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Postgraduate Admission Requirements

To enrol on a UOWD postgraduate degree or postgraduate certificate you will need to meet the University’s minimum academic and English language requirements.

For more information, visit the Enrolling at UOWD page.

Academic Requirements

Applicants for a postgraduate degree or postgraduate certificate must have completed a Bachelor degree (or equivalent) at an accredited institution of higher education and have achieved the minimum grades detailed below, as well as any specific course-related requirements.

Country Grade - Direct Entry Grade - Probation Entry*
Australia 65% 50%
China 75% 50%
Egypt 65% (Good) 50% (Pass)
India 50%
10 Point System :7.0/10.0
4 Point System :3.0/4.0
10 Point System :5.0/10.0
4 Point System :2.0/4.0
Iran 14 12
Jordan 70% 50%
Kenya 50% 40%
Lebanon 12 10
Nigeria 50% 40%
Pakistan 50% 40%
Russia Average of 4 3
UAE 3.0 2.0
UK 2nd Class Honours with lower division (or min 50%) Pass (or min 40%)
USA 3.0 2.0

* Probationary Entry – Students are allowed to enrol in a maximum of two subjects in their first semester and are required to achieve a weighted average mark of 55% in the first three subjects completed to continue on the program.


[1] Unless otherwise stated, the entry requirements above are based on Section I institutions. Further details on alternate entry requirements can be obtained by contacting the Admissions department.
[2] Applicants to the MBA program are also required to have two years full time work experience after the completion of their Bachelor's degree.
[3] The Master of Applied Finance is an advanced degree for students who have a recognised Bachelor’s degree in Business, Engineering, Maths or IT related specialisation. Students who do not have the above background may be admitted on probationary status subject to the successful completion of the foundation subjects of the MAF program. 
[4] Applicants for the MEM program are required to have a recognised Bachelor's degree in Engineering. 
[5] Applicants for the MITM program are required to have a recognised Bachelor's degree in an IT related field.
[6]As part of the admission requirements, prospective students for the Master of Business Analytics (MBAS) program will be required to provide a supporting statement of approximately 500 words of why they wish to enrol in the program, what benefits the program might provide them and what strengths they can bring to the program. Program Director may conduct an interview to assess the suitability of the application.

Graduate Foundation Course

If you hold an undergraduate degree from a non-business discipline, you may be required to undertake a Graduate Foundation Course (GFC). The course must be successfully completed in the first semester and it is usually held in the first six weeks of the semester.

The GFC does not accrue any academic credit towards the postgraduate program but will provide you with a foundation in key subjects such as Accountancy, Finance, Marketing, Statistics and Operations Management, that may be required for your chosen field of study. You will be advised if and what course(s) from the GFC you will be required to take following careful consideration of your admission application.

For more information, visit the Graduate Foundation Course page.

Credit for Prior Learning

In some cases your prior learning may be recognised by exempting you from completing specific subjects at UOWD on the basis of work you have already completed at another recognised institution or if you have a completed a Bachelor degree in a relevant area from an accredited institution. In the case of MBus, MBAS and MSc(Log) programs, credit for prior learning may also be considered if you have a UOWD Graduate Certificate in Business.

If you are seeking credit for prior learning, you will need to submit an official academic transcripts showing all courses studied and the grades obtained, syllabus details (including information on course content) for the courses you have successfully completed and an explanation of the grading system, or proof of your work experience or further training. Your eligibility for Credit for Prior Learning will be decided in consultation with UOWD's Faculty Offices prior to the beginning of the program. 

