Registration Policy

Registration Procedures

Registration procedures involve two main stages for both regular and visiting students.

  1. Advising/Selection of Courses: Students are assigned advising appointments with their academic advisors based on their earned credit hours. Students must consult with their advisors prior to registration in order to draw up their graduation plan and for assistance with registration.
  2. Paying Fees: Students take the completed registration form signed by the advisor to the cashier's office to pay fees. No student is considered registered until fees are paid. Once fees are paid, the booked courses are confirmed and the student's schedule will be sent to the student via UD email.

Registration Policies

  1. Study Load
    The students' study load in one academic term can be either 6 or 9 credit hours,, as follows:
    1. Students who register for 9 credit hours are considered full-time students; students who register for 6 credit hours are considered part-time students.
    2. When appropriate, the MBA Program Director may decrease or increase a students' study load depending on the student's GPA. The MBA Program Director may approve an increase in a students' study load to more than 6 hours if the students' GPA was at least 3.0 at the end of the previous term or when the student is graduating in the same or the following term. The MBA Program Director may give approval for a student to register in less than 6 credit hours if it is considered that there is a valid reason for this.
    3. The maximum study load for students with an academic warning is 6 credit hours.
  2. Registration Hold/Discontinuation
    • A student may be permitted to put a hold on his/her registration upon submitting a written request to the Registrar and Manager, Registration Department. The request will be accepted on condition that the student has been a regular student at UD for at least one term.
    • Students who do not register for a particular term and who fail to make a request for Registration Hold are considered "Discontinued" in the Registry's records.
    • A Registration Hold must not exceed two separate or consecutive terms during the entire period of study. This includes terms from which the student has withdrawn without receiving an “F” in any course.
    • The request for a hold should be submitted during the first half of the term.
    • If the students' "Discontinued" status exceeds two separate or consecutive terms, then the student’s registration status will be considered "Cancelled". The student may apply for re-registration upon approval from the CBA Dean and UD President, based on the recommendation of the MBA Program Director.
    • Course credit over five years old will not be accepted into the program.

    A list of all students who have requested a "Registration Hold" is forwarded to the Program Director
  3. Drop and Add
    The Drop/Add period lasts for one week after the start of classes. During this period, students may drop or add course(s). Students who wish to do this should first consult their academic advisor and then complete the Drop/Add form. For more information, refer to the section entitled Study Load.
  4. Withdrawal (without failure) from courses Students are permitted to withdraw from courses after submitting the appropriate Drop/Add form. However, they must maintain the required minimum number of credits. Withdrawal from courses must occur no later than the end of the 6th week of classes.  Note the following:
    1. A grade of ”W” will be recorded on the student’s transcript for the course from which s/he has withdrawn (provided the withdrawal takes place between the start of the 2nd week and the end of the 6th week).
    2. If students do not apply for withdrawal within the period mentioned above, they are expected to attend the courses they have registered for.
  5. Student ID Numbers
    Each ID Number consists of 8 digits, written in order from left to right, as follows: the first four digits indicate the academic year in which the student joined the program. The fifth digit indicates the academic term in which the student joined the program. The sixth, seventh and eighth digits indicate the student’s serial number in the program. For example, a student’s ID number might be written as follows: 20101001: This number is for a student who joined the university in the academic year 2010 (2010) during the first academic term (1) whose serial number is (001).
  6. Course Codes and Numbers
    Each course has a code which consists of letters and numbers. The letters indicate the program which offers the course. The first digit at left indicates the level of the course.

