Masters Programmes

 LIST OF MASTER DEGREE PROGRAMMES

  1. Master’s Degree in Mass Communication & Public Relations (MSMCPR)
  2. Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA)
  3. Master’s Degree in Information Technology and Computer Science (MITCS)
  4. Master’s Degree in Engineering Management (MEM)

 ADMISSION TO MASTER DEGREE PROGRAMMES

Admission to the MSc and MBA programmes is contingent on the applicant demonstrating sufficient academic preparation at the undergraduate level to warrant a prediction of scholastic success at the postgraduate level.

  1. Admission is granted on the basis of the applicant holding an undergraduate degree from a recognised university in which English is the primary language of instruction. Entry into any postgraduate programme is contingent on the applicant holding a BSc or BA degree.
  2. Applicants in their senior year of undergraduate study may apply for postgraduate admission before the completion of their undergraduate programme.
  3. Applicants should normally possess a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.5 or its equivalent. Applicants with a GPA of less than 2.5 may be asked to take the foundation courses.
  4. Those applicants who have studied and earned degrees in undergraduate institutions for which English is not the primary language of instruction will be required to demonstrate competency in English to provide an ability to carry out postgraduate studies in English.
  5. The Admission and Exemption Committee reserves the right to stipulate deficiency requirements to any applicant offered admission where, in the judgment of the Committee, the mastery of the relevant subject matter has not been conclusively demonstrated by the academic transcript by requiring applicants to take one or more of the foundation courses.

Applicants who are denied admission or transfer to a programme offered by the University may appeal against the denial of admission/transfer decision.

HOW TO APPLY

Ahlia University welcomes applications from all students regardless of race, colour, gender, religion, nationality or physical or learning disability.

Admission to AU is based on merit. The University has a limited number of places available for each programme; hence applications have to be submitted well in advance of admission deadlines.

To apply to join the University applicants must fill in the AU Application Form either by attending at the Directorate of Admission and Registration in the University or by filling the form online on the University website: http://www.ahlia.edu.bh.

In all cases, applicants must bring hard copies of all required application documents to the Directorate of Admission and Registration to complete their application (refer to the Application Requirements sections under either the New Admission or the Transfer Admission).

RECOGNIZED SECONDARY SCHOOL CERTIFICATES

  1. Bahraini General Secondary School Certificate (Tawjihia).
  2. Secondary school leaving certificates awarded by private secondary schools in Bahrain provided such certificates are recognized and endorsed by the Ministry of Education in Bahrain.
  3. Arab Secondary School Certificates awarded by Arab Ministries of Education. Where applicable, the streams of these certificates are given the same consideration as the Bahraini (Tawjihia).
  4. Any other secondary school certificate recognized by the Bahrain Ministry of Education.
  5. Any other certificate recognized by the Bahraini Ministry of Education as equivalent to a (Tawjihia) certificate.

RECOGNIZED UNDERGRADUATE LEVEL (BACHELOR DEGREE) CERTIFICATES

  1. Bachelor Degree Certificates awarded by Bahraini Public Universities/Colleges.
  2. Bachelor Degree Certificates awarded by Private Universities/Colleges in Bahrain provided such certificates are recognized and endorsed by the Ministry of Education in Bahrain.
  3. Any other Bachelor Degree Certificate recognized by the Bahrain Ministry of Education.
  4. For International students, any Bachelor Degree Certificate recognized by the student country of origin and the Bahraini Ministry of Education.

NEW STUDENT ADMISSION

AU accepts Master programme applicants holding B.Sc. degrees to join the University as new students provided that they meet the entry and application requirements set by the University.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

  1. Applicants must hold at least a Bachelor’s Degree that is recognised and endorsed by the Higher Education Council in Bahrain.
  2. Applicants must demonstrate a satisfactory level of English proficiency, if English language was not the primary language of instruction at undergraduate level.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

  1. A completed Application Form
  2. Four recent passport size photographs.
  3. Photocopies of the applicant’s passport and CPR or ID card.
  4. A certified and endorsed copy of the applicant’s secondary school certificate.
  5. An official transcript of grades for the last three years of secondary school.
  6. A certified and endorsed copy of the applicant Bachelor’s Degree.
  7. An official transcript of grades for all years of the Bachelor Degree.
  8. A Medical Report.
  9. A non-refundable application fee of BD 40.

