The Faculty began as the Faculty of Social Sciences in the 1975/76 session, as part of the then new Bayero University Collage, Kano of Ahmadu Bello University (BUC/ABU), under Dr. J. Paden as the founding Dean. The Departments were four. Three were new witl their staff corning mainly from ABU, Zaria. The Departments were
also seen as extensions of the parent ones at ABU. These are: Economic (nominally), Political Science and Sociology. Indeed, in the first year, Political Science and Sociology functioned as one Department with 40 students. The fourth, Geography, had been part ofi Abdullahi Bayero College of Ahmadu Bello University (ABC/ABU) the Faculty of Arts and Islamic Studies (FAIS), but was transferred the Faculty of Social Sciences at its inception. Indeed, the Department of Geography became a full Department in the 1973/94 session under the FAIS when it enrolled two Single Honour Students converted from BA (Ed) Programme. Before then, it was just a unit contributing to this A-Level (Preliminary) programme run by ABC for ABU.
When BUC/ABU became an autonomous University under the name 01 Bayero University, Kano (BUK), the Department of Management Sciences was added as the fifth department of the Faculty offering first degrees (B.Sc.) in Accounting and Business Administration, and thl name of the faculty became Faculty of Social and Management Sciences (FSMS). Thus, the Faculty became a five-department Faculty offering seven first degree programmes and remained that way until tbi 2000/2001 session when the Department of Management Sciences wa . split into two departments: Accounting and Business Administration. This led to the current structure of the Faculty as an entity departments offering seven first degree programmes - one of it department and a Combined Honours programme based in some of departments. With the transfer of Mass Communication department from the faculty of Arts and Islamic Studies to FSMS in 2005/2006, the faculty, structure wise, now has seven departments.
It is to be noted that in the nearest future the Faculty will be split into two: Faculty of Management Sciences (Accounting, Business Administration and Economics) and Social Sciences (Geography, Mass Communication, Political science and Sociology).