Mass Communication, also called Mass Comm., is one of the popular courses not only in Nigeria but also in the world. The course is studied in many Universities in the country and has produced several professionals in the field over the years. The course is also a very competitive course as many applicants are always working hard for slots in popular Universities in the country to study the course. It is a course mostly studied by individuals or students with background in arts or social science while in school. But before students can get into universities, they’ll need to write the JAMB exam with the right combination of subjects.

As it is well known in the country, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board is the most popular and recognized body for conducting examination for candidates looking to further their education into Universities in the country. Though there are other means of actually getting admission, some of which include writing JUPEB, IJMB, A Level,  and Direct Entry exams, the JAMB format remains the most popular and is responsible for the admission of over hundred thousands of students yearly. One of things required when registering for JAMB is to select four subjects that are related to the course a candidate intends to study. But first, let’s look at a brief introduction of what Mass Comm. is.

According to Wikipedia, mass communication is a sub-field of communication studies. Mass communication is “the process by which a person, group of people or organization creates a message and transmits it through some type of medium to a large, anonymous, heterogeneous audience.” The study of mass communication is often associated with the practical applications of journalism, television and radio broadcasting, film, public relations, corporate or advertising. With the diversification of media forms, the study of mass communication has extended to include social media and new media, which have stronger feedback models than traditional media sources.

For any candidate who has interest in registering for JAMB and looking to study Mass Communication in the University, one of the first things to do is to make findings or do a brief research on the Universities in the country offering the course for admission. This information can sometimes be found in the JAMB brochure issues by the examination body and you can certainly get what you want there. Below is a list of 10 of the universities in the country offering the course.

  1. University of Lagos, Lagos State(UNILAG)
  2. Lagos State University, Lagos State (LASU)
  3. Ahmadu Bello University, Kaduna State(ABU)
  4. Babcock University, Ogun State
  5. University of Illorin, Kwara State (UNILORIN)
  6. University of Benin, Edo State(UNIBEN)
  7. Federal University, Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE)
  8. Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ogun State(OOU)
  9. University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State
  10. Kwara State University, Kwara State (KWASU)

For O Level requirements into any of these institutions or other ones in the country, it is important for a candidate to have five SSCE Credit passes in English and other four subjects related to the Arts and Social Sciences department.

For JAMB, a candidate is expected to select the Use of English, and any other three subjects in the Arts/Social Sciences department. For example, a candidate can choose to select Use of English, Literature in English, Economics and Government. The combination of these four is a valid one for students who want to study Mass Comm. in the university though a candidate can choose to have another subject as long as its related to Arts and Social Sciences. Combinations might also be decided by some universities and candidates can do well to get information on their choice of institution.

Getting the right combination is very important as it can even determine a candidates chances of admission. If a candidate selects a wrong combination and scores really high, the admission chances are really low and the candidate might not even get admitted.

Cut off marks usually vary depending on the University but it is always advised for candidates to get above 200 to have a good chance of admission as Mass Communication is quite competitive.

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Ezeadichie Onyeka Michael is the Co-Founder of Haelsoft, a Professional Services Company in Nigeria that provides Information and Technology Services for small and big size companies in Nigeria(Africa). He is an Entrepreneur and Venture Capitalist with Expertise in Web Technology and Digital Marketing. He has developed & Implemented Digital Marketing Strategies(Campaigns) for top brands across sectors in Finance, Telecommunication, Ecommerce who operate in the African market. His professional experience includes key roles at Google Business Group(Nigeria), Google Women on the Web (Nigeria), Edubridge Consultant and Wild Fusion where he has trained over 500 Entrepreneurs on how to use various Web Technology products to succeed online. Customer centricity, User Experience, Conversion optimization are 3 pronged framework he applies around the often-frenetic world of web analytics to ensure that clients stay competitive in the market. He believes that investing in talent is the key to long term success for brands across Nigeria (Africa).

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