Information System Security

The University of Dubai's, Information Technology Department offer a Computing and Information Systems (CIS) program which is accredited locally in the UAE by the Ministry of Higher Education. CIS program is internationally accredited by Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC) of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), USA.

Why Study CIS at University of Dubai?

  • Accredited programs nationally & internationally
  • Subsidiary of the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Welcoming and friendly learning environment
  • Applied curriculum based on American system of education
  • Focus on student-centered learning
  • Internship with job placement opportunities
  • Flexible schedule for working students
  • Increased success rate in professional certification programs after earning their academic degree

Information Systems Security Concentration

Bachelor of Science in Computing and Information Systems (with a Concentration in Information Systems Security) the CIS program with a concentration in Information Systems Security (ISS) prepares students for exciting and rewarding careers in managing and securing modern information systems.

More specifically, the CIS program with a concentration in ISS provides ways to integrate theoretical knowledge, contemporary techniques, skills, and tools that are necessary to secure information systems.

Graduates with a BS. In CIS (ISS concentration) are prepared to pursue entry level and managerial careers with the following job titles:

  • Computer and Information Systems Manager
  • Information Security Analyst
  • Computer Security Specialist
  • Information/Technology Security Manager
  • Computer Forensics Expert
  • Ethical Hacker / Penetration Engineer
  • Computer Support Specialists (Helpdesk/Quality Assurance Specialist, Technical Trainer, etc.)
  • Network Administrator/Architect/Manager
  • IT Auditor
  • IT Security Consultant.

CIS-ISS Program Objectives & Outcomes

The BSc CIS ISS program graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate highest standards of Ethical and professional practices relevant to computing and information systems, and demonstrate awareness of the social and global impacts of computer technologies.
  • Analyze current knowledge of Computing and Information Systems methodologies and techniques to address the critical needs of the business environment.
  • Contribute in applied organizational positions that require technical and organizational knowledge to analyze, design and implement Computing and Information Systems solutions.
  • Develop require critical thinking, teamwork, and communication skills to solve problems.

The BSc CIS ISS program is expected to enable students to achieve the following Program Outcomes by the time of graduation;

  • Apply knowledge of computing, information systems and mathematics.
  • Analyze an interdisciplinary IS related problem, identify and define the computing and information systems requirements appropriate to its solution.
  • Design, implement and evaluate a computer-based system, process, component, or program to meet desired needs.
  • Function effectively in teams to create a project plan to accomplish a common goal.
  • Understand professional, ethical and social responsibilities.
  • Communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  • Analyze the impact of computing on individuals, organizations and society, including ethical, legal, security and global policy issues.
  • Use current techniques, skills, and tools necessary for computing practice.
  • Understand the processes that support the delivery and management of information systems within a specific application environment.

Course Description

General Educational Requirement

GMAT 100  Math I for Business & Science
This course is designed for those students whose majors are in Business and IT. Those majors require mathematical topics such as exponential and logarithmic functions, mathematics of finance, matrix equations and systems of linear equations, logic, basic counting principles, permutations and combinations.
Prerequisites: GPRM022, or UD Math Placement Test score of 400 or above

GMAT 105 Math II for Business & Science
This course is designed for those students who major is in Business and IT includes mathematical topics such as: Probability theory, algebra limits, average rate of change, derivatives of functions, applications of derivatives (marginal analysis), optimization, indefinite and definite integrals, infinite sequences and series.
Prerequisites: Math I for Business & Science

GPUC 100 Planning for University and Career Success
The purpose of this course is to help students make a successful transition to university life and study, achieve personal success, and to recognize their strengths and limitations through self assessment strategies. It also teaches students how to manage their own careers through mastery of career planning, networking and job search techniques, and professional development on the job. Students will establish individual career goals and learn specific techniques needed to secure and grow within a job. Co-Requisite: English 100

GCMM 105 Communication Skills
The purpose of this course is to present an overview of the foundations of human communication, with particular emphasis on the principles and practices necessary to establish and maintain effective professional and business relationships. The course covers the elements, principles and goals of communication. It deals with developing the skills of interpersonal, small group and public communication in the workplace. Prerequisites: ENGL 105

