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Application Requirements

Thank you for your interest in the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). We suggest you carefully review the list of requirements and prepare your application in advance of the deadline.

  • You should complete your bachelor/master’s degree in a KAUST-relevant field of study prior to the semester of enrollment.
  • Current field of study must be in a KAUST-relevant area, such as Engineering, Mathematics, or the Physical, Chemical and Biological Sciences.
  • There is no established minimum GPA requirement for admission. However, most candidates will have an average cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale or equivalent in other international grading systems. The average GPA of admitted students is currently 3.7 on a 4.0 scale.
  • KAUST requires a minimum TOEFL score of 79 on the IBT (Internet Based Test) or 6.0 on the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) before an application will be considered for admission. KAUST admissions code 4107. Only official TOEFL or IELTS scores will be accepted. TOEFL or IELTS scores for tests administered by an educational institution for admission to that particular institution are not acceptable.
  • A TOEFL or IELTS score is not required if the applicant is a native speaker of English (English is the primary language spoken in the home) or received a degree from a university in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, or New Zealand.
  • The average TOEFL score for admitted students is currently 96 on a scale of 120.
  • KAUST does not require the GRE exam for admission. However, we encourage students to take the GRE general test. A high quantitative score on the GRE will enhance a student’s application. Official test results should be send directly from ETS. The KAUST admissions code is 4139. The average score on the GRE quantitative section was 780 for admitted students in the 2010 admission.
  • The average GRE Quantitative score for admitted students is currently 774 out of 800.
  • Submit an official university transcript from every institution previously attended. A scan of the unofficial transcript must be uploaded into the online application form. If offered admission, an official final transcript must be sent directly from the university in a university sealed envelope to:
    • Office of Admission,
      Graduate Affairs
      Building 9, Suite 4328
      4700 King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
      Thuwal, Jeddah 23955-6900,
      Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • Submit a statement of purpose with your application. In this statement, describe your motivation for seeking admission to KAUST and your preparation for the program to which you are applying. Describe your research interests and study interests, as well as your plans for the future. Demonstrating an aptitude for academic study and research-leadership potential may enhance your statement of purpose.
  • You must have three letters of recommendation submitted on your behalf. Letters of recommendation are extremely important and should be written by professors or advisers under whom you have pursued research or taken courses in your major field of study. 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 research ability.

Financial Support

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
  • Housing
  • Private medical and dental coverage
  • Relocation support