Established in 2009, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) is a graduate-level research university located on the shores of the Red Sea. Ranked 1st in the world for citations per faculty for past 3 consecutive years running (Qs world university rankings), we’re dedicated to advancing science and technology through interdisciplinary research, education, and innovation.

Video Tour of KAUST from KAUST Video on Vimeo.

As a student at KAUST, you’ll be joining a truly international community of over 100 nationalities that have made our campus along the Red Sea coast home. All admitted students receive the benefits of the KAUST Fellowship which include:

  • Full tuition support
  • Competitive monthly living allowance (ranging between US$20,000-$30,000 per year, depending on qualifications and progression through degree programs)
  • Accommodation on campus
  • Private medical and dental coverage
  • Relocation support

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Find out more about our academic program offerings by looking through our 3 Divisions (in the section below) which house the following programs:

Biological and Environmental Science and Engineering

  • Bioscience
  • Environmental Science and Engineering
  • Marine Science
  • Plant Science

Computer, Electrical, and Mathematical Science and Engineering

  • Applied Mathematics and Computational Science
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Statistics

Physical Science and Engineering

  • Chemical Science
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Earth Science and Engineering
  • Energy Geoscience and Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Material Science and Engineering

VISION

KAUST aspires to be a destination for scientific and technological education and research. By inspiring discoveries to address global challenges, we strive to serve as a beacon of knowledge that bridges people and cultures for the betterment of humanity.

MISSION

KAUST advances science and technology through distinctive and collaborative research integrated with graduate education. We are a catalyst for innovation, economic development and social prosperity in Saudi Arabia and the world
We exist for the pursuit and advancement of scientific knowledge and its broad dissemination and benevolent application. We strive to enhance the welfare of society with a special focus on four areas of global significance – food, water, energy and the environment.

Programs taught in:
  • English

This school also offers:

MSc

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The Energy Resources and Petroleum Engineering Academic Program, for M.S. students, focuses on modern reservoir description, engineering, and management. Students in thi ... [+]

About the program

The Energy Resources and Petroleum Engineering Academic Program, for M.S. students, focuses on modern reservoir description, engineering, and management. Students in this program receive broad training in basic scientific concepts and thermodynamics, geology, geophysical characterization, and reservoir engineering. Our students participate in scientific research activities that may include mathematical analyses, computational modeling, experimental research and/or field studies.

If you are visiting as a potential applicant to our program, we can confidently say that the 'KAUST' experience is a truly unique opportunity for brilliant M.S. students who share the dream to make a difference in our field and in the world. We hope you will consider KAUST and our program.... [-]

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Master

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The Applied Mathematics and Computational Sciences (AMCS) program educates students to construct and solve Mathematical and Computational models of real-world problems. ... [+]

About the Program

The Applied Mathematics and Computational Sciences (AMCS) program educates students to construct and solve Mathematical and Computational models of real-world problems. Two-degree programs are offered: the M.S. degree (under either a Thesis or a Non-Thesis option) and the Ph.D. degree. Admission to one-degree program does not guarantee transfer to another.

The Applied Math and Computational Science program offers specializations in three distinct directions (called “Tracks”): Applied Mathematics (AM), Computational Science and Engineering (CSE) and Statistics (ST).

The requirements for the different specializations may vary and are outlined below. All students in the M.S. program are guided by a Faculty advisor to develop their program of study.... [-]

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The Applied Physics program for both M.S. and Ph.D. students aims at providing firm knowledge on basic science to comprehend the physics taking place at the nanoscale, an ... [+]

Welcome to the Applied Physics Program

The Applied Physics Program is a new interdisciplinary degree program at KAUST which​ will start in Fall 2019. Courses in the Applied Physics program are selected and designed to provide students with the knowledge-base and intellectual foundation required to advance scientific research and engineering solutions in applied physics.​

The Applied Physics program for both M.S. and Ph.D. students aims at providing firm knowledge on basic science to comprehend the physics taking place at the nanoscale, and tools to apply this knowledge to nurture technological and scientific breakthroughs in applied physics. The program focuses on device physics, photonics, and quantum electronics. Students in this program receive broad training in basic scientific concepts in condensed matter physics, electrodynamics, and statistical physics. Students participate in scientific research activities that may include laboratory studies and computational modeling. Ph.D. candidates focus on original research driven to advance the boundaries of knowledge. Employability of Applied Physics graduates ranges from academic research institutions to research and development positions in high-tech industrial or entrepreneurial environments.... [-]

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The Bioscience program plays a key role in tackling many of the global challenges being addressed by KAUST, with a general emphasis on what we term Adaptive Biology or th ... [+]

About the Program

The Bioscience program plays a key role in tackling many of the global challenges being addressed by KAUST, with a general emphasis on what we term Adaptive Biology or the study of the mechanisms that allow organisms to adapt to their environment. The unique location of KAUST on the shores of the Red Sea makes comprehensive exploration of the biodiversity of this unique ecosystem and its potential biotechnology applications possible.

