Lebanese American University

Introduction

The Lebanese American University is a leading, nonsectarian, private higher education institution in Lebanon. It operates under a charter from the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York and is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

In the fall 2013 semester, LAU had more than 8,100 students enrolled.

School of Arts & Sciences

Mission

In keeping with the Mission of the University, the School of Arts and Sciences offers a rigorous and high quality education that emphasizes student research and inquiry while upholding the tradition of liberal arts education. The School strives to promote excellence in teaching and to nurture creative, scholarly endeavors. The School aims at developing informed citizens who will leave a mark as scholars and leaders in a complex word.

Objectives

The objectives of the School of Arts and Sciences are to:

  • Integrate and synthesize knowledge across disciplines;
  • Encourage and foster research, discovery and independent inquiry;
  • Prepare competent, inquisitive, life-long learners, and critical thinkers;
  • Inculcate an understanding of scientific and quantitative, as well as qualitative, principles;
  • Foster respect for diverse viewpoints;
  • Celebrate diversity;
  • Respond to local and global needs by modifying existing programs and developing new ones that are in line with the needs and requirements of the communities that it serves;
  • Instill high standards of integrity and ethics.

School of Engineering

Mission

To educate students, to provide them with abilities for success in their lives as engineers and as responsible citizens, and to graduate them with distinctive skills that are sought after in the professional world and by graduate schools.

Core school values

  • Integrity: To deal honestly and fairly with the public and one another, and to be transparent in our dealing with the public and one another.
  • Commitment: To be committed to our students and to our school, and to conscientiously strive for excellence in our work.
  • Responsibility: To be accountable for our actions towards ourselves, others and the community, and to be accountable for our performance and committed to shared governance.
  • Respect: To value self and others and to respect the rights and dignity of others.
  • Courage: To face difficult situations with confidence and determination, and to promote intellectual freedom and stand up for one’s convictions.

School vision

To advance a distinctive and innovative environment for engineering education.

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Programs

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MSc

M.S. in Civil & Environmental Engineering

Campus Full time October 2016 Lebanon Byblos

The program is designed to stimulate independent thinking, acquisition of knowledge, and application of the acquired knowledge and skills to the solution of practical engineering problems. [+]

M.S. in Civil & Environmental Engineering

The Master of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering (M.S.-CEE) is a comprehensive program with emphases on: 1. Infrastructure and Construction Management

This is designed to prepare the graduates to meet the challenges of planning, financing, designing, building and managing public and private infrastructure under growing technical, financial, social and environmental constraints.

2. Environmental Science, Engineering and Management

This is designed to prepare graduates to meet the challenges of sustainable development and natural resources management while protecting the environment.

3. Engineering Mechanics

This is designed to prepare graduates to meet the challenges of designing technically efficient, cost-effective, and state-of-the-art facilities that are responsive to natural hazards and economic constraints. ... [-]

M.S. in Computer Engineering

Campus Full time October 2016 Lebanon Byblos

The graduate Computer Engineering and Computer and Communication Engineering programs strive to prepare students for further graduate studies as well as for a possible career in industry. [+]

