1.0 INTRODUCTION

The Department of Economics and Development Studies has two separate academic disciplines namely:

  1. Economics and;
  2. Demography & Social Statistics.

Postgraduate academic programmes currently exist in the two disciplines. These two programmes have well defined philosophies/objectives as well as distinct requirements that qualify candidates seeking admission to be offered admission into the Department. These requirements are presented herein.

1.1 POSTGRADUATE DEGREE PROGRAMMES IN ECONOMICS

I. OBJECTIVES

The postgraduate programmes of the Department of Economics are designed to promote advanced training and research in Economics. The aim of the programmes is to continuously produce economists that are well armed to play positive roles towards the social and economic advancement of Nigeria, Africa and the world. To satisfy national and international interests, the postgraduate programmes of the Department cover the following areas: Economic Theory; Economic Growth and Development, and International Economics. Others include Money and Banking, Labour Economics and Industrial Relations, Quantitative Economics, Energy Economics, Development Management, Economics of Technology and Policy, Environmental Economics, Public Sector Economics and Financial Economics. The following postgraduate programmes in exist in Economics:

i) PGD in Economics
ii) M.Sc in Economics
iii) M.Phil/Ph.D, and
iv) Ph.D in Economics

The PGD and M.Sc. programmes are by coursework and research project. Similarly, the programmes for the M.Phil/Ph.D and Ph.D degrees consist of taught courses and research work culminating in the submission of a thesis which must contain publishable results. Career opportunities exist for successful postgraduate economics degree holders in teaching and research in tertiary educational institutions, public sector management, private sector, international organisation, among others.

II. ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS:
(i) PGD in Economics

The Postgraduate Diploma in Economics (PGD) is a twelve-calendar month, full time programme, designed to bridge gaps in knowledge of Economics for graduates in related fields. It is designed for graduates intending to deepen their expertise in the field of Economics but are from backgrounds other than Economics. The programmes present basic knowledge and methods of economic science in solving both micro and macroeconomic problems.

Admission Requirements
For the Postgraduate Diploma in Economics, the candidate shall possess a bachelor’s degree of Covenant University or other approved institutions with at least a Second Class (Lower Division) in Environmental Design and Management, Science and Technology (Engineering), Social Science and other allied disciplines. A third class degree in Economics from Covenant University and other reputable Universities may be considered.

Conditions for Award of Postgraduate Diploma in Economics (PGD) Degree
The degree of PGD will be awarded to candidates who have satisfactorily completed the approved course works with Long Essay. Each student on the programme is expected to register for and pass a minimum of 21 units of the taught courses along with the 6 units of Long Essay to qualify for the PGD award. That is, during the first and second semesters, students are expected to select at least 8 courses in Alpha semester and 4 courses in Omega semester (i.e. a minimum of 12 courses) as well as the Long Essay (6 units) in the second semester.

(ii) M.Sc. in Economics
To qualify for admission to the Master’s degree programme in Economics, candidates must possess:
a) Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of Second Class (Lower Division) in Economics of Covenant University or any other approved university, or
b) Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of Second Class (Lower Division) in a related discipline within the social and management sciences of Covenant University or any other approved University. Such a candidate will however be admitted on the condition that he/she will take required courses in which he/she is deficient.
Candidates may be required to satisfy the department in an interview or written examination or both.

(iii) Ph.D Degree in Economics
Candidates for the Ph.D degree in Economics must possess any of the following qualifications:
a. An M.Sc. degree of Covenant University or any other recognized University with a minimum GPA of 4.00 or equivalent.
b. M.Phil degree of Covenant University or any other recognized University.
Candidates may be required to satisfy the Department in an interview or written examination or both.

III. Period of Study and Requirement for the Award of Degrees

(i) M. Sc. Degree in Economics
The M.Sc. programme is for a period of two academic sessions for full-time students. The taught courses are expected to last for one academic session, while the last session is to be devoted to research activities. Each student is required to submit a Research Project (Dissertation) of 20,000 to 65,000 words in partial fulfilment of the M.Sc. degree.