TRANSFER STUDENT ADMISSION

AU accepts Master programme applicants transferring from recognised institutions of higher education to join the University provided that they meet the entry and application requirements set by the University.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS for transfer students

Master programme applicants transferring from other recognised institutions of higher education are eligible for consideration for admission subject to meeting the following conditions:

  1. Successful completion of one or more semesters in the institution they are transferring from.
  2. Submission of official transcripts of the courses studied with the syllabi and descriptions.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS for transfer students

  1. A completed application form.
  2. Four recent passport size photographs.
  3. Photocopies of the applicant’s passport and CPR or ID Card.
  4. A certified and endorsed copy of the applicant’s secondary school certificate.
  5. An official transcript of grades for the last three years of secondary school.
  6. A certified and endorsed copy of the applicant Bachelor’s Degree.
  7. An official transcript of grades for all years of the Bachelor Degree.
  8. An endorsed withdrawal letter from the other institution of higher education.
  9. Official endorsed transcripts of the Master programme courses studied in the other higher education institution with the syllabi and descriptions.
  10. A Medical Report.
  11. A non-refundable application fee of BD 40

TRANSFER RULES AND REGULATIONS

  1. Master programme transfer applicants attempting to transfer credits earned from their previous institutions of higher education may be given transfer credits for courses required in their new programme as follows:
  2. The maximum number of credits that a Master programme transfer applicant can be exempted from based on prior education is 50% of the total number of credits required in their Master programme at Ahlia University regardless of the total number of credits earned in the previous higher education institution.
  3. Master programme transfer applicants cannot be exempted from the dissertation course.
  4. The courses transferred based on studies at previous higher education institution will be counted as credits only and will not be counted in Ahlia University cumulative grade point average (CGPA).
  5. The courses transferred based on studies at previous higher education institution will be reflected in Ahlia University transcript with an “E” grade which indicates “Exempted”.
  6. Courses can be transferred only if the student has obtained a “C” grade of higher in the courses they studied in the previous higher education institution.
  7. Courses can be transferred from previous higher education institution if the course has a matching number of credits as the course credits at Ahlia University.

FOUNDATION COURSES

Applicants to Master’s programmes should normally possess a minimum undergraduate CGPA of 2.5 or its equivalent. Applicants with GPA equal or greater than 2.0 but less than 2.5 will be given a conditional acceptance subject to satisfying the following conditions:

  • They should pass an interview
  • They should take one or more of the foundation courses based on the College’s admission policy
  • They should score a grade of B or better in the foundation courses
  • They should have a minimum of two years of experience or relevant professional certification

Applicants to Master’s programmes who cannot conclusively demonstrate by their academic transcript that they have the required previous knowledge may be required to take one or more of the foundation courses.

PROGRAMME DURATION

The normal duration to complete a Master’s Degree in Ahlia University is 2 years, based on achieving 36 credit hours through taking 8 courses and a dissertation.

HOURS OF STUDY

The duration of each semester is fifteen weeks, covering approximately 45 studying hours. The Master’s Programme courses run either on weekday evenings after 5:00 pm or on weekends (Friday & Saturday). For further information regarding the academic semester’s durations and events refer to the Academic Calendar.

ACADEMIC LOAD

The number of credit hours the student registers in during a semester is referred to as the academic load. Normally, the load for a full time Master programme student is between 3 and 12 credit hours. A summer academic load is normally between 3 and 9 credit hours. Courses taken to remove undergraduate deficiencies for admission will be considered as part of the student academic load.

To earn a M.Sc. from the College of Arts & Science or the College of Information Technology or an MBA from the College of Business & Finance, thirty-six (36) credit hours are required. Twenty-Four (24) credit hours consist of a combination of core courses [eighteen (18) credit hours] and core-elective courses [six (6) credit hours]. The final twelve (12) credit hours comprise either (6) credit hours, selected from elective courses and a 6-credit dissertation (Track 2) in an area of specialization, or a twelve(12)-credit-hour dissertation (Track 1).

Master programme courses listed in this catalogue are approved by the university and are numbered at the 500 level. Not all courses listed in this catalogue are offered every year. Inquiries concerning the availability or suitability of a particular course should be directed to the appropriate departmental chairperson.

