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Beirut Address

American University of Beirut
PO Box 11-0236, Riad El-Solh 1107 2020
Beirut, Lebanon
Telephone: 961-1-374374/374444/350000/340460 Fax: 961-1-744469

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American University of Beirut
3 Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, 8th Floor New York, NY 10017-2303 USA
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​Academic CalendarÚ15​
​The University
​General University Academic Information
​Fees and Expenses
​Financial Aid
​Office of Student Affairs
​Office of International Programs
​Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences
​Faculty of Arts and Sciences
​Suliman S. Olayan School of Business
​Maroun Semaan Faculty of Engineering and Architecture
​Faculty of Health Sciences
​Faculty of Medicine and Medical Center
​Rafic Hariri School of Nursing
​Division of University Interdisciplinary Programs
​Interdisciplinary Programs
​Research and Outreach Centers and Institutes
​Continuing Education Center
​Endowed Faculty Chairs, Academic Centers, Programs, Institutes; Scholarships, Hardships; Fellowships ; Awards; Research Funds
​Faculty List


​Academic Calendar 2022-2023​15
​Board of Trustees16​
​Trustees Emeriti18​
​International Advisory Council​19
​University Administration 2022–23​20
​The University​25
​Mission Statement​26
​Location and Climate​28
​Academic Services​29
​Graduate Studies​34
​Graduate Council​34
​Areas in Which Graduate Study Is Offered​35
​Transfer of Credits​48
​General University Academic Information​51
​Academic Rules and Regulations​51
​Academic Advisors​51
​RCR Requirement​51
​Academic Dishonesty​51
​Correct Use of Language​52
​Leave of Absence​53
​Category of Students​54
​Courses and Grades​56
​Transfer of Credits​57
​Academic Standing of Students Working for a Master’s Degree​59
​Requirements for the Master’s Degree​60
​Supervision of Master’s Thesis or Project​63
​Master’s Degree Graduation Requirements​66
​Academic Standing of Student Working for PhD Degree​67
​Requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy​68
​Supervision of Doctoral Thesis71​
​PhD Degree Graduation Requirements​74
​Requirements for the Graduate Diplomas​74
​Graduate Diploma Graduation Requirements​75
​Disclosure of Student Records​75
​Recognition of AUB Degrees by the Lebanese Ministry of Education76​
​Medical Record​76
​National Social Security Fund (NSSF) Medical Branch​77
​Health Insurance Plan (HIP)​77
​Passports and Visas​78
​Payment of Fees​78
​Study Abroad for Graduate AUB Students​78
​Financial Aid​79
​Need-Based Financial Aid Grants​79
​Merit Scholarships​79
​Governmental Student Aid for North American Students​80
​U.S. Federal Student Loans​80
​Canadian Grants and Loans​80
​Fees and Expenses​81
​Payment of Fees​81
​Office of Student Affairs​83
​Student Activities​83
​University Sports​84
​Student Housing​85
​Residence Halls​85
​Career Hub​86
​Work-Study Program​87
​Counseling Center​88
​Student Wellness Outreach​88
​Accessible Education Office: Disability Services and Learning Support​89
​Office of International Programs​91
​International Student Services​91
​Visas and Residence Permits91​
​Study Abroad and Student Exchange​92
​OIP Resources for Faculty​93
​Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences (FAFS)​96
​Graduate Study​97
​Graduate Research Requirements​98
​PhD Program​99
​Food Security Program​99
​Food Security Graduate Diploma – Online​102
​Department of Agriculture (AGRI)    ​105
​Graduate Programs​105
​MS in Agricultural Economics​106
​MS in Animal Science​107
​MS in Irrigation​108
​MS in Plant Protection​110
​MS in Plant Science​111
​MS in Poultry Science​112
Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences (NFSC)​114
​Graduate Programs​114
​MS in Nutrition114​
​MS in Public Health Nutrition117​
​MS in Food Safety124​
​MS in Food Technology​129
​Department of Landscape Design and Ecosystem Management (LDEM)​136
​Graduate Program​136
​MSES (Major: Ecosystem Management)​137
​The Environment and Sustainable Development Unit (ESDU)​140
​MS in Rural Community Development (RCOD)​140
​Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS)147
​Historical Background​147
​Graduate Study​148
​RCR Requirement​149
​Transfer of Credits​150
​Department of Arabic and Near Eastern Languages​151
​MA in Arabic Language and Literature​151
​Doctor of Philosophy in Arabic Language and Literature​151
​Course Descriptions​154
​Department of Biology​156
​MS in Biology​156
​PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology​156
​Course Descriptions​159
​Department of Chemistry​164
​MS in Chemistry​164
​Course Descriptions​165
​Department of Computer Science​168
​Mission Statement​168
​MS in Computer Science​168
​Course Descriptions​169
​Department of Economics​173
​MA in Economics​173
​MA in Financial Economics​176
​Department of Education​179
​MA in Education​179
​Course Descriptions180​
​Graduate Diploma in Online Education​184
​Admission Requirements:​184
​Program Requirements:​184
​Additional Relevant Information​185
​The Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education (C-THE)​185
​Department of English​186
​Mission Statement​186
​MA in English Literature​187
​Literature Course Descriptions​187
​MA in English Language​190
​Department of Fine Arts and Art History​192
​MA in Art History and Curating​192
​Course Descriptions​193
​Department of Geology​195
​MS in Geology​195
​Course Descriptions​195
​Department of History and Archaeology​198
​MA in History​198
​Doctor of Philosophy in Arab and Middle Eastern History​199
​MA in Archaeology​202
​Department of Mathematics​204
​MS in Mathematics​204
​MA or MS in Statistics​205
​Course Descriptions​205
​Department of Philosophy​209
​MA in Philosophy​209
​Department of Physics​211
​MS in Physics​211
​Doctor of Philosophy in Theoretical Physics​212
​Department of Political Studies and Public Administration (PSPA)    ​218
​MA in Political Studies​218
​MA in Public Administration​219
​MA in Public Policy and International Affairs​225
​Department of Psychology​230
​MA in Psychology​230
​MA in Clinical Psychology​231
​Course Descriptions​231
​Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Media Studies​234
​MA in Anthropology234​
​MA in Sociology​235
​Graduate Studies in Anthropology and Sociology​235
​MA in Media Studies​239
​Course Descriptions​240
​The Anis Makdisi Program in Literature (AMPL)​242
​Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies (CAMES)​243
​MA in Middle Eastern Studies​244
​MA in Islamic Studies​247
​Graduate Diploma in Islamic Studies​250
​The Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud Center for American Studies and Research (CASAR)​255
​MA in Transnational American Studies​255
​Project Option​256
​Thesis Option​256
​Course Descriptions​256
​Center for Language Research and Teaching (CeLRT)258
​Kamal A. Shair Central Research Science Laboratory (KAS CRSL)​259
​Graduate Program in Computational Science (GPCS)​260
​Admission Requirements​261
​Graduation Requirements​261
​Core Courses Offered in Computational Science261​
​Institute of Financial Economics (IFE)​263
​Membership and Governance​264
​Science and Mathematics Education Center (SMEC)​265
​University Preparatory Program (UPP)​266
​The Zaki Nassif Program for Music (ZNPM)​267
​The Writing Center​268
​Suliman S. Olayan School of Business (OSB)​271
​History and Overview​273
​RADICAL Values:​274
​Ethics and Integrity at OSB​275
​Organization and Governance​275
​Graduate Programs​275
​The Executive MBA Program​276
​The MBA Program​283
​Master’s in Finance (MFIN) Program​294
​Master’s in Human Resource Management (MHRM) Program​302
​Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA)​308
​Maroun Semaan Faculty of Engineering and Architecture (MSFEA)​318
​Historical Background​318
​Master’s Degree Programs​319
​Waiving of Credits​319
​Regulations for Master’s Students Taking Undergraduate Courses320​
​Curricula and Courses​320
​Courses Open to Students from other Faculties​320
​Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Programs​320
​Criteria for Regular Admission to PhD Programs​321
​Criteria for Admission to the Accelerated PhD Programs​321
​Financial Support Available to Graduate Students​321
