United Arab Emirates University


Welcome to the United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) - the first and foremost comprehensive national university in the United Arab Emirates. Founded in 1976 by the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, UAEU is a comprehensive, research-intensive university enrolling approximately 14,000 Emirati and international students. As the UAE’s flagship university, UAEU offers a full range of accredited, high-quality graduate and undergraduate programs through nine Colleges: Business and Economics; Education; Engineering; Food and Agriculture; Humanities and Social Sciences; IT; Law; Medicine and Health Sciences; and Science. With a distinguished international faculty, state-of-the art new campus, and full range of student support services, UAEU offers a living-learning environment that is unmatched in the UAE.

As a research-intensive university of international stature, UAEU works with its partners in industry to provide research solutions to challenges faced by the nation, the region, and the world. The University has established research centers of strategic importance to the country and the region which are advancing knowledge in critical areas ranging from water resources to cancer treatments. UAEU is currently ranked the number one research university in the GCC, number two in the Arab World, and #385 globally.

UAEU’s academic programs have been developed in partnership with employers, so our graduates are in high demand. UAEU alumni hold key positions in industry, commerce, and government throughout the region. Our continuing investments in facilities, services, and staff ensure that UAEU will continue to serve as a model of innovation and excellence.

Vision, Mission, Values & Goals


"Leadership and excellence in higher education and scientific research at the regional and international levels."


"Make a positive contribution to the advancement of United Arab Emirates by preparing graduates for future leadership, providing quality education that meets international standards, developing research solutions in areas strategic to the nation, and collaborating effectively with other organizations to promote knowledge in the society."


Although the Vision and Mission of the University may change over time, we are guided by a set of core principles and values:

  • Respect Values, Heritage and Cultural Diversity: We respect the deep-rooted values and the rich heritage of UAE and seek to sustain them. We also respect diversity in cultures and opinions.
  • Integrity and Transparency: We adhere to the highest ethical principles and pledge to work with integrity and transparency in order to achieve justice and promote institutional trust, credibility and accountability.
  • Spirit of Teamwork: We support one another at work through cooperation and teamwork, and value the rewarding and creative environment that this produces.
  • Leadership and Life-long Learning: We foster and support innovation, initiative, excellence and striving for international best practice; we value a focus on student success, life-long learning and sharing of knowledge.
  • Effectiveness in Decision-making: We are committed to basing our decisions and plans on evidence and analysis, and adopting efficient systems and procedures.
  • Effective Communication: We are committed to effective communication, through a variety of communication methods, with all our stakeholders (staff, students, partners, vendors, and the local and international communities).


  • Prepare graduates to be pioneers and leaders in their areas of specialization.
  • Develop scientific research capacity and innovation in areas of regional and national importance.
  • Achieve academic excellence in accordance with academic accreditation and institutional accreditation standards.
  • Promote the University’s role in the transfer of knowledge and skills to serve the society.
  • Ensure that administrative services are provided with a high standard of quality, efficiency and transparency.


1. Excellence

At UAEU we focus on the quality of the learning experience for each student. UAEU’s “excellence agenda” involves every aspect of the university. Here you will find the finest faculty in the nation, the most advanced technology in the region and the most modern and attractive campus facilities to be found anywhere. Our unrelenting focus on excellence ensures that your degree is highly regarded, both nationally and internationally, and that you will leave the university fully equipped for professional and personal success.

2. International Recognition

Based upon our international reputation, the employability of our graduates, and our research productivity, UAEU continues to rank among the best of the world’s universities. QS, a London-based international ranking of the world’s leading universities, rates UAEU as number one in the nation and number 385 in the world. QS also includes UAEU on its list of the top 50 world universities that have been founded within the past 50 years.

3. Employability of our Graduates

Since our programs have been designed in partnership with employers, our graduates are highly sought after by both private and government entities. Our academic programs include not just classroom theory, but also practical internships and research experiences. Our graduates consistently find that their hands-on experience provides them both with the practical skills that employers value and with the connections and relationships that are an important part of the career-building process.

4. A Supportive Learning Environment

UAEU is committed to providing the support to ensure that every student can be successful. Our support services include counseling, healthcare, IT support, disability support, career services, financial aid, international student services, alumni services, a student success center and a student council. Regardless of the obstacles that you encounter along the way, there is always a mentor, a counselor, or an advisor nearby to help. Each student is provided with an individual academic advisor to assist with the critical decisions and choices that you face along the road to academic and career success.

