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Admission Requirements

Undergraduate Admission Requirements 

A. Admission to First Year

AUB admits students from both twelve- and thirteen-year secondary school systems. Students holding diplomas from a twelve-year secondary school system may gain admission to the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences by completing the freshman program at AUB or its equivalent elsewhere. Students from a thirteen-year secondary school system must hold the Lebanese Baccalaureate Part II in general sciences or life sciences, or the equivalent, if they come from another country. Holders of the Baccalaureate Part II in Humanity may be considered for admission provided they take one additional course MATH 203.

B. Admission of Transfer Students

Those coming from the freshman program should have completed six credits of freshman math and nine credits of natural sciences. Students applying for transfer from another faculty or university must have a minimum grade point average of 70 for Agriculture, 75 for Agribusiness, Nutrition, Food Sciences and Management, and Landscape Architecture and Diploma of Ingénieur Agricole to be considered for admission. Admission is by selection of the most promising eligible applicants. For complete and detailed information regarding admission to the University, including recognized certificates, see the admissions section in this catalogue.

Graduate Admission Requirements 

The faculty offers the MS degree, with or without thesis, in the following majors: agricultural economics, animal sciences, food security, food technology, irrigation, nutrition, plant protection, plant science, poultry science, and rural community development. The faculty also participates in the interfaculty graduate programs leading to the degrees of MS in Environmental Sciences (major: Ecosystem Management) and MS in Nutrition.

Students following a thesis program are required to take a minimum of 21 graduate level course credits plus a thesis. No thesis program should include more than 3 tutorial course credits with core regular courses constituting a minimum of 12 credits excluding seminars and tutorials. A student following a non-thesis program is required to take a minimum of 33 graduate level course credits. The program should include a minimum of 3 credits and a maximum of 6 tutorial credits with at least 12 credits being from core courses in the major.

Information is also available in the FAFS Graduate Study Manual.

Deadlines for Admissions

Applications for regular admission to graduate study should be received by the following dates for consideration in subsequent semester(s):

  • ​November 2, 2016 for spring admission where applicable.
  • February 8, 2017 for early summer where applicable or fall admissions
  • Applications for admission to graduate study received between February 10, 2017 and April 4, 2017 will be considered for summer and fall admissions pending availability of places. The decision will be communicated to the applicant within six weeks of the application deadline and not later than May 29, 2017. Applications received after the April 4, 2017 deadline will not be considered for the fall.

Admission decisions and awards of graduate assistantships are announced at the latest by the following dates: ​

  • December 20, 2016 for spring admission.
  • April 7, 2017 for early summer and fall admissions on applications received by ​February 8, 2017
  • May 10, 2017 for summer admissions on applications received between February 8, 2017 and April 4, 2017
  • May 29, 2017 for fall admissions on applications received between February 8, 2017 and April 4, 2017

AUB Graduate Assistantships (GA)

The University provides fellowships covering partial or full tuition and a small stipend for students at the graduate level in return for a specified number of work hours per week in an academic department. Recipients are selected on the basis of their academic record and departmental needs.

New applicants wishing to apply for a graduate assistantship (GA) should complete the GA application form (included in the graduate admission application form) and submit it together by April 4 to the AUB Admissions Office at the following address:​

Office of Admissions
American University of Beirut
PO Box: 11-0326
Riad El Solh, Beirut 1107 2020
Tel: (961) 1 374374, ext. 2528/90/96
​Fax: (961) 1 750755

Current students can apply on a semester basis by contacting Mrs. Tharwat Haddad.


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