Apply for a fully funded scholarship (MBZUAI programs)

Apply for a fully funded scholarship (MBZUAI programs)

To apply for the following MBZUAI programs, applicants must meet the following minimal prerequisites.

Admission requirements

All Applicants

  • Online application form
  • CV (with academic background, work experience, research publications, and programming/coding skills)
  • Valid passport copy
  • Photograph with white background
  • Valid Pakistan national identity card copy (only for Pakistan nationals)
UAE Nationals.

  • Emirates ID
  • Passport copy with unified ID number.
  • Family book
  • UAE National Service completion/exemption letter (for UAE National male only)
Residents of the UAE (living in the UAE)

  • UAE visa
  • Emirates ID

 Credit Transfer

Students applying for admission who wish to transfer credit from a federal or licensed institution in the UAE, or from a foreign institution of higher learning based outside the UAE and accredited in its home country, must provide evidence, as outlined in the admission procedure, that will allow the Academic Committee to make a decision on the transfer.

  • For MSc and Ph.D. programs, the maximum number of transfer credits that can be accepted for a given degree program is 25% of total credit hours.
  • Transfers will be approved only for students in good academic standing who are qualified to return to their current or previous university.
  • MBZUAI will accept credit transfers only for courses relevant to the degree that provide equal learning objectives and in which the student received a B (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) or higher.
  • The grade for the transfer credit course will appear on the transcript as a “TC.” The authorized transfer credits will be applied to the credit hours but will not be considered in the GPA computation.
  • The course transfer credits may not have previously been utilized to fulfill the requirements of any other graduate degree in any graduate program.
  • The course credits must have been completed no more than two years previous to the student’s enrollment into the MBZUAI program.
  • The MBZUAI Academic Committee will have the last say on whether to approve or reject any student’s transfer request.
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All transfer credit applications to M.Sc. or Ph.D. programs must be filed electronically, together with all needed paperwork.


MBZUAI provides students with a variety of graduate programs in a modern and creative university setting in the UAE’s bustling metropolis. MBZUAI provides an experience unlike any other, combining a modern education system and comprehensive curriculum with the rich culture and tradition of Abu Dhabi.

All full-time students are given the opportunity to complete their studies with a full scholarship. However, in order to keep their scholarships, stipends, and other advantages, students must maintain a high academic standing, follow the university code of conduct, and meet specific conditions during their studies.

The scholarship includes:

  • 100% free tuition fee
  • Highly competitive monthly stipend
  • On-campus student accommodation
  • Health insurance and UAE visa sponsorship for non-UAE nationals

Application deadlines

Fall 2023 admission cycle

Applicant type Applications open Applications close Notification of admission decision Review process
International and UAE residents September 1, 2022 April 30, 2023 May 1, 2023 – for applications received before April 15, 2023 


May 15, 2023 – for applications received from April 16, 2023 onwards

Throughout the admission cycle, the Admission Committee will review applications, conduct interviews (as required) and make admission decisions.
UAE nationals September 1, 2022 June 30, 2023 May 1, 2023 – for applications received before April 15, 2023 


July 15, 2023 – for applications received from April 16, 2023 onwards

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