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JAMB Subject combination for Mass communication



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Before we start writing on JAMB subject combination for Mass Communication, we will like to explain what mass communication is and what it’s not.
Mass communication is a great course that entails interdisciplinary study and gives room to a large number of career ranging from publishing, advertising, broadcasting, public relations and a host of others.
Students who studied Mass communication majorly work as a journalist, broadcaster, digital communicator, media manager etc.
And for those interested in the educational sector, they work as English, literature in English language teachers.



Many students have been asking us questions on JAMB SUBJECT COMBINATION for Mass Communication and we have decided to answer the question with an article. Read!

While for many students obtaining UTME form and passing JAMB is what is thought to be the most important but having the correct JAMB subject combination is as much important because that only validates the usefulness of the JAMB.

All universities in Nigeria have individual departmental admission requirements and for this purpose, we shall be writing on WAEC, NECO and JAMB subject combination for Mass Communication. Also are the A’level requirements for Mass Communication and also Nigerian universities offering Mass communication.

Course Mass Communication

Department Humanities (Art)

Degree B. A

Years of Study: 3-4 Years

Available To: Art (Humanities) & Commercial (Business Studies)

Relevancy: High

Chance of Admission: Very Competitive

But before we proceed on the subject combination for mass communication, we will like to clarify something which is the misconception of many students taking the mass of mass communication for “maths” and such believing they cannot study mass communication. It’s mass communication and not maths communication.

Truth be told, mass communication is basically a course for students in the Humanities (Art) department. And for someone to perform well while studying Mass communication he or she must have a sound background in Literature in English, any Nigerian language and other art related subjects. For students of other departments, Science, Technology or Business Studies (Commercial) will most likely have to take a crash course on the aforementioned JAMB subject combination for Mass Communication.

For any student seeking admission into the University to study Mass communication, you need to study and understand the admission requirements properly starting from the WAEC/NECO subject combination requirements for mass communication , JAMB subject combination for Mass Communication requirements, Direct Entry requirements both for A’level and others and waivers in terms subject accepted in lieu of other subject. We will taking you through all of these just to help you know the JAMB subject combination for Mass Communication and make guided decisions while seeking admission into the university.

WAEC Subject Combination (Requirements) for Mass Communication

As required for all other subjects, minimum of 5 credits is required from the WAEC subject combination for Mass Communication into Nigerian tertiary institutions i.e both Universities and Polytechnics.
The required subjects combination for Mass Communication in WAEC is also the same for both NECO and NABTEB.
Below are THE O’level WAEC subject combination for Mass Communication as required on the JAMB brochure.

Any Nigerian Language(Yoruba/Hausa/Igbo)
Civic Education
English Language
Literature in English Language
A trade subject (E.g Cosmetology, Photography, Food and Dyeing and Bleaching, Book keeping etc.)

Worthy of note is that CRS/IS not compulsory for studying Mass communication, while many students do prefer choosing CRS/IS as one of the subjects for subject combination for Mass Communication in JAMB. Our advice is that, if you are not that good in CRS/IS, you are advised to opt for any other Art subject that you are more sure of.
As an advice, since there’s room for change of institution and change of course due to any reason maybe change of interest, low JAMB score etc. It is advisable you choose one Nigeria language (Yoruba/Hausa/Igbo) as one of the subjects in your JAMB subject combination for Mass Communication.
Reason due to the flexibility and acceptability of the subject combination in other courses than Mass communication, so that you don’t get stuck if you want to change course.
In addition, off course the language of environment is the required language for those choosing Nigerian language as part of their JAMB subject combination for Mass Communication and other related course, it will be a no-brainer to choose Yoruba as one of your subject combinations in Abia state or Usman Dan Fodio University, Sokoto.
Also, the O’level requirements are same students of Direct Entry and UTME but there are considerations in some schools for A’level.

JAMB UTME Subject Combination (requirements) for Mass Communication

To gain Admission into any tertiary institution in Nigeria, your admission must pass through the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) who regularizes admission and issue admission letter to admitted students.
As it is for other courses, there are subject combination for Mass Communication students as required by Mass Communication departments of each tertiary institutions nationwide.

While many believe getting admission to study Mass Communication is not as competitive as getting admission to study Law or Medicine, while that’s true but it might interest you to know that the number of students seeking admission to study mass communication in the university is springing up.
So, to increase your chances of getting admitted, you have to try and score up to 200 or better still 240, this can only get you maximum assurance of getting your desired mass communication course than scoring 180 or below.
But if you have scored below 180,that’s not the end of the road, you can still get admission, see here to do so.

As explained earlier, mathematics is not a compulsory subject in studying mass communication in Nigerian Universities, and also if your JAMB score is too low to gain Admission into any University, you can consider obtaining IJMB, JUPEB, ND or predegree.

Below are the JAMB subject combination for Mass Communication.

