NOUN Frequently Asked Questions

Welcome to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN). Here, we aim to provide clear and concise answers to commonly asked questions about NOUN and its various aspects. Whether you are a prospective student, a current learner, or simply seeking information about NOUN, this page is designed to address your queries and provide the information you need. From admission procedures and program offerings to study options and accreditation, we cover a wide range of topics to ensure you have a comprehensive understanding of NOUN.

Browse through our FAQs to find the answers you are looking for and embark on your educational journey with NOUN, a renowned institution dedicated to accessible and quality education.

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Depending on the Programme you are running with NOUN. However, you can visit your study centre or nearest study centre for detailed information.
You can also visit our Fee Check and Registrable course page to know how long a programme will take.

The National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) is a distance learning institution established in 1983, with the primary objective of offering accessible and quality education to Nigerians. It operates on an open and flexible admission policy, allowing individuals to study at their own pace and convenience.

Yes, NOUN is recognised and accredited by the National Universities Commission (NUC) of Nigeria. It is the only Nigerian university that is dedicated solely to providing distance learning programs. The degrees and certificates awarded by NOUN are widely accepted in Nigeria and recognised both locally and internationally.

NOUN offers a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes across various disciplines, including Arts, Sciences, Social Sciences, Management Sciences, Education, Health Sciences, and Law. These programmes cover both academic and professional courses, providing learners with diverse educational opportunities.
To get the programmes offered currently ensure to check our current programme page

NOUN operates an open admission policy, which means that individuals can apply for admission at any time of the year. The admission process involves the purchase of the NOUN application form, submission of required documents, and payment of necessary fees. Prospective students can obtain detailed information about the admission process from the NOUN website or by contacting the university's admissions office.
You can visit our admission page for more details.

Yes, one of the major advantages of studying at NOUN is the flexibility it offers. As a distance learning institution, NOUN provides study materials and resources that allow students to learn at their own pace and convenience. This makes it feasible for individuals to pursue their education while working or managing other commitments.

Examinations at NOUN are conducted through the use of the Computer-Based Test (CBT) method written methods known as Pen-on-Paper (POP). Students are required to visit designated examination centres to complete their exams on specified dates. NOUN provides a comprehensive schedule and guidelines for exam registration and conduct, ensuring a fair and standardised evaluation process.

It's a NO for now, NOUN graduates are not eligible to participate in the NYSC program. The university has obtained approval from the NYSC management, that should allow its graduates to partake in the mandatory one-year national service. NOUN graduates can obtain further information about NYSC mobilization from the university's student affairs department.

Depending on the Programme you are running with NOUN. However, you can visit your study centre or nearest study centre for detailed information.

The NOUN course materials are free and can be gotten from students study centre nationwide. Walk into your study centre with your course registration slip and wallets to get your study materials freely.
It can also be downloaded freely from our website as PDF ebook click the link to get yours freely

Depending upon the time available to you and your workload, you can combine work and your studies or you can study full time and progress at your own rate.

Depending on the programme and entry level a student shall require at least 120, 90, 60, 35 and 70 credit units to earn an award for the Bachelor Degree, Post graduate Diploma, Diploma, Certificate and Masters Degree certificate respectively.

Yes. NOUN certificate will in no way be inferior to those awarded by conventional universities since the same body National Universities Commission, sets the minimum standard.

At the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), students are taught through a combination of different methods to ensure effective learning. As a distance learning institution, NOUN provides flexible study options that cater to the diverse needs of its students. Here are some of the primary methods used for teaching:
Study Materials
Online Learning
Tutor-Marked Assignments (TMAs)
Virtual Classroom Sessions
Practical Sessions and Workshops
Support from Facilitators

NOUN have standby generators in all the study centres.

The cost of the form is
5,000 Naira for undergraduate,
7,500 Naira for Post graduate and
10,000 Naira for PhD.

NOUN will process the forms and admit student directly by itself.

