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Entry Requirements

The following criteria are specified by the Commission for Academic Accreditation (CAA) on behalf of the United Arab Emirates Ministry of Education (MOE):

  • Cumulative Grade Point Average
  • Equivalency Certificate
  • English Proficiency

Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA)

  • Applicants must have a primary degree.
  • Applicants should have a CGPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 point scale from their primary degree.
  • Applicants who have a CGPA of less than 3.0 on a 4.0 point scale from their primary degree, may be admitted for 2 modules of the MSc programmes.  If the applicant achieves an average CGPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 point scale for these 2 modules, they may progress with the MSc programme.


Equivalency Certificate

  • All primary degrees awarded outside of the United Arab Emirates, or that are not on the UAE MOE approved list, must be assessed for equivalency by the Ministry of Education.
  • Contact should be made with the Ministry of Education (MOE).  MOE can be contacted at the following numbers:

+971 4 217 6666

Call Centre 80051115

  • MOE staff will guide you through the requirements of the process.  Please note, that depending on the country from which you obtained your primary degree, this process can take a considerable amount of time.  You are advised to start the process as early as possible.

English Proficiency

  • A TOEFL score of at least 550 on the paper-based, 213 on the computer based or 79 on the internet-based test, or the equivalent score on another standardised test approved by MOE, such as an IELTS score of 6.0 is required for completion the MSc programmes.
  • There are two exceptions to the above:
    • If you are a native speaker of English and have completed your undergraduate education in an English institution in a country where English is the official language.
    • If you were admitted to and graduated from an English medium institution and can provide evidence that you acquired a minimum TOEFL score of 500 on the paper-based test (or its equivalent on another standardised test approved by MOE) upon admission to your undergraduate programme.
  • Applicants may be accepted onto the MSc programmes provided they have a TOEFL score of at least 530 on the paper-based test, 197 on the computer based test or 71 on the internet-based test (or its equivalent using a standardised test approved by MOE).  Applicants may complete 2 modules of the MSc programme, after which they must submit a TOEFL score of at least 550 on the paper-based test or its equivalent

Please note that English proficiency tests are valid for 2 years after they are taken.  If your result is more than 2 years old then you are required to obtain a new result.
For further information please contact Winona D'Souza at winonadsouza@rcsi.ie.