General Admission Requirements
Applicants seeking admission to AGU’s postgraduate programs must, have an accredited bachelor degree with a minimum CGPA of 2.5 out of a 4.0 point scale or its equivalent as set by the UAE Ministry of Education.
For applicants seeking admission into the Professional Diploma in Teaching where, applicants need to hold an accredited bachelor degree with a minimum CGPA of 2.5 out of a 4.0 point scale or its equivalent as set by the UAE Ministry of Education.
English Language Requirement
An applicant to a postgraduate program must submit evidence of achieving a minimum score (not older than two years) of 1400 in “EmSAT Achieve-English” or 550 (paper based), 213 (computer based), 79 (iBT) on the international TOEFL, or a score of 6.0 (overall) on IELTS, or other internationally recognized equivalent test score identified and approved by the CAA, Ministry of Education UAE.
There are 4 exceptions to this requirement if the applicant is:
a) a native speaker of English who has completed his/her undergraduate education in an English-medium institution; or
b) holds an undergraduate qualification from an English-medium institution and can provide evidence of acquiring a minimum 1100 in “EmSAT Achieve-English” or TOEFL score of 500 (paper based) or any other internationally recognized equivalent score as approved by CAA at the time of admission to the undergraduate program.
c) Seeking admission into the Professional Diploma in Teaching
d) Seeking admission into the Master of Law where applicants must submit evidence of achieving a minimum score (not older than two years) of 450 (paper based) TOEFL or a score of 4.5 (overall) on IELTS.
Applicants transferring from other institutions to AGU must also meet the same English language requirements.
Program Specific Requirements
a) Master of Business Administration(MBA) Program
Applicants seeking admission in to the MBA program without a business education background are required to pass up to five non-credit foundation courses as prescribed by the Program Director.
Applicants who do not meet the above entry requirements, maybe granted a conditional admission under the following conditions:
a) English Language Requirement Condition
Applicants satisfying the general and a program specific admission requirements and have a 1250 in “EmSAT Achieve-English” or TOEFL score of 530 (197CBT, 71iBT), IELTS score of 5.5, or its equivalent on another standardized test approved by CAA may be offered “Conditional Admission” in a postgraduate program.
The applicants granted admission in this category must meet the following requirements during the period of conditional admission:
1) must achieve a 1400 in “EmSAT Achieve-English” or TOEFL score of 550, or its established equivalent, by the end of first semester of their study;
2) may take a maximum of six (06) credit hours in the first semester of study;
3) must achieve an overall grade point average of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale, or its established equivalent, in the first nine six credit hours of credit-bearing courses studied for the postgraduate programs.
b) Students with CGPA below 3.00
Applicants having a first degree or recognized equivalent with a CGPA of 2.0 or more but less than 3.00 on a 4.00 point scale, or its established equivalent, and meet the English language competency requirements for general admission as stated in Section 4.2.2 above, may be offered “Conditional Admission” in a postgraduate program. The applicants granted admission in this category must meet the following requirements during the period of conditional admission or be subject to dismissal:
1) must take a maximum of 9 credit hours in the first semester of their study;
2) must achieve an overall grade point average of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale, or its established equivalent, in the first nine credit hours of credit-bearing courses studied for the postgraduate program.
Admission of Transferred Students
Credit transfer is the award of credits in recognition of studies from a previously completed or partially completed program. AGU may admit a student transferring from federal or licensed institutions in the UAE, or from a foreign institution of higher education recognized and granting postgraduate program credits provided, the student satisfies the following conditions:
a) Is in good academic standing and meets the English language requirement as described in Section 4.2.2
b) The postgraduate program course credits will be considered for transfer if (i) the course learning outcomes of the course are identical to a course of a program intended for transfer; (ii) the grade earned in the course is B (3.0 on a 4.0 point scale) or better; and (iii) transfer credits do not exceed 50% of the total credits of a program intended for transfer.
c) Applicants who are not in good standing are eligible to transfer to a program at AGU which is different from their previous program.
d) Applicants are not eligible to receive credits twice for substantially the same course taken at two different institutions.
e) No credit transfer for a specialized elective course, capstone course/project or dissertation shall be allowed.