Graduate Studies

FAQs

About Zayed University

When was Zayed University established?
Zayed University was established in 1998 by the federal government of the United Arab Emirates to prepare leaders who will foresee the possibilities and capture the opportunities that will create the future of the United Arab Emirates. The University has campuses in Abu Dhabi and Dubai led by a single administration.

Zayed University takes pride in being named after the Founder and First President of the United Arab Emirates, the late His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al-Nahyan.

When did Zayed University  introduce graduate programs?
2001: Executive Master's in Business Administration (EMBA), Graduate Certificate in Business Administration 

2004: Executive Master's in Health Care Administration (EMHCA), Master of Education (M.Ed.) Specialization in Educational Leadership, Graduate Certificate in Health Care Administration

2006: Executive Master's in Public Administration (EMPA)

2007: Master of Science (M.S) in Finance (Closed Cohort), Master in International Business Administration (MIBA), Master of Education (M.Ed.) Specialization in Special Education, Master of Arts (M.A.) in Design, Master of Arts (M.A.) in Communications Specialization in Tourism and Cultural Communication, Graduate Certificate in Tourism and Cultural Communication

2008: Master of Science (M.S.) in Information Technology Specialization in Cyber Security, Master of Science (M.S.) in International Business, Graduate Certificate in High Technology Crime Investigation, Graduate Certificate in Information Security

2009: Master of Arts (M.A.) in Diplomacy and International Affairs, Graduate Certificate in Diplomacy and International Affairs

2010: Master of Science (M.S.) in Teaching and Learning, Master of Education (M.Ed.) Specialization in School Administration, Master of Arts (M.A.) in Communications Specialization in Strategic Public Relations, Graduate Certificate in Public Relations, Graduate Certificate in E-Archive and Information Management 

2011: Master of Arts (M.A.) in Judicial Studies (Closed Cohort), Master of Arts (M.A.) in Contemporary Islamic Studies, Master of Arts (M.A.) in Islamic Economics and Wealth Management, Master of Arts (M.A.) in Endowment (Waqf) Studies, Master of Arts (M.A.) in Islamic World Studies, Master of Arts (M.A.) in Museum Studies, Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies

2012: Master of Arts (M.A.) in Comparative Religions, Master of Arts (M.A.) in Muslim Women's Studies

2013: Graduate Certificate of Advanced Study in Teaching and Learning (Early Childhood Education) (Closed Cohort) 

Discontinuation of Programs: Graduate Certificate in Advanced Professional Study in Teaching and Learning (Primary), Graduate Certificate in Advanced Professional Study in School Leadership for Professionals    

2014: Discontinuation of Programs: Master of Arts (M.A.) in Contemporary Islamic Studies, Master of Arts (M.A.) in Islamic Economics and Wealth Management, Master of Arts (M.A.) in Endowment (Waqf) Studies, Master of Arts (M.A.) in Islamic World Studies, Master of Arts (M.A.) in Comparative Religions, Master of Arts (M.A.) in Muslim Women's Studies

Program Name Change: Master of Science (M.S.) in International Business to Master of Management (M.M.): International Business

2015: Discontinuation of Program: Master of Education (M.Ed.) Specialization in School Administration merged with Master of Education (M.Ed.) Specialization in Educational Leadership

2016: Master of Science (M.S.) in Finance (Open Cohort) and Master of Arts (M.A.) in Judicial Studies (Open Cohort)

New program name approved: Master of Education (M.Ed.), Specialization in Educational Leadership and Administration

 

International Accreditation

Will my degree be internationally recognized?
Zayed University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA (267-284-5000).

Furthermore:

The College of Business is internationally accredited with the:

The College of Education is accredited by the:

Some of the College of Technological Innovation's undergraduate programs are accreditated with the: 

Approval of Graduate Programs

Are Zayed University's graduate programs approved in the U.A.E.?

Zayed University's graduate programs are approved by the U.A.E. Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research.

Are Zayed University's graduate programs approved in the GCC countries?
Zayed University's graduate programs are approved by the Ministries of Higher Education in the GCC countries.

Partner University

Which University will be granting the Master's degree?
 The Master's degree will be granted by Zayed University.

Graduate Programs

What is the duration of a Master's degree program?
In general, a Master's degree program is delivered over a period of 24 months.

What is the duration of a graduate certificate program?
In general, a graduate certificate program is delivered over a period of 9 to 12 months.

Are the on-site part (in-classroom instruction) of graduate programs delivered in Abu Dhabi or Dubai?
See Key Dates  for more information on the location for offering Master's degree programs.

