Applicants seeking admission to the PhD in Islamic Finance and Economy should have an MA, MBA, MS, LLM, or an equivalent degree from a recognized university in any of the following areas: Islamic Finance, Islamic Economics, Finance, Economics, Accounting, Business Administration, Management, Engineering, Statistics, Mathematics, Shari’a, or Law.
Applicants with prior research and work experience in financial services and related fields are preferred.
Applicants are required to submit an IELTS score of 6.5 or a TOEFL score of 79 to demonstrate their proficiency in English. Applicants can be exempt from this requirement if they meet one of the conditions listed below:
Applicants are required to submit a GRE or GMAT score at the time of application.
The online application form can be accessed here.
Please note that this application is for admissions only. Information 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 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.
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, where required, 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 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: 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 within the field of Islamic Finance and Economy (minimum of 300 words, maximum of 500 words).
Applicants should submit a copy of their current resume or curriculum vitae as part of the online application. This should include the following information:
While not a required part of the application, those who have published may choose to share their work with the admissions committee. Applications with peer-reviewed publications may submit those to: .
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.
The College of Islamic Studies provides opportunities for scholarships/funding on a competitive basis. Further information will be provided to applicants who are admitted to the program.