List of Online Universities in Nigeria

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List of Online Universities in Nigeria- I guess you are surprised reading this, online universities in Nigeria. Well, the COVID 19 pandemic in 2020 has facilitated the need for an upgrade in the way we do things. We are in the era of a new normal.

The pandemic which forced schools to close down for many months has now brought about new development in our learning system, part of which is the Online Schooling.

Nigeria Universities Commission (NUC) has approved a number of universities to run some courses Online.

List of Accredited Online Universities in Nigeria

  • Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria
  • University of Ibadan (UI)
  • Federal University of Technology, Minna
  • Joseph Ayo Babalola University
  • Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomosho
  • Modibbo Adama University of Technology
  • National Open University of Nigeria
  • Obafemi Awolowo University
  • University of Abuja
  • University of Lagos
  • University of Maiduguri
  • University of Nigeria, Nsukka

Ahmadu Bello University, ABU, Zaria

Ahmadu Bello University Distance Learning Centre (ABU DLC) is the arm of the university that handles the online schooling.

ABU DLC has the sole vision of providing innovative and high quality online education to students across the country, no matter their location.

The online school intends to provide certificate, diploma, undergraduate and post-graduate programs in all fields.

Interestingly, the e-learning courses will be taken by the same renowned faculty members who teach on-campus programs.

On the 20th of April 2022, the International Institute of Online Education (IIOE) was launched in ABU.

Also recently, a team from ABU visited Edoxi training Institute in United Arab Emirates. The aim of the visit was to promote the distance learning center of the university and secure some collaborations with foreign organizations.

University of Ibadan

The online learning program operates under the umbrella name; Open Distance e-Learning (ODeL) which has been approved by Nigeria Universities Commission (NUC).

Amazingly, students on the two modes of study (i.e. On-site and Online) are exposed to the same university curriculum and exams by same lecturers, thus graduating with the same degree.

The distance learning center offers the following:

Faculty of Arts

  • B.A (Hons) English
  • B.A (Hons) Philosophy and public affairs
  • B.A (Hons) History and Diplomatic studies
  • B.A (Hons) Communication and Language Arts.

Faculty of Social Sciences

  1. B.Sc. (Hons) Psychology
  2. B.Sc. (Hons) Economics
  3. B.Sc. (Hons) Political Science
  4. B.Sc. (Hons) Sociology)

Faculty of Education

  1. B.Ed. (Hons) Adult Education
  2. B.Ed.(Hons) Guidance and counseling
  3. B.Ed.(Hons) Educational Management
  4. B. SW(Hons) Social Work
  5. B.LIS Library and Information studies
  6. B.Sc.(Hons) Computer Science
  7. B.Sc. (Hons) Statistics
  8. B. NSc (Hons) Nursing

Admissions Requirement

There are two modes of entry into the distance learning program

  1. Entry into 100 level
  2. Entry into 200level

Entry into 100 level

  1. Applicant must be holders of senior secondary school certificates e.g. WAEC, NECO, GCE, NABTEB, etc.
  2. Candidates must possess at least 5 credit passes in 5 SSCE subject not more than 2 sittings (relevant to course of study).
  3. Jamb UTME result is not required for admission.

Entry into 200 level (Direct Entry)

  1. Applicants must be holders of NCE, ND, B.Sc. or HND who wish to study further in their previous courses or related ones.
  2. Candidates must possess at least 5 credit passes in 5 SSCE subject not more than 2 sittings relevant to course of study).
  3. Jamb Direct Entry form is not required to be admitted.

University of Lagos(UNILAG) Distance Learning Institute

This online school has been officially accredited and recognized by the NUC. They have the vision to provide functional, flexible, accessible and cost-effective online education necessary for excelling in the 21st century and beyond.

Approved Course for the 2022/2023 Academic Calendar

B.Sc. Accounting

B.Sc. Business Administration

B.Sc. Economics

B.Sc. Public Administration

B.Sc. Education with specialization in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Business education, economics.

B.Ed. Early Childhood Education

B.A Education/English

How to Apply


Stage 1: Log on to the JAMB CAD website and register (part-time). Pay a sum of #3500 to enable you get the register the number.


  1. Log on to Unilag Application portal
  2. Click start ‘fresh application’
  3. Input all required details.
  4. Proceed to make payment
  5. Return to complete the form filled and submit

Federal University of Technology, Minna

FUTminna was established on 1st of February in 1983. Its main objective is to give effect to the nation’s drive for the much needed self reliance in Science, Engineering and Technology.

The online school is known as CODeL (Centre for Open and Distance Learning).

