This page contains the [current_year] WAEC and JAMB subject combinations for Political Science Degree, including the list of Nigeria universities offering this course, A level requirements and much more.


CoursePolitical Science – Under Art
QualificationB.A. B.Sc. (Hons.)
How many years3 – 4 Years
Who can study this courseArt and commercial student
Cut off markvaries
EntranceNon Competitive
Related coursesPolitical Science related courses
Job AvailabilityHigh and Competitive

Is Political Science a good course in Nigeria?

Absolutely. Political Science is one of the oldest degrees in Nigeria with a few job roles you can explore. In Nigeria, Political Science graduate salaries depend on where you work, different employees have different salary packages. A person working as a Political Science in Nigeria typically earns around 90,000 naira to 350,000 naira per month.

Political Science is very competitive and popular amongst art students in secondary school. From our records, 93 Nigerian universities offer this degree course though the degree name may be slightly different.

So while you are here to get information on the O level subject combination for Political Science, we also expect you consider the total number of students currently studying Political Science 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.

We have some student guide articles that will be of benefit to you.


WAEC Subject Requirements To Study Political Science

In WAEC, NECO or GCE, you are expected to register a maximum of 9 subjects for a Political Science 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 a Political Science degree.

Remember, the subject combination 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 colour 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 O level requirements for Political Science are:

  • Mathematics
  • English
  • Civic Education 
  • Trade Subject
  • Government/History
  • Economics
  • Igbo/Yoruba/Hausa
  • Literature


Jamb subject requirements For Political Science.

For this degree, you are also required to register for 4 subjects and English is compulsory. Moreso, 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 Political Science degree courses. You can still gain admission if you score between 170-180 upward but you do not stand a chance with those who had scored higher. Try out JAMB Admission Simulator.

The 4 compulsory (main) subjects in Jamb for Political Science are:

  • English
  • Literature
  • Government
  • Economics

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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 Political Science, don’t give up. You should consider other Political Science similar courses or take a look at Polytechnic or College of Education related courses.

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. And please before you make a decision on which University to choose, please read useful guides on how to choose a course and university

Direct Entry requirement (required A-level result) to study Political Science

If you’re one of those seeking admission into the University to further your studies, in addition to the required WAEC subjects combination for Political Science, you are expected to have Two A’ level passes to include Government or History.


Here is the list of universities offering Political Science Degree in Nigeria.

  1. Adeleke University Ede (AUE)
  2. Federal University, Lokoja, Kogi State (FULOKOJA)
  3. Federal University, Kashere, Gombe State (FUKASHERE)
  4. Federal University, Wukari, Taraba State (FUWUKARI)
  5. Federal University, Ndifu-Alike, Ebonyi State (FUNAI)
  6. Federal University, Otuoke, Bayelsa (FUOTUOKE)
  7. Plateau State University Bokkos (PLASU)
  8. Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma
  9. Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba
  10. Abia State University, Uturu
  11. Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria
  12. Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti – Ekiti State
  13. Achievers University, Owo
  14. Adamawa State University Mubi (ADSU)
  15. Akwa Ibom State University of Technology, Uyo
  16. Al-Qalam University, Katsina
  17. Anchor University Ayobo Lagos State
  18. Arthur Javis University Akpoyubo Cross river State
  19. Babcock University, Ilishan-Remo
  20. Bauchi State University, Gadau
  21. Bayero University, Kano
  22. ECWA Bingham University, New Karu
  23. Bowen University, Iwo
  24. Benue State University, Makurdi
  25. University of Calabar (UNICAL)
  26. Caleb University, Lagos
  27. Caritas University, Enugu
  28. Chrisland University
  29. Christopher University Mowe
  30. Clifford University Owerrinta Abia State
  31. Coal City University Enugu State
  32. Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Uli
  33. Covenant University Ota
  34. Delta State University, Abraka (DELSU)
  35. Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki
  36. Edo University Iyamo
  37. Edwin Clark University, Kaigbodo
  38. Ekiti State University
  39. Eastern Palm University Ogboko, Imo State
  40. Enugu State University of Science and Technology, Enugu (ESUT)
  41. Federal University, Dutsin-Ma, Katsina (FUDUSOK)
  42. Federal University Gashua, Yobe Umar Suleiman College of Education, Gashua
  43. Federal University, Gusau Zamfara (FUGUS)
  44. Federal University, Birnin Kebbi (FUBK)
  45. Federal University, Lafia, Nasarawa State (FULAFIA)
  46. Federal University, Oye-Ekiti, Ekiti State
  47. Fountain University, Oshogbo
  48. Godfrey Okoye University
  49. Ugwuomu-Nike – Enugu State
  50. Gregory University, Uturu
  51. Gombe State University, Gombe
  52. University of Ibadan (UI)
  53. University of Ilorin (UNILORIN)
  54. Joseph Ayo Babalola University
  55. Ikeji-Arakeji, University of Jos (UNIJOS)
  56. Kaduna State University, Kaduna (KASU)
  57. Kola Daisi University Ibadan, Oyo State
  58. Kogi State University Anyigba
  59. Kwara State University, Ilorin (KWASU)
  60. University of Lagos (UNILAG)
  61. Landmark University, Omu-Aran
  62. Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai (IBBU)
  63. Lagos State University, Ojo (LASU)
  64. Legacy University, Okija Anambra State
  65. Madonna University, Okija
  66. University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID)
  67. University of Mkar, Mkar
  68. Nasarawa State University Keffi (NSUK)
  69. Niger Delta University Yenagoa (NDU)
  70. Novena University, Ogume
  71. Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife (OAU)
  72. Obong University, Obong Ntak
  73. Oduduwa University, Ipetumodu – Osun State
  74. Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye
  75. Paul University, Awka – Anambra State
  76. Nigeria Police Academy Wudil
  77. Redeemer’s University, Mowe
  78. Renaissance University, Enugu
  79. Ritman University, Ikot Ekpene Akwa Ibom
  80. Sokoto State University
  81. Southwestern University, Oku Owa
  82. Summit University
  83. Tansian University Umunya
  84. Usumanu Danfodiyo University (UDUSOK)
  85. Umar Musa Yar’ Adua University Katsina (UMYU)
  86. Hezekiah University, Umudi
  87. Kings University, Ode Omu (UNIKINGS)
  88. Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka (UNIZIK)
  89. University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN)
  90. University of Uyo
  91. Wellspring University, Evbuobanosa – Edo State
  92. Wesley University of Science & Technology, Ondo
  93. Yobe State University, Damaturu.
Estimated number of students currently studying Political Science in Nigerian Universities is 52,771
Political Science has 15% employment rate in Nigeria

