MBZUAI
Mohamed Bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence

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Admissions

At MBZUAI, we offer an array of graduate programs designed for the pursuit of advanced specialized knowledge and skills in artificial intelligence. Our dedicated faculty and staff provide encouragement and guidance to enable you to make the right choices. Applicants must satisfy the following minimum requirements to apply for the MBZUAI programs.

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Admission
Deadlines

Msc & Phd Programs

Admission Deadlines

2021-2022
EARLY ADMISSION*
REGULAR ADMISSION
Applications for Fall intake (Aug 21)
15 Jan 2021
15 April 2021
Applications for Spring intake (Jan 22)
15 July 2021
15 Sep 2021

*Recommended For International Students

Admission Requirements

MSc Programs

Dot Completed Degree: Bachelor of Science or equivalent from a top-ranked university accredited or recognized by the UAE Ministry of Education (MOE). Students should have a minimum CGPA of 3.2 (on a 4.0 scale) or equivalent and provide their complete degree certificates and transcripts (in English) when submitting their application. A degree attestation (for degrees from the UAE) or an equivalency certificate (for degrees acquired outside the UAE) should also be furnished within their first semester at the university. For more details on the attestation and equalization procedures, please visit the UAE MOE website.

Dot English Language: Each applicant has to show proof of English language ability by providing either a valid (not more than 2 years old) TOEFL iBT (with a minimum overall score of 90, with 20 or above in each element, taken in one sitting) or IELTS Academic (with a minimum grade of 6.5, with 6.0 or above in each element, taken in one sitting). As per the updated rules of the UAE Ministry of Higher Education, exemption from the English Language Proficiency requirement will ONLY be granted to native English speakers (based on nationality and passport) who graduated from universities in countries wherein English is the first language.

Dot Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General score is a plus and would be considered in the evaluation of the applicants. (optional)

Dot Statement of Purpose:In a 500 to 1,000-word essay, the applicant should present his/her motivation for applying to the university. It may include information regarding the applicant's personal and academic background as well as his/her chosen career path; goals as a prospective student; graduation plans; and other details that will support the application.

PhD Programs

Dot Completed Degree: Master of Science or equivalent from a top-ranked university accredited or recognized by the UAE Ministry of Education (MOE). Students should have a minimum CGPA of 3.2 (on a 4.0 scale) or equivalent and provide their complete degree certificates and transcripts (in English) when submitting their application. A degree attestation (for degrees from the UAE) or an equivalency certificate (for degrees acquired outside the UAE) should also be furnished within their first semester at the university. For more details on the attestation and equalization procedures, please visit the UAE MOE website.

Dot English Language: Each applicant has to show proof of English language ability by providing either a valid (not more than 2 years old) TOEFL iBT (with a minimum overall score of 90, with 20 or above in each element, taken in one sitting) or IELTS Academic (with a minimum grade of 6.5, with 6.0 or above in each element, taken in one sitting). As per the updated rules of the UAE Ministry of Higher Education, exemption from the English Language Proficiency requirement will ONLY be granted to native English speakers (based on nationality and passport) who graduated from universities in countries wherein English is the first language.

Dot Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General score is a plus and would be considered in the evaluation of the applicants. (optional)

Dot Statement of Purpose: In a 500 to 1,000-word essay, the applicant should present his/her motivation for applying to the university. It may include information regarding the applicant's personal and academic background as well as his/her chosen career path; goals as a prospective student; graduation plans; and other details that will support the application.

Dot Research proposal: It is a 3-5 page document summarizing the potential research project an applicant is interested in working on. The proposal should clearly justify the research gap which the applicant would like to fill in over the course of his/her study. It must be presented in the context of currently existing literature. The proposal must provide an overview of how he/she aims to investigate the underlying research project, and what are the expected outcomes. The proposal could also mention his/her relevance and suitability for the project. Finally, the proposal should highlight the scientific and commercial significance of the project. Note that applicants are expected to write a proposal completely independently. MBZUAI selection team will read an applicant’s proposal and use it as one of the measures to gauge and assess his/her skills. MBZUAI faculty will NOT help applicants write a research proposal for the purpose of the application.

