Admission Master of Arts in Women, Society and Development
Master of Arts in Women, Society and Development

Master of Arts in Women, Society and Development

Admission & Application Requirements

Applicants seeking admission to the Master of Arts in Digital Humanities and Societies should have an undergraduate degree in any major from a recognized institution. They must also have a strong undergraduate academic record (minimum 3.0 GPA or equivalent) 

Applicants are required to submit an 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:

  • 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 applicant's first language is English


Acdemic Transcripts

Official electronic copies of transcripts and graduation statements should be submitted as part of the online application. Final transcripts 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 course

Upon review of the transcripts, the Office of Enrollment may request that applicants provide an equivalency letter from the Ministry of Education in Qatar.

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

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).

Personal statements which are incomplete or below the minimum word count will not be accepted.

Resume/curriculum vitae

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

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.

Portfolio/Writing Sample

In addition to the aforementioned requirements, only applicants who are interested in enrolling in MESD programs are encouraged (but not required) to submit a portfolio of their work or a writing sample on a named topic (maximum 2,000 words). Portfolios should be sent by email to:

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.

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