GCRT 200 Critical and Creative Thinking
The purpose of this course is to explore the skills needed for effective reasoning and problem solving. The term ‘critical’ implies care and precision in all forms of evaluation and judgment, and is best displayed in acts of reasoning, including arguments and explanations. Evaluation and judgment will be explored in the course. The term ‘creative’ implies that reasoning is not a precise process. It requires effective lateral thought and the use of sound judgment.
Prerequisites: ENGL 105 (English II) o GISL 100 Islamic Thought ( Arabic)

توصيف المساق المختصر (طبقًاً للدليل الدراسي الجامعي)
هذا المساق يرآز على أسس الفكر الإسلامي و تأثير هذا الفكر على المجتمع مع إعطاء خلفية لأبرز المفكرين الإسلاميين قديمًاً و حديثًاً، آما يرآز على القضايا الأخلاقية وفهم الإسلام وتطبيقه في مجال الأعمال والمجالات الإقتصادية والإجتماعية وآذلك في القضايا المشترآه مع الديانات الأخرى. ومناقشة التحديات المعاصرة للإسلام و آيف يواجه المسلمون هذه التحديات. Prerequisites: None

GISL 105 Islamic Thought ( English)
The purpose of this course is to provide the student with the necessary knowledge and information of the historical context of Islam: its pillars , pillars of faith ,sources of legislation , ethics and values .The course will also aim at enabling the student to analyze the issues of rationality ,critical thinking and science and their status in Islam. It will call the student to discuss and understand how Islam handles contemporary issues like: business and economics, human rights, globalization, terrorism, and the environment Prerequisites: None

GEST 100 Emarati Studies
This course aims to enrich awareness of Emarati culture and identity amongst students. It covers studies in the history and geography of the Emirates. The course focuses on the culture, social customs and laws of the country. The coverage also includes in-depth analysis of contemporary social, economic and cultural developments and challenges of the Emirates. Co-requisites: ENGL 100

PRMT 002 Pre-Math
This course is designed to help students understand and apply mathematical concepts and operations so that they can successfully proceed with university education in business and social studies. Topics include real numbers and their properties, exponents and radicals, polynomials, linear equations, inequalities, graphs of equations, linear functions, quadratic functions, exponential functions, descriptive statistics and basic probability concepts. Prerequisites: None

ENGL 100 English I
The purpose of this course is to further develop the ability of students to read and write English. It aims to enlarge their vocabularies, enrich their knowledge of ways to express ideas and reduce the number of mistakes that students make when writing English. It also teaches principles of organization used in essays and other written documents in English.
Prerequisites: Official IELTS or TOEFL required scores

ENGL 105 English II
The purpose of this course is to enlarge your general and academic English vocabulary, and increase your knowledge of words, concepts and expressions related to business and information technology. The course will also aim at developing your skills in understanding and analyzing documents written in English and your skills in paraphrasing, summarizing and responding (in writing) to documents written in English and further improve your writing in English.
Prerequisites: ENGL 100 English I

ESPU 200/210 English for Special Purposes (Business and Science)
This course aims to ensure that you are equipped with an adequate vocabulary to study business and IT subjects at university level, and to read textbooks as well as articles on business in newspapers, magazines and websites. It also aims to develop your skills in written communication in business contexts.
Prerequisites: ENGL 105 (English II)

Humanities and Social Science Requirements

UAE Government (GUAG 100)
This course is an introductory route on learning about the governments’ types and its hierarchy with emphasis on the UAE Government (Federal and Local Government). It introduces student to the federal government and local government entities. It also gives an insight on the structure of federal and local government of the UAE. The course aims at providing students with an insight on the responsibilities of the federal and local governments including The Federal National Council (FNC) and its election process. It also aims at expanding student’s knowledge on understanding Government-related strategies plans, policies and regulations. Additionally, it enriches their awareness on the federal/ local government entities role, mandate and services to UAE citizens.
Prerequisites: ENGL 100

GCUS 100 Culture and Society
This course aims to help you get to know China and its people, learn about some important aspects of Chinese culture, and understand the way that Chinese people think and live. Prerequisites: ENGL 100

GPSY 100 Psychology & Society
To provide the opportunity to acquire comprehensive knowledge of human behavior and the social context in which human being exists. The coverage includes a wide range of theories in psychology, social psychology, human social behavior, child development, cognitive development, interpersonal relations, mental illness parenting and other issues that enhance students understanding of human behavior to the real world.
Prerequisites: None

