This page contains the [current_year] WAEC and JAMB subject combination (admission requirements) for Economics, including the list of Nigerian universities offering this Course, A level requirements and much more.


Course Economics – under Art
Qualification B.A. B.Sc. (Hons.)
How many years 3 – 4 Years
Who can study this course Art and commercial student
Cut off mark varies
Entrance Non Competitive
Related courses Economics related courses
Job Availability High and Competitive

Is Economics a good course in Nigeria?

Absolutely. Economics 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 as an Economist with 1-2 years of experience earns an average of NGN175,000 in Nigeria. A mid-career Economist with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of ₦7,807,319 yearly.

Economics is one of the old degrees and the most competitive. This course is popular amongst commercial students in secondary school. The Majority of Nigerian universities offer this degree course. So while you are here to get information on the O level subject combination for Economics, we also expect you consider the total number of students currently studying Economics and the employment rate as mentioned 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 Combination For Economics

In WAEC, NECO or GCE, you are expected to register a maximum of 9 subjects for an Economics 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 an Economics 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 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 WAEC/NECO/GCE subject combinations for Economics are:

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

These listed subjects are compulsory for anyone writing WAEC and other O level examinations. I will advise you to include a Language in your O level subjects. 


JAMB subject combination for Economics

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

The 4 JAMB subject combination for Economics are:

  1. English Language
  2. Economics
  3. Mathematics
  4. Any of Government, Geography, Lit-in English, and CRS/IRS


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

If you’re one of those seeking admission into the University to further your studies, in addition to the required WAEC subjects combination for Economics, you are expected to have NCE/Diploma with Upper Credit in the relevant subjects in addition to five credits at SSCE in not more than two sittings


If you have your O level result already and the subjects you have is not the same with the admission requirement that is the required O level subject combinations to study Economics, don’t give up. You should consider other Economics 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

Here is the list of universities offering Economics Degree in Nigeria.

  1. Modibbo Adama University of Technology
  2. Abia State University, Uturu
  3. Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma
  4. Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba
  5. Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria
  6. Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti – Ekiti State
  7. University of Abuja, Gwagwalada
  8. Achievers University, Owo
  9. Adamawa State University Mubi (ADSU)
  10. Ajayi Crowther University, Ibadan (ACU)
  11. Akwa Ibom State University of Technology, Uyo
  12. Al-Hikmah University, Ilorin
  13. Al-Qalam University, Katsina
  14. Anchor University Ayobo Lagos State
  15.  Arthur Javis University Akpoyubo Cross river State
  16. Adeleke University Ede (AUE)
  17. Augustine University
  18. The American University of Nigeria, Yola (AUN)
  19. Babcock University, Ilishan-Remo
  20. Bauchi State University, Gadau
  21. Bayero University, Kano
  22. Baze University
  23. Bells University of Technology, Otta
  24. ECWA Bingham University, New Karu
  25. Benson Idahosa University, Benin City
  26. Bowen University, Iwo
  27. Benue State University, Makurdi
  28. University of Calabar (UNICAL)
  29. Caleb University, Lagos
  30. Caritas University, Enugu
  31. Chrisland University
  32. Christopher University Mowe
  33. Clifford University Owerrinta Abia State
  34. Coal City University Enugu State
  35. Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Uli
  36. Covenant University Ota
  37. Crawford University Igbesa
  38. Crown Hill University Eiyenkorin, Kwara State
  39. Delta State University, Abraka (DELSU)
  40. Dominican University Ibadan Oyo 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. Eastern Palm University Ogboko Imo State
  47. Enugu State University of Science and Technology, Enugu (ESUT)
  48. Federal University, Dutsin-Ma, Katsina
  49. Federal University, Gusau Zamfara (FUGUS)
  50. Federal University, Birnin Kebbi (FUBK)
  51. Federal University, Lafia, Nasarawa State (FULAFIA)
  52. Fountain University, Oshogbo
  53. Godfrey Okoye University, Ugwuomu-Nike – Enugu State
  54. Gregory University, Uturu
  55. Gombe State University, Gombe
  56. Hallmark University, Ijebi Itele, Ogun
  57. Imo State University, Owerri (IMSU)
  58. University of Ibadan (UI)
  59. University of Ilorin (UNILORIN)
  60. Joseph Ayo Babalola University, Ikeji-Arakeji
  61. University of Jos (UNIJOS)
  62. Kaduna State University, Kaduna (KASU)
  63. Kola Daisi University Ibadan, Oyo State
  64. Kogi State University Anyigba
  65. Kwara State University, Ilorin (KWASU)
  66. University of Lagos (UNILAG)
  67. Landmark University, Omu-Aran
  68. Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai (IBBU)
  69. Lagos State University, Ojo (LASU)
  70. Lead City University, Ibadan
  71. Legacy University, Okija Anambra State
  72. Madonna University, Okija
  73. University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID)
  74. Micheal & Cecilia Ibru University
  75. Mcpherson University, Seriki Sotayo, Ajebo
  76. University of Mkar, Mkar
  77. Mountain Top University
  78. Nasarawa State University Keffi (NSUK)
  79. Nigerian Defence Academy Kaduna (NDA)
  80. Niger Delta University Yenagoa (NDU)
  81. Northwest University Kano (NWU)
  82. Novena University, Ogume
  83. Nile University of Nigeria, Abuja
  84. Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife (OAU)
  85. Obong University, Obong Ntak
  86. Oduduwa University, Ipetumodu – Osun State
  87. Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye
  88. Pan-Atlantic University, Lagos
  89. Paul University, Awka – Anambra State
  90. University of Port-Harcourt (UNIPORT)
  91. Nigeria Police Academy Wudil
  92. Redeemer’s University, Mowe
  93. Renaissance University, Enugu
  94. Rhema University, Obeama-Asa – Rivers State
  95. Ritman University, Ikot Ekpene Akwa Ibom
  96. Salem University, Lokoja
  97. Samuel Adegboyega University, Ogwa
  98. Sokoto State University,
  99. Southwestern University
  100. Oku Owa, Summit University
  101. Tansian University, Umunya
  102. Tai Solarin University of Education Ijebu Ode (TASUED)
  103. Taraba State University, Jalingo (TSUJ)
  104. Usumanu Danfodiyo University (UDUSOK)
  105. Umar Musa Yar’ Adua University Katsina (UMYU)
  106. Hezekiah University, Umudi
  107. Kings University, Ode Omu (UNIKINGS)
  108. Osun State University Osogbo (UNIOSUN)
  109. Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka (UNIZIK)
  110. The University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN)
  111. University of Uyo
  112. Veritas University, Abuja
  113. Wellspring University, Evbuobanosa – Edo State
  114. Western Delta University, Oghara Delta State
  115. Wesley University of Science & Technology, Ondo
  116. Yobe State University, Damaturu.
  117. Plateau State University Bokkos (PLASU)


