Graduate Admission Policy, Requirements & Procedures - GMU

Graduate Admission Policy, Requirements & Procedures

Gulf Medical University admits students irrespective of their national origin, color, gender, or religion to all the rights, privileges, activities and programs offered by the university.

The University stands for the highest moral and academic standards consistent with the heritage and cultural background of the United Arab Emirates and shall aspire for national and international recognition of its programs and degrees.

The University sets high standards for previous academic performance to attract students of high caliber and to meet and exceed the standards of high retention and low attrition and outstanding academic performance required to fulfill the accreditation standards for every program offered by the University.

  • All applicants shall meet all criteria for admission into respective programs offered by the University as laid down in the Standards for Licensure and Accreditation published by the Commission for Academic Accreditation (CAA), Ministry of Higher Education & Scientific Research (MOHE&SR), UAE.
  • All eligible applicants shall be selected on the basis of preparedness, ability, aptitude, academic credentials, communication skills, motivation and integrity.
  • All applicants shall first be screened for eligibility for the program applied for before being interviewed by the Program Director or Department Chair.
  • The applicant shall be a graduate of an accredited school in the UAE or a graduate of an IMED-listed medical school outside the UAE or a graduate of an Allied Health Sciences Program as applicable.
  • The Admission Committee shall interview the individuals for their preparedness, ability, aptitude, academic credentials, communication skills, motivation and integrity.
  • No applicant shall be discriminated on the basis of sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin or disability status.
  • The University shall develop and set additional admission requirements for each program with input from respective program faculty members.
  • All applicants for Master’s programs offered by the University shall have a recognized Baccalaureate degree earned in a discipline appropriate for the prospective graduate degree with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or its established equivalent.
  • All applicants must have proficiency in spoken and written English. The applicant must have passed English Language Proficiency test such as TOEFL, IELTS or PTE Academic. A minimum score of 550 TOEFL (213 CBT, 79 iBT), 6.0 IELTS Academic, PTE A (50-57) or any other standardized, internationally recognized test approved by the Commission for Academic Accreditation (CAA), Ministry of Higher Education & Scientific Research (MOHE&SR), UAE with the following exceptions:
    • Native speaker of English who has completed his / her undergraduate education in an English-medium institution and in a country where English is the official language.
    • 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 on another standardized test approved by the Commission for Academic Accreditation (CAA), Ministry of Higher Education & Scientific Research (MOHE&SR), UAE at the time of admission to his / her undergraduate program.
  • A student with a recognized baccalaureate degree and a TOEFL score of 530 on the Paper based test, (197 on the Computer based or 71 on the Internet based test) or its equivalent on another standardized test approved by MOHESR) may be admitted conditionally to a Master’s program. Such student must meet the following requirements during the period of conditional admission or be subject to dismissal from the program:
    • The student must achieve a TOEFL score of 550 or its equivalent by the end of the first semester.
    • The student must achieve an overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 point scale or its established equivalent in the first nine credit hours of credit-bearing courses taken for the Master’s program.
  • A student with a recognized baccalaureate degree with a CGPA below 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or its established equivalent, and who meets the English language requirements for general admission requirements may be admitted conditionally. Such student must meet the following requirements during the period of conditional admission or be subject to dismissal from the program:
    • The student can take a maximum of 9 credit hours in the first semester.
    • The student must achieve an overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 point scale or its established equivalent in the first nine credit hours of credit-bearing courses taken for the Master’s program.
  • Application Form dully filled by the applicant.
  • Attested Copy of the baccalaureate degree.
  • Attested Copy of the transcript.
  • Score card / Report of English Language Proficiency Test not more than two years old (TOEFL / IELTS / PTE A).
  • A true copy of applicant’s passport.
  • Fifteen recent passport-size [35 mm wide by 45 mm high] photographs of self.
  • Applicant from United Arab Emirates shall submit a copy of the Emirates ID.
  • Relevant academic and professional experience certificate.
  • Student is required to submit a colored photocopy of passport with valid visa page (GCC nationals are exempted from submitting stamped visa page. However they shall submit color copy of their National ID).
  • Student is required to submit all academic documents and official transcripts / credits / grades / marks duly attested by the Ministry of Higher Education, UAE and Ministry of Foreign Affairs, UAE or UAE Embassy in their country on admission into the program.
  • International student required to submit the Emirates ID within 2 months from the date of admission.

