Undergraduate degree with a strong academic record (minimum 3.0 GPA) from a recognized institution.
Unless exempt, an IELTS score of 6.5 or TOEFL score of 79 to demonstrate proficiency in English. Applicants can be exempt from this requirement if they meet one of the conditions listed below:
A completed online application form.
Official electronic copies of transcripts and graduation statements should be submitted as part of the online application. Final transcripts are required for all previous university studies. All transcripts submitted should include an explanation of the grading system. Click here to see a sample grading scale.
For those who have not completed their current studies, transcripts must include results from the last completed semester of coursework. Transcripts in languages other than English or Arabic must be accompanied with an official translation.
Applicants who are admitted to the program based on copies of or incomplete transcripts will be required to provide original transcripts upon enrollment in order to register for course
Upon review of the transcripts, the Office of Enrollment may request that applicants provide an equivalency letter from the Ministry of Education in Qatar.
Official copies of standardized test results, where required must be sent directly to HBKU. Please refer to the institutional codes below:
Applicants should also submit copies of their test scores with the online application.
Applicants should submit at least two letters of recommendation, one of which must be from an academic referee. Referees should send their letters of recommendation from their professional email directly to and mention the name of the applicant and program they are applying to in the subject line of the email.
Letters which are not directly written for this program or which are incomplete will not be accepted.
Click here to download the recommendation form
The personal statement should introduce the applicant to the Admissions Committee.
Topics that may be discussed include, among others, personal or professional goals and personal, academic or career history. The committee looks beyond test scores and grade point averages in making selection decisions.
The personal statement gives the committee a means to consider a variety of factors in assessing applicants.
Applicants should submit a copy of their current resume or curriculum vitae with the online application.
All applicants should submit an electronic copy of their passport as part of the online application. Nationals and Residents of Qatar should also submit their Qatari ID.