What is the medium of instruction?

Graduate programs are offered in English.

What are the class sizes?
The size of each cohort is normally limited to 30 participants.

What are the start dates of graduate programs?
Cohort start dates are scheduled each year for September (Fall intake) or February (Spring intake). 

College Graduate Program Coordinators

Who in the University may I contact for academic advice on a specific graduate program?
 
Please contact the Office of Graduate Studies at +971-2-599-3605 to speak to a College Graduate Program Coordinator.

 

 

 

Admission

Admission

Is graduate program admission open to males and females of all nationalities? 
Yes.

Admission Deadlines

When can I apply for admission to a graduate program?
Application deadlines are posted on the website: http://www.zu.ac.ae/main/en/graduate_programs/Admission_Fees.aspx (usually at end May and end November each year).

Admission Prerequisites

What are the prerequisites for admission to a graduate program?
The prerequisites include the following:

  • An earned four-year baccalaureate degree with a GPA of 3.0 or higher from an accredited university.
  • Executive Masters degree applicants must demonstrate suitable professional proficiency equivalent to at least three years of mid- to upper-level supervisory experience. Applicants must demonstrate disciplinary competence.
  • Master of Management (M.M.): International Business degree applicants are required to have a basic knowledge of accounting, economics, finance and statistics prior to gaining entry into the master's degree program. Applicants may therefore be required to successfully complete appropriate pre-program courses at the discretion of the Program Admissions Committee. Applicants requiring pre-program courses are subject to an additional fee.Students who have successfully completed the equivalent courses at institutions at the tertiary level may be exempted from this requirement.
  • Applicants for master's degree programs requiring specialized disciplinary knowledge at the baccalaureate level may be required to successfully complete selected pre-program courses. Applicants requiring pre-program courses are subject to an additional fee. 
  • An IELTS (academic) score of 6.0 (the College of Education requires minimum sub scores no less than 5.0) or a TOEFL internet-based total score of 79.

Admission Requirements

  • Completed application form (in English)
  • Non-refundable application fee of AED 400
  • Official academic transcript with translation in English (if necessary) indicating degree received and when
  • A letter from the U.A.E. Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, recognizing your degree if it was awarded by a foreign university
  • A certified copy of the IELTS or TOEFL test result
  • Two confidential letters of recommendation (in sealed envelopes signed across the flaps) in English (or in Arabic for graduate programs offered in Arabic)
  • 250-word essay (The Master of Education (M.Ed.) programs require 2 essays) in English (or in Arabic for graduate programs offered in Arabic)
  • Writing sample in English (Master of Arts (M.A.) in Communications and Master of Arts (M.A.) in Diplomacy and International Affairs degree/graduate certificate applicants)
  • Current resume in English (The resume should clearly indicate work/professional experience ands educational milestones)
  • Passport copy
  • UAE ID card copy (UAE residents)
  • Two passport-size photos

English Language Requirements

Does Zayed University accepts the TOEFL or the IELTS test score?
Zayed University accepts any one of the two English language test scores.

Will Zayed University accept IELTS/TOEFL scores of more than two years ago?
An English language proficiency test result is normally considered valid if the tests were taken no more than two years prior to the admission deadline date of the graduate program you are applying for.

When is the English proficiency exam likely to be waived?
If you are holding a baccalaureate degree from a university in which English is the language of instruction and which is located in a country where the principal language is English.

Official Transcript

Should my offical transcript in Arabic be translated into English?
Yes.

UAE Ministry of Higher Education Equivalency Letter

Should my foreign degree be recognized by the U.A.E. Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research in order to apply for admission to a graduate program?
Yes.

Essays

What should the 250-word essay in English include?
The 250-word essay in English should state how the graduate program would support your career goals. Handwritten essays will not be accepted.

The Education programs require two essays in English as part of the application. What should these two essays include?

  • Describe your aptitude and motivation for graduate study in education, including your preparation for this field of study, your academic plans, and your future career goals.
  • Discuss how your personal background informs your decision to pursue the graduate program in education of your choice. Please include any educational, familial, cultural, economic or social experiences, challenges, or opportunities relevant to your wish to continue your education. Discuss how you might contribute to the improvement of education and how you might serve education with your degree or graduate certificate.

Limit each essay to two print pages using 12 pt. font.

Writing Sample 

The Master of Arts (M.A.) in Communication programs requires a writing sample in English. What document should I include in my application form?
A report or an academic essay.

