Categories of admission depend upon the applicant’s qualifications, status and study plan.
Full admission may be granted to entering students who have met the minimum criteria for graduate admission and any of the following requirements:
- A BA or BSc degree with an overall grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.75 or its equivalent, and 3.0 or its equivalent in the major.
- An overall average of gayyid on a BA or BSc degree from an Egyptian national university.
- A graduate degree with a minimum overall average of gayyid giddan or 'B' if the degree is closely related to the intended major.
Additionally, the department of the major may require satisfactory performance on an examination. Full admission may also be attained by fulfilling the conditions specified under the provisional admission category below.
Provisional admission is granted to those entering students not qualifying for full admission, but who have additional attributes that give them a high potential for success in a given graduate program.
Under provisional admission a student may be required to take English courses, a number of specified prerequisite courses, or fulfill a condition. Students are required to achieve a 'B' average in these prerequisite courses or their admission at AUC will be discontinued. In some instances, students may not be required to fulfill any prerequisites while on provisional status; however, in this case they are considered on probation and must achieve a minimum 'B' average in the first semester (or two graduate courses) or they will be dropped from the program.
Dual Degree Admission
Graduate students may pursue two distinct graduate degrees (diploma and Master's or two Master's) in different departments, either simultaneously or consecutively. In either case, the student must apply to and be accepted by each program involved. The student may have up to 12 credit hours accepted for credit in both degree programs contingent upon departments' and deans' approval. In the case of simultaneous programs, the student may request prior approval of the courses to be counted towards both degrees from the departments involved. In the case of sequential degrees, a period of up to five years is allowed between the dates of finishing one degree and starting the second. Acceptance of a course towards the new degree shall be contingent upon departmental and dean's approval.
An applicant not seeking an AUC degree but who wishes to take AUC courses for academic credit may be admitted as a nondegree student if he or she meets the minimum criteria for graduate admission. A number of places are set aside each year for such students, most of whom take a year away from their studies at another institution to study and live in Egypt. Since AUC is a U.S. accredited institution following an American system, students from U.S. universities are usually able to transfer AUC credits to their home institutions, but they are advised to check in advance. Nondegree applicants follow the same procedures for admission as degree-seeking students and should enclose transcripts of their undergraduate work and fulfill the English language requirements.
Upon request, the university may approve a change of status from nondegree to degree student. If a graduate nondegree student should become a degree candidate, the department of major will consider accepting credit for courses taken under nondegree status. All academic regulations applicable to degree students will apply retroactively with such change of status.
Those who wish to attend individual classes may apply as auditors; however, they may not sit for final examinations, nor receive academic credit or any university certificate of enrollment. Auditors do not have to meet all requirements for regular admission but must apply to the Office of Graduate Admissions by the deadlines indicated. Since permission to audit is on a space-available basis, applicants are not permitted to register until after the registration of regular students has been completed.
Upon the recommendation of the student's department to the school dean in consultation with the Office of Graduate Studies and Research and the Registrar, a graduate student may normally receive up to six credits for graduate level work completed at a different university. The course work may not have been used previously to earn another degree. Any request for the acceptance of transfer credit towards an AUC degree shall be carefully considered by the department concerned before submitting a recommendation to the school dean for approval. Two major considerations are: relevance to the student's program of study, and time lapse since taking the courses for which transfer credit is requested. Approval of the graduate school committee must be received for more than six hours of credit.
A student who has withdrawn in good standing and wishes to return to the university after an absence of one or more semesters may apply for readmission. Application must be made before the appropriate application deadline, and the applicant must meet all the admission requirements prevailing at the time.
The University does not usually admit degree students during the summer semester, but exceptional cases may be brought to the attention of the director of the Office of Graduate Studies and Research for consideration. Degree-seeking students are not admitted during the winter session.
Nondegree applicants for summer should follow the application procedures for nondegree admission. Click here for more information about the programs.