Can I add or change my references after I have submitted my online application?

You may add or delete  references by emailing the Office of Admissions at 

How many letters of recommendation are required and who should write them?

Two letters of recommendation from people who know your academic qualifications are required. 

When does the notification email reach my references asking them to send a recommendation letter

Once you have submitted your application, an automatic email will be sent to your referees requesting them to send a recommendation letter. 

What is the schedule of full-time and part-time study?

The schedule varies from one semester to the other. 

What is the eligibility for the University residences for postgraduate students?

Student housing is available for registered full-time Khalifa University postgraduate students. A rental fee applies per semester and will be deducted from the monthly stipend. Please contact the Student Service Department via email for assistance.

When will we know the results of postgraduate admissions?

Admitted applicants are normally notified via e-mail no later than eight weeks after the application deadline.

When will the orientation for new postgraduate students be held?

The orientation for postgraduate students is normally held the week before classes begin. 

Can I apply for the next semester if I get rejected during this semester?


What documents do I have to provide in order to apply for a Postgraduate Scholarship?

Please refer to the Graduate Admissions – Requirements page to know more about the necessary documents needed to apply for a scholarship. 

How I can apply for the Postgraduate Scholarship at KU?

For information regarding graduate scholarships, please refer to the Graduate Scholarships page. 

When will the postgraduate admissions open so I can submit my application?

Admission for the Fall 2024 semester is open until April 30, 2024.


How much does it cost to pursue a Doctorate degree program at Khalifa University?

The Doctorate programs cost 6,666 AED per credit hour. Please refer to the Tuition Fees page for more details.

How much does it cost to pursue a Master’s degree program at Khalifa University?

The Master’s program costs 5,000 AED per credit hour. Please refer to the Tuition Fees page for more details. 

What graduate programs does Khalifa University offer?

Please refer to the Graduate Programs page 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 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?

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 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?

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 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.

What are the graduate program admission requirements?

Admission requirements for Master’s and Doctorate programs are outlined on the Graduate Admissions – Requirements page. 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 for Postgraduate Admission?

Please refer to the Graduate Admissions – Required Documents page 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 by the GR Admissions Committee on a case-by-case basis. 

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

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

English Language Test Exemptions

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’s/Master’s 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 iBT score of 79 (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 at the time they are applying for a graduate program at Khalifa University or by the deadline for submitting the applications, at the latest. It is mandatory for all applicants to upload a copy of their English score certificate.

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

All applicants must have completed the GRE General Test at the time they are applying for a graduate program at Khalifa University or by the deadline for submitting the applications, at the latest. It is mandatory for all applicants to upload a copy of their GRE score certificate. 

How can I submit my GRE/TOEFL official score reports to Khalifa University?

Please upload a copy of your test score certificates to the online application or have the test score sent by email to along with the your Application Reference Number.

You can also have the test scores sent directly to Khalifa University using the following institutional codes:

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

Documents may also be sent to the following address: The Office of Student Recruitment & Admissions (Graduate Admissions), Level 2, Building E, Khalifa University Main Campus, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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

Applicants who have completed their tertiary studies outside the UAE or at a private university in 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 yet, 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, and  Scholarship type:

If you have not submitted your application yet, 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

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: 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 “Application Checklist”, ‘Recommendation’.

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. Admission decisions are released at different times, depending on when the complete application was submitted. 

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, credits will only be awarded for substantially equivalent graduate courses not used to fulfill 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 for assistance.

What GPA would I need to be accepted to study Master’s degree at KU?

To apply to the Master’s degree programs, applicants must hold a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline with a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.0 out of 4.0 or its equivalent (e.g., an upper second-class honors in a UK-style degree from a reputable accredited institution). Please refer to the Graduate Admissions – Requirements page for more details. 

What Master’s degrees are offered at KU?

Please refer to the Programs website:

What Doctorate degrees are offered at KU?

Please refer to the Programs website:

Is there transportation from the Residences to different campus location?

Student transportation is available to ensure students are transported between the three campuses and between the Residences and campuses. A schedule for the different routes and timings is announced to all students.