Applicants seeking admission to the MA Degrees should have a bachelorʼs degree in a relevant field with a strong academic record (minimum 3.0 GPA out of 4) from a recognized university
Applicants seeking admission to the PhD in Humanities and Social Sciences should have a master’s degree in a relevant field with a strong academic record (minimum 3.0 GPA out of 4) from a recognized university
Applicants to the PhD in Humanities and Social Sciences are required to submit a valid GRE General Test score at the time of application
Applicants to the PhD in Humanities and Social Sciences, MA in Women, Society and Development and MA in Digital Humanities and Societies are required to submit a valid IELTS score of 6.5 or a TOEFL score of 79 in order to demonstrate their proficiency in English. Applicants can be exempt from this requirement if they meet one of the conditions listed below:
Applicants to the MA in Audiovisual Translation and the MA in Translation Studies are required to submit an IELTS score of 6.5 or a TOEFL score of 79 in order to demonstrate their proficiency in English. The IELTS or TOEFL score must be no more than two years old. This requirement will not be waived under any circumstances. An English-language related major will not exempt applicants from this requirement, neither will holding any specific passport. Applicants to there programs should also have strong language proficiency in Arabic.
Applicants to the MA in Audiovisual Translation and MA in Translation Studies should have strong language proficiency in Arabic. Applicants will be assessed on their Arabic language skills during the admissions interview and through a written assessment.
The completed online application form can be accessed here.
Please note that this application is for admissions only., Iinformation on how to apply for funding (where this is an option) is provided to students who have been admitted to the program.
It is the applicant's responsibility to submit all required documents at the time of application. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Official electronic copies of transcripts and graduation statements should be submitted as part of the online application. Final transcripts and graduation statements are required for all previous university studies. All transcripts submitted should include an explanation of the grading system. Click here to see a sample grading scale.
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.
Official copies of standardized test results (TOEFL, IELTS, GRE) must be sent directly to HBKU.
Please refer to the institutional codes below:
Applicants should also submit copies of their test scores with the online application.
Applicants to the PhD program should submit two letters of recommendation, preferably from academic referees. 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.
Applicants should submit a personal statement as part of the online application. The statement should explain why they are applying to the program, and how their studies will contribute to the achievement of their personal and professional motivations (minimum of 300 words, maximum of 500 words). Personal statements that are incomplete or below the minimum word count will not be accepted.
Applicants to the PhD program should submit a research proposal with the online application.
Research Proposal Provisional Title
The title should give a clear idea of the planned research topic.
Your proposal must include a minimum of 1,000 and a maximum of 2,000 words. The research proposal should include your full name and all the required numbered sections below:
The second-year is generally dedicated to data collection or field research and planning your second publishable article. The third-year will be devoted to writing and completing your initial dissertation draft and submitting your second article. The fourth and last year will be dedicated to the examination and the submission of your final dissertation.
The key questions you will need to answer in this section are:
Applicants should submit a copy of their current resume or curriculum vitae as part of the online application. This should include the following information:
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 valid Qatari ID.
CHSS provides opportunities for funding on a competitive basis. Further information will be provided to applicants who are admitted to the program.