National Open University of Nigeria Online Degrees-NOUN

The National Open University of Nigeria is a Federal Open and Distance Learning (ODL) institution, the first of its kind in the West African sub-region. It is Nigeria’s largest tertiary institution in terms of student numbers and is popularly referred to as ‘NOUN’.

The National Open University was initially established on 22 July 1983 as springboard for open and distance learning in Nigeria. It was suspended by the government on 25 April 1984. However, its resuscitation was begun on the 12th of April 2001 by the former President of Nigeria, Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo. At take off of the university, pioneer student enrollment stood at 32,400.


For most courses, there are no stringent entry requirements other than the ability to study at an appropriate level such as the West African Examination Certificate ( High School Certificate), Diplomas and National Diplomas to qualify for a Direct entry admission. Though most postgraduate courses require evidence of previous study and/or equivalent life experience. This fundamental open admissions policy makes undergraduate university study accessible to all.


The National Open University of Nigeria in its effort to take education to the doorstep of students has deployed and implemented iLearn portal technology to enhance student’s learning experience.

The NOUN iLearn platform has been created to ease access to excellent quality education. The platform provides amongst many, the following;

  • Online class discussions organized by NOUN facilitators thereby creating a virtual classroom environment.
  • Facility for students to get answers to any questions or areas of difficulty pertaining to their course of study.
  • Networking and collaboration tools to help in community of interaction among students, facilitators, academic staff and faculty members.
  • Better study tools such as the Smart e-Book Digitized lecture video and audio materials for an enhanced student’ learning experience available on the platform.
  • Access to assignments, quizzes and self-study assessment tools.



The NOUN operates an e-library at the headquarters situated at Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria which all students have access to after providing a valid student’s identity card. Students have access to both Internet facilities, books, journals, projects, thesis of past students and other educational materials.

Radio Station

The radio station broadcasts at the frequency 105.9 NOUN FM. Mass Communication students also have the opportunity to intern at the studio which broadcasts on all working days.


The NOUN also provides a platform for students that needs to access its database of educational materials NOUN e-Courseware Free Download strictly for educational purposes rather than financial or commercial purposes. Books can be downloaded in PDF formats at no cost.

Tuition Fees

Please contact the school through this link – for information on tuition fees as it varies depending on the programme.

Courses Offered

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Programme

  • Ph.D. Educational Administration
  • Ph.D. Educational Planning
  • Ph.D. Educational Technology
  • Ph.D. Mathematics Education
  • Ph.D. Science Education

Master’s Degree Programmes

  • Master of Public Administration (MPA)
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • Master of Science Public Sector Management
  • Master of Science Public Administration
  • Master of Science Business Administration
  • Master of Science Mass Communication
  • Master of Science Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution

Diploma Programmes

  • Business Communication
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Financial Management Marketing
  • Medical Office Practice
  • Arabic and Islamic Studies
  • Christian Theology
  • French
  • Hotel and Catering Management
  • Digital Communications
  • Mobile Communications Technology (Wireless)
  • Information Technology
  • Postgraduate Diploma Programmes
  • Financial Management
  • Public Administration
  • Business Administration
  • HIV/AIDS Education and Management

For undergraduate degree courses, please follow this link -

How to apply

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