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Monday August 21, 2017

Admission requirements and exams

Basic requirements

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.

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

  1. Graduate Application for admission available at the Admissions Office or online.
  2. One recent passport-size photo.
  3. A photocopy of your Identity Card or Passport (should be the same as the nationality to be used in the registration process at LAU).
  4. Certified copies of educational or professional certificates or diplomas.
  5. Official transcript(s) of grades 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.
  6. Official scores of the Graduate Management  Admission Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) for M.B.A. applicants, if needed.  To register for the GMAT, please visit www.mba.com.  To register for the GRE, please visit www.ets.org. The code for LAU is 0954.
  7. Official scores of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) for the applicants to the School of Engineering. To register for the GRE, please visit www.ets.org. The code for LAU is 0954.
  8. 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.
  9. The W-9S form (available on www.irs.gov) if you are a  U.S. citizen or a U.S. Green Card holder. 
  10. Official scores of English proficiency test or graduate programs’ tests, if required, as per the below.
  11. An interview with the Graduate Admissions Council may be required.
  12. A non-refundable fee of $80 (L.L. 120,000) for paper applications and $65 (L.L. 100,000) for online applications.

Important note

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.

English proficiency requirements

English is the official language of instruction at LAU and applicants must demonstrate their proficiency in the language by taking 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.


  • 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 7 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 Degrees

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.

M.A. in Interdisciplinary Gender Studies

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.

Masters in Applied Economics

  • 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

M.B.A. program

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 or GRE test score (taken within the past five years prior to joining the M.B.A.)
  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 BA/BS in areas of study other than Business will be required to complete remedial courses as a prerequisite for core courses.

EMBA program

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.

Transfer applicants

A maximum of 6 graduate credits for 30-credit programs and a maximum of 9 graduate credits for 39-credit programs may be transferred from another institution recognized* by LAU, or between LAU graduate programs.

Except where otherwise specified, a maximum of six graduate credits taken as an undergraduate at LAU in the student’s last year, over and above the total number of credits required for graduation, may be transferred. Only courses where a grade of B or above was earned may be transferred. Transferred credits should not have been used for another degree required for admission to the graduate program in which a student is enrolled.

A request for the transfer of credits should be filed at the Registrar’s Office during the student’s first semester. The petition will be reviewed by the relevant department or school, and you will be notified.

*Contact the Admissions Office to learn whether your university is recognized by LAU.


If you skip one or more semesters, your file is marked as “inactive.” When you return, you’ll have to reactivate your file at the Registrar’s Office by filling out a Returnee application for undergraduate and graduate students (PDF) to be allowed to register. You need to do that before the registration date specified for returnees (check the Academic Calendar). 

If you’ve been away more than one semester there is a US$ 80 or L.L. 120,000 charge that must be paid in cash.

Application Deadlines

  • Late- Fall 2017: July 31, 2017
    Undergraduate application
    Graduate application
  • June 20, 2017: Early deadline for M.A. in Visual Narrative (deadline passed)
  • July, 15, 2017: Deadline for M.S. in Molecular Biology (deadline passed)
  • August 11, 2017: Deadline for M.A. in Applied Economics

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