American University of Nigeria

Introduction

Coming to AUN and experiencing an American-style university education is new for most African students--and for their parents! We are very conscious about the cultural differences (and similarities) between Nigeria and the United States and work hard to develop intercultural understanding among all members of the AUN community. However, this is a university based on the American approach to education. What is that approach?

General Education, 'electives', majors and minors, discussion sections--much of this will seem foreign. It is American

Americans firmly believe that: every individual is unique; every individual deserves equal respect; every individual should learn to make his or her own choices and decisions; every individual needs general knowledge to be a good citizen; every individual should help shape society, equally; every individual needs to think for himself or herself.

US education tries to train people to become such individuals. This is the American University of Nigeria; what we do here reflects these ideas.

General Education: Unlike universities in many other countries, in addition to studying a specialty such as "Petroleum Chemistry" or "Marketing" or "English Literature,” American universities all have programs in "General Education." That means students study more broadly--they learn ideas from other specialties. They learn ethics, and history, and culture, and literature, and science. We call it a "well-rounded" education. We are training not just specialists, but citizens.

Majors And Minors: As in all universities, each student is expected to specialize in a particular subject matter. In the American system, such specialities are called “majors.” All students will graduate with a particular major. Some students also want to learn about another field of study in some depth, but not as their primary focus. In the American system, such sub-specialities are called “minors.” Thus, for example, one could major in Economics and minor in Journalism, or some other combination of studies.

Electives: Some courses are required of all students, and some are courses that students get to choose for themselves: electives. Students (with the help of their academic advisors) get to choose which course in science--for example--is most interesting and helpful. Even "majors" and "minors"allow students to make some individual choices within the specialty.

The result is that by the end of four years with us, no two students have taken exactly the same courses. Everyone has had an individual education, because everyone has different talents and interests and goals. Everyone is an individual, every education unique.

Class Participation: Because one of the goals of US education is to hep train students to think for themselves, be creative, and solve new problems, students are required to actively participate. They just don't sit and learn what teachers, books and the Internet tells them. They are expected to ask questions, discuss the course materials with fellow-students and professors, think and defend their own ideas. They are even expected to challenge and debate their teachers! In this way, we believe, students learn how to become creative, confident adults. How well and how much they do this will be part of their grade for the course.

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Executive Master in Information Technology

Campus Part time 36 months March 2017 Nigeria Yola

The Masters degree in Information Technology will appeal to graduates who hold a primary degree in Computer Science or related course in computing and who wish to upgrade their qualification to Masters’ level. Our degree will also appeal to graduates with other science or engineering backgrounds who wish to work in the IT industry. The course is offered on a part-time basis leading to a diploma certificate or... [+]

Executive Master in Information Technology The Masters degree in Information Technology will appeal to graduates who hold a primary degree in Computer Science or related course in computing and who wish to upgrade their qualification to Masters’ level. Our degree will also appeal to graduates with other science or engineering backgrounds who wish to work in the IT industry. The course is offered on a part-time basis leading to a diploma certificate or Masters Degree in IT. This opportunity will appeal to students currently in employment as well as those who wish to progress after their primary degree program from AUN or other accredited University. It is a block-release course over three summer terms spanning 18 – 36 months for those interested in diploma or Masters Degree option. The course consists of a taught component and a project work relevant to the students’ industrial preferences or his/her choice of concentration. Certificate Options Candidates for the Diploma certificate in IT are expected to satisfactorily complete the listed modules and attain the grade point average (CGPA) of 2.0 or better. To proceed to the Masters degree program, students will be required to complete the listed modules and also attain minimum CGPA points of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0. In addition, candidates will also be expected to submit a dissertation based on practical research work completed by December of the second year, but no later than summer of the third year. Careers The Masters in Information Technology is designed to produce graduates with in-depth skills in contemporary computer systems and management. Prospective careers for such graduates include designing computer infrastructures, systems (hardware and software) management, planning, and research. Being an independent IT consultant is also a direct possibility. The course is modeled to facilitate a rewarding IT career in the banking, oil & gas, industrial, telecommunications and Government establishments. Program of Study The general course component of the masters’ degree course in IT is a three-year, part-time, taught postgraduate program. It consists of ten taught modules and a major project during the third year for those proceeding to the Masters Degree program. Each taught module is worth 1, 2 or 3 credit points and the final dissertation is worth 6 credit points. Each credit point is worth 15 hours of lecture time. The course runs over three years during the summer terms. Taught material is presented by certified instructors from AUN and top American and European Universities. For those proceeding to the Masters degree, the final year project must be completed by the end of the third academic year. In the first year of study, students will study five modules over a 5-week period and one week for exams. Lectures are delivered as block-release modules starting at 8:00am and ending at 5:00pm Monday through Friday (breaks inclusive). The same regime holds on the second summer. Students proceeding to the Masters program shall be required to conduct a significant research work in their final year project/dissertation in their selected areas of concentration as part of the condition for the award of AUN Masters degree in IT. Student would be required to defend the Masters dissertation before the award of the degree. Program Fees The fee for the IT program per year is N750,000.00. Entry Requirements The principal entry requirement for Higher Degree Courses in the School of Information Technology & Computing is a minimum of second class lower division degree or equivalent. Candidates with Higher National Diploma (HND) and substantial industry experience may be considered. An interview may be part of the admission process. Master’s degree is required to enroll in a PhD in IS/IT; and the School of IT & Computing’s PhD comprehensive examination given, after the taught compulsory graduate courses must be passed in order to progress to continue PhD research. [-]

