Applicants seeking admission to the Master of Science in Islamic Finance program should have an undergraduate degree from a recognized institution in Economics, Business, Finance, Accounting, Shari’a or related studies. They must also have a strong 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:
Applicants can be recent graduates or may have experience working in the financial sector, but they must be highly motivated and interested in the rapidly changing international developments requiring the integration of academic and research activities to adapt to the continuous and innovative nature of the markets, technology, and regulations.
Students will be asked to identify a concentration at the time of application. However, students have until the end of their first semester to finalize their selection and may change concentrations as long as they have the approval of the program coordinator and their advisor.
A completed online application form
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 courses.
Upon review of the transcripts, the Office of Enrollment may request that applicants provide an equivalency letter from the Ministry of Education in Qatar.
Official copies of standardized test results (TOEFL, IELTS) 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 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 and mention the name of the applicant and program they are applying to in the subject line of the email. 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 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.
Applicants should submit a copy of their current resume or curriculum vitae with the online application.
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.