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Environment and Sustainable Development Unit (ESDU)
RCODE Admission Requirements

This program is primarily designed for professionals and graduates who wish to work in rural development. It is specifically designed to impart subject matter specialists with a holistic perspective, and to help them place their specializations within the context of sustainable livelihoods.

Those interested in entering the program may be recruited from related disciplines including agriculture, nutrition and food sciences, and health and social sciences and other fields. Individuals with community service experience are especially encouraged to apply.

Admission requirements to the program are the same as outlined in the FAFS graduate students’ manual. Admissions to the program are decided by the FAFS graduate committee and the RCODE interdepartmental committee.

In brief, to be considered for admission to RCODE, applicants must hold a Bachelor’s degree from AUB or its equivalent from a recognized institution of higher learning.

Applicants to the graduate program, other than AUB graduates and graduates of recognized colleges or universities in North America, Great Britain, Australia, and New Zealand, must meet the English Language Proficiency Requirement (ELPR).

A score of 550 on the English Entrance Examination (EEE), or 600 on the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or 250 on the computer-based TOEFL or 97 on the Internet-based TOEFL, or 7.0 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or 500 on the Verbal Part of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), or 25 on the Verbal Part of the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is required for admission of new applicants to graduate study, or prospective graduate study, from recognized institutions of higher education. An applicant is considered for admission as a regular student to RCODE if s/he meets the following minimum admission requirements:

An undergraduate average of at least 80 percent (or standardized equivalent from other institutions of higher learning) in the major field of study and a cumulative average of at least 75 percent (or standardized equivalent) for all work done at the undergraduate level leading to a Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from AUB or other recognized institutions of higher learning.

Students who hold a minor in a field of specialization with at least 80 percent average may be considered for admission as regular students in that field.


Please refer to the below important links to guide you through the Graduate application and admissions process:

Online Graduate Application:

Frequently Asked Questions for Online Graduate Applications:  

Graduate Council Webage:


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