Updated: September 6, 2017. The information on this page is general and may be subject to change. We strongly encourage you to check the website of your preferred field of study as well as American University of Armenia’s Graduate Admissions Policies as for detailed information regarding the programs, admissions process and more.  If your question is not answered in these FAQs, please email the Office of Admissions at grad@aua.am.



  1. What graduate degrees does AUA offer?

AUA offers the following graduate degrees:

  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Science in Strategic Management
  • Master of Science in Economics
  • Master of Engineering in Industrial Engineering and Systems Management
  • Master of Science in Computer and Information Science
  • Master of Public Health
  • Master of Laws
  • Master of Political Science and International Affairs
  • Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Foreign Language

You can find additional information regarding each program at http://admissions.aua.am/academic-programs/.


  1. What certificate programs does AUA offer?

AUA currently offers graduate certificate programs in

  • Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language
  • Certificate in Translation

You can find additional information regarding AUA’s certificate programs at http://admissions.aua.am/graduate-certificate-programs/.


  1. Does AUA offer courses to individuals who are not seeking a degree at AUA but are interested in taking select courses at the graduate level?

Yes, AUA invites students who are interested in AUA to sample our courses on an individual basis prior to applying or enrolling in our graduate programs. Such individuals are defined as non-degree students. For more information regarding non-degree status, please visit http://policies.aua.am/policy/80.


  1. What is the language of instruction at AUA?

The language of instruction at AUA is English.


  1. Does AUA offer evening classes?

Yes. Currently, the Master of Business Administration, Master of Laws, and Master of Science in Economics programs offer evening classes that typically start at 6:30pm. Classes within the Master of Public Health typically commence at 3:30pm.


  1. How long does it take to earn a graduate degree?

Most graduate programs at AUA require two academic years of full-time study to complete. The only exceptions include MSSM which is a 15-month program and MBA which typically takes 2.5 years to complete. 


  1. Can I pursue my graduate studies as a part-time student?

If you would like to pursue a graduate degree as a part-time student, you should speak to both the Graduate Program Chair and Office of the Registrar to see what options may be available. However, AUA does not encourage part-time studies as some mandatory courses require prerequisites which may not be offered again during the coming academic year/s.


  1. Does AUA offer any online courses?

No, AUA does not offer online courses.


  1. Can I see what classes are like at AUA?

Yes, AUA offers Open Classes, which are actual classes open to all prospective students at no cost. You can find information on class schedule, registration process, a list of courses available, and more at http://admissions.aua.am/open-class-graduate-programs/




  1. What can I expect to pay for tuition as a graduate student?

Current tuition fees are listed at http://admissions.aua.am/tuition/.


  1. Does AUA offer financial aid?

Yes.  AUA is committed to providing the best possible education to its students. As such, AUA’s admissions process is need-blind.  AUA policy is that no Armenian citizen admitted to AUA will be denied study because of demonstrated financial need, as determined by the AUA Financial Aid Committee based on a number of factors. AUA offers a number of financial aid opportunities for both Armenian citizens and international students. For more information, applicants are encouraged to review http://registrar.aua.am/financial-aid-definition/.


12. I plan on applying for Armenia’s 10 year Special Residency Status. Can I apply to AUA now or should I wait until I have received the special residency?

Yes, you may apply to AUA even if you do not yet have your 10 year special residency status. Please note that you will be charged the international application fee.

If you are accepted to AUA, your tuition will be reassessed during the execution of your education contract as long as you have already obtained the 10 year residency status. Please make sure to contact the Office of Admissions with a scan of your special residency status as soon as you receive it. If for some reason there is a delay in receiving your 10 year residency status, please contact the Office of the Registrar to inquire about the possibility of reassessing your tuition.




13. Who can apply for a graduate program at AUA?

Anyone who meets both the graduate general and program-specific admissions requirements may apply for graduate programs at AUA. You may also refer to questions 14 and 15 below. 


