American University of Beirut - AUB

Introduction

Mission Statement

The American University of Beirut (AUB) is an institution of higher learning founded to provide excellence in education, to participate in the advancement of knowledge through research, and to serve the peoples of the Middle East and beyond. Chartered in New York State in 1863, the university bases its educational philosophy, standards, and practices on the American liberal arts model of higher education. The university believes deeply in and encourages freedom of thought and expression and seeks to foster tolerance and respect for diversity and dialogue. Graduates will be individuals committed to creative and critical thinking, life-long learning, personal integrity, civic responsibility, and leadership.

History

In 1862, American missionaries in Lebanon and Syria, under the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions, asked Dr. Daniel Bliss to withdraw from the evangelistic work of the mission in Lebanon to found a college of higher learning that would include medical training. It was felt that this college should have an American educational character, should be administered independently from the Mission, and should be maintained by its own funds. Dr. Bliss travelled to the United States in the summer of 1862 to solicit funds for this new enterprise. By August 1864 he had raised $100,000, but because of inflation during the Civil War it was decided that he should raise a sterling fund in England to start the operations of the college, leaving the dollar fund to appreciate. After collecting 4,000 in England, he travelled to Beirut in March 1866.

On April 24, 1863, while Dr. Bliss was raising money for the new school, the State of New York, granted a charter under the name of the Syrian Protestant College. The college opened with its first class of 16 students on December 3, 1866.

The cornerstone of College Hall, the first building on the present campus in Ras Beirut, was laid on December 7, 1871, by the Honorable William E. Dodge, Sr., then Treasurer of the Board of Trustees. At this ceremony President Daniel Bliss expressed the guiding principle of the college in these words:

This college is for all conditions and classes of men without regard to color, nationality, race or religion. A man, white, black, or yellow, Christian, Jew, Mohammedan or heathen, may enter and enjoy all the advantages of this institution for three, four or eight years; and go out believing in one God, in many gods, or in no God. But it will be impossible for anyone to continue with us long without knowing what we believe to be the truth and our reasons for that belief.

College Hall and the first medical building were completed and put to use in 1873, and the bell in the tower of College Hall pealed for the first time in March, 1874. However, College Hall was extensively damaged by a savage explosion in the early morning of November 8, 1991, and the building had to be demolished. It was later rebuilt, and the new College Hall was inaugurated in the spring of 1999.

Since the earliest years, the University has continually expanded and developed new faculties and programs. In 1867, the University started the School of Medicine. Four years later, in 1871, both school of pharmacy and a preparatory school were added. The latter became independent in 1960 and is currently known as International College. In 1900, the University established a school of commerce which was later incorporated into the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (which was established in 1866). When the hospital (currently the American University of Beirut Medical Center) opened in 1905, a school of nursing - now the Rafic Hariri School of Nursing - was also established. In 1910, the University opened a school of dentistry, which operated for thirty years. In the early years of the 1950s several program expansions took place. The Faculty of Engineering and Architecture was established in 1951; the Faculty of Agriculture - now the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences - opened its doors in 1952; and the School of Public Health - now the Faculty of Health Sciences - was started in 1954. The University established in 2000 an independent school of business (later named the Suliman S. Olayan School of Business) as the sixth Faculty of the University.

On November 18, 1920, the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York changed the name of the institution from the Syrian Protestant College to the American University of Beirut; other charter amendments expanded the functions of the University. All presidents of the University have been in residence at Marquand House, which was completed in 1879.

At the end of June 2011, the number of degrees and diplomas awarded since June 1870 totaled 82,032.

