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Nexford in Nigeria

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Explore Nexford in Nigeria: local partnerships, business and culture events and a vibrant learner and alumni community. Hear what local industry leaders and experts have to say about Nexford University – America’s online university for global leaders. Plus, book a time to meet us at our Community Space in Lagos or Abuja.

Pay local, think global with an fully online program at Nexford. Pay tuition in local Naira – we’re an American university, but we get you.

More about Nexford’s online programs

Are you an experienced professional looking to advance with an MBA degree program? Specialize with AI, E-Commerce, Cybersecurity. Perhaps you’re an early career professional wanting to kick-start your career with your first degree – a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) – with specializations in 8 hot-topic areas. On average, there is a salary difference of 41% in Nigeria between employees with a high school degree and bachelor’s degree, despite the same experience. Join Nexford, get ahead, and stay ahead.

Choose your program in Nigeria and submit your details to find out more about Nexford's fully online programs.

It may appear as something little to have you graduate today as Nexford's first set of graduates of the MBA program in Nigeria. But I'm telling you that you carry in your graduation exponential seed of growth. The quality of education you receive through Nexford is the education of the now and the future for the continent.

Dr Oby Ezekwesili
Former Nigerian Minister of Education

Our partners

We’ve established partnerships with local organizations that align with our goals, value and mission - giving you the best possible learning experience. Sterling Bank, MTN, Union Bank, IBM, Dangote, Jobberman, Seedstars, Play Network, and more. Watch our webinar with Sterling Bank.

Nexford University’s mission is to enable greater social and economic mobility across the world by providing learners access to high-quality, affordable, dynamic online education that prepares them for the global workplace.

"As an employer, I would gladly hire anyone who is a graduate of Nexford. If I didn’t believe in it, I wouldn’t send my employees to undergo courses with the school."

Abubakar Suleiman CEO, Sterling Bank

Our community feedback says it all

of alumni stated they received a positive return on investment


of learners would recommend Nexford

of alumni felt prepared to solve organizational challenges

You can have your work and you can have your studies. You can achieve it all. Nexford has made it super easy. Learning online is opening my eyes to understand that there is a big world out there and there is so much you can achieve from Nexford. It’s a fantastic experience!

Alero Boyo MBA 2022 Alumni, Nigeria

He’s added great value for us in the first month. He’s very collaborative, he asks great questions. He’s contributed by sharing new ideas for some of our projects, and he’s also really impressing us with his ability to take ownership.

I would definitely hire other Nexford graduates.

Rebecca Young, Principal Business Insights Manager, Microsoft

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With such high unemployment rates, it is more important than ever for universities to really prepare their students to be entrepreneurs of the future in order to create the employment opportunities of the future.

Olamidun Majekodunmi Nigeria Country Manager, Nexford University

Latest news from Nexford

Fadl Al Tarzi discusses Nexford University’s next growth phase following considerable popularity across Africa

Fadl Al Tarzi discusses Nexford University’s next growth phase following considerable popularity across Africa

As a next-generation American university that is tech-enabled, Nexford University is positively impacting lives around the world, particularly here in Africa. In June this year, the company announced a $10.8 million pre Series A funding round which was led by Dubai-based Global Ventures. Since then, Nexford University has launched new products in readiness for its next growth phase.

November 2021
Graduating 200 MBA students a milestone for Nexford University – Country Director

Graduating 200 MBA students a milestone for Nexford University – Country Director

Two hundred pioneer students recently bagged their Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Nexford University in Lagos in what has been described as a milestone for the institution.

April 2021
Ezekwesili, others canvass PPP in tertiary education funding

Ezekwesili, others canvass PPP in tertiary education funding

Advisory board member of Nexford University, Mrs Obiageli Ezekwesili, has canvassed public-private partnership in Nigeria’s education sector. The country’s former Minister of Education said this at the graduation of the university’s first class of Nigerian MBA students.

March 2021

Admissions & Eligibility

Applying is easy! Once you've decided on the program you want, and read up on the admissions criteria, head to to start your application. If you have everything ready, it should take you seven minutes (or faster!) to complete the form.

Download our step-by-step guide to understand what you need to do to complete your Nexford application and give yourself the best chance of acceptance.

