This page contains official WAEC and JAMB subject combination (admission requirements) for Business Administration Degree, including the list of Nigeria universities offering this course, A level requirements and much more


CourseBusiness Administration
QualificationB.Sc (Hons.) and B.A. (Hons)
Duration3 – 4 Years
SuitabilityCommercial and Art Students
Cut off markVaries
EntranceVery Competitive
Related CoursesBusiness Administration related courses
Job AvailabilityHigh and Competitive

Is Business Administration a good course in Nigeria?

Absolutely. Business Administration is one of the oldest degrees in the world with plenty of job roles you can explore. You are not limited to any specific career field. An early career Business Administrator with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of ₦151,000 monthly.

A mid-career Business Administrator with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of ₦350,000 monthly. Salaries can vary drastically among different job positions.

Business Administration is one of the oldest degrees and competitive. This course is popular amongst commercial students in secondary school. From our records, 118 Nigerian universities offer this degree course. So while you are here to get information on the O level subject combination for Business Administration, we also expect you consider the total number of students currently studying Business Administration and the employment rate we will show you below so that you will know what you are up against when you choose to study this course.

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WAEC Subject Combination For Business Administration

In WAEC, NECO, or GCE, you are expected to register a maximum of 9 subjects for a Business Administration degree. You can register for less than 9 subjects if you are resitting.

However, you must have at least 5 credit passes amongst the 9 subjects listed below before you can gain admission into any Nigerian university to study for a Business Administration degree.

Remember, the requirement you’re about to read is also applicable to all O level examinations. (WAEC, NECO, and GCE). We have painstakingly highlighted (in red) the core subjects on which you must obtain credit before you can gain admission. Any subject with blue color means a pass is allowed.

If however, you fail one of the core subjects, you should read through each university’s special requirements for this course below to see if there is a university that may accept another subject in lieu of the one you failed. The 9 WAEC/NECO/GCE subject combinations for Business Administration are:

  • Mathematics
  • English
  • Civic Education 
  • Trade Subject
  • Economics
  • Accounting
  • Commerce
  • Biology/Geography
  • Any Nigerian Language


If you have your O level result already and the subjects you have is not the same as the admission requirement that is the required O level subject combinations to study Business Administration, don’t give up. You should consider other Business Administration similar courses or take a look at Polytechnic or College of Education related course subject requirements.

You can also study online with a foreign university right from your bedroom or apply for a scholarship to study abroad. Education is now a choice. Please before you make a decision on which University to choose, please read useful guides on how to choose a course and university


JAMB subject combination for Business Administration

For this degree, you are also required to register for 4 subjects and English is compulsory. Moreover, your JAMB score in addition to your POST UTME score will determine the cumulative score that the university will use to decide your candidacy for admission.

You should score 190 or above in JAMB to stand a better chance of gaining admission to study Business Administration Degree. You can still gain admission if you score between 170-180 upward but you do not stand a chance with those who score higher. Try out JAMB Admission Simulator.

The 4 JAMB subject combinations for Business Administration are:

  • English
  • Economics
  • Mathematics
  • Accounting


Direct Entry requirement (required A-level result) to study Business Administration

If you’re one of those seeking admission into the University to further your studies, in addition to the required WAEC subjects combination for Business Administration under the faculty of administration, you are expected to have two ‘A’ level passes chosen from Economics, Accounts, Business Management, Government, Geography or Statistics

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Here is the list of universities offering Business Administration Degrees in Nigeria.