Facts and Figures

Faculties and Programs

Over 120 undergraduate/graduate programs in:

  • Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences
  • Faculty of Arts and Sciences
  • Suliman S. Olayan School of Business
  • Faculty of Engineering and Architecture
  • Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Faculty of Medicine/Rafic Hariri School of Nursing
  • Division of University Interdisciplinary Programs

The Office of the Vice President for Regional External Programs (REP)

Founded in 1976, REP has championed entrepreneurial ideas and initiatives. As the consulting arm of AUB, REP provides technical assistance to governments, international organizations, foundations, non-profit associations, businesses, and industry in the following areas:

  • Agricultural and Food Sciences
  • Arts and Sciences
  • Business Management
  • Continuing Education
  • Engineering and Architecture
  • Higher Education
  • Journalism
  • Management Consulting
  • Medical and Health Sciences

Enrolment

Male: 51 percent

Female: 49 percent

Scholarship Aid Recipients: 80 percent

Countries Represented: 80 (2, 000 international)

Undergraduate: 6,750

Graduate: 1,629

This school offers programs in:
  • English

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Programmes

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Master

Master in Human Resource Management (MHRM)

Campus Full time 15 - 18  October 2017 USA New York Lebanon Beirut + 2 more

The MHRM requires a minimum of 30 credit hours in 9 required courses (27 credits) and one (3 credit) industry project/practicum. The comprehensive industry project is rooted in applying analytical and conceptual skills, knowledge and tools to a real-time strategic HR problem. [+]

Program Overview The MHRM requires a minimum of 30 credit hours in 9 required courses (27 credits) and one (3 credit) industry project/practicum. The comprehensive industry project is rooted in applying analytical and conceptual skills, knowledge and tools to a real-time strategic HR problem. Admitted students not having an undergraduate degree in business will be required to take, prior to enrolling in the MHRM program, two pre-requisite courses (remedial courses) of 3 credits each. Program Delivery Participants normally complete the program in 15 – 18 months depending on their backgrounds. Classes are normally delivered in three full days (Thursday, Friday, Saturday) every 3 weeks requiring approximately 1.25 years (15 months) for program completion. For students with non-business backgrounds, the program will require 36 credit hours or approximately 1.5 years (18 months) to complete. The Curriculum The graduate program consists of 9 core courses (3 credit hours each) and 1 comprehensive industry project.to be completed on a modular basis in a 15 month period the courses are as follows: Managing the Recruitment Process(3 Credits) Human Capital Training & Development (3 Credits) Compensation Management (3 Credits) Business Ethics and Sustainability (3 Credits) Leadership & Behavior in Organizations (3 Credits) Strategic HRM and Change Management (3 Credits) Professional HRM Challenges in the Middle East (3 Credits) HRM Best Practices in a Global Context (3 Credits) Organizational Research Design and Methods (3 Credits) MSHRM Project (3 Credits) Students not having an undergraduate degree in business will be required to take, prior to enrolling in the MHRM program, at least two pre-requisite courses (remedial courses) of 3 credits each: Overview of Accounting and Finance The Business Value Chain These students can complete the program in 18 months. Selection/Admission Criteria To be eligible for admission to the MHRM program, an applicant must hold a university degree recognized by AUB , must possess a minimum of two years of business work experience and must satisfy the requirements of the University for admission to graduate study ( including meeting the English Language Proficiency (ELPR) of the University ) Admitted applicants will normally have attained the following : An undergraduate average of at least 80 or equivalent in any major. The undergraduate degree must be obtained from a University recognized by AUB . An applicant is considered for admission on probation if s/he has attained an average between 75 and 80. A minimum of two years of relevant work experience. Experience in the HR field is a plus. A successful personal interview A GMAT or GRE test may be required for applicants who did not meet the GPA requirements. The admission to the MHRM program is competitive and the application will be stronger with a high GMAT or GRE score and with addiotional releant experience. Admitted participants with non-business undegraduate degrees are required to successfully complete two remedial business courses prior to the comencement of the HRM program. [-]

Masters in Finance (MFIN)

Campus Full time 14  October 2017 Lebanon Beirut USA New York + 2 more

The MF program can be completed in a 14 month period by students with non-business backgrounds. A minimum of one calendar year of residence is required for graduation for students with business backgrounds. [+]

