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Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension


Areas of Specialization (M. Sc. and Ph. D.)
The Department of Agriculture Economic and Extension offers Full-Time programmes leading to the award of Master of Science (M. Sc.) and  Doctor of Philosophy (Ph. D.) Degrees in the following areas:

Agricultural Economics with options in:
   Agricultural Resources Economics
   Farm Management and Production Economics
   Agriculture Marketing
   Agriculture Co-operatives
   Agriculture Finance

Agricultural Extension and Rural Sociology with options in:
   Agricultural Programme Planning and Evolution
   Agricultural Administration
   Advertising/ Communication
   Extension Processes and Practice
   Rural Sociology


Master of Science (M.Sc) Degree Programme
Any B. Sc. (Agric.) or B. Agric graduate from Ambrose Alli University o r other recognized university (approved by the Senate of the University) is eligible to apply. Alli candidates applying must have ea minimum of Second Class (Lower Division) Honours Degree in Agriculture, Home Economic, Economics Sociology or other relate fields. Candidates with relevant field experience but with lower qualification than a Second Class Lower Division may be considered for admission. Candidates admitted but with undergraduate deficiencies may be required to make up such deficiencies without credit during the first semester of study.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph. D.) Programme
The Ph. D. Degree programme is research oriented and aimed at preparing candidates for research and careers in institutions of higher learning. To qualify for admission into any of the programmes at this level, the candidate must possess the M. Sc. Degree in Agricultural Economics/Extension, from Ambrose Ali University of any other recognized university and in the relevant field of study.


(a)   The study for the degree of Master shall be prosecuted by research work to be persecuted in dissertation together with course work to      be examined in eight (8) written papers each of three hours duration. Research shall consistency not less than one-third of the total credit load. To qualify for the award of degree of Master of Science, the candidate must have taken and passed a total of not less than 24 units of course work and 12 units of Research (Investigative Project).

(b)   Course Work
Students would be required to register a minimum of 12 credit units per semester depending on their background. The course to be registered for will be from the following:

  1. Remedial Courses; These carry no credit units towards the higher degree as they are mainly for students admitted with known deficiencies in their background.
  2. Core Courses; Courses to be taken by specializing in the related areas. The core courses are compulsory and are of direct relevance to the fields of study.
  3. Elective or Options Courses; These are normally taken from relegated disciplines if so recommended by the Department. They carry credit units.

(c)   Dissertation (Research)
Research constitutes one-third of the credit units of the entire programme, the subject for the dissertation/ thesis will normally be chosen from within the research areas of the relevant Master’s Degree option. Before embarking on the research, every student will be required to submit a Research proposal which must be approved by the Graduate School Board on the recommendation of the Department Graduate Committee.

(d)   Seminar
A student will be required to attend all Departmental Seminars. He/She must present a Seminar in his/her area of specialization before the presentation of the final research report to be embodied in a dissertation.


(a) Research
The Degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) programme shall be by research mainly the results of which shall be embodied in a dissertation. A candidate who is enrolled in the Ph. D. programme will be expected to carry out his/her Research under close supervision of his/her supervisor (s)

(b) Seminar
A student will be required to attend all Departmental Seminars. He/ She must present at least one Seminar in his/ her are of specialization before the defence of the thesis.

(c) Course Work (Remedial)
Course work for Ph. D. candidate shall be as ay be prescribed by the Department Graduate Committee with the approval of the Faculty Gradate Committee but must not be more than 12 credit unit.

Post Graduate Studies

The main objectives of School of Postgraduate Studies in this University shall be the further development in Graduate Students the spirited of enquiry through training in research in  an atmosphere of intellectual independence and individual creativity with a strong sense of group co-operation. In pursuit of these objectives, teacher and students constitute a single team in a well defined and purposeful endeavour.
Impuissance of these objectives is the fostering, through instruction, of deeper understanding of elementary concepts and an increasing ability to apply fundamental ideas to new problems. The students in the School of Postgraduate Studies must, therefore, be made to realize quite early that his intellectual growth and subsequent success are directly related to the depth of his command of basic principle. Hence, although graduate studies are usually associated with high degree of specialization, such specialization is or must be secondary to extending mental horizons, producing new orientations, and developing a depth of understanding. With the context of the above general objectives, graduate studies in the University shall pursue two particular in orientation. Thus, it must seek to:

  • provide facilities for training in research for those whose future careers will be in teaching and research at the University level and for those who may have to operate in research and development situations in the public or private inspectors, e.g. in government, commercial and industrial concerns  and
  • provide both short and long term training facilities aimed at improving and upgrading the existing and potential high level manpower needed for planning, executing and reviewing national development plans.

The School of Post Graduate Studies has a number of departments that offer various post graduate diploma, masters degree and doctorate programmes. Below is a list of the departments, click on any department to view the courses it offers.

