School of Postgraduate Studies - Welcome

Welcome to the School of Postgraduate Studies of the National Open University of Nigeria, (NOUN) the only Nigerian University dedicated Distance Learning in the Country. Thank you for choosing the NOUN to pursue your postgraduate studies that will have profound influence on your future.

The National Open University of Nigeria from the inception of its academic programmes in 2003, had commenced Postgraduate studies in each of its five schools particularly at the postgraduate Diploma level. Nonetheless, the Senate of the NOUN formalised the establishment of a School of Postgraduate Studies at its 46th Regular Meeting of April 6, 2009.

The Postgraduate programmes of the University are run either on Full-time (particularly for research-based Ph.D and Masters Degrees) OR flexible time bases. Our programmes are designed to expand the depth of your knowledge and to develop new skills, update your professional skills as well as add value to your organisation and business. Hence most of our programmes, particularly at the Postgraduate Diploma and Masters level, are by Coursework and Research underpinned by the principles of Open and Distance Learning.



Ag. Dean of Postgraduate School


SAMAILA MANDE is a scholar in Business Administration with specialization in Marketing Communication and Entrepreneurship, a Human Resources Management expert. Presently, he is an Associate Professor of Marketing in the Faculty of Management Sciences, National Open University of Nigeria. He is a Fellow of the Nigeria Institute of Public Relations (NIPR). He is also a Fellow of the National Institute of Marketing of Nigeria(NIMN) and the current National Secretary of The Academy of Management Nigeria (TAMN). By a recent appointment, he is now the Ag. Dean of Postgraduate School, National Open University of Nigeria.

Dr. Mande is an Adjunct Research Fellow at the School of Media and Communications, Pan- Atlantic University, Lagos; a Faculty Member of Nigerian Military School of Public Relations, Bonny Cantonment, Lagos; and also a Faculty Member, Nigerian Military School ofMedical Sciences, Ojo Cantonment, Lagos. He was the former head of Department of Mass Communication, Igbinedion University Okada, where he served as the Sub-Dean, College of Art and Social Sciences. He was also visiting Lecturer at Kogi State University, Kogi State and Benson Idahosa University, Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria.

He has membership of professional bodies such as: National Institute of Marketing of Nigeria (NIMN); Nigeria Institute of Public Relations (NIPR); Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM); Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria (APCON); Institute of Management Consultants (IMC); The African Council for Communication Education (ACCE) and The Academy of Management Nigeria (TAMN). Dr. Mande is an accredited Management Consultant of Centre for Management Development (CMD).

A professional graduate of Public Relations, he holds a Post-Graduate Diploma in Business Administration specializing in Marketing and an M.Sc Degree in Mass Communication from Benue State University, Makurdi. He also holds an M.Sc Degree in Marketing and an MBA in Marketing, both from the University of Nigeria Nsukka and a Ph.D in Business Administration. He enjoys public affairs discussions and engagements.