The MF program can be completed in a 14 month period by students with non-business backgrounds. A minimum of one calendar year of residence is required for graduation for students with business backgrounds. In order to fulfill the MF graduation requirements, a student must complete the following on a full -time basis as tabulated below. No project will be required Course Type Credit Hours(Minimum) Core 21 Electives 9 Total Number of Credits Required for Graduation 30 Program Delivery The MF can be completed in three semesters (one year) in accordance with the recommended time frame suggested below for students enrolled in the program on a full-time basis. Admission Requirements - Masters in Finance Normally, there is one admission deadline a year: in February, for enrollment in the fall semester. For more detail, please refer to the Admissions section of the AUB graduate catalogue, under Application Procedures. Criteria For Admission To be eligible for admission to the MF program, a student must hold a Bachelor’s degree and must satisfy the requirements of the University for admission to graduate study. To be accepted into the MF program, the applicant must possess an undergraduate university average in the last two years of study greater than 80 or equivalent. GMAT, GRE and work experience will not be required and the typical student will be a fresh graduate. The program is open to students from other educational backgrounds including engineering, economics, mathematics, statistics and so forth. Students not having an undergraduate degree in business will be required to take at least two pre-requisite courses prior to enrollment in the core. The Curriculum The graduate program consists of 7 core courses and 3 electives spanning the various areas of corporate financial management, risk analysis and management, investments and portfolio theory, quantitative finance. The core courses are in the general area of: MFIN 301: Quantitative Methods of Finance MFIN 302: Financial Statement Analysis MFIN 303: Security Analysis MFIN 304: Financial Strategy MFIN 305: Structured Finance MFIN 306: Portfolio Management MFIN 307: Equity Valuation Three elective courses may be chosen from the following list of courses: MFIN 351: Fixed Income Securities MFIN 352: Islamic Finance MFIN 353: Financial Econometrics MFIN 354: Credit Risk Measurement and Management MFIN 355: Entrepreneurial Finance MFIN 356: International Finance Students not having an undergraduate degree in business will be required to take, prior to enrolling in the MF program, at least two pre-requisite/remedial courses of 3 credits each: Financial Accounting/Basics of Finance Quantitative Analysis/Economics As mentioned previously, these students can complete the program in 14 months. [-]

MSc

Master of Science in Energy Studies

Campus Full time Part time October 2017 Lebanon Beirut USA New York + 2 more

The <strong>Energy Studies Program</strong> aims to engage students in the development of energy initiatives, prepare energy studies’ professionals to meet market needs of the region and internationally, advance knowledge in energy science and technology through research, and support energy dialogue for the development of appropriate and informed public policies. [+]

The field of energy studies crosses the boundaries of several disciplines at AUB in the sciences, in engineering, and in the social sciences. The primary goal of energy studies at the University is to increase AUB’s ability to address more complex and pressing issues in the region and to transform energy research to serve the needs of society in the form of policies, market choices, and services. It will advance the frontiers of knowledge in energy areas, and integrate resources for higher research visibility in meeting regional needs. Current academic training and educational programs in the region do not offer similar degrees although many universities in US and Europe are offering specialised post graduate energy related programs addressing market needs for energy experts. The Energy Studies Program aims to engage students in the development of energy initiatives, prepare energy studies’ professionals to meet market needs of the region and internationally, advance knowledge in energy science and technology through research, and support energy dialogue for the development of appropriate and informed public policies. The program will enhance our conceptual understanding of policy making model in the region. The interdisciplinary Master of Science in Energy Studies bridges the current energy related degrees and minors offered in the various disciplines. It draws on the expertise of faculty members in the fields of science, engineering, economics, political science, architecture, business and humanities. The interdisciplinary nature of the new degree program will be able to address the complex needs of the region and issues of energy mix as linked to development and economies. The program was approved by the BOT in June 2013 and is registered with the Education Department of the State of New York and the Ministry of Education and Higher Education (Lebanon) in February 2014. Educational Goals and Program Learning Outcomes The Master of Science in Energy Studies program is planned to consolidate and build on AUB’s excellent research and professional profile addressing current and future energy research needs of the region in areas such as energy science and technology, economics, public policy, and energy management. The program’s educational goals are: To promote an interdisciplinary approach to understand and evaluate various modes of energy supply and end-use efficiency of energy systems within the context of sustainability and development in the region. To develop effective collaboration skills among students from different disciplines including energy science and technology, economics, and public policy. On successful completion of this interdisciplinary course of study, students will: Be able to evaluate different sources of energy related to energy extraction, conversion, and utilization for both traditional systems and sustainable/renewable energy alternatives. Apply methods of economic analysis, risk and decision analysis, environmental impact assessment, and policy techniques for performing energy planning and reaching and decision making while addressing sustainability in supply and demand. Understand advances in selected energy technologies, products and energy end-use efficiency and their impact on market economy, and development activities. Admission Requirements Admission requirements to the program will follow AUB Graduate Studies Policies. Bachelor degree holders from relevant fields study are eligible to apply for admission into the Energy Studies Master’s program. Remedial courses may be needed for students as would be recommended by the Program. Native English speakers and graduates of universities in which the language of instruction is English may be exempt from TOEFL. Students should have a GPA of at least 80 or 3.0 and good recommendations to be considered for regular admission into the Energy Studies Master’s program. Students with GPA above 75 and below 80 are considered for admission on probation. Degree Requirements The program permits full-time or part-time enrollments. To obtain a Master of Science degree in Energy Studies, the student must complete a minimum of 24 credits of graduate course work, 6 credits of interdisciplinary thesis work on energy-related field, and a zero-credit seminar. The course work is distributed as follows: 9 credits of required core courses 3 to 6 credits of elective course from List A on energy resources, economics and policy 6 to 9 credits elective course from List B on energy science and technology 3 credits elective course as approved by thesis advisor/s if the elective is not from List A or B 0 credit seminar [-]

