Admission for Graduate Studies

To enrol in a graduate program at Canadian University Dubai you will need to meet the general requirements for admission and provide a certificate of English language proficiency. Other additional admission requirements are specific to your chosen program of study.

Graduate Admissions Policy

Admission to a specific program of study implies admission to Canadian University Dubai; however, admission to a particular program does not imply automatic admission to any other program of study. For students who do not meet all of the requirements at the time of application, admission is conditional to those requirements, or their established equivalent, being met within the prescribed time periods and subject to the conditions outlined below.

General Admission requirements for Master’s level programs:

  1. Completion of a recognized bachelor’s degree in a discipline appropriate for the Master’s degree. A Higher Diploma is not equivalent to a bachelor’s degree and does not qualify an applicant for admission to a Master’s programs. *
  2. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00 on a 4.0 scale, or its established equivalent, in the applicant’s bachelor’s degree program.
  3. A minimum score of 1400 on the English language portion of the EmSAT examination, or its equivalent on other national or internationally-recognized tests that are approved by the CAA, such as TOEFL score of 550 (213 CBT, 79 iBT), or 6.0 IELTS.

Students who have completed undergraduate education in an English-medium institution might be allowed admission into a graduate program without demonstrating TOEFL score of 550 (or equivalent). This exemption can be applicable only to those students who undertook all their schooling (K-12) plus a Bachelor’s degree in English in a reference English speaking country (e.g. UK, USA, Australia, New Zealand)

(*) For admission in the Master in IT Management & Governance, only applicants holding Engineering / IT / Business related certificates will be considered.

Conditional Admission Requirements for Master’s level programs:

  • May conditionally admit students with a recognized Bachelor’s degree and an EmSAT score of 1250 or its equivalent on another standardized test approved by the CAA, such as TOEFL score of 530 (197 CBT, 71 iBT), or 5.5 IELTS academic to a Master’s program Such a student must meet the following requirements during the period of conditional admission or be subject to dismissal:
    1. must achieve an EmSAT score of 1400 or equivalent, by the end of the student's first semester of study;
    2. may take a maximum of six credit hours in the first semester of study, not including intensive English courses;
    3. must achieve a minimum CGPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or its established equivalent, in the first six credit hours of credit-bearing courses studied for the graduate program;
  • May conditionally admit students to a Master Program with a recognized Bachelor’s degree and a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale or its established equivalent. Such a student must take a maximum of nine credit hours of courses studied for the graduate program during the period of conditional admission and must achieve a minimum CGPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or its established equivalent, in these nine credits of courses studied for the graduate program or be subject to dismissal.
  • May conditionally admit students to a Master Program with a recognized Bachelor’s degree and a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale or its established equivalent to a maximum of nine graduate-level credit hours as remedial preparation for the graduate program. These remedial courses are not for credit within the degree program. The student must achieve a minimum CGPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or its established equivalent, in these nine credits of remedial courses in order to progress to the graduate program or be subject to dismissal.

Additional Program Admission Requirements: Interview Committee

Offers of admission are adjudicated by the interview committee consisting of Faculty of Management faculty members from different program specialties, and a representative of the Office of the Registrar, as a result of the following process:

  1. Once the deadline for submission of applications has passed, a first screening by the committee establishes lists of applicants for further consideration for either admission or conditional admission.
  2. Selected applicants complete an interview.
  3. Offers of admission are made on the basis of the interview’s outcome.

The Interview committee appoints a subject matter expert from the Faculty of Management to conduct the interview. It lasts approximately 30 minutes and follows a standard protocol captured by the Masters Interview Form. Its aim is to determine the applicant’s:

  1. Proficiency in English language and communication skills.
  2. Career advancement.
  3. Managerial and professional experience.
  4. Academic background.
  5. Motivation and engagement.
  6. Rationale for the choice of major.
  7. Prospect for successful completion of the program.

The interview culminates with a committee recommendation for full acceptance, conditional acceptance without/with Remedial Preparation Programs, or rejection.

Remedial Preparation Program (RPP)

The Faculty of Management (FOM)- Graduate studies introduced a remedial preparation program (RPP) for admitted students with a CGPA of 2.0 and less than 2.5 on a 4.0 scale and those admitted with non-business background. Remedial preparation program (RPP) is comprised of five fundamentals of business and innovative thinking courses MBA 510 Management, and Marketing Foundations, MBA 511 Foundations of Quantitative Analysis, MBA 512 Accounting and Finance Foundations, MBA 513 Foundations of Economics and MIT 514 Fundamentals of Data Analytics Techniques. Each course of these remedial preparation program (RPP) is equivalent to 3 graduate-level credit hours. The student must achieve a minimum grade of B to be ready for their MBA & MIT curricula.

Remedial courses

Course Code

Course Title

Prerequisite

MBA

510

Management and Marketing Foundations

None

MBA

511

Foundations of Quantitative Analysis

None

MBA

512

Accounting and Finance Foundations

None

MBA

513 Foundations of Economics None

MIT

514

Fundamentals of Data Analytics Techniques

None

Falsified Admission Documents

Students found to have submitted falsified documents will be dismissed from the University.