GSOC 100 Sociology and Society
The purpose of this course is to introduce the fundamental theories and research methods used by sociologists and other social scientists to understand the world around them. The coverage includes theories of social interaction, social stratification and inequality, social institutions, family religion, government and economy, communities, population and the environment. Prerequisites: None

GTOR 100 Leisure & Tourism in Contemporary Society
The purpose of this course is to develop students’ understanding of the growing importance of leisure and tourism in the contemporary UAE. It is a broad-based unit, which focuses primarily on society and the social dimension of leisure, encouraging students to understand the structure and organization of leisure and tourism and their role in the economy and their socio-cultural and environmental implications.
Prerequisites: ENGL 100

GEDU 100 Education & the Future
This course is designed to introduce students to current and emerging educational practices and technologies by focusing on the changing nature of mankind’s relationship to information and knowledge. The purpose of this course is to explore the likely impact of various educational technology scenarios and changes in education practices have on education, society and the lives of ordinary people.
Prerequisite: ENGL 100; Semester offered: 1 or 2

Natural and applied Science requirements

GCEI 100 Contemporary Environmental Issues
The purpose of this course is to explore environmental change on a global scale, emphasizing the fundamental concepts of matter, energy, and ecology as applied to Contemporary concerns. Environmental issues impacting the countries of the world are discussed; in order to develop an international perspective on the environmental challenges facing our planet.
Prerequisites: English 100

GHSO 100 Health And Society
The course will focus on the development of health education over time and its effect on society.It will enable students to understand the concepts of general health related to society. The course will cover: health and disease, public health, sciences related to public health, health care and health education sports.
Co-requisites: English 100

GBIO 100 Biotechnology
This course explains the basics of biotechnology. It describes the structure and function of genes and their role in the modern technology tools. It also elaborates the applications of gene technology in the human uses, environment, and food and agriculture areas Prerequisites: None

GHUB 100 Human Biology
The purpose of this course is to provide students with the necessary knowledge of the human body and biology. The course will focus on the human body and its related systems. It will enable students to understand the concepts of human physiology and the operations of its systems. The coverage includes: the human body in general, the physical composition, the bodily systems, and the senses.
Prerequisites: No Prerequisite

CIT General Requirements

ITGN 115 Computer Applications
The purpose of this course is to offer an in-depth knowledge of computer applications. Coverage includes word-processing, spreadsheets, presentation, and database packages. Students will learn advanced functions of these applications and the way they are applied in a modern office setting.

ITGN 120 Internet Applications
The purpose of this course is to develop the skills necessary to utilize the power of the Internet for information display and retrieval. The course introduces students to the Internet technology concepts, and web programming & authoring tools that can be used to develop Internet applications. Through a focused hands-on approach, students will develop interactive web pages.

IT Core Requirements

ITGN 215 Introduction to Information Systems
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to contemporary information systems and demonstrate how these systems are used throughout global organizations. Coverage includes key components of information systems and how these components can be integrated and managed to create competitive advantage. The course also provides an introduction to systems and development concepts, technology acquisition and various types of application software.
Prerequisite: BMNG 200 - ITGN 115 ; Semester offered: 1 & 2

ITGN 230 Introduction to Programming
The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to the general principles and concepts of programming. Coverage includes problem-solving, structured algorithms, program design and implementation. The course is delivered using an appropriate IT programming language such as Java and Visual Basic.
Prerequisite: ITGN 115 ; Semester offered: 2

ITGN 235 Principles of Networking
The purpose of the course is to provide essential knowledge on networking infrastructure, different types of networks and network hardware and software. Coverage includes data transmission, hubs, switches, routers, topology, wiring and physical topology Protocol, layering LAN, WAN and internetworking.
Prerequisite: ITGN 120; Semester offered: 1

ITGN 250 Database Management Systems
The purpose of this course is to provide essential knowledge for the design and implementation of relational databases. Coverage includes conceptual E-R modeling, logical and physical design of relational databases and introduction to SQL language.
Prerequisite: ITGN 215; Semester offered: 2

ITGN 255 Operating Systems Administration
This course examines the concepts and administrative aspects of operating systems. Topics covered include Operating system fundamentals, including history, process and thread management, concurrency with semaphores and monitors, deadlocks, storage management, file systems, security management and I/O applications.
Prerequisites: ITGN 120; Semester offered: 1

ITGN 260 IT Project Management
The purpose of this course is to discuss project management principles, methodologies, tools and techniques used in developing IT-based projects. Coverage includes organizational and human factors in IT-project management analysis and planning of IT projects.
Prerequisite: ITGN 215 ; Semester offered: 2

