​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​These are some of the frequently asked questions by our prospective students. If the question you have is not on the list, feel free to contact our BESE Student Recruitment Information Office through the form below or at BESE.SRIO@kaust.edu.sa. We will get back to you as soon as possible.​​

  • How do I fill out an application for KAUST?

    Follow this link to complete an online application. 

  • What is the minimum criteria for submitting an application?

    - A score of 79 on the TOEFL IBT (Internet Based Test) or 6.0 on the IELTS is required (not required if the applicant received a degree from an accredited institution in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, or New Zealand)
    - Official transcripts (and/or certified English translation)
    - 3 letters of reference
    - Curriculum Vitae
    - Statement of Purpose

  • Can I be admitted without a supervisor/advisor?

    M.S. students are admitted without a confirmed supervisor for research. Ph.D. students must get a full-time KAUST faculty member to agree to supervise their Ph.D. before they are admitted to KAUST.

  • What is the best way to “get your foot in the door” at KAUST?

    ​You can always apply to come to KAUST for an internship as a visiting student!  Check out the VSRP opportunities page for internships and workshops or email Burgundy.Powell@kaust.edu.sa for more information. 

  • What degree programs are there in the Biological and Environmental Science and Engineering Division?

    You can earn a M.S. or Ph.D. in 4 BESE programs; Bioscience, Plant Science, Marine Science, and Environmental Science and Engineering.

  • What are the degree requirements for the M.S. and the Ph.D.?

    ​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).  Ph.D. students must also successfully defend their proposal and final dissertation defense, and archive in the KAUST repository.  
    Both M.S. and Ph.D. students have to attend program seminars and successfully complete the Winter Enrichment Program (WEP).

  • What is the community like at KAUST?

    ​The University's award-winning campus has everything you need to live, work, and study. Designed to inspire and motivate our faculty, students, staff and their families to maintain an active lifestyle, KAUST is more than a university. With state-of-art fitness facilities, a golf course, numerous fine dining and casual fare restaurants, elementary and secondary schools, and of course, the Red Sea just steps away, there is something for everyone.

  • What benefits are included when a student accepts an offer to attend KAUST?

    ​Full tuition support, Monthly living allowance (ranging between $20,000-30,000 annual, depending on qualifications and progression through degree programs), housing, medical and dental coverage, relocation support .


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.


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