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Graduate Applicants

Admission to graduate programs at LAU is granted on a selective basis to students who hold bachelor’s degrees from a recognized college or university and have demonstrated distinct academic ability and motivation by meeting the minimum requirements described below. Meeting these requirements, however, does not guarantee admission to LAU.

All required documents must be mailed to the Admissions Office by the required deadlines and will become the property of LAU. Only completed applications will be reviewed.

To apply to a graduate program at LAU, you must do the following.

Check the deadlines

Applying for… Deadline
MA in Multimedia Journalism March 30
PharmD and medical school March 31
MS in Molecular Biology June 1
MS in Pharmaceutical Development and Management July 15 (for admission and graduate assistantship)
MS in Nutrition August 1
All other majors Contact the Admissions Office for information
Graduate assistantship – Multimedia Journalism June 15
Graduate assistantship – all other programs Contact your school for information
U.S. Federal Loans June 30

Check program-specific requirements

Applied Economics (MA)

Business Administration (MBA)

You must hold a bachelor’s degree in business studies or equivalent from a recognized university. Admission is granted on a selective and competitive basis to students who have demonstrated distinct academic ability and motivation by meeting at least the minimum requirements described below.

  1. Satisfactory proof of English language proficiency
  2. A 3.0 GPA on a scale of 4.0 as per LAU rules, or its equivalent
  3. GMAT/Pre-MBA Course or GRE test score (taken within the past five years prior to joining the MBA)
  4. Interview, if required

Meeting these requirements does not guarantee admission to the program.

Although work experience is not a prerequisite for admission, the Graduate Admissions Committee considers applicants’ professional experience as an asset and welcomes the real-world business experience that such students bring to the classroom. As such, “relevant work experience” is viewed favorably when studying an applicant’s file.

The School Graduate Admission Council (SGAC) calculates a Composite Index (CI) of both the GPA and GMAT. Admission is considered only if the applicant meets the minimum CI requirement. At the discretion of the School Graduate Admission Council, applicants who are short of meeting the 3.0 GPA and/or the anticipated acceptable GMAT score might be considered for “probationary” admission provided they have significant relevant work experience, but have met the minimum CI requirement. Students admitted on probation will earn regular status upon the completion of 12 graduate credits with at least 3.0 average and no more than one “C” grade.

Qualified applicants with a BA/BS in areas of study other than business will be required to complete remedial courses as a prerequisite for core courses.

Doctor of Medicine (MD)

Information on admission requirement for the Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) is available in the School of Medicine website.

Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD)

If you are applying to the PharmD program, you should hold a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from an Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE)–accredited college or university. Submit your application to the School of Pharmacy. You will be required to take an interview with the school’s Admissions Committee.

Engineering (MS)

If your undergraduate major isn’t in engineering, you should consult with the School of Engineering directly about admission requirements. Please check the end of this document for more information.

Executive Business Administration (EMBA)

Applicants to the EMBA program are expected to have professional preparation and accomplishments combined with a sound academic background. Applicants who hold executive positions are given priority. Prospective applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree in business studies or equivalent from a recognized university. Admission is granted on a selective and competitive basis to those who have demonstrated aptitude for distinct leadership and career enhancement, and possess managerial skills, increased workplace responsibilities, high ethical standards, perseverance, intellectual curiosity and academic ability and motivation by meeting at least the minimum requirements described below.

With regard to the admission criterion for EMBA, the applicant is expected to have:

  1. A minimum of six years of working experience in a middle management or higher supervisory position.
  2. An interview for assessment by the admissions committee.

Interdisciplinary Gender Studies (MA)

You should hold an undergraduate degree of high standing within the field of the humanities, communication, history, anthropology, or social sciences and pass the university’s English language proficiency exam. If you have no background in interdisciplinary gender studies, you will be required to take up to three relevant undergraduate courses at LAU.

Islamic Art and Architecture (MA)

*Applicants without a Bachelor of Architecture must complete an additional 9 credits of remedial courses to be decided by the program director.

Pharmaceutical Development and Management (MS)

Applicants seeking admission to the master’s program in Pharmaceutical Development and Management must have earned a professional degree in pharmacy (BS or PharmD), or majored in chemistry or any of the biological sciences (e.g., biology, biochemistry) at a recognized university or program. Find out more about specific admission requirements for the MS in Pharmaceutical Development and Management.

Visual Narrative (MA)

*Applicants without a bachelor’s degree in graphic design must complete an additional 9 credits of remedial courses to be decided by the program director.

Prepare the required documents

  1. One recent passport-size photo.
  2. A photocopy of your identity card or passport (should be the same as the nationality to be used in the registration process at LAU).
  3. Certified copies of educational or professional certificates or diplomas.
  4. Official transcript(s) from all colleges or universities you attended. (Transcripts to be sent directly to the Admissions Office in a sealed envelope). Failure to declare enrollment at other institutions could result in an invalidation of admission and any credits or degrees earned.
  5. Equivalency of your bachelor’s degree from the Lebanese Ministry of Higher Education (depending on the university/college you attended).
  6. Recommendations from two professors who are familiar with your academic performance. In addition, if you have work experience, you should supply a certificate of employment.
  7. The W-9S form (available on www.irs.gov) if you are a U.S. citizen or a U.S. Green Card holder, with proof of your social security number.

Submit proof of English proficiency, if required

If you are required to demonstrate English proficiency, take one of the following tests:

  1. The Internet-based TOEFL (iBT), with a minimum score of 90. LAU code: 2595. The institutional TOEFL is not accepted.
  2. IELTS with a minimum of 7.
  3. The English Entrance Exam (EEE) administered at LAU with a minimum score of 550.

Scores:

N.B. English proficiency exams may not be required from applicants from universities recognized by LAU where the language of instruction is English.

Submit a complete application

Frequently asked questions

What are the GRE, GMAT, IELTS and TOEFL test dates? Are they given at LAU?

Test dates vary by location. They are not offered at LAU. Please visit the relevant website for information on how to register for the exams:

What are the minimum GRE and GMAT scores required to apply to LAU?

These scores are set by the Graduate Admissions Council and may vary from school to school and from year to year.

How will I be notified of the university’s decision?

Once all files are processed, applicants are notified directly by the Admissions Office.

How do I apply for financial aid or scholarships?

Please see the Financial Aid and Scholarships sections.