M.S. in Computer Engineering The graduate Computer Engineering (COE) and Computer and Communication Engineering (CCE) programs strive to prepare students for further graduate studies as well as for a possible career in industry. Two important objectives are addressed: A sufficient level of breadth that guarantees general knowledge in the main areas of COE/CCE. These areas were chosen carefully to span four major areas: Hardware & Systems, Software & Theory, Communication Systems, and Systems Engineering. A sufficient level of depth that will allow students some degree of specialization. Therefore, students will have the requisite background needed to pursue a higher graduate education and perform research. In addition, the curriculum provides a good practical experience by allowing students to choose from a variety of practical and implementation-oriented courses. The course work for the master’s program in Computer Engineering can be grouped into the following two emphasis areas: Computer Engineering focuses on the design, analysis and application of computers and on their applications as components of systems. Computer and Communication Engineering focuses on the design, analysis and application of communication and telecommunication systems, as well as systems in computer engineering. Applicants for admissions to this program must have a Bachelor of Science in Engineering or a Bachelor of Engineering degree from a recognized university with a minimum grade point average (GPA) equivalent to 2.75 (on a 4-point scale) general or 2.75 in the major. If the bachelor’s degree is not in the field to be pursued and/or if the GPA is less than 2.75, the applicant may be admitted as “Special” as described in sections 1.2.4 and 1.2.5 of the Graduate Programs Academic Rules and Regulations. The GRE general exam is required of all applicants (GRE subject exams are not required). All applicants must submit scores for the GRE general exam (includes verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and analytical writing scores). Your GRE test scores are an important part of your application. GRE test scores that are more than 5 years old will not be accepted. The admissions committee considers several factors when making admission decisions: your academic performance at prior institutions (grades, rankings, and GPAs) and your GRE test score. The rate of graduate assistantship (GA), when requested, is directly related to your GPA and GRE scores. Letters of recommendation are optional; however, three letters are recommended, two of which to be completed by faculty who are familiar with your academic performance. Mission The mission of the Graduate Program in Computer Engineering is to train graduate students in an active research environment and equip them with the latest tools of research. Program objectives The purpose of the Graduate Program in Computer Engineering is to: Aid students in creatively using their background in basic sciences and mathematics as well as their expertise in certain areas of Computer Engineering. Assist students in innovatively applying the design process to complex engineering problems and innovatively use computers as a tool for simulation, analysis, design, and computing. Provide a creative, critical and model-based thinking and problem solving approach. Offer the opportunity to do research on important scientific and technical problems, to disseminate knowledge and to publish research findings. Program outcomes Graduates of the Graduate Program in Computer Engineering will acquire the following skills: The ability to demonstrate mastery of the methodology and techniques specific to the field of study. The ability to communicate both orally and in writing at a high level of proficiency in the field of study. The ability to conduct research or develop other form of creative project work. The Ability to function as a professional in the discipline. Duration The graduate program consists of 30 credit hours and leads to a Master of Science in Computer Engineering, with an emphasis in COE or CCE. Location This program is offered on the Byblos campus. [-]

MS Computer Science

Campus Full time 2 years October 2016 Lebanon Beirut Byblos + 1 more

The Master of Science in Computer Science aims at encouraging the discovery and transmission of knowledge, the education of students, the training of future faculty, and the general wellbeing of society. The [+]

The Master of Science in Computer Science aims at encouraging the discovery and transmission of knowledge, the education of students, the training of future faculty, and the general wellbeing of society. The program provides a broad foundation of study in computer science combined with in-depth study in four concentration areas.

Graduate work in computer science involves the study of the development of physical and theoretical design and understanding of computer systems, as well as the implementation of those developments into everyday life.

Graduates of the master’s program may become researchers, computer systems analysts, computer systems administrators, and take up many other careers in the industry.... [-]


MS Industrial Engineering

Campus Full time 6 years September 2016 Lebanon Byblos

The graduate program in Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management draws on LAU’s substantial and growing experience in undergraduate industrial engineering education to provide those coming [+]

The graduate program in Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management draws on LAU’s substantial and growing experience in undergraduate industrial engineering education to provide those coming from other engineering disciplines a significant opportunity to specialize in the management and optimization of engineering systems.

This program responds to a national need for engineers that can manage and improve integrated systems of people, materials, information, facilities, and technology.

The graduate program in Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management is essentially a hybrid program that is built by combining specialized knowledge bases leading to a non-traditional interdisciplinary education. The knowledge bases referred to hereunder as concentrations areas consist in part of elective graduate-level courses from Industrial, Mechanical, and Civil Engineering programs, and graduate courses from Computer Science, Economics, Business, and International affairs graduate programs.... [-]


MS Molecular Biology

Campus Full time 2 years October 2016 Lebanon Byblos

The overwhelming developments and advances in the fields of medicine, biotechnology, and the environment are mostly due to the recent achievements and breakthroughs in the field of molecular biology, basically through a better understanding of genetic systems. Molecular [+]

The overwhelming developments and advances in the fields of medicine, biotechnology, and the environment are mostly due to the recent achievements and breakthroughs in the field of molecular biology, basically through a better understanding of genetic systems. Molecular biology methodologies are now employed in environmental studies, and in remediation of polluted ecosystems. They have direct applications in the fields of infertility, hormonal and immune disorders, and genetic diagnosis and therapy. They are employed in the production of new therapeutic drugs, growth factors, vaccines, foods, and much needed novel bio-molecules. 

