American University of Beirut

Admission Requirements

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​An applicant is considered for admission to the SHARP Summer certificate program if he/she meets the following minimum admission requirements:​​

  • Have a graduate degree.​
  • Have good quantitative skills as assessed by GRE or GMAT with a score of at least 50th percentile (Applicants with MD or master’s degree from AUB are exempted)
  • An undergraduate cumulative average of at least 75 percent (or standardized equivalent from other institutions of higher learning) leading to a Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from recognized institutions of higher learning.
  • An official transcript of university records submitted with the application.
  • At least two recent letters of recommendation from a mentor and/or employer submitted with the application. Letters of recommendation are to be addressed to the Scholars in HeAlth Research Program Admissions Committee. Letters of recommendations are to be requested from mentors weeks before the application. Generic and/or outdated letters will be downgraded. It is your responsibility to follow up with your mentors to verify that recommendations are submitted in a timely manner.
  • ​A statement of purpose (~400 words) indicating the following: 
    • Your focused interest within the field of Non-Communicable Disease research
    • Previous academic, professional, and/or extracurricular experiences that demonstrate your interest in health research 
    • Career plans upon completion of the SHARP program (both short and long term).
      Do not underestimate the importance of the statement of purpose.
  • A recent CV highlighting one's research/work experience (uploaded with the application).
  • Students from non-English-speaking countries must show proficiency in the English language. A score is considered satisfactory if it meets or exceeds the minimum requirement set by AUB; it is considered valid if the test date is recent enough. Each test has its separate requirement for having satisfactory and valid scores, as detailed in the above link.​
  • ​Further details on graduate admissions are available in AUB graduate catalogue.
  • SHARP Graduate Courses.​

Selection Process
Applications to the SHARP Summer Program are reviewed by the SHARP executive committee. An application should include the following documents to be reviewed: Official university transcript, two letters of recommendation, CV, statement of purpose, and evidence on English language proficiency (when applicable). Students are notified of the decision at least one month prior to the beginning of the diploma.

Applications to the SHARP MS Program  are to be submitted online via this link:​

Applications are reviewed by the SHARP executive committee and the joint FM/FHS GSC. Further details are available in the admissions section of the AUB graduate catalogue AUB graduate catalogue.

Contact Information

For futher information on SHARP admissions, kindly contact:  

American University of Beirut 
Phone: 961 1 350000 Ext. 7412

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