Admission FAQs

Admission FAQs

How can I apply?

-UAE National Students should apply through the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (MOHSER) website, National Admission Placement Office.

What are the requirements for admissions to Khalifa University?

Click here for the admissions requirements for undergraduate studies at Khalifa University

Does KU conduct entrance exams?

All applicants who meet the minimum requirements must sit for math and physics admission tests. Except for those who are eligible for Exemption from Entry Assessment.

How long does it take to process an application?

Refer UG Admission Application Procedure for the process.

Do I need to take an English language proficiency test?

All applicants must demonstrate proficiency in English, the language of instruction at KU. Most applicants must satisfy this requirement by passing academic IELTS – (International English Language Testing System)or the International TOEFL IBT(Test of English as a Foreign Language).

What are IELTS and TOEFL test dates? Are they given at Khalifa University?

Test dates vary by location. They are not offered at KU. Please visit the relevant website for information on how to register for the exams:

IELTS:www.ielts.org/

TOEFL: http://www.ets.org/toefl/

What are the minimum IELTS and TOEFL test scores required to apply to Khalifa University?

TOFEL (IBT 79)

Academic IELTS (6.0)

If an applicant meets the admission requirements except for the TOEFL/IELTS score, can he/she still join KU?

Admitted students who score below 79 on the TOEFL IBT test or below 6 on the academic IELTS test have the option to enroll in an English Preparatory Program. Some students may have to take English admission test before enrolling in the Preparatory Program.

Where should I have my test scores sent?

For Undergraduate program Scores should be submitted to the Admissions Office on the Abu Dhabi campus. Or it can be sent by mail on the following address:

Office of Student Recruitment and Admission

Khalifa University of Science, Technology & Research

P.O Box : 127788, Abu Dhabi, UAE

T: +971-(0)2-4018000

F: +971-(0)2-4472446

What are the majors offered at Khalifa University?

Our College of Sciences offers the following majors:

All programs offered by Khalifa University have received accreditation by the UAE Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research. Accreditation attests to the overall quality of the individual degree programs.

Does KU provide residency visas for its students?

International students who are admitted to Khalifa University must have their own resident visa.

If I am accepted to Khalifa University, will I be able to live in student housing?

All students who live more than 100 km from Khalifa University’s Abu Dhabi campus are permitted to stay in student housing. Separate male and female accommodations are provided. Click here for more information on student housing.

Does Khalifa University accept transfer students?

All transfer candidates who are interested in applying to Khalifa University should meet the admission requirements. In addition, they should submit an official copy of their transcript(s) along with the other admission documents to be considered upon evaluation of their admission application. No credit hours will be transferred if the candidate was accepted. To apply click here.

Who is eligible for a scholarship?

All UAE National students accepted in undergraduate programs enjoy a full scholarship to study at Khalifa University. International students must maintain a GPA of 3.00 or higher each semester to keep their full or partial scholarship.

Is KU affiliated with any other university?

We are not affiliated with any other university. Khalifa University of Science, Technology and Research is an independent, non-profit, coeducational institution inaugurated in 2007 as part of an Abu Dhabi Government initiative. It was founded in February 2007 by a decree from UAE President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan to complement Abu Dhabi’s 2030 vision.

Where is KU accredited?

KU is licensed and accredited by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research in the United Arab Emirates.

Completing the online application form

What graduate programs does Khalifa University of Science and Technology offer?

Please refer to the Graduate Programs Programs webpage for a full list of Master’s and Doctorate programs offered by the University.

I would like to apply for a program listed on the Khalifa University of Science and Technology website, but it does not appear as an option in my online application.

Please note that some of our programs are open only to UAE National applicants. Please refer to the Graduate Programs webpage for the requirements of each program.

Can I apply for more than one graduate program at Khalifa University of Science and Technology?

Applicants can only apply to one program per semester.

When is the application deadline?

Applications must be submitted via the University website on or before the date listed on the Graduate Admissions webpage.

I am due to graduate after the admissions deadline closes and I haven’t received my degree certificate yet. Can I still apply?

Yes, you can still apply. Please submit your academic transcripts to date, as well as a letter confirming your status as a registered student and your expected graduation date. Unofficial transcripts can be submitted at the time of application. These documents are mandatory at the time of application and can be obtained from your university.

Can I choose to study full-time or part-time?

Graduate studies at Khalifa University of Science and Technology can be undertaken on a full-time or part-time basis, depending on the program you apply for. Please note that some graduate programs are available on a part-time basis only.

What scholarships are available at Khalifa University of Science and Technology?

Please refer to the Graduate Scholarships webpage for further information about scholarships offered by Khalifa University of Science and Technology. Please note that scholarships are awarded subject to availability and will be confirmed at the conclusion of the admission process. No additional application is required to be considered for a scholarship.

I am interested in the MSc in Nuclear Engineering. Does this program have any special requirements?

The MSc in Nuclear Engineering is open to UAE National applicants only. Successful applicants will require sponsorship from the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC), the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR) or another approved government organisation. To find out more information about ENEC or FANR scholarships, please contact the relevant organisation:

What are the graduate program admission requirements?

Admission requirements for Master’s and Doctorate programs are outlined on the Graduate Admissions – Requirements webpage. Please note that admission is highly competitive and meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee entry into the program.

What documents do I have to provide in order to apply?

Please refer to the Graduate Admissions – Required Documents webpage for a full list of documents required to apply.

My GPA is between 2.5 and 3.0, but I have other strengths in my application. Can I still apply?

