The philosophy of the Postgraduate School is consistent with that of MOUAU, namely: to contribute to self-sufficiency in food and fibre production in Nigeria through teaching, research and extension. The University admitted its pioneer undergraduate students in 1993. In response to popular demand, the University Senate in its meeting on February 10, 1995, established a Postgraduate Committee to oversee the development of postgraduate studies in the University. After due consideration, it was recommended that at least, a modest postgraduate programme should be started in October 1995. The Postgraduate School was however, established at MOUAU in January 1997 with the appointment of its first substantive Dean, Prof. I.O. Akobundu. The present Dean is Engr. Prof. Ogbonnaya Inya Okoro, who is assisted by Dr. O. R. Iheke as the Deputy Dean. The first batch of students registered for their courses in May 1997.
The MOUAU PG School offers opportunities for postgraduate studies in Agriculture, Applied and Basic Sciences, Engineering, Management Sciences, and Education. The PG School, through its Board and with the approval of the University Senate establishes policies for the conduct of postgraduate study and supervision of postgraduate students.
At the moment, the postgraduate school administers programmes of study leading to degrees of Master of Science (M.Sc.), Master of Engineering (M. Eng.), Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) and the Postgraduate Diploma programmes.
Colleges offering courses in various areas of specialization include: College of Agricultural Economics, Rural Sociology and Extension (CAERSE), College of Animal Science and Production (CASAP), College of Crop and Soil Sciences (CCSS), College of Food Science and Technology (CAFST), College of Engineering and Engineering Technology (CEET), College of Natural Resources and Environmental Management (CNREM), College of Education (COED), College of Management Sciences (COLMAS), College of Physical Sciences (COLPAS) and College of Natural Sciences (COLNAS).
Courses available include: Agricultural Economics (Farm Management and Production Economics, Resource and Environmental Economics, Agricultural Marketing, Agricultural Finance and Insurance, Agribusiness Management and Cooperatives, Agricultural Policy and Development) , Agricultural Extension and Communication, Animal Genetics and Breeding, Crop Genetics and Breeding, Conservation of Plant Genetic Resources, Biotechnology, Animal Physiology, Botany, Chemistry, Crop Production, Entomology, Forestry And Environmental Management, Fisheries Science, Food Science And Technology, Forest Food Resources, Agro-Forestry, Home Economics Management And Utilization, Plant Pathology, Poultry Production and Management, Ruminant Animal Production and Management, Rural Sociology And Agricultural Development, Soil Science and Wood Technology And Forest Based Industries, Physics, Mathematics, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Nutrition and Dietetics, Wildlife, Zoology, Clothing and Textiles, Women in Development, Agricultural Mechanization, Power Management and Renewable Energy Technologies, Electrical Power and Machines, Farm Structures and Environmental Impact Assessment, etc.
The PG School enjoys the services of highly qualified academic staff including Professors, Associate Professors, Senior Lecturers and Lecturers I. Twenty-five (25) students registered in May 1997 while thirty-nine students registered in the first semester of 1997/98 session. The bottom-to-up approach is adopted in the planning and implementation of research efforts – this implies that farmers own perception of their actual needs will guide research and extension activities of the University. The University will adopt a learning-by-doing approach in imparting practical farming, forestry, fisheries, engineering and scientific skills to the students. To achieve this, the University will establish viable teaching and research farms as well as demonstration and conservation plots, nurseries and plantation, technological parks and gardens etc. Suitable and functional infrastructure and equipment as well as adequate materials, will also be provided for laboratory research and training. In pursuing the above objectives, the University will strive to maintain effective linkages with sister Universities of Agriculture in Nigeria, Agricultural Research Institutes, University Faculties of Agriculture, ADPs, public and private sector Agricultural Enterprises, etc. Collaboration will also be sought with relevant oversea Agricultural Institutions, including the International Agricultural Research Centres (IARCs).
Following advertisement in the mass media in each calendar year, interested candidates may procced online at the University website (www.mouau.edu.ng) for completing the application form upon payment of the prescribed application fees. Payment is through REMITA in favour of the University. Completed application forms shall be printed and returned to the Postgraduate School before the deadline stipulated in the advertisement with the following:
- Two recent passport photographs
- A Transcript of the candidate’s academic records should be sent directly to the Dean, Postgraduate school from the candidate’s previous institution. Candidates whose transcripts do not reach the Postgraduate School by the closing date will not be offered admission.
- Three letters of reference, two of which shall be from the applicant’s former teachers and one from someone who can attest to the applicant’s character and integrity. The referees are requested to fill the form online and submit directly to the Dean, Postgraduate school.
- A statement of purpose of not more than 200 words on the intended field of study. Photocopies of all certificates obtained by the applicant,including NYSC discharge or exemption certificate, as applicable.
The requirements for admission into the postgraduate programme are as follows:
- For a Ph.D programme, a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 4.00 is required on a 5 point scale or 3.00 on a 4 point scale as a minimum. In case of percentage, 60% is the required minimum.
- For M.Sc. programme, a minimum CGPA of 3.00 is required on a 5 point scale or 2.50 on a 4 point scale.
- Note that English language and Mathematics is compulsory at credit level for all candidates in addition to the requirement at undergraduate level for each Department.
- For PGD holders, a CGPA of 3.50 is required for admission into M.Sc degree programmes.
- For PGD admission, holders of Bachelor’s degree with CGPA of less than 3.00 on a 5 point scale or less than 2.50 on a 4 point scale or HND with a minimum of upper credit are eligible for admission.
- M.Sc. holders with CGPA of less than 4 points can apply for a fresh M.Sc. in a different area of specialization from the former one.
- Postgraduate Diploma (PGD/PGDE)
- Masters’ Degree (M.Sc.)
- Doctoral Degree (Ph.D)
Full time: Minimum - 2 Semesters
Maximum - 4 Semesters
Part time: Minimum - 4 Semesters
Maximum - 6 Semesters
Full time Minimum - 3 Semesters
Maximum – 6 Semesters
Part time: Minimum - 5 Semesters
Maximum – 8 Semesters
Full time: Minimum - 6 Semesters
Maximum – 8 Semesters
Part time: Minimum - 8 Semesters
Maximum – 10 Semesters
Past Deans of Postgraduate School
- Prof. I. O. Akobundu 1996-1997
- Prof. E.N.T. Akobundu 1997-2000
- Prof. S.N. Ibe 2000-2002
- Prof. J.A. Ibeawuchi 2003-2006
- Prof. Ada C. Uwaegbute 2006-2012
- Prof. C.O. Muoneke 2012-2016
- Prof. I. .A. Okoro 2016-2019
- Prof. U. Herbert 2019-2020
- Engr. Prof. O.I.Okoro 2020- Date