MAXIMUM LENGTH OF STUDY

The length of study is defined as the period the student spends in the program which includes the following:

I.  Any period in which the student has dismissal or withdrawal (official or unofficial) status,

ii.  Any semesters spent in previous academic programs offered by the University and from which the student has internally transferred courses to the current academic program, whereby every 15 transferred credits are counted as one semester in the calculation of the length of study.

iii. Any period spent in other recognized higher education institutions and from which the student has externally transferred credits to the current academic program, whereby every 15 transferred credits are counted as one semester in the calculation of the length of study.

The maximum length of study for students enrolled in a Master’s degree program is five academic years (i.e., a total of 10 semesters) starting from the first semester in which they are enrolled. In the case where students have extenuating circumstances, exceptions can be granted by the University.

ATTENDANCE REGULATIONS

Students’ attendance is evaluated according to the following rules:

  1. A student’s absence from lectures, discussions, laboratories or classes in a given course in excess of 25% of the total assigned sessions for the course will result in an enforced withdrawal of the student from the course, regardless of the reasons for his/her absence. A “W” grade is assigned to the student in that course.
  2. Absences with valid and acceptable reasons may be not counted towards the 25% maximum allowed absences in the course.

For additional information, refer to the Enforced Withdrawal item within the Withdrawal section under the Master Programmes Academic Rules and Procedures.

DISSERTATION

Master’s degree students may opt for either a dissertation (Track 1) [12 credits] or dissertation (Track 2) [6 credits]. Master’s degree students opting for the dissertation (Track 1) [12 credits] OR dissertation (Track 2) [6 credits] must follow the set of procedures in their respective departments to register for the dissertation which is explained in the “Guidelines for Good Practice in the Supervision of the Master’s Degree Dissertation”. Students are allowed to register for the dissertation course only if they satisfy its prerequisites and requirements which are as follows:

  1. A student is not permitted to register for the Dissertation (Track 1) until he/she satisfies the following requirements:
  2. The student has successfully completed a minimum of 21 credit hours including the course in research methodology in their programme; that is,
    • MAGT 550 – Research Methods and Modeling in the MBA Programme,
    • ITCS 550 – Research Methods and Modeling in the MITCS Programme,
    • MCPR 520 – Research Methods in Mass Communication and Public Relations in the MSMCPR Programme.
  3. The student has achieved a grade of B or more in the research methodology course.
  4. The student has achieved at least a CGPA of 3.0.
  5. A student is not permitted to register for the Dissertation Course (Track 2) until he/she satisfies the following requirements:
    1. The student has successfully completed a minimum of 24 credit hours including the course in research methodology in their programme as stated above.
    2. The student has achieved a grade of B or more in the research methodology course.
    3. The student has achieved at least a CGPA of 2.8.

The following table summarizes the prerequisites and requirements for dissertation courses in each programme:

 

Programme

Dissertation (Track 1)  Minimum Requirements

Dissertation (Track 2) Minimum Requirements

Credit Hours Prerequisite  Course CGPA Credit Hours

Prerequisite

Course

CGPA
MBA: Master’s Degree in Business Administration

At least 21 credit hours

 

MAGT 550 At least 3.0

At least 24 credit hours

 

MAGT 550 At least 2.8
MITCS: Master’s Degree in Information Technology and Computer Science ITCS 550 ITCS 550
MSMCPR: Master’s Degree in Mass Communication and Public Relations MCPR 520 MCPR 520

Students ought to register for the dissertation (Track 1 or Track 2) after the completion of their core, core-elective and elective requirements. Dissertations (Track 1) [12 credits] are to be in the area of the student’s specialization and are subject to external defence. Dissertations (Track 1) are graded on a Pass “P” / Fail “F” basis. . Dissertations (Track 2) [6 credits] are to be in the area of the student’s specialization track and the candidate opting for (Track 2) must take two elective courses in the same field as their dissertation. The Dissertations (Track 2) [6 credits] is also subject to external defence. Grading for dissertations (Track 2) is based on the ordinary letter grade system. An “IW” grade is assigned to the student, if he/she does not complete his/her dissertation within the period specified by the University.

Each student doing a dissertation will be assigned to an academic supervisor. An internal examiner (chosen from the ranks of AU’s faculty) and one external examiner, together with the candidate’s dissertation supervisor shall normally participate in the public assessment of the dissertation defence.

