History of the Department

The proposal for the establishment of the Department of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management in the College of Management Sciences (COLMAS) was approved in the 144th Emergency Senate Meeting of the University held on the 27th June, 2012. Following this approval, the university commenced academic activities by admitting students into the department in the 2012/2013 academic session. The then Acting Dean of the College, Dr. Mrs. Maria Njoku was holding brief and coordinating the academic as well as administrative activities in the department. Toward the end of the same 2012/2013 session, the university recruited three academic staff to join Professor Uchenna Nwachukwu who was already on ground in the department. After the protracted ASUU strike that delayed the take-off of some departmental programmes; the new lecturers resumed in May and June 2013 respectively. Consequently, the department was faced with the serious challenge of revising the existing curriculum at graduate and post graduate levels which has no married relevance to the field of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management. Hence, a departmental board was convened on the 14th August, 2013 to review the existing curriculum.

Following from the above, resource assessment visit was carried out by the National Universities Commission (NUC) on the proposed academic programmes; and the Commission’s Management Committee during its 471st meeting held on Wednesday, 9th December, 2015, considered and approved the establishment of the full-time mode for a B.Sc in Industrial Relations & Personnel Management.

At present, the department has 24 academic and 5 non-academic/administrative staff, and with good number of students at all levels.


The mission of the Department is to produce professionals and experts in the field of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management.


The mission of the Department is to produce professionals and experts in the field of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management. This objective is being achieved through the training and research services of the department. The degree programmes in the field of industrial relations and personnel management in the Department are based on business, social and management science disciplines, and supported by decision-making tools in business and social research.

The products of the Department are found in industry, trade unions, government, tertiary institutions, and the like.

  • Compatibility of the programme with institutional mission:

Human capital is perhaps the most important asset of any progressive organization. They must be managed well to realize the organizations goals. Attracting the most qualified employees and matching them to jobs for which they are best suited is important for the success of any organization.

However, many enterprises are too large to permit close contact between management and employees. Hence, Industrial Relations and Personnel Management Professionals provides the link and oversee the business of managing people in an organization, such as compensation, benefits, training and development, strategic HR management and other functions. Included also is the structuring of staffing programs, to recruit and retain the best employees by making the company competitive in terms of its attractiveness to potential candidates.

From the above premise, the Department of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management will fit into the mission of Michael Okpara University of Agriculture in the following ways:

  • The Department will train its students in line with emerging global best practices and equip them to be self-employed and employers of labour, and thereby reducing the employment challenges of the 21st century.
  • The programme will provide an adequate preparation for either a scholarly career or a career of responsibility in any field where knowledge and skills of a consultant in the field is needed.
  • It will address the shortage of adequacy, competency and capabilities, in terms of manpower need for the agricultural and allied sector of Nigeria economy through training, exposure, and practice in line with emerging global trend in human capital management.

Philosophy of the Department

The general philosophy is to develop the mind, impart both theoretical and practical knowledge on students, in order to enhance their self-confidence, innovativeness and self-reliance in designing, implementing and controlling human resource and industrial relations policies and practices. The Department is set to train/equip students with the desired knowledge to master the right tools, techniques and methods, which will empower them intellectually and creatively, to manage the manpower needs of different sectors of our economy. This is based on the premise that every business employs human resources, training and labour relations managers and consultants. Graduates of this program will develop specific business and management skills that fit into the educational demands of the 21st century, and also needed to build an industrial relations and personnel management career in a number of dynamic roles.

Objective of the Department

Virtually every business organization employs human resource professionals, labour relations and employment experts, and organizational development and management consultants. In other words, a MOUAU B.Sc. business degree in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management will enhance your employment opportunities in this emerging business field.

The other specific objectives of the programme are to:

  • Provide basic knowledge and skills needed for the understanding and analysis of problems related to the management of people at work in industrial, commercial, public and other human organizations;
  • Equip students with the analytical skills needed for recognizing, defining and solving problems as well as training in decision-making;
  • Develop leadership and interpersonal relations skills in managing people; and
  • Train students in the principles and techniques of organizational management and to ensure effective management of people.

Admission Requirement

Application for admission into department of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management is made through the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) which has the responsibility for admitting students into first degree courses in Nigerian universities. Consequently, the criteria for admission into the B.Sc. Industrial Relations and Personnel Management programme of MOUAU are as shown in the table below:


  • B.Sc. (Hons.) Degree in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management Five O/Level Credit Passes in not more than two sittings to include English Language, Mathematics, Economics and other two subjects from:
  • i. Government/History ii. Commerce iii. Principles of Account iv. Geography v. Christian Religious Knowledge
  • In addition to UTME requirements, GCE A/L Passes or its equivalent in Economics and at least one from:
  • (i) Accounting (ii) Mathematics (iii) Government (iv) Geography
  • OND with minimum of Upper Credit in Business Administration, Marketing, Accounting and Banking & Finance English, Mathematics, Economics and any other subject from Government, Principle of Account, Christian Religious Knowledge, Geography.