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Graduate Admissions

Admission to one of the graduate programs at LAU is granted on a selective basis to students who hold a bachelor degree from a recognized college or university and have demonstrated distinct academic ability and motivation by meeting at least the minimum requirements described below. Meeting these requirements; however, does not guarantee your admission to the university.

All required documents must be mailed to the Admissions Office by the required deadlines and will become the property of LAU. Only completed applications will be reviewed.

To apply to a graduate program at LAU, you must do the following:

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Deadline to Apply

For Spring 2018:

  • M.A. in Islamic Architecture and Visual Narrative: Nov. 21, 2017
  • M.S. in Molecular Biology: Dec. 1, 2017
  • All other majors: Dec. 22, 2017

For Fall 2018:

  • MS Molecular Biology: March 1, 2018 (Early), June 1, 2018 (Late)

Contact the Admissions Office for more information

Graduate Assistantship

Deadline to Apply for Financial Aid

  • Pharm. D.: Jan. 14, 2018
  • School of Medicine Students:
    Early:  Jan. 31, 2018
    Regular: Mar. 31, 2018

Prepare the required documents and pass the entrance exams

  1. One recent passport-size photo.
  2. A photocopy of your Identity Card or Passport (should be the same as the nationality to be used in the registration process at LAU).
  3. Certified copies of educational or professional certificates or diplomas.
  4. Official transcript(s) from all colleges or universities you attended. (Transcripts to be sent directly to the Admissions Office in a sealed envelope). Failure to declare enrollment at other institutions could result in an invalidation of admission and any credits or degrees earned.
  5. Equivalency of the Bachelor’s degree from the ministry of higher education in Lebanon (depending on the university/college you attended).
  6. Recommendations from two professors who are familiar with your academic performance. In addition, if you have work experience, you should supply a certificate of employment.
  7. The W-9S form (available on www.irs.gov) if you are a  U.S. citizen or a U.S. Green Card holder, with proof of your social security number.

Submit proof of English proficiency, if required

If you are required to demonstrate your English proficiency, You need to take One of the following tests:

  1. The Internet-based TOEFL (iBT), with a minimum score of 90. LAU code: 2595. The institutional TOEFL is not accepted.
  2. IELTS with a minimum of 7.  
  3. The English Entrance Exam (EEE) administered at LAU with a minimum score of 550.

Scores:

  • Applicants with EEE scores between 500 and 549, or its equivalent on the TOEFL/IELTS, have to register for ENG009 Remedial English, a three-credit course, or retake and pass the English test within the first year of enrollment.
  • Applicants with EEE scores below 500, or 80 on the Internet–based TOEFL (IBT), or 6.5  in IELTS, will not be accepted in the graduate programs.

N.B. English proficiency exams may not be required from applicants from universities recognized by LAU where the language of instruction is English.

Admission requirements to specific programs

Doctor of Medicine (M.D.)

Information on admission requirement for the Doctor of Medicine (M.D.)  is available in the School of Medicine website.

Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.)

If you are applying to the Pharm. D. program, you should hold a Bachelor of Pharmacy Degree from an Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) accredited college or university. Submit your application to the School of Pharmacy. You will be required to take an interview with the School’s Admissions Committee.

Engineering (M.S.)

If your undergraduate major isn’t in engineering, you should consult with the School of Engineering directly about admissions requirements. Please check the end of this document for more information on the graduate admission.

Interdisciplinary Gender Studies (M.A.)

You should hold an undergraduate degree of high standing within the field of the humanities, communication, history, anthropology, or social sciences and pass the University’s English language proficiency exam. If you have no background in interdisciplinary gender studies, you will be required to take up to three relevant undergraduate courses at LAU.

Applied Economics (M.A.)

  • If you hold a Bachelor degree with a minimum CGPA of 3.0 in Economics, or any related field (such as finance) or in a quantitative field (mathematics, physics, computer science, engineering, etc.), you are eligible to apply.
  • If you hold a degree that is not related to the above, you will be required to take upper division remedial courses based on your undergraduate background

Islamic Art and Architecture (M.A.)

  • If you have a Bachelor of Architecture degree:
    • A GPA of 2.75 or above 
    • Statement of Interest 
    • Sample articles (essays written by the candidate for undergraduate courses in history and theory of art / architecture / design)
  • If you have a Bachelor degree in another field*.
    • A GPA of 2.75 or above
    • Statement of Interest
    • Sample articles (essays written by the candidate for undergraduate courses in their fields) 
    • Interview

*Applicants without a Bachelor of Architecture  must complete an additional 9 credits of remedial courses to be decided by the program director.

