Admission Requirements

The Graduate Programs Office accepts applications during the four terms (September, January, April, July) of the academic year for the MBA program and during the terms (September, January, April) for the MS program.

An applicant must provide the following documents for admission:

  • Completed application form.
  • Original Bachelor's degree certificate or certified equivalent approved by the UAE Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (MOHESR).
  • Valid passport copy
  • Four recent passport-size photographs (colored with white background) or in JPEG file format
  • TOEFL/IELTS or equivalent certificate in original as stated under Admission Criteria.
  • Two satisfactory reference letters from academicians and/or employers.
  • Statement of professional plans and career objective as required in the application form.
  • Pay non-refundable AED 1,600 for the enrollment fee (Admission/ID Card/Technology Fee).

The application form for the MBA/MS/LLM program may be completed online at the following link: Apply Now

Transfer students must also submit original transcripts from the university/college they are transferring from. In addition, transfer students must submit the course syllabus and course description for each course they seek to transfer for credit. Transfer students into a Master’s Program must have received at least a “B” for any course they wish to transfer. Students will be informed of the course(s) eligible for transfer within 48 hours by the Graduate Programs Office. 

Graduate (MBA/MSIS/LLM) Program Admission Criteria

A. Regular Admission Requirements

  1. Completion of a recognized baccalaureate degree in a discipline appropriate for the MBA/MS degree. A Higher Diploma is not equivalent to a baccalaureate degree and does not qualify an applicant for admission to the MBA/MS program.
  2. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or its established equivalent, in the applicant’s baccalaureate degree program in the related area.
  3. A minimum score of 550 in TOEFL or TOEFL iBT 79 or CBT 213 (or IELTS - 6 overall) obtained over the previous two years. Students who have provided the required English scores (which are documented in the official transcript) on standardized tests such as TOEFL or IELTS during their Bachelor’s degree studies need not provide additional English scores. However, as an exception to this requirement, an applicant with an undergraduate qualification from an English-medium institution will be exempted from this requirement given that he/she provides evidence of having a minimum TOEFL score of 500 on the paper-based test (ITP), or its equivalent, at the time of admission to his/her undergraduate program.
  4. A GMAT score of 500 is recommended, though not required.  The GMAT is optional.

B. Conditional Admission requirements

  1. A student with a recognized baccalaureate degree in Business/IT with a cumulative GPA average of 3.00 or above on a 4.0 scale, or its established equivalent, and a TOEFL score of a minimum of 530 or CBT 197, iBT 71 (or IELTS 5.5 overall) or its equivalent on another standardized test approved by the Commission for Academic Accreditation (CAA) may be admitted conditionally to the MBA/MS program. Such a student must meet the following requirements during the period of conditional admission or be subject to dismissal:
    1. 1.1 He/she must achieve a TOEFL score of 550, or its equivalent, by the end of the student’s second term of study;
    2. 1.2 He/she may take no more than six credit hours in the first term of study;
  2. A student with a recognized baccalaureate degree in Business/IT with a cumulative GPA average of a minimum 2.25 up to 3.00 on a 4.0 scale, or its established equivalent, and who meets the English language competency requirements for regular admission as stated in “Part A” above, may be admitted conditionally to the MBA/MS program. Such a student must meet the following requirements during the period of conditional admission or be subject to dismissal:
    1. 2.1 He/she may take no more than six credit hours during the first term of study;   
    2. 2.2 He/she must achieve an overall GPA of 3.00 on a 4.0 scale, or its established equivalent, in the first nine credit hours of credit-bearing courses studied in the MBA/MS program.
  3. Students with minimum of 3 years work experience and CGPA of 2.0 or higher might also be accepted.
  4. A GMAT score of 500 is recommended, though not required.  The GMAT is optional.

C. Requirements for Non-Business/Non-IT Degree Applicants

A student who holds a non-business/non-IT degree with a cumulative GPA average of a minimum 2.25 on a 4.0 scale will have to undertake Pre-MBA courses as shown in Table 1 or Pre-MS courses as shown in Table 2 before being considered for formal admission to the MBA/MS program.

Table 1: Pre-MBA Foundation Courses (for MBA applicants)

Course Code & Number Course Title
PMBA 500
Principles of Economics
PMBA 505
Survey of Management
PMBA 510
Analytical tools for Decision-making (Statistical Analysis)
PMBA 520
Survey of Accounting
PMBA 530
Principles of Finance
  Total (5 Courses) 15

Table 2: Pre-MS Foundation Courses (for MS applicants)

Course Code & Number Course Title CH
Business Background  
PMSC 500
Financial Accounting
PMSC 505
Principles of Finance
PMSC 510
Operations Management
Information Systems Background  
PMSC 515
Introduction to Information Systems
PMSC 520
Business Programming
PMSC 525
Principles of Networking
PMSC 530