​Biomedical Engineering Graduate Program​322
​Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering​323
​PhD in Biomedical Engineering​325
​Professional Post Graduate Diploma Program in Green Technologies (Pro-Green)​334
​Department of Architecture and Design​347
​Graduate Programs​347
​General Information348​
​Mission Statements Master of Urban Design​348
​Master of Urban Planning and Policy​348
​Program Structure and Agenda​349
​Admission Qualifications​352
​Course Descriptions​352
​Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering​357
​Graduate Programs​357
​Master of Engineering (ME)​358
​Major: Civil Engineering (CE)359​
​Major: Environmental and Water Resources Engineering (EWRE)360​
​Master of Science (MS)    ​361
​PhD in Civil Engineering (CE)​365
​PhD in Environmental and Water Resources Engineering (EWRE)​366
​Course Descriptions​367
​Baha and Walid Bassatne Department of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Energy​379
​General Information​379
​Master of Engineering (ME), Major: Chemical Engineering​379
​Master of Science (MS), Major: Chemical Engineering​385
​Course Descriptions​391
​Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering​397
​Graduate Programs​397
​Master of Engineering in Electrical and Computer Engineering​397
​PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering​399
​Course Descriptions​404
​Department of Industrial Engineering and Management​419
​General Information​419
​Requirements for Admission​420
​Dual Master’s Degrees: Master of Engineering in Engineering Management and Master of Science in Energy Studies (thesis option only)​421
​Course Descriptions​422
​Department of Mechanical Engineering​426
​General Information​426
​Master of Engineering (ME)​427
​Master of Engineering (ME), Major: Mechanical Engineering​428
​Master of Mechanical Engineering (ME), Major: Applied Energy (APPE)​431
​Master of Science Degree Program in Energy Studies​433
​Dual Master’s Degrees – Master of Engineering in Engineering Management and Master of Science in Energy Studies (thesis option only)​438
​Energy Studies Interdisciplinary Courses​440
​Graduate Diploma in Building Energy Systems (GDBES)​443
​Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)​445
​Course Descriptions​451
​Energy Studies Interdisciplinary Courses​467
​Online Courses​469
​Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS)​473
​Historical Background​474
​Graduate Public Health Program (GPHP)​475
​Master of Public Health (MPH)​476
​Master of Science in Epidemiology (MS-EPID)​483
​Master of Science in Environmental Sciences (Major: Environmental Health)​485
​Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Epidemiology​487
​Other Programs​493
​Executive Master in Health Care Leadership (EMHCL)​493
​Admission Requirements​493
​Program Outline​494
​Program Delivery​495
​Academic Rules and Regulations​495
​Course Descriptions​497
​Joint Programs​500
​Scholars in HeAlth Research Program (SHARP)​500
​SHARP Diploma Curriculum​500
​SHARP Master of Science in Health Research​501
​Course Descriptions​505
​MS in Public Health Nutrition​510
​Department of Environmental Health​517
​Department of Epidemiology and Population Health​520
​Department of Health Promotion and Community Health​527
​Department of Health Management and Policy​530
​Center for Research on Population and Health (CRPH)​534
​Center for Public Health Practice (CPHP)​535
​Knowledge to Policy Center (K2P)​536
​K2P Functions and Activities:​536
​The Center for Systematic Reviews on Health Policy and Systems Research (SPARK)538​
​SPARK Activities​538
​Faculty of Medicine and Medical Center (FM/AUBMC)​541
​Historical Background​542
​The MD Program​543
​Graduation Requirements​547
​Dean’s Honor List​547
​Academic Rules and Regulations​547
​Course Descriptions​549
​Interdepartmental Courses – Medical Program​553
​PhD Program​557
​Biomedical Engineering Graduate Program​565
​Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering​566
​PhD in Biomedical Engineering​568
​Department of Anatomy, Cell Biology and Physiological Sciences​577
​Anatomy and Cell Biology​577