Visual Narrative (M.A.)

  • If you have a Bachelor degree in Graphic Design:
    • A GPA of 2.75 or above 
    • Statement of Interest 
    • Portfolio of the student work (1 hard-copy A4 file containing a maximum of 20 illustrations/images/designs with a descriptive cover letter of the projects contained)
  • If you have a Bachelor degree in another field*.
  1. A GPA of 2.75 or above 
  2. Statement of Interest
  3. Interview

*Applicants without a Bachelor degree in Graphic Design of must complete an additional 9 credits of remedial courses to be decided by the program director.

Business Administration (M.B.A.)

You must hold a Bachelor’s degree in business studies or equivalent from a recognized university. Admission is granted on a selective and competitive basis to students who have demonstrated distinct academic ability and motivation by meeting at least the minimum requirements described below.
  1. A satisfactory proof of English language proficiency
  2. A 3.0 GPA on a scale of 4.0 as per LAU rules, or its equivalent
  3. GMAT/Pre-MBA Course or GRE test score (taken within the past five years prior to joining the MBA)
  4. Interview, if required
Meeting these requirements, however, does not guarantee admission to the Program.

Although work experience is not a prerequisite for admission, the Graduate Admissions Committee considers applicants’ professional experience as an asset and welcomes the real world business experience that such students bring to the classroom. As such, “relevant work experience” is viewed favorably when studying an applicant’s file.

The School Graduate Admission Council (SGAC) calculates a Composite Index (CI) of both the GPA and GMAT. Admission is considered only if the applicant meets the CI minimum requirement. At the discretion of the School Graduate Admission Council, applicants who are short of meeting the 3.0 GPA and/or the anticipated acceptable GMAT score might be considered for “probationary” admission provided they have “significant relevant work experience,” but have met the CI minimum requirement. Students admitted on probation will earn regular status upon the completion of 12 graduate credits with at least 3.0 average and no more than one “C” grade.

Qualified applicants with a B.A./B.S. in areas of study other than Business will be required to complete remedial courses as a prerequisite for core courses.

Business Administration (E.M.B.A.)

Applicants to the EMBA program are expected to have professional preparation and accomplishments with sound academic background. Applicants who hold executive positions will have priority in admission. Prospective applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree in business studies or equivalent from a recognized university. Admission is granted on a selective and competitive basis to those who have demonstrated aptitude for distinct leadership and career enhancement, and possess managerial skills, increased workplace responsibilities, high ethical standards, perseverance, intellectual curiosity and academic ability and motivation by meeting at least the minimum requirements described below.

With regard to the admission criterion for EMBA, the applicant is expected to have:

  1. A minimum of six years of working experience with a middle management or higher supervisory position.
  2. An interview for assessment by the admissions committee.

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Frequently asked questions

What are the GRE, GMAT, IELTS and TOEFL test dates? Are they given at LAU?

Test dates vary by location. They are not offered at LAU. Please visit the relevant website for information on how to register for the exams:

GRE
GMAT
TOEFL
IELTS

What are the minimum GRE and GMAT scores required to apply to LAU?

These scores are set by the Graduate Admissions Council and may vary from school to school and from year to year.

How will I be notified of the university’s decision?

Once all files are processed, applicants are notified of the admissions decisions by the Admissions Office.

How do I apply for financial aid?

Financial aid is offered in the form of graduate assistantships. You may apply for an assistantship at the relevant departments. For students pursuing an M.D. or Pharm.D. program, you may fill out a special application form at the Financial Aid & Scholarships Office in the Byblos campus. 

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Graduate Applicants

Deadline to Apply

For Spring 2018:

  • M.A. in Islamic Architecture and Visual Narrative: Nov. 21, 2017
  • M.S. in Molecular Biology: Dec. 1, 2017
  • All other majors: Dec. 22, 2017

For Fall 2018:

  • MS Molecular Biology: March 1, 2018 (Early), June 1, 2018 (Late)

Contact the Admissions Office for more information

Graduate Assistantship

Deadline to Apply for Financial Aid

  • Pharm. D.: Jan. 14, 2018
  • School of Medicine Students:
    Early:  Jan. 31, 2018
    Regular: Mar. 31, 2018

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