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Graduate Admissions - Requirements

Graduate Admissions - Requirements

Admission to Khalifa university is on a competitive basis. The selection of candidates will be made on the basis of their application form, supporting documents, and their performance in the interview. Selection will take into account factors such as the candidates’ graduation average or CGPA score, their qualifications and previous experience, their CV, their reference forms, and their potential to succeed. 

Master of Science (MSc) / Master of Arts (MA)

Applicants for Master’s programs must satisfy the following admission requirements:

  • Earned Bachelor degree 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 UK-style degree) in a discipline relevant to the applicable program.
  • A minimum level of English proficiency in the form of a TOEFL score of 91 iBT or equivalent, or a minimum academic IELTS score of 6.5.
  • A minimum of two referee recommendations (submitted electronically).
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score. A minimum GRE Quantitative score of 155 is required for MSc programs.
  • Statement of Purpose (approximately 400 to 1,000 words)

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Engineering

PhD applicants must satisfy the following admission requirements:

  • Earned Master degree 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 / M.Phil.) in a relevant discipline.
  • A minimum level of English proficiency in the form of a TOEFL score of 91 iBT or equivalent, or a minimum academic IELTS score of 6.5.
  • A minimum of two referee recommendations (submitted electronically).
  • A minimum GRE Quantitative score of 155. PhD applicants who do not have the required minimum GRE but have one or more publications in peer-reviewed journals may be considered for admission.
  • Statement of Purpose (approximately 400 to 1,000 words).
  • Research Statement (approximately 400 to 1,000 words).

Subject to review and approval by the Office of Student Recruitment and Admissions, an applicant may be exempted from the English test score requirement if he or she meets the following criteria:

  • A native speaker of English who has completed his/her undergraduate/graduate education in an English medium institution in a country where English is the official language.
  • An applicant admitted to and graduated from an English medium institution that can provide evidence of acquiring a minimum TOEFL score of 61 iBT or its equivalent (e.g., a minimum Academic IELTS score of 5.0 out of 9) upon admission to the undergraduate program; or a minimum TOEFL score of 70 iBT or its equivalent (e.g. a minimum Academic IELTS score of 5.5) upon admission to the prior graduate program.

In addition to satisfying all of the above, applicants must undergo an interview to determine the suitability of the student for undertaking the program of study.

Applicants wishing to enroll on a part-time basis must provide satisfactory evidence that their employer will provide adequate release time for the student to attend University courses, labs, research activities, faculty consultation, and exams.

Statement of Purpose Guidelines

The Statement of Purpose should clearly outline your motivations for wishing to pursue graduate studies at Khalifa University, as well as your prior achievements demonstrating promise for success in your degree. This may include:

  • Introduction about yourself, your interests and motivations
  • Your reasons for choosing the specific graduate program at Khalifa University
  • 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
  • Anything else you consider important and relevant to the application

Research Statement Guidelines

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 Institutional Research Priorities. Your statement should address the following points:

  • Explanation of your research interests and what you hope to achieve
  • Outline of your experience in this field to date (study, research, project work, publications)
  • Example of a research project you would like to be involved in (either one you would conduct or one that you have read about)

Applicants with insufficient prior background in the chosen program of study may be admitted, 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).

Applicants for Master’s programs who do not have the required minimum GRE Quantitative score may be given conditional admission.

Applicants for Master’s programs with lower qualifications (a minimum CGPA score of 2.5 out of 4.0 or equivalent) may be admitted to the program in special circumstances. Such applicants will be given conditional admittance and they must achieve a minimum CGPA of 3.0 out of 4.0 in the first nine credits of taught courses. 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.

All conditional admission requirements must be satisfied within the first 12 consecutive months of the student’s initial registration in the graduate program to which the student was admitted.