(ii) Ph.D Degree in Economics
The minimum time required for completion of Ph.D programme is three academic sessions after Master’s degree; and two academic sessions after conversion from M.Phil/Ph.D degree status. To satisfy the requirements for the award of Ph.D degree in Economics, candidates must offer and pass at least twelve (12) units of 900–level Courses. Candidates must demonstrate a satisfactorily high level of research potentials in seminar presentations. All candidates must prepare and submit a supervised research work (Thesis) which must make an original contribution to knowledge in the field of Economics. The thesis shall contain between 45,000 and 100,000 words.

1.2 DEMOGRAPHY AND SOCIAL STATISTICS POSTGRADUATE PROGRAMME

PHILOSOPHY
The postgraduate programme in Demography and Social Statistics is geared towards finding solutions to a variety of population and development related problems. In particular, it is to enable the candidate to be capable of applying statistical methods/techniques to demographic data as part of a growing effort to explain and resolve the consequences of existing socio-economic, political and development challenges that occur either at personal or societal levels within and without the shores of Nigeria.

OBJECTIVES
The objectives of the programme are:
1. To provide instructional courses in Demography and Social Statistics that would produce well-formed individuals capable of working effectively in academic or professional settings.
2. To train students in research and afford them the opportunity to apply their skills in solving population and related socio-economic, political and development problems arising from contemporary Nigerian, and internationally.
3. To encourage an interdisciplinary perspective in the study of population issues/matters directed towards the social and economic advancement of Nigeria.
4. To provide consultancy services in the different areas of population and development studies.

Degree to be offered
1. Postgraduate Diploma in Demography and Social Statistics (PGD)
2. Masters of Science in Demography and Social Statistics (M.Sc.)
3. Masters of Philosophy (M.Phil.) in Demography and Social Statistics (Conversion to PhD)
4. Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Admission Requirements
1. Postgraduate Diploma in Demography and Social Statistics (PGD)
Postgraduate Diploma in Demography and Social Statistics is a terminal degree.
A candidate for admission in a Postgraduate Diploma in Demography and Social Statistics (PGD) shall meet the following conditions:
i. Must satisfy the matriculation requirements of JAMB
ii. Be a graduate of Demography and Social Statistics or a Social Science Discipline or related discipline (such as Health Sciences, and Mathematical Sciences, ) from a recognized university with at least a third class honour degree.
iii. HND in population related discipline from a recognized Polytechnic/Monotechnic with not less than an Upper Credit.

Candidates may be required to satisfy the Department in an interview or written examination or both.

2. M. Sc. in Demography and Social Statistics
To qualify for admission to the Master’s degree programme in Demography and Social Statistics, candidates must possess:
Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of Second Class (Lower Division) in Demography and Social Statistics of this University or any other approved University, or Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of Second Class (Lower Division) in a related discipline of this University or any other approved University. Such a candidate will however be admitted on the condition that he/she will take required courses in which he/she is deficient.

Candidates may be required to satisfy the Department in an interview or written examination or both.

3. M.Phil in Demography and Social Statistics (conversion to Ph.D)
To qualify for admission, candidates must possess a minimum of B.Sc. Second Class (Upper Division) degree of this or other recognized University in Demography and Social Statistics. The candidate will also be required to take courses in which he/she is deficient at the lower level (M.Sc.)

Candidates may be required to satisfy the department in an interview or written examination.

4. Ph.D. in Demography and Social Statistics – Candidates for Ph.D. degree must possess any of the following qualifications:
(i) M.Sc. degree in Demography and Social Statistics, and other M.Sc. degree in Social Sciences or Health Sciences from this University and any other recognized University with a minimum grade point average of 60% or
(ii) M.Phil degree of Covenant University or any other recognized University in Demography and Social Statistics. Such a candidate may be required to take courses in which he or she is deficient at the Masters level.

Candidates may be required to satisfy the department in an interview or written examination.

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