Admission & Application Requirements

  • Applicants seeking admission to the Master of Arts in Arab Women Studies should have an undergraduate degree in any major from a recognized institution. They must also have a strong undergraduate academic record.
  • Applicants are required to take the IELTS or TOEFL exam in order to demonstrate their proficiency in English.

Applicants can be exempt from this requirement if they meet one of the conditions listed below:

  • The applicant completed their undergraduate studies at an institution in a country where English is the native language
  • The applicant provides an official letter from the university where they completed their undergraduate studies confirming that they obtained their degree from an institution where the medium of instruction is English (if not otherwise exempt).
  • The applicants’ first language is English


A completed online application form: Click here to Apply



Official electronic copies of transcripts should be submitted as part of the online application. Final transcripts are required for all previous university studies. 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 courses.

Standardized test results:

Official copies of standardized test results, where required must be sent directly to HBKU.

Please refer to the institutional codes below:

  • TOEFL: 4981
  • IELTS: No code required. Students should ask the IELTS center where they tested to send the IELTS TRF to Hamad bin Khalifa University.

Applicants should also submit copies of their test scores with the online application

Letters of recommendation:

Applicants should submit two letters of recommendation, one of which must be from an academic referee. The referees should email their recommendation letter from their professional email to:
Letters which are not directly written for this program or which are incomplete will not be accepted.

Click here to download recommendation form

Personal statement of interest:

Applicants should submit a statement of purpose as part of the online application illustrating personal and professional motivations to pursue a degree in Women, Society and Development.

Resume/curriculum vitae:

Applicants should submit a copy of their current resume or curriculum vitae with the online application.

Portfolio/Writing Sample:

Applicants are encouraged to submit a portfolio of their work or a writing sample on a named topic (maximum 2,000 words).

Identification document:

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.

Please do not submit any additional application materials which are not on the list of required items. Any additional materials received will be automatically discarded. HBKU cannot return documents to the applicant once they are submitted.