More than 100 new graduate students begin master's and PhD studies at AUS this semester

Renowned for its academic excellence, AUS consistently attracts top students from within the UAE and abroad. AUS currently offers 14 master's degrees and one PhD program in fields ranging from business administration to engineering systems management



Sharjah: More than 100 highly qualified students pursuing a variety of graduate programs began classes at American University of Sharjah (AUS) on September 1, bringing the total number of graduate students at the university to 420.

Renowned for its academic excellence, AUS consistently attracts top students from within the UAE and abroad. AUS currently offers 14 master’s degrees and one PhD program in fields ranging from business administration to engineering systems management. The new students were welcomed to AUS with a tailored orientation session held August 28 on campus.

One of the reasons AUS has become a favorite for graduate students in the region is the opportunities it offers students to gain research and teaching experience through the graduate assistantship program. In addition to hands-on experience, this program provides students with financial assistance. Work-study opportunities are also available to graduate students at AUS.

Responding to industrial and corporate needs, AUS strives to ensure that its programs reflect current national and regional challenges. This commitment has led to curriculum changes this year in some AUS programs:

  • The Master of Science in Engineering Systems Management program now has reduced degree requirements, with more focus on research skills. In addition, a new theme related to project management has been introduced to serve a wide range of organizations in construction, healthcare, oil and gas, government, and other industries seeking graduates trained in project management competencies.
  • New courses have been introduced related to recent advancements such as machine learning and artificial intelligence, big data, Internet of Things, 3D Printing, smart city networks and cognitive robotics, among many others.

Talented individuals keen on pursuing quality graduate work to bolster their professional and academic careers regularly choose AUS. This semester, American student Douglas Frederick, who attended Penn State University in the United States for his undergraduate degree, opted to enroll at AUS for his master’s degree in chemical engineering. Explaining his choice, he said:

“When I decided about a year ago that I wanted to do my master’s, I knew then that I wanted to do it outside the US. I wanted to get a more global experience and expand my horizons outside of the world that I was living in. AUS, being a very multicultural university with a very good technical foundation, really attracted me, along with the fact that the medium of instruction here was English. I am very happy to be at AUS and to continue my education here.”

Commenting on the numerous benefits of an AUS degree, Dr. Mohamed El-Tarhuni, Vice Provost of Graduate Studies, said that graduates of these programs could look forward to new career paths, acquire new skills and qualifications, expand their professional network, and become knowledge contributors in their chosen fields. He added that in order to instill a culture of excellence within the graduate student body and recognize graduate students’ achievements, the university holds the University Awards for Excellence in Graduate Studies every year.

The university has thus far graduated more than 1,700 master’s students, many who have gone on to earn their doctorates from prestigious universities around the globe. Others have chosen to assume leadership positions in the corporate and governmental sector both nationally and internationally.

For more information, please visit


For more information, please contact:
Farid Alvie, Content Manager, Strategic Communications and Marketing, American University of Sharjah,     +971 6 515 2210,  

About AUS
American University of Sharjah (AUS) was founded in 1997 by His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Sharjah. Sheikh Sultan articulated his vision of a distinctive institution against the backdrop of Islamic history and in the context of the aspirations and needs of contemporary society in the UAE and the Gulf region.

Firmly grounded in principles of meritocracy and with a strong reputation for academic excellence, AUS has come to represent the very best in teaching and research, accredited internationally and recognized by employers the world over for creating graduates equipped with the knowledge, skills and drive to lead in the 21st century.

AUS values learners not driven only by academic success, but by those that embrace our dynamic campus life and embody our ideals of openness, tolerance and respect. This combination of academic excellence and community spirit ensures AUS is filled with world-class faculty and students, poised to become the innovators, thinkers, contributors and leaders of tomorrow.

© Press Release 2019

Disclaimer: The contents of this press release was provided from an external third party provider. This website is not responsible for, and does not control, such external content. This content is provided on an “as is” and “as available” basis and has not been edited in any way. Neither this website nor our affiliates guarantee the accuracy of or endorse the views or opinions expressed in this press release.

The press release is provided for informational purposes only. The content does not provide tax, legal or investment advice or opinion regarding the suitability, value or profitability of any particular security, portfolio or investment strategy. Neither this website nor our affiliates shall be liable for any errors or inaccuracies in the content, or for any actions taken by you in reliance thereon. You expressly agree that your use of the information within this article is at your sole risk.

To the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, this website, its parent company, its subsidiaries, its affiliates and the respective shareholders, directors, officers, employees, agents, advertisers, content providers and licensors will not be liable (jointly or severally) to you for any direct, indirect, consequential, special, incidental, punitive or exemplary damages, including without limitation, lost profits, lost savings and lost revenues, whether in negligence, tort, contract or any other theory of liability, even if the parties have been advised of the possibility or could have foreseen any such damages.

More From Press Releases