Master of Science in Engineering Management
Over the past decade, the UAE labor market has witnessed a remarkable increase in the proportion of skilled workers, IT professionals, engineering graduates, researchers, scientists, and a broad spectrum of other professionals, commonly referred to as “knowledge workers”. This trend is expected to continue as the country enters the next decade. The increasing demand for knowledge workers has created several opportunities and challenges for institutions of higher education to design graduate programs to build the skills of young people in different fields of specialization. Al Ghurair University’s Master of Science in Engineering Management (MSEM) will effectively serve the needs of the knowledge economy with engineering professionals equipped with sophisticated managerial skills. The MSEM degree fits well with the vision of United Arab Emirates to maintain its status as a regional commercial hub and to strengthen its competitive position in the global economy. Engineering graduates, especially the MSEM degree holders, can play a potentially significant role in steering the country in the direction of greater diversification with innovative engineering ideas and appropriate strategic thinking.
Why studying MSEM
The world is changing. With the challenges facing us on a global level (sustainability, health, environmental protection) there is a new need for companies and organizations to integrate technical and business skills to solve these difficult problems. The MSEM degree bridges the gap between the field of engineering, technology and the field of business by equipping students with the technical expertise and leadership skills they need to advance their career in the fast-paced world of technology.
The mission of the MSEM program is to equip engineering graduates with the required competencies to successfully grow and contribute in the planning and execution of complex projects in order to sustain the UAE economic and industrial growth.
The MSEM program will produce quality graduates who will:
- Address the engineering management problems effectively and efficiently.
- Develop and manage engineering solutions using the skills and knowledge acquired through formal education.
- Utilize analytical and professional skills to work independently or collaboratively.
- Practice accountability and ethics with social responsibility.
- Lead multidisciplinary teams and demonstrate life-long learning.
Additional Admission Requirements:
The candidates intend to seek admission in the MSEM program should have an undergraduate degree in any of the engineering specializations such as, but not limited to, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Mechanical. Industrial , Civil Engineering, etc or any related scientific filed.
Graduate Admission Policy
1. General Admission Requirements
Students seeking admission to the graduate programs of AGU must have a recognized baccalaureate degree with a minimum CGPA of 3.00 out of a 4.00 point scale or its established equivalent.
2. English Language Requirements
In order to be admitted to a graduate program at AGU, a candidate must demonstrate sufficient command of the English language as measured by the TOEFL or any other internationally recognized equivalent and standard test as approved by the CAA, MOHESR, UAE. The candidate must submit a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper based) or 213 (computer based) or 79 (iBT) or submit a score of 6.0 on IELTS or other internationally recognized equivalent test score as approved by the CAA. The students transferring from other institutions to AGU must also meet the same English language requirement. There are two exceptions to this requirement:
- native speaker of English who has completed his/her undergraduate education in an English-medium institution in a country where English is the official language;
- an applicant with an undergraduate qualification from an English-medium institution who can provide evidence of acquiring a minimum TOEFL score of 500 on the paper-based test, or its equivalent or another standardized test approved by the CAA, at the time of admission to his/her undergraduate program.
3. Conditional Admission
A student may be granted a conditional admission under the following circumstances:
(a) English Language Requirement Condition
A student having a recognized baccalaureate degree and a TOEFL score of 530 (197CBT, 71iBT) or IELTS score of 5.5 or its equivalent on another standardized test approved by CAA may be offered “Conditional Admission” in a Master program. The student granted admission in this category must meet the following requirements during the period of conditional admission.
- student must achieve a TOEFL score of 550 or equivalent by the end of the student’s first semester of study;
- student may take a maximum of 6 credit hours in the first semester of study, not including intensive English courses;
- student must achieve an overall grade point average of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale in the first nine credit hours of credit-bearing courses studied for the Master’s program.
(b) Students with CGPA below 3.00
A student having a recognized baccalaureate degree with a cumulative grade point average below 3.00 on a 4.00 scale, or its established equivalent, and who meets the English language competency requirements for general admission stated in 5.2. above, may be offered “Conditional Admission” in to a Master’s program. The student granted admission in this category must meet the following requirements during the period of conditional admission.
- student may take a maximum of 9 credit hours in the first semester of study;
- student must achieve an overall grade point average of 3:00 on a 4.00 scale in the first nine credit hours of credit-bearing courses studied for the Master’s program.
4. Transfer Admission
Credit transfer is the award of credit in recognition of studies from a previously completed or partially completed program or qualification. AGU may admit students transferring from graduate programs at other institutions recognized by the MOHESR provided they satisfy the following conditions.
- Students meet the English language proficiency requirements for the graduate program (see section 2), prior to commencing their study in that program.
- AGU will transfer graduate program credits only for courses relevant to the degree that provided equivalent learning outcomes and in which the student earned a grade of B (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) or better. The number of transferred credits must not exceed 50% of the total number of credits which are required to complete a graduate program.
- Students who are not in good standing may transfer only to a program in a field different from the one from which the student is transferring.
- Students shall not be eligible to receive credit twice for substantially the same course taken at two different institutions.
- No credit transfer for a capstone course, project or dissertation shall be allowed.
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