English Language (Compulsory)
Literature In English
Any Nigerian Language





To study Mass communication in the university, you are required to have two A’ level passes in relevant subjects. This is in addition to the required WAEC subject combination for Mass Communication.
After meeting up with these requirements, you can obtain the direct entry form, some universities conduct entry examinations for direct entry students while some do not but the best is for you to prepare in case of any eventuality.


Mass communication is a popular course offered in most tertiary institutions in Nigeria both state and federal.
In securing admission in Nigeria you have to be tactical, since there’s opportunity to change both institution and course up to two times, you are advise to choose a federal University first, then state University and last polytechnic unless you have other solid plan.
Worthy of note is that, it’s only possible if their Post UTME registration and maybe examination is not slated for the same time, and this is left to you to do your due diligence.
Below are the tertiary institutions offering mass communication course in Nigeria and there JAMB subject combination for Mass Communication is the same throughout except some waivers which is an alternative.

Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba

Ajayi Crowther University, Ibadan (ACU)

Akwa Ibom State University of Technology, Uyo

Al-Hikmah University, Ilorin

University of Benin (UNIBEN)

ECWA Bingham University, New Karu

Covenant University Ota

University of Jos (UNIJOS)

Kwara State University, Ilorin (KWASU)

Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai (IBBU)

University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID)


Plateau State University Bokkos (PLASU)

The University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN)

National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN)

It might interest you to know that apart from University and Polytechnic, there are many institutes offering mass communication as a course but like it is said earlier, unless you have other reasons, your best option is to start your admission seeking journey to study Mass Communication with a university as first option. You won’t be able to fill otherwise anyway, while filling your UTME form.


Like it’s written earlier on, students who studied Mass communication can work in many places and some have even argued that they can work in any organisation just like those that studied accounting.
Every organisation now looks for a front desk officer with good communication skill which is the forte of a mass communicator.
Also, today we know everything is a matter of interest, so like it’s said earlier on and in addition to the job opportunities mentioned earlier, there are lots of job opportunities available for someone who studied Mass communication in the labour market.

Cut-off Mark for Mass Communication course

The cut-off mark for Mass Communication in most universities varies but for most universities both state and federal is 180 but some federal universities accept minimum of 200.
We have written an extensive post on Nigerian universities and their cut-off marks. Check here:

In case your jamb score is not up to the cut-off mark, do not be deterred, there’s still a way out, check here for what to do:

How to gain Admission into any University in Nigeria 2021/2022

YEARS OF STUDY FOR Mass Communication

Apart from knowing the JAMB subject for Mass Communication in Nigeria, it might interest you to know that basically, mass communication takes four years for UTME students and three years for students of direct entry.
All these are only possible barring any internal strike or ASUU strike and students shortcomings like carry-overs leading to extension (extra year) or deferral of admission.
Check for how to defer admission:


In the JAMB brochure, Mass Communication is categorised under Faculty/School/College of Arts but institutions defer and they also defer in there categorization. So, Mass Communication can be categorized under another faculty that you might not think of, so it’s better you ask around if you are visiting the department of Mass communication in a school.

Can a science or commercial student study Mass Communication?

Yes and No.
Yes, if you offer the subject combination for Mass Communication already which is possible in some schools which is due to the flexibility of there timetable.
So, a science or commercial student can study mass communication only if he/she offers the subject combination for Mass Communication and alternatively, such student can take a crash course on the said subjects of the subject combination of mass communication and obtain a GCE form to write the said subjects.

No, if you mean to offer mass communication without having the JAMB subject combination for Mass Communication in O’ level but with your account/commerce/stores management or physics/chemistry/biology.

So, the choice is solely yours and decision is solely yours to make, but you can not use science or commercial departments core subjects to study mass communication without having the JAMB subject combination for Mass Communication in your O’ level results.

Per adventure, you can check other courses in the Art department that are well related to mass communication and apply for. Also some Polytechnics offer waivers for students who do not meet up with the requirements.

Special Consideration (Waivers)

While it’s generally known to all that, all universities requires minimum of five credits in English and Mathematics and three other relevant subjects. Some universities accept pass (D7 and E8) for mathematics and/or English but I doubt any university in Nigeria will accept below C6 for students seeking admission to study mass communication.
Reason being that, English language is one of the core subjects required in studying mass communication, in fact, some universities require distinction in English language for students seeking admission to study mass communication.
Also, apart from the grades, some universities accept results up to two sittings while some universities accept only one sitting.
For Direct entry students, there are also some waivers in terms of A’ level results for those with A’ level in combination with their WAEC subject combinations, there are also some considerations for ND and college of education students seeking admission to study mass communication in the university.

Check here for your eligibility:

We wish all seeking admission into the University to study mass communication seamless success and hopefully this time next year you will be writing your second semester examination in the university and you will be visiting this blog for your siblings and not you. We hope this article has helped you in understanding the JAMB subject combination for Mass Communication or the other and you won’t mind in sharing these article with your friends on WhatsApp, facebook, and other social media platforms.
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Hi, I'm Ogundare Abdulahi, an educator, content developer and web programmer. I love helping people and disseminating information. At my leisure time, I like reading and surfing the web.

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