MS in Biology

Campus Full time Part time October 2017 Lebanon Beirut

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required of all applicants for graduate work. Requirements for an MS degree in biology consist of a minimum of 21 credit hours in biology courses numbered 300 or above and a (9 credit) thesis. [+]

The graduate program consists of an MS program in Biology and a PhD program in Cell and Molecular Biology. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required of all applicants for graduate work. Requirements for an MS degree in biology consist of a minimum of 21 credit hours in biology courses numbered 300 or above and a (9 credit) thesis. The following courses are core courses and should be taken by all Master’s students: BIOL 310 (3 cr.), BIOL 315 (3 cr.), and BIOL 393 (1 cr.). Unless otherwise stated, only senior undergraduate biology majors with an average of 80 or above can register in biology graduate courses with the consent of instructor. Program Requirements (PhD program) A minimum of 36 credit hours of course work beyond the Bachelor’s program, or 18 credit hours of course work beyond the Master’s program, in addition to a 30-credit PhD thesis, are required. To fulfill course requirements, six required core courses (18 credits), in addition to elective courses are offered. Beyond the Bachelor’s program, each PhD candidate would register for four semesters of course work for an average of nine credit hours per semester. A maximum of 21 credit hours may be transferred from the Master’s work if considered within the scope of the program. Upon admission into the program, each student will be assigned an academic adviser who will design the set of elective courses to meet the student’s research interests and career goals, and will advise if undergraduate courses are needed to rectify deficiencies. Each student’s course of study will be designed individually, in light of the student’s interests and career goals. All the duties of the academic adviser will be transferred to the student’s thesis adviser, who must be selected not later than the end of the first year for students entering with MS, and by the second year for students entering with BS. The program incorporates the existing Master’s program and consists of core courses that address basic principles of cell and protein function, gene expression and two courses that introduce the students to basic research techniques and bio-statistics. In addition, elective courses are chosen towards the completion of the course requirements. ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS An undergraduate average of at least 80 percent (or standardized equivalent from other institutions of higher learning) in the major field of study and a cumulative average of at least 75 percent (or standardized equivalent) for all work done at the undergraduate level leading to a Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from AUB or other recognized institutions of higher learning. General GRE scores are required. Scores up to three years old will be accepted. No minimum test score is required, but departments may set minimum required scores. At least two letters of recommendation. A detailed statement of purpose (~400-500 words) for each choice (major or concentration) indicating the purpose for pursuing graduate study in the particular field at AUB, and specifying the applicant’s research interests and/or practical experience in the field. Students from non-English-speaking countries must show proficiency in the English language. A score of 530 on the English Entrance Examination (EEE), or 583 on the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or 250 on the computer-based TOEFL or 97 on the internet-based TOEFL, or 7.0 on the IELTS, or 147 on the Verbal Part of the GRE (or 410 if the GRE test was taken prior to August 1, 2011), or 25 on the Verbal Part of the GMAT exempts applicants who have been admitted from taking additional English language courses. [-]