The M.S. in Molecular Biology Program at the Lebanese American University gives its students advanced knowledge and tools for basic molecular biology investigations and applications.... [-]


MA

M.A. in Applied Economics

Campus Full time Part time 2 years October 2016 Lebanon Beirut + 1 more

The M.A. program in Applied Economics at the Lebanese American University provides prospective students with a solid background in economic theory and applied quantitative methods. [+]

M.A. in Applied Economics The M.A. program in Applied Economics at the Lebanese American University provides prospective students with a solid background in economic theory and applied quantitative methods. The program provides a rigorous treatment of economic methods and policies preparing future professionals for jobs as applied economists in the private and public sectors. The program is also designed to be an intermediate step to the Ph.D. in Economics or related fields. The program is structured so that a full-time student can complete the course of study within two calendar years. The program can also be followed on a part-time basis. The program consists of 30 credits with core courses emphasizing advanced Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Econometrics and Quantitative Methods. A selection of diverse topics -totaling 12 credits- constitute the elective component. The topics courses survey current policy issues in local, regional and international contexts. . The program includes a capstone 3 credits project that involves work outside LAU with external constituents (e.g. research institutes, specialized regional and international organizations and agencies, banks). The project will be supervised by a faculty member from the Department of Economics during the last semester. Program Duration Two academic years or their equivalent. Admission Requirements Holders of a Bachelor degree in Economics, in any related field (such as finance), or in a quantitative field (mathematics, physics, computer science, engineering, etc.) are eligible to apply. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required while students applying from majors other than Economics will be required to take upper division remedial courses based on their undergraduate background. Plan of study (30 credits total) Core (15 credits) ECO822 Advanced Macroeconomics 3 ECO821 Advanced Microeconomics 3 ECO831 Applied Econometrics I 3 ECO832 Applied Econometrics II 3 ECO840 Mathematical Methods for Applied Economics 3 Electives (12 credits with minimum 6 credits in Economics) ECO850 Environmental and Resource Economics 3 ECO835 International Monetary Theory and Policy 3 ECO852 Public Economics 3 ECO855 Growth, Business Cycles and Economic Policy 3 ECO880 Special Topics in Economics 3 ECO861 Economic Policies in the Middle East 3 ECO863 Challenges of Economic Development in the Middle East 3 FIN861 Financial Management 3 FIN863 Financial Derivatives 3 FIN836 Modern Portfolio Management 3 FIN835 Commercial Bank Management 3 Applied Economics Project (3 credits) ECO898 Applied Economics Project 3 Major Learning Goals for the M.A. in Applied Economics Objectives of the MA in Applied Economics program are: Graduates will possess advanced knowledge in the areas of microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics. Graduates will be capable of using economic theory and econometric models for assessing public policies. Learning Outcomes of the MA in Applied Economics program are: Understand and work with advanced macroeconomic and microeconomic models. Apply advanced mathematical and econometric techniques to analyze economic data. Interpret and critically evaluate articles in the economics research literature. Use advanced economic theory and empirical methods to evaluate public policy decisions Critically analyze government economic policies. [-]

M.A. in Women and Gender Studies

Campus Full time 2 years October 2016 Lebanon Beirut

The M.A. degree in Women and Gender Studies, the first of its kind in Lebanon, is a testimony to LAU’s legacy as the first women’s college in the region. [+]