ITGN 315 Object Oriented Programming
The purpose of this course is to provide essential knowledge of advanced programming aspects. Coverage includes Object Oriented Programming, classes and objects, inheritance, polymorphism, Advanced Graphical User Interface (GUI) and the development of comprehensive projects.
Prerequisite: ITGN 230; Semester offered: 2

ITGN 321 Object-Oriented Analysis and Design
The purpose of this course is to provide a sound understanding of the fundamental concepts of Object Oriented Software Engineering. Coverage includes Object Oriented Analysis (OOA), development (OOD) and implementation (OOI), Visual Modeling using the Unified Modeling Language (UML) and iterative Object Oriented System (OOS) development.
Prerequisite: ITGN 260 - ITGN 315; Semester offered: 1

ITGN 323 Enterprise Architecture
The purpose of this course is to provide students with an understanding of the theoretical and practical issues related to the design, selection, implementation and management of enterprise IT applications, systems and infrastructures. Students will learn enterprise architecture frameworks, models, strategies and tools for infrastructure management. The course also cover topics related to legacy system integration, service oriented architecture, enterprise data models and metadata management, virtualization, cloud computing, and vendor management.
Prerequisites: ITGN 255; Semester offered: 2

ITGN 340 Human Computer Interface
The purpose of this course is to introduce human computer interface. Coverage includes usercentered design process, analysis of user needs, user interface models and ergonomics, task analysis, GUI design principles, guidelines and patterns, tools for user interface prototyping and user interface testing and evaluation.
Prerequisite: ITGN 315; Semester offered: 1

ITGN 345 Information Systems Security
The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of methods to assure secure and confidential information systems. Coverage includes basic concepts of main security and privacy issues of the Internet and devices and implementation of security methods for computer networks and the internet.
Prerequisite: ITGN 235; Semester offered: 1

ITGN 350 Web Design and Development
The purpose of this course is to provide essential knowledge for designing and developing clientside browser interfaces as well as maintaining a dynamic and interactive website. Coverage includes advanced XHTML, Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), extended Markup Language (XML) and JavaScript.
Prerequisite: ITGN 250; Semester offered: 2

ITGN 414 Strategic Issues on Information Systems
The purpose of this course is to develop the student’s critical understanding of the problems and opportunities faced by organizations with regard to information systems. Coverage includes strategy fundamentals, strategic management concepts to ensure that IS development supports the business strategy and processes through suitable planning methods to implementation.
Prerequisite: ITGN 321 ; Semester offered: 2

ITGN 416 IT Audit and Control
The purpose of this course is to provide students with an overview of the control and auditing frameworks, methods, standards and approaches used in the audit and control of information systems in an organization. Students learn the impact of the IT audit and control function on the organization and will know how to create a control structure and then audit the IT infrastructure against it.
Prerequisites: ITGN 323 - ITGN 345; Semester offered: 2

ITGN 440 Computing and Information Systems Project (Capstone)
The purpose of this course is to provide an opportunity to research and develop a specific topic in the area of Computing and Information Systems. Coverage includes research methods, utilizing and applying various methodologies and techniques to design, implement, test and evaluate a specified project.
Prerequisite: 117 CH - ITGN 340 - ITGN 414 ; Semester offered: 2

ITGN 465 Internship
The purpose of this course is to further develop knowledge and skills within an IT organizational set-up. Coverage would provide an opportunity to gain awareness of the workings of organizations, including aspects of social and human factors primarily within a student’s subject major.
Prerequisite: 117 CH; Semester offered: 2

ITGN 470 Industry Project (for working students)
The purpose of this course is to provide students with an applied learning experience through an industry project. The course requires students to undertake a project via research and analysis of an action IS problem/opportunity and to propose a solution/action plan, resulting in both an oral as well as a written presentation.
Prerequisite: 117 CH; Semester offered: 2

Concentration: Information Systems Security

ITSS 450 Information Systems Security Management
This course provides students with fundamentals of information systems security from a management perspective, as well as a thorough understanding of the administration of information security. Topics covered include security planning and policies, risk management, security implementation and maintenance, security and personnel, professional issues in IS security.
Prerequisites: ITGN 416; Semester offered: 1

