Registration Policy

Registration Policies & Procedures

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

  • 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.
  • 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 updated on the student portal/Moodle.

Course Code and Online Registration

Each course has a code which consists of letters and numbers. The letters indicate the program which offers the course. The first digit from the left indicates the level of the course.

Confirming the Booking

During the registration week:

  • Pay the tuition (and other) fees at the Accounting Department.
  • Collect the class schedule from the Registration Department, or you may print it directly from the student portal page.

Re-taking a course

If you wish to retake (repeat) a course that you have taken in a previous term; please proceed to Registration Office.

At-Risk students

Students with CGPA less than 3.0 for Graduate Program can’t use the online registration feature. They must register through their faculty advisor.

Other Important Notes:

  • The system will ignore the online booked courses that do not meet the pre-requisite and academic level.
  • UD has the right to deactivate any early booking courses that does not meet UD requirements without informing the student.
  • Students are fully responsible for their “online booking” and should not blame the University for losing their booked courses for unknown reasons. The system is totally error free.

Course Load

The student’s study load in one academic term can range from 9 credit hours to a maximum of 12 credit hours, as follows:

  • The normal load for Graduate student is 9-12 credit hours, and no increase should be allowed. This is internationally recognized norms.
  • When appropriate, the Program Director may decrease or increase a student’s study load depending on their GPA. The Program Director may approve an increase in a student’s study load to more than 6 hours if the student’s 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 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.
  • The maximum study load for students with an academic warning must not exceed 6 credit hours.

Add and Drop Of Courses

The Add Drop period is for one week after the commencement of classes. During this period, students may Add or Drop course(s). Students who wish to do this should first consult their academic advisor and then complete the Add Drop form available with College Executive and the Registration Department. For more information, refer to the section Course Load.

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.