No, NOUN is open to both Nigerian citizens and international students. The university welcomes students from various countries to pursue their education through its distance learning programmes.

Yes, NOUN has a credit transfer policy that allows students to transfer credits earned from other recognised institutions. However, the acceptance of transferred credits is subject to the evaluation and approval of the university.

Yes, NOUN provides scholarship opportunities to eligible students. These scholarships may be merit-based, need-based, or awarded through specific programs or collaborations. Students can inquire about available scholarships and their application processes from the NOUN scholarship office.

Yes, NOUN has study centres spread across Nigeria. These study centres serve as physical locations where students can receive support services, attend practical sessions or workshops, engage with faculty members, and interact with fellow students.

Yes, NOUN has a well-equipped library that provides a wide range of resources, including books, journals, research papers, and online databases. Students can access these resources either physically at the NOUN library or digitally through the university's online library portal.

Yes, NOUN offers postgraduate programmes that are open to individuals with undergraduate degrees from recognised institutions. Admission requirements and procedures may vary depending on the specific programme, so it is advisable to refer to the NOUN website or contact the admissions office for detailed information.
You can also check our admission page for more info.

While NOUN utilizes online platforms for learning, it is not mandatory to have a constant internet connection. The university provides study materials in print format, and students can attend physical sessions and engage with the learning resources at some study centres. However, having internet access can enhance the learning experience and enable students to take advantage of online resources and activities.

Typically, for registration and clearance purposes, educational institutions require official copies of certificates and transcripts as proof of qualifications. The online printout of the SSCE result may not be accepted as a substitute for the original certificate issued by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC). It is important to obtain your original SSCE certificate from WAEC as soon as possible.

The maximum number of credit units required per semester is usually 24 credit unit for exam registration, while the maximum credit limit for course registration is typically set at 32 credit units. However, it is important to note that the maximum credit unit limit for course registration may vary depending on factors such as academic performance and the student's workload capacity.

Commonwealth Executive MBA (CEMBA): The Commonwealth Executive MBA is a specialized MBA program designed for professionals who are already in senior management or executive positions within Commonwealth countries. This program focuses on enhancing leadership and managerial skills specifically within the context of the Commonwealth nations. It typically caters to experienced professionals who are looking to advance their careers and expand their networks within the Commonwealth community.

MBA (Master of Business Administration): The traditional MBA program is a general management degree that provides a broad foundation of business knowledge and skills. It is designed for individuals seeking to develop a comprehensive understanding of various aspects of business, including finance, marketing, operations, strategy, and leadership. MBA programs are usually open to applicants from diverse professional backgrounds and industries.

In summary, while both the Commonwealth Executive MBA and the regular MBA share similarities in terms of imparting business knowledge and skills, the key differences lie in the target audience and the specialized focus of the Commonwealth Executive MBA on the specific challenges and opportunities within the Commonwealth nations.

Yes, one of the advantages of studying at NOUN is its flexibility, which allows students to balance work and studies. The distance learning approach enables students to study at their own pace and convenience, making it feasible to pursue education while managing work or other commitments.

The duration of degree programmes at NOUN varies depending on the programme and the student's study pace. Typically, undergraduate programmes range from two to eight years depending on entry level and pace, while postgraduate programmes can take between one and three years to complete. The flexibility of NOUN allows students to adjust their study pace based on their individual circumstances.

Yes, NOUN's distance learning approach enables students to access courses and resources from anywhere in the world. As long as you have an internet connection or access to study materials, you can engage in your studies and stay connected with the university, regardless of your location.

Yes, NOUN allows students to change their course or programme after admission, provided they meet the eligibility criteria for the desired course or programme. However, there may be certain conditions and procedures to follow, and it is advisable to consult with the NOUN admissions office for guidance on the process.