ITSS 451 Ethical Hacking and Network Defense
This course covers penetration-testing tools and techniques that ethical hackers and security testers use to protect computer networks. The course provides a structured knowledge base for preparing security professionals and Network Administrators to discover vulnerabilities and recommend solutions for tightening network security and protecting data from potential attackers.
Prerequisites: ITGN 416; Semester offered: 1

ITSS 455 Computer Forensics and Investigations
This course provides students with a comprehensive understanding of digital forensic principles and the collection, preservation, and analysis of digital evidence. Students learn about the importance of forensic principles and procedures, legal considerations, digital evidence controls and the documentation of forensic analysis.
Prerequisites: ITGN 345; Semester offered: 1

ITSS 456 Database Security and Auditing
This course provides students with an understanding of security concepts and practices as applied to database systems. Students learn principles of database security and how to develop database applications embedding from simple to sophisticated security and auditing models using advanced database systems and software tools.
Prerequisites: ITGN 350 - ITSS 455; Semester offered: 2

ITSS 458 Disaster Recovery Planning
The goal of this course is to expose students to the essentials of disaster recovery planning. Coverage includes disaster recovery process including the process of assessing risks that an organization faces, and then developing, documenting, implementing, testing and maintaining procedures that help the organization quickly return to normal operations and minimize losses after a disaster.
Prerequisites: ITSS 450; Semester offered: 2

Accreditations

CAA, Ministry of Higher Education (MOH) – UAE
The Commission for Academic Accreditation (CAA) is the Federal Government's Quality Assurance Agency charged with promoting educational excellence across diverse institutions of higher learning in the UAE. Through licensure of post-secondary educational institutions, and accreditation of individual programs, the Commission strives to assure high quality education, consistent with international standards. www.caa.ae

KHDA – Dubai, UAE
The Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) is responsible for the growth and quality of private education in Dubai. We support schools, universities, parents, students, educators, investors and government partners to create a high quality education sector focused on happiness and wellbeing. www.khda.gov.ae

ABET
The CAC/ABET accreditation is a quality stamp in computing education and an assurance that the CIS program meets the quality standards set by the computing profession.

Please visit the official ABET website for more details: www.abet.org

IT tuition Fees & Other Fees for 16/17 Academic Year

Student Type Per Course Total
Regular Students (42 Courses) AED 5,800 AED 243,600
Internship (One Course) AED 11,600 AED 11,600
Lab Fees (6 labs) AED 1,000 AED 6,000
Visiting Students (Short Courses) – Domestic AED 6,500 -
Visiting Students (Short Courses) – International USD 1,800 -
Student Exchange Program As per MOU or USD 1,250 -
English or Math Placement Test AED 300 -
Foundation IELTS preparation AED 8,000 -
Advanced IELTS Preparation AED 6,000 -
Pre-Math AED 5,800 -

Financial & Accounts statement's printing fee100 - See Note 1

Undergraduate
2016-17
Internship/Industry Project
Regular Students 11,600 -
Visiting (Short course) 13,200 3,600
Tuition fee for Lab courses: ITGN 115, ITGN 120, ITGN 230, ITGN 315, ITGN 350, BBUS 215, BBUS 400 (per course)
Regular Students 5,800+1000=6,800 -
Visiting (Short course) 6,600+1000=7,600 2,050
Student Exchange Program as per MOUS - AS per MOUS or $1,250
Special discounts for all programs (not applicable for short course/visiting students)
UAE/GCC Nationals 10%  
Students working in Government Departments 10%  
Relatives (brothers/sisters/husband/wife) 10%  
Employees of UD/DCCI 15%  
UD Alumni and sons/daughters/brothers/sisters of UD Alumni 10%  
GPA of ≥ 3.60 at the end of term 20% 20%
*The maximum discount permissible per student is 30%.    
Miscellaneous Fees (Non-refundable) (AED) (USD)
Application fee 200 100
Transfer Application Fee (Refundable after course registration) 300  
Admission Fees (includes Student ID card) 500 200
English Placement Test (first time & each time a test is repeated) 300 See Note 1
Math Placement Test (first time & each time a test is repeated) 300
Replacement of a lost ID 100
Registration Fees - Fall/Spring 1,000
Registration Fees - Short semester 500
Late Registration Fee (per course) 500
Student Activity Fees - Fall/Spring 200
Student Activity Fees - Short semester 100
Each Post Dated Check (Max 3 in Fall & Spring & 1 in Short semester) 200
Returned check (maximum 2 chances) 750
Postponement of post-dated cheque 250
Miscellaneous Course Related Fees (Non-refundable) (AED) (USD)
Change of Major (after 45 Credit Hours) 500 See Note 1
Application for Incomplete/Make-up Exam (Mid-term/Final exams) 1,000
Certificate (To Whom it May Concern) 100
Transcripts 100
Application for Reviewing Final Exam Sheet 500
Issuance of Degree Certificate Fee (with MOHESR attestation) 350 (500) 220
Re-issuance of Degree Certificate 1,000 300
Attestation of True Copy Certificate 100 See Note 1
Graduation Fee 2,000
Course Syllabus - print & stamp fee (per course) 100
Technology Fee (once only - at the time of enrollment) 700
The university reserves the right to increase tuition fees up to 10% per academic year when deemed necessary.

