Admission & Application Requirements

  • Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree relevant to this program, which typically includes science and engineering disciplines. Additionally, backgrounds in economics, business, policy, and social sciences will be considered. Applicants should demonstrate strong evidence that they possess the qualities to become successful researchers and professionals. These include excellent performance in relevant coursework, past research results if any, and strong recommendation letters. Applicants with prior research experience are preferred, especially for the PhD program.
  • 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
  • Applicants to the PhD program are required to submit GRE exam results from within the last five years. Applicants coming from an economics, policy and other social science backgrounds may submit results of the GMAT exam as an alternative to the GRE.

Students without a master’s degree but with exceptional performance in an approved bachelor’s degree may be admitted to the PhD program but will need to take an additional 24 credits of coursework. 

 

Application Requirements:

Application

A completed online application form: Click here to apply

Academic transcripts

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 (TOEFL, IELTS, GRE) must be sent directly to HBKU.  Please refer to the institutional codes below:

  • GRE: 7551
  • 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, Qatar

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

Letters of recommendation

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  . Letters which are not directly written for this program or which are incomplete will not be accepted.

Click here to download the recommendation form

Personal statement of interest

Applicants should submit a personal statement as part of the online application. The personal statement should explain why the candidate is applying to the program and how their studies will contribute to the achievement of their personal objectives including information about the applicant’s research interests and achievements (minimum of 300 words, maximum of 500 words).

Resume/curriculum vitae

Applicants should submit a copy of their current resume or curriculum vitae as part of the online application. This should include the following information: 

  • Academic qualifications
  • Professional experience
  • Publications
  • Research projects
  • Academic awards or honors 
  • Conference presentations

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.

All documents submitted through the online application must be in PDF format. Any documents submitted in a different format will not be accepted.