The Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) was established on 5 February 1964 in response to the defence needs of independent Nigeria to train officers for the Armed Forces of Nigeria. Before then, the institution was known as the Royal Military Forces Training College (RMFTC). After independence in 1960, it became known as the Nigerian Military Training College.
Candidates are admitted on a regular basis, and they are given all-round education to enable them survive and thrive in all manners of aituations and circumstances that they might encounter while in the line of duty. The Academy provides each admitted candidate (also known as an officer cadet) with knowledge, skills and values necessary to meet the requirements of a military officer through military, academic and character development. In essence, the NDA is an institution where selected young able-bodied men and women are groomed into well educated, courageous, virile and erudite subalterns.
Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) Courses
The academy’s educational structure comprises of four faculties, each with a number of departments under them. Faculties available at the NDA, and the programs that can be studied include:
FACULTY OF ARTS AND SOCIAL SCIENCES
- BSc Economics
- B.Sc. Accounting
- BA French
- BSc Geography
- BA History
- BSc Political Science and Defence Studies
- BSc Psychology
FACULTY OF MILITARY SCIENCES AND INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES
- BSc Intelligence and Cyber Security Studies
- Logistics and Supply Chain Management
- Military Science and Technology
FACULTY OF ENGINEERING
- BEng Civil
- BEng Electrical and Electronics
- BEng Mechanical
FACULTY OF SCIENCE
- BSc Biological Sciences
- BSc Chemistry
- BSc Mathematics
- BSc Computer Science
- BSc Physics
Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) Admissions.
NDA is accredited by the NUC as a suitable National degree-awarding institution; meaning that certificates and degrees from the NDA are equivalent in value to that which is obtainable from other regular accredited institutions in the country. As with most other reputable institutions of learning, the Nigeria Defense Academy has stipulated requirements and guidelines regulating its admissions process. Despite being situated in the northernpart of Nigeria, the institution offers admission to as many eligible and qualified candidates it has room to accommodate, irrespective of their religious or tribal inclinations.
Candidates who are admitted do not only undergo military training, but also sound academic tutelage, as Officer Cadets, for a period of five years: after which, upon successful graduation, individuals are awarded a regular university degree and an appointment with the Nigerian Armed Forces.
Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) Admission Requirements.
The requirements for various undergraduate degree programmes are as detailed in the NDA website / applications portal:
Application Portal: www.ndaapplications.net (all atudent-related applications are carried out through this portal)
The following are the requirements that candidates must possess, in order to be considered eligible to apply for admission:
- Minimum of 5 credit passes (including English Language and Mathematics) at SSCE (WAEC, NECO or NABTEB ) or GCE ‘O’ Level obtained in not more than 2 sittings relevant to the Faculty of their choices.
- At least two supporting relevant credits to the compulsory credits in Faculty of Military Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences while that of Faculty of Science is shown in the columns for compulsory and relevant credits. However, only one supporting relevant credit is required in the Faculty of Engineering.
iii. Be at least 17 years old and not more than 21 years old as at the month of August in the year of entry into the Academy. Note that candidates who desire to join the Nigerian Air Force must be between 17 and 18 years old at entry, and also the Nigerian Army has suspended the enlistment of female candidates in her Regular Combatant programme in NDA.
- Male candidates must not be less than 1.68 metres tall, while the benchmark for females is 1.58 metres.
- Must be medically and physically fit and must be of good moral character.
- Must be single male or female without legal obligation to support any child or other individuals.
vii. Must present a Certificate of State of Origin obtained from a Local Government Area or a Certificate of State Indigeneship from the Office of the State Governor.
Though not compulsory, but a good knowledge of French Language will be a plus.
Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) Admission Application Procedure:
- Candidates should logon to the application portal @ www.ndaapplications.net
- Select “Purchase Access Code” and fill in details to pay for the application via REMITA after first obtaining their ORDER ID and REMITA Retrieval Reference (RRR) Code via a specifed sum.
*Note that only payment against RRR Codes generated via the application portal would be accepted.
3.On completion of the online application, candidates are to download an Acknowledgement Form.
*Applicants applying for admission into NDA MUST also apply to the Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board (JAMB), but may not necessarily select NDA as their choice of university. Such applicants are expected to sit for the JAMB Universal Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME) when they want to apply.
- When the UTME results are released, candidates would have to return to the applications portal and download their Examination Admission Card. Only candidates who scale the JAMB national cut-off mark will be allowed to participate in the NDA Entrance Examination, which will be organized for eligible candidates at a date which is usually announced during each admissions’ intake season.
Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) School Fees :
It is worthy to note that tuition fees are not paid at the Nigerian Defense Academy, Kaduna. Yes. NDA is tuition-free! It is so because the institution was established as a training centre for grooming the country’s armed forces personnel, who would eventually graduate and go on to serve their fatherland on the lines of battle. However, over time, and depending on your level and chosen course of study, some ancillary fees may need to be paid – things like late registration, and maybe for some non-regular courses like PGD. Even at that, these fees are absolutely not regular and are only a token that can be paid without much trouble.