Graduate Application Procedure
Admission is offered on a selective basis to academically qualified students. To be eligible for admission to graduate programs, all applicants must:
- Be holders of a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution of higher education.
- Have a secondary school certificate recognized by the Lebanese Ministry of Education as equivalent to the Lebanese Baccalaureate.
- Present an acceptable undergraduate grade-point average in the major area of study.
- Comply with any additional admission requirements that may be described under each degree program.
All documents required for admission should be handed in at least one month prior to the beginning of the semester. All presented documentation will become the property of the university and will not be returned to the applicant. Admission is valid for one calendar year from the date of acceptance. Applicants must submit to the Office of Admissions all the following before their application can be processed:
- The application form filled out and signed by the applicant. The applicant’s legal name as recorded on official documents must be spelled the same way on all forms.
- Three recent passport-size photographs.
- A legible photocopy of the applicant’s identity card and the Family Civil Status Record.
- An authenticated copy of the bachelor’s diploma and official undergraduate transcript(s) of grades sent by the educational institution(s) directly to the university.
- A certified copy of the baccalaureate certificate or its equivalent.
- Two recommendation forms, filled in by two professionals who know the applicant well (e.g. university professor and/or work supervisor; no family members or relatives), and sealed in an envelope.
- If required, a certificate indicating a passing EEE or TOEFL score not older than two years.
- A non-refundable application fee.
- An official transcript of grades sealed in an envelope for transfer applicants from an accredited institution of higher education.
Graduate Admission Status
Applicants will be classified as follows:
Regular Graduate Status: Applicants qualify for this category if they hold an earned bachelor’s degree from the university or its equivalent from another recognized institution of higher education with a minimum undergraduate cumulative grade-point average of 2.75 in the major area of study. The regular graduate status is maintained if the cumulative grade-point average in all graduate coursework is 3.00 or above.
Regular full-time graduate students may register for 9 – 12 credits per semester. Those who register for six credits or less will be considered regular part-time graduate students. The maximum load for summer sessions is six credits. Loads in excess of 12 credits per semester will require the approval of the chairperson of the department and the faculty dean. Graduate students may not take more than 15 credits per semester.
International graduate students are expected to carry a full course of study—a minimum of 9 credits per semester and 3 credits in the summer session, in order to maintain their international student status.
Probationary Graduate Status: Applicants who show promise for success in graduate study may be considered for admission and categorized as graduate students on probation for two semesters if they hold an earned bachelor’s degree from the university or its equivalent from another recognized institution of higher education with a minimum undergraduate cumulative grade-point average of 2.50 in the major area of study. Graduates accepted on probation must complete the first four graduate courses without repeats and receive a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.00. Applicants with an undergraduate cumulative grade-point average of less than 2.50 in the major area of study will not be admitted to the degree program. Students under probationary graduate status may not request advancement to degree candidacy or register for the thesis.
Provisional Graduate Status: Applicants may be qualified for this status if they hold an earned bachelor’s degree from the university or its equivalent from another recognized institution of higher education with an undergraduate cumulative grade-point average of 2.75 in a major area of study that is different from the intended graduate program major. The chairperson of the department will recommend the foundation courses that the applicant must take before consideration for admission to the graduate program. These foundation courses must be completed within one or two consecutive semesters and are not counted toward the graduate degree. Upon successful completion of the foundation courses with a cumulative grade-point average of 2.75 and no grade lower than “C”, the applicant will be admitted to the graduate program with regular graduate status.
Graduate applicants who fail to meet one or more of the other requirements for regular graduate status may also be admitted on a provisional graduate status. At the time of provisional admission, the nature of the deficiency, the plan and the deadline for its removal is specified. Failure to meet the conditions will result in dismissal from the program.
Special Graduate (PTC) Status: Applicants who have earned a bachelor’s degree but who do not wish to earn a graduate degree or are guest students from another university may be classified as special (non-degree) applicants with a Permission to Take Classes (PTC) status. PTC is a temporary enrollment designation, and applicants may be permitted to enroll for no more than 12 credits. If the student later wishes to enroll in a graduate degree program, he/she then will have to submit an application form and go through the graduate admission process. Courses taken on a PTC basis generally do not count toward a graduate degree. However, a maximum of 12 credits with a “B” grade or higher may be applied by petition after the student has submitted an application for and been accepted into a graduate degree program. Petitions are evaluated on an individual basis.
PTC status may also be granted to applicants who have applied for admission to the graduate program, but for some reason, the application has not yet been completely processed. In such cases, PTC status is available for one semester only (a maximum of 12 credits).
Transfer of Graduate Credits
Applicants with graduate-level courses from a recognized institution of higher education may be granted the transfer of a maximum of six graduate credits or two relevant courses taken within the last four years in which the applicant has received a minimum of 3.00 grade-point average or a “B” grade (84/100) or its equivalent. The transferred courses must apply towards a similar degree at the university where they were originally earned and must meet similar requirements within the university’s degree program. The grade for a transfer course is not included in the grade-point average computation. Requests for transfer of credits must be made at the time of application.
A student may be granted permission to cross-register for one course at another accredited institution of higher education if a course needed is not offered at the university. Credit by examination is not accepted toward a graduate degree at the university.
Graduate Course Auditing
Applicants who have satisfied the admission requirements may be granted the opportunity to audit graduate courses subject to the availability of space and the instructor’s consent. The audited courses will appear in the student’s transcript of grades with an “AU” designation. A “U” designation is given to an audited course if the student has not met the obligations of the audit requirement.
Graduate Re-Admission Policy
Graduate students who have interrupted their graduate study at the university for one academic year or more must apply for re-admission. They will be required to meet the current program requirements. Students who plan to return after an absence of one semester must notify the chairperson of the department of their intention to return.
Students who have completed a graduate degree at the university may be re-admitted for a second degree program at the same level but in a different area of study. A form must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar and approved by the Admissions Committee. The university does not award a second degree to students who complete another concentration. A letter indicating the completion of an equivalent to another concentration will be issued.