WAEC and JAMB Subject Combinations for Islamic Studies



This page contains official 2020/2021 WAEC and JAMB subject combination (admission requirements) for Islamic Studies, including the List of Nigeria Universities Offering this Course, A level requirements and much more.


Course Islamic Studies
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 Very Competitive
Related courses Islamic Studies related courses
Job Availability High and Competitive
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On this page, I will guide you on the required O level subject combination to study Islamic Studies. if you are a returning visitor, you can skip reading repetitive paragraphs.


You must be an Art student with a good background in Art subjects for you to study Islamic Studies in Nigeria Universities, and that’s can only be possible if you meet admission requirements. This page literally covers answers to questions related to O level and A-level admission requirement.


That is, the WAEC subject combination (requirements), JAMB UTME subject combination (requirements), Direct Entry requirements, Special consideration (waivers) and the required screening documents for admission into Nigeria universities. In other to help you avoid having difficulties with getting admission in Nigeria Universities, we have some post that will be of benefit to you. You can ignore.


WAEC subject combination (requirements) for Islamic Studies

You’re expected to have at least 5 credits on the required WAEC subject combination needed to study Islamic Studies in Nigeria universities. These subjects combination are also applicable to other O’level exams such as NECO AND GCE. The O level requirement, that is, the required 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

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. For the record, if you are one of those students seeking admission into any universities, college or polytechnics in Lagos State, Yoruba Language is compulsory for Islamic Studies. So now that you know the compulsory O level subject requirement to study Islamic Studies, let also look at JAMB UTME and Direct requirements.


JAMB UTME subject combination (requirements) for Islamic Studies

The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) is a body responsible for your admission into the University or other institutions. Now I’m going to show you the compulsory JAMB subjects for Islamic Studies that you must register and I will honestly advise you to aim for a score of 200 and above in JAMB UTME instead of 180 to be on a safe side because anything short of that may deny you of Admission/Post UTME. Of course, if you have a score below 180, you can consider the College of Education or Polytechnic… Read how to answer and pass JAMB once.


Please note– If Mathematics is not listed among the Jamb subject on this post, then Mathematics is not compulsory for this course. JAMB is not the only option to gain admission into Nigerian Universities to study Islamic Studies. If you’re having troubles with JAMB UTME, maybe it’s time you pass through IJBM, JUBEB, ND, HND or Predegree!..

 JAMB UTME subject combination to study Islamic Studies must include:

  1. Islamic Religious Studies
  2. Two other Arts subjects


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

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


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 Islamic Studies, don’t give up. You should consider other Islamic Studies 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

These are the list of Universities offering Islamic Studies in Nigeria

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

I know some of you will start searching for the best university to study Islamic Studies. Listen, I don’t encourage such but if you’re bent on knowing the best universities or top universities to study Islamic Studies in Nigeria, Check here


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Cut-off Mark for Islamic Studies course

The cut-off mark for Islamic Studies varies. You can check these universities JAMB UTME cut off marks here. Islamic Studies is a good course and you can also check the top best Art courses. This should not influence you. Follow your heart or seek my counsel.



Islamic Studies is how many years course?

In Nigeria, if you gain admission to study Islamic Studies at the university through JAMB UTME, you will study Islamic Studies 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 extension; the aftermath of carryover courses.


Islamic Studies is under which faculty in Nigeria?

According to JAMB, a body responsible for your admission into the University or other institutions, Islamic Studies 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 Islamic Studies?

Yes! If you are a science or a commercial student, you can study Islamic Studies 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 Islamic Studies is through GCE.


Special Consideration

Now I am confident that you know the compulsory subjects needed to study Islamic Studies 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.

You will know more when you take a look at the special consideration (waiver) for Islamic Studies below if available. Please take note that when you see Check, it simply means the special consideration for Islamic Studies had been merge with a related course to save space. So it is advisable to click the link or search with the search bar….


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 s.

(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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