This page contains 2024 WAEC and JAMB subject combinations (admission requirements) for Religious Studies, including the List of Nigeria Universities Offering this Course, A level requirements and much more.


Course Religious Studies
Qualification B.A. B.Sc. (Hons.)
How many years 3 – 4 Years
Who can study this course Art and commercial student

Is Religious Studies a good course in Nigeria and what is the salary?

No, Religious Studies is not a good course in Nigeria and it has limited job roles to explore. There is no standard salary for any job in Nigeria. It depends on where you get the job. Religious Studies graduates typically earn between ₦75,000 and ₦200,000 net per month

Religious Studies course is not competitive and quite popular amongst art students in secondary school. From our records, 43 Nigerian universities offer this degree course.

So while you are here to get information on the O level subject combination for Religious Studies, we also expect you consider the total number of students currently studying Religious Studies 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 Combinations For Religious Studies

In WAEC, NECO or GCE, you are expected to register a maximum of 9 subjects for a Religious Studies 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 a Religious Studies 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 gaining admission. Any subject with blue colour means, a pass is allowed.

If 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 Religious Studies are:

  1. Literature in English
  2. Government
  3. Mathematics
  4. English Language
  5. Any Nigerian Language
  6. CRS/IRS
  7. Civic Education
  8. Biology
  9. A trade subject

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 Religious Studies, don’t give up. You should consider other Religious Studies similar courses or 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. And please before you make a decision on which University to choose, please read valuable guides on how to choose a course and university

JAMB subject combination for Religious Studies

For this degree, you are also required to register for 4 subjects and English is compulsory. More so, 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 180 or above in JAMB to stand a better chance of gaining admission to study Religious Studies. You can still gain admission if you score between 160-170 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 Religious Studies is:

  1. English Language
  2. Government
  3. Literature in English
  4. CRS/IRS

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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)
  41. Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma
  42. University of Uyo
  43. University of Port-Harcourt (UNIPORT)
Estimated number of students currently studying Religious Studies in Nigerian Universities is 29,90
Religious Studies has 15% employment rate in Nigeria

Admission Rate:

Religious Studies has 100% admission rate.

Cut-off Mark for Religious Studies course

As you can see, more than one University offers Religious Studies. This means the cut-off mark for Religious Studies will vary. However, from aggregate, the cut off mark is 180. You can still gain admission if you score between 160-170 upward but you do not stand a chance with those who had scored higher.

Religious Studies is how many years course?

In Nigeria, if you gain admission to study a 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 an 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 also 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 (waiver) to study Religious Studies

  • 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.
  • Benson Idahosa University, Benin City requires credit passes in any other four Arts or Science subjects
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Godfrey Okoye University, Ugwuomu-Nike – Enugu State requires credit pass in Mathematics.
  • University of Uyo requires credit passes in Christian Religious Studies, English Language and any other three subjects from Arts or Social Sciences.
  • Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma requires credit pass in Mathematics and accepts credit passes in IRK/BK/Arabic/Government/its equivalent/Any Nigerian Language.
  • Augustine University requires five O’ Level credits in SSCE(or its equivalent) in English, CRK/IRK, Literature in English and any other Arts subject.

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