Graduate Admission Requirements

Applications for admission should be submitted to the Admission and Registration Deanship prior to the beginning of each semester. To be eligible for admission to a Graduate program, a student must be a holder of a Bachelor Degree issued in the UAE or it's equivalent as approved by the UAE Ministry of Higher Education & Scientific Research UAE.
The AU Council of Academic and Scientific Affairs determines the number of students to be admitted to each graduate degree program each semester, according to the university‟s available resources.

2.1. General Admission Conditions to Master Programs

In accordance with the University requirements for graduate programs, holders of a four year Bachelor degree may apply for full or conditional admission to a Master program if they fulfill the following minimum general requirements :

a. Full admission

To be eligible for Full admission, the applicant must satisfy the following:
i. He/she is holder of a four-year Bachelor degree in the same field as that of the program applied for
ii. His/.her Bachelor degree was completed with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3 on a scale of 4.0, or its equivalent
iii. His/her Bachelor degree was issued from an accredited university by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, UAE
iv. He/she has attained at least 550 score in TOEFL or its equivalent ( if the program is taught in English)

b. Conditional admission
Subject to availability of seats, a conditional admission may be offered if the applicant fulfils the above listed general conditions of full admission but his/her GPA is between 2.0 and 2.99 or his/her TOEFL score is between 530 and 550 or its equivalent.

b.1. Conditional admission due to non fulfillment of GPA requirement
An applicant may be offered a conditional admission due to non fulfillment of GPA condition, if he/she satisfies the following:
i. He/she is holder of a four year Bachelor degree in the same field as that of the program applied for
ii. His/.her Bachelor degree was completed with a minimum cumulative GPA between 2.50 and 2.99 on a scale of 4.0, or its equivalent
iii. His/her Bachelor degree was issued from an accredited university by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, UAE
iv. He/she has attained at least 550 score in TOEFL or its equivalent ( if the program is taught in English)

Important: Admitted students, under this category, will be allowed to continue in the Master program only if they attain at least a GPA of 3.0 in the 9 credit hours in which they register during their first semester of study.


b.2. Conditional admission due to non-fulfillment of English Proficiency requirement
An applicant may be offered a conditional admission due to non-fulfillment of English Proficiency requirement , if he/she satisfies the following:

i. He/she is holder of a four-year Bachelor degree in the same field as that of the program applied for
ii. His/.her Bachelor degree was completed with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3 on a scale of 4.0, or its equivalent
iii. His/her Bachelor degree was issued from an accredited university by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, UAE
iv. He/she has attained a score between 530 and 550 in TOEFL or its equivalent ( if the program is taught in English)

Important: Admitted students, under this category, will be requested to register in the Advanced level of the IEP program , and 6 credit hours during their first semester of studies. They will be allowed to continue in the Master program only if they attain at least 550 score in TOEFL at the end of their semester of studies. Otherwise they will be dismissed from the program.

c. Admission of mature applicants

A waiver of the GPA requirement condition (minimum GPA of 3.0) could be accepted to applicants having at least five years, after graduation, of professional experience . In other words, the applicant must satisfy the following:


i. He/she is holder of a four year Bachelor degree in the same field as that of the program applied for
ii. He/she has at least 5 years of experience after graduation
iii. His/her Bachelor degree was issued from an accredited university by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, UAE
iv. He/she has attained at least 550 score in TOEFL or its equivalent ( if the program is taught in English)

 d. Exemption from English Language Proficiency

Applicants for an AU graduate program may be exempted from the English Proficiency requirement (minimum score of 550 in TOEFL or its equivalent) if :
Case 1.

  • The medium of instruction is English for the Bachelor degree of the applicant,
  • The applicant was admitted to the Bachelor program after having obtained at least 500 scores in TOEFL or its equivalent,
  • The applicant has applied for an AU Graduate program in less than two years after his/her graduation.

Case 2.
1. If English is the native Language of the applicant,
2. The applicant had completed his/her Bachelor degree in his/her home country or in a country where English is the native Language.
Case 3.
The Medium of Instruction of the Master program is the Arabic Language.

2.2. General Admission Conditions to the Professional Graduate Diploma in Teaching program

An applicant is eligible for the admission into the Professional Graduate Diploma in Teaching if:


i. He/she is holder of a four year Bachelor degree in one of the following fields:
a. Arabic Language Literature,
b. Islamic studies,
c. English Language & Translation, or English Literature
d. Mathematics,
e. Biology, Physics, or Chemistry.
f. Information Technology
ii. His/her Bachelor degree was issued from an accredited university by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, UAE