Yes, NOUN grants degree certificates to students who have fulfilled the graduation requirements, even if they do not attend the convocation ceremony. However, attending the convocation ceremony is an opportunity to celebrate your achievements and interact with fellow graduates, so participation is encouraged if possible.

Yes, NOUN offers research-based programmes, including Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees, for those interested in pursuing advanced research in their respective fields. These programmes typically involve a thesis or dissertation component, and admission requirements may vary. Detailed information can be obtained from the NOUN website or by contacting the relevant departments.

Maximum credit units that can be registered per semester = 24 units. You can't exceed it, but you can register lower than that. At the school's website (, you are required to pay for the course registration and exam registration (after having completed your semester registration).

NOUN fees are paid every semester. The cost of school fees is slightly higher in the first semester (entry level) than in the second semester and afterwards.

Marks/Score Letter Grade Grade Point (GP)
70% and Above A 5.00
60 - 69.99 B 4.00
50 - 59.99 C 3.00
45 - 49.99 D 2.00
40 - 44.99 E 1.00
0 - 39.99 F 0.00

Otache emerged as the Best Graduating Student, with a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 4.60

The National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) students does not pay acceptance fee but instead an undergraduate students is expected to pay what is called semester fee of N55,500 [ Fifty-Five Thousand Five Hundred Naira only]. This fee is mandatory and non-refundable for every newly admitted 100L, 200L and 300L students.
Postgraduates are expected to pay N61,000 [Sixty One Thousand Naira Only].

Masters Degree which takes 12 months to 18 months to complete

Minimum duration of the Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) Degree in accounting programme is four years of eight semesters and a maximum of eight years (of sixteen semesters).

To be awarded a Master of Science (MSc) degree in Public Health, a candidate must pass a minimum of 48 credit units out of 50.

For Master degree programmes, candidates must possess either a Bachelors Degree with a minimum of second class lower in the relevant field of study from a University recongnised by the Senate of the NOUN.

For the Doctor of Philosophy Degree prorammes, candidates must possess a masters degree in relevant field of study from a University recongised by the Senate of the NOUN with a minimum score average of not less than 60% or a cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 4.0 on a 5-point scale.

2 [Two] semesters a year which also makes a session.

The Programme minimum duration is 6 semesters and maximum of 12 semesters.

NOUN is immune to strike. So the institution is not affected by ASUU strike in any way.

Credit Transfer is the process by which recognition is granted by NOUN to applicants on the basis of previous studies undertaken in another institution, and also on the basis of prior learning. So since NOUN is accredited by the NUC her students are expected to be accepted when applied for transfer to another university.

Yes, this is possible as far you are sure you can conveniently handle both programmes and if you're lucky your exam dates doesn't clash.

No, NOUN does not have any age restrictions for admission. The university welcomes learners of all ages who meet the admission requirements and are interested in pursuing their education.

Yes, NOUN organises practical sessions and laboratory work for science and technology programmes. These sessions are usually held at designated study centers or partner institutions, allowing students to gain hands-on experience and practical skills related to their field of study.

Yes, NOUN allows students to defer their admission to a future semester if they are unable to begin their studies as initially planned. However, there may be specific guidelines and deadlines for deferral requests, so it is advisable to contact the admissions office for detailed information and instructions.

IT/SIWES procedure ( Things To Know )
1. Register your IT/SIWES on your portal
2. Generate RRR of 1k and pay
3. Visit your faculty with the remita slip for logbook
4. Login to mylearningspace portal to register and print your forms form 002, 003 and 004
5. To be signed by your boss at your place of IT/SIWES
6. Visit ITF office with the ITF form and your logbook to get it stamped.
7. This is after you are done with the duration of your IT/SIWES ( 6 MONTHS )
8. Write a report of what you achieved and learnt during your IT/SIWES
9. A defence date will be set
10. Visit your study centre for your defence
Dress sharp
Be eloquent
Note. You must work in a place that is related to your course e.g. mass communication at a media related company.

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