Leadership and Complex Military Operations (CSLCMO).  The 4 other units that complement service delivery in the Academic Branch includes Academic Planning Unit, Research Coordination and Monitoring Unit, Servicom Unit and General Studies  Unit respectively.

Academic Planning Unit

The Academic Planning Unit (APU) of Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) was established in 1998.  The Office is directly under the Academy Provost (AP) for its day-to-day operation and basically responsible for collection, analysis and interpretation of data from relevant academic departments, faculties and units in the Academy.  These are used for the internal evaluation of the performance status of the Academy on all the NUC approved guidelines and recommendations. The unit ensures that the Academy complies with and maintains standards, through passing necessary information to Departments and the Academy at large, on NUC’s Minimum Academic Standards.  It serves as a quality assurance unit of the Academy guiding each academic department in carrying out the academic functions of the Academy.




The Faculty of Engineering was established in the 1989/1990 academic session comprising the Departments of Electrical/Electronic Engineering and Mechanical Engineering.  Thereafter, the Department of Civil Engineering was also established in 1997.   In 2007, the faculty commenced postgraduate studies at postgraduate diploma, master’s and PhD levels.  All the engineering programmes have full NUC and COREN accreditation. Read More

Arts and Social Sciences

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is one of the pioneer faculties established in 1985 with 3 departments, namely Economics, Geography and History (now History and International Studies).  Later, the Departments of Political Science and Defence Studies, Accounting, General Studies, Languages and Psychology were added, thus bringing the total to 8.  The department runs both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. Read More


The Faculty of Science is one of the pioneer faculties in the Academic Branch which came into existence in 1985 and commenced with 3 departments, namely, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics.  The Department of Biological Sciences and Computer Science were later added thereby bringing the total number of departments in the faculty to 5.  The departments run both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes up to PhD level.Read More

Military Science and Interdisciplinary Studies

Faculty of Military Science and Interdisciplinary Studies is the youngest of the four faculties in Nigerian Defence Academy. The NDA Council at its meeting of 12 February 2016 approved in principle the establishment of the Faculty of Military Science and Interdisciplinary Studies (FMSIS). The Faculty consists of three (3) Departments, namely Intelligence and Cyber Security (ICS), Logistics and Supply Chain Management (LSM), and Military Science and Technology (MST).Read More


Orientation of Cadets

At the beginning of each academic session, an orientation programme is normally arranged for fresh cadets by the Academic Branch in collaboration with some other related Departments/Units.  During the orientation exercise, activities are arranged to familiarize the cadets with the new academic environment. The cadets also get to know the Principal Officers of the Academic Branch. All fresh cadets are required to participate fully in all the activities including series of lectures to be delivered by Deans of Faculties.

Matriculation of Cadets

Matriculation ceremonies are held annually to welcome all new intakes into the academic programme of the NDA.  The ceremony is an act that marks the formal entry of a cadet into the Degree programme as prescribed by the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board.  During the ceremonies, new intakes are expected to take an oath and sign a matriculation book/form.  The date for matriculation is usually determined by the Academy Provost.