Graduate Programs in Mathematics

  • Admission Requirements

Entry into the undergraduate year one of the Mathematics programme requires either:

  1. Successful completion of the Pre-science programme of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka; or
  2. Attainment of a minimum score (determined yearly by the University) in the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (in English, Chemistry/Economics, Math, Physics)
  3. And subsequent attainment of minimum scores of post U.T.M.E examination organized by the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka.

In addition to requirements (1-3) above candidate shall have the following qualifications outlined in the Table below:



Admission Requirement for Undergraduate Programme

Programme            Admission Requirements Remarks
UTME Direct Entry
B.Sc. Mathematics. Five (5) O’level credit passes, obtained in not more than two (2) sittings, in the following subjects: English Language, Mathematics(or Further Mathematics), and any three (3) from; Physics, Economics, Geography, Account, Biology and Chemistry. Candidates with a minimum of two A level passes (graded A-E) at the GCE Advanced level in Mathematics and any of the relevant subjects (Physics and Chemistry/Biology) or OND in Science Technology or its equivalent (NCE) with at least lower credit grade may be considered for admission into 200-level.


UTME subjects are: English, Chemistry/Economics, Physics, and Mathematics.


Employment Opportunities

In employment terms, mathematics can be considered hot; it is usually very rare to find a graduate of mathematics who is not gainfully employed. Opportunities for employment abound in the oil industry-particularly in the (i) materials and supply, computer and accounting sections for industrial mathematics majors (ii) oil fields as trainee well-site petroleum engineers or such related positions for pure and applied mathematics majors. Mathematics graduates can work as engineers, corporate planning officers/damagers materials and supply offers/managers, purchases officers/managers, computer analysis, etc with minimal training. Mathematics is fast becoming a condition for progress in the industry and a such the mathematician is being sought for employment as a professional. Even in the accounting and economic planning sector, the mathematics graduate is a competitor of note. This is because most corroborations and industries that believe in training their staff have discovered from experience that a good mathematician can become a professional in various areas with minimal training. Lectureship positions in polytechnics and colleges are also available. Teaching positions in the post primary schools are there for the asking. Of course the top 5% (five percent) of these graduates will easily find stable in higher institutions as lecturers and/or research fellows. It is a standing policy of this university that any students who graduates first class honours in any field is automatically offered employment as a Graduate Assistant; such a fellow is expected to complete ones Masters (M.Sc or M.A.) work within two or three years whereon one becomes an Assistant Lecturer and from then rises expectedly to the pinnacle.


Duration of Programmes

Each academic session shall comprise of two semesters and each semester shall last for a period of twenty (20) weeks comprising of: one (1) week for registration; fifteen (15) weeks for lectures/tutorials/laboratory and studio works; and two (4) weeks for examination. Mid-semester break shall normally be for two (2) weeks.


The period of the degree programme is usually four years. Direct entry students can however complete the programme in three years provided that they satisfy all the other University requirements.

Students shall be required to complete their studies in not more than one and a half times the normal duration of the programme to qualify for an Honour’s degree, except in cases of ill-health or as determined by Senate. This means about 6 years for our 4-year degrees or 5 years for the DE students.