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EMBA Admissions Requirements

Educational Background

A prior degree comparable to a Saudi Bachelor’s Degree is required. However, the university admits students with a variety of undergraduate degrees.

Work Experience

Successful candidates should have at least five years of professional work experience.

Scores on Standardized Test

  • English Proficiency: TOEFL or IELTS are required for admissions. Minimum acceptable score for TOEFL is 550 on the paper based or 213 on the computer based. The minimum acceptable score for the IELTS is 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.0 in the writing section.
  • GMAT: Minimum required score is 500.

Letter of Organizational Sponsorship

All applicants who are not self-employed should provide a letter from their employing organization stating its agreement with the student’s participation in the program and allowing time from work, as necessary, to participate in the program.

Letters of Reference

Employed applicants should provide at least three letters from supervisors and others in superior positions within the employing organization. These letters should attest to the applicant’s abilities and work experience. Self-employed applicants should submit letters from business partners, former employers, associated vendors, or others who can provide appropriate references.

Personal Interview

Each candidate who otherwise meets the selection criteria will be personally interviewed by a committee of program administrators and faculty. The interview will provide an opportunity to see the candidate in a setting of personal interaction and thus can help to determine whether or not the candidate has the right skill set for the program. For self-employed applicants, the interview should also serve to determine whether the applicant will have sufficient time and resources to balance the demands of business and the Executive MBA program.