M.A. in Women and Gender Studies The M.A. degree in Women and Gender Studies, the first of its kind in Lebanon, is a testimony to LAU’s legacy as the first women’s college in the region and founder of the first institute for women’s studies in the Arab world. It is an expression of the university’s commitment to justice, parity, and gender equity. The M.A. degree we are offering is interdisciplinary in nature seeking to prepare graduates for professional employment and further higher studies. Such a degree integrates gender, class, race, religion, culture, ethnicity, and sexualities and enables students to generate interdisciplinary and quality research in the field of women and gender. The M.A. degree in Women and Gender Studies is vital not solely to the production of knowledge about women’s lives and status globally, but also as a platform to address women’s problems within the contemporary cultural, social, and political environment and challenge professed wrongs and abuses through academic research and intellectual rigor. Our program will meet your needs and place you at the forefront of scholarship and career development through intellectual endeavors as well as social activism. Graduates of the M.A. Program in Women and Gender Studies can pursue several career options where they can: 1. Assume leadership positions in national, regional, and international agencies operating in the field of human rights, education, migration, diplomacy, and conflict resolution. 2. Work as consultants for international development agencies, UN agencies, human rights organizations, local non-governmental organizations, as well as governmental organizations, and ministries. 3. Acquire expertise in gender, race, sexuality, and class relations, which are areas in demand in a number of fields and professions. Curriculum Graduate students in Women and Gender Studies should complete 30 credit hours of coursework or a total of 8 courses (24 cr.) and a thesis (6cr.) to acquire the degree. Five out of the 8 courses are core, required courses, and 3 are elective courses to be selected from other graduate programs in the humanities, social sciences, education, or business. Full-time students are expected to complete their requirements in two years. A. Fifteen credits of core courses: WGST 760 Research Methods in Studies of Women & Gender (3cr.) WGST 730 Theories of Gender and Global Feminism (3cr.) WGST 732 Arab and Islamic Feminisms (history and theory) (3cr.) WGST 725 Gender and Public Policy (3cr.) WGST 780 Internship (in local, regional, or International NGO working on women’s issues in the Middle East)(3cr.) B. Nine credits of coursework to be chosen from the following courses: WGST 744 Topics in Women and Gender Studies (3cr.) WGST 815 Gender and Migration (3cr.) INA 814 Topics in Middle East International Relations (3cr.) CLT 880 or CLT 830 Graduate Seminar in Comparative Literature or Masculine Identity in Modern Arab Literature of the Near East (3cr.) INA 813 Topics in International Relations (3cr.) C. A six-credit master’s thesis: (WGST 799) Students must complete a thesis according to university regulations. Before commencing work on the thesis, the student must present a thesis proposal for approval by three faculty members. The thesis proposal should comprise a research question, a set of hypotheses, bibliography of the references used, and an outline of the research method that will be adopted. Duration This program requires 30 credits, which can be completed in two years. [-]

MA Actuarial Sciences

Campus Full time Part time 2 years Open Enrollment Lebanon Beirut + 1 more

LAU makes a pioneering step into the highly regarded study of Actuarial Science, offering an Executive Master Degree to prepare professionals and students to enter the field of risk management [+]

LAU makes a pioneering step into the highly regarded study of Actuarial Science, offering an Executive Master Degree to prepare professionals and students to enter the field of risk management.

What is an Actuary?

Actuaries are risk management experts who use mathematics, financial theory, probability, and statistics to predict the likelihood of events and create innovative solutions to minimize risk and its impact. They are creative thinkers, problem solvers, analysts and experienced business professionals with a wide understanding of financial structures.

Executive Master in Actuarial Science at LAU (EMAAS)

In response to a regional demand from the insurance industry, LAU, supported by Medgulf, leads the way with the first Executive Master in Actuarial Science in the Middle East. If you are working in the field of insurance or finance and want to advance your career, our EMAAS offers the highest level of executive education and training that can be combined with a full-time career. We provide the solid academic core and deep understanding of the market to prepare you for a successful career as an Actuary. ... [-]


MA Education

Campus 2 years October 2016 Lebanon Beirut

The educational sector in Lebanon has undergone major changes since the inception of the 1997 curriculum. These changes have raised the debate about the purpose and quality of education, overhauled the delivery modes [+]

The educational sector in Lebanon has undergone major changes since the inception of the 1997 curriculum. These changes have raised the debate about the purpose and quality of education, overhauled the delivery modes and assessment practices in the field, and created new positions in educational settings (school counselors, special educators, technology teachers, etc.). LAU’s master’s degree program aims to fulfill the need for qualified professionals that these changes have brought about.

