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Master of Public Policy

Master of Public Policy

Admission & Application Requirements

Applicants seeking admission to the Master of Public Policy should have a bachelor’s degree with a strong academic record (minimum 3.0 GPA or equivalent) from a recognized institution.  Applicants should have an academic background in politics, public administration, economics, or other social sciences. Applicants with an academic background in natural sciences and related fields, who seek to enhance their current specialization in a specific area of public policy or develop a new one may also apply.  
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 studies at an institution in a country where English is the official 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.


Admission for the Master of Public Policy for the 2019-2020 academic year is now closed. For information about applying for the 2020-2021 academic year, please continue to monitor this site as we will post information in a few months.

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. 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.

Standardized test results:

Official copies (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.

Letters of recommendation:

Applicants should submit at least two letters of recommendation, at least 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 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 their online application. The statement should explain why they are applying and how their studies will contribute to the achievement of their personal objectives, including information about past achievements and challenges they may have faced in their academic or professional life (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 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.


The College of Public Policy provides opportunities for scholarships/funding on a competitive basis. Further information will be provided to applicants who are admitted to the program.

  • 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.
  • Application deadline for international applicants: June 15, 2019
  • Application deadline for nationals and residents of Qatar: July 15, 2019