The University admits outstanding graduate students, who demonstrate the ability to do creative and original work. A graduate applicant must have an acceptable bachelor’s degree, with a record at the required level, and perform well on any designated entrance examination.
Minimum requirements need to be met for a graduate studies applicant to be accepted at AUC. Other requirements may apply depending upon the specific admission category. Also, requirements for a given program may be at a higher level, as specified by the department.
Applicants for graduate study must have an acceptable Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree, with an academic record at a level sufficient to qualify for full or provisional admission, as described under admission categories. Additional criteria, such as the following, may also be considered when evaluating a candidate for admission to the graduate program:
- Performance as nondegree student showing evidence of preparation for graduate level courses
- Test scores (GRE, GMAT and Arabic Language) that suggest potential
- Work experience in a field related to the program applied for
- Strong faculty advocacy with written intent to mentor the student
- References from instructor or employer speaking to motivation and maturity
- Personal interview
English Language Proficiency
An applicant must demonstrate a good knowledge of English adequate for graduate study in that language. For full admission to the University, a graduate applicant must attain the required score on the International TOEFL or iBT (with TWE) or IELTS examinations. An applicant may be exempted from these examinations if he or she is currently enrolled in, or a graduate from, an accredited university where the language of instruction is English. An applicant who does not attain the minimum test score, but who is otherwise qualified for admission, is placed in an English Language Instruction (ELI) course for further language study.
- New Degree and Nondegree Students
All new applicants who will be enrolling with a full-time status, as well as nondegree students, must provide evidence of academic English proficiency prior to enrollment in any course.
- Exemption from the English Test
Graduate applicants who hold degrees from an accredited English-language university or applicants who have been recently accepted by or are enrolled in an accredited English-language university.
- Transfer Students
All transfer students, except those transferring from an accredited English-language university, are required to take the international TOEFL or the academic IELTS. Applicants who are transferring from another type of institution will be placed in intensive English or academic English or exempted from any further English requirements, based on their scores on the international TOEFL or the academic IELTS.
AUC students who withdraw from the University in good standing and subsequently wish to return 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 of readmission. Readmission is offered on a space-available basis and is not guaranteed.
Disqualified or suspended students must petition for readmission in addition to the required readmission application and must meet all the admission requirements prevailing at the time of readmission.
Students who are suspended because they have not passed Intensive English courses (ELIN 0301 or ELIN 0302 ) in two semesters and a summer (or three semesters if a summer course is not offered) are required to submit a recent International TOEFL with TWE, (iBT) or Academic IELTS and they must demonstrate a level of proficiency for direct admission to Academic English for Graduates (English modules) or higher. Students who are disqualified because they have failed any other Academic English module (ENGL 0310, ENGL 0311 or ENGL 0312) three times are required to demonstrate a level of English language proficiency for direct admission without any English requirement.
|English Level at Time of Withdrawal||Lapse of Time||TOEFL/iBT Required Completed|
|Completed required||Less than 24 months||No|
|Academic English modules successfully or satisfied English requirement||More than 24 months||Yes|
|Enrolled in intensive English or academic English||Less than 6 months||No|
|6 -12 months||Optional|
|Enrolled in intensive English or academic English||More than 12 months||Yes|
Computer and Library Skills
Graduate students may be asked to demonstrate a minimum competency in use of computers and academic libraries as they relate to graduate study and research.
The department of major may require applicants to sit for a graduate entrance examination, whose results will be considered at the time of admission.
- Science and engineering departments require PhD applicants to sit for a Graduate Entrance Examination (GRE). Also, applicants to MA programs in economics, economics in international development, finance and journalism, and mass communication are required to sit for the GRE.
- The Department of Management requires MBA applicants to sit for the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT).
- The Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language program may require an Arabic Language test based on the evaluation of the application.