The Bioscience Program provides an introduction to living systems with courses in cell and molecular biology and biophysics. The program is comprised of two tracks of self-contained courses consisting of lectures, seminars and laboratory classes. Each course provides an in-depth review of the subject and examples of current research in the field.... [-]

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The Chemical and Biological Engineering Program offers students opportunities to develop real-world solutions to global challenges by performing rigorous coursework studi ... [+]

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

The Chemical and Biological Engineering Program offers students opportunities to develop real-world solutions to global challenges by performing rigorous coursework studies and cutting-edge research in chemical engineering. These include the development of new materials and processes for gas and liquid separations, for water desalination, catalysis, sustainable energy, and nanotechnology as well as the advancement of new ideas in process design and control and reactor design.

We invite you to explore our website to find out more about our graduate study program and faculty research groups.

MASTERS DEGREE

Can be a terminal graduate degree or may serve as a gateway to the Ph.D. program. The M.S. degree typically takes 18 months to complete, and is offered to both traditional full-time students and part-time students; for example, industry-sponsored students on semester-long company leaves.... [-]

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King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

The Chemical Science Program is an interdisciplinary degree program which provides a modern, research-oriented education in Chemistry. Making use of the outstanding facil ... [+]

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

The Chemical Science Program is an interdisciplinary degree program which provides a modern, research-oriented education in Chemistry. Making use of the outstanding facilities at KAUST, the program distinguishes itself with a clear focus on current challenges related to catalysis and materials.

We invite you to explore our website to find out more about our graduate study program and faculty research groups.

MASTERS DEGREE

Can be a terminal graduate degree or may serve as a gateway to the Ph.D. program. The M.S. degree typically takes 18 months to complete, and is offered to both traditional full-time students and part-time students; for example, industry-sponsored students on semester-long company leaves.... [-]

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King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

The Computer Science program educates students to become world-class researchers and thought leaders in the field of computer science. The program is designed to prepare ... [+]

About the program

The Computer Science program educates students to become world-class researchers and thought leaders in the field of computer science. The program is designed to prepare the student for a career in academia, industrial research or advanced positions in the industry.

The program offers two degrees: the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree and the M.S. degree The M.S. degree can be obtained by taking courses only or by a combination of courses and writing a thesis. Students who are interested in a research career are encouraged to apply directly to the Ph.D. program. An M.S. degree is not a pre-requisite to enroll in the Ph.D. program.

A student who completes the Ph.D. degree will have demonstrated original research that is published in world-class prestigious conferences, journals, and other research forums. This degree is appropriate for those who want to pursue a career in research either in academia or industry. A student who completes the M.S. degree by taking courses and writing a thesis will have demonstrated the ability to perform directed research and complete a research project. This degree is appropriate for students who wish to pursue a... [-]

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King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

The program is rich with opportunities, for both M.S. and Ph.D. students, with a focus on modern computational and advanced data-analysis methods to study geophysical pro ... [+]

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

The program is rich with opportunities, for both M.S. and Ph.D. students, with a focus on modern computational and advanced data-analysis methods to study geophysical problems associated with atmospheric processes and ocean circulation, oil exploration and reservoir modeling, earthquake processes and crustal deformation. Students in this program receive broad training in numerical methods, mathematical modeling, and geophysics. M.S. students have an option to participate in scientific research activities that include computational and mathematical modeling or field-study projects (M.S. with thesis). Ph.D. candidates in the program conduct original research.

We invite you to explore our website to find out more about our graduate study programs and research groups.... [-]

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King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

Electrical Engineering (EE) plays an important role in the fields of engineering, applied physics, and computational sciences. A significant portion of advancement in tec ... [+]

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

Electrical Engineering (EE) plays an important role in the fields of engineering, applied physics, and computational sciences. A significant portion of advancement in technology originates from cutting-edge research performed in the field of EE. At KAUST the EE program is bound to this tradition: It aims for preparing students for a multitude of professional paths and advancing world-class research and research-based education through interdisciplinary partnering within engineering and science.

The EE degree program has two (2) major tracks:

Electro-Physics Systems

The Electro-Physics track encompasses technical areas of solid-state electronics, microsystems, electromagnetics, and photonics, while the Systems track encompasses communications, networking, signal processing, computer vision, and control.... [-]

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King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

The Environmental Science and Engineering Program (EnSE) prepares students to work on many of the world’s most pressing challenges. There is a worldwide concern with the ... [+]

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

The Environmental Science and Engineering Program (EnSE) prepares students to work on many of the world’s most pressing challenges. There is a worldwide concern with the availability of clean water; EnSE examines methods to purify and reuse water, as well as to reduce contamination of existing reserves. The focus of the program is on examining the impact of humans on our environment through resource exploitation; including over-consumption, land degradation, and pollution of water. The results of these efforts may offer solutions to water scarcity, soil contamination.

