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Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements for Ph.D. programs


  • The student must hold a master's degree with a minimum grade of "Very Good” (3.0 out of 4.0) and a bachelor’s degree with a minimum grade of 2.5 out of 4.0 or equivalent from a university, college, or an institute recognized by the Ministry of Education of the UAE.
  • Students in programs taught in English must obtain 550 on the TOEFL (PBT) (should be taken inside the university), 79 on the TOEFL (IBT) (outside the university) or 6 on IELTS (Academic). For the Ph.D. in Applied Sociology and Law programs, the student must obtain 500 on the TOEFL (PBT) (should be taken inside the university), 61 on the TOEFL (IBT) (outside the university) or 5.0 on IELTS. For the programs taught in Arabic, the student must obtain 450 on the TOEFL (PBT) (should be taken inside the university), 45-46 on the TOEFL (IBT) (outside the university) or 4.5 on IELTS.
  • Passing the personal interview.
  • Attachment of ‘no objection certificate’ from the authorities responsible for national service for male Emirati students.
  • Attachment of a letter of study approval from Kuwait Embassy Cultural Office for Kuwaiti students only.
  • Attachment of People of Determination card (if applicable).
  • In case the student works in a certain place, please attach a letter from the employer stating that the student is working for this agency.