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WAEC and JAMB Subject Combinations for Religious Studies


This page contains official 2022 WAEC and JAMB subject combination (admission requirements) for Religious Studies, including the List of Nigeria Universities Offering this Course, A level requirements and much more.


CourseReligious Studies
QualificationB.A. B.Sc. (Hons.)
How many years3 – 4 Years
Who can study this courseArt and commercial student
Cut off markvaries
EntranceVery Competitive
Related coursesReligious Studies related courses
Job AvailabilityHigh and Competitive
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On this page, I will guide you on the required O level subject combination to study Religious 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 Religious 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.

In other words, 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 student guide articles that will be of benefit to you. You can ignore.


WAEC subject combination (requirements) for Religious Studies

You’re expected to have at least 5 credits on the required WAEC subject combination needed to study Religious Studies in Nigeria universities. These subjects combination are also applicable to other O’level exams such as NECO AND GCE. The required WAEC subject combination (O level requirement) for Religious Studies must include:

  1. English Language
  2. CRK/IRS
  3. 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 Religious Studies. So now that you know the compulsory O level subject requirement to study Religious Studies, let also look at JAMB UTME and Direct requirements.


JAMB UTME subject combination (requirements) for Religious 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 Religious 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 Religious 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 Religious Studies must include:

  1. CRS/IRS
  2. Any two subjects

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Direct Entry requirement (required A-level result) to study Religious 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 Religious Studies, you are expected to have Two ‘A’ level subjects to include Religious Studies (CRS/IRS).

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

This is the list of Universities offering Religious Studies in Nigeria

  1. Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba
  2. Abia State University, Uturu
  3. Akwa Ibom State University of Technology, Uyo
  4. The Apostolic Church Theological Seminary Amumara (TACTSA)
  5. Adeleke University Ede (AUE)
  6. Augustine University
  7. Babcock University, Ilishan-Remo
  8. University of Benin (UNIBEN)
  9. Benue State University, Makurdi
  10. University of Calabar (UNICAL)
  11. Calvary College of Theology, Rukpokwu, Obio, Port Harcourt
  12. Catholic Institute of West Africa (CIWA)
  13. Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Uli
  14. Delta State University, Abraka (DELSU)
  15. Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki
  16. Godfrey Okoye University, Ugwuomu-Nike – Enugu State
  17. World Harvest Bible College and Seminary, Calabar
  18. University of Ibadan (UI)
  19. Immanuel College of Theology, Ibadan
  20. Imo State University, Owerri (IMSU)
  21. Joseph Ayo Babalola University, Ikeji-Arakeji
  22. Ekiti State University
  23. University of Jos (UNIJOS)
  24. Madonna University, Okija
  25. Mcpherson University, Seriki Sotayo, Ajebo
  26. Mountain Top University
  27. Nigerian Christian Bible College, Ukpom
  28. Niger Delta University Yenagoa (NDU)
  29. Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife (OAU)
  30. Paul University, Awka – Anambra State
  31. Essien Ukpabia Presbyterian Theological College, Itu, Akwa Ibom State
  32. Samuel Adegboyega University, Ogwa
  33. St. Peter and Paul Seminary Bodija, Ibadan
  34. Summit University
  35. Seat of Wisdom Seminary, Owerri
  36. Tansian University, Umunya
  37. UMCA Theological College, Ilorin
  38. Kings University, Ode Omu (UNIKINGS)
  39. Veritas University, Abuja
  40. West Africa Theological Seminary (WATSI)

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

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Cut-off Mark for Religious Studies course

The cut-off mark for Religious Studies varies. You can check these universities JAMB UTME cut off marks here. Religious 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.

Religious Studies is how many years course?

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

Religious Studies is under which faculty in Nigeria?