  1. Abia State University, Uturu
  2. Achievers University, Owo
  3. Adamawa State University Mubi (ADSU)
  4. Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba
  5. Adeleke University Ede (AUE)
  6. Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti – Ekiti State
  7. Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria
  8. Ajayi Crowther University, Ibadan (ACU)
  9. Akwa Ibom State University of Technology, Uyo
  10. Al-Hikmah University, Ilorin
  11. Al-Qalam University, Katsina
  12. Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma
  13. Anchor University Ayobo Lagos State
  14. Arthur Javis University Akpoyubo Cross River State
  15. Auchi Poly degree
  16. Augustine University
  17. Babcock University, Ilishan-Remo
  18. Bauchi State University, Gadau
  19. Bayero University, Kano
  20. Bells University of Technology, Otta
  21. Benson Idahosa University, Benin City
  22. Benue State University, Makurdi
  23. Bowen University, Iwo
  24. Caleb University, Lagos
  25. Caritas University, Enugu
  26. Chrisland University
  27. Christopher University Mowe
  28. Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Uli
  29. Clifford University Owerrinta Abia State
  30. Coal City University Enugu State
  31. Covenant University Ota
  32. Crawford University Igbesa
  33. Crescent University
  34. Crescent University (CUAB)
  35. Cross River State University of Science &Technology, Calabar (CRUTECH)
  36. Crown Hill University Eiyenkorin, Kwara State
  37. Delta State University, Abraka (DELSU)
  38. Dominican University Ibadan Oyo State
  39. ECWA Bingham University, New Karu
  40. Eastern Palm University Ogboko, Imo State
  41. Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki
  42. Edo University Iyamo
  43. Edwin Clark University, Kaigbodo
  44. Ekiti State University
  45. Elizade University, Ilara-Mokin
  46. Enugu State University of Science and Technology, Enugu (ESUT)
  47. Evangel University, Akaeze
  48. Federal University Birnin Kebbi (FUBK)
  49. Federal University Gashua, Yobe Umar Suleiman College of Education, Gashua
  50. Federal University, Dustin-Ma, Katsina (FUDUSOK)
  51. Federal University, Gusau Zamfara (FUGUS)
  52. Federal University, Kashere, Gombe State (FUKASHERE)
  53. Federal University, Ndifu-Alike, Ebonyi State (FUNAI)
  54. Federal University, Otuoke, Bayelsa (FUOTUOKE)
  55. Federal University, Wukari, Taraba State (FUWUKARI)
  56. Fountain University, Oshogbo
  57. Godfrey Okoye University, Ugwuomu-Nike – Enugu State
  58. Gombe State University, Gombe
  59. Gregory University, Uturu
  60. Hallmark University, Ijebi Itele, Ogun
  61. Hezekiah University, Umudi,
  62. Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai (IBBU)
  63. Igbinedion University Okada
  64. Joseph Ayo Babalola University, Ikeji-Arakeji
  65. Kaduna State University, Kaduna (KASU)
  66. Kings University Ode Omu (UNIKINGS)
  67. Kogi State University Anyigba
  68. Kola Daisi University Ibadan, Oyo State
  69. Kwara State University, Ilorin (KWASU)
  70. Kwararafa University, Wukari
  71. Landmark University, Omu-Aran
  72. Lead City University, Ibadan
  73. Legacy University, Okija Anambra State
  74. Madonna University, Okija
  75. Mcpherson University, Seriki Sotayo, Ajebo
  76. Michael Okpara University of Agricultural Umudike
  77. Micheal & Cecilia Ibru University
  78. Mountain Top University
  79. Nasarawa State University Keffi (NSUK)
  80. Nile University of Nigeria, Abuja
  81. Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka (UNIZIK)
  82. Northwest University Kano (NWU)
  83. Novena University, Ogume
  84. Oduduwa University, Ipetumodu – Osun State
  85. Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye
  86. Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye,
  87. Osun State University Osogbo (UNIOSUN)
  88. Pan-Atlantic University, Lagos
  89. Paul University, Awka – Anambra State
  90. Redeemer’s University, Mowe
  91. Renaissance University, Enugu
  92. Ritman University, Ikot Ekpene, Akwa Ibom
  93. River State University of Science and Technology (RSUST)
  94. Salem University, Lokoja
  95. Samuel Adegboyega University Ogwa
  96. Southwestern University, Oku Owa
  97. Summit University
  98. Tansian University, Umunya,
  99. Taraba State University, Jalingo (TSUJ)
  100. The American University of Nigeria, Yola (AUN)
  101. The University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN)
  102. Umar Musa Yar’ Adua University Katsina (UMYU)
  103. University of Abuja, Gwagwalada
  104. University of Benin (UNIBEN)
  105. University of Ilorin (UNILORIN)
  106. University of Jos (UNIJOS)
  107. University of Lagos (UNILAG)
  108. University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID)
  109. University of Mkar, Mkar
  110. University of Port-Harcourt (UNIPORT)
  111. University of Uyo
  112. Usumanu Danfodiyo University (UDUSOK)
  113. Veritas University, Abuja
  114. Wellspring University, Evbuobanosa – Edo State.
  115. Wesley University of Science & Technology, Ondo
  116. Western Delta University, Oghara Delta State
  117. Yobe State University, Damaturu
  118. Federal University, Oye-Ekiti, Ekiti State


Estimated number of students currently studying Business Administration Degree in Nigerian Universities is 93,480
Business Administration has 53% employment rate in Nigeria


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Admission Rate:

Business Administration Degree has a 45% admission rate.