This is carried out in several stages:

  • Advertisement in the media: Information in the media will include details of the programs, colleges of the university, admissions criteria and online registration form.
  • Scrutiny of information: The Admissions Committee scrutinizes the credentials of the applicant with reference to the high school education: courses, grades in the qualifying examinations and the overall suitability of the applicant for admission into the program. The committee would also inform the applicant regarding the need for any additional document that may be required.
  • Short listing: Applicants whose credentials have been accepted as adequate by the Admissions Committee are informed about the date and time for a personal interview that would be conducted in Gulf Medical University, Ajman. GMU will provide necessary help concerning visa arrangements for students from outside.
  • Personal Interview: The Admissions Committee of GMU will conduct the personal interview. The committee follows a protocol for the interview that will last approximately 45 minutes. The conversation during the interview will be in English. This will be in an informal atmosphere and the applicant will be given ample opportunity to respond to the questions in a relaxed manner. After the personal interview, the Admissions Committee will submit its recommendations to the Provost concerning the suitability of the candidate for admission.
  • Provost Approval: The Provost of GMU will finalize admissions after studying the recommendations of the Admissions Committee. The decision of the Provost on matters concerning admissions shall be final.
  • Academic Advising: GMU is committed to provide academic advising in order to advise students in the development and pursuit of academic objectives consistent with their life goals and the available opportunities at the university.
  • Medical Fitness: Students admitted to GMU are required to submit a Medical Fitness certificate soon after they have registered on the University rolls. The Medical Examination in this connection will be carried out in Thumbay Hospital, Ajman.
  • Enrollment: Candidates who are finally selected for admission are required (within the time announced on the notification of selection) to submit a letter of acceptance to the Provost, along with the fee in cash or by demand draft in favor of Gulf Medical University, Ajman payable at Ajman, UAE. Failure to comply with this requirement will result in cancellation of the admission.

Students shall be considered for transfer only as per the following Transfer Admissions Policy of the University:

  • Only students from a federal or licensed institution in the UAE. or a recognized Foreign Institution of higher learning shall be eligible for admission by transfer.
  • All transfer students shall meet the English Language proficiency requirements of the program to which they are transferred.
  • All transfer students shall submit official transcripts before admission to the Masters programs.
  • All transfer students shall submit official transcripts of credit earned from all institutions of higher education previously attended before admission to graduate programs.
  • Students who are not in good standing shall be transferred only to a program in a field different from the one from which the student is transferring.
  • The University shall accept only students who are in good academic standing (a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or equivalent) for transfer to a graduate program of study similar to that from which the student is transferring.
  • The University shall transfer graduate program credits only for courses relevant to the degree that provide equivalent learning outcomes and in which the student earned a grade of B (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) or better.
  • The University shall inform applicants for transfer admissions or re-admission of the transfer credits earned for previous courses.
  • The University shall limit transferred credit hours to less than 50% of the total credit hours required for the program.
  • The University shall not grant credit twice for substantially the same course taken at two different institutions.
  • The University shall allow the transfer of credits for clinical training only when done in the UAE; in exceptional circumstances, in which case waiver of this condition shall be sought from the Commission before admission.

Students who are on leave for a period of one year must apply for re-admission to the program through the Admissions Office.

  • Students in Good Standing: Students who are absent on approved leaves must apply for re-admission before they will be permitted to register for the semester.
  • Students Suspended for misconduct: Students who have been rusticated from the university and under probation must apply for re-admission and may be re-admitted after serving the suspension period.
  • Students on academic probation: Students who fail to meet the minimum GPA requirement but have satisfied other requirements may be allowed to register as a non-matriculate student for a probationary period. Non matriculated students who achieve a minimum GPA of 3.0 can be re-admitted, provided they meet all the other requirements.

Applications for admission should be received on or before the end of June every year. Applications received after the deadline will be considered only if vacancies exist in the program applied for, and if the necessary documents could be processed in time for registration.

  • Students in Good Standing: Students who are absent on approved leaves must apply for re-admission before they will be permitted to register for the semester.
  • Students Suspended for misconduct: Students who have been rusticated from the university and under probation must apply for re-admission and may be re-admitted after serving the suspension period.
  • Students on academic probation: Students who fail to meet the minimum GPA requirement but have satisfied other requirements may be allowed to register as a non-matriculate student for a probationary period. Non matriculated students who achieve a minimum GPA of 3.0 can be re-admitted, provided they meet all the other requirements.
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