Postgraduate Studies

M.Sc Political Science

The M.Sc. Political Science is designed to equip students with broad knowledge in Political Science, as well as in the various areas of specialization in the discipline. The areas of specialisation offered are:

1.     International Relations

2.     Public Administration

3.     Local Government Administration

4.     Defence and Strategic Studies

5.     Peace and Conflict Studies

6.     Law and Diplomacy

7.     Legislative Studies

8.     Comparative Politics



The philosophy of the programme is to provide both professional and academic education that adheres to the highest standards of scholarship that is relevant to contemporary problem solving mechanism within the general framework of holistic education as formulated in the Seventh Day Adventist philosophy of education.

Vision Statement

A first-rate academic and research program, imparting quality Christian education and up-to-date skills for building servant leaders for a better world

Mission Statement

Excellence through teaching and research geared towards producing manpower and ethical leadership for public and private sector and international organisations, as well as the positive transformation of the nation, Nigeria, and the world.

Programme Objectives

Generally, the objectives of the course are to:

1)     develop high skilled manpower in the discipline of Political Science;

2)     prepare students for the kind of research that will lead to further research and not only present   research findings;

3)     provide a supply for the high demand for skilled labour for national development especially within the precinct of continually growing global challenges.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the programme, graduates of the course would:

1)       Have in-depth knowledge in a specialized area of Political Science;

2)       Be able to initiate, conduct and supervise research in Political Science;

3)       Be ready to take up academic positions in research institutions and universities;

4)       Be ready for leadership positions in both private and public sectors, and in international organisations.


Admission Requirements

(i) Candidates having a minimum of Second Class lower Division in Political Science from Babcock University or any other recognized University within or outside Nigeria.

(ii)  Candidates with at least a Second Class Lower Division in Political Science, International Relations, Public Administration, Local Government, History, Philosophy, Sociology, History and International Studies, International Law and Diplomacy, Strategic Studies, Public Management and other relevant courses from either Babcock University, Ilishan Remo or any other recognized Institutions may be considered for admission.


Students are required to meet the following requirements to be awarded the MSc Political Science in different specialisations at Babcock University:

(a)     Candidates are required to register and pass all general and core courses, as well as the requisite number of electives and obtain a grade not lower than a C (50%) in all the courses required for graduation

(b)     A minimum of 40 credit hours comprised of the following:

§  GEDS courses           – 4 credits

§  All core courses        – 15 credits

§  A dissertation            – 6 credits

§  Electives                   - 15credits

§  TOTAL                     - 40 credits


Other Requirements for Graduation include:

1.   Candidates are required to register each semester till the conduct of external examination.

2.   All Masters students are required to consult with the PG Coordinator for Masters programme for guidance before selection of courses each semester.

3.   All departmental courses registered for by the students must be passed with a minimum score of 50%.

4.   Attendance at the Weekly Postgraduate seminar is compulsory for all students throughout the duration of their studentship.

5.   During the first semester of study in the Department, Students are required to submit three proposed dissertation topics (in their area of specialization) for consideration by the PG Committee, after which students are to defend the preferred title at a Departmental PG Seminar.

6.   On approval of the dissertation title, a Supervisor shall be assigned to each student who will guide the student through the process of executing and writing the dissertation.

7.   On completion of the first three chapters of the dissertation, the student will be scheduled for pre-field seminar presentation following approval by the Student’s Supervisor.

8.   Pre-field seminars would be scheduled two weeks after the submission of pre-field materials including CPGS seminar clearance and ethical clearance from Babcock University Health and Research Ethic Committee (BUHREC).

9.   Pre-field seminars are to be graded by the Departmental PG Committee, and after successful presentation, the student is to proceed on field work after effecting all corrections made by the Departmental PG Committee.

10.   The field work would take a minimum of two months from the date of presentation of pre-field.

11.   On submission of post-field materials approved by the supervisor, post-field seminar would be scheduled, minimum of one month from date of submission of all materials including clearance from CPGS.

12.   Students who have not passed all courses will not be allowed to present Post-field seminars.

13.   The Departmental PG Committee would examine the post field materials, and if candidate is successful, such candidate would effect all corrections and recommendations and proceed to oral defence/external examination.

14.   Oral defence would hold on a day fixed by the External Examiner approved by the CPGS, and Supervisors of Students are required to be in attendance. Examinations would not hold in the absence of the Supervisor, except with prior approval of the HOD.

15.   Degrees are deemed to be awarded after students have effected all corrections from the external/oral examination and submitted hard bounded copies of the dissertation.

16.   Departmental clearance would only be given when students have submitted hard bound copies to the HOD.