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.
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.
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.
a. A 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.