Two Recommendation Letters

From whom should I request the two recommendation letters?
Applicants must submit two letters of recommendation in English (or in Arabic for Arabic language programs.) One letter should be from your current line manager or supervisor. An applicant who does not have work experience may provide two academic letters of reference. The second letter should preferably be from a teacher or other education provider.

Supporting Documents

Should the supporting documents to be in English?
Applicants applying for the Master of Arts (M.A.) in Islamic Studies programs may submit their resumes, two recommendation letters and 250-word essay in Arabic. Official translations of all other supporting documents must be certified as true copies.

Applicants applying for graduate programs other than the Master of Arts (M.A.) in Islamic Studies programs must submit all supporting documents in English. Official translations of all supporting documents must be certified as true copies.

Document Submission

By Mail:

Office of Graduate Studies
Zayed University
P.O. Box 144534
Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.
Tel: +971-2-599-3605
 
Although copies of documents are preferred to the originals, the copies must be certified as true originals.

In Person:

Abu Dhabi

Office of Graduate Studies
Zayed University - Khalifa City Campus
Male Section, Gate 2, Office Nr. MF1-2-073
Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.

Dubai

Business Center
Zayed University - Academic City Campus
Dubai, U.A.E.

Admissions Interview

When will the admissions interview be scheduled?
Upon receiving your completed Application for Graduate Program Admission form, all supporting documents and the non-refundable application fee, the Admissions Office will conduct a preliminary screening to determine if you are eligible for an admissions interview in English (or in Arabic for graduate programs offered in Arabic) with the Graduate Program Admissions Committee.

Admission Offers

Will I receive a formal admission offer?
Yes. Applicants meeting the general program admission requirements, who are recommended by the Graduate Program Admissions Committee and approved by the Dean of Graduate Studies will be notified of the status of their admission via their official Zayed University e-mail address. Program admission is confirmed on payment of the non-refundable cohort registration fee. Fully admitted students will be registered for all required program courses.

What are the requirements for conditional admission?

Applicants to graduate certificates or master’s degree programs offered in English meeting one of the following English language requirements are eligible for conditional admission:

  • an IELTS (Academic) overall band score of not less than 5.5, or
  • an internet-based TOEFL total score of not less than 71 iBT.

Conditionally admitted students must have an earned baccalaureate degree from an accredited university with a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 point scale (or equivalent). Applicants to master’s degree programs requiring preprogram preparatory courses to demonstrate disciplinary competence may be eligible for conditional admission.

Conditionally admitted students:

  • not meeting the program admission language requirements will be registered on a course-by-course basis;
  • meeting the program admission language requirements prior to registration in the 4th program course will be granted admission to the program;
  • not meeting the program admission language requirements prior to registration in the 4th program course are subject to dismissal;
  • not meeting the program admission language requirements is confirmed on payment of designated tuition fees;
  • are not eligible for provisional admission.
  • Conditional admission for students not meeting the program admission language requirements is confirmed on payment of designated tuition fees. 

What are the requirements for provisional admission?

Applicants to master’s degree programs with an earned baccalaureate degree with a grade point average not less than 2.5 on a 4.0 point scale (or equivalent) from an accredited university may be eligible for provisional admission.

For programs taught in English, provisionally admitted students must meet one of the following English language requirements:

  • an IELTS (Academic) overall band score of not less than 6.0, or
  • an internet-based TOEFL total score of not less than 79 iBT, or
  • a native speaker of English with an earned baccalaureate degree from a university in which English is the language of instruction and which is located in a country where English is an official language.

Provisionally admitted students:

  • will be registered on a course-by-course basis;
  • maintaining a GPA of at least 3.0 after completing at least 9 credit hours of graduate study will be granted admission to the program;
  • maintaining a GPA less than 3.0 after completing at least 9 credit hours of graduate study are subject to dismissal;
  • are not eligible for conditional admission.
  • Provisional admission is confirmed on payment of designated tuition fees.

Admissions Offer Withdrawal

Zayed University may withdrawn an admissions offer made on the basis of incomplete or inaccurate information supplied by the applicant.

Deferment

Can I defer my offered place on the program?
On recommendation of the Graduate Program Admissions Committee, Zayed University may permit deferment of an offered place for up to one year. A student must request a deferred admission by notifying the Office of Graduate Studies in writing prior to the deadline for course withdrawal (seven calendar days after course commencement).

 

 

International Graduate Program Applicants

Do I, as an international graduate program applicant, need a student visa to study at Zayed University?
Yes.

