The following criteria are specified by the Commission for Academic Accreditation (CAA) on behalf of the United Arab Emirates Ministry of Education (MOE):
Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA)
- Applicants must have a primary degree.
- Applicants should have a CGPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 point scale from their primary degree.
- Applicants who have a CGPA of less than 3.0 on a 4.0 point scale from their primary degree, may be admitted for 2 modules of the MSc programme. If the applicant achieves an average CGPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 point scale for these 2 modules, they may progress with the MSc programme.
An equivalency certificate is a confirmation from United Arab Emirates MOE that a primary degree completed outside the United Arab Emirates is of a required standard for entry to a CAA-accredited Masters programme. The MOE requires that all applicants, who hold a primary degree from outside the United Arab Emirates, obtain an equivalency certificate.
All primary degrees awarded outside of the United Arab Emirates, or that are not on the UAE MOE approved list, must be assessed for equivalency by the MOE.
MOE can be contacted at the following numbers:
- +971 4 217 6666
- Call Centre: 80051115
MOE staff will guide you through the requirements of the process.
Depending on the country from which you obtained your primary degree, this process can take a considerable amount of time. You are advised to start the process as early as possible.