7. Is there an application fee for graduate programs?
Yes, students must pay an application fee of AED 450 to be able to submit an application. Application fees are non-refundable.
8. How long does the application process take?
Once all required documents are submitted, it will take two to three weeks for a decision to be made regarding admission to the graduate program. The Office of Graduate Admission will email you a notification letter stating clearly the status of your admission.
9. Upon receiving the admission letter, what should my next step be?
Make sure you read carefully the admission letter and consider all admission conditions, if any. You may communicate with the program director/department head regarding any questions you may have related to admission and the program.
10. Where do I find information for international students, such as visa information?
AUS offers Graduate Assistantships to students on competitive bases. Assistantships cover full or partial tuition waivers and/or a stipend. Graduate assistantships may come in the form of Graduate Teaching Assistantship (GTA) or Graduate Research Assistantship (GRA).
For information on master’s students assistantships, please click here.
For information on PhD students assistantships, please click here.
12. How can I apply for an assistantship?
Master’s students can apply for the assistantship on the admission application form itself. PhD students must complete the assistantship application form available here .
13. When do I know that I have been granted an assistantship?
After receiving the letter of admission, your program director/department head will send you a notification via email about the decision regarding the assistantship and the details of the award. You need to respond within a specific period of time to confirm your acceptance of the assigned assistantship. A contract will be issued by the Office of Graduate Studies at the beginning of each semester stating the conditions of the award.
14. With whom should I follow up concerning the assistantship?
You should contact your department head or program director/coordinator.
15. If I am working, would I be considered for assistantship?
Yes, working students may be considered for partial assistantship. Please communicate with your department head or program director/coordinator.
16. How long can a student receive a graduate assistantship?
For a master’s students, the assistantship can be awarded for four semesters. For a doctoral student, the assistantship can be awarded up to eight semesters.
17. Does AUS offer tuition fee discounts?
There are no special discounts but AUS offers many graduate assistantships awarded on competitive basis.
18. What is the time schedule for graduate courses at AUS?
Normally, graduate classes meet once a week for three hours. Most classes are offered during the evening (after 5 p.m.) on weekdays. Some programs may offer classes on weekends.
19. How many credits or courses are required to complete a master’s degree?
Master’s programs typically require the completion of 30 to 33 credits, which is equivalent to 10 to 11 courses.
20. What is the typical duration of study for a master’s degree at AUS?
A full-time student should be able to complete the master’s degree in two years. Working students who normally study part-time should be able to complete the degree in two and a half or three years.
21. How many credits or courses are required to complete a doctoral degree?
Doctoral programs require the completion of 54 credits that include course work (typically 8 to 11 courses) and a dissertation (minimum 24 credits).
22. What is the typical duration of study for a doctoral degree at AUS?
A full-time student should be able to complete the degree in four years. Working students who normally study part-time should be able to complete the degree in five years.
23. How many courses does a graduate student register for in a semester?
Full-time students normally register for two or three courses per semester (6 or 9 credits), while working students typically register for one or two courses (3 or 6 credits) per semester.
24. Is there a limit on the duration of study for a graduate degree?
A master’s degree must be completed within five years and doctoral degrees must be completed within ten years of initial registration. Any leaves taken during that period will be counted as part of the study period.
25. Are AUS graduate programs accredited?
AUS is licensed and its programs are accredited by the Commission for Academic Accreditation of the Ministry of Education’s Higher Education Affairs Division in the United Arab Emirates. AUS has been accredited in the United States of America by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA, Tel +1 215 662 5606) since June 2004.
26. Where can I find information about the attestation and equivalency of my degrees as required by the admissions letter?
The details about the attestation and equivalency are available at here.
27. Does AUS provide visas for graduate students?
If you are an international, non-resident applicant who is not a GCC national and have been accepted to full-time study in an AUS undergraduate or graduate program, the university is able to provide you with a sponsored student visa, enabling you to study and reside in the UAE. For more information, please visit www.aus.edu/student-visas.
28. Where can I find information about on-campus housing?
AUS residential halls have private rooms and double rooms, with separate halls for men and women. For information about our residential halls, please click here.
29. With whom should I communicate if I have other questions regarding graduate programs?
You may contact the Office of Graduate Studies at [email protected] or +971 6 515 2934.