Grading System

The student shall be credited a total score and a corresponding letter grade by the end of each course.  The Colleges uses a system of letter grades and equivalent grade points for evaluating the course work, as shown in the following chart:

Score GradePoints
90–100     A4
85–89     A–32/3
80–84     B+31/3
75–79     B3
70–74     B–22/3
65–69     C+21/3
60–64     C2
< 60     F 0

Grades are calculated as a Grade Point Average (GPA) by dividing the sum of weighted achieved points by the sum of credit hours attempted.  An Incomplete ( I ) grade is not included until required work is completed and a grade is assigned.  Withdrawal ( W ) is given no grade or points and courses with W do not contribute to the GPA.  Only the highest grade of a course registered twice or more is calculated in the Grade Point Average (GPA). 

Incomplete Coursework

If, after the instructor and candidate have conferred, the candidate presented an acceptable excuse for not completing the coursework on schedule, and the instructor has assigned a date by which time all course requirements must be completed, the candidate receives a grade ( I ).  If the coursework remains incomplete on the assigned date the grade will be changed automatically to a grade ( F ).

Withdrawal of a Course

The candidate may withdraw a course(s) within 3 weeks from the beginning of the semester as a condition for partial refund.


Candidates are expected to attend each class session unless they have a valid and acceptable excuse for being absent.  Candidates may be required at any time to account for undue irregularity in attendance.  Any student who has been excessively absent from a course may be forced to withdraw from that course without credit or refund. 

Transfer of Credits

Credit gained in a previous graduate education may be transferred to the required College graduate program and would therefore sufficiently substitute a similar Master''s course.
Only courses with grade B (Good) or higher are eligible for transfer.  A maximum of 6 credit hours from an accredited Master''s program may be transferred into the Master’s program of the College.  No course that has been taken more than 2 years before the student''s acceptance may be transferred into the program of study. 

Academic Standards of Work

A student must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.00/4.00 during his/her study at the Academy in order to be graduated.  No unresolved ( I ) grades may be part of the program of study.  At the beginning of the final semester the student should review the program of study as necessary and obtain approval to ensure that all graduation requirements are met. 


The final step of the graduate Master''s program is to submit a thesis. The supervisor(s) and members of the examination committee will help the candidate meet the tangible requirements of an advanced degree and the intangible basics of conducting and communicating the results of original research in the area of specialty.  A student has up to 5 years from the date of admission to complete all requirements of the degree.  The supervisor(s) of the thesis may request an extension if progress of the student is satisfactory.

Procedures of Thesis Preparation and Discussion

  • The candidate shall prepare the thesis at the end of the study duration and submit it to the College in due course. 
  • The candidate shall submit three bound coverless copies of the thesis for examination purposes.
  • The thesis must be written in English.  A petition presented by the specified college may grant permission to the student to write the thesis in Arabic. 
  • An abstract written in both Arabic and English shall be attached to the thesis.  The abstract shall comprise the objectives and conclusions of the research, as well as the research tools used in the preparation of the thesis.
  • The Head of the academic Department shall determine the date of the examination in coordination with the supervisor(s) and the examiners.
  • The examination board shall comprise at most three members nominated by the Dean of the College the Board shall comprise at least one external examiner and at most one examiner from the Academy. 
  • If the examiners cannot agree that the thesis is acceptable, the Examination Board may nominate an additional examiner and the majority of examiners will determine the result of the examination.
  • If the defense of the candidate is not satisfactory, the Examination Board shall re-administer the examination within at most six months upon the recommendation of the viva voce examination board.
  • After the examination, the candidate shall make all the modifications according to the comments of the board of examiners then submit four final copies of the thesis to the College, one of which shall be kept at the College, and three at the Library of the Academy.

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