The master’s degree program is for students who wish to study a particular field in education, acquire a general theoretical background for past and future field experiences, or develop new skills for use in professional work in the field of education.... [-]


MA in Islamic Art and Architecture

Campus Full time 3 semesters October 2016 Lebanon Beirut

The program will initiate students to contemporary methods of inquiry and research in the field of art history, expanding their knowledge of the architectural and artistic heritage of the region. [+]

MA in Islamic Art and Architecture INSTITUTE OF ISLAMIC ART AND ARCHITECTURE Mission The Institute of Islamic Art and Architecture at the Lebanese American University is dedicated to the study of architectural and visual culture in the Islamic world. The Institute’s mission is to help the academic studies in Islamic art and architecture as well as to propagate this knowledge within the LAU community as well as the interested public. The IIAA also aims at providing a link between international scholars and regional community of scholars and designers. As a bridge between the past and present, the institute aims at bridging international knowledge in these fields with regional and local needs. MA IN ISLAMIC ART AND ARCHITECTURE The Mutaz and Rada Sawwaf MA in Islamic Art and Architecture supports the Lebanese American University’s core mission, vision and values by establishing a program that expands students’ awareness of their history, culture and artistic heritage. The program will initiate students to contemporary methods of inquiry and research in the field of art history, expanding their knowledge of the architectural and artistic heritage of the region. This program is a part of the general drive to establish graduate programs in specific fields of interest, and the initiative of the School of Architecture & Design to develop expertise in selective areas of graduate studies. The program will benefit from the rich Umayyad, Mamluk, and Ottoman architecture in Lebanon and the region, which would form the basic and immediate material for research and study. CURRICULUM Year I SPRING SEMESTER IAA711 Graduate Survey of Islamic Architecture 3 IAA712 Graduate Survey of Islamic Art 3 IAA731 Graduate Seminar 3 SUMMER MODULES I & II IAA721 Field Research & Studies 3 IAA Elective 3 Year II FALL SEMESTER IAA Elective 3 IAA Elective 3 IAA722 Special Topics 3 SPRING SEMESTER IAA799 Master’s Thesis 6 Electives IAA741 Byzantine and Early Islamic Art and Architecture 3 IAA742 The Art and Architecture of the Ayyubids and the Mamluks 3 IAA743 Identity and Modernity in the Middle East 3 IAA744 Ornament in Islamic Art and Architecture 3 IAA745 Calligraphy in Islamic Art and Architecture 3 IAA746 Geometry in Islamic Art and Architecture 3 IAA747 Figural Representation in Islamic Art 3 [-]

MA International Affairs

Campus Full time 2 years October 2016 Lebanon Beirut Byblos + 1 more

The M.A. in International Affairs Program provides an intellectually rigorous training in the recent history of world politics; the interplay between governments, economic systems and multinational corporations [+]

The M.A. in International Affairs Program provides an intellectually rigorous training in the recent history of world politics; the interplay between governments, economic systems and multinational corporations; theories and appropriate research methods. The program offers students the opportunity to thoroughly master major facts, methodologies and theoretical perspectives in the field, as well as to develop analytical and research skills.

Graduates of this master’s program often proceed to further research and careers in academia, while others pursue successful careers in international organizations, foreign affairs and diplomacy, the media, government, business and finance.... [-]


MA Migration Studies

Campus Full time 2 years October 2016 Lebanon Beirut

Migration and refugee issues have become high priorities on the global agenda. The Middle East and Africa (MEA) is among the largest source, transit and destination regions for migrants and refugees in the [+]

Migration and refugee issues have become high priorities on the global agenda. The Middle East and Africa (MEA) is among the largest source, transit and destination regions for migrants and refugees in the world. Migration studies (emigration, immigration, transit migration, labor migration, return migration, replacement migration, regular and undocumented migration, family reunion, transnational and diasporic relations, remittances, ‘brain drain’, etc), which is rapidly developing in many universities around the world, has emerged as a multidisciplinary field of study at the graduate level.

LAU’s MA in Migration Studies is nearly the only program that offers an interdisciplinary graduate degree in migration studies with a focus on, and a presence in, the Middle East.... [-]


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