You can still apply and your application may be considered for conditional admission. Such applications are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Conditional admission applies to Master’s programs only.

What are the minimum English language requirements (e.g. TOEFL/IELTS test scores)?I still apply?

English is the official language of instruction and assessment at Khalifa University of Science and Technology. To be eligible for admission, applicants must achieve a minimum score of 91 iTOEFL (internet-based test) or academic IELTS with a minimum overall band of 6.5. The test must have been taken during the 24 months (2 years) preceding the application.

Subject to approval, the English test score requirement may be waived for an applicant who is:

  • A native English speaker who has completed his/her Bachelor/Master degree qualification in an English medium institution; or
  • A graduate from an English-medium institution who can provide evidence of acquiring a minimum overall academic IELTS score of 6.0 or a minimum TOEFL score of 79 iBT (or equivalent) at the time of admission to the completed Bachelor’s/Master’s degree program.

All applicants must provide evidence of meeting the English language requirement by uploading the relevant document with their application, even if he/she may be eligible for an exemption.

Is the TOEFL/IELTS test score required at the time I apply?

All applicants must have completed TOEFL or IELTS before applying for a graduate program at Khalifa University of Science and Technology. It is mandatory for all applicants to upload a copy of their English score certificate at the time of application.

Is the GRE test score required at the time I apply?

All applicants must have completed the GRE General Test before applying for a graduate program at Khalifa University of Science and Technology. It is mandatory for all applicants to upload a copy of their GRE score certificate at the time of application.

How can I submit my GRE/TOEFL official score reports to Khalifa University of Science and Technology?

Please upload a copy of your test score certificates to the online application. You can also have the test score sent directly to Khalifa University of Science and Technology using the following institutional codes:

  •  GRE institutional code: 0822
  •  TOEFL:institutional code: 0960

What is an Equivalency Certificate and how can I apply for it?

Applicants who have completed their tertiary studies outside the UAE must obtain an equivalency certificate from the UAE Ministry of Education. Please refer to the MOE Service Catalog for more information on certificate equivalency and attestation.

What is a Grading Scale and is it mandatory for admission?

The grading scale or grading scheme explains the academic results displayed on your transcript. It is mandatory to submit a copy of the grading scale with your application. Most universities post the grading scale on their website or print it on the back of the transcript. Alternatively, you should contact the administration office at your university.

Where can I submit my application?

Applications for graduate admissions can be made online.

Can I make changes to my application?

  •  Changes to program or study mode

If you have started, but not submitted your application, you can delete it and start the process again to specify a different program or study mode.

  •   Changes to other information, such as Personal Details, Academic Qualifications, Employment Details

If you have not submitted your application, you can make changes by clicking on the relevant section and updating the information fields.

If you have already submitted your application, it is not possible to make changes. Please contact the Admissions team by email at: for assistance.

Can I upload additional documents after submitting my application?

Yes, it is possible to update your documents after the application has been submitted. To do this, login to your account and upload additional documents in the ‘Attachments’ section. Please note that it is not possible to make changes to documents that have already been submitted. If you would like to change any of your submitted documents, please contact the Admissions team by email at:  pgadmission@ku.ac.ae for assistance.

I am having trouble uploading my documents online. What should I do?

Please ensure that the files you are uploading meet the following requirements:

  •  Documents must be in PDF format with a maximum file size of 4MB
  •  Photographs must be in JPEG format with a maximum file size of 2MB

If your files are in the correct format and you are still unable to upload them, please contact the IT Helpdesk by email at:  servicedesh@ku.ac.ae for assistance.

Can my reference letter be provided to Khalifa University of Science and Technology in hard copy or via email?

The University does not accept reference letters in hard copy or via e-mail. During the application process, you will be required to provide the contact details of your referees, who will be invited to complete an online Reference Form after the application is submitted. Please do not ask your referees to email the University with their recommendations.

How can I check if my references have been submitted?

Please login to view your application and refer to Section 4, ‘Referee Status’.

I am applying for a PhD program. Do I need to contact a potential supervisor first to agree on a research topic?

Applicants are not required to contact potential supervisors prior to submitting their application. However, prior to drafting the Research Statement, PhD applicants are encouraged to explore the University’s research priorities and view Faculty profiles on our website. Research Statement guidelines can be found on the Graduate Admissions – Requirements webpage. The assignment of supervisors will be made by the University following the completion of the application process and is based on strategic research priorities.

How will I be informed about the final decision regarding my application?

Shortlisted applicants are normally invited to attend an interview before a final decision is made on their application.

  • Applicants for the Fall semester will be notified via e-mail in August.
  • Applicants for the Spring semester will be notified via e-mail in December.

Please note that the University is unable to provide updates on the status of individual applications.

Can I transfer credits from another institution?

A graduate student may request the transfer of credits for relevant graduate courses completed at an institution that is accredited by the UAE Ministry of Education. Subject to approval, credit will only be awarded for substantially equivalent graduate courses not used to fulfil requirements for a previously earned degree. Transfer credits will not be given for work experience, vocational or training courses, or coursework that is not considered graduate level.
In order to apply for a credit transfer, applicants must submit an official transcript and catalog descriptions of the relevant courses.

I forgot my password. What should I do?

Passwords can be reset using the “Forgot Password?” link on the online application home page.

I am having technical issues with the online application system, what should I do?

Please contact the IT Helpdesk by email at: servicedesk@ku.ac.ae for assistance.

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