Executive Master in Telecommunications

Campus Part time 36 months March 2017 Nigeria Yola

The Higher degrees in Telecommunications Systems will appeal to graduates with primary degrees in electronics or computing who wish to focus or enhance their career in telecommunications. The graduate programs are also recommended to those with other science or engineering backgrounds, who wish to work in the telecommunications industry... [+]

Executive Master in Telecommunications The Higher degrees in Telecommunications Systems will appeal to graduates with primary degrees in electronics or computing who wish to focus or enhance their career in telecommunications. The graduate programs are also recommended to those with other science or engineering backgrounds, who wish to work in the telecommunications industry. The course is offered as a part-time degree program leading to the award of any of the following certificates: Diploma Certificate Masters Degree Doctorate Degree This opportunity will facilitate students currently in employment as well as those that are progressing straight after their primary degree program from AUN, and other accredited Universities. It is a block-release in-class course over two summer terms, spanning 18 – 36 months for those interested in diploma or Masters Degree option, or a minimum of 3 - 5 years for those interested in the doctorate option by research and thesis. Certificate Options Candidates for Diploma certificate in Telecommunications are expected to satisfactorily complete the listed modules and attain a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 2.0 or better in order to be eligible for an AUN diploma certificate in Telecommunication Systems. To proceed to the Masters degree program, students will be required to complete the listed modules and also attain minimum CGPA points of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. In addition to this, candidates will be expected to submit a dissertation based on practical research work completed by December of the second year, but no later than summer of the third year. Students would be required to defend the Masters dissertation before the award of the degree. For those aspiring for the Doctoral Degree program, it is mandatory to complete the listed modules with a minimum CGPA of 2.5 and also must be successful in the AUN administered 3-hour PhD comprehensive written examination at the end of second year. The examination will naturally assess the technical and emotional competence of the candidates to commence research program for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Telecommunications Systems. The candidate may then proceed to the research phase of the PhD program which will see him working more closely with his/her assigned supervisor (local/abroad) for a minimum of 3 years. Careers The Higher certificate Degrees in Telecommunications Systems is designed to produce graduates with in-depth skills in contemporary computer networks and telecommunications. Prospective careers for such graduates include the design of telecommunications systems (hardware and software), planning, research, and a niche career in telecommunications consultancy, amongst others. Typical Telecommunications career with MTN, NITEL, NTA, NOKIA, AUN, Government establishments, etc. Program of Study The general course component of the higher degree course in telecommunications is a two-year, part-time, taught postgraduate program. It consists of ten taught modules and a major project during the third year for those proceeding to the Masters Degree program. Each taught module is worth 1, 2 or 3 credit points and the final dissertation is worth 6 credit points. Each credit points are worth 15 hours of lecture times. The course runs over two years during the summer terms. Taught material is presented by certified instructors from AUN and top American and European Universities. For those proceeding to the Masters degree, the final year project is meant to be completed at the end of December of the second academic year, but not later than the summer of the third year. In the first year of study, students will study five modules over a 5-week period and one week for exams. Lectures are delivered as block-release modules starting at 8:00am and ending at 5:00pm Monday through Friday (breaks inclusive). The same regime holds on the second summer. PhD students, on successful completion of the final comprehensive exams at the end of year 2, will be allocated one advisor from AUN and another one from the US or UK. The advisors shall supervise the PhD Proposal and manage the remaining research segment of the student until completion of the PhD Thesis. Thereafter, the PhD examination would be conducted by a panel of at least three doyens in the field; at least one must be AUN Faculty and at least one external examiner. Program Fees The fee for the Telecommunications program per year is N750,000.00. For a detailed tuition and fees information, click here. Entry Requirements The principal entry requirement for Higher Degree Courses in the School of Information Technology & Computing is a minimum of second class lower division degree or equivalent. Candidates with Higher National Diploma (HND) and substantial industry experience may be considered. An interview may be part of the admission process. Master’s degree is required to enroll in a PhD in Telecommunications; and the School of IT & Computing’s PhD comprehensive examination given, after the taught compulsory graduate courses must be passed in order to progress to continue PhD research. [-]

