Undergraduate Degree Programme
The Undergraduate programme is four years programme leading to award of B.A (Hons) degree in History and War Studies. The programme is structured into eight semesters for all cadets. Each cadet is expected to spend this period in the Academy taking lectures and training. Planned educational visit to historic sites are organized from time to time to enable cadets appreciate the course better. The B.A programme involves intensive course work of lectures and interactive sessions designed to teach and reinforce theoretical concepts in History. The courses are grouped as general, core and elective. All general and core courses are compulsory and must be passed before graduation. Elective courses are those that will help cadets’ understanding of the higher level courses and these constitute only a very small percentage of the total credit units registered throughout the programme.
Minimum admission requirement include WASC with at least (5) credits including History/Government, or Civic Education, English and Mathematics in not more than two sittings, OR any other result of similar recognition, GCE O’Level, Grade II Teachers Certificate. The candidate should not be more than 21 years at the time of admission. Interested candidates buy NDA admission forms after which they write a qualifying examination, and attend interview before they are selected on state quota basis. Also, JAMB is one of the main requirements/cut off marks needed before prospective candidates are invited for admission selection process.
The NDA is first and foremost a military Institution; therefore the Department offers Military History and International Studies as academic Post-graduate (PG) Programmes. The contents and courses of the PG Programmes in Military History and International Studies are specifically designed such that serving personnel who participate are imbibed with additional professionalism and expertise. The students are made to develop the spirit of enquiry through training in research, in an atmosphere of independence and personal creativity combined with a high sense of team work. the professional programmes of the department include Master in Development Studies (MDS), Master in Conflict, Security and Development (MCSD), Master in Leadership Studies (MLS) and Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership and Security Studies (PGDLSS).
The careful Study of wars and conflicts of the past, such as the Nigerian Civil War, Pre and Post-Colonial Wars in Africa, the World Wars (I & II.) and Middle East conflicts, the PG students will be better equipped in terms of tactics, strategies and methods of war prosecution. This way, they will be able to learn from the general and specific lessons of successes, failures, manouvres and miscalculations by war commanders and troops of the past for their present and future benefits. Other courses include contemporary ones like Guerilla warfare; Terrorism and Counter Insurgency; Nigeria and the Outside World; International Peace-keeping; War and Society in Africa and the Struggle for World Hegemony. Also course contents of the programme in part examines efforts at disarmament, the end of Cold War, Crises in the former Soviet Union, dissolution of Warsaw Pact, German Unification and military globalization.
The courses were put in place to help the students’ especially military personnel to acquaint themselves of the opportunity to improve and upgrade the existing potential in high level manpower needed for planning, implementation and general improvement in productivity and performance in the services and the nation at large. At the global level, officers of these programmes are better informed in and trained to command, administer and head relevant sections of the Diplomatic Mission, specialized administration, intelligence service and other broader demands of the Region, Continent and the UN.
Candidates seeking admission into the Master’s Degree programmes in Military History and International Studies apart from satisfying the general regulations guiding application to PG School, NDA, shall in addition, be a graduate of NDA or any recognized University and must possess a minimum of Second Class Honours (Lower Division) in History, single or combined Honours, or in any other relevant discipline.
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Degree
A candidate for PhD degree must possess a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree (minimum of Second Class Honours, Lower Division) in the appropriate area of study from Nigerian Defence Academy or any other recognized University. In adition, the candidate must have scored an average of not less than 60% at the Master’s degree level.