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: Panel Interview

Offers of admission are adjudicated by a panel consisting of two (2) Graduate School faculty members from different program specialties, the Program Chair, and a representative of the Office of the Registrar, based on the following process:

  1. Once the deadline for submission of applications has passed, a first screening by the panel establishes lists of applicants for further consideration for either admission or conditional admission.
  2. Selected applicants complete a panel interview.
  3. Offers of admission are made on the basis of the interview outcome, which considers academic excellence records and candidate suitability criteria.

The Panel Interview lasts 30 minutes and follows a standard protocol captured by the Graduate Interview Form. Its aim is to determine the applicant’s:

  1. Oral and written language proficiency and communication skills (applicants are invited to speak about themselves and their career goals in relation to their choice to enrol in an MBA program; they are also asked to write a short essay).
  2. Motivation and engagement.
  3. Rationale for the choice of major.
  4. Prospect for successful completion of the program.

The interview culminates with a panel recommendation for full acceptance, or conditional acceptance, or acceptance in the pre-MBA/pre-MIT program, or further consideration after submission of additional material, or rejection. This recommendation is based on an objective eight-point assessment, including academic record, communication skills, motivation, etc. (see Graduate Interview Form in Appendix 5 for details).

Pre-MBA Program

Applicants may be admitted to the Pre-MBA program (e.g., students who have completed an undergraduate university degree in an area other than Business Administration and who meet the admission requirements). Successful completion of six foundations courses automatically yields admission to the MBA program.

Pre-MBA Courses

The six Pre-MBA courses are as follows:

Course Code

Course Title

Prerequisite

MBA

501

Management and Organization Behavior

None

MBA

502

Foundations of Business Statistics

None

MBA

503

Accounting Foundations

None

MBA

504 Economics Foundations None

MBA

505

Marketing Foundations

None

MBA 507 Finance Foundations

None

Pre-MIT Program

All students admitted to the MITGOV program with IT, Engineering or Business related degrees must complete and pass the corresponding non-credited pre-MIT program before starting this master program.

Pre-MIT Courses for Non-Business Majors

Course Code

Course Title

Prerequisite

MIT

501 Foundations of Business Statistics

None

MIT

503 IT Infrastructure Platforms & Organization of IS

None

MIT

504 Management Foundations

None

MIT

506 Economics Foundations

None

MIT

507 Financial Management

None

MIT

508 Marketing Management

None

MIT 510 Operations Management

None

Pre-MIT Courses for Business Majors

Course Code

Course Title

Prerequisite

MIT

501 Foundations of Business Statistics

None

MIT

502 Principles of IT None

MIT

503

IT Infrastructure Platforms & Organization of IS

None

MIT

505 Management of Information Systems

None

MIT

507 Financial Management

None

MIT

509 Data Management & Information Systems

None

Falsified Admission Documents

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