Master of Information Systems Security Management

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years March 2017 Nigeria Yola + 1 more

Energize your career with a leading graduate professional program – earn a Master of Information Systems Security Management from Concordia University College of Alberta (Canada) working in collaboration with the American University of Nigeria Concordia University College of Alberta has been offering information systems security programs since 2000. Many graduates from Master of Information Systems Security... [+]

Master of Information Systems Security Management Energize your career with a leading graduate professional program – earn a Master of Information Systems Security Management from Concordia University College of Alberta (Canada) working in collaboration with the American University of Nigeria Concordia University College of Alberta has been offering information systems security programs since 2000. Many graduates from Master of Information Systems Security Management (MISSM) have gone on to very successful careers in government, industry and consulting. The American University of Nigeria collaboration provides a flexible and cost-effective bridge to this world leading MISSM program. MISSM is 60 credit hours in total with a research component of 18 credit hours. The students will do 8 modules (24 credits hours) at AUN over two semesters and 6 modules (18 credit hours) plus 18 credit hours of research at Concordia University in Canada. The credit hours gained at AUN will be transferred to Concordia based on their result. The degree will be issued by Concordia University. CURRICULUM: (Up to 2 years of studies in Nigeria and Canada) Phase I: American University of Nigeria TCP/IP Security Research Methods I Management Accounting Systems Development and Project Management Security Policies, Standards, and Management Disaster Recovery and Planning Risk Management and Analysis Organizational Behavior Operating Systems Security Phase II: Concordia University College of Alberta Securing E-Commerce Infrastructure Advanced Network Security Cryptography and Secure Network Communications Firewall Fundamentals Digital Forensics Information Technology Law and Ethics Financial Accounting Research Methods II Practicum Based Research Project or Research in Subject Area Entry Requirements The principal entry requirement for Higher Degree Courses in the School of Information Technology & Computing is a minimum of second class lower division degree or equivalent. [-]

MSc

MSc in Information Systems

Campus Full time Part time 18 months March 2017 Nigeria Yola + 1 more

The Master's degree in Information Systems (IS) with Concentrations is designed to prepare students for challenging careers involving the design, analysis, implementation and operation of computer-based information systems. IS involves the application of computers in organizations functional areas of management. The Master’s degree program provides students with a... [+]

MSc in Information Systems The Master's degree in Information Systems (IS) with Concentrations is designed to prepare students for challenging careers involving the design, analysis, implementation and operation of computer-based information systems. IS involves the application of computers in organizations functional areas of management. The Master’s degree program provides students with a foundation in three areas: The application of IT to solve business problems and business processes and the strategic needs of the organization; Enterprise data management; and Analysis of business processes for redesign and development. Admission Requirements for MSc Information System Candidates seeking admission into School of Information Technology & Computing (SITC) of the American University of Nigeria (AUN) each applicant must meet the following requirements: Submit a duly completed application for Admissions form for the MSc Information System program Pay the Application fee of N10,000.00 To the AUN Graduate Fee Collection Account of Enterprise bank with account no. 1201010470 Have their undergraduate institutions submit a copy of the student’s certified transcript directly to the School of Graduate Studies office. Must have graduated from the American University of Nigeria; any other NUC accredited Nigerian University; or from any other foreign university which is duly accredited by the appropriate national or regional accrediting agencies of such country. In the event that your undergraduate degree is from a foreign university, it could be subjected to additional verification as demanded by the University Senate, The National University Commission (NUC), the Federal Ministry of Education, or relevant Nigerian laws. Applicants to the MSc Information System program must have earned a minimum CGPA of 2.50 on a 4.00 point scale (not below second class on the Nigerian Honor’s systems). Candidates with Higher National Diploma (HND) and substantial industry experience may be considered. An interview may be part of the admission process. To be admitted to the MSc Information System program, applicants should have at least an undergraduate major in Information Technology, Information Systems, Computer Science,Computer Engineering, Telecoms & Wireless, Electrical Engineering or a closely related field. A copy of Degree certificate. NYSC Certificate. A personal statement of purpose (Essay) stating why the applicant chose AUN and what his/her dreams and ambitions are for the future. A copy of the curriculum vitae. Two or more recommendation letters from your present employer or academic instructor who is able to comment on the applicant’s potential for graduate academic work. The recommendation letter may not be written by a family member. Fee Per Credit Unit: N55,000 Total Number of Credit Units: 36 Duration: Minimum 18 months Core Courses INF 801 Management and Entrepreneurship INF 802 ICT and Research Methodology INF 803 Business Data Communication and Networking INF 804 Information Security and Assuranc INF 820 Managing for Quality Improvement [-]

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