Notes:

  1. Miscellaneous fees (in AED) are applicable to International Students as well.
  2. Revised fees are applicable to new students registered for Fall 2016 onwards.
  3. Student Exchange Program fees is as per MOUS or $1,250,whichever is lower.

Admission Requirements and Criteria

High School Requirement

Curriculum Qualification Minimum Score Required
UAE Curriculum General Track/Advanced Track/ADEC 70%
GCC Curriculum General Secondary School Certificate 70%
Indian Curriculum Indian School Certificate awarded by ICSE or CBSE 55%
British At least  7 GCE/GCSE/IGCSE subjects
A combination of GCSE (O level) and AS/A levels is acceptable provided that the subjects cover at least four of the following fields:
  • Math
  • Science
  • Languages
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Arts and Design
Students must complete a minimum 11 years of schooling and a School Leaving Certificate must be provided.
The minimum grade for each level is:
C for the O level
D for the AS level
E for the A level
American Curriculum American High School Diploma providing grade 10, 11 and 12 Mark Sheets Overall average of Grade "C" (70% or 2.0/4.0)
IB International Baccalaureate Diploma  (24 Points)
Nigerian Curriculum Senior School Certificate Examination WAECO/NECO
Subjects cover at least four of the following fields:
Math
Science
Languages
Humanities and Social Sciences
Arts and Design
Minimum of 7 subjects with a minimum grade of E or D7

Notes: Students with qualifications other than those listed above are advised to contact the student recruitment and admissions representatives at UD to determine their eligibility, or you may visit the World Education Services webpage and find the equivalency for your country’s grade to make sure it represents at least a “C” in the US grading system.

English Language Requirement

Students applying must provide one of the following minimum English scores:

Standardized Tests Score
IELTS (Academic) 5 overall
EmSAT * 1100
Internet-based TOEFL (iBT) 61
Computer-based TOEFL 173
Institutional paper-based TOEFL (PBT) 500
Pearson PTE Academic Overall score of 42
Cambridge English: Advanced test score 41

* Note: Applicants will not be ask to provide and alternative English language proficiency test if they have already provided an EmSAT achive English score.

(UD’s TOEFL code is 8239)
Note: If you use the ITP TOEFL (also called PBT TOEFL) for entry, you must take the test at Amideast in Dubai or Abu Dhabi and designate the University of Dubai as the recipient of the score. For IELTS test, the following venues are recommended: British Council, University of Wollongong in Dubai, or the Higher Colleges of Technology.

If you do not have the required English language proficiency score, you may take the English placement test to determine your language level. The test is conducted on a regular basis and the results will be out within 48 hours. You can register for the test after meeting the minimum high school requirement and paying AED 1,200 admission fees.

* Kindly note that passing the English placement test will not exempt you from providing the official English language proficiency score during the first semester. If you fail the English placement test, you will be requested to register in the English language program for IELTS preparation, in addition to a maximum of three courses.

Mathematics Requirement
Students applying must provide a minimum SAT-Math** score of 400 or students can choose to take the math placement test at UD and pass with a minimum score of 400. Failing the math placement test will result in taking the remedial math course. **SAT-Math code is 5695.

Documents Required

  • Original UAE high school certificate or certified equivalent (approved by the Ministry of Education)
  • Original English language proficiency score certificate (usually sent under separate cover)
  • Copy of a valid passport and Emirates identity card
  • Four recent passport-size photographs (in color).
  • SAT or Math placement test with a minimum score of 400.

