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American University of Sharjah


A renowned American-style research university in the UAE

American University of Sharjah was founded in 1997 by Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the UAE Supreme Council and  Ruler of Sharjah as an independent, not-for-profit, coeducational university offering US-style higher education in English to students from around the world. Of the more than 5,600 students at AUS, about 500 are graduate students. AUS currently offers one doctoral degree program in Engineering – Engineering Systems Management and a dozen master’s degree programs in a variety of liberal arts, engineering, business and design.

Forbes Middle East lists American University of Sharjah's MBA program as one of the top three among private universities in the Middle East and North Africa. AUS is among US News and World Report's Top 25 Best Arab Region Universities. The university is licensed and its programs are accredited by the Commission for Academic Accreditation of the UAE Ministry of Education’s Higher Education Affairs Division. It is also accredited in the US by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

A vibrant seaside city with a rich culture and a diverse population

Sharjah is located next to Dubai on the Arabian Gulf coast. More than 80 percent of Sharjah's residents are expatriates, but the city retains its Islamic Arab culture and traditions, which earned it UNESCO's Cultural Capital of the Arab World designation in 1998. Sharjah is home to more than 20 museums, an aquarium, beach parks, religious sites, and shopping districts. The campus of American University of Sharjah is located in the University City area with other educational institutions. The university is a 10-minute drive from Sharjah International Airport and less than 30 minutes from Dubai International Airport.

The AUS campus features plenty of social and recreational options, including an Olympic-size swimming pool and various sports courts. The AUS Leopards field more than two dozen men's and women's sports teams. In addition to more than 60 student clubs, the campus offers on-site childcare, a health center and pharmacy, a post office, a travel agency, career development services, restaurants and cafes, a bank, and other amenities.

MasterÔÇÖs degree programs at the AUS College of Engineering

The College of Engineering at American University of Sharjah offers eight master’s degree programs and one doctoral degree program. The master’s degree programs are:

  • the Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering (MSBME)
  • the Master of Science in Chemical Engineering (MSCHE)
  • the Master of Science in Civil Engineering (MSCE)
  • the Master of Science in Computer Engineering (MSCOE)
  • the Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (MSEE)
  • the Master of Science in Engineering Systems Management (MSESM)
  • the Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (MSME)
  • the Master of Science in Mechatronics Engineering (MSMTR)

Master’s degree programs are available full- and part-time to accommodate students' work schedules.

The PhD ESM program at AUS offers extensive research opportunities and thorough grounding in the principles and practices needed for a high level academic or business career. The four-year program offers four areas of concentration:

  • Engineering management
  • Smart cities management
  • Supply chain management
  • Sustainable construction project management

In addition to core coursework on research methodology, students choose six elective courses based on their concentration, conduct original research, and publish a dissertation. The program is open to full- and part-time students.

MasterÔÇÖs degree programs at the AUS School of Business Administration

American University of Sharjah's business school offers two master’s degree programs. The Master of Business Administration (MBA) curriculum goes beyond the fundamentals of management and leadership to help students understand the requirements of Gulf-region, global business, and market development. The Graduate Program Office helps students select the best courses for their MBA path and helps connect new graduates to employers in the region. The Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) prepares students to perform well on the US CPA exam and to thrive in careers in government and business as analysts, auditors, consultants, and executives.

The Master of Urban Planning

This 11-course program is the first MUP degree program in the United Arab Emirates. Students learn the principles of sustainable urban planning, including ethics, social justice, cultural values, and environmental best practices. Taken full-time, the MUP program can be completed in two years. Part-time students can expect to finish the program in three years or more. A six-credit capstone project is required for graduation.

MasterÔÇÖs degree programs at the AUS College of Arts and Sciences

The CAS at American University of Sharjah offers three master’s degree programs. The Master of Science in Mathematics offers two tracks, pure mathematics and applied (industrial/financial) mathematics, depending on the student's academic or career goals. Each track offers a thesis option as well as a plan without a thesis requirement.

The Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MA TESOL) prepares students for educational careers in an international, multicultural setting. Cross-cultural communication, linguistics, and pedagogy are all part of the coursework. Graduates will be ready to teach, supervise instructors, and develop curriculum.

The Master of Arts in English/Arabic/English Translation and Interpreting (MATI) gives students the training and theoretical knowledge they need to effectively translate and interpret between English and Arabic for business, research, education, government, journalism, and other applications. Topics of study include machine translation, language engineering, and terminology management.

Multidisciplinary research opportunities

Faculty members and students work on a number of international and interdisciplinary research projects. One example is the civil engineering department's participation in a project to study the effects of harsh, saline environments on carbon-fiber reinforced fiber-concrete blends. Other CEN researchers are exploring different nano-scale drug delivery methods for administering chemotherapy effectively while reducing the often harsh side effects patients endure. Yet another group is developing and testing more efficient chips for Internet of Things (IoT) devices.

American University of Sharjah also presents talks and conferences on topics such as mechatronics and infrastructure management. AUS's Gulf Ecosystems Research Center (GERC) studies pollution and biodiversity and collaborates with the Woods Hole/MIT Joint Oceanography Program, the National Science Foundation's Science and Technology Center for Coastal Margin Observation and Prediction in Oregon, and other research centers in the US.

Research-focused faculty members

AUS is committed to promoting and supporting internally and externally-funded research, scholarship and creative activities of its faculty and students. It establishes and maintains relevant policies, and advances research integrity and the ethical conduct of research. The university facilitates the dissemination of the outcomes of the research and creative activities of its faculty and students via journal articles, conferences, intellectual property applications, and technology transfer venues and exhibits. Moreover, we promote university-wide interdisciplinary research collaboration for both basic and applied research aligned with the needs of the United Arab Emirates and the region. The university also seeks collaboration with governmental and industrial entities for the purpose of establishing sponsored research programs and centers.

International academic and business opportunities for AUS alumni

AUS graduates make their homes in more than 37 countries and work for major universities, government agencies, NGOs, and private-sector enterprises, including Cisco, Citibank, CNN, Dell, Emirates Airlines, Ernst and Young, IBM, Microsoft, Nokia, Procter & Gamble, Saatchi & Saatchi Advertising, Saudi Aramco, Sharjah Museums Department, Shell EP International, UAE Armed Forces, Unilever, and the World Gold Council. The university's focus on industry-relevant research and its network of partnerships and connections with major regional employers helps students find rewarding work after graduation.

Assistantships and financial aid at AUS

Graduate students at American University of Sharjah may apply for assistantships or work-study positions that help to offset the cost of tuition via waivers and/or a stipend in return for a maximum of 20 hours per week of work. Four-year assistantships for doctoral program students are competitive and include full tuition waivers, a monthly salary and stipend, and extensive research and mentorship opportunities. Low-interest student loans are available through AUS's partnership with the Sharjah Islamic Bank.

Departments & Programs

Student Body

Total Graduate Students
International Breakout (representing other countries)
Out-of-state students


Male (28%)
Female (71%)


Total faculty
Full-time (59)
Part-time (5)
Male (59)
Female (5)

Location & Contact

Address PO Box 26666
United Arab Emirates
Contact Mr. Hazim M. Numan
Student Recruitment Coordinator
Email: inforequest@aus.edu
Phone: -971-65151000
Fax: -971-65152040