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Dhofar University

P.O.Box: 2509, P.C 211, Salalah,

Postgraduate Overview


Dhofar University (DU) is located in the city of Salalah in the Dhofar Governorate of Sultanate of Oman. It is the only University in the region offering Programs at Postgraduate Level through its four Colleges. These Colleges are: The College of Arts and Applied Sciences (CAAS), the College of Commerce and Business Administration (CCBA), the College of Engineering (CE) and the College of Law (CL).

Currently (2019-20), DU offers 13 Postgraduate Programs in the fields of Arts & Humanities, Business & Management, Engineering and Social Sciences. All these programs follow credit hour system and the medium of instruction is either English or Arabic. DU is also working on expanding its portfolio of Postgraduate Programs and intends to start joint programs in collaboration with reputed regional and international universities.

Postgraduate Programs Offered in English Medium

1)Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction: Teaching English Language

2)Master of Arts in English

3)Master of Science in Information Technology

4)Master of Business Administration 

5)Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering 

6)Master of Science in Chemical Engineering

Postgraduate Programs Offered in Arabic Medium

1)Master of Education in Educational Administration 

2)Master of Education in Psychological Counseling 

3)Master of Education: General Curriculum & Instruction 

4)Master in Management 

5)Master in Social Work

6)Master in Private Law

7)Master in Public Law

Academic Year, Semester Load and Duration of Study

The academic year for Postgraduate Programs at DU is divided into two semesters (Fall and Spring) of sixteen weeks of instruction each. The normal semester load of a Postgraduate Program student is 9 credit hours.

As per MoHE guidelines, the time limit set for completing the postgraduate program is not less than four semesters (Two years) and not more than eight semesters (Four years). During the above mentioned period, a student may postpone or withdraw his/her study up to a maximum of two semesters.

Admission Dates 

Applications for admission to Postgraduate Programs are accepted twice in a year: for Fall Semester from July 1 to August 31 and for Spring Semester from December 1 to January 31. 

Entry Requirements

The entry requirements for each Postgraduate Program are different and all postgraduate admissions are subject to final approval by the Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE). 

In general, for admission to any Postgraduate Program at DU, the applicant must meet the following criteria:

1)Have a Bachelor Degree in the relevant field or related discipline approved by the MoHE.

2)Attained the required Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) in Bachelor Degree.

3)Have the required IELTS score as specified by MoHE (wherever applicable).

4)Have the required work experience (wherever applicable).

5)Pass the Entrance Exam conducted by the respective College (wherever applicable).

6)Succeed in personal interview conducted by College Postgraduate Studies Committee (wherever applicable). 

7)Pass the specified number of bridging courses recommended by the College Postgraduate Studies Committee (wherever applicable).

Admission Procedure

Every applicant (domestic or international) for Postgraduate Program is required to submit an application online through the DU Website (www.du.edu.om), and upload color scanned copies of the required documents. The Online admission is the only way through which DU accepts the admission applications. The steps for completing the online admission are set clearly on the DU Website.

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for the Postgraduate Programs are in the range of RO 90 to RO 150 per credit hour, depending on the program. This does not include the cost of books, accommodation and transportation. The tuition fees for the bridging courses is RO 250 per course.

The tuition fees are the same for both domestic and international students.

Graduation Requirements

To receive a Postgraduate Degree, a student must:

1)Satisfactorily complete 30 to 36 credit hours with prescribed CGPA, depending on the program,  

2)Complete and successfully defend Research Project or Master Thesis, 

3)Pass a Comprehensive Examination (for comprehensive examination track only),

4)Present official evidence of passing IELTS with band 6, or TOEFL with a minimum score of 550, or its equivalent (wherever applicable).

Academic Advising and Project/Thesis Supervision

Each Postgraduate Program student at DU is assigned an academic advisor in the first semester of study, who is a faculty member from the concerned academic department. The role of the academic advisor is to assist the advisee in preparing course schedule for the semester based on his/her “Plan of Study”, support and guide him/her during the university studies, monitor the academic progress, and offer counselling on any academic difficulties the student may face or experience. The academic advising continues from the day student joins the University till he/she completes the study at DU.

At a later date, each Postgraduate Program student is assigned a supervisor for Project Work or Master Thesis (as applicable) who is a full-time faculty member and whose role is to guide the student in Project Work or Master Thesis.

Research Project and Master Thesis 

Depending on the program, every student has to successfully complete Master’s Thesis or Research Project. The nature, scope, and content of Master’s Thesis or Research Project is determined by the student in consultation with the project/thesis supervisor. 

Upon completion of the project/thesis, it is examined by an internal and also by an external examiner. Further, based on the positive recommendations of the internal and external examiners, the student is required to defend his/her project/thesis in an open viva voce session before defense committee.

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University Highlights

Total students - 3,790


International students - 145


Total faculty staff - 164


Total students - 3,790


International students - 145


Total faculty staff - 164

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