5. A Vibrant Living Environment

Our goal is not only to give students an excellent degree qualification but also to ensure that you have fun along the way. Our students come from more than 50 countries, so you will interact with and learn from people of diverse cultural backgrounds. The university offers a wealth of extra-curricular activities and life-enhancing experiences to enrich your university experience, and with more than 50 Clubs and Societies at UAEU, there is no shortage of opportunities to have fun outside of lectures and to make friends. UAEU’s campus is a real community with multiple cafés and restaurants, retail and banking facilities, bright, modern campus residences, and exceptional athletic and recreational facilities.

6. A Magnificent New Campus

The new UAEU campus features the most modern architecture, zones for specialized research centers, cutting edge IT network infrastructure, classrooms and labs that feature the latest equipment and instructional technology to enhance student learning. There is also an expansive library offering vast physical and electronic resources, two world class health clubs equipped with latest fitness equipment, two Olympic sized swimming pools, as well as tennis, basketball, and badminton courts.

7. Cutting-Edge Research

The UAEU is the nation’s premier research university. We not only transmit knowledge to our students, but through our colleges and research centers we help to create new knowledge, work on developing new treatments for cancer, produce new technology for addressing the world’s energy needs and develop new techniques for increasing the global food supply. Each year our historians and archaeologists help to discover and assess historical artifacts concerning the accomplishments and culture of the people from this part of the world. As a UAEU student, you will have the opportunity to work side by side with internationally known research faculty on these exciting projects.

8. Community Outreach

As the UAE’s national university, UAEU recognizes the responsibility of the university and our graduates to contribute to the wellbeing of the broader community. We encourage our students and staff to give back to the community through civic engagement, public service, and research. The university helps students connect with volunteer and community service organizations in the student’s particular area of interest.

9. Choice

No university in the nation provides as many academic choices as UAEU. The university offers 52 Bachelor’s degree programs, 37 Master’s programs, a Doctor of Medicine (MD), a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D), a Ph.D program, and a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) across a broad range of disciplines, including business, economics, education, engineering, food and agriculture, humanities, the social sciences, IT, law, medicine and health sciences, and the natural sciences. Many of our degree programs are unique to UAEU, and many of them are offered in unique combinations. Whatever your interests, talents, and goals, UAEU has a program to match.

This school offers programs in:
  • English
  • Arabic

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Master of Governance and Public Policy

Campus Full time September 2017 United Arab Emirates AL Ain

The Master of Governance and Public Policy (MGPP) degree aims to impart knowledge, skills, and analytic capability about the rational application of methods, practical tools and techniques in public governance including the formulation, implementation, and evaluation of public policy in the dynamic and complex era of globalization. [+]

The Master of Governance and Public Policy (MGPP) degree aims to impart knowledge, skills, and analytic capability about the rational application of methods, practical tools and techniques in public governance including the formulation, implementation, and evaluation of public policy in the dynamic and complex era of globalization. The Program combines relevant contemporary theories, professional skills, practical knowledge, high level research skills and critical thinking to approach the questions of governance and policy management in the new millennium. The MGPP equips students with cutting-edge skills to undertake open, accountable, responsive, and inclusive leadership to address the administrative, ethical, financial, organizational, and political challenges in delivering superior governmental services and making effectual decisions. Program Objectives To prepare professionals and public policy leaders to discuss, analyze, and evaluate public policies. To appreciate the complex and cross-sectorial nature of public policy, public policy challenges, and public policy solutions. To implement skills necessary to address important criteria of transparency, accountability, responsive, effectiveness, efficiency, and inclusive in all policy processes. To develop leadership skills necessary to lead national and local institutions and perform administrative, financial, organizational, and political activities. To exercise ethical and moral standards in public policy processes and leadership behaviors. To equip students with various analytical tools to effectively diagnose and proffer solutions to complex public policy issues. Program Learning Outcomes Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to: Comprehend selected theories and methods in public governance, policy analysis, market-government relations, macro and micro economics, public budgeting, leadership, and research in the analysis and formulation of public policy. Conduct governance and public policy research using appropriate research methods, ethics procedures, and statistical analysis Apply qualitative and quantitative skills in the formulation of public policy independently and in teams. Use different tools and techniques in policy analysis, stakeholder management, successful policy implementation, effective program evaluation, and financial management Communicate descriptive and analytical knowledge effectively in written and oral format to various audiences. Demonstrate preparedness for continued reflective practice and lifelong learning in public policy and governance. Degree Requirements Required Credit Hours : minimum 36 hours [-]