WITHDRAWALS

The University encourages continuous enrollment of students according to their study plan until all degree requirements are fulfilled. The University recognizes however the need for some students to withdraw from studying at the University or from a particular course due to special extenuating circumstances. However, in some cases, the university may withdraw students from courses for specific reasons such as high absence rate in a course. The University has different withdrawal categories as follows:

OFFICIAL PERMANENT WITHDRAWAL

Master programme students may permanently withdraw from studying at the university by applying for official permanent withdrawal in the Directorate of Admission and Registration provided an acceptable reason is given. Students have to pay official withdrawal fees of 10 B.D. to receive a withdrawal letter and official transcript endorsed by the HEC.

OFFICIAL TEMPORARY WITHDRAWAL

Students have the right to apply officially for temporary withdrawal on a semester basis for up to a maximum of overall period of two semesters (consecutively or otherwise), excluding summer sessions. Students may request, however, an extension of their official temporary withdrawal period, on the top of the two allowed semesters, provided that the total number of official and unofficial withdrawal semesters (consecutively or otherwise) does not exceed SIX semesters.

The student request for official temporary withdrawal requires the approval of the following authorities: Student’s Advisor, Department Chairperson, College Dean and Dean of Student Affairs. Moreover, any student’s request for an extension to the official temporary withdrawal period requires additional approval of the College Council and the University Council.

Any student request for official temporary withdrawal must be made during the scheduled Add/Drop Period to prevent the accumulation of tuition fees and other charges. If a student applies for official temporary withdrawal during the Add/Drop Period, the student will be dropped from all the courses in which s/he was registered in that specific semester without any charges or consequences; otherwise, actions will be taken as explained below.

In line with the Student Re-enrolment Policy, students are required to register in courses by the end of their approved official temporary withdrawal period. Students who fail to register in any course upon the end of their official temporary withdrawal period will be considered unofficially withdrawn and their statuses will be changed to “Unofficial Withdrawal”.

UNOFFICIAL WITHDRAWAL

Master programme students who do not register in any course before the end of the add/drop period in a specific semester and without applying for official temporary/permanent withdrawal will be considered as unofficially withdrawn in that semester. These students will be contacted by the end of the Add/Drop period, warned that they are in breach of the University regulations and urged to formalise their status by registering for courses or applying for official withdrawal within the relevant timescale. If a student fails to do that, the following rules will be applied:

  • If the number of official and unofficial withdrawals from semesters is more than SIX, the student will be dismissed from the program in accordance with the University Dismissal Policy (refer to the Dismissal section under the Master Programme Academic Rules and Procedures). Otherwise,
  • If this is the first instance of unofficial withdrawal for the student, s/he will be given a warning;
  • If this is the second instance of unofficial withdrawal for the student, s/he will be given a final warning;
  • If this is the third instance of unofficial withdrawal for the student, s/he will be dismissed from the program.

This means that the Unofficial Withdrawal status may be assigned to a student for at most two semesters, excluding summer sessions. Unofficial withdrawn students can apply to the Directorate of Admission and Registration to return to resume their studies according to the university Re-enrollment Policy (refer to the student re-enrolment section Under the Master Programmes Academic Rules and Procedures).

WITHDRAWAL FROM A COURSE

Master programme students may apply to withdraw from a registered course in a given semester/session for justifiable reasons by applying for an official Withdrawal from a Course directly from the course instructor.

ENFORCED WITHDRAWAL FROM A COURSE

Master programme students may receive an enforced withdrawal (W) grade for having an absence rate that exceeds the 25% maximum absence rate in any course (refer to the Attendance Regulations section under the Master Programmes Academic Rules and Procedures).

Official Permanent Withdrawal, Official Temporary Withdrawal and Withdrawal from a Course are processed according to the following table:

Withdrawal Period

Registered Courses Status

Tuition Fees

First/Second Semester and Summer Session: During Add/Drop period Course(s) will be dropped from the student schedule

·         No tuition fees payable for dropped course(s)

·         Any tuition fees paid for dropped course(s) will be refunded

First/Second Semester: During the first two weeks following the end of the Add/Drop period

Summer Session: During the first week following the end of the Add/Drop period

·         Permanent or temporary official withdrawal: Student will get a (W) grade for all the course

·         Withdrawal from a course: Student will get a (W) grade for the course he/she is withdrawing from

50% tuition fees must be paid for relevant course(s)

First/Second Semester: After the end of the first two weeks following the end of the Add/Drop period

Summer Session: After the end of the first week following the end

·         Permanent or temporary official withdrawal: Student will get a (W) grade for all the courses

·         Withdrawal from a course: Student will get a (W) grade for the course he/she is withdrawing from

100% tuition fees must be paid for relevant course(s)

STUDENT AT RISK

Master programme students will be classified by the University as academically “At Risk” students if their academic performance is poor, they have a CGPA below 3.0 and their CGPA drops by 0.2 or more since the most recent semester. These students are closely monitored by their academic advisors, counselors and others.