English Language Requirements

All instruction at UOWD is carried out in English and you will need to demonstrate an adequate level of English language proficiency in order to enrol on a program at the University. As a postgraduate applicant, you will be required to submit one of the following certificates of proficiency:

Program IELTS (Academic) Internet based TOEFL Computer based TOEFL International Paper based TOEFL* EmSAT Achieve English
MBus (all programs)*** Overall score of 6.0 with 6.0 in Reading and Writing and 5.0 in Listening and Speaking 79 with not less than 20 in Writing, 18 in Reading, 17 in Listening, 16 in Speaking 213 with a 4.0
TWE/Essay Writing
550 with a 4.0
TWE/Essay Writing
MAF (all programs)***
Msc (Log & SCM)***
Master of Nursing***
MBA Overall score of 6.5 with 6.0 in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking 88 with not less than 22 in Writing, 20 in Reading, 17 in Listening, 18 in Speaking 231 with a 4.5
TWE/Essay Writing

575 with a 4.5
TWE/Essay Writing

Master of Educational Studies / Graduate Diploma in Educational Studies


Overall score of 6.0 with 6.0 in Reading and Writing and 5.0 in Listening and Speaking 79 with not less than 20 in Writing, 18 in Reading, 17 in Listening, 16 in Speaking 213 with a 4.0
TWE/Essay Writing
550 with a 4.0
TWE/Essay Writing
COP The score required for CoP is the same as that of the program under which the CoP subject is taken.

* Students admitted under this criterion must present evidence of completing this test before their undergraduate degree. If they are unable to provide this, the test must be completed at UOWD.

** Students with a score of IELTS 6.5, with a minimum of 6 in each band at the time on entry are exempt from an additional English subject at AED8,967/USD2,444.

*** Students who have achieved an overall Academic IELTS score of 6, but with a minimum of 5 in reading and writing for their relevant program, may opt to take Academic Writing as additional subject during their first semester at an additional fee of AED1,050/USD286. A 50% pass rate is required to clear the Post Enrolment Condition. Alternatively the student may opt to retake the IELTS test

UOWD English Test

Applicants without the appropriate level of English language proficiency will be required to take an English language course and successfully complete the IELTS or TOEFL test before being admitted to UOWD. 
Before applying for a English Language program (IELTS or TOEFL) applicants will need to take a placement test to determine their level of English. Once your application to the LSC has been processed, you can then register for a time to take the test. Based on the test results, you will receive a recommendation indicating the program of study you are best suited. To book a placement test contact [email protected]

English language programs for University studies and IELTS preparation are available at the University’s English Language Centre.
Additional English Language Requirements for Master of International Relations and Master of Media and Communication Students

In order to ensure that students admitted to the MIR and MMC programs are sufficiently equipped in English writing skills to manage the academic writing and research that will be required, an additional English language subject will be taken in the first semester. Students with a score of IELTS 6.5, with a minimum of 6 in each band at the time on entry are exempt from this subject.


The English language proficiency requirements can be waived under certain circumstances, on a case by case basis. If you meet either of the following criteria, you can qualify for this waiver.

1. If you are a native English speaker and completed your undergraduate education in the English language at an institution* in a country where English is the official language. Students who are citizens of the following countries are eligible for this exemption:

Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Cayman Islands, Cook Islands, Falkland Islands, Fiji, Gibraltar, Grenada, Guam, Guernsey, Hong Kong, Ireland, Isle of Man, Jamaica, Jersey, Malta, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Montserrat, New Zealand, Norfolk Islands, Palau, Saint Helena, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Seychelles, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Turks and Caicos, United Kingdom, United States of America and British Virgin Islands.

* Institutions to be checked with the UOWD Registrar’s Office

2. If you have graduated from an institution where English is the language of instruction and you are able to provide evidence of having acquired a TOEFL score of 500 (or its equivalent in another standardised test, approved by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research) at the time of your admission to that undergraduate program.

To be eligible for exemption 2 you must have completed your studies no more than two years prior to the start of the postgraduate degree program for which you are applying. If you completed your studies more than two years prior to applying, you may be requested to undertake an Accuplacer test. At the discretion of  the head of admissions, you may then be required to meet the English language requirements via a TOEFL exam or equivalent.

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