KAUST currently has four published application deadlines per year. We encourage you to complete the application process in the earliest round possible. KAUST Graduate Admissions is competitive and space is limited - applying early will ensure we have room for you within your program of interest, and our Admissions team will have enough time to review your information thoroughly.
To be considered within a round, submit a completed application before midnight (KSA time) of the deadline date published.
At KAUST, our students and faculty come from every corner of the globe, bringing a multicultural perspective to the challenges of the scientific community. Admission to KAUST is rigorous and thorough, allowing us to cultivate a cohort of future global leaders.
You must submit an official complete university Transcript/ Mark sheets/ Graduation Certificate/ Academic Record from every institution previously attended. A scan of the official transcript provided by the university in the native language must be uploaded into the online application along with the certified English translation. Your transcript must include the university grading scale for all documents submitted. If offered admission, an official final transcript must be sent to the Office of Admissions prior to arrival (during the onboarding process) in a sealed envelope.
750 words (approximately) concerning your past work, preparation for the intended field of study, relevant background and interests, academic plans, and career objectives. Please describe your reasons for applying to the particular KAUST program for which you are seeking admission.
You must have three letters of recommendation submitted on your behalf. Letters of recommendation are important and should be written by professors or advisors under whom you have pursued research or taken courses in your major field of study. Recommendation letters should be submitted through the application directly from the recommender. Recommenders should provide details about how he/she knows your work, as well as comparative statements (e.g., top 1% of class, best in past five years, etc.), and insight into your research ability.
English proficiency requirements for KAUST Admissions have changed for 2022. The required minimum overall scope on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is now 6.5. The TOEFL iBT (Internet-based Test) required score for admission is 79. The KAUST Admissions code is 4107. Only official TOEFL or IELTS Academic results will be accepted. TOEFL or IELTS scores for tests administered by an educational institutional for admission to that particular institution are not acceptable.
A TOEFL or IELTS score is not required if the applicant received a degree from an accredited institution in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, or New Zealand.
KAUST does not require the GRE exam for admission, however, you are welcome to submit your scores if you have taken the exam. Official test results can be sent directly to KAUST Admissions using the GRE Code 4139.
A summary of your job experience, research experience, and any other relevant information should also be submitted with your application. If you have publications, please include abstracts of these in your resume.
Your Application must be complete for it to be reviewed by the Admissions Office. If your file is missing documents, you will be asked to submit them before it can be reviewed.
If your application passes Admissions review, it will be evaluated by the faculty review committee of each program.
If selected, you will be invited for an academic interview with KAUST Faculty.
This is a personal interview, either via Skype video chat and/or in person.
Admission to a graduate program at KAUST presents a rare opportunity to conduct research in a community of global proportions with full funding. If you’re considering earning your master’s or Ph.D. abroad, start your application today.