REPEATING COURSES

A Master programme student is allowed to repeat a course at most once, i.e., the student can register in the same course a maximum number of two times for the purpose of either improving the CGPA or attaining a better understanding of the course based on one of the following conditions:

  1. Received grade F, IF, W, IW
  2. Received a grade below B

Master programme students who wish to repeat courses while working on dissertation are subject to the following:

  1. Dissertation Track 1: students are not allowed to repeat courses while they are registered in the course XXXX 599 – Dissertation Track 1.
  2. Dissertation Track 2: students can repeat at most one course while they are registered in the course XXXX 595 – Dissertation Track 2

Students who fail to pass in a course after repeating it the maximum number of times can only register under the “special registration status” for a maximum of two times only. Students with special registration status will receive closer attention from the lecturer, will be given extra remedial classes, where appropriate, and will be closely monitored by the chairperson and the counselor. If those students do not pass the course, they can be dismissed or transferred to another programme by the University.

REPEATING DISSERTATION

A Master programme student is allowed to repeat a dissertation a maximum number of two times only. After failing twice, they can only register under the “special registration status” and the following applies: Students are allowed to register only once in a project or dissertation under the “special registration status”

  1. A new dissertation must be identified and approved
  2. A new dissertation supervisor must be assigned
  3. Student’s progress will be closely monitored by the chairperson
  4. Student’s progress will be closely monitored by the counselor

CHANGE OF GRADE

In some cases, a student grade can be changed after the grade entry process is completed and the grade is shown in the student academic transcript. A change of grade is normally initiated either by the course instructor or the department chairperson as long as justification and evidence is provided. Any change of grade requires approval from several authorities including the Course Instructor, Department Chairperson, College Dean and in some cases approval of the Dean of Students is also required. A change of grade is allowed due to the following reasons:

  1. Changing an “I” or “IN or “IG” grades to the actual grade after fulfilling all course requirements.
  2. Grade entry error or grade calculation error.
  3. Completing course payments.
  4. Changing an “IF” or “IW” grade, in case of an “I” grade changed into an “IW” or “IF” grade automatically by the ADREG system if the student did not complete the course requirements.

For a grade change to be processed, the student has to pay a fee of BD20 in the case of change of grade from “I” or “IN”. No fee is required to process any other change of grade.

CHALLENGE OF GRADE

Students have the right to challenge their end-of-semester grades provided they do this before the deadline has passed. The deadline for challenging a grade is the end of the subsequent semester after the grade was awarded and for purposes of this deadline, the summer session does not count.

Students who want to challenge their grade should pay stipulated fees of BD 10 to the Accounts Department and fill in a Challenge-of-Grade form for the course they are challenging in the college concerned. The College appoints an ad hoc committee of three faculty members to review the challenged grades. Grades may be raised, lowered or kept unchanged at the discretion of the committee and their decision must be approved by the Department Chairperson, College Dean and Dean of Student Affairs. The new grade is notified to the Directorate of Admission and Registration which ensures that it is recorded on the student’s record and reflected in the student academic transcript. Students who are unsatisfied with their challenged grade may appeal against the new grade.

DISMISSAL

Ahlia University expects its students to meet the required academic standards and adhere to all University policies, rules and regulations in order to successfully complete their academic degree programs. In case a student breaches the University academic policies, rules or regulations, s/he will be subjected to an appropriate disciplinary action including dismissal. This dismissal falls into two categories as follows:

  1. Dismissal from an academic program

A master’s student will be dismissed from his/her academic program in the following cases:

  1. Exceeding the maximum length of study as detailed in the Maximum Length of Study Section under the Master’s Programmes Academic Rules and Procedures.
  2. Exceeding the maximum number of withdrawal semesters as explained in the Official Temporary Withdrawal and Unofficial Withdrawal Sections under the Master’s Programmes Academic Rules and Procedures.