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

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

Special Consideration

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

What is Direct Entry Special Consideration (waiver) to study Religious Studies
(ii) Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife (OAU) accepts two principal subjects including CRK/IRK.
(iv) Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka (UNIZIK) accepts NCE candidates with Four ‘O’ level credit passes (Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka (UNIZIK) requires merit pass in religious studies).
(v) Imo State University, Owerri (IMSU) and University of Port-Harcourt (UNIPORT) – No Direct Entry.
(vi) Abia State University, Uturu and Delta State University, Abraka (DELSU) accept NCE/ND/HND in Religious or Social Studies or ‘A’ level in three subjects including Religion.
(ix) Benson Idahosa University, Benin City same as in English Language
(x) Joseph Ayo Babalola University, Ikeji-Arakeji accepts five O level credit passes in relevant subjects plus ND and HND.
(xi) Samuel Adegboyega University, Ogwa and Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife (OAU) accept NCE in Religious Studies (CRK or IRK).
(xii) University of Calabar (UNICAL) also accepts NCE in Religious Studies.
(xiii) University of Benin (UNIBEN) accepts: (i) At least two passes in Arts and Social Science subjects at the Advance level of the General Certificate in Education (GCE) in one sittings or in the Higher School Certificate (HSC) in one sittings. (ii) National Certificate in Education (NCE) with at least a credit level pass in Christian Studies or Islamic/Religious Studies or Religious Studies or Social Studies from a recognised College of Education. In addition, candidates should have at least an overall credit level pass.
(iii) At least a Merit level pass in National Diploma in Mass Communication.
(xv) Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma accepts two ‘A’ level passes, to include Christian Religious Knowledge and one other Arts subject.
(xiv) Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye – CRK/IRS plus any two Arts subjects.
(xv) University of Benin (UNIBEN) requires any other three subjects.
(xvi) Benue State University, Makurdi accepts accept NCE/A-level passes including in CRK, African Religion or its equivalent.
(xvii) Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma requires two A’ level passes to include Literature in English and other Arts subjects or NCE in English/Political Science. NCE/HSC must be at credit level.
(xix) Mcpherson University, Seriki Sotayo, Ajebo accepts NCE candidates with Five ‘O’ level credit passes and requires merit pass in religious studies). JUPEB/IJMB (A’ level) or equivalent in related discipline.
(xxii) University of Ibadan (UI) accepts NCE with at least Merit in Religious Studies.
(xxiii) University of Uyo requires two subjects including CRS or NCE (Merit in 3 subjects including Christian Religious Studies).
(xxiv) Niger Delta University Yenagoa (NDU) accepts: (a) A minimum of 2 GCE (A/L) passes, one of which must be any one of the following subjects: English Language, CRK, Government/any Nigeria Language/any Arts subject. (b) The National Certificate in Education (NCE) provided there is merit in Christian Religious Studies, or Islamic Religious Studies.
(xxv) Augustine University accepts two A ’level passes in any relevant subjects. Also NCE & Diploma with credit passes in relevant subjects in addition to 5 Credits in SSCE (or its equivalent).
(xxv) Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Accepts ND, NCE or two A/L papers from the Arts or Social Science discipline.
(xxvi) Kings University, Ode Omu (UNIKINGS) requires at least a pass in Mathematics

What is Waec, Neco, Gce Special Consideration (waiver) to study Religious Studies
(i) Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba requires five O/L credit passes which must include English, Mathematics, CRK/BK/IRK/Islamic Studies and two other subjects from the Arts or Social Sciences.
(ii) Benson Idahosa University, Benin City requires credit passes in any other four Arts or Science subjects
(iii) University of Benin (UNIBEN) five SSCE credit passes or five Merit level passes in T.C. II at not more than two sittings. Subjects should include English Language, Religious Knowledge and two other Arts or Social Sciences subjects.
(iv) Paul University, Awka – Anambra State requires five SSCE credit passes in not more than two sittings (or equivalent qualification) including English Language, Mathematics and three Arts/Social Science subjects.
(ix) Niger Delta University Yenagoa (NDU) requires five ‘O’ level credit passes in English, Religious Studies plus three other subjects, two of which must be Arts subjects.
(x) Godfrey Okoye University, Ugwuomu-Nike – Enugu State requires credit pass in Mathematics.
(xi) University of Uyo requires credit passes in Christian Religious Studies, English Language and any other three subjects from Arts or Social Sciences.
(xii) Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma requires credit pass in Mathematics and accepts credit passes in IRK/BK/Arabic/Government/its equivalent/Any Nigerian Language.
(xiii) Augustine University requires five O’ Level credits in SSCE(or its equivalent) in English, CRK/IRK, Literature in English and any other Arts subject.

What is UTME Jamb Special Consideration (waiver) to study Religious Studies
(i) Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma and Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife (OAU) require CRK/IRS and one Art subject and an Arts or a Social Science subject.
(ii) Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba and Ekiti State University require Two Arts subjects and one other subject.
(iii) University of Benin (UNIBEN) accepts ant three subjects.
(iv) Samuel Adegboyega University, Ogwa requires CRS, Government or History and any other Arts subjects.
(v) University of Uyo requires Christian Religious Studies and other two subjects from Arts or Social Sciences.
(vi) Augustine University requires CRK/IRK any other Arts subjects

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