Master of Social Work

Campus Full time 1 - 2  September 2017 United Arab Emirates AL Ain

Master of Social Work (MSW) programs prepare graduates for advanced professional practice in an area of concentration. [+]

Master of Social Work MSW Vision: Social Workers are leaders dedicated to strengthening families, organizations, communities and society through the social development of human potential. Master of Social Work (MSW) programs prepare graduates for advanced professional practice in an area of concentration. The MSW program will prepare UAEU graduates to enter the job force as specialized practitioners, accepting leadership roles within the areas of health/mental health, criminal justice, applied research, policy analysis, community education, schools and in the planning and provision of social services in other areas. The Master of Social Work consists of 30 credit hours of specialized course-work and practicum for students with a Bachelor degree in Social Work (BSW). The MSW program also welcomes students with a bachelor degree in disciplines other than social work. However, for these students, the program of study will consist of foundation courses (30 credit hours) in year 1 and specialization courses (30 credit hours) in year 2 for a total of 60 credits hours. Program Objectives 1. Practice in accordance with social work values and ethics that acknowledge the history and laws of UAE society. 2. Practice in a culturally competent manner that promotes quality of life and well-being, human rights and social and economic justice, with diverse Arab, Muslim and expatriate populations of the UAE and GCC. 3. Use, produce and apply research knowledge to enhance their skills for practice with the diverse Arab/Muslim families, children, individuals, groups, organizations, communities, and societies of the UAE and GCC. Program Learning Outcomes Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to: 1. Use communication/facilitation skills ethically in building empowering relationships with the diverse populations in the UAE, the Arab Gulf and internationally. 2. Employ skills for influencing policy formulation and change in communities that advance social and economic justice. 3. Apply knowledge and leadership skills in managing projects, and working with community groups and/or organizations to address populations at risk and engage in community resource development. 4. Demonstrate skills in quantitative/qualitative research design, data analysis, program evaluation, practice evaluation, community needs assessments, and knowledge dissemination. 5. Apply the knowledge, values, ethical principles, and skills of a generalist social work perspective to practice with diverse social systems in the UAE, the Arab Gulf and internationally. 6. Analyze social policies at a local, regional, national, and international level. 7. Evaluate existing research studies and one’s own practice interventions. 8. Function within the structure of organizations and service delivery systems and seek necessary organizational change. Degree Requirements Required Credit Hours : minimum 30 hours 3 semester Advance Standing for those with BSW Maximum 60 hours 6 semester Bridge Program for those without BSW Admission requirements or amendment of program admission requirements. Fall Admission Only Weekend classes; evening classes depending on student needs Admission Criteria: Applicants to the Master of Social Work Degree Program must meet the current UAEU graduate admission requirements (GPA; IELTS & TOELF scores, including Tuition and program costs) and the MSW program requirements. 1. A GPA of 3.0 in their undergraduate study; 2. At least two samples of written academic work; 3. An IELTS score of 60 or a TOEFL score of 500; 4. References from at least two people with whom the applicant has worked or studied; 5. A successful interview with MSW Admissions Committee 6. In addition to meeting the above requirements, applicants for advanced standing must have a Bachelor in Social Work or a BSW degree from a university that is accredited and approved in the UAE. Program Requirements: Two Tracts for MSW program 1. 30 credit hours for those with BSW degree. A 3 semester Advanced Standing Program of study and 2. 60 credit hours for those without a BSW degree. The MSW 6 semester Bridge Program of study There is no thesis requirement for the MSW Degree. MSW Bridge Program Required Courses: For Students without the BSW degree: First Semester Required Courses SW 500 Social Welfare Policy and Services: A Worldview 3 SW 510 Human Behavior and Social Environments I 3 SW 542 Social Work Practice with Communities and Organizations 3 SW 520 Research Methods for Social Work Practice 3 Second Semester Required Courses SW 541 Social Work Practice with Groups 3 SW 540 Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families 3 SW 511 Human Behavior and Social Environments II 3 SW 534 Integrative Seminar (1 hour) 1 Third Semester Field Practicum SW 590 Field Practicum (400 hours) 8 Total Credits 30 Applicants with a BSW or social work degree approved by the Ministry of Education and UAEU are eligible to take the MSW Advanced Standing 3 semester program. MSW Advanced Standing 3 Semester Program: (For Students with a Social Work Degree BSW) First Semester Required Courses SW 640 Models and Methods of Social Work Practice 3 SW645 Intermediate Social Work Research 3 SW642 Leadership & Supervision 3 One course from selected Concentration list 3 Second Semester Required Course One course from selected Concentration list SW699 Directed Readings 3 Third Semester Field Practicum SW695 Field practicum II (500 hours) 9 Total Credits 30 Specialization Tracks: Students design their specialization in collaboration with their Advisor. MSW Health/Mental Health Specialization SW690 Social Work & Traditional Help Seeking Behavior 3 SW691 Social Work in Behavioral Health Settings 3 SW671 Social Work Practice with At Risk Populations 3 SW699 Directed Readings 3 MSW Criminal Justice/Substance Abuse Concentration SW 680 Social Work in Criminal Justice Settings 3 SW 681 Social Work & Addictions 3 SW 682 Techniques in Rehabilitation Counseling 3 SW699 Directed Readings 3 Program Tuition Fees are listed below. For payment information contact UAEU Tuition Unit cost 1,600.00 per credit hour One Year Advanced Standing MSW Program (30 credits) 48,000.00 AED Two Year Bridging MSW Program (60 credits) 96,000.00 AED Program Fees Application Fees (non-refundable) 500.00 Textbooks, supplies, Field Manual (one-off) 2,000.00 Field Practicum Fees (one-off) 1,000.00 One Year Advanced Standing Total Program Cost 51,500.00 AED Two Year Bridge MSW Program Total Program Cost 99,500.00 AED Admission: Fall Semester Only Those interested in applying for the MSW program are instructed to complete the online application at WWW.uaeu.ac.ae. For further information about the MSW Program: Contact Persons: Dr. Shamma Al Falasi, Chair Social Work Department [-]


