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Bridging Programs

Admission Requirements for the Bridging Programs:
A student with a Diploma may seek to bridge toward a Bachelor degree in the same field. To qualify for admission the student must meet the following requirements:


 A. General requirements:
  • The applicant must have obtained a secondary school certificate or its equivalent before getting a diploma. The applicant’s grade average in the diploma will be calculated instead of her/his secondary school grades.
  • The applicant must have completed an academic diploma accredited by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research in the UAE.
  • Once admitted to a bridging program the student cannot change the major he/she was admitted to under any circumstances.


B. Special requirements:

Admission requirements that are specific to available bridging programs are summarized below.
1. Nursing and Medical Diagnostic Imaging Programs (in the College of Health Sciences):

  • Applicants to the Bridging Program in MDI must have obtained a two or three year diploma.
  • Applicants to the Bridging Program in Nursing must have obtained a three year diploma in Nursing.
  • Applicants must have an average GPA of at least 70% or a letter grade of (C).
  • If the diploma average is D (60 to 69 percent) but all other conditions are met the student may be accepted on probation for one semester during which he/she must take a load of 6 to 12 credit hours (13 per the Dean’s approval) and attain a semester GPA of 2.0 or higher to be allowed to continue in the program; otherwise they will be dismissed from the University.


2. Bridging from a Diploma awarded by the Community College to a Bachelor’s Program:

  • Students who hold a diploma from the Community College are eligible to apply for admission into one of the bridging programs indicated in the following table. 
Diploma programBridging programs Available according to the certificate TypeRequired GPA
Information TechnologyCollege of SciencesIT Multimedia 3.5
College of Business AdministrationManagement Information System3.3
Administrative and Financial Sciences: (Business Administration or Accounting) College of Business Administration·   Management
·   Finance
·   Marketing
·   Accounting
Food SafetyCollege of Health SciencesEnvironmental Health Sciences3.3

Environmental Health and Safety

College of Health SciencesEnvironmental Health Sciences3.3

Professional Diploma in Law

​College of Law



  • If the language of instruction of the diploma program is Arabic the applicant must study one semester and take 9 credit hours of prerequisite courses and attain a minimum of grade (C) in each and fulfill English language proficiency requirements & all other prerequisites before he/she can continue in the program. 
  • Students who has completed a three year diploma program from an institution other than Community College no more than three years ​before applying are eligible to apply to the bridging program in the same specialization, provided that the diploma is certified by the UAE Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research.