Advance standing policy

  • UD recognizes the significance of superior scores earned by incoming freshmen on Advanced Placement (AP) examinations administered by the College Board, IB curriculum of International Baccalaureate Examinations, Pre-College Credit and achieving high scores in TOEFL/IELTS/SAT. Consideration of high performance in these selected exams may accelerate a student's progress in his/her respective undergraduate degree program. Students should arrange to have their scores sent directly to UD Registrar from the College Board/ETS/IB Examinations. UD Institutional TOEFL Coode is 8239 and UD SAT code is 5695.

Student Options on AP/IB/GCSE Credits
Matriculating students seeking credit for AP and IB exams must have official score reports sent directly to the Registrar's office by the Educational Testing Service and International Baccalaureate Organization respectively. See Advanced Chart Placement/International Baccalaureate (Table 1).

Table 1: Examination at Advanced Placement/IB

Subjects SCORE University of Dubai Credit Awarded
Computer Science A 4 ITGN 115 (3CH)
Computer Science B 4 ITGN 120 (3CH)
Micro Economics 4 Economics BECN 100 waiver
Macro Economics 4 Economics BECN 225 waiver
Language/Composition 4 English ENGL 100 Free (3CH)
Literature/Composition 4 English ENGL 105 Free (3CH)
Environmental Science 4 GCEI 100(3CH)
Mathematics AB 4 GMAT 100/110 (3CH)
Mathematics BC 4 GMAT 105/115 (3CH)
Psychology 4 GPSY 100 (3CH)
Statistics 4 BSTA 200 (3CH)

UD reserves the right to re-evaluate the content of AP/IB exams and to change the assignment of credit and course equivalencies. Placement into advanced courses will be deliberated, given advanced course demands, between student and advisor. Students are encouraged to meet with their advisor to explore the most current AP/IB assessments.

Matriculating students seeking credit for A-Level exams must bring their original A-Level certificates to the Office of Admissions in order to have their scores evaluated for credit. See GCSE Advanced (A) Level Exam Policy chart (Table-2).

Table 2: Examination at GCSE Advanced (A) Level

Subjects GRADE OF A* or A or B (University of Dubai Credit Awarded)
Accounting BACC 205 Principles of Financial Accounting
Economics A* or A or B = Waiver of BECN 100 Microeconomics
English English departmental review
Math with further Math (EdExcel) Math departmental review

High performance in TOEFL/IELTS/SAT tests
Students can also be exempted from selected courses based on their high performance in the standardized tests as indicated in Table-3.

TABLE 3: Standardized TEST Score

Sl # Standardized Tests University of Dubai Credit Awarded
1 TOEFL PBT ≥ 550 or iBT ≥ 79 ENGL 100
2 IELTS ≥ 6 on each section of IELTS ENGL 100
3 TOEFL PBT ≥ 600 or iBT ≥ 100 ENGL 105
4 IELTS ≥ 6.5 on each section (Reading, Listening & Speaking) of IELTS AND ≥ 7 in Writing ENGL 105
5 Exempt students who are native English speakers ENGL 100 & ENGL 105
6 SAT or UD Institutional SAT score 600-699 GMAT 100/110 (Math-1)
7 SAT or UD Institutional SAT score ≥ 700 GMAT 105/115 (Math-2)
8 Pass the IT test in http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/mos-certification.aspx#fbid=4nFeENP4WwG ITGN 115


Credit Evaluation
Students’ scores and credits in Tables 1-3 are evaluated the year in which they matriculate according to the evaluation standards in place for that year in Tables 1-3. It is expected that students will have their respective scores submitted for evaluation prior to matriculation to facilitate a timely assessment of their scores and equivalent coursework for program planning.

Students’ credits will not be assigned to the academic record retroactively. A maximum of 6courses (18 CH) may be exempted.

Restrictions
The University reserves the right to refuse certain credits if issues regarding the likelihood of success or progression within the program of study arise or if program requirements dictate. Certain departments such as English, Mathematics, IT and Economics have separate criteria for placement in courses to ensure that they possess critical skills and knowledge in the content area. Students’ programs and co-op plans are developed on a case-by-case basis.

