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.
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.