WAEC, JAMB Subject Combinations for Islamic Studies

O Level & A Level Requirement – Subject Combination for Islamic Studies; including the List of Nigeria Universities Offering the Course, WAEC, NECO, GCE, JAMB UTME, Direct Entry, IJBM, JUPEB, CAMBRIDGE, NABTEB, Course Description and Career Opportunities 



  • JAMB officially classified this course under Faculty/School/College of Arts.
  • Probable Degree type–B.A. B.Sc. (Hons.)

The admission requirement to study Islamic Studies in Nigeria Universities includes one or a combination of ‘O’ level results or A-level result if you’re going through Direct Entry. This page will literally answer questions such as WAEC subject combination, JAMB UTME subject combination, Direct Entry requirements, Special consideration (waivers), where you can work with the degree and the required documents for admission into Nigeria universities. If you’re still having difficulties with getting admission in Nigeria Universities, we have some post that may be of benefit to you.


What is O level/WAEC subject combination (requirement) for Islamic Studies?
The subjects needed to study Islamic Studies in WAEC must contain five (5) credit. This subject combination is also applicable to NECO AND GCE… The O level requirement that is the compulsory WAEC subject combination for Islamic Studies must include:

  1. English Language
  2. Islamic Religious Studies or Arabic
  3. Any three relevant subjects.
  4. A trade subject


What is JAMB UTME subject combination (subject needed) for Islamic Studies?
You should aim for a score of 180 – 200 and above in JAMB UTME to be on a safe side (Just an advice) because anything short of that may deny you of Admission/Post UTME. Of course, if you have a score below 180, you can consider College of Education or Polytechnic… Please note – JAMB is not the only option for admission. If you’re having troubles JAMB UTME maybe it’s time you pass through IJBM, JUBEB, ND or Predegree. JAMB UTME subject combination (subject to write in jamb) for Islamic Studies are

  1. Islamic Religious Studies
  2. Two other Arts subjects


What is Direct Entry requirement (that is the required A-level result you need) to study Islamic Studies?
Two ‘A’ level passes to include Islamic Studies.


Just a reminder: Everything you have read so far is a general requirement, it is expedient that you also check the special consideration for this course below. If for some reasons you are not satisfied or cannot meet up with the subject combination above, perhaps you should consider taking 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.


So now that you know the compulsory WAEC, JAMB subject combination for Islamic Studies, (which is also applicable to NECO and GCE) as well as A-level result/certificate. Do you know which Universities in Nigeria offer Islamic Studies?
Before you make a decision on which University to choose, please consider

  • The Fees
  • The Distance
  • The Environment
  • The Degree Certificate
  • Vulnerability to Strike
  • Acceptable O Level and A-level Result
  • Academic Calendar

See useful guides on how to choose a course and university

List of Nigeria Universities offering Islamic Studies include:

  1. University of Abuja, Gwagwalada
  2. Al-Hikmah University, Ilorin
  3. Yobe State University, Damaturu
  4. Bauchi State University, Gadau
  5. Bayero University, Kano Click to read conditions
  6. Kwara State College of Arabic and Islamic Legal Studies, Ilorin
  7. Federal University, Kashere, Gombe State (FUKASHERE)
  8. Federal University Gashua, Yobe Umar Suleiman College of Education, Gashua
  9. Federal University, Gusau Zamfara (FUGUS)
  10. Federal University, Ndifu-Alike, Ebonyi State (FUNAI)
  11. Fountain University, Oshogbo
  12. Gombe State University, Gombe
  13. University of Ibadan (UI) Click to read conditions
  14. University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) Click to read conditions
  15. Sule Lamido University, Kafin Hausa, Jigawa (SLU)
  16. University of Jos (UNIJOS) Click to read conditions
  17. Kaduna State University, Kaduna (KASU) Click to read conditions
  18. Al-Qalam University, Katsina
  19. Kogi State University Anyigba
  20. Kwara State University, Ilorin (KWASU)
  21. Lagos State University, Ojo (LASU) Click to read conditions
  22. University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID)
  23. Nasarawa State University Keffi (NSUK)
  24. Northwest University Kano (NWU)
  25. Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye
  26. Sokoto State University
  27. Summit University
  28. Taraba State University, Jalingo (TSUJ)
  29. Usumanu Danfodiyo University (UDUSOK)
  30. UMYUK
  31. National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) Click to read conditions


Where can I work with a Degree in Islamic Studies? 
I believe you now know the subjects required to study Islamic Studies. I urge you to also find out where you can work with the degree. Please take your time to read The Act of Getting a Job – so you would know what you’re up against after graduating. Career opportunities will be added soon.


The SSCE O level and A-level subject needed to study Islamic Studies have been listed above but, 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. You will know more when you take a look at the special consideration (waiver) for this course if available. Please take note that when you see Check, it simply means the special consideration for this course had been merge with a related course to save space. So it is advisable to click the link or search with the search bar.

Special Consideration

What is Direct Entry Special Consideration (waiver) to study Islamic Studies?
(i) Sokoto State University and University of Ibadan (UI) accept NCE with merits in I.R.K. and other Arts or Social Science subject.

(ii) Lagos State University, Ojo (LASU) accepts (a) At least two Advanced Level passes, including Islamic Studies plus not less than five ‘O’ Level Credit passes at GCE Ordinary Level or its equivalent, including English Language at not more than two sittings. (c) NCE with at least merit passes in Islamic Studies and five (5) credit passes in other relevant subjects including English Language.

(iii) Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye requires the fulfillment of UTME requirements in addition to Direct Entry requirements.

(iv) Kwara State University, Ilorin (KWASU) – Same as in Arabic

(v) Taraba State University, Jalingo (TSUJ) accepts NCE in Arabic and Islamic Studies.

(vi) University of Abuja, Gwagwalada accepts a minimum of 10 points in NCE or Upper credit in National Diploma in addition to ‘O’ Level requirements.

(vii) University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) accepts: (a) relevant Diploma of Bayero University, Kano (This satisfies both A/L and O/L admission requirements by Direct Entry). (b) Candidates who do not offer Islamic Religious Studies at UTME but meet UTME entry requirements may be considered for admission into 100 level. (c) candidates with Senior Islamic Studies Certificates as entry qualification for Islamic Studies and related programmes.

What is WAEC, NECO, GCE, Special Consideration (waiver) to study Islamic Studies?
(i) University of Ibadan (UI) five ‘O’ level subjects at one sittings or 6 ‘O’ level subjects at two sittings to include: English Language, Islamic Studies and any other three or four subjects from Arts or Social Sciences.

(ii) Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye requires two other subjects from Arts.

(iii) Al-Hikmah University, Ilorin requires working knowledge of Arabic.

(iv) Kaduna State University, Kaduna (KASU) may accept Higher Islamic Studies or Senior Islamic Studies Results.

(v) Umar Musa Yar’ Adua University Katsina (UMYU) requires five credit passes at SSCE or equivalent including English Language, Islamic Studies and three other relevant Arts/Social Science courses with a credit pass in Mathematics. Also accepts Higher Islamic Studies or Senior Islamic Studies results

(vi) Kwara State University, Ilorin (KWASU) requires five O’ Level Credit passes to include English, Islamic Studies and any other two Arts subjects.

(x) Taraba State University, Jalingo (TSUJ) accepts Arabic in lieu of Islamic Studies.

What is JAMB UTME Special Consideration (waiver) to study Islamic Studies?
(i) University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) accepts Science/ Social Science subject.

(ii) University of Ibadan (UI) requires Islamic Studies and any other two subjects from Arts, Science or Social Sciences.

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