Registration Terminology

Academic Advisor A faculty member assigned to counsel students on academic matters.
Academic Calendar Annual listing of all official dates and deadlines for the academic year.
Academic Warning A letter issued to a student whose cumulative grade point average (CGPA) drops below 3.0 by the end of a particular term. The third consecutive warning letter leads to dismissal.
Academic Year A period of time during which the university is in session. At UD, the academic year starts in September and ends in August.
Academic Standing The academic status of a student during a particular time. The student will be considered in good academic standing if his/her CGPA is at least 3.0. If the student’s GPA falls below 3.0, he/she will be put on academic probation.  Academic probation status will be removed once the student's CGPA reaches the required level. Academic standing is shown on student transcripts.
Admission Formal application and acceptance as a regular student in a degree program.
Appeal A letter submitted by a student appealing for a review of a grade or against a decision taken by UD against the student.
Audit Permission granted to any UAE resident to attend and participate in a course without having to do any homework assignments or take any exams. Further, attendance is not mandatory but it must be noted that auditors do not get credit for courses they audit.
Class Schedule A list of courses offered each term including the days, hours, classrooms where the courses are given, as well as final exam details.
Course A unit of study consisting of a number of instructional activities over a prescribed period of time and dealing with a single subject. A required course means that the student must register for that particular course; A course is called an elective if the student may choose this or a different course from a specified basket of courses.
Credit Hour The equivalent of one hour of lecture per week, for one regular term.
Curriculum A structured set of courses fulfilling the objectives of an entire program of study. The curriculum is normally divided into a set of PMBA (pre-MBA) courses as well as major (required) courses.  If a student chooses not to do the ARP (thesis), they then choose certain elective courses. 

Disciplinary Standing
The disciplinary status of a student during a particular time. A student's status is given as "Disciplinary Standing: Probation" if s/he has been involved in either serious academic or non-academic misconduct. Otherwise, the student is shown to be in “Good Disciplinary Standing”. Disciplinary standing is shown on transcripts.

Dismissal The expulsion of a student from the University for either unacceptable conduct or unsatisfactory academic achievement.
Drop and Add A period of time starting each term, when students may adjust their course schedules by dropping or adding courses or changing sections of a course..
Fee Charges for services other than tuition fees.
First-Time Student See under Student, Regular.
Full-Time Student See under Study load.
GPA The average of grade points for all courses taken at UD during a particular term. A cumulative GPA (CGPA) is the average of the grade points received on all courses taken at UD.
Grade Point Numerical value associated with each grade (A = 4; B+ = 3.5; B = 3.0, etc.) received for a particular course.
ID Card University student identification card providing and controlling access to university facilities and services.
Incomplete Grade A temporary grade (“I”) assigned to a course when a student with a valid, accepted excuse is not able to take the final exam. 
Major A field of study also referred to as a concentration.
Part Time Student See under Study load.
Petition A written request seeking a waiver of or an exception to a university regulation, policy or deadline.
Prerequisite A course whose completion is required before another course may be taken..
Registration The process of enrolling in classes officially.
Student, Enrolled A UD student who is not necessarily registered in courses.
Student, Registered A UD student who has registered in courses for a particular term.
Student, Regular A degree-seeking student who has been accepted (by the MBA Program Director) at UD and who has enrolled accordingly. Regular students transferring from other universities are called "transfer" students while those joining a university for the first time are called "first-time" students.

Student, Visiting A student of another accredited institution who receives permission to register (for up to two consecutive terms and a maximum of 18 credit hours) as a non-degree-seeking student. Visiting students may be admitted as regular students, subject to admission policies.
Student Schedule A listing of the courses a particular student is taking in a given term that specifies the days, timings and locations of classes, in addition to final exam details..
Study Load The total number of credits for which a student is registered during any term. A study load of at least 9 credit hours is a full-time load; otherwise, the load is called a part-time load.
Term A period of instruction (30 hours) divided into ten weeks, followed by final exams.
Transcript An official document containing a student's academic and disciplinary record.
Transfer, Credit Credit from course work completed at another institution that is accepted at UD.
Transfer, Student See under Student, Regular.
Tuition Fees Fees charged for registration in courses each term.
Withdraw, Course The act of officially dropping a course (or courses) without withdrawing from the university.  The code for a withdrawal is “W”.
Withdraw, University The act of officially leaving the University for reasons other than graduation.