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The Council of Postgraduate Studies at the CUC is the body formed to supervise the postgraduate studies in the CUC Schools.
The Council supervises all postgraduate and training programs at the Schools, and is responsible for setting the standards of launching the postgraduate programs at the different departments of the Schools, evaluating the study programs, coordinating interactive works among various specializations, and reviewing their assignments on regular basis.
The Vice-President for the Postgraduate Studies & Research is assigned to be the President of the Council of Postgraduate Studies in the CUC. The President of the Council administers the scientific, administrative and financial affairs within the limits of the rules and regulations of the CUC and those of each School in the University. In addition, the Council is responsible for implementing the decisions of the University Council and the Board of Trustees within the limits of its competence.
In each School in the CUC that intends to launch a postgraduate study programs, a Council is formed for that purpose and its members will be chosen by the relevant School Council of professors or assistant professors representing the departments that are planned to launch the postgraduate study programs.
A President for the Council is appointed to be among its members according to a recommendation given by the Vice-President of the University for Postgraduate & Research Affairs, and after the consultation of the Dean of the School in concern. The membership in the Council of Postgraduate Studies at School continues for a period of two renewable years, and is assigned to perform the following duties:
The Council of Postgraduate Studies & Research in the CUC is the competent authority reviewing the affairs related to the Councils of Postgraduate Studies at Schools related to the development of their working systems within the general policy of the University.
The main tasks of the Council of Postgraduate Studies & Research in the University are stated as follows:
The decisions made by the Council of Postgraduate Studies & Research in the University should be submitted to the University Council by its following session for formal attestation and authorization.
In reference to proposals made by the Councils of Postgraduate Studies at Schools, the Council of Postgraduate Studies in the CUC awards the following academic postgraduate degrees to the student as follows:
The Diploma Degree
It is meant by the studies including courses of an applied nature, and the duration of this degree is no less than one year from the date of registration. The internal regulations of some Departments at Schools may work on the two-year diplomas. The admission to this degree in the CUC is stipulating the following conditions:
The Master Degree
The study contains advanced courses, trainings and research tasks, then extrapolating results for further preparations of the main thesis that should have prior approval from the Committee of Examiners.
The applicant must be awarded a bachelor degree no less than a final score of Good or its equivalent in the credit hour system.
The Council of Postgraduate Studies in the CUC sets the general basis for the student’s admission to the relevant Council of Postgraduate studies in each School. The concerned Department Board, upon getting approval from the Council of Postgraduate Studies at School, is allowed to add other conditions that are deemed acceptable to all concerned authorities in the University. These conditions are stated as follows:
In the literary and arts sciences, the outsider student of other universities or higher institutes is allowed to be admitted for a Master Degree in the CUC if he is awarded a bachelor degree approaching relevant specializations of some Departments at CUC Schools, and after the approval of the Department Board. The student accordingly may be obliged to study complementary courses defined by the relevant Department Board, then to be approved by the School Dean and the Council of Postgraduate Studies at School.
The duration of the Master Degree is no less than two years from the date of registration. The Master Degree study must be implemented throughout curricula and thesis and there is a possibility, upon the Department Board recommendation and approval of the concerned School Council, that other academic requirements can be alternative to the relevant thesis in some programs of special nature.
The number of accredited hours required for the Master Degree should not be less than twenty-four credit hours spent in postgraduate courses, in addition to the thesis or equivalent of six to nine credit hours.
Only 25% of the courses that the student had previously implemented in other recognized institutions are acceptable for the continuation of the Master study in the CUC, except for the courses taught in other foreign universities according to an afore stated program agreements already signed with them.
The Doctorate Degree
This Degree is mainly based upon innovative researches, advanced courses and submission of a thesis accepted by the Committee of Judgment. The duration of the Doctorate Degree is no less than two years from the date of registration.
The applicant must be awarded a Master Degree no less than a final score of Very Good or its equivalent in the credit hour system. In addition the applicant should obtain a grade no less than 550 points in the TOEFL exam.
The applicant may be accepted to study for a Doctorate Degree in the CUC in a field of specialization different from the one at the Master Degree after getting approvals from the Department Board and the Council of Postgraduate Studies at the relevant School.
The Council of Postgraduate Studies in the CUC sets the general basis for the student’s admission to the relevant Council of Postgraduate Studies in each School. The concerned Department Board, upon getting approval from the Council of Postgraduate Studies at School, is allowed to add other conditions that are deemed acceptable to all concerned authorities in the University.
These conditions are stated as follows:
The duration of the Doctorate Degree is no less than two years from the date of registration. The Doctorate Degree study must be implemented throughout curricula and thesis. The number of accredited hours required for the Doctorate Degree should not be less than twenty four credit hours spent in postgraduate courses, in addition to the thesis. The Doctorate researcher prepares his thesis under the supervision of relevant professors in the CUC.
Only 25% of the courses that the student had previously implemented in other recognized institutions are acceptable for the continuation of the Doctorate study in the CUC, except for the courses taught in other foreign universities according to an afore stated program agreements already signed with them.
The internal regulations stated at CUC Schools specify the registration dates for the postgraduate studies, admission rules, suspension of registration, cancellation of enrollment, as well as preparation of thesis.
The examinations conducted in postgraduate courses as well as their results and grades are monitored according to the internal regulations of the relevant Department at the School in concern.
In the Doctorate Degree, the student should pass a comprehensive exam qualifying him in the field of specialization. This exam is held by a committee proposed by the Department Board and approved by the School Council.
The student’s thesis is registered in the Doctorate Degree after one semester of assigned work. The student submits the subject of his thesis to the concerned Department Board at School. An approval should be given to the subject after the student’s presentation seminar is held in front of the School Professors and experts. The Department Board may propose a supervisor or supervisors for this duty whether from inside the CUC or outsiders.
The Supervising Committee should submit every six months a detailed report to the Department Board stating the student’s progression in his work, then a duplicate of this report should be forwarded to the School Dean as well as to the Administration of Postgraduate Studies in the University. In case the supervisor of the thesis apologizes to continue his assignment due to his transfer to another institution or any other reason, this must be reported to the Department Board in writing including to what level the student has extended his work and that in order to propose an alternative supervisor within a short time, after approval of the School Council, who in turn should advise the Administration of Postgraduate Studies.
The Master Degree thesis should be characterized by seriousness, originality and innovation. The Doctorate Degree thesis should be characterized by authenticity, addition and innovation.
After completion of the thesis, the supervisor submits a detailed report on its validity for discussion to the Department Board, and then the School Council specifies the formation of the Judgment Committee and sets the date for the thesis discussion after the approval of the Vice President for Postgraduate Studies & Research in the CUC. The Judgment Committee formation is composed of no less than three members of distinguished faculty staff and professors whether in the CUC or outsiders. The oldest age is the senior member who will be considered the Committee’s Reporter.
The members of the Judgment Committee prepare a collective report upon discussion to be announced to the audience in public stating one of the following recommendations:
The Dean of the relevant School presents this recommendation to the University Council for further attestation. The Master Degree and Doctorate Degree successful results are later announced in the publicity places of the CUC or within its internal newspaper or magazine.