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Welcome Message from the Dean

Prof YA Umar
Dean, Postgraduate School

You are welcome to Postgraduate School,  Ribadu Campus. 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 unionism. In the same vein, participation in convocation ceremony at the completion of research and successful oral presentation also enhanced the quality of the School. It is least surprising therefore that, yearly more applications are received for admission, collaborations and partnership in scholarship and training from individuals and recognized higher Institutions & research Institutes.


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 attendance at the occasion 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 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.

The immediate aim of the School as  captured by the PG School Regulations for Higher Degrees (2005) was, as it is to the present, to provide advanced education and to encourage scholarly research that would support the needs of the Nigerian Armed Forces in particular and the country in general and to create an atmosphere of intellectual ferment at the Academy. In essence, the Postgraduate School of the Nigeria Defence Academy is to develop in the graduate student the spirit of enquiry through training in research in an atmosphere of intellectual independence and individual creativity combined with a strong sense of teamwork. Other objectives include but not limited to; provide the twin goals in imparting knowledge of academic and practical orientation by providing high quality training in research at Masters’ and Doctoral levels for service personnel and civilians; and opportunity for improving and upgrading the existing and potential manpower needed for planning, implementation and improvement of productivity and performance in the Armed Forces.

In 2009, appreciating the uniqueness of the NDA Postgraduate School as the only Military University in Nigeria, the Federal Government converted the School to an ‘Integrated Postgraduate School Campus’. The motive behind this designation was probably to allow free, in depth, multidisciplinary studies and research into fields that can productively transport the nation’s armed forces in particular and the country in general into one of the largest economies of the world. All over the world, military is a bastion of innovation, original discoveries and technical application of knowledge to the development and growth of the society. With this categorization, NDA PG School remains the only one of its type where there is no sharing of facilities between undergraduate and postgraduate students. At the same time, the Federal Government directed the TETFund to intervene in the provision of infrastructural facilities and modern research aids and teaching tools to the School. A remarkable achievement was recorded in this direction. TETFund officially handed over the refurbished structures and facilities to NDA in 2012.

Meanwhile, in order to test the focus and capability of the School, the monitoring Agency, NUC in 2010 involved the School in its System – wide Audit Exercise. All recognized Postgraduate Schools of Nigerian Universities were involved in the exercise which captured the data on programmes and teaching staff of schools. In August 2012, the NUC gave a clean and healthy certification to more than 39 programmes variously at Masters’ and PhD levels. This was preceded with the visitation of about 32 experts and scholars specifically selected to carry out Verification Exercise of all postgraduate programmmes of the Academy. Henceforth the NDA Postgraduate School is heralded in the Nigeria’s Educational landscape for its uniqueness, excellence and discipline.

Core Values

  • Excellent and Prompt Service Delivery
  • Intergrity

Postgraduate Programmes

In pursuance of the objectives of NDA and the needs of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the Academy shall run the following postgraduate programmes: 

a. Postgraduate Diploma Programmes: Postgraduate Diploma programmmes shall include coursework, externally moderated examinations and long essays.  Such programmes may be full-time or part-time.

b. Master’s Degree Programmes: Master’s degree programmes shall be by coursework and written examination which shall be externally moderated and a research dissertation which shall be examined by an external examiner.  Some of these programmes may be part-time or full-time and shall involve oral defence.

c. Doctor of Philosophy Degree (Ph.D) programmes: Ph.D degree programmes shall be by coursework, written examination which shall be externally moderated and a research thesis which shall be examined by an external examiner.  The programme may be part-time or full-time and shall also involve oral defence.  Credit units earned on coursework during a Master’s degree may be credited towards a Ph.D degree. 

Admission Requirements

The requirements for the various programmes are as follows:

Postgraduate Diploma (PGD)

Candidates applying for the Postgraduate Diploma Programme must possess either (a), a Bachelor degree from the Nigerian Defence Academy or any other recognized University, or (b), Higher National Diploma (Lower Credit), provided the academy matriculation requirement is satisfied.  In addition, candidates must satisfy departmental requirements.

Master’s Degree

a. A candidate seeking admission into the Master’s degree Programme shall be a graduate of the Nigerian Defence Academy or any other recognized University and possess a minimum of Second Class Honours (Lower Division) in the relevant discipline.

b. A candidate with a minimum of Lower Credit and CGPA of 3.50 at postgraduate diploma from NDA or any other recognized university may also be admitted to a Masters Degree Programme.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Degree

A candidate for PhD degree must possess a Bachelor’s degree (minimum of Second Class Honours, Lower Division) and a Master’s degree with a minimum CGPA of 3.50 or B grade in appropriate area of study from the Nigerian Defence Academy or any other recognized University. 

Duration of Programmes


a. A student admitted for either Master’s or PhD degree must undergo a full-time course of study and research training in the Academy.

b. Candidates for Doctor of Philosophy Programmes shall undergo the programme for not less than (6) semesters and not more than ten (10) semesters.

c.  A student for a Masters degree shall undergo the programme for a minimum of (4) semesters and maximum of six (6) semesters.

d. At the expiration of the period for any given programme as indicated in items (ii) and (iii) above, any student who has not completed his programme shall be withdrawn from the Academy.


aA candidate admitted for part-time programme shall undergo weekend mode of study and research.  The following conditions shall apply:

b. A student for Professional Master’s Degree programme shall undergo the programme for 3 semesters. However, special courses can run for a minimum of four (4) and a maximum of six (6) semesters.

c. A student for Postgraduate Diploma shall undergo the programme for a minimum of two (2) semesters. However, some courses can run for a minimum of four (4) and a maximum of six semesters.

Principal Officers of the Postgraduate School

S/N Names Rank
1 Professor YA Umar Dean; Postgraduate School and Chair PG School Committee
2 Dr. G Moses Deputy Dean Postgraduate School and Deputy Chair PG School Committee
3 Dr ME Irhebhude Assistant Dean; Postgraduate School
4 Barr. FB Bakare Secretary; Postgraduate School

Chronicle of Deans of the Postgraduate School

S/N Rank Name From To
1 Prof AM Yakubu BA MPhil Dphil Oct 2004 1 Oct 2006
2 Prof MN AGU B.Sc MPhil Dr Engr 01 Oct 2006 14 Jan 2010
3 Prof OE Tagban BA Mphil PhD 14 Jan 2010 13 Dec 2011
4 Prof A O Ahmed BA M.A PhD 13 Dec 2011 01 Nov 2018
5 Prof YA Umar BSc MSc PhD 01 Nov 2018 Till Date

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