Students dismissed from their academic programs for any of the above reasons have the right to re-apply for admission to another academic program offered by the University as new students provided that this is their first academic dismissal. If a student is accepted into an academic program after dismissal, courses from the previous program may be transferred to the new program according to the University Internal Transfer Policy.

  1. Dismissal from the University

A master’s student may be dismissed from the University for the following reasons:

  1. Due to a serious misconduct as defined by the Student Code of Conduct. In such a case, the dismissal decision could be permanent or for a specific period of time depending on the seriousness of the misconduct.
  2. Due to multiple dismissal: If a student is dismissed from his current academic program and he was dismissed in the past from a previous academic program, then s/he will be dismissed from the university permanently.

 In all dismissal cases, students will be notified of the decision taken against them. Any such notification will

  • Clarify whether the student is dismissed from her/his academic program or from the University,
  • Include the period to which the dismissal applies (if any) and any other conditions or stipulations,
  • Clarify whether the student can or cannot re-apply for admission into his previous program or other academic programs offered by the University,
  • Explain the reasons for the dismissal.

RE-ENROLMENT

Master’s students are expected to pursue their degrees with minimum interruption and maintain continuous enrolment whenever possible. Students enrolled in any Master’s programme are encouraged to register in every semester according to their study plan until all degree requirements are fulfilled. The university recognizes, however, the need for some students to withdraw temporarily from any specific semester due to special extenuating circumstances. Students who withdraw from their studies may apply, through the Directorate of Admission and Registration, to re-enroll back to their programs and may be accepted to resume their studies provided they satisfy the following conditions which relate to their status as follows:

  1. Official Temporary Withdrawal

 Students with such status have the right to resume their studies upon re-enrolment provided that the number of semesters in which the student has officially and unofficially withdrawn is not more than SIX.

     2. Unofficial Withdrawal

Students with the status of “Unofficial Withdrawal” can apply for re-enrolment and may resume their studies provided that they satisfy the following conditions according to the University Continuous Enrolment Policy:

–  The number of unofficial withdrawal (consecutively or otherwise) committed by the student is not more than TWO,

–  The number of officially and unofficially withdrawal performed by the student is not more than SIX,

–  The student must pay any outstanding tuition fees and invoices,

–  The student must pay registration charges equivalent to the current registration fees (BD 200 for the BSc students or BD 300 for the MSc students),

–  The re-enrolment must be approved by the departmental council based on an interview with the student conducted by the academic department,

–  The College Council must endorse the departmental approval to allow the student to resume her/his studies.

  1. Dismissal

Students with this status can re-enroll to their program provided that one of the following is satisfied.

  • The time-limit defined by the dismissal decision has expired,
  • The student has submitted an appeal against the dismissal in line with the Student Appeal Policy and the Student Appeal Committee has upheld the appeal.

In addition, the following conditions must be satisfied.

  • They must pay any outstanding tuition fees and invoices,
  • They must pay registration charges equivalent to the current registration fees (BD 200 for the B.Sc. students or BD 300 for the M.Sc. students).

Furthermore, upon acceptance of the re-enrolment request and regardless of the student’s previous status, the student has to

  • Adhere to, and complete any changes in the academic program’s study plan, if applicable,
  • Adhere to any new rules and regulations resulting from new bylaws, policies and processes by Ahlia University or the Higher Education Council, if applicable.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS FOR MSC AND MBA DEGREES

Master programme students must complete all the required credit hours at Ahlia University except for courses accepted for transfer credit.

A minimum CGPA of 3 or higher is required for graduation in the M.Sc. and MBA programmes. In order for a postgraduate student to raise his/her CGPA, a student may repeat any of those courses in which he /she have scored a grade lower than “B”.

Master programme students are expected to complete all the requirements of graduation within the maximum length of study set by the University (refer to the Length of Study section under the Master Programmes Academic Rules and Procedures).

PRESIDENT’S HONOURS LIST

To be placed on the President’s Honours List at the end of a semester, excluding the summer session, a Master’s programme student must have:

  1. A CGPA of 3.9 or higher
  2. Completed at least 18 credit hours.
  3. Not been subjected to any disciplinary action within the University
  4. Not repeated courses.

