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.