Social work-Admission Requirement

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

The Department offers Undergraduate Degree Programme and postgraduate programmes leading to the award of Postgraduate Diploma (PGD), Master of Science (M.Sc) degree, and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Social Work.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS FOR UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAM

Admission into four year degree programme in the Department is by entrance examination conducted through Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB). Candidates for four year degree programme must satisfy the normal University entry requirement that is five credits in Senior Secondary School Examination/General Certificate of Education or its equivalent including English language and a science subject. Candidates who wish to pursue the three year degree programme (for the Direct Entry Option) should have an OND certificate in Social Work/Community Development, at credit or merit/lower credit level pass from the University of Nigeria Nsukka or any other approved Universities. Such candidates must also have a credit in English language at the Senior School Certificate level or its equivalent and the normal University entry requirements.

 

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS FOR POSTGRADUATE PROGRAMMES

  1. Postgraduate Diploma (PGD) Programme

Entry Requirements

The criteria for admission into the postgraduate-diploma programmes are as follows.

  • Candidate must satisfy the matriculation requirements of the University, including English Language.
  • A minimum of third-class (Hons.) Bachelor’s degree in Social Work or a related discipline awarded by an approved and accredited university.
  • Higher National Diploma (HND) at the lower Credit level or equivalent professional qualifications cognate to Social Work from a recognized institution.
  • Degree holders from other disciplines from recognised universities

STRESS AREAS

Foundational Courses

Social problem, policy and legislation

Human behaviour and the social environment

Social work intervention techniques and practice

Field work and areas of practice

Community organisation

Project

Areas of Specialization

The Department runs PGD in Social Work, and Community Development.

Duration of Programme

A full-time PGD programme of the Department runs for a minimum of two semesters and a maximum of four semesters. The part-time programme runs for a minimum of four semesters and a maximum of six semesters.

Requirements for Graduation

For a candidate to graduate, he/she must pass a minimum of thirty credit units made of the following:

  • 15 units of core courses
  • 9 units of elective courses
  • 6 units from project.

External- Examiner System

An external examiner is invited at the end of the PGD programme to assess the courses and projects. The external examiner is an academic in the relevant discipline who is not less than senior lecturer’s rank and who holds a PhD in the discipline.

The project shall be subject to oral examination where the student is required to show evidence that he/she carried out the work and had pertinent knowledge of the subject matter. A score is awarded at the end of the examination.

Students’ Enrolment

The Department does not admit more than 40% of its Master’s students population for this programme, i.e. PGD.

 

Master’s Programme

The Department offers Master of Science (M.Sc) degree programmes in Social Work. The core areas in which candidates may specialize are

  • Gerontology
  • Community Development
  • Medical Social Work
  • Social Policy/Industrial Social Work
  • Social Work Administration
  • Family Social Work
  • Psychiatric Social Work
  • Clinical Social Work
  • School Social Work

Entry Requirements

The criteria for admission into the MSc programmes are as follows.

  • Candidate must satisfy the matriculation requirements of the University, including English Language.
  • Candidate must have a minimum of second class (lower division) Bachelor’s degree in social work from an approved university, or a postgraduate diploma with a CGPA of not lower than 3.0 on a 5-point scale, or its equivalent, from an accredited university.
  • Candidate with a PGD at credit level pass on weighted percentage average from an accredited university may also be considered.

Duration of Programme

A full-time MSc programme of the Department runs for a minimum of 12 calender months, and 18 calender months for part time programme.

Requirements for Graduation

For a candidate to graduate, he/she must pass a minimum of thirty-three credit units:

  • 15 units of core courses
  • 9 units of elective courses
  • 3 units from seminars
  • 6 units of project.

External- Examiner System

An external examiner is invited at the end of the M.Sc programme to assess the courses and projects. The external examiner is an academic in the relevant discipline who is not less than senior lecturer’s rank and who holds a Ph.D in the discipline.

The project shall be subject to oral examination where the student is required to show evidence that he/she carried out the work and had pertinent knowledge of the subject matter. A score is awarded at the end of the examination.

 

Doctor of Philosophy Programme

The Department offers Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree programmes in Social Work. The core areas in which candidates may specialize are:

  • Gerontology
  • Community Development
  • Medical Social Work
  • Social Policy
  • Social Work Administration
  • Family Social Work
  • Psychiatric Social Work
  • Clinical Social Work
  • School Social Work

Entry Requirements

The criteria for admission into the PhD programme are as follows.

  • Candidate must satisfy the matriculation requirements of the University, including English Language.
  • Candidate must have a minimum of Master’s degree in Social Work, depending of the specialization the candidate aspires to, from an approved university, with a CGPA of not lower than 3.5 on a 5-point scale, or equivalent, from an accredited university.
  • Candidate must demonstrate adequate intellectual capacity, maturity and effective decision making and problem-solving potentials.
  • Candidate must write a concept proposal of not less than five A-4 pages in his/her area of specialization.

Duration of Programme

A full-time PhD programme of the Department runs for a minimum of six semesters and a maximum of ten semesters.

Requirements for Graduation

For a candidate to graduate, he/she must pass a minimum of thirty-three credit units made of the following:

  • 12 units of course work
  • 6 units from seminars
  • 12 units from thesis.

External- Examiner System

An external examiner is invited at the end of the PhD programme to assess the courses and projects. The external examiner is an academic in the relevant discipline who is not less than Reader’s (Associate Professor) rank.

The project shall be subject to oral examination where the student is required to show evidence that he/she carried out the work and had pertinent knowledge of the subject matter. A score is awarded at the end of the examination.