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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.

Our Nigerian learner feedback says it all

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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

What supporting documents do I need to apply?

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 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.

How do I upload my photo ID?

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.

My NIN slip was rejected, what other options do I have?

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.


What does the English language test involve?

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.


Do I have to take the English test?

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.
Can I apply for a bachelor’s program if I haven't graduated from high school yet?

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: help@nexford.org



Do I have to be over a certain age to apply? Do you take older students?

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.

Do I need to have work experience to apply?

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.

How do I enroll?

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.

If I complete the bachelor’s degree program, will I be eligible for NYSC?

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.

What programs does Nexford offer?

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.

What's the application fee?

When you apply, you'll pay a one-off fee of $20, which allows us to process your application.

I can't upload my documents!

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

I get a message that says 'There was an error completing payment'. What can I do?

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 billings@nexford.org

How do I get my degree authenticated?

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 registrar@nexford.org. 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 registrar@nexford.org

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 registrar@nexford.org

How do I apply?

Applying is easy! Once you've decided on the program you want, and read up on the admissions criteria, head to apply.nexford.org 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.

Can I apply for an MBA if I don't have a university degree?

You'll need an undergraduate degree to apply for the MBA program. Nexford University accept 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: admissions@nexford.org

 

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 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.

Tuition & Payments

How much will I pay?

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 help@nexford.org.

What is your fee structure?

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.

Are there any additional fees?

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

When you graduate, you'll get an electronic copy of your transcript, no additional cost. A printed diploma is $80, a printed transcript is $25, and it’s $100 to have a document notarized.

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

How do I pay my fees?

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 help@nexford.org.

What payment methods do you accept?

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

Learning Experience FAQ

Can I connect with someone in Nigeria?

You can! Feel free to:

What if my previous school can’t provide my required documents in time for my Nexford application?

If your documents aren’t ready, let us know at help@nexford.org. You can start your program now and upload missing documents later!

Does WES recognize Nexford degrees?

WES is unable to review any of our credentials at this time. WES requires US universities to be nationally or regionally accredited for them to evaluate the credentials.

You could have your degree authenticated by the US Department of State or explore the Alliance of Credential Evaluation Services of Canada process. We want to support you in this process, so please let us know whether you’d like to pursue any of these routes and we’ll gladly work with you to make this happen. Contact alumni@nexford.org if you’ve graduated or your success advisor if you’re a current learner.

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 registrar@nexford.org. 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 registrar@nexford.org

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.

If you need assistance, please contact the Nexford registrar at registrar@nexford.org

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.

Can I get a visa to travel abroad with Nexford?

We're based in Washington DC, and we're 100% online. That means you have the freedom to study from your home country and graduate with an American degree. You're welcome to study in the US, but unfortunately, we're not able to help with your travels or visa.

All Nexford learners have the chance to join our graduation ceremony in Washington DC, where you can celebrate with learners and faculty. Nexford University can provide you with a letter stating that you are indeed an enrolled learner at our university and have completed your degree requirements.

The letter will also state that we are holding a graduation ceremony in Washington DC, where we are licensed and based. You may use that letter to apply for a visit visa to attend the ceremony.

Do you have a physical campus?

We're 100% online, so we don't have a campus! Our learners are our priority, which means we let you invest in your future – not a costly campus. (Affordability is our biggest mission!)

What is the university experience at Nexford like?

Nexford's learning experience is unlike any other. Think engaging, interactive online learning that helps you gain the skills you need – fast.

The online learning environment contains everything you need to learn at Nexford. It's where you'll take courses, chat with peers and faculty, submit assignments, receive feedback, and track your grades. It's also where you'll manage your enrollment, add courses, and pay your tuition.

The first thing you'll see when you log in is your dashboard: all the courses you're enrolled in, and easy links for everything else. Click around and explore: it's interactive so you can get the best results.

Overwhelmed? Don't be! You'll get a full tour of the learning environment during orientation week. You're in safe hands with us.

Are you accredited by National Universities Commission (NUC)?

NUC currently does not recognize nor have any regulatory cover for foreign universities or fully online universities. To put it into perspective, just the same way NUC can’t accredit a traditional American university which is outside of NUC’s jurisdiction, it also can’t accredit Nexford University. This may affect Nexford bachelor’s degree graduates who are looking to pursue NYSC, although graduates of Nexford University are still eligible to apply for a certificate of exclusion which is an official NYSC certificate.

NLS Community Space FAQ

Can I organize an event at the NLS Community Space?

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

I have children, can I bring them to 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!

Is there parking?

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

Is there AC and power supply?

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.

How often can I use the space?

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

Is there a booking system for the conference room?

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

Do Nexford University have a local campus in Nigeria?

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 partner@nexford.org for a list of authorized Community Spaces.

Where are NLS Community Spaces located?

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.

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

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Can I make payments and submit documents at the Community Space?

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

Please contact help@nexford.org for more information on this.

Are the NLS Community Spaces safe?

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.