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List of US Universities That Accept HND For Masters Programmes


You can seek Masters admission in the United States with your Higher National Diploma degree (HND) transcripts without World Education Evaluation (WES) unlike Nigeria, where Polytechnic graduates will have to pass through Direct Entry and get a university degree before they can be accepted for Masters programmes, especially for those who don’t want to pass through the Post Graduate Diploma (PGD) route.

List of universities in the united states That Accept HND For Masters

No Nigerian university accepts holders of Higher National Diploma (HND) for Masters programmes. Even when they do, it is with a PGD degree, there is a limit to their academic pursuit unless they have a university degree. That’s why most of the universities in Nigeria now run what they call HND conversion to BSc programmes.

However, this is not the case in the United States. Some universities open doors for HND degree holders to proceed to Masters programmes.


The founder of Scholarship Cafe and consultant, Dr Olumuyiwa Igbalajobi, who has shared several scholarship and postgraduate tips for Nigerians and Africans recently revealed the list of US universities that accept HND transcripts without WES evaluation and some that accept transcripts and WES evaluation.

Universities in the US that accept HND for Masters without WES evaluation

  • Kent State University
  • Kansas State University
  • University of Kansas
  • University of Arizona
  • University of Vermont
  • Illinois State University
  • University of Cincinnati
  • Miami University, Ohio
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Connecticut
  • The University of Oklahoma
  • Northern Illinois University
  • University of Nebraska- Omaha
  • Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana.
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln
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US universities that accept HND with WES evaluation for Masters

While Kent State University and the University of Arizona allow you to proceed with Masters Programme with your HND degree without any form of evaluation, the following universities will also give you admission, but you must pass through the WES evaluation:

  • Drexel University
  • Rutgers University
  • Indiana State University
  • University of Hartford
  • Iowa State University
  • Sam Houston University
  • Florida A&M University
  • Florida Atlantic University
  • South Dakota University
  • University of Memphis
  • Bentley University
  • East Carolina University
  • Missouri State University
  • The University of Alabama
  • New Mexico State University
  • Fairfield University, Connecticut
  • Chicago State University, Illinois
  • Middle Tennessee State University
  • St Cloud State University, Minnesota
  • University of Central Florida
  • North Carolina A&T University
  • Georgia Southern University
  • Northeastern Illinois University, Kentucky
  • San Diego State University, California
  • California State University, Channel Island
  • Minnesota State University, Mankato
  • Massachusetts College of Pharmacy
  • Oakland University, Michigan
  • Santa Clara University, California
  • SUNY New Paltz, New York
  • Tennessee State University
  • University of Louisville, Kentucky
  • University of Nevada, Las Vega
  • University of North Carolina, Greensboro
  • Roosevelt University, Chicago
  • American University, Washington
  • Queens University of Charlotte
  • Long Island University, New York
  • Texas A&M College Station, Texas
  • Eastern Illinois University, Charleston
  • University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
  • University of New Haven, Connecticut
  • Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville
  • St John’s University, Queens New York
  • St John’s University, Texas
  • Baylor University, Texas
  • George Mason University, Virginia
  • Marquette University
  • University of Arkansas, Little Rock
  • University of Incarnate Word, Texas

This list serves to inform you that numerous academic opportunities exist beyond Nigeria and the African continent. Your HND degree should not be the end of your academic pursuit. Keep exploring!

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