  1. Agricultural Economics and Extension
  2. Animal Science
  3. Architecture
  4. Biochemistry
  5. Plant Science and Biotechnology (Botany)
  6. Chemistry
  7. Civil Engineering
  8. Commercial and Property Law
  9. Crop Science
  10. Curriculum and Instruction
  11. Economics
  12. Educational Foundations
  13. Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  14. English
  15. Geography and Regional Planning
  16. History and International Studies
  17. Mathematics
  18. Mechanical Engineering
  19. Medical Laboratory Sciences
  20. Microbiology
  21. Modern Languages
  22. Philosophy
  23. Physical and Health Education
  24. Physics
  25. Physiology
  26. Political Science
  27. Production and Material Engineering
  28. Public Administration
  29. Public and International Law
  30. Religious Management and Cultural Studies
  31. Sociology
  32. Soil Science
  33. Zoology


A)   Master’s Degree Programme
Candidates who possess any of the following qualification may be considered for admission.

  1. At least a Second Class Honour Degree of Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma or of any other University of recognized standing in the elegant discipline  
  2. Holders of FIMLS Certificate in Science related areas may be considered for Graduate programmes in some Science Department.
  3. Holders of HND Upper Credit with relevant post NYSC working experience plus a Pass in the Nigerian Society of Engineers Graduateship Examinations OR Holders of Pos-Graduate Diploma in Engineering of any recognized University with at least a credit level pass may be considered by the Faculty of Engineering and Technology
  4. For Master in Public Administration (MPA), Holder of a Second Class Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline or HND plus Postgraduate Diploma in any discipline with at least 3 year working experience may be considered.
  5. Holders of LL.B. Third Class Honour and a B.L. as well as five year post call may be considered for the LL.M.
  6. For M.Sc.(Architecture) aside (1) above, a holder of the B.Sc. Third class Honour (Architecture) or its equivalence may be considered after up-dating his/her portfolio within a minimum period of one year and successfully going through an interview conducted by the Department of Architecture.

Candidate in (ii) & (iii) above, shall be required to take Remedial courses at the Undergraduate level which must be passed before proceeding to the Master’s degree programme.

B)   Ph.D. Programme
A graduate of Ambrose Alli University Ekpoma or of any other University of recognized standing who possesses a degree of Masters appropriate to the intended course may be considered for admission.

C)   Post-Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE)
A graduate of Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma or any other University of recognized standing who possesses a first degree classification acceptable to Senate.

D)   Post-Graduate Diploma in Engineering (PGDENG)
Holders of good HND/HNC in Engineering with at least 4 tears post qualification cognate experience or Graduates in fields relevant to Engineering of any recognized University may be considered for admission.

E)   Post-Graduate Diploma in Public ADMINISTRATION (PGDPA)
A Graduate of any recognized University in any discipline OR Holders of HND in any discipline with at least three (3) years cognate experience may be considered.

F)   Post-Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (PGDBM)
Candidates who possess any of the following qualifications may be considered for admission into the programme
A third class honours degree in Business Management
Holders of HND in any discipline from a recognized institution.


Full-Time Admission:
Full-Time admission can be offered only to candidates who satisfy the School of Postgraduate Studies that they are not in employment, or do not undertake full-time programme elsewhere. Candidates found to have made false declaration in this regard shall be asked to withdraw from the University.

Part-Time Admission:
Candidates, if they are working elsewhere and can satisfy th e School of Postgraduate Studies that facilities for their work as par-time students are adequate. Candidates applying for part-time registration may be asked to show evidence of release by their employers.

Admission to Remedial Courses:
Candidates who satisfy the minimum entry requirement but found deficient in the specific areas of study may be required to undergo remedial courses to prepare them for the main programme.

Staff Candidate:
A full-time member of staff of Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma may be admitted to a higher degree in accordance with the regulations subject to the following conditions:

  • The member of staff must meet the normal requirements for eligibility to pursue a programme of Graduate Studies in the area of his choice.
  • The member of staff must pay 50% of the approved fees.
  • Where a person who has been a candidate under this Regulation ceases to be a member of staff of Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma and he intends to continue with the programme, he would be treated as non-staff; and would therefore be subject to payment of full fees and other charge as may be applicable from time to time.

Where a Candidate was admitted to the Graduate programme before becoming a member of staff of the University, he would be required to pay full fees prior to his assumption of duty. There after he would be required to 50% of the approved fees.


Postgraduate Diploma Programmes
(a)    Full-time Diploma      –    2 Semesters
(b)    Part-time Diploma     –    4 Semesters
(c)    Sandwich                 –    2 Long vacations of 8 weeks each.

In the case of (a) above, there shall be a Six week, period of internship during which students shall undertake supervise detaching practice.
Master’s Degree Programme

  • FULL-TIME Master’s by course work, thesis/Dissertation and oral examination a minimum of 2 semesters and a maximum of 4 semesters. Extension may be allowed for not more than one semester only.
  • Part-time master’s by course work, thesis/Dissertation and oral examination a minimum of 4 semesters and a maximum of 8 semesters. Extension may be allowed for not more than two Semesters only.

Ph.D. Programme

  • Full-time – A minimum of 4 semesters beyond the master’s degree and a maximum of 6 semesters.
  • Part-time – A minimum of 8 Semesters beyond the master’s degree and a maximum of 12 Semesters.