To list the best Nigerian Universities that offers mass communication in Nigeria that are accredited, we take a look at the standard of schools that offer Journalism, the quality of lecturers taking the course and other important factors that would aid prospective undergraduates in selecting the right academic institution that offers mass communication as a departmental course.
Mass communication is a social science course that can be defined as the process of creating data, sending information to large audiences through its mediums. It also entails receiving feedback, and analyzing these messages through verbal and written media. These mediums must have a wide-range. They include print, radio broadcasting, internet and television.
The best universities in Nigeria where you can study mass communication this 2020 are not limited to federal, private or state government owned universities. The mass media is divided into print media and the broadcast media. At the university, you get a taste of all types but as courses.
Advertising, Public Relations, Newspaper, Filming, Radio and television scripting, the use of camera, news writing are just a few courses in Journalism you might experience in your four years in the department of Mass Communication.
Below are the list of 20 top Nigerian universities that are considered the best to study mass comm in Nigeria this 2020:
Nnamdi Azikwe University (UNIZIK)
This school has one of the best departments of mass communication in the country. As of writing post, 100 year level students will do a 11 courses in the department, 200 year level students will also study 11 courses i.e 7 courses for the first semester and 6 for the second semester. You can check the university’s website for more information on that.
Ahmadu Bello University (ABU ZARIA)
ABU ZARIA is one of the best universities in the north to study mass communication and they have good lectures that can teach the course very well.
University of Lagos (UNILAG)
UNILAG is one of the most sought after universities in the country that students love to attend. This school has one of the best faculties of arts and a well equipped department of mass communication where courses like news writing, journalism ethics, reporting, etc are taught.
University of Benin (UNIBEN)
This is a federal university in Nigeria that offers mass communication courses like introduction to mass media, reporting and news writing, history of Nigeria mass media news editing, critical writing and reviewing.
University of JOS (UNIJOS)
This is also a good school with state of the art facilities that makes it easy for students to study and learn the course.
University of Nigeria (UNN)
Historically, UNN was the school that had the first department of mass communication in Nigeria. Today, the school boasts of professors, lecturers that prioritize quality education over any thing else. It is located in the south-eastern part of the country.
University of Ilorin
The university of Ilorin is another federal university that has an accredited mass communications department in Nigeria. This academic institution has some of the best lecturers and have been the first choice of most students taking JAMB.
Anambra State University (ANSU)
This state owned school is now known as Chukwuemeka Odumegbo Ojukwu university and it has proven itself as one of the best state universities that offers journalism or other media courses.
Lagos State University (LASU)
LASU is another good school that offers mass communication as a course. Although, they go on strike often and are quite expensive in terms of tuition, they still merit their place on this list.
Kogi State University
This institution without doubt is a preferred choice for JAMB freshers who are looking for a school with Journalism courses to study at.
Without bias, Covenant university is very expensive in terms of school fee, accommodation and maintenance. This school is one of the few accredited private universities that offer mass communication as a course in the country.
This academic institution is owned by The Redeem Christian Church of God and are known to set a high bar when it comes to academic standard. They are also quite expensive.
Bowen university is also among the top universities offering Journalism and other mass media related courses. They are dully accredited by the NUC.
Other schools worthy of mention include:
Ebonyi State University
Delta State University
Ahmadu Bello University
Obafemi Awolowo University
Benue State University
Imo state University
Duration of Study
The duration of study for mass communication in any Nigerian university is four years, after which you graduate and earn a Bachelor (BA) Degree in Arts and Social Science.
Courses Available Under Mass Communication Department
Since mass comm is vast, there are many courses available under mass communication department. While you might borrow courses, starting from your first year in school to your finals, below are possible courses you might come across:
- Introduction to Mass Communication
- History of the Nigerian Mass Media
- Elements of Journalistic Style
- Communication in English
- The Use of Library & Study Skills
- Logic Philosophy & Human Existence
- Introduction to Philosophy
- Nigerian Legal System
- Introduction to Nigerian Literature
- Introduction to Fiction
- Elementary French
- Major World Civilizations
- History of Nigeria
- History of Africa
- African Communication Systems
- Writing for the Mass Media
- Nigerian Peoples & Culture
- Introduction to Nigerian Literature
- Basic English Grammar and Composition
- Elementary French
- History of West Africa from 1500 A.D. to the Present
- Europe to the Age of Revolutions
- Basic Communication Theory
- Theories of Mass Communication 2
- Reporting 2
- Graphics of Mass Communication 2
- Critical and Review Writing 2
- Announcing and Performance 2
- Principles of Public Relations 2
- Introduction to Film
- Natural Science I 2
- Peace and Conflict Resolution I
- Introduction to Computer Science
- Marketing Foundations for Advertising and Public Relations 2
- Introduction to Political Science I 2
- Nigerian Politics and Government I 2
- Introduction to Sociology I
- Media and Society 2
- Information and Communication Technologies 2
- News Writing 3
- Principles of Broadcasting 2
- Principles of Advertising 2
- Media Attachment
- Fundamentals of Media Relations 2
- Social Changes and Social Problems
- Development Journalism 2
- Feature and Interpretative Writing 3
- Magazine Article Writing 3
- Radio/TV Programme Writing and Production 2
- News Editing 2
- Fundamentals of Book Publishing 2
- Mass Communication Law and Ethics 2
- International Communication 2
- Advanced Radio/TV Production 2
- Advanced Newspaper Production 2
- Advanced Magazine Production 2
- Print Seminar 2
- Advanced Public Relations 2
- Station Management and Operations 2
- International Broadcasting 2
- International Public Relations 2
- Organisation and Management of Advertising and Public Relations Agencies 2
- Media Management 2
- Broadcast Seminar 2
- Advanced Advertising 2
- Documentary Film Production 2
- Film Criticism 2
- Educational Broadcasting 2
- Special Topics in Advertising & Public Relations 2
- Multinational Advertising 2
Subject Combination For Mass Communication
Student should have credit in the English Language, Literature in English, Maths and Government during WAEC. A pass in Mathematics is compulsory at WASSCE level but should not be used during JAMB.
Subject combination for JAMB include: English, Economics, Literature in English and Government or English, CRK/IRK, Lit-in-English and Government.
For admission via direct entry, an applicant must possess the Higher School Certificate/General Certificate of Education (G.C.E.) A’ levels with credit in two Arts subjects.
For those who want to write JAMB examination and are looking for the requirements or cut-off marks that these schools listed above would accept for mass communication, note that you are to get a minimum of 200 in your UTME/JAMB exam. This depends on the school of choice.
All the institutions listed above are federal schools, state and private universities that offer quality education in mass communication and they are accredited by the NUC.