Admission and Registration Requirements :
Upon accepting the request submitted by the Board of the College of Computing and Information Technology, the Academy awards Master''s Degree by the credit hours system in Computer Science and Information Systems.
In September and February of every year, the board of postgraduate studies at the College of Computing and Information Technology reviews the proposals submitted by the boards of the educational departments to determine the number of students to be accepted in Spring and Autumn of every year, the study courses and the schedule of final examinations.
Master''s Degree Registration Regulations:
1-To register for the Master''s degree, the student should be a holder of B.Sc. in the relevant major from Arab Academy for Science & Technology & Maritime Transport, or from any of the corresponding recognized and accredited colleges with cumulative grade point average of "Good" at least, or a holder of Diploma degree with "Very Good" grade at least from the College of Computing and Information Technology or any of the corresponding colleges in the same major.
2-A student may register for a major other than the major of his B. Sc. Degree upon a proposal submitted by the board of postgraduate studies. The student can study the required supplementary pre-master courses, in the case of which the student will not be allowed to register for Master''s degree except after successfully passing the supplementary courses determined by the educational department board with at least "Good" grade.
3-The board of postgraduate studies may accept the transfer of credits of equivalent higher studies the student has already completed in corresponding colleges. Provided he passed the said courses with at least "Good" grade, and with a maximum of two courses, i.e., 6 credit hours, and provided no more than two years lapsed since he passed the said courses.
4-The student is not allowed to register for postgraduate studies in any other college or educational institute at the time his application for registration for Master''s degree is accepted.
5-Registration may be suspended for one year, whether running or not, upon the request of the student, provided the consent of the board of postgraduate studies is granted.
Conditions of accepting Master''s dissertation:
The Master''s dissertation is equivalent to 12 credit hours, three of which are registered in one semester, and nine in the next semester. The process of accepting a Master''s dissertation is as follows:
1-The student will be allowed to register for Master''s dissertation after successful completion of five courses (15 credit hours) at least with cumulative grade point average of not less than 2.8.
2-The board of postgraduate studies will nominate the supervisors of the students meeting the set requirements and stipulations with a view to ing the field and topic of research dissertations, as well as the required optional programmes the students will study which are of relevance to the field and topic of research.
3-M.Sc. Candidates will be supervised by professors (senior lecturers) or assistant professors (second lecturers). Teachers (third lecturers) may participate in supervision. An expert or two experts at most from outside the Academy may also participate in supervising the M.Sc. Candidate. In case either of them is absent for four months and more, supervision will be entrusted to a corresponding counterpart to be nominated by the Educational Department concerned.
4-The M.Sc. Candidate will - in cooperation with the supervision committee - makes a presentation with a view to expounding the topic of his research within six months from the date of registration for Master''s degree.
5-The supervision committee will submit a report to the board of postgraduate studies every year to describe the progress of the candidate''s research.
6-Upon completion of dissertation the supervision committee will submit to the Educational Department concerned the viva voce examination form. A report to the effect that the dissertation meets the viva voce examination requirements, together with copies of published papers, will be attached to the viva voce examination form. The report will also include the proposed date of the viva voce examination, the names of the members of the viva voce examination board, provided one of them is external.
7-The board of postgraduate studies will contact the examiners (after getting the consent of the educational department and the college board) who will assess the dissertation. Each examiner will submit his own individual assessment report.
8-To begin the procedures of the viva voce examination, all the individual assessment reports must be to the effect that the dissertation is accepted.
9-The viva voce examination board will comprise the assessment committee (a vote for each examiner) and the supervision committee (one vote). The viva voce examination board will have the right to return the dissertation to the M.Sc. candidate to make whatever changes the board may deem necessary within a specified period.
10-When the M. Sc. Candidate has successfully defended his research in the viva voce examination, the members of the examination board will write and sign a collective report and submit it to the Postgraduate Studies Department. The decision of the examination board will be by majority vote.
11-After the candidate has completed the modifications, the viva voce examination board required, the supervisors will submit the final version of the dissertation to the Postgraduate Studies Department it will be signed by all the members of the committees.
12-The result of the viva voce examination will be approved by the board of postgraduate studies. The report of the board of postgraduate studies will be submitted to the College Board to be approved. The College Board will review the educational standing of the
13-candidate and recommend awarding the degree to the candidate with effect from the date of the meeting of the College Board following the date of approving the dissertation by the board of postgraduate studies.
14-Five copies of the dissertation will be submitted.
15-The M. Sc. Degree will be awarded by a decree issued by the President of the Academy with effect from the date of the meeting of the College Board.
Canceling the Candidate''s Registration for M. Sc. Degree:
The candidate''s registration for M. Sc degree will be cancelled by a decree issued by the College Board after the board of postgraduate studies issues its approval Cancellation will be effected in the following cases.
1-If the candidate fails to obtain the degree within five years starting from the date of registration, taking into consideration registration suspension cases.
2-If the candidate fails to meet the requirements of the study courses, i.e., if his final cumulative grade point average is less than "Very Good (75%) or GPA = 3.0", or if the number of the courses in which the candidate''s grade is "Good (60%) or C" exceeds two courses, or if he failed twice in any of the courses.
3-If the supervisor or supervisors submit a report requesting cancellation of registration for reasons accepted by the board of postgraduate studies and the College Board, in which case the candidate will be officially notified.
4-If the candidate''s dissertation is absolutely rejected by the assessment committee or the viva voce examination board.
5-If the candidate requests cancellation of registration in writing or does not pay the tuition fees.
The student''s performance is assessed in all postgraduate programs according to the following table:
90 % and more
85 % and more
80% and more
75 % and more
70 % and more
65 % and more
60 % and more
The student will fail in a course if he gets less than 60% of the final mark of the course.
Time of Graduation:
Degrees are conferred in March and August.
Requirements of Awarding Master''s Degree:
1- The duration of study for Master''s degree is two calendar years at least and five calendar years at most.
2- The student will successfully complete eight postgraduate courses. i.e., 24 credit hours, with cumulative grade point average of not less than 3.00 at least provided the number of the courses in which he gets "good" grade does not exceed two courses.
3- The student will successfully complete the requirements of preparing Master''s thesis (12credit hours).
4- The student will fail in a course if his grade in this course is less than "Good or C", or if his absenteeism percentage exceeds 20% without an acceptable excuse.
5- The student will be allowed to re-sit only once for the examinations of the courses he failed in and will get "Good" grade if he succeeds in the second trial even if the grade he got in the second trial was higher.
The degree of Master in Science will be awarded with both Educational Department indicated and the title of the thesis.
Candidate in the master''s program is allowed a maximum of five calendar years to complete all degree requirements, from the date of first registration as a degree candidate in prerequisite or graduate courses.
Candidates who do not complete degree requirements within the allowed time will have their degree candidate status terminated.
Scholarships and Financial Aid:
The Academy assigns a number of scholarships for excellent students during the admission and registration in addition to rewards. Students will enjoy scholarships or rewards as long as they maintain their excelled levels.