Which university is the best school to study mass communication in Nigeria? Questions like this are not out of the ordinary for prospective students seeking to study mass communication in Nigeria. Because we know the importance of going for the very best, something prospective students want to be very sure of before settling for a tertiary institution of their choice, we have compiled a list of the top schools offering mass communication in the country presently.
Mass communication has been made a faculty in its own right in Nigerian Universities and it is to be known as the Faculty/School/College of Communication and Media Studies going forward. It has been broken down into several departments in order to properly teach and train students in the different fields of the course which they intend to major in and these departments include:
- Journalism and Media Studies
- Public Relations
- Film and Multi-Media Studies
- Development Communication Studies
- Information and Media Studies.
It should be noted that some universities still have Mass Communication as a department under the faculty of arts and humanities, faculty of administration or faculty of social and management sciences but with time, they will make the switch to upgrading mass communication to faculty status.
A course under mass communication still takes the standard four years to complete as a first degree programme and within this time frame, university undergraduates are provided with adequate training on various aspects which span the field of mass communication. Students are trained in news sourcing and analysis, news reporting, writing, news casting, to mention but a few, and when they graduate, they can become web content developers, journalists, news editors, social media managers, etc., and get paid interesting amounts as is evident in our article on mass communication salary structure in Nigeria.
With the enlightenment on the new development giving mass communication the status of a faculty in most Nigerian tertiary learning institutions, what then are the best universities currently offering mass communication in the country? We take a look at the schools one after the other as we continue.
TOP 10 MASS COMMUNICATION SCHOOLS IN NIGERIA PRESENTLY
These are the top 10 best schools to study mass communication in the country currently in no particular order.
CHUKWUEMEKA ODUMEGWU OJUKWU UNIVERSITY (COOU)
Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, formerly Anambra State University is one of the best schools in Nigeria that offers Mass Communication. Mass Communication is resident at the Igbariam campus of the school and some of the courses under this field include News Writing, News Editing, Public Relations, Broadcast Journalism, Print Journalism, International Relations, Advertising and PR, History of Mass Media in Nigeria to mention but a few. If you want to get good value for your money and you want to be very well grounded in Mass Communication, this is one of the places you would want to be.
UNIVERSITY OF ILORIN (UNILORIN)
The University of Ilorin is one of the best Federal universities in Nigeria currently and they are hardly ever on strike. This should be a well thought in factor for you as a prospective student if you want to graduate under four years without being delayed by ASUU strike whatsoever. The school is also one of the best universities in the country to study mass communication as they arm students with the knowledge of media institutions and processes such as diffusion of information, and how media influences public opinion.
UNIVERSITY OF LAGOS (UNILAG)
Almost every list of top universities in the country is never complete without mentioning the University of Lagos. Studying mass communication at this school puts you on a pedestal. At UNILAG, cross-media journalistic and technology skills, research and communication skills, and knowledge of concepts, ethics, laws and history of mass communication are some of the aspects of mass communication that are taught and in due time, students learn the technique of news gathering, processing and disseminating of news and information for the good of the society and how it affects the behaviour, attitude, opinion, or emotion of the person or people receiving the information.
UNIVERSITY OF BENIN (UNIBEN)
Another top federal university in Nigeria that gives the best when it comes to mass communication. The school was founded in 1970 and has over the years, consistently taken education, of which mass communication is but one, to completely new heights. If you are a prospective student considering mass communication as your first choice, UNIBEN should be high on your list of schools to choose from.
UNIVERSITY OF JOS (UNIJOS)
The main objective of the department of Mass Communication is to produce graduates who can immediately become useful and productive when they gain employment in any field of mass communication without the need for further serious training. The training offered by the department does not limit students to also develop their creative, productive and managerial skills.
The department ensures that students are provided with the opportunities for intensive hands-on training in latest communication technology and equipment either on campus or in collaboration with media houses and similar training institutions located in the immediate vicinity of the University of Jos.
The department of Mass Communication at the University of Jos also ensures that students are provided with the opportunity to master the art, science, and techniques of interfacing with the masses across all disciplines in print, broadcast, cinematographic arts, new media and marketing communications.
UNIVERSITY OF NIGERIA, NSUKKA (UNN)
The University of Nigeria, Nsukka is a great citadel of learning and whoever goes there to study must make up their minds to give their hundred percent academically. Mass communication is no exception to this rule. It requires maximum concentration at all times. The Department of Mass Communication of the University of Nigeria Nsukka offers courses in broadcasting, print journalism, photography, cinematography, public relations, advertising, to mention but a few.
COVENANT UNIVERSITY, OTA
Covenant University is one of the best private universities in Nigeria and ranks among the best in the country presently, it is quite an expensive school but if your parents can afford it, you can be rest assured that you will get good value academically, and if you are going there to study mass communication, you are in safe hands. The department of Mass communication at this school is under the College of Business and Social sciences and some of the courses offered under it include:
- Print and Online Journalism (PROJ)
- Broadcast Journalism (Radio and Television)
- Public Relations and Advertising (PRAD)
NNAMDI AZIKIWE UNIVERSITY, AWKA (NAU)
Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka is another one of the best schools in the country to study mass communication and this is evident in the number of prospective students applying to it every year for provisional admission into its undergraduate programme. The department’s painstaking commitment to excellence in teaching and research has given it an edge over quite a number of departments offering Mass Communication in Nigeria and it continues to produce graduates capable of competing favourably with the best in the country.
LAGOS STATE UNIVERSITY (LASU)
Lagos State University also boasts one of the best departments in the country as far as mass communication is concerned. The school is very well invested in by the Lagos State Government and this is evident in their facilities and teaching methods which helps students learn under favourable conditions. If you want to study mass communication in the country, LASU should be considered.
AHMADU BELLO UNIVERSITY, ZARIA (ABU, ZARIA)
A very good school as far as university education in Nigeria is concerned, if you are in the north and you need quality mass communication education, ABU Zaria is your best bet. The school focuses much of their efforts on the production of mass communication graduates that can easily function in the mass media organizations in and around the immediate social environment, also ensuring the satisfying of societal quest for effective information. The Department of Mass Communication, ABU Zaria was conceived in 1976 but took off in 1992/93 following the approval by the National University Commission (NUC) of an academic programme leading to a B.Sc. degree in Mass Communication.