MSc in Clinical Psychology

Campus Full time Part time 2  - 4   September 2017 United Arab Emirates AL Ain + 1 more

The Department of Psychology & counseling offers a Master of Science degree in Clinical Psychology. The need for qualified clinicians and mental health professionals to serve the community necessitated the establishment of this program. [+]

The Department of Psychology & counseling offers a Master of Science degree in Clinical Psychology. The need for qualified clinicians and mental health professionals to serve the community necessitated the establishment of this program. The Master of Science program is designed to provide proper training for Masters level psychologists to work in a variety of clinical settings including hospitals, schools, public agencies, and private practice. It also provides a foundation for students interested in pursuing advanced doctoral studies. The program focuses on the field of clinical psychology. The curriculum is structured to enable students pursue a plan of study to assure increased professional competence and breadth of knowledge in the field of clinical psychology. This program requires 39 semester hours of study, including two practicum courses (600 clock hours) of supervised practicum experience in an approved mental health or rehabilitation setting. Program Objectives 1. To provide students with advanced knowledge of current developments in clinical psychology. 2. To train students on the application of clinical knowledge to solve psychological problems. 3. To train students to act independently in planning and implementing tasks at a professional level. 4. To enable students to communicate clinical issues and conclusions clearly to all parties involved. 5. To provide students with knowledge that enables them to conduct clinical research under minimal supervision. Program Learning Outcomes Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to: 1. Demonstrate clinical knowledge that is culturally sound and relevant to professional and ethical practices in the field of mental health. 2. Conduct proper psychological assessment. 3. Diagnose successfully clients’ clinical problems using DSM/ ICD. 4. Create suitable treatment plans for diverse psychological disorders. 5. Apply therapeutic skills to help clients (individuals and groups) overcome their psychological disorders. 6. Communicate comprehensive and understandable psychological reports to all parties involved. 7. Apply appropriate methodology to conduct research in clinical psychology. Degree Requirements Required Credit Hours: minimum 39 hours Admission: Fall and Spring Classes begin: fall, usually Language of Instruction: English Admission Requirements 1. A Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent in psychology or a related field from an accredited university recognized by the UAE Ministry of higher education. 2. A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0ona4.0 scale or equivalent, in all undergraduate work. 3. A score of at least 6.0 on the ILETS Academic exam or equivalent. This test score must be less than two years old at the time of application, with the following exceptions: A. A native speaker of English who has completed his/her undergraduate education in an English-medium institution and in a country where English is the official language; or B. An applicant with an undergraduate degree from an English-medium institution who can provide evidence of acquiring a minimum TOEFL score of 500 on the paper-based test, or its equivalent, at the time of admission to his/her undergraduate program. Conditional Acceptance An applicant with a Bachelor degree recognized may be granted conditional admission into the Master’s program in one and only one of the following cases: 1. An applicant with an IELTS score of 5.5, or its equivalent. 