MA

MA in Media Studies

Campus Full time Part time October 2017 Lebanon Beirut

The <strong>AUB MA in Media Studies</strong> offers students a broad-based multidisciplinary liberal arts curriculum grounded in the social sciences that teaches students media theory, research and practice, and focuses on critical thinking and on the role of media in society. [+]

The AUB MA in Media Studies offers students a broad-based multidisciplinary liberal arts curriculum grounded in the social sciences that teaches students media theory, research and practice, and focuses on critical thinking and on the role of media in society. The program offers a regional and global scope and stresses a liberal arts approach that emphasizes theory, research, teaching, and critical skills, but also includes some basic practical media skills. In addition to exploring media theories, students learn scientific research methods and systematic and critical inquiry into the nature, processes and consequences of traditional and new media. Students also develop solid digital media skills that prepare them for “an information technology driven age”—a goal prominently iterated in the mission of the Faculty of Arts and Science. The program brings forth issues and principles of freedom of the press, multicultural communication, and media ethics and social responsibility. It stresses the university’s commitment “to creative and critical thinking and civic responsibility” by emphasizing media literacy principles that aim to produce graduates who can effectively and critically access, analyze, utilize, evaluate and create media messages, in addition to developing media policies and strategies. Admission Requirements for admission into the MA program are consistent with those of the Faculty of Arts of Sciences. Applicants are required to submit the following: two letters of recommendation, and statement of goals/research interests and experiences. Each student will also be interviewed upon application to determine his/her professional background and qualification. Prospective graduate students with no background in media studies will be required to take at least the following prerequisite undergraduate courses: MCOM 202, MCOM 203, and MCOM 220, and a course in research methods. Some or all of these prerequisite courses may be waived on a case-by-case basis for equivalent courses or for relevant, extensive, and verifiable professional experience. The supplementary courses must be completed within four consecutive semesters. Requirements The MA in Media Studies follows a liberal curriculum grounded in the social sciences. Its curriculum is intended for returning professionals, and AUB and non-AUB graduates who aim to build fundamental knowledge in the theories, research methods, and critical and practical skills of the field. The MA program offers two tracks. Students may choose either a thesis option or a project option. Both options require 30 credits. Students must decide which track they want to pursue by the time they successfully complete the comprehensive exam, which is normally at the end of the second semester for full-time students. Based on their comprehensive exam performance, students will be advised to pursue one track or the other. The thesis option requires eight courses (24 credits), the comprehensive exam (0 credits), and a 6-credit thesis (MCOM 399). The project option requires nine courses (27 credits), the comprehensive exam (0 credits), and a 3-credit project (MCOM 398). All candidates for the MA in Media Studies must complete MCOM 300, 301, 302, and 395 (comprehensive exam) and at least two courses from the list of department electives. The remainder of the courses may be selected from the department electives, the approved general electives, or other unlisted graduate courses, after the advisor’s consent. Core Courses: MCOM 300, MCOM 301, and MCOM 302. Department Electives: MCOM 310, MCOM 311, MCOM 312, MCOM 313, MCOM 380, MCOM 381, MCOM 390, MCOM 391, SOAN 310, SOAN 312, SOAN 315. Approved General Elective Courses - Political communication: PSPA 321, PSPA 380, PSPA 381, PSPA 382. - Health communication: HPCH 310, HPCH 332, HPCH 333, HPCH 334, HMPD 300, EPHD 331, EPHD 332. - Visual Literacy: GRDS 032, GRDS 036, GRDS 020. - Media management: MNGT 306, MKTG 306, MKTG 311, MKTG 312, MNGT 319, MNGT 332, MNGT 350. [-]

