AUB started its first PhD program in history in 1961, adding six other PhD programs in Arabic, Arab history, physics, chemistry, basic medical sciences and an MD-PhD, shortly afterwards. But the 1975-1990 war forced the University to suspend its programs, after its financial and academic resources started dwindling.
As peace and stability returned to Lebanon, AUB began a thorough six-year assessment of its academic program in 1998 through a process of internal and external review, culminating in the receipt of the official accreditation from the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) in 2004. Moreover, between 2002 and 2005, 52 master's programs in five faculties were reviewed and received updated approval by the Office of Higher Education, New York State Education Department. AUB's accreditation was reaffirmed in June 2009, after the completion of an extensive self-study that was reviewed by educational experts chosen in consultation with Middle States.
AUB awarded its first PhD in 1966; since then, 96 PhDs have been awarded. PhD programs currently offered are:
To check admission requirements and to apply, kindly go to the Office of Admissions website.
Note: Applicants who have an excellent record of academic achievement, and a potential for creative and independent work at the Bachelor level, may be admitted into a PhD accelerated track at the Bachelor level. For further information, please consult the AUB Graduate Catalogue available at the Office of the Registrar website.