On October 8, 2020, CODeL matriculated her pioneer students

Joseph Ayo Babalola University Centre for Distance Learning(JABU)

It was established in response to a deep hunger of a number of people, to provide access to teeming Nigerians who cannot access tertiary education because of cost.

Available programme: B.Sc. Accounting.

O’Level Admission into 100 Level (Five Years)

Five (5) O’Level credits in NECO/WASSCE in subjects including English Language, Mathematics, Economics and any other two from the following: Government, Financial accounting, Geography, Literature in English and Yoruba at not more than two sittings.

Ladoke Akintola University of Technology(LAUTECH)- Distance Learning Centre(DLC)

The vision of LAUTECH DLC is to provide learner’s the ability to fit learning around their lifestyles effectively allowing even the busiest person to further a career and gain new qualifications.

The school runs academic program 3 levels; 100, 200 and 300L.

Course duration is 4years.

Available Courses

  • Accounting
  • Marketing
  • Agricultural Economics
  • Agricultural Extension and Rural Development
  • Computer Science
  • Nursing Science

Application form are available at the schools’ site. Application fee of #10000 and Technology fee of #2500 to be paid.

Entry into 100 level (Admission requirement)

Applicants should have at least 5 credit passes in their SSCE result, WAEC, NECO, GCE or NABTEB.

Applicants are not necessarily required to write JAMB before applying for the program.

Applicants that have participated in 2022/2023 UTME Exam and scored 180 can apply whether they choose the school or not.

Computer proficiency training and test will be conducted for all applicants.

Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU)- Distance Learning(DL)

The available courses include:

  • Accounting
  • Economics
  • Nursing

Requirements for 100 level

1.   Five credit passes in the GCE, NECO or WAEC

2.   A minimum of two (2) of these must be at the Advanced Level.

3.   Ordinary level passes must include English Language, Economics, and Mathematics

4.   Advanced Level passes shall include Economics or Accounting

Entry into 200L

1.   Five credit passes in the GCE (or equivalent)

2.   A minimum of two (2) of these must be at the Advanced Level.

3.   Ordinary level passes must include English Language, Economics, and Mathematics

4.   Advanced Level passes shall include Economics or Accounting

University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN)- Centre for Distance and e-Learning (CDeL)

The Centre was created in response to the global demand for flexible and broader learning access. The Centre is NUC-accredited.

Available Courses: Masters in Business Administration with options in Accounting or Banking and Finance, Management, Marketing.

University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID)-Centre for Distance Learning(CDL)

It was set up in 2004 with a vision of providing high quality tech-drive distance education to its’ students.

The school offers a broad range of degree programmes in arts, humanities, Education, Social Sciences and Management.

Presently, CDL runs 30 academic programmes including 28 degrees and 2 advanced diploma.

University of Abuja-Centre for Distance Learning and Continuous education.

The Centre was created to cater for the working class people who are interested in getting a degree amidst their busy schedules.

Most of the lectures are conducted online. Admission does not require JAMB or Post-UTME.

Upon successful completion of programmes, graduates are issued certificate of exemption.

Admission Requirement

Credit passes in 5 subjects including English and Mathematics in WAEC, NECO GCE NABTEB or Grade II

Available programmes

Faculty of Management Sciences

  • Department of Business Administration
  • Department of Public Administration

Faculty of Social Science

  • Department of Economics
  • Department of Political Science
  • Department of Sociology

National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN)

The university has different study centers across the country. The online option allows the students take the program from wherever they are. However, students are mandated to visit the school at regular intervals for tests and exams.

This university is well recognized by NUC as the best institution offering some online courses to students at a flexible rate.

Benefits of Online Learning

  • You will get to learn at your own pace.
  • You can easily relate with your professors
  • You have the opportunity to create your own customized learning environment
  • Cost of study is cheaper than a traditional classroom
  • Learning is greatly flexible
  • You have access to all the necessary documentations and materials
  • You will acquire new technical skills. Some of the skills you will acquire will help you do better at work
  • You will get to develop some managerial skills like time management, self motivation, organization skills, planning
  • You will gain better critical thinking skills


Are all U.I program on ODel

No, just a few have been yet approved.

How can I apply?

Visit the university site to download the form, fill, submit and make necessary payments.

Who is Eligible to apply?

  • You are eligible as long as you have 5 ‘O’ level credit pass in 5 SSCE subjects in not more than 2 sittings.
  • Do you require UTME/JAMB to be able to register for the Online school?
  • UTME results are not required, though you will still be required to register for it so you can obtain an identification number


So you really don’t have any excuse not to get a higher education if you really want to. Online Universities saves you cost, affords you time to earn a decent income and most importantly allows you learn at your own space.

So, what are you waiting for?

Enroll for that online course today!

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