PhD Admissions

MBZUAI offers 3 PhD programs in the following areas of AI specialization:

MSc Admissions

MBZUAI offers 3 MSc programs in the following areas of AI specialization:

Target Applicants

MSc Programs: MBZUAI accepts applicants from all nationalities who hold a Bachelor’s degree in S.T.E.M fields, such as Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Mathematics, Physics and other relevant Engineering majors, without the need of prior working experience.

PhD Programs: MBZUAI accepts applicants from all nationalities who hold a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in S.T.E.M fields, such as Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Mathematics, Physics and other relevant Engineering majors, without the need of prior working experience. Having programming and coding skills are preferable.

Admission Process

To apply for any of the MSc programs offered by the University, each applicant must submit a complete application. More details available once registered, in the personal dashboard.

Program Tuition fees

All admitted students on full-time basis are granted upon acceptance the privilege to complete their study with a full scholarship including 100% tuition fees, accommodation , health insurance and other benefits.

Stipend

A monthly allowance will be provided to all admitted students during their study period at MBZUAI. However, and in order to maintain their scholarships, stipends and other benefits, students are expected to maintain high academic standing, comply with the University code of conduct and fulfill certain requirements during their study tenure.

Part-time Students

Part-time studies are available subject to tuition fees and approval by the admission committee. Part-time students are subject to the same admission requirements.

Scholarship

All admitted students on full-time basis are granted  the privilege to complete their study with a full scholarship, including 100% tuition, a monthly stipend and many more benefits. However, and in order to maintain their scholarships, stipends and other benefits, students are expected to maintain high academic standing, comply with the University code of conduct and fulfill certain requirements during their study tenure.

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Students

Applicants are welcome from all countries and nationalities. Admission and acceptance to the programs will be based on high academic standing, and based on merit. 
MBZUAI aims to create a campus environment that values and promotes a culture of inclusion and development.

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Transfer Students

MBZUAI will be accepting transfer students for its programs, who meet the following guidelines:

Dot Students transferring from a federal or licensed institution in the UAE, or a foreign institution of higher learning based outside the UAE and accredited in its home country, are eligible for transfer admission.
Dot Students must meet the English language proficiency requirements for the program to which they seek to transfer.
Dot Students will only be allowed to transfer to MBZUAI only if they meet the MBZUAI unconditional admission requirements.
Dot All entering transfer students to present certification (TOEFL or IELTS) demonstrating the required scores for full admission as per the admission guidelines.
Dot The submission of official transcripts showing all academic work work attempted at all institutions attended.
Dot Transfers will only be permitted for students who are in good academic standing and who are eligible to return to their current or former institution.
Dot The limit for the number of transfer credits which may be accepted for a specific degree program is 6 Credit Hours for MSc, and 9 Credit Hours to PhD.
Dot Transfer only credits which were offered at the appropriate graduate level, and which have learning outcomes comparable to those of MBZUAI programs.
Dot Transferable credits which would be considered are credits which were offered at the appropriate graduate level, and have learning outcomes comparable to those of MBZUAI programs.
Dot MBZUAI will accept the transfer of credits only for courses relevant to the degree that provide equivalent learning outcomes and in which the student earned a grade of B (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) or better.
Dot MBZUAI will not accept to credit the same course (or substantially the same course) taken at two different institutions twice.
MBZUAI Admission Committee will have the ultimate right to reject the transfer requests for any student.

Office of Admissions

We welcome our applicant's queries and encourage you to visit and contact us.

Where to find us

Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence
Building 1B, Masdar City
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
24°25'57.4"N 54°37'07.3"E

Contact Information

Email: admission@mbzuai.ac.ae
Mobile: +971 54 581 4450

Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence
Masdar City, Abu Dhabi
United Arab Emirates

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