Estimated number of students currently studying Economics in Nigerian Universities is 56,100
Economics has 18% employment rate in Nigeria

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Economics Course Description

An economics degree gives you a high level of mathematical and statistical skills and the ability to apply economic principles and models to problems in business, finance and the public sector. More broadly, economic concepts can be applied to understand the logic of complicated data, to see how things relate to each other, and to see the broader context.

More broadly, an economics degree helps prepare you for careers that require numerical, analytical and problem-solving skills – for example in business planning, marketing, research and management. Economics helps you to think strategically and make decisions to optimise the outcome.


Benefits of studying Economics degree course:

  • While studying economics will prepare you for a career as an economist, it also cultivates the development of invaluable hard and soft skills, including critical thinking, communication, numeracy, research skills, data analysis, time management, teamwork, problem-solving, computing, and commercial and cultural awareness. As such, your skills will also be sought-after by a variety of employers in diverse fields.
  • Because economists will always be needed across all industries, economics graduates are in great demand by employers around the world. According to The Balance Careers, potential job options for economics graduates include market research analyst, economic consultant, compensation and benefits manager, actuary, credit analyst, financial analyst, policy analyst, lawyer, management consultant, and business reporter.
  • Economics can help business leaders maintain a focus on profitability and be aware of opportunities in order to proactively capitalize on them. In short, while the economy fluctuates, business leaders with economic acumen are best positioned to help their companies endure.


Economics is how many years course?

In Nigeria, if you gain admission to study Economics degree course at the university through JAMB UTME, you will study Economics 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.

Economics is under which faculty in Nigeria?

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

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Who can study Economics?

Can science or art students study Economics 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 Economics.

This simply means that 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 Economics.

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 Economics is through GCE.


We sincerely hope you understood all that has been written on O level subject combination for Economics. You will see more links to articles related to Economics. These articles have been carefully selected for you because they will give you a profound understanding of Economics as a course. Now, check the special consideration for Economics below.