You'll need an undergraduate degree to apply for the MBA program. Nexford University accepts applications globally. We understand that your qualification may not specifically say that you hold a bachelor's degree in your country, but it may be equivalent to a US Bachelor's degree. We'll be happy to have your credential reviewed! Get in touch with our Admissions team to know if you are qualified:


However, your degree or qualification doesn't need to be in business.


If you have a degree in another discipline, you'll take four 6-8 week Advanced Business Foundation courses. Here, you'll learn the baseline business skills you need for our broader MBA. Upon successful completion, start taking MBA core courses.


If you have studied business before, you'll enter straight into the MBA and start taking your core courses.

The documents needed to apply vary by program level. For all programs, you need to submit a government issued identification and passport-style “selfie". 


If you're applying for an undergraduate program, you may need to provide proof you've graduated secondary (high) school or earned a GED, by submitting a transcripts, or in countries that require a national examination, submit the results (WAEC, IGCSE or NECO).


If you're applying for a graduate program, you'll also need to provide a copy of your undergraduate transcript. If the transcript is not in English, you will need to submit an official translation.  


At Nexford, you may start learning after you apply and will have 60 days from enrollment start date to submit official copies of academic credentials. 


You may also be required to submit an official copy of your English proficiency certificate should our Admissions Team be unable to verify your institution’s/school’s language of instruction.

You can take a photo with your smartphone, or scan it in. Make sure your photo ID: 

  • Shows your most recent legal name Is valid within the past two years 
  • Is written in English (although we can translate in-house at no cost!) We can process your application quickest if you upload your passport.

We also accept national identity cards (but as we have to translate them, it might slow things down)

Having difficulties uploading your photo ID? Check out Section ‘1.6 Proof of Identity’ of our guide.

Nigerian applicants can provide a digital copy of their National ID by verifying it on the National Identification Commission Mobile App (download for Android and iOS)

Applicants with NIN slips should download the National Identification Commission Mobile app and verify ID using their National Identification Number (picking the option of ‘Full ID’). This allows the applicant to derive relevant information such as their full names and date of birth.

After verification of the ID is complete, applicants can screenshot and send Nexford Admissions a copy as their government-issued ID. Here is a screenshot of what it looks like if done successfully.

Good question! The English language assessment is designed to test your understanding, reading and listening. We're looking for a minimum score – we want to check you'll succeed at Nexford.

If you can prove that you’re capable in another way, you won’t be required to take the test. Just upload one of the following documents and you'll be on your way! 

  • A recent English language certificate, valid in the last 2 years (we accept TOEFL, IELTS, Pearson Test of English (PTE), Duolingo English Test, Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR)) 
  • Evidence you've worked at an English-speaking country 
  • A certificate from a university.

In most cases, you'll need to have graduated from high school before you can apply for your BBA. If you haven't graduated from high school yet, you may want to take the General Education Development certificate (GED). Get in touch to see what we can do:

We accept mature students! At Nexford, we believe you're never too old to learn. However, we cannot accept learners under the age of 18 years. Any learner over the age of 18 years is welcome to apply and start learning at Nexford.

No. If you have work experience, that's great, but you don't need it. Nexford's programs are practical, which means you'll gain on-the-job skills while you learn. If you do have work experience, we won't be able to offer credit just yet. We want everyone to start their program on a level playing field – that includes taking the same core courses and building the same foundational skills.

Once you're admitted (congratulations!), the next step is to enroll. That's when you confirm your place at Nexford, choose your start date and pay your first month of tuition.

You'll enroll in your online learning environment. More information and links will be in your offer letter. Stay tuned!

You can find advice and guidance on enrolling to Nexford in our step-by-step guide.

A degree with Nexford does not confirm a slot at the National Youth Service Corps program (NYSC). However, a graduate of Nexford University is eligible to apply for a certificate of exclusion which is an official NYSC certificate.

Here's a quick rundown; visit our programs overview page for more information!

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) is a graduate business program with a standard completion time of 18 months.

Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) is an undergraduate degree where you'll gain foundational skills in business, with a standard completion time of 48 months.

Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Business is half the length of the BBA and is a great point to start your business learning. with a standard completion time of 24 months.

Can't commit to a whole degree? Take a course or certificate instead, and learn the skills you need in a fraction of the time.

When you apply, you'll pay a one-off fee of $30, which allows us to process your application.

