These are some of the frequently asked questions by our current students. Feel free to contact your Graduate Program Coordinator if you have any other questions.
For M.S. students, your advisor when you are admitted to KAUST is the Program Chair. For Ph.D. students, your advisor is your PI (supervisor) whose lab you have been accepted in to.
Yes, you can change your advisor. M.S. students are advised to do so if/when they begin their thesis or directed research. Ph.D. students do have the ability to change advisors, but the overall impact to the Ph.D. project, as well as the time left to finish the Ph.D., could be significant. This will have to be taken into account before approval.
M.S. students need 36 credits (combination of courses and research is specific to your program).
Ph.D. students need 6 credits of 300-level coursework and will earn dissertation research credit each semester until they defend (no minimum credits established, although there is a minimum residency requirement of 2.5 years).
During your final M.S. semester at KAUST, you will be eligible to submit a “rollover” application. You will be contacted by the Admissions Office for this. You must have a confirmed supervisor in order for the application to be approved.
M.S. students get all university holidays (Eid Al-Fitr, Eid Al-Adha, Spring break).
Ph.D. students get university holidays and three weeks of annual/vacation leave per calendar year to be taken in agreement with your PI.
Mandatory, core and elective courses are listed in the program guide. The program guides for all BESE programs can be found here .
“Time Extension to Complete M.S. Thesis” application request can be submitted by the 9th week of your final Fall semester. See application for required approvals here .
No. Only once during your time here at KAUST. If “WE Courses” appears on your KAUST transcript, that means you have met this requirement.
Yes, both M.S. and Ph.D. in all BESE programs must register, attend, and receive an S grade for the graduate seminar each semester (Spring and Fall, NOT summer).
Yes. Drop and Add deadlines are on the academic calendar .
Your GPC can help you request these from the Registrar’s Office, or you can contact them directly at RegistrarHelpDesk@KAUST.EDU.SA
KAUST’s Graduate Program Coordinators are trained to address your academic questions, evaluate your progress in your program, and update you on current university policies and procedures. We are the liaison with the Dean, faculty, Graduate Affairs, the Registrar’s Ofﬁce, Admissions, and the VP for Academic Affairs Ofﬁce. Through our administrative experience and knowledge about the graduate programs, we can help make your learning experience even more enriching and inspiring.