Business Administration is how many years course and under which faculty?

Depending on your mode of entry, Business Administration is a three to four years course in Nigeria. According to JAMB, Business Administration is under the Faculty of Administration but may be under a different faculty in some universities.

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Who can study Business Administration?

Can science or art students study Business Administration at the university? By default, this course is meant for commercial students only. But the curriculum of this course allows students with art and science backgrounds to study it as long as they have the right O level subject combination for Business Administration.

This simply means, even though you were a science student in secondary school, you can still qualify to study this course with the right O level subject for Business Administration.

Is Business Administration a Social science or Art subject?

Many students ask this question… If Business Administration is a science, art or social science subject. Right now, I’ll give you a straight answer. The study of Business Administration crosses the boundaries between the social sciences and Art/humanities. In Nigeria for example, Business Administration course is studied under the faculty of Administration. Read more on Social science subjects and art and humanities subjects for better explanations

Business Administration Course Description

The BSc in Business Administration is one of the most established and well-respected management courses. It is believed that only female students major in this course but this degree programme is targeted at students seeking and preparing for a career in business and closely related fields.

A degree in Business Administration provides students wider knowledge in the area of business, both from a theoretical and practical perspective. Students will learn the vital skills that efficient managers require to survive and win in today’s marketplace.

The primary aim of the programme is to produce graduates who can assist organizations more effectively to accomplish their goals and objectives. While you study this course, you will discover a real understanding of business and learn how to become a more effective decision-maker, manager and leader. Completing this degree helps in preparing graduates for positions, both in the private and public sectors

Benefits of studying Business Administration

  • The programme aims at exposing the students to the dynamics of management and administration, which will prepare them to work in both the private and public sectors of the economy, understand, exploit and if necessary, change the environment.
  • The programme is designed to equip students with the basic knowledge and skill needed for understanding and analysing in relation to the management of a business organization of any type.
  • The students are equipped with the knowledge and skills required for identifying and defining problems and making a suitable decision by use of management science tools/techniques.
  • The ability to solve management problems scientifically by the use of thorough knowledge of the research process and procedures for investigating issues are acquired by the students through the programme.


Now I am confident that you know the compulsory subjects needed to study Business Administration in WAEC. But note this — Some Universities may accept D7 or E8 in some a compulsory subject instead of Credit. And some may accept or reject two sittings. That is combinations of WAEC, NECO, or GCE results.

Special consideration (waiver) for Business Administration

  • Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka (UNIZIK) accepts a pass in Economics
  • The University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) – As in Banking and Finance.
  • Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka (UNIZIK)accepts English, Maths and any 3 relevant subjects.
  • Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki, River State University of Science and Technology (RSUST) and Niger Delta University Yenagoa (NDU), University of Port-Harcourt (UNIPORT) -Same as in Accountancy
  • University of Port-Harcourt (UNIPORT) does not accept commercial subjects.
  • The University of Abuja, Gwagwalada and Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Uli accept Commerce in lieu of Economics
  • The American University of Nigeria, Yola (AUN) same as in Finance
  • Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria requires five SSCE credits including English Language, Economics, Mathematics and any other two subjects
  • Plateau State University Bokkos (PLASU) – Same as in Accounting
  • Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba requires two other credit in from Commerce, Accounting, Geography and Government.
  • University of Lagos (UNILAG) requires credit in English Language, Mathematics, Economics, and any two of Financial Accounting, Government, Geography, CRS/IRS, Business Management.

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  1. Can I study business administration with these o’level results
    Mathematics B3
    English B2
    Physics B2
    Biology B2
    Chemistry A1
    Dp C6
    Civic C5
    Economic B2
    Agric C4


        Can I use
        Account -A1
        Mathematics -C5
        English -B2
        Civil -C5
        Government C6
        Commerce -C5
        Biology -F9
        For business administration

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