King Abdullah University of Science and Technology is an international graduate-level, merit-based research university located on the shores of the Red Sea in Saudi Arabia. Our state-of-the-art campus, globally renowned faculty and brand new facilities come together to provide the ideal setting for significant, high-impact research.
KAUST is dedicated to inspiring a new age of scientific achievement in the Kingdom that will also benefit the region and the world. Our academic structure is wholly interdisciplinary, allowing research teams to work together to apply science and technology to fundamental problems of human need, social advancement and economic development. We pursue science and technology research that has global impact and focus on resolving the challenges faced by our planet and the advancement of quality of life for its inhabitants, such as those associated with energy, water and food.
Yes. KAUST encourages students seeking to earn graduate degrees from Saudi Arabia and around the world to apply. Admission to KAUST is merit based. The University currently hosts students from over 60 countries and has received applications from students attending more than 220 universities around the world.
The KAUST Fellowship is the general scholarship program of the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST).
All Master's and Ph.D. students admitted to KAUST will also be evaluated for financial support under the KAUST Fellowship. If awarded, the KAUST Fellowship supports students for the duration of their graduate studies. The benefits of the KAUST Fellowship include:
Full tuition support
Monthly living allowance (ranging between $20,000-30,000 annual, depending on qualifications and progression through degree programs)
There is no minimum GPA requirement but the average GPA of admitted students is 3.7 out of 4.0. The 3.7 average means some admitted students had a higher GPA and some admitted students had averages slightly lower than 3.7. The review committee bases their decision on your application as a whole.
KAUST receives applications from all over the world and therefore the Admissions staff is knowledgeable of different education systems and grading scales.
All applicants must demonstrate proficiency in English, the language of instruction at KAUST. A score of 79 on the TOEFL IBT (Internet Based Test) or 6.0 on the IELTS is desired (TOEFL or IELTS score is not required if applicant is a native speaker of English or received a degree from a university in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, or New Zealand). Other English language test scores are not accepted, including TOEFL or IELTS scores for tests administered by an educational institution for admission to that particular institution.
Submission of a General GRE score is not a compulsory requirement of the KAUST application however; it is encouraged and may enhance your application. For further information on the GRE test please visit the ETS website for test locations, dates, and times. KAUST admissions code is 4139.
TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for two years. GRE scores are valid for five years
The Statement of Purpose is a personal statement of 750 words about your past academic work and preparation related to your intended field of study, your academic plans for graduate study at KAUST, and your subsequent career objectives.
Normally, the deadline is November 1 for enrollment in the semester beginning in January (PhD Programs only) and it is January 15 for enrollment in the semester beginning in September (MS and PhD programs). Only complete applications will be reviewed by faculty. Decisions will be released as early as March for successful candidates. The University will continue processing applications on a rolling basis as space in the program permits.
Programs may fill up quickly and you are advised to apply and complete your application by the deadline to ensure a proper faculty review of your application as well as facilitation of the visa application and relocation process.
You may apply before completing all of your academic qualifications but you will need to complete the relevant section of the application form giving details of any outstanding marks and your expected date of completion. Please upload any interim transcripts that you have to support your application.
Those applicants who are unable to produce an English language proficiency test score or the optional GRE score by the deadline may still apply. However, you must submit your scores to complete your application and enable it to move forward to the faculty review committee.
A review committee will ensure your application is complete and is a fit for your selected program of application. Following a faculty academic assessment of your application you may be invited to interview. The interview is an integral part of the application process and must be considered as a competitive step where you demonstrate your motivation and good fit for the program and the University. A committee consisting of KAUST administrators and faculty will conduct the interview either via SKYPE video chat or in person depending on your location. The interviews are conducted from February through April and decision notifications are sent throughout March and April. All applicants will be notified of their decision by email.
You can track the progress of your application by logging into your application to verify receipt of your documents and test scores. The transcript portion will show incomplete until we receive a final official transcript (required only if you are offered admission).
If your official transcripts or grade reports are not originally in English and the college or university you attended does not provide a translation of your transcript into English, you must provide an official translation (notarized with an appropriate seal or "chop") of your transcript into English. You may find and select a translation service of your choice. KAUST cannot provide referrals. It is preferable that your college or university provides an English translation of your official transcript.
Students holding an MS degree may be evaluated for admission to a second MS on a case by case basis. Students are generally encouraged to apply for a Ph.D. program if they have an appropriate MS degree.
Students who have scholarships that provide supplementary support such as for travel to a conference or the purchase of a computer, are eligible for a KAUST Fellowship.
Students are not permitted to hold a full scholarship that provides a monthly stipend in addition to a KAUST Fellowship. Questions related to the receipt of scholarships from other sources should be addressed to:
Graduate credit hours transferred from other programs may be applied to meet any Master's requirement. Up to 9 credits worth of graduate courses taken from another university or program that are equivalent in level and content to designated courses in the degree program may be counted towards meeting the major track requirement if their equivalence is confirmed by the Graduate Chair.
KAUST’s academic structure organizes interdisciplinary teams around research that applies science and technology to problems of human need, social advancement, and economic development. You can find out about our world-class faculty and individual staff interests and expertise on our staff profile page.
All Master's and Ph.D. students admitted to KAUST will also be evaluated for financial support under the KAUST Fellowship. If awarded, the KAUST Fellowship supports students for the duration of their graduate studies. Students may be assessed academically for admission without the KAUST Fellowship.
KAUST may accommodate groups of visitors when arranged by local universities. Inquiries for possible group arrangements may be made by contacting the Office of Admissions:
. The Admissions Office is not able to accommodate individual requests to visit the KAUST campus.
MS degree students do not require faculty sponsorship. Ph.D. students must be matched with a faculty sponsor prior to admission into the program. KAUST faculty will review applications and contact students to discuss their qualifications and suitability for the program and research support.