General guidelines:Applicants seeking to enrol in a masters programs are required to hold a bachelors degree or its equivalent from a recognised university with at least a GPA of “B”, applicants with a “C” GPA and at least “B” grade in core courses maybe considered. Applicants must also submit a letter of good conduct. The college board —with recommendation from an academic department council— may include other terms for enrolment when deemed necessary. An academic department council is permitted to enrol an applicant in a program different to their undergraduate program in accordance with an established set of terms. An academic department is permitted to require an applicant to attend a set of supplementary courses with the following conditions: Supplementary courses should not exceed two semesters. A supplementary course has to be passed on the first attempt with at least a grade of “C”. An overall grade of at least “B” has to be achieved for all supplementary courses. Applicant shall not enrol in a graduate program until passing all supplementary courses. An academic department is permitted to enrol the applicant in a graduate program if only one supplementary course remains. Time required to fulfil supplementary courses will not count towards the time required to complete a graduate program. Supplementary courses’ grades do not factor into a students graduate GPA. For programs where english proficiency is required, a TOFEL or IELTS exam grade must me submitted or their equivalent. Student can forgo this requirement if undergraduate studies were taught in english or if the student passes a test set by the college.
The following documents must be submitted when applying to the Colleges:
- Admission application online through the student information system.
- Copy of the National ID card or Family card for Saudis, a copy of Iqama for non Saudis.
- Copy of bachelor degree certificate and transcript.
- Receipt of registration fee payment.
- Two letters of recommendation.
- Passport size photograph.
Before admission is finalized, the applicant must present the original of each of the previously mentioned document to the admissions department for verification.
Academic departments are responsible for application review and applicant admittance in coordination with Admissions department. The Admission process is as follows:
- Applicants submit a complete application to the Admissions department at the start of the second week up to the end of the fifth week of the semester that precedes the start of the program.
- Admissions department forwards applications to the appropriate Academic department no later than the end of the sixth week of the semester that precedes the start of the program.
- Academic department boards tasked with reviewing applications give their recommendations no later than the tenth week of the semester that precedes the start of the program. The applications are returned to the Admissions department within two weeks of the boards recommendation.
- The Dean of the College issues final acceptance decisions.
Transferring to the Colleges:
A student may transfer to the Colleges from a recognized university or college based of the recommendation of the academic department’s board and approval of the College board, taking into account the following:
- The transferring student must meets all general guidelines for admission into the Colleges and any other terms the Academic department deems necessary.
- The student must not have been expelled from the transferring university or college.
- Transferred credits maybe accepted according to the following:
- Transferred credits must have been completed within the past three semesters at the most.
- Transferred credits must correspond with credits in the desired program.
- Total number of transferred credits must not exceed 30% of total credits of desired program.
- Transferred credits must have been passed with a grade of “B” at least.
- Transferred credits will not be considered when calculating the student’s GPA after transfers.
- Transfer credits equivalence is done based on the recommendation of the academic department’s board the approval of the College board.
Study method at the Colleges:
Study towards a Masters degree is achieved through two methods:
- Through courses and thesis.
- In programs of practical nature it is done through courses and a research project that accounts for at least three credits.
- The academic year is divided into two main semesters that are 15 weeks long at least. Registration and examination periods are not considered in a semesters timeline.
- Study in some programs may span a full academic year in accordance with rules and regulations put forth by the Colleges board.
Graduation and Grade Requirements:
A student graduates after completing all degree requirements and achieving a GPA of at least "B".