No stress! You don't have to upload everything right now. Come back and try again later – we've saved your application.

Oops! We offer multiple payment options, such as credit cards, debit cards, PayPal, bank wire transfer and cryptocurrency.

Pick the one that best suits your needs! For more information about the payment options available, visit our payment page or send us an email at

Nexford graduates are just as qualified as any traditional university degree holder, and they’re also likely to have more relevant competencies. The kind that modern employers urgently require. Our academic programs are designed based on industry and employment needs. We align with real employers to equip you with the skills to thrive in today’s workplace.

If you’ll like to get your Nexford degree authenticated, please request an ‘official true copy of the credentials’ you’d like to have authenticated from Once you receive the copy, follow the process outlined here by the US State Department to get them authenticated for use in your home country.

Nexford can also handle the authentication process on your behalf for a non-refundable processing fee of US$100. For this service, please contact us at

In some cases, you may also need to get your credentials authenticated by your country’s embassy in Washington, DC. To find out, you will have to check with your country’s embassy in Washington, DC.

Once you receive our authenticated documents, Nexford is unable to help with any further authentication in your home country. You’ll need to handle any local processes on your own.

If you need assistance, please contact the Nexford Registrar at

A degree from Nexford arms you with the skills to succeed now and in the future and makes you globally competitive for work inside and outside of Nigeria. Nexford University has no influence over NYSC’s policy for mobilization, exemption or exclusion from NYSC. A graduate of Nexford University may apply directly to NYSC for mobilization, exemption or exclusion through the NYSC website. Please note that the NYSC management reserves the right to treat the application as dictated by their laws and policies and Nexford has no influence over this process.

Tuition & Payments

We've calculated our tuition to be affordable in every country, and tuition is different for each program. Find out what you'll pay per month at our tuition page.

We offer multiple payment options, such as credit cards, debit cards, PayPal, bank wire transfer and cryptocurrency. Pick the one that best suits your needs! For more information about the payment options available, visit our payment page.

If you have more questions about tuition or payment, contact us at

When you enroll, you can choose to pay monthly, or to pay two or six months at a time. Whichever option you choose, you can always change it later.

We've calculated our tuition to be affordable in every country. No more expensive degrees here! See what you'll pay at our tuition page.

Tuition is a flat monthly payment: you won't pay anything more.

When you graduate, you'll get an electronic copy of your transcript at no additional cost. A printed diploma is $100, a printed transcript is $80, and it’s $100 to have a document notarized. Official transcripts can be sent electronically to an institution on your behalf for $25.

Pay $20 application fee and join one of our globally affordable programs.

When you enroll, you’ll choose to pay monthly, in two or six month instalments. Pay your first month, two or six months upfront, and we'll set up a direct debit for the same time period. We accept Visa, Mastercard or American Express.

We'll send you a reminder before your payment date so you know it's coming. You'll also get a confirmation email when we receive your payment.

We offer multiple payment options, such as credit cards, debit cards, PayPal, bank wire transfer, Flutterwave, and cryptocurrency. Pick the one that best suits your needs! For more information about the payment options available, visit our payment page.

If you have more questions about payment, contact us at

We offer multiple payment options including: 

  • Credit & debit cards
  • Flutterwave
  • Bank wire transfer
  • PayPal
  • Cryptocurrency

Pick the one that best suits your needs! For more information about the payment options available, visit our payment page

Masters in Business Administration (MBA) in Nigeria: FAQs

On average, an online MBA costs $3,240 ($180/month for 18 months) at Nexford. At Nexford, you’ll invest in your future, not a campus — and our monthly fees are calculated in line with your local economy, which ensures you never pay over the odds.

Tuition costs vary by market — so see what an online MBA at Nexford will cost in your market here.

There is no hard and fast rule as this may differ from institution to institution. At Nexford, the average time taken to get an online MBA is 18 months of study. It can take more or less time to get your online MBA though, as you can finish faster or slower depending on how many courses you take each month whilst studying your online MBA.

Our affordable online MBA and straightforward application process make studying an MBA online achievable for everyone. Applying is simple — 90% of our applicants complete the application process in 30 minutes or less!

An online MBA is just as hard as studying in class. You’ll have weekly deadlines to meet, as you study from wherever suits you — but we'll help you every step of the way, with 24/7 support from your personal Success Advisor, and bookable one-on-one faculty sessions to guide you through your learning journey.