This program comprises four tracks: Water Quality, Chemistry, and Treatment; Environmental Microbiology and Biotechnology; Environmental Hydrology and Fluid Mechanics; and Materials for Environmental Science and Engineering. Students entering the program enroll in a set of core courses and then take specialty courses in one of the three major tracks. The remaining courses are technical electives. The three tracks together cover the most important areas in Environmental Science and Engineering, and the core-plus specialty courses and electives will equip a student for a successful and productive career in these fields. ... [-]
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King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

The Marine Science (MarS) Program takes advantage of KAUST’s location on the Red Sea, a living laboratory with great potential for exciting science. The program addresses ... [+]

ABOUT THE PROGRAM The Marine Science (MarS) Program takes advantage of KAUST’s location on the Red Sea, a living laboratory with great potential for exciting science. The program addresses the biology and ecology of the multitude of marine life forms. There is an intentional focus on the local Red Sea system, both as a primary study system and as a system with which general concepts from other marine systems can be compared. The goal of the Marine Science Program is to develop an integrated understanding of the Red Sea’s ecosystem as well as marine ecosystems in general, including fundamental biology at the molecular and genomic levels, symbiosis with algae and prokaryotes (Bacteria and Archaea), associated communities of fish and corals and the physical and chemical environment that impacts and shapes them. This understanding could have an impact on global carbon cycling, endangered species and how we manage the harvesting of resources from the Oceans. ... [-]
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King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

The Material Science and Engineering Program is designed to equip students with fundamental and applied knowledge of materials. We prepare students to tackle grand challe ... [+]

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

The Material Science and Engineering Program is designed to equip students with fundamental and applied knowledge of materials. We prepare students to tackle grand challenges in sustainability and renewable energy, nanotechnology and nanoelectronics, biomaterials, materials characterization and low-power computing.

We invite you to explore our website to find out more about our graduate study program and faculty research groups.

MASTERS DEGREE

Can be a terminal graduate degree or may serve as a gateway to the Ph.D. program. The M.S. degree typically takes 18 months to complete, and is offered to both traditional full-time students and part-time students; for example, industry-sponsored students on semester-long company leaves.... [-]

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King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

The Mechanical Engineering Program course curriculum is modern and rigorous. The courses in the program provide a solid foundation in subjects such as mechanical behavior ... [+]

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

The Mechanical Engineering Program course curriculum is modern and rigorous. The courses in the program provide a solid foundation in subjects such as mechanical behavior of engineering materials, continuum mechanics, thermodynamics, experimental and numerical combustion, computational fluid dynamics and control theory. Our graduates are technically well trained to be productive members of the modern world society at large and specifically suited for research careers in academia, industry, and government research laboratories. We place a strong emphasis on class learning coupled with innovative research in a variety of areas. We invite you to explore our website to find out more about our graduate study program and faculty research groups.... [-]

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​The goal of the Plant Science Program is to develop a thorough understanding of plant growth and function under challenging environmental conditions, such as those found ... [+]

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

​The goal of the Plant Science Program is to develop a thorough understanding of plant growth and function under challenging environmental conditions, such as those found in Saudi Arabia. The fundamental biology of plants is studied at a range of levels (e.g. genomic, proteomic, metabolomics), and the interactions of plants with their environment, both abiotic (heat, salt, and drought) and biotic (pathogens and symbionts) are investigated. Application of this knowledge will allow the development of plants with enhanced tolerance to environmental stresses and help to establish sustainable agriculture systems in arid regions of the world.

MASTERS DEGREE

​​The Master’s Degree (M.S.) is awarded upon successful completion of a minimum of 36 credit hours. A minimum GPA of 3.0 must be achieved to graduate. Individual courses require a minimum of a B- for course credit. Students are expected to complete the M.S. degree in three semesters and one summer session.... [-]

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The Statistics (STAT) program educates students to analyze and model complex real-world problems arising in modern Statistical Data Science. Two degrees are offered: the ... [+]

About the Program

The Statistics (STAT) program educates students to analyze and model complex real-world problems arising in modern Statistical Data Science. Two degrees are offered: the M.S. degree (under either a Thesis or a Non-Thesis option) and the Ph.D. degree. Admission to one degree does not guarantee transfer to another. All students in the M.S. and Ph.D. programs are guided by a Faculty Advisor to develop their program of study.

Assessment

Students are admitted to KAUST from a wide variety of programs and backgrounds. In order to facilitate the design of an appropriate study plan for each individual student, all admitted students are required to take a written assessment exam when they arrive on Campus. The exam will focus on mathematics and basic sciences. The purpose of the assessment is to determine whether students have mastered the prerequisites for undertaking graduate-level courses taught in the program. The Academic Advisor works with admitted students to develop a study plan if needed. Students are encouraged to prepare for the assessment by refreshing the general knowledge gained from their undergraduate education before arriving at KAUST. The remedial study plan requirements must be satisfactorily completed, in addition to the University degree requirements.... [-]

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Biological and Environmental Science & Engineering Division at KAUST

The Computer, Electrical and Mathematical Sciences and Engineering Division at KAUST

Physical Science and Engineering Division at KAUST

KAUST: Why Am I Here?

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