14. What are the Graduate General Admissions requirements?

The Graduate General Admissions require applicants to: 

  • Hold an undergraduate degree from, or be currently enrolled in the final year of studies at an accredited or licensed institution of higher education. Applicants holding a Bachelor’s degree from a 3-year program will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Satisfy the English Language Proficiency Requirement.
  • Submit a complete AUA Application for Admission to Graduate Study.


15. What are the Program-Specific Admissions requirements?

In addition to General Admission requirements, applicants must also meet Program-Specific Admissions requirements. Refer to Point 6 of the AUA Graduate Admissions Policy.


16.  Is there an English language proficiency requirement?

All applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency to be considered for admission. Some applicants may be eligible to receive a waiver of the English Language Proficiency Requirement if they meet the English Language Proficiency Requirement Policy criteria. Others must submit official exam results confirming English Language Proficiency either through TOEFL iBT or IELTS Academic exams.


17. Who is eligible to apply for an English Language Proficiency Waiver?

You may receive a waiver to the English Language Proficiency requirement if you studied at least two consecutive of the previous five years of full-time study at a recognized high school, college, or university where the primary language of instruction is English. Applicants may receive a waiver if they have completed at least two years of full-time study at a recognized high school, college, or university where the primary language of instruction was English. For more information, please refer to the English Language proficiency waiver policy at http://policies.aua.am/policy/143. To apply for the waiver, applicants should create a profile at http://im.aua.am and submit an English Language Proficiency Test Waiver form.


18. Is there a minimum score for the TOEFL iBT and IETLS Academic exams?

The TOEFL iBT and IETLS Academic target score requirements for admission at AUA are as follows.

  • TOEFL iBT – 79 or higher
  • IELTS Academic – 6.5 or higher

Applicants should note, however, that meeting the scores listed above is not a guarantee of admission. On the other hand, having scores lower does not result in automatic denial. Only those applicants with a 67 or lower on the TOEFL iBT or 5.5 or lower on the IELTS Academic will be automatically denied admission.


19.  How should I report my TOEFL iBT or IELTS Academic official test scores to AUA?

For AUA to receive your official TOEFL iBT test scores, you must ensure you indicate AUA’s institution code (4151) either at the time of registration or during the exam. 

IELTS Academic exam results must be sent to AUA directly from the British Council or by uploading your IELTS Test Report Form to your online application.


20.  Is there any test requirement other than the proof of English Language Proficiency?

The table below outlines which graduate program standardized test (GRE, GMAT, LSAT) are required for each program.


Master of Business Administration, Master of Science in Strategic Management, Master of Science in Economics, Master of Science in Computer and Information Science, Master of Engineering in Industrial Engineering and Systems Management, and Master of Public Health


Master of Political Science and International Affairs


Master of Laws

LSAT (for non-LL.B. graduates only)


21.  Is there a minimum score for the program-specific standardized test?

The table below outlines the program-specific standardized test target score requirements for admission at AUA:


Master of Business Administration, Master of Science in Strategic Management, and Master of Science in Economics

60th percentile on the GRE or GMAT (MSE applicants with scores less than the 50th percentile will not be considered)

Master of Science in Computer and Information Science, Master of Engineering in Industrial Engineering and Systems Management, and Master of Public Health

50th percentile on the GRE

Master of Political Science and International Affairs

25th percentile on the GRE

Master of Laws

135 on LSAT


22. How should I report my program-specific test official score report to AUA?

Applicants must ensure that valid test scores are reported electronically to AUA directly by the testing service on or by the published deadline date to which they are applying. To do so, please make sure to include AUA’s institution codes as follows:

  • GRE code 0676
  • LSAT code 0868
  • GMAT code 0284


23. I forgot to list AUA as a score report recipient. What can I do?

You may request an additional score report through your test account and indicate AUA as a score report recipient by putting our institution code.


