American University of Beirut

Program Requirements

​​​​The green technologies diploma program shares a set of core courses that can be registered and followed at any of the joint universities. Each major specialization will also include a number of required specialization courses and one or two elective courses depending on the major. The admission procedures, teaching and examination regulations and academic calendars at universities are carefully coordinated. The program will include a major e-learning format through the blended and online offering of courses.

The required core courses provide a solid foundation in both the technical and economic aspects of green technologies in energy, buildings, and water, allowing the student to simultaneously understand advances in selected green technologies and their interrelations with market economy, policy and energy laws. The specialization courses consist of more in-depth development of expertise in the selected major through a number of specialization courses, elective courses, and a graduation project.

The program is offered online for most courses except for the elective labs*.

The diploma can be completed in 12-18 months; however, the student can have up to 3 years. The program permits full-time or part-time enrollment.
Typically the maximum number of registered credits in a regular semester is 6 credits, yet the student can follow at his/her own pace.

18 credits (or more) are required to complete the diploma in one specialization:​

  • 6 credits of core courses
  • 6 to 8 credits of courses in the area of specialization excluding the project in the area of specialization
  • 2 to 4 credits for elective courses as approved by the project adviser(s) from the list of elective courses as well as courses from other specializations that are outside the student declared specialization.
  • 2 credits project
  • 0 credit seminar/webinar (to be registered twice) 

26 credits are required to complete the diploma with a double specialization: A student must complete a minimum of 8 credit hours of graduate course work over and above the requirements for the first specialization.

  • 6 credits in the second specialization
  • 2 credits project in the second specialization

34 credits are required to complete the diploma with a triple specialization: A student must complete a minimum of 8 credit hours of graduate course work over and above the requirements for the two other specializations.

  • 6 credits in the third specialization
  • 2 credits project in the third specialization

Grade Scale

A letter grading system is adopted. The following scale is used for courses:

Grades Grade Point Numerical Scale of Grades Achievement

​Grade Point 
​Numerical Scale of Grades 
Achievement ​
​85 - 100%
​70 - 84%

  • To secure credit (s), the course must be repeated upon receiving an (F)
  • (I) Incomplete is used when the student has completed 2/3 of the course requirements (assignments, quizzes) instead of receiving an (F)
  • (W) Withdrawal is when students request to withdraw from their courses at any time after the drop/add date
  • (P) Pass or (F) Fail is used for the webinar course​​​

​​Diploma Fees

Tuition fees are tentatively $300 per credit. For further information regarding the tuition fees and cost, please contact us at:

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