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Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

Undergraduate Admission Requirements

Graduate Admission Requirements

Undergraduate Admission Requirements 

a. Admission to First Year

AUB admits students from both twelve- and thirteen-year secondary school systems. Students holding diplomas from a twelve-year secondary school system may gain admission to the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences by completing the freshman program at AUB or its equivalent elsewhere. Students from a thirteen-year secondary school system must hold the Lebanese Baccalaureate Part II in general sciences or life sciences, or the equivalent, if they come from another country. Holders of the Baccalaureate Part II in sociology and economics may be considered for admission, provided they take one additional course, CHEM 101, 101L, CHEM 102, 102L, except Agribusiness students, while holders of Baccalaureate Part II in Humanity may be considered for admission provided they take two additional courses CHEM 101, 101L, CHEM 102, 102L  and MATH 203.

b. Admission of Transfer Students

Those coming from the freshman program should have completed six credits of freshman math and nine credits of natural sciences. Students applying for transfer from another faculty or university must have a minimum grade point average of 70 for Agriculture, 75 for Agribusiness, Nutrition, Food Sciences and Management, and Landscape Architecture and Diploma of Ingénieur Agricole to be considered for admission. Admission is by selection of the most promising eligible applicants. For complete and detailed information regarding admission to the University, including recognized certificates, see the admissions section in this catalogue.

Graduate Admission Requirements 

The faculty offers the MS degree, with or without thesis, in the following majors: agricultural economics, agricultural extension (not offered at present), animal sciences, food technology, irrigation, nutrition, plant protection, plant science, poultry science, soil science, and rural community developement. The faculty also participates in the interfaculty graduate programs leading to the degrees of MS in Environmental Sciences (major: Landscape Architecture and Diploma of Ingénieur Agricole) and MS in Nutrition.

Students following a thesis program are required to take a minimum of 21 graduate level course credits plus a thesis. No thesis program should include more than 3 tutorial course credits with core regular courses constituting a minimum of 12 credits excluding seminars and tutorials. A student following a non-thesis program is required to take a minimum of 33 graduate level course credits. The program should include a minimum of 3 credits and a maximum of 6 tutorial credits with at least 12 credits being from core courses in the major.

Information is also available in the FAFS Graduate Study Manual.


Applications received by the Office of Admissions will be reviewed prior to the deadlines stated below (and indicated on the online Application Form) and decisions of the department/program and the Graduate Studies Committee will be normally announced by the Office of Admissions within six weeks of deadlines of applications. Accepted applicants are given one month to decide whether to accept, defer, or decline admission.

       Applications for regular admission to graduate study should be received by the following date for consideration in subsequent semester(s):

        November 1, 2013 for Spring 2013–14 admission where applicable.

        February 7, 2014 for Summer 2013–14 where applicable or Fall 2014–15 admissions

       Applications for admission to graduate study received between February 8, 2014 and April 1, 2014 will be considered for Summer 2013-14 or Fall 2014-15 admissions pending availability of places. Applications received after the deadlines will not be considered.

       Admission decisions and awards of graduate assistantships are announced at the latest by the following dates:

        December 16, 2013 for Spring 2013-14 admission

        April 4, 2014 for Summer 2013-14 or Fall 2014-15 admissions on applications received by February 7, 2014

        May 12, 2014 for Summer 2013-14 admission on applications received between February 8, 2014 and April 1, 2014

        May 29, 2014 for Fall 2014-15 admission on applications received between February 8, 2014 and April 1, 2014

AUB Graduate Assistantships (GA)
The University provides fellowships covering partial or full tuition and a small stipend for students at the graduate level in return for a specified number of work hours per week in an academic department. Recipients are selected on the basis of their academic record and departmental needs.

New applicants wishing to apply for a graduate assistantship (GA) should complete the GA application form (included in the graduate admission application form) and submit it together by April 30 to the AUB Admissions Office at the following address:

Office of Admissions
American University of Beirut
PO Box: 11-0326
Riad El Solh, Beirut 1107 2020
Tel: (961) 1 374374, ext. 2528/90/96
Fax: (961) 1 750755

Current students can apply on a semester basis by contacting Mrs. Tharwat Haddad.

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