Application Process


24. How should I apply to a graduate program at AUA?

To apply, please complete and submit a complete Application for Admission to Graduate Study online at http://im.aua.am.  


25. Can I apply to more than one program?

Yes. In your application, you can mention a first and second choice program of interest. While you will only need to submit one application, please note that you must write a separate Statements of Purpose for each program.


26. Is there a specific date when I must submit my application?

Yes. Please refer to admissions.aua.am/admission-deadlines for a detailed list of deadline dates.


27. What if I forgot to attach a required document to my application or did not report my official test score to AUA?

It is your responsibility to submit a complete application. If you forget to send a required document or do not report an official score to AUA, please immediately contact the Office of Admissions and make sure to send those missing documents by email to grad@aua.am.

The Office of Admissions screens all submitted applications for technical eligibility. If your application is incomplete, please note that it will not be considered for further review by the Admissions Committee. Incomplete applications as of one deadline date will be moved to the following deadline date. If you fail to complete your application by the rolling admissions deadline date, the Office of Admissions will update your application status to ineligible.


28. If I retake an exam after the deadline date, will my new score be considered?

Any change and/or additional information presented after the admissions deadline must be presented using a Petition to Submit New Information form. You may access the at admissions.aua.am/forms once the Application for Admission to Graduate Study is launched. Please note that if you would like your new test score considered, it will shift your application to the following deadline date. No new information may be submitted after the Rolling Admissions deadline date.


29. How do I pay my application fee?

Your application fee may be paid online, via Easy Pay Cash Machine (Armenia only), or bank transfer We strongly encourage applicants to make payments online as it may take up to 10 business days for your account to reflect Easy Pay or Bank Transfer payments. Detailed instructions are available on the payment page in http://im.aua.am once you have submitted your application.





30.When and how will I be notified of my admission decision?

Applicants who submit complete applications by the published deadline date will receive notification of their admission status by email, up to twelve weeks after the respective deadline. 


31. Can I appeal the decision?

No. Decisions made by the Graduate Admissions Committee cannot be appealed.


32. Can I change my degree program after being admitted?

Once admitted to a graduate program, you may not change your degree program. Instead, you will need to reapply through the Office of Admissions to your desired degree program. If the application deadline dates have passed, you may have to wait for the next admissions cycle to apply.


33. Am I guaranteed admission if I meet both the Graduate General as well as the Program-Specific Admissions requirements?

No. While applicants must meet the Graduate Admissions General Admissions requirements as well as the Program-Specific Admissions requirements, meeting both does not in itself guarantee admission. Factors such as program capacity and the competitiveness of an individual’s application within the applicant pool are also taken into consideration.



34. As an international student, do I need a visa to study in Armenia?

Yes. Foreign nationals need valid travel documents to enter Armenia. Individuals must ensure that they apply for and obtain a passport in time to obtain the necessary visas for Armenia. Some countries require that passports have a minimum of six months validity for travel purposes. 

Most foreign nationals will be able to obtain a visa at the airport in Yerevan upon arrival for a cost of 15,000 AMD. This single-entry visa is valid for 120 days from your date of entry. You may also obtain a visa from your local Armenian embassy or consulate or via Armenia’s e-visa system (http://www.mfa.am/eVisa/).


For more information about the requirements for your country of citizenship please visit Armenia’s Foreign Ministry website at http://mfa.am/en/visa/.


35. Does AUA offer student housing?

Yes. AUA offers limited affordable student housing in a secure, gated area a very short distance away from the University. Located at Sose 36, the dormitory has two floors for male and female students. Each floor is newly renovated offering furnished double rooms ranging from 12 to 16 square meters and shared bathrooms and showers. The dorms come equipped with a small kitchenette on each floor and laundry service is available on site for a small fee. The dormitory also offers high speed WiFi access. Priority consideration is given to international and non-Yerevan based students. For more information, please visit admissions.aua.am/housing.