Admission Rate:

Political Science degree has a 39% admission rate.


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Political Science Course description:

I know you’re here to see the O level requirement for political science in Nigeria. Permit meet to also tell you what this Political science course is all about. It is a discipline seeks to explain the development of political attitudes and behaviour, the nature and function of contemporary political institutions, the development and implementation of public policies, and the limits and possibilities of government, both at the national and international levels.

Students will learn to critically evaluate public policies and institutions and are encouraged to become actively involved in the community through internships in government and public law. A degree in political science helps prepare students for careers in government, law, campaign management, business, international organizations, and research. Political science help you gain a thorough understanding of how power, politics, and people converge.

The political science major combines breadth and depth, helping students develop a general foundation for the study of politics and offering opportunities to explore particular areas of interest. Courses give students both a strong knowledge base and facility with the tools of political analysis. Most universities offers a substantial number of courses in all four fields of the discipline—Nigeria politics, international relations, comparative politics, and political theory—covering a range of topics and analytical perspectives.

This political science degree programme can prepare students for a wide variety of vocations. After graduation, many students go to law school or graduate school, or work for service organizations, government, or business.
Areas of emphasis within the political science are Nigeria politics and public law, international relations and comparative politics, public administration and public policy, and political theory and methodology..


Political Science is how many years course?

In Nigeria, if you gain admission to study Political Science degree course at the university through JAMB UTME, you will study Political Science for four years. If you gain admission through direct entry, you will study this course for three years. And of course, there is room for more years if you have an extension; the aftermath of carryover courses.

Political Science is under which faculty in Nigeria?

According to JAMB, a body responsible for your admission into the University or other institutions, Political Science is under the Faculty/School/College of Art but may be under a different faculty in some universities in Nigeria.

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Can a science or commercial student study Political Science?

Yes! If you are a science or a commercial student, you can study Political Science at the university provided you have the required subjects combination in your O level result. If you’re still in secondary school, you may find it difficult to change subjects to fit your desired course during WAEC registration because some schools may go against it.

Also, during WAEC or NECO registration make sure you know which subjects are been registered for you because some secondary schools are ignorant about the importance of O level requirements for university courses. Another alternative way to register the required subject combinations for Political Science is through GCE.


Now I am confident that you know the compulsory subjects needed to study Political Science 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 Political Science

  • Lagos State University, Ojo (LASU) requires Mathematics.
  • University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) – Government or History plus any two of Economics, Geography Lit in English, English and Mathematics
  •  University of Ibadan (UI) – 3 subjects in Arts, Science Social Sciences
  • Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma – Government and Mathematics are mandatory
  • University of Lagos (UNILAG) requires Government and any two subjects from Economics, Geography, History, Literature-in-English, CRS/IRS and Mathematics.
  • Delta State University, Abraka (DELSU) requires Government, one Social Science subject and any other subject.
  • Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki requires Government and any two Social Science subjects.
  • Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba requires Government or History, Economics and any other subject.
  • Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria requires Government or History, and any two of Economics, Geography, Civic Education, Islamic Studies, CRS.
  • Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti – Ekiti State and Kwara State University, Ilorin (KWASU) require Government and any two (2) Social science or one (1) Arts and one (1) Social Science subject or Mathematics.
  • Federal University, Lafia, Nasarawa State (FULAFIA) – Same as in Sociology.
  • Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife (OAU) accepts Mathematics, Government and any one of Economics, Geography or Literature in English.
  • Bowen University, Iwo requires Mathematics, Government and any other Social Science subject.
  • Bayero University, Kano (BUK) requires Government or History plus two other Social Science
  • Kogi State University Anyigba requires Government or History and two Commercial, Social Science or Arts subjects.

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