Applicants must have a master’s degree from a recognized institution in a field relevant to this program, which typically includes science and engineering disciplines. Additionally, backgrounds in economics, business, policy, and social sciences will be considered. Applicants should demonstrate strong evidence that they possess the qualities to become successful researchers and professionals. These include excellent performance (minimum 3.0 GPA or equivalent) from a recognized institution in relevant coursework, past research results if any, and strong recommendation letters. Applicants with prior research experience are preferred, especially for the PhD program.
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 are required to submit a GRE score at the time of application. Applicants coming from an economics, policy and other social science backgrounds may submit results of the GMAT exam as an alternative to the GRE.
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 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.
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 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. The statement should include 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 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 Qatari ID.