Masters of Arts in Public Policy and International Affairs

Campus Full time Part time October 2017 Lebanon Beirut

The <strong>Master of Arts in Public Policy and International Affairs (MPPIA)</strong> program is open to recent college graduates from various backgrounds who wish to pursue professional or academic careers in public affairs; as well as to mid-career professionals in Lebanon and the region who wish to deepen their knowledge of the field or acquire new ways of thinking and policy tools. [+]

The Master of Arts in Public Policy and International Affairs (MPPIA) program is open to recent college graduates from various backgrounds who wish to pursue professional or academic careers in public affairs; as well as to mid-career professionals in Lebanon and the region who wish to deepen their knowledge of the field or acquire new ways of thinking and policy tools. The MPPIA program has two main objectives. It will (1) offer students the opportunity to deepen their conceptual, critical and practical knowledge of public policy and international affairs, with particular focus on the challenges facing the Arab region; and (2) provide them with the necessary professional skills, tools, and networks to lead careers in public affairs. The MPPIA program also aims to develop and catalyze new experimental research through the interaction of current and new faculty members, graduate students, and organizations outside of AUB. In the courses offered, and with the people and organizations involved, existing theories can be critiqued and new ones based on regional and local specificities advanced. The MPIAA program seeks to fill an important need in the region, namely to build capacity in public policy and international affairs while also linking this capacity building with the production and translation of knowledge in these fields. It can also build on a growing international and local demand to study the Arab world, as well as to influence and lead the policy agenda in the region and beyond through articulating policy visions and positions that are based on properly understood contexts and specificities. It will further strive to increase interaction and knowledge production within a South-South context, a dimension largely deficient in the Arab region. The program was approved by the BOT in March 2014 and is registered with the Education Department of the State of New York. The program is awaiting registration at the Ministry of Education and Higher Education (Lebanon) and will start accepting students for Fall 2015. Educational Goals and Program Learning Outcomes Students who earn a masters degree in public policy and international affairs will be able to participate in and analyze the policy process in the Arab region within the global context. Students will also be able to raise awareness about public policy and international problems; assess the quantity and quality of policy relevant data and theories; advance the capacity, accountability, and responsiveness of public actors; and promote sound public policies that are informed by evidence. On successful completion of this interdisciplinary course of study, students will be able to: Explain fundamental theories and processes of public policy and international affairs Apply techniques and methodologies in public and international policy research Critically analyze key policy and international affairs issues Demonstrate oral and written communication skills in public and international policy arenas Formulate domestic and international public policy alternatives and arguments Critically appraise the validity and limitations of domestic and international public policy theories and arguments Admission Requirements Admission requirements to the program will follow AUB Graduate Studies Policies. Bachelor degree holders from relevant fields study are eligible to apply for admission into the Public Policy and International Affairs Master’s program. Remedial courses may be needed for students as would be recommended by the Program. Native English speakers and graduates of universities in which the language of instruction is English may be exempt from TOEFL. It is necessary for students to have intermediate knowledge of the Arabic language. The ability to converse, read, and write in Arabic is crucial in gaining understanding of the Arab region. Students will be tested on their Arabic level upon admission, and, if not native speakers or fluent, they will be required to take Arabic classes available at the Department of Arabic and Near Eastern Languages. Students should have a GPA of at least 80 or 3.0 and good recommendations to be considered for regular admission into the Public Policy and International Affairs Master’s program. Students with GPA above 75 and below 80 are considered for admission on probation. A minimum of one-year work experience is strongly recommended, and more is encouraged. Degree Requirements The program permits full-time or part-time enrollments. To obtain a Master of Arts degree in Public Policy and International Affairs, the student must complete a minimum of 36 credits of graduate course work and 6 credits of interdisciplinary thesis work, or internship and final year year project in the non-thesis track. There is also the option of providing a 3-week intensive course (0 credits) on Economics methods prior to the start of the Fall semester for those applicants lacking this background. The course work is distributed as follows: 18 credits of required core courses 12 credits of elective courses 6 credits of mini-courses/seminars on policy-making and international affairs related to the Arab World. [-]

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