The Postgraduate School now School of Postgraduate Studies was established by Statute 21 of Ahmadu Bello University Law established Postgraduate School (now School of Postgraduate Studies) in 1980. All admitted students pursuing postgraduate programmes in Ahmadu Bello University are students of the School of Postgraduate Studies. The Academic Departments in Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria are responsible for the delivery of academic programmes as well as the supervision of research activities undertaken by students.
The Colleges and Faculties superintend over the Academic Departments in performing their functions with respect to postgraduate studies in the University while the Board of the School of Postgraduate Studies regulates the academic activities of postgraduate studies in the University. The Senate is the final approving body of all postgraduate academic programmes and activities.
The seventeen (17) Faculties offer a wide range of opportunities for postgraduate research in Administration, Agriculture, Arts, Business School, Education, Engineering, Environmental Design, Law, Basic Medical Sciences, Basic Clinical Sciences, Clinical Sciences, Allied Health
Sciences, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, Social Sciences, Veterinary Medicine and Centre for Distance Learning (DLC).