• Postgraduate Diploma
  • Masters Programs
  • Doctoral Programs

 1. Unconditional Admission

Unconditional admission is granted to an applicant for the postgraduate diploma program who meets the following criteria:

a. An undergraduate degree from a recognized higher education institution.


b. A cumulative GPA of 2.50 on a 4-point scale or equivalent in the undergraduate degree; some diploma programs may require a higher cumulative GPA.


c. Any additional conditions specified by the department.

 

2. Conditional Admission


Conditional admission is granted to an applicant for the postgraduate diploma program who meets the following criteria:

a. An applicant with a cumulative GPA of 2.50 on a 4-point scale or equivalent, but who is deficient in pre-requisite courses needed for the program.


b. An applicant who has not satisfied some of the program requirements, such as the language proficiency requirement as specified in Section 2.4, or submission of missing items (e.g. confirmation of grades, verification of degree or test results). The provision of missing documents, except for the language proficiency results, should be completed within a period specified in the acceptance letter.


 1. Unconditional Admission

For unconditional admission an applicant for a masters program must meet the following criteria:


a.  An undergraduate degree or equivalent from a recognised higher education institution.

 

b.  A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 on a 4-point scale or equivalent is required for admission into the masters by thesis program.

 

c.  A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 on a 4-point scale or equivalent is required for admission into the masters by course work or course work and thesis or course work and comprehensive examination option.

 

d.  An undergraduate degree or equivalent qualification and a one year postgraduate diploma in a related specification from a recognized higher education institution with a cumulative GPA of 3.00 on a 4-point scale (or equivalent grade) in the diploma.

 

e.  A student registered for the postgraduate diploma at SQU, who has completed the course requirement with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 on a 4 point scale, may be considered for upgrading into the masters program if the latter is in the same specialization. In this case the registration for the diploma will be cancelled. However, some of the courses taken may be counted towards the masters requirements.

 

f.  A conditional student who has fulfilled the progression standards (Section 5.5) and/or language proficiency (Section 2.4).

 

2. Conditional Admission

Conditional admission is granted to an applicant for the masters program who meets the following criteria:


a.  An applicant with cumulative GPA of 3.00 on a 4 point scale, but deficient in pre-requisite courses needed for the program, may be considered for conditional admission into the masters by research program. Such pre-requisite courses are termed bridging courses and should be completed within one year of study as specified by the department.

 

b.  An applicant with a cumulative GPA of 2.75 on a 4 point scale, but deficient in pre-requisite courses needed for the program, may be considered for conditional admission into the masters by course work, or course work and thesis, or course work and comprehensive examination option. Similarly, the bridging courses should be completed within one year of study.

 

c.  An applicant whose cumulative GPA is between 2.74 and 2.50 may be considered for conditional admission into the masters by course work, course work and thesis, or course work and comprehensive examination options. In such cases, relevant work experience and any other academic activity beyond the first degree may be taken into consideration to assess the applicant’s potential to achieve at a high level in the selected field.

 

d.  An applicant who has not satisfied some of the program requirements, such as the language proficiency requirement as specified in Section 2.4, or submission of missing items (e.g. confirmation of grades, verification of degree or test results). The provision of missing documents, except for the language proficiency results, should be completed within a period specified in the acceptance letter.

1     Admission Requirements

Application for entry to a doctoral program can be made in either semester, subject to the normal processing time.  An applicant for a doctoral program must meet the following criteria:


a.  A masters degree from a recognised higher education institution with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 on a 4-point scale or equivalent in the masters program, or:

b.  In the case of an applicant from a system not using a 4-point GPA scale, whose cumulative GPA is equivalent to less than 3.00 and above 2.75, work experience and any other academic activity during or beyond the masters degree may be taken into consideration, subject to the approval of the DVCPSR.

c.  In the case of medicine, a medical graduate degree (MD) with a minimum grade of (B) from Sultan Qaboos University or an equivalent qualification from a recognised higher education institution.

d.  Any other program requirements.

 

2     Application Requirements

The applicant must fulfill the following:


a.   Submit an application.

b.   Submit a statement on the objectives and goals of the research proposed for the doctoral program.

c.   Submit 3 letters of reference, at least 2 from academics, to show competence in the discipline of interest and research capability.

d.   Attend an interview if required.

e.   Provide a letter of release and support from the employer for full-time study.

f.    Provide proof of financial support.

g.   Provide a medical report, not more than six months older than the date of application, certifying fitness to pursue the study.

h.   Submit official transcripts, copies of degree certificates and passport/national identity card.

i.    Adhere to the requirements of specific programs, such as language and computer proficiency, assessment of work experience or a qualifying examination in a specific area. Such requirements are listed under the appropriate program description.

 

Any further conditions will be included in the notification of admission. If the conditions are not met within the specified time, the candidate’s registration in the doctoral program will be cancelled.

 

3     Duration

A doctoral program is offered for full time students only and should normally be completed within four years, with all course work completed within the first year.  Extensions of up to one semester may be approved by the Deanship of Postgraduate Studies, on the recommendation of the supervisor and the college dean. The maximum period of registration is counted from the date of first registration, excluding any postponements granted throughout this period. A student should spend a minimum two year residency period at SQU. See Section 3.3 for partnered programs which may require some time to be spent with a co-supervisor at a host institution.