Anwar Gargash Diplomatic Academy AGDA Admission Requirements
A. Admissions to the PGD Programme in UAE Diplomacy and International Relations:
AGDA accepts students to the PGD programme who are sponsored by MoFAIC or other UAE government entities, as per the policies of the AGDA Board of Trustees.
Candidates should be highly motivated, outward-looking, open to new ideas and able to share insights from their own experiences. Applicants are evaluated on academic preparation and their depth and quality of experience, as demonstrated by academic performance to date, stated motivation and submitted written work.
Applicants should satisfy the following minimum admissions criteria:
A. Bachelor’s degree or equivalent from an accredited university or college recognised by the UAE Ministry of Education (MoE).
B. GPA: Minimum of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) • TOEFL: Minimum score of 550 or equivalent (computer-based TOEFL score of 213, Internet-based TOEFL the score of 79-80), or
C. IELTS (academic): Minimum score of 6.5
English Language Requirement
Applicants to the PGD programme must demonstrate proficiency in the English language. This can
be done by submitting official test scores for (at least) one of the following tests: Test of English
as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
The IELTS exam should be the academic version. A score of 550 on the paper-based TOEFL, 79-80 on
the internet-based TOEFL or 6.5 on the IELTS is required.
Transfer, Visiting, Non-matriculated Students and Transfer Credits
AGDA does not accept transfer, visiting, exchange or non-matriculated students in the PGD
programme. In addition, AGDA does not accept transfer credits or equivalency courses from other
universities. AGDA also does not accept transfer credits from undergraduate programmes.
A. The Student Affairs section screens all applications for completeness and demonstration of
minimum requirements. All eligible applications are forwarded together with the evaluation
form to the Admissions Committee, which carries out the following assessment steps.
B. Academic Screening: Every application is reviewed by the Admissions Committee in accordance
with the following criteria: 1) academic strength and 2) career motivation.
C. Psychometric and Skills Evaluation: Applicants are evaluated using a standard psychometric
exam that assesses the core competencies, characteristics and baseline skills as a diplomat.
D. Interviews: Applicants are evaluated through personal interviews with the Admissions
Committee. In exceptional cases, interviews may be conducted via phone or online.
E. Admission decision: The Admissions Committee makes the final decision, which is sent for
endorsement to the AGDA Director General’s Office. Applicants will receive the official notification
of admission or rejection from Student Affairs.
B. Admissions to the MA Programme in Global Affairs and Diplomatic Leadership:
The MA programme in Global Affairs and Diplomatic Leadership (MAGAD) is open to candidates
who have an interest in international relations, foreign policy and diplomatic practice.
For the academic year, admissions criteria include the following:
A. Being a UAE national
B. Having graduated with a Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) with a minimum GPA of 3.0
C. A minimum IELTS score of 6.5
Completed applications are forwarded to AGDA’s admissions committee, which is responsible for
reviewing and evaluating applications.
MAGAD is also open to AGDA alumni who have successfully completed 24 credits of coursework
in the PGD programme and who are sponsored by MoFAIC, or by other UAE government entities.
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