Transfer Students

  • Students transferring from other universities recognized by the UAE Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research should also meet all the requirements stated under admission requirements for regular students.
  • Transfer students must submit original transcripts from the college/university they are transferring from. In addition, transfer students must submit the course syllabus and course description for each course they seek to transfer for credit.
  • In addition, they should have earned a GPA of not less than 2.0 and may only be given transfer credit for courses which are equivalent to those offered by UD and in which they have received a minimum grade of C (equal to a GPA of 2.0 or 70%).
  • The maximum number of credits a student may transfer must not exceed 50% of the total hours required for graduation.
  • Transferred courses must match at least 80% of the course content of UD courses.
  • Some general education courses can be transferred as Humanities and Social Science/Natural and Applied Science requirements, even when such courses are not offered at UD.
  • No credits will be granted twice for similar courses taken at different universities.

Visiting Students

  • Students visiting from other universities must have passed all the prerequisites for the required subjects. (The original transcripts from the university in which the student is currently studying must be provided).
  • Visiting students cannot register for more than two consecutive regular semesters (short semesters are not considered).
  • The visiting student may be accepted as a regular student after compliance with UD admission requirements.

Audient Students
UD allows individuals interested in a particular course to attend classes as audients. The following conditions apply:

  • The candidate must show evidence of prerequisite knowledge required for attending the course (Meet the course instructor/Department Chair/Dean/Director for clarifying this point and state the reason for attending the course).
  • Provide a passport copy and four recent photos.
  • Pay the regular course fee as applicable for visiting or short course students.
  • Attendance is not mandatory.
  • Homework assignments/examinations are not mandatory

Attestation of Documents and Certificate of Equivalency

All applicants for admission are required to obtain an Equivalency Certificate for their secondary school leaving qualifications from the UAE Ministry of Education. The attestation/ratification process is dependent upon whether you completed your secondary schooling within the UAE or outside the UAE.

Applicants who hold certificates from the UAE
All applicants who have completed schooling within the UAE and who hold certificates other than the UAE General Secondary School Certificate are required to get their certificates attested/ratified by the educational authority in the city where they did their final year of studies. For example, if you did your final year in Dubai, you are advised to go to the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) to obtain the required attestations. If you did your final year in Sharjah, you are advised to go to Sharjah Education Zone, etc.

Applicants who hold certificates from outside the UAE
Applicants who obtained their secondary school certificates outside the UAE are required to ratify/attest their certificates for all secondary school levels/grades (e.g. grade 10, 11 and 12) and provide Certificate of Equivalency by doing the following:

  1. The Ministry of Education or the educational authority in the country where studies were done.
  2. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the country where studies were done.
  3. The UAE Embassy in the country where studies were done.
  4. In case the attestations couldn’t be done, as in b. and c., certificates must be attested/ratified by the embassy of the country where studies were done in the UAE as well as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the UAE.
  5. After obtaining the above attestations/ratifications, the student must provide the Certificate of Equivalency Issued by the Ministry of Education in the UAE.

If you are unable to provide the Certificate of Equivalency as outlined above before the commencement of the semester, you will be asked to sign a “Declaration Letter” agreeing to provide the Certificate of Equivalency. You will be permitted to begin your studies at UD, but you will be given a maximum of one semester to get the Certificate of Equivalency. UD reserves the right to take appropriate action against any applicant who cannot provide the appropriate documentation during this time period, which may include termination of the student’s enrolment at UD.

Admissions Checklist

An applicant must provide the following documents for undergraduate admission:

  • Completed application form found online at apply-now or available at the Admissions office
  • Original UAE high school certificate or certified equivalent (approved by the Ministry of Education)
  • Original English language proficiency score certificate (usually sent under separate cover)
  • Copy of a valid passport and identity card
  • Four recent passport-size photographs (in color) or in JPEG format file

Conditional Admission

  • Students not meeting the requirements regarding high school, English and math scores may be admitted on a conditional basis. Students with a high school score of 60-69% will be considered. This applies to transfer students also.

Student Visa

  • The applicant may apply for student visa only after getting admitted to the program and enroll as a Full Time student.
  • Student Visa is valid only for one year.
  • A student visa permits the student to work only as a part time after getting the needful approvals from the concerned authorities in the UAE.
  • The approval or rejection of the visa is under General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs in Dubai. The visa process has no timing frame as it may take from two days up to two months, so we strongly recommend to submit your documents at least 2 months before the start of the term.

Apply Now

The Admission Office accepts applications throughout the year for the CSI program.

Please fill out this preliminary application form and one of our admission team will be in contact with you shortly. If you have any problems or questions completing the form, please contact us.

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