2. An applicant with an undergraduate cumulative GPA less than 3.0 but equal or higher than 2.5 or its equivalent. Program Requirements: Required Courses 33 Credit Hours Elective Courses 6 Credit Hours A. Required Courses (33 Credit-hours): First Semester - PSY521 Advanced Clinical Psychology 3 CH - PSY523 Advanced Psychopathology 3 CH - PSY529 Advanced Behavioral Statistics 3 CH - PSY527 Intellectual Assessment 4 CH Second Semester: - PSY522 Cross-cultural Issues 2 CH - PSY524 Personality Self-report Measures 4 CH - PSY526 Child and Family Therapy 3 CH; Prerequisites: PSY521, PSY523 - PSY528 Psychotherapy: Theories & Techniques 3 CH; Prerequisites: PSY521, PSY523 Third Semester - PSY631 Internship I 2 CH; prerequisites: PSY526,PSY528 - PSY633 Scientific and Professional Ethics 2 CH Fourth Semester - PSY634 Internship II 2 CH; Prerequisites: PSY521, PSY523 - PSY632 Health Psychology 2 CH; Prerequisites: PSY521, PSY523 B. Elective Courses (6 Credit-hours) - Second Semster - PSY629 Individual Tests (Children 3 CH - PSY623 Neuropsychology 3 CH - PSY621 Research Design Methods 3 CH - PSY624 Personality Performance-based Measures 3 CH Fourth Semester: - PSY622 Seminar in Mental Health 3 CH - PSY626 Psychopharmacology 3 CH - PSY628 Master’s Thesis (6) 3 CH Contact Information 1. email: ahamid@uaeu.ac.ae Dr. Abdalla Hamid 2. email: amber.haque@uaeu.ac.ae Dr. Amber Haque [-]

MSc in Remote Sensing & Geographic Information Systems

Campus Full time September 2017 United Arab Emirates AL Ain

The Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems Master of Science Program at UAE University is the first of its kind in the region. [+]

The Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems Master of Science Program at UAE University is the first of its kind in the region. It is designed to provide you with the theoretical background and practical skills to start or advance your career in remote sensing and GIS. Our curriculum has been specifically developed to suit students from diverse academic backgrounds and professional occupations. No prior remote sensing or GIS experience is required to excel in the program. (Total credit hours is 30 for theses and 34 for no-theses). For more details on this program, click here. Program Objectives Discuss the theoretical background and practical skills for a career in Remote Sensing or GIS. Identify the recent advances in Remote Sensing, GIS and GNSS relating that with scientific research and its role in the society. Apply analytical and spatial thinking skills needed for successful use of remote sensing and GIS in solving spatial problems. Program Learning Outcomes Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to: Discuss the theoretical principles of remote sensing and GIS and their role in modeling and solving environmental, urban and social issues. Recognize advanced analysis and interpretation skills needed in remote sensing and GIS. Apply practical remote sensing and GIS procedures for assessing and solving environmental, urban, geologic and societal problems. Communicate remote sensing and GIS related ideas and results both orally and in writing. Develop remote sensing and GIS project management, team work and leadership skills. Produce scientific research related to the applications of remote sensing and GIS. Degree Requirements Required Credit Hours : minimum 30 hours [-]

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