DEAN’S HONOURS LIST

To be placed on the Dean’s Honours List at the end of a semester, excluding the summer session, a Master’s programme student must have:

  1. A CGPA between 3.75 and 3.89.
  2. Completed 18 credit hours.
  3. Not have been subjected to any disciplinary action within the University.
  4. Not have repeated courses.

GRADUATION GRADING CLASSIFICATIONS

At the time of degree conferral, Ahlia University postgraduate degrees are classified according to the CGPA achieved as shown in the following table

Graduation Grading Classification

CGPA

High Distinction with First Class Honours 3.90-4.00
High Distinction 3.75-3.89
Distinction 3.50-3.74
Very Good 3.00-3.49

PAYMENT OF FEES

Ahlia University’s policy on fees and expenses is to charge students at a minimum consistent with the provision of high quality instruction and superior facilities and equipment. THE UNIVERSITY RESERVES THE RIGHT TO CHANGE ANY OR ALL FEES AT ANY TIME WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE. Such changes will be applicable to students currently registered in the University as well as to new students.

Each AU student must pay all his/her tuition and other charges levies on time. Students who do not pay their tuition charges within two weeks of the commencement of the semester are subject to having their registration for the current semester cancelled. At the discretion of the University, cancellation may be partial prorated with the proportion of the amount outstanding paid by the student. A student in arrears is further subject to being denied the right to attend classes and to sit for final examinations as well as having his/her final grades withheld by the Registrar and his/her requests for transcripts denied. University policy also mandates the withholding of the degree certificates of a until such time as debts owed to AU are paid in full.

All students must finalise registration and settle their accounts with the University on time. Under exceptional circumstances, with prior approval of the President of the University, a student may be permitted to pay in instalments. Otherwise, late payment incurs a late payment fee (Refer to the University Calendar and the schedule of fees below) and the University reserves the right to charge additional successive levies on delinquent accounts.

MASTER’S PROGRAMMES TUITION FEES

The registration and tuition fees for all Master programmes are shown below. These fees do not cover costs of books and supplies, transportation, special services, etc. The admission fee is levied per application respectively. The tuition fees are charged for each semester per credit hour enrolled.

Pre-Registration Fees

Admission Fee BD 40

Registration Fees

Registration Fee BD 300
Late Registration Fee BD 25

 

Master Programmes

Courses leading to award of Ahlia University

Master’s Degree

BD 160 per credit-hour/semester *
Courses leading to award of MSc Engineering Management in collaboration with The George Washington University, USA BD 257 per credit-hour/ semester *

* Fees and expenses of all kinds associated with research and course materials are excluded from this charge and must be borne by the postgraduate student.

WITHDRAWALS

In the event that a student withdraws for justifiable reasons after registration, tuition fees may be refunded depending on the withdrawal period refer to the Withdrawal section under the Master Programme Academic Rules and Procedures. In all cases, all other fees, including the registration fees, are not refundable under any circumstances.

RE-ENROLMENT

In the event that a student applies for re-enrolment, some fees may be charged depending on the student reenrolment category, official temporary withdrawal, unofficial withdrawal, suspension or dismissal, refer to the Re-enrolment section under the Master Programmes Academic Rules and Procedures.

ADDITIONAL SERVICES

Ahlia University may charge other fees for services to applicants, students and graduates as shown below:

Category

Fees

Additional Copy of the Graduation Notification BD 10
Additional Copy of the Academic Transcript BD 5
Challenge of Grade BD 10
Change of Grade BD 20
Corrections of the Student Name on the Wall Certificate and Ratification by HEC BD 30
Duplicate Graduation Notification from the HEC BD 10
Duplicate of the Wall Certificate BD 30
Duplicate Stamp and Ratification Wall Certificate by HEC (5 Copies) BD 25
Ratification of an English Version of the Wall Certificate or a Duplicate from HEC BD 10
Re-issuing Student ID Card BD 5
Student Enrolment Confirmation Letter BD 5
Translated Graduation Notification from HEC BD 10
Translated Wall Certificate BD 20

MASTER’S PROGRAMMES FINANCIAL AID

In exceptional cases, non-sponsored postgraduate students in M.Sc. or MBA programmes, with a minimum CGPA of 3.75, who are able to demonstrate financial need to the satisfaction of the University Council, may apply for a Postgraduate Scholarship covering a partial waiver of tuition fees. Any such awards, if distributed, are to be decided on a case-by-case basis.

 

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