Special consideration (waiver) for Economics

  • University of Calabar (UNICAL) does not accept Commerce.
  • Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife (OAU) requires Five ‘0’ level credit passes in English Language, Mathematics, Economics, Geography/ Government and any Arts or Social Science subject.
  • University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID) accepts a pass in Mathematics, but such candidates will be required to pass a remedial course in Mathematics
  •  University of Lagos (UNILAG) accepts English Language, Mathematics, Economics and any two of Arts, Social Sciences and Science subjects. Commerce is not accepted.
  •  Imo State University, Owerri (IMSU) – same as Marketing.
  •  University of Ibadan (UI) requires 5 credit passes to include Mathematics, Economics and any two Arts or Social Science subjects.
  • Crescent University (CUAB) and Bayero University, Kano (BUK) accept two only Social Science subjects.
  •  University of Port-Harcourt (UNIPORT) requires Government, History or Geography.
  •  University of Benin (UNIBEN) accepts ND (Upper Credit)/HND (Lower Credit) in relevant subjects. Direct Entry candidates must satisfy UTME requirements.
  •  Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba requires English Language, Mathematics, Economics and one Social Science subject plus any other subject
  •  Ekiti State University requires five ‘O’ Level credit passes to include English language, Mathematics, Economics and any two other subjects, one of which must be a Social Science subject.
  • Kogi State University Anyigba requires any two relevant subjects as the fourth and fifth subjects.
  • Michael Okpara University of Agricultural Umudike and CONVENAT – Same as in Accounting
  • Osun State University Osogbo (UNIOSUN) requires Five ‘O’ level credit passes in English, Mathematics, Economics and any two of the Social Science subjects in one sitting.
  • The American University of Nigeria, Yola (AUN) requires Five ‘O’ level credit passes including English Language, Mathematics, and any other three subjects from the following; Environmental Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Literature in English, Government, History, Economics, Geography, Further Mathematics, Technical Drawing, Visual Arts, Computer Studies, Information Technology, Civics, and French.
  • Kaduna State University, Kaduna (KASU) requires five ‘O’ level credit passes in English Language, Mathematics, Economics and any two of Arts or Social Science subjects and at least one Science subject.
  • Bells University of Technology, Otta, Godfrey Okoye University, Ugwuomu-Nike – Enugu State and Nile University of Nigeria, Abuja same as in Accountancy.
  •  Paul University, Awka – Anambra State requires five SSCE credit passes in not more than two sittings including English Language, Mathematics and Economics.
  •  Redeemer’s University, Mowe requires Five ‘O’ Level credit passes to include English Language Mathematics, Economics and any other two subjects in Arts or Social Sciences.
  •  Western Delta University, Oghara Delta State requires five SSCE passes including English Language, Mathematics, Economics and one other Social Science subject.
  • Niger Delta University Yenagoa (NDU) requires the five ‘O’ level credit passes in not more than two sittings.
  • Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai (IBBU) requires Five ‘O’ level credit passes in English, Mathematics, Economics and any two of Social Science subjects.
  •  Delta State University, Abraka (DELSU) requires one of the other subjects from Commerce, Principles of Book Keeping and Accounts, Geography, Government and Secretarial Studies.
  • Federal University, Oye-Ekiti, Ekiti State requires the other two subjects to include one science subject and any one of Accounting, Business Management, Government, Geography or Statistics.
  • The University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) requires Five ‘O’ level credit passes in English Language, Mathematics, Economics and two other relevant subjects at WASC or GCE ‘O’ level.
  • University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) requires one of the two other subjects from Accounting, Commerce, Business Methods, Geography, Statistics and Government.
  • The Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) requires two other relevant subjects from any Government, Geography, Commerce, Physics, History or Statistics.
  • Nigerian Defence Academy Kaduna (NDA) requires two other subjects from Accounting, Commerce, Geography, History, French, Arabic and Government.
  • Umar Musa Yar’ Adua University Katsina (UMYU) Umar Musa Yar’ Adua University Katsina (UMYU) requires Five O’ level credit passes in English Language, Mathematics, Economics and any two from Commerce, Government, Geography, Accounting/ Book Keeping, Marketing or Economics in not more than two sittings.
  • Federal University, Lafia, Nasarawa State (FULAFIA) requires credit passes in Government and any of one of Commerce, History, CRK or IRS as the two other subjects.
  • Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba requires Five ‘O’ level credit passes in English, Mathematics, Economics and two of Government, Geography, Accounting, Commerce and History.
  • Christopher University Mowe accepts credit passes in any two subjects as the fourth and fifth subjects.

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