Database Management Systems

Math Foundations  
PMSC 535

Table 3: Pre-LLM Foundation Courses (for LLM applicants)
Course Code & Number Course Title CH
PLLM 500 Criminal Law 3
PLLM 510 Criminal Procedures 3
PLLM 520 Civil Law 3
PLLM 530 Civil Procedures 3
PLLM 540 Commercial Law 3
  Total (5 Courses) 15

With regard to MBA and MSIS appropriate exemptions (EX) will be given for courses taken with a minimum grade of C in earlier programs from accredited universities or professional certification programs (e.g., CPA, CPM, CMA, PMI, etc.) or through an undergraduate program at UD or by passing a challenge exam prepared by UD MBA/MS faculty. Foundation courses may take up to two terms (about six months) to complete. Students enrolled in these Pre-MBA/Pre-MS courses must achieve a minimum CGPA of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0 to be eligible to join the regular MBA/MS program after satisfying the English language requirements.

With regard to LLM, students should secure minimum B grade (80%) in these Pre-LLM courses or alternatively pass a challenge exam provided by the UD LLM faculty. However, it is up to the discretion of the Director of the College of Law to decide which of these five courses a highly qualified individual needs to take, after having carefully reviewed the individual’s education history, experience and skills, in order to qualify for access to the LLM program. In case these courses are offered in other law programs in UAE, students might be granted exemption for the particular Pre-LLM course.

Admission Guidelines for Transfer Students

UD approves, in principle, the admission of applicants transferring from other institutions of higher education. Such candidates are eligible for admission subject to the following conditions:

  1. The institution they are transferring from is recognized by the UAE MOHESR and uses the credit-hour system.
  2. Applicants transferring from other institutions must have earned a GPA of not less than 3.00 and may only be given transfer credit for courses which are equivalent to those offered by UD and in which they have received a minimum grade of B (equivalent to a GPA of 3.0 or 83-86%).
  3. If the transfer student has an academic warning (i.e., GPA is less than 3.0), he/she will be considered for conditional admission as a new student and not as a transfer student.
  4. Prior to their admission, transfer students will be informed in writing of transfer courses approved by the Dean of the College. The transfer courses will be accepted upon receipt of official transcripts.
  5. Transfer credits are entered on the student’s transcript and the student’s academic plan with a grade of “TC”. The transferred courses appear as credit hours (and are counted toward the degree) but no grade points are assigned; thus, they are not used in computing the student’s GPA.
  6. The maximum number of credits a student may transfer must not exceed 50% of the total number of hours required for graduation (i.e. 18 credit hours).
  7. Transferred courses must match at least 80% of the course content of UD courses.
  8. No credits will be granted twice for similar courses taken at different universities.

Admission Guidelines for Visiting Students/Auditors

A.Visiting Students

  1. Students must have passed all prerequisites for required subjects (original transcripts from the university in which the student is currently studying are to be provided).
  2. Students must provide a copy of their passport and four recent photos (JPEG format file).
  3. Students must fully adhere to UD regulations and rules, including attendance.
  4. Visiting students are not allowed to register for more than 18 credit hours and are only allowed to register for a total of two consecutive terms.
  5. A visiting student can be accepted as a regular student, provided he/she has complied with all UD admission requirements.
  6. A visiting student may register at any time during the registration period.

B. Auditors

UD allows individuals interested in a particular course to attend classes as audit students. The following conditions apply:

  1. The candidate must show some evidence of the prerequisite knowledge required for auditing the course (he/she should meet the course instructor/Graduate Program Director to clarify this point and state the purpose for auditing the course).
  2. Students must provide a passport copy and four recent photographs (JPEG format file).
  3. Students must pay the regular course fee charged of visiting/short course students. 
  4. The attendance policy is not mandatory.
  5. Homework assignments/examinations are not mandatory.


All students who have officially withdrawn from the university or have cancelled their registration* at UD, but who wish to be re-admitted, must submit a formal request to the Registration Department. A dismissed student may be re-admitted only as a new student,but will retain the previous Student ID number. The CBA/CIT Dean and the UD President may approve such readmissions on a case-by-case basis.
(*two consecutive terms or four scattered terms)

Admission Regulations

  1. Admission and acceptance of students to UD is only valid for one term. Students who fail to register will lose their admission status and must resubmit their application as new applicants. Once submitted, the University will keep the files among its records no longer than two terms. 
  2. Applicants should make sure that all documents required for finalizing their admission are submitted to the Registration Department before registration begins.
  3. The names of UD students on all university documents are spelled in English exactly as they appear on their passports or identity cards. If a name on a passport or an identity card does not appear in English, it will be spelled according to the applicant’s preference.
  4. Applicants who were denied admission to UD may file a petition for admission on a conditional basis. These applicants will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis for approval by the respective Dean and UD President.
  5. Students granted conditional admission will be considered at risk and accordingly will be closely monitored by the Graduate Program Director.