The best online MBA program for you depends on your career goals. If you’re looking to advance your career by studying skills needed for the workplace of the future, Nexford’s online MBA program might be right for you. Have your CV stand out by choosing an MBA specialization in one of many topics including Artificial IntelligenceE-CommerceSustainabilityCybersecurity, or International Business.

You can get an distance learning/online MBA anywhere in the world! Study whenever and wherever suits you best. At Nexford, you’re able to study your online MBA from the comfort of your own home, a cafe, a plane, wherever you wish! There are many different institutions that offer an online MBA — but few American universities offer an MBA as affordable as Nexford’s — with the total tuition cost for the MBA program averaging $3,240.

Each online MBA has a different application process, which will vary depending at the university you are studying your online MBA at. The MBA online application costs will also be different from institute to institute, so it’s important to research which type of online MBA is best for you before you begin your application.

At Nexford, we’ve made applying for an online MBA simple! Once you’ve selected your online MBA program, you can begin your application. If you have any questions during the process, you can find advice and guidance on applying to Nexford in our step-by-step guide.

Remember, while our application process is simple, our online MBA program is challenging. You will have to think critically, dedicate at least 15 hours a week — and you’ll need patience and commitment to succeed in our Online MBA program.

The value of an online MBA from an American university varies, depending on which American MBA online you choose. Each institution has a different set of credentials, a different MBA curriculum, and different ways of teaching the MBA.

Many American online MBAs will offer students a positive return on their investment, as well as job opportunities and the prestige of an MBA on their CV. However, it’s important to research your online American MBA first.

Online MBA tuition costs can also widely vary from university to university. The cost of an American MBA at Nexford starts from $180/month (but varies depending on which country you live in), whereas some other American universities offer an online MBA for over $10,000. As a consequence, it’s important to research the American university online MBA costs before you enroll.

NLS Community Space FAQ

You can! If you’re a current learner, and you’d like to host a small event, get in touch with us at or by speaking to a staff member at the NLS Community Space.

Unfortunately, as this is a study space away from the hustle and bustle of life, we don’t allow children at the space. Please wait for family events and special occasions!

Yes! Parking is available. Please note that it's first come, first served!

Yes, there is! We want you to work & study in comfort. We’ve provided a conducive environment so you can focus on your work and study without worrying about power and heat.

As often as you like during open hours! You can visit the space for free during the following hours:

NLS Community Space Lagos
Monday-Friday: 10:00-18:00
Saturday: 09:00-14:00
Sunday: Closed 

NLS Community Space Abuja
Monday-Friday: 10:00-17:00
Saturday: 10:00-17:00
Sunday: Closed

Yes, we require all visitors to book prior to their visit via our online booking system. Book your visits, inquiries, and meetings ahead of time.

Lagos: Book here

Abuja: Book here

Nexford is 100% online, with headquarters in Washington DC. We have no physical campus.

However, we have Community Spaces in Lagos and Abuja available to Nexford learners. Community Spaces are not official Nexford University offices or campuses, they are spaces managed and operated by independent companies across the world. They exist as a location for members of the Nexford community to meet, collaborate, and network.

Community Spaces often offer free internet access to Nexford University community members. Community Spaces displaying Nexford Learning Solutions (NLS) branding must be authorized by Nexford Learning. Email for a list of authorized Community Spaces.

The NLS Lagos Community Space is located at 23 A Kunle Ogunba Street off Otunba Adeleke off Admiralty, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos, Nigeria. Follow directions on Google Maps here.

Book a visit

The NLS Abuja Community Space is located at 5 Asa Street, Off Ghana Street, Maitama, Abuja, Nigeria. Follow directions on Google Maps here.

Book a visit

No, Community Spaces are not authorized to collect any documents or payments on behalf of Nexford University.

Please contact for more information on this.

To help keep everyone safe, we ask you to book your visit in advance. We also request for all visitors to wear their face masks indoors, use the hand sanitizers provided in the space, and wash their hands regularly.

Standard recommendations to prevent infections include regular hand washing, covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing and social distancing.

Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness, such as coughing and sneezing. If you feel ill or show any symptoms of COVID-19, protect yourself and others by remaining isolated at home.