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Graduate Admissions - Requirements

Graduate Admissions - Requirements

Admission to Khalifa University of Science and Technology is highly competitive and the selection of applicants will be based on the application form, supporting documents and performance in the interview. Selection will take into account factors such as academic performance, qualifications and previous experience, CV, reference forms and the applicant’s potential to succeed.

Applicants seeking admission to a graduate program at Khalifa University of Science and Technology must meet the following minimum criteria:

Master’s Degree Program Applicants

  • Completion of a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline with a minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3.0 out of 4.0, or equivalent (e.g. an upper second-class honors in a UK-style degree, from a reputable accredited institution).
  • A minimum level of English proficiency in the form of either:
    • iBT TOEFL (internet-based test) score of 91 or equivalent, or
    • Overall academic IELTS score of 6.5, or
    • 1550 EmSAT English score
  • A minimum quantitative score of 155 in the general Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required for admission to all programs, with the exception of Master of Engineering in Health, Safety and Environment Engineering and the Master of Arts in International and Civil Security, where a minimum threshold is not set. Applicants for all programs should attempt all three sections of the GRE.  
  • A minimum of two referee recommendations (provided via online form).
  • Statement of purpose (500-1,000 words).
  • Admission interview.

 Doctorate Degree Program Applicants

  • Completion of a Master’s degree in a relevant discipline with a minimum CGPA of 3.25 out of 4.0, or equivalent (e.g. an upper second-class honors in UK-style Master by taught courses with a minimum average of 63% or a Pass in a Master by Research/MPhil) from a reputable accredited institution.
  • A minimum level of English proficiency in the form of either:
    • iBT TOEFL (internet-based test) score of 91 or equivalent, or
    • overall academic IELTS score of 6.5, or
    • 1550 EmSAT English score
  • A minimum quantitative score of 155 in the general Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required for admission to all Doctorate programs.* Applicants for all programs should attempt all three sections of the GRE.
  • A minimum of two referee recommendations (provided via online form).
  • Statement of purpose (500-1,000 words).
  • Research statement (500-1,000 words).
  • Admission interview.

*GRE Requirement for Doctorate Programs

Subject to review and approval by the Office of the Graduate School, PhD applicants who do not attain the minimum GRE quantitative score may be considered for admission if he/she can provide at least one publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

English Language Test Exemptions

Subject to review and approval by the Office of the Graduate School, the English test score requirement (TOEFL, IELTS or EmSAT) may be waived for an applicant who is:

  • A native English speaker who has completed his/her Bachelor’s/Master’s degree qualification in an English-medium institution, or
  • A graduate from an English-medium institution who can provide evidence of acquiring a minimum overall academic IELTS score of 6.0, or a minimum TOEFL score of 79 iBT (or equivalent), or a minimum EmSAT English score of 1400 at the time of admission to the completed Bachelor’s/Master’s degree program.

All applicants must provide evidence of meeting the English language requirement by uploading the relevant document with their application, even if he/she may be eligible for an exemption.

  • Applicants with a lower CGPA score (minimum 2.5 out of 4.0 or equivalent) may be considered for conditional admission to a Master’s program in special circumstances. If conditional admission is granted, the student must achieve a minimum CGPA of 3.0 out of 4.0 in the first nine credits of taught courses. In addition, each academic program has specific conditions that must be satisfied for the student to remain in the program. If the student fails to satisfy the conditions, then his/her registration will be terminated.
  • Applicants with a recognized Bachelor degree and iBT TOEFL score of 79 or equivalent, or an overall academic IELTS score of 6.0, or an EmSAT English score of 1400 may be considered for conditional admission to a Master’s program in special circumstances. If conditional admission is granted, the student must achieve a minimum iBT TOEFL score of 91 or equivalent, or an overall academic IELTS score of 6.5 by the end of their first semester of registration.
  • Applicants who do not attain the minimum GRE quantitative score required for the relevant Master’s program may be considered for conditional admission. If conditional admission is granted, the student will be required to achieve a minimum GRE quantitative score of 155 by the end of their first semester of registration.
  • Applicants with insufficient prior background in the chosen Master’s or Doctorate program may be considered for conditional admission, but will be assigned undergraduate and/or graduate courses and/or specially tailored remedial courses as specified by the relevant program. Credits from these prerequisite bridging courses do not count toward fulfillment of the particular degree requirements and are not used to calculate the graduate Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA).

The Statement of Purpose should clearly outline the applicant’s motivations for wishing to pursue graduate studies at Khalifa University of Science and Technology, as well as any prior achievements that will demonstrate promise for success in their degree. It is recommended that prospective students include the following information in their Statement of Purpose:

  • An introduction about yourself, your interests and your motivations.
  • The reasons for applying to your chosen graduate program at Khalifa University of Science and Technology.
  • What you hope to gain during your studies and any specific issues you wish to address.
  • Your professional aspirations and how you think this qualification will help you achieve them.
  • How your previous studies and work experience, where applicable, relate to the program you have chosen.
  • Other matters you consider important and relevant to your application.

The statement should focus on the contribution you would like to make to your chosen field of research. PhD applicants are advised to refer to the Khalifa University of Science and Technology Institutional Research Priorities before drafting their Research Statement.

It is recommended that the Research Statement addresses the following points:

  • An explanation of your research interests and what you hope to achieve through your research.
  • An outline of your experience in this field to date (study, research, project work, publications, etc.).
  • An example of a research project you would like to be involved in (either one you would conduct, or one you have read about).