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Graduate Requirements

 

Admission

  • 1. The Office of Admissions forwards applications for graduate admission to the Dean’s Office on a weekly basis. The Dean’s Office in turn forwards the applications to the departments. The Graduate Faculty Advisor, the departmental representative on the Graduate Studies Committee, and the Chairperson consider each case individually.
  • 2. Recommendations for admission and the departmental acceptance letters are forwarded to the Graduate Studies Committee within at most 10 days of their receipt from the Dean’s Office.
  • 3. The Faculty Graduate Studies Committee meets in ‘special sessions for admission’ and recommends to the Dean’s Office cases to be admitted within at most one week of their receipt from the departments.
  • 4. The Dean’s Office forwards the admission list and the departmental acceptance letters to the University Admissions Office within two days of their receipt from the Graduate Studies Committee.
  • 5. The Admissions Office will prepare and send the admission packages within ten days of receiving the admission list from the Dean’s Office.
  • 6. Potential students are given one month of the notification date to decide on accepting admissions and assistantships or they lose the latter.
  • 7. Students who are eligible to be admitted on probation may not be notified early but will be notified by the May 15 and December 15 deadlines.

Criteria for Graduate Admission

Admission to graduate study offered by the departments of the FEA is on a merit basis and is limited to applicants who hold Bachelor's degree from AUB or from an approved institution in an appropriate field as specified by the department and whose undergraduate or graduate study is, in the opinion of the Graduate Studies Committee and the department in which the applicant proposes to study, of sufficient quality and scope to indicate high promise of success in the Graduate Studies at FEA.

Admission to graduate study will be in one of three categories. The minimum admission standards in all categories are described below. Additional requirements that are specific to each graduate program within FEA are included in the departmental listings.

 Admission as a Regular Student

An applicant is admitted as a regular student if he/she meets the following minimum admission requirements: An average of 80 for the last two years at AUB or its equivalent at other universities as determined by the Faculty, adequate English proficiency as established by the University (see page 488 of the 2002/2003 Catalogue), and at least two letters of recommendation from faculty or supervisors familiar with the academic ability of the applicant. An applicant whose last semester’s grades are not included in the application is admitted provided that he/she maintains an average of 80 for the last two years. The average in all three categories is to be calculated based on all required courses (including elective and cultural courses) taken during the last two years of the student’s undergraduate studies. If the number of credits taken during the last two years is less than 60, previous terms will be considered until this number is at least 60.

Admission on Probation

An applicant is admitted on probation if he/she meets the following minimum admission requirements: An average for the last two years of 75 at AUB or its equivalent at other universities as determined by the Faculty, adequate English proficiency as established by the University (see page 488 of the 2002/2003 Catalogue), and at least two letters of recommendation from faculty familiar with the academic ability of the applicant. A student whose last semester’s grades are not included in the application is admitted on probation provided that s/he maintains an average of 75 for the last two years of undergraduate study. In addition an applicant who does not meet the above minimum requirements but appears to have reasonable potential for success as a graduate student, as manifested by appropriate practical experience or a high score on relevant standardized exam such as GRE, may be admitted on probation. A student admitted on probation has to complete nine credits of graduate level courses during the first two semesters of graduate studies, has to pass all courses, and has to attain a minimum cumulative average of 80 to become regular. If the student fails to meet any of these conditions, s/he will be dropped from the program. 

Admission as a Prospective Graduate Student

This category is reserved for students applying to graduate study in a field other than that of their undergraduate major. An applicant is admitted as a prospective graduate student if s/he meets the following minimum admission requirements: An average of 75for the last two years at AUB or its equivalent at other universities, as determined by the Faculty, in their undergraduate study; demonstrated good performance in courses related to the field being sought; adequate English proficiency as established by the University (see page 488 of the 2002/2003 Catalogue), and at least two letters of recommendation from faculty members familiar with the academic ability of the applicant. The Graduate Studies Committee shall act on the admission of prospective graduate students upon the recommendation of the department or program of the intended major. The department, or program of the intended major, recommends to the Graduate Studies Committee the supplementary undergraduate courses the applicant must take before consideration for admission to graduate work. Upon the completion of the supplementary undergraduate courses with an average of at least 80, the department or the academic unit may recommend to the Graduate Studies Committee the admission of the applicant to the graduate program. The supplementary courses must be completed within four consecutive semesters excluding summers.

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