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Masters of Science and Agriculture and Rural Development

Masters of Science and Agriculture and Rural Development
Entry Requirements
Research and Dissertation
Programme Length
Program structure

This is one of the postgraduate programmes offered in the Department of Natural Resource Economics and Agribusiness. The program is designed to provide advanced training in harnessing appropriate technologies and natural resource management to foster sustainable development. Graduates are prepared to embrace the current development and innovations that impact the agricultural and rural sector. Additionally, the program is designed to address the current professional and skills gaps in the Sub-Saharan region.

The minimum entry requirements for admission to a Postgraduate Masters Programmes is a relevant Bachelor’s Degree or its equivalent recognized as such by NCHE;

The applicants should be holders of at least a Second lower Class Honours degree, credit or equivalent qualification in Agriculture, Fisheries, Rural Innovations, Food Science, and Economics or Agribusiness or in any other subject area judged relevant from a University recognized by NCHE.

In addition:

Academic Requirements:

O-level Certificate or its equivalent

A-level Certificate or its equivalent

Bachelor’s Degree in the relevant field


1. O-level & A-Level Certificates (compulsory)

2. Certified Bachelor’s Degree & Transcript (compulsory)

3. Reference letters (Compulsory)

4. Motivation letter (Compulsory)

3. Passport Copy (if applicable)

5. Evidence of English Language Proficiency (if applicable)

Each student will be allocated a supervisor from the faculty to work with. Permission to proceed to the field for the data collection phase will be granted after a successful presentation and defense of an acceptable research proposal in an approved researchable area.  Students are required to write a dissertation in strict compliance with guidelines laid down by the Postgraduate Directorate after which they are required to mount a successful presentation and defence of their dissertation before a panel of experts and thereafter make corrections as suggested by examiners.

This is a blended ODEL two-year Programme. Students are required to have very good ICT gadgets, data and locations with stable Internet.

Year 1 Semester 1

  1. Policy Design for Development
  2. Advanced Extension Methods
  3. Critique and Interpretation of Scientific Research
  4. Advanced farm Management and Administration
  5. Advanced Research Methods
  6. Statistics and Data Analysis
  7. Production Economics

Year 1 Semester 2

  1. Scientific communication and writing skills
  2. Applied Econometrics
  3. Gender and Sustainable Agricultural Development
  4. Microfinance and Rural Development
  5. Land degradation and Sustainability
  6. Advanced Macroeconomics
  7. Advanced Rural Sociology

Year 2 Semester 1

  1. Agricultural Produce and Supply Chain Management
  2. Farming systems and Sustainable Livelihoods
  3. Organizational Leadership and Management
  4. Project Planning and Management
  5. Agricultural Information Systems
  6. Postharvest Science, Technology and Innovations for Developing World

Year 2 Semester 2

  1. Research Project
  2. Livestock Production for Development
  3. Crop Production for Development