Candidates enter the department either for a four year or a three year programme:
A. Four Year Programme
Candidates coming into the four-year programme must have obtained five Credits including English Language and any science subject as well as a Pass in Mathematics at WASC or GCE O/L or its equivalent.
B. Three Year Programme
Candidates coming into three year programme must have passed two papers in Higher School Certificate or GCE A/L and have the minimum entry requirements of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka including a credit in English Language and a pass in Mathematics at WASC or GCE O/L or its equivalent.
Holders of Diploma or NCE recognized by University of Nigeria also qualify for Direct Entry.
Students combining Archaeology with Science or the Social Sciences must satisfy the requirements in the respective faculties.