At inception during 1982/83 session, the Department was known as Department of Government and public Administration. The department used to award two separate degrees: B.Sc. Political Science and B.Sc. Public Administration. The name of the department was latter change to the Department of Political Science in 1992 and thereafter, started awarding B.Sc. Political Science degree as from 1994/95 session. 
Along with the programme in B.Sc. Political Science, the department also runs Postgraduate programmes which include: M.Sc. Political Science, Master of Public Administration (MPA) and Masters of International Studies (MIS) which commenced in 2002/2003 session.

The department also runs a sub-degree programme (Diploma in Administrative Management (DAM). Which took off in 1991/1992 session. With effect from 2004/2005 session, the Department got approval to run a Postgraduate Diploma Programme in International Affairs and Diplomacy (PGDIAD) to cap it all, the Department now has a doctorate degree programme (Ph.D) in Political Science, to train high power academic skill.

Objectives

  1. Train students to be self-reliant in the field of Political Science;
  2. Produce graduates that can make constructive contribution to the Political system;
  3. Produce Political Scientists who can transmit their knowledge to students at lower levels of education;
  4. Train students to develop necessary skills for public policy analysis, political research, electoral administration.

1. THE ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS FOR DIPLOMA IN PROGRAMMEDIPLOMA IN ADMINISTRATIVE MANAGEMENT (DAM)
A candidate may be eligible for admission into the Diploma in Administrative Management (DAM) programme if he/she possesses five ‘O’ Level credits in subject including English Language, Government or History and any other Social Science subject in not more than two sittings. All candidates shall appear for a qualifying examination. The duration of the programme is 18 months. Diploma in Administration Management is awarded to students who successfully complete at least forty-eight (48) credits including the compulsory courses as well as submit an acceptable project work.

2. THE ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS FOR B.SC POLITICAL SCIENCE
Candidates may be admitted into the Department through the University Matriculation Examination (UME) and Direct Entry (DE). The duration of UME-based programme is four (4) years while the duration of DE-based programme is three (3) years
UME
Candidates seeking admission through UME should have credits in at least five (5) subjects including English Language and Government or History. The 5 subjects must include at least 2 Social Science subjects and a minimum of pass in Mathematics in not more than two sitting.
Direct Entry
In addition to the ‘O’ Level entry requirements as stated under the UME, candidates must have General Certificate of Education (GCE) or its equivalent at the Advanced Level with a minimum of two social science subjects including Government or History.

3. THE ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS FOR POSTGRADUATES STUDENTS  
I. M.Sc. Political Science
A candidate may be eligible for admission into the M.Sc. (Political Science) programme if he/she has a minimum of Second Class (Lower Division) Honours Degree in Political Science from a reputable University. The duration of the Programme shall be a minimum of 12 (twelve) calendar months and a maximum of 24 calendar months. A candidate must pass a minimum of 35 credits including all compulsory courses to be eligible for graduation.

II. Master in Public Administration (MPA)
A candidate may be eligible for admission into the Master in Public Administration (MPA) programme if he/she possesses at least a Honours Degree in any field from any recognized University. All candidates shall appear for a qualifying examination. The duration of the MPA programme for Full-Time students is 18 months while Part-Time students will spend a minimum of 30 months. MPA degree is awarded to students who successfully complete at least forty-five credits (45) including the compulsory courses as well as submit an acceptable project work.

III. Master in International Studies MIS
A candidate may be eligible for admission into the Maser in International studies (MIS) programme if he/she possesses at least a Honours Degree in any field from any recognized University. All candidates shall appear for qualifying examination. The programme will run for 18 months divided into two equal parts January – June shall be devoted to lectures while July-December will be for both lectures and project writing. Lectures hold on weekends fortnightly. To qualify for the award of Master of International Studies, candidates must pass not less than 35 credits including compulsory courses.

IV Post Graduate Diploma in International Affairs and Diplomacy. (PGDIAD)
A candidate may be eligible for admission into the Post-Graduate Diploma in International Affairs and Diplomacy (PGDIAD) programme if he/she possesses B.Sc. Degree or HND in any field. The programme shall run 18 months divided into two equal Parts. January–June devoted purely to lectures while July-December will be devoted to both lectures and project writing. Lecture holds on weekends fortnightly. To qualify for the award of Pos-Graduate Diploma, candidates must pass a minimum of 35 credits including all compulsory courses.

V. Ph.D. POLITICAL SCIENCE
A candidate may be eligible for admission into the Ph.D. (Political Science) programme if he/she possesses M.Sc. (Political Science) with a minimum of 60% in final master degree examination from a reputable University. The duration of the programme shall be a minimum of 30 calendar months and a maximum of 42 calendar months.