​Department of Anesthesiology​582
​Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics​583
​Undergraduate courses​584
​Graduate courses​584
​Department of Dermatology​588
​Department of Diagnostic Radiology​590
​Department of Emergency Medicine​591
​Educational Programs​592
​Department of Experimental Pathology, Immunology and Microbiology​593
​Department of Family Medicine​596
​Residency Program​596
​Teaching Activities​597
​Family Medicine Added Qualifications Fellowships​597
​University Health Services (UHS)​597
​Employee Health597​
​Faculty Development​597
​Satellite Clinics​597
​Department of Internal Medicine​598
​Department of Neurology​601
​Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology​602
​Educational Activities602​
​Department of Otorhinolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery​603
​Master of Science in Orthodontics​605
​Department of Ophthalmology​611
​Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine​612
​Department of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine​616
​Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology​618
​Department of Psychiatry​620
​Clinical Psychology Training Program​620
​Application Process​621
​Application Material​621
​Prerequisite Courses621​
​English Requirement​622
​Department of Radiation Oncology​623
​Department of Surgery​624
​Post-Graduate Training​624
​Joint Programs​628
​Scholars in HeAlth Research Program (SHARP)​628
​SHARP Diploma Curriculum​628
​SHARP Master of Science in Health Research​629
​Course Descriptions​633
​MS in Public Health Nutrition​638
​Rafic Hariri School of Nursing (HSON)​646
​Historical Background​647
​Graduate Programs​648
​Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN) Program​648
​Graduation Requirements​649
​Academic Rules and Regulations​649
​Masters of Science in Nursing Curriculum​651
​Online Graduate Diploma in Nursing Administration and Management​653
​Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Nursing Science​653
​Course Descriptions656​
​Master Degree Program in Environmental Sciences​665
​General Information​666
​Criteria for Admission​666
​Degree Requirements​667
​Graduation Requirements​670
​Interfaculty Graduate Neuroscience Program (IGNP)​675
​Admission Requirements​675
​Graduation Requirements for the MS in Neuroscience​675
​Course Descriptions​676
​Interfaculty Graduate Nutrition Program (GNP)​678
​Degree Requirements​678
​AUB Nature Conservation Center (NCC)​681
​Center for Advanced Mathematical Sciences (CAMS)​684
​CAMS Objectives​685
​Center for Civic Engagement and Community Service​686
​The Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs (IFI)​688
​Arab and International Affairs​688
​Civil Society Actors and Policy-Making​688
​Climate Change and Environment​689
​Education and Youth Policy​689
​Energy Policy and Security​689
​Governance and Policy Lab (IFI GovLab)689​
​Refugee Research and Policy​690
​Social Justice and the City​690
​Internship Program​690
​Affiliate Program​690
​The Center for Arts and Humanities (Mellon Grant)​691
​Munib and Angela Masri Institute of Energy and Natural Resources​692
​Activities of the Institute​693
​Continuing Education Center (CEC)​695
​General Criteria for Admission​696
​Graduation Requirements for Certificate and Diploma Programs​696
​CEC Programs of Study​697
​Business and Management​697
​Cultural and Humanitarian Studies​710
​Fine Arts​713
​Foreign Languages​719
​Health Care​723
​Media and Communication​726
​Science and Technology​728
​Certificate and Diploma Programs Course Descriptions​732
​Special Programs​761
​University for Seniors​766
​Scholarships and Endowments​767
​CEC Rules and Regulations​770
​Endowed Faculty Chairs; Academic Centers, Programs, Institutes; Student Scholarships, Hardships; Fellowships; Awards; and Research Funds​773
​Endowed Faculty Chairs​773
​Academic Centers, Programs, and Institutes​774
​Scholarships and Hardship Grants​775
​University Prizes and Awards​789
​Research Funds797​
​Faculty List​799
​Deans Emeriti​799
​Professors Emeriti​799
​Faculty Members​799

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