Can anyone apply to KAUST?
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.
Is there an application fee?
There is no application fee.
What are the application requirements?
There are six components to the KAUST
Fellowship application, including:
- Statement of purpose
- Curriculum vitae (CV)
- University provided official copy of Transcripts /
Mark sheets/ Graduation Certificate/ Academic Record
from every institution previously attended. A scan
of the transcript provided by the university in the
native language must be uploaded into the online
application form along with the certified English
translation. Your transcript must include the
university grading scale for all documents
submitted. If offered admission, an official
final transcript must be sent to the Office of
Admissions prior to arrival (during the onboarding
process) in a sealed envelope. You will receive an
email with detailed instructions.
- Three letters of recommendation
- Official TOEFL or IELTS English language proficiency
score (A TOEFL or IELTS score is not required if the
applicant received a degree from an accredited
institution in the United States, Canada, the United
Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, or New Zealand.)
- Official GRE scores (GRE submission is strongly
encouraged and will enhance your application, but it
is not a compulsory requirement for consideration.)
Is there a minimum GPA requirement?
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.
applications from all over the world and therefore the
Admissions staff is knowledgeable of different education
systems and grading scales.
What is the minimum TOEFL, IELTS score required to apply to
KAUST? Are applicants required to submit GRE scores?
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 6.5 on the
IELTS is required (TOEFL or IELTS score is not required if
applicant received a degree from a university from an
accredited institution 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.
TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for two
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
TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for two
years. GRE scores are valid for five years
What is the Statement of Purpose?
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.
May I send my supporting documentation in after my
You are able to upload your documentation
online. It is advisable to upload all required documentation
prior to submitting your application.
are confidential and should be submitted online by your
referees directly to KAUST. Your recommenders will be
prompted to do so. It is vital that you enter a valid email
May I apply before completing all my academic
You may apply before completing all of your
academic qualifications; however you will need to complete
the relevant section of the application form giving details
of any outstanding marks and your expected date of
completion. Your expected date of completion must be prior
to the start of the term in which you apply. You must upload
the most recent transcripts into your online
May I apply before receiving my official test scores (i.e.
TOEFL/IELTS and GRE scores)?
Those applicants who are unable to produce a English
language proficiency test score or the optional GRE
score by the deadline may still apply. However, you must
submit your scores or upcoming test date including the
confirmation/registration code to complete your
application and enable it to move forward to the faculty
review committee. (KAUST Admissions ETS TOEFL code
4107). (KAUST Admissions ETS GRE code 4139).
What is the admissions process? How will I be notified of
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 online or in person
depending on your location. All applicants will be
notified of their decision by email.
How can I check my application status?
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
Please click here
to access and view
the latest status of your KAUST AY online
Do academic records and other supporting documentation need
to be in English?
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 by the your institution or
Embassy 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
Are current graduate students wishing to earn a second
master's degree eligible for the KAUST Fellowship?
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.
If a student already receives a scholarship from another
source, is that student eligible for a KAUST Fellowship?
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
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
Who should I contact during the application process?
If you have any questions during the application
process, you can contact the KAUST Admissions Office
Can I get credit for graduate courses taken at another
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.
How can I find out the research interests of academic staff?
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. Click here to see a list
of faculty by research area.
Can I visit the university?
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 Office is not able to accommodate individual
requests to visit the KAUST campus.
Do I need a faculty advisor before applying?
You do not need a faculty advisor before
applying. Upon submission, MS/PhD and PhD
applications will be reviewed by KAUST Admissions staff.
Well-qualified candidates will be forwarded to faculty
who may contact them to discuss their suitability for
the program and research at KAUST.
Can I apply to more than one program?
Currently students may not apply to more than one
What is the MS/Ph.D track?
The MS/Ph.D program is an attractive option for students
looking for fast entry into the world of research.
Students can apply for the Ph.D program after completing
a BS degree and are engaged in exciting research from
the beginning of their program. The program typically
takes four to five years to complete and students may
complete a MS degree on the way to their Ph.D.