Do I, as a GCC National need a student visa to study at Zayed University?
No.

When should I apply for an international student visa?
 Once you have accepted an unconditional offer of a place and paid all fees due as per the Letter of Offer.

Which documents should I submit to apply for an international student visa?

  • A passport copy
  • Six passport-size photos
  • A non-refundable deposit of AED 2,000

Is health insurance mandatory for international students?
Yes.

Is accommodation available for international students? 
No.


Orientation Seminar

Is attendance of the orientation seminar compulsory?
Yes.

Course Delivery Format

Is the attendance of in-classroom instruction compulsory?
Yes.

Program Cost

What is the program cost of an Executive Master's degree program?
In general, the program cost of an Executive Master's degree program is AED 128,000.

What is the program cost of a Master of Arts degree program?
In general, the program cost of a Master of Arts degree program (except the Master of Arts in Diplomacy and International Affairs) is AED 96,000.

What is the program cost of a Master of Education degree program?
In general, the program cost of a Master of Education degree program is AED 84,000.

What is the program cost of a Master of Management degree program?
In general, the program cost of a Master of Management degree program is AED 128,000.

What is the program cost of a Master of Science degree program?
In general, the program cost of a Master of Science degree program is AED 96,000.

What is the program cost of a graduate certificate program?
In general, the program cost of a graduate certificate program is between AED 32,000 - AED 60,000.

What is the program cost for an international student?
The program cost for an international student is the same as the program cost for a domestic student.

What items are included in the program cost
The program cost includes the orientation seminar, tuition fees, text books, course notes, access to library facilities and computing services, and the graduation ceremony.

Do I need a laptop computer?
Yes.

What is the non-refundable application fee?
AED 400 is due with the application.

Is a down payment required to hold my place in the program?
A non-refundable down payment of ten percent (10%) of the total tuition fee is required within 5 working days after you have received your admissions letter to guarantee enrolment in the program.

What is the payment procedure?
A non-refundable cohort registration fee of ten percent (10%) of the total tuition fee must be paid within 5 working days after you have received your admissions letter to guarantee enrolment in the program.

My organization is paying my tuition fee. What are the payment options?
If the tuition fee is to be paid by your organization, fifty percent (50%) is due at the beginning of the first course, with the remaining fifty percent (50%) due at the beginning of the seventh course.

What are the payment methods?

Zayed University accepts payment by cash, cheque, debit or credit card and E-dirham.

Cash payments may be made at the Cashier's Office, Dubai campus or alternatively at the Cashier's Office, Khalifa City campus, Abu Dhabi. The Cashier's Offices are open Sunday-Thursday from 8:00-16:00.

Students can view their tuition fee balances and pay their outstanding tuition fees directly on Blackboard at http://learn.zu.ac.ae Click on “View and Pay Tuition Fees”. For assistance regarding tuition fees, please email ar@zu.ac.ae

Bank to bank transfer is allowed.

Who do I contact if there is a discrepancy in my invoice?
Discrepancies in invoices should be addressed in writing to the Office of Graduate Studies. Include your name, name of program, student identification number, amount in question and date of invoice.

Financial Support

Graduate Merit Scholarships

In addition to external financial awards, Zayed University offers limited financial support for registered students in its graduate programs in the form of scholarships, assistantships and benefits.

A scholarship is a non-service award made to graduate students to assist in the pursuit of an advanced degree. An assistantship is an appointment to specified compensated teaching and/or research duties. 

The following are financial support that Zayed University along with external organizations offer in the form of scholarships and assistantships:

Zayed University Scholarships and Assistantships

External Scholarships

Please see the website http://www.zu.ac.ae/main/en/graduate_programs/Grad_Stud_Support.aspx for more information on graduate student support.

Campus Libraries

For more information on the opening hours and services provided by the libraries on the Abu Dhabi and Dubai campuses, please visit the website: http://zu.libguides.com/content.php?pid=125477&sid=1077799

Graduation Requirements

What are the graduation requirements for a Master's degree program?
To complete a Master's degree program, students must maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 in course work taken in fulfillment of the requirements of a graduate degree.

What are the requirements to successfully complete a graduate certificate program?
To complete a graduate certificate program, students must maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 in course work taken in fulfillment of the requirements of a graduate certificate program.

What are the requirements to articulate from a graduate certificate program to a Master's degree program?
Courses successfully completed with a "B" or higher grade may be transferable into an affiliated Zayed University Master's degree program; however, admission into the graduate certificate program does not guarantee admission into an affiliated Master's degree program.