Frequently Asked Questions

Updated November 5, 2020. 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 for detailed information regarding the programs, admissions process and more.  If your question is not answered in these FAQs, email the Office of Admissions at [email protected].  

Academics

1. What graduate degrees does AUA offer?

AUA offers the following graduate degrees:

  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Science in 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 Human Rights and Social Justice (New Program Launching Fall 2021)
  • Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Foreign Language

You can find additional information regarding each program here.

2. What certificate programs does AUA offer?

AUA currently offers graduate certificate programs in

  • Teaching English as a Foreign Language
  • Translation 
  • Finance
  • Data Analytics

You can find additional information regarding AUA’s certificate programs here.

3. 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, visit the following page as well as the non-degree policy here.

4. What is the language of instruction at AUA?

The language of instruction at AUA is English.

5. Does AUA offer evening classes?

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

6. 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 are the HRSJ, MSM, and MBA programs. Students enrolled in these programs typically complete their studies in 18 months for HRSJ and MSM and 2.5 years for MBA.

7. Does AUA offer programs designed for part-time students, especially for those who work during the day?

AUA's master's programs are designed as per the disciplinary standards and needs of their targeted applicants. Some have reduced load and evening class schedules for people who work during the day. Others are more intensive and require students to take three or four classes per semester. Please visit the website of your preferred program for more information.

8. Does AUA offer any online programs?
No, AUA does not offer any online programs.
9. Can I see what classes are like at AUA?

Yes, AUA offers Open Classes. These are actual classes that prospective students can attend one time, at no cost. You can find information on class schedule, registration process, a list of courses available, and more here.

Tuition

10. WHERE CAN I FIND INFORMATION ABOUT TUITION RATES?

Graduate tuition rates are listed here.

11. Does AUA offer financial aid?

Yes. AUA is committed to providing the best possible education for its students. For citizens of the Republic of Armenia and holders of Armenian special passports for special residency status, AUA provides an automatic subsidy off the total cost of their education. The University also offers need-based tuition assistance to citizens of Armenia with demonstrated financial need that may discount the cost of education further by up to 90%. There are also a limited number of scholarships available for academically gifted students. International students are eligible for merit-based scholarships that may cover up to 50% of tuition. Finally, citizens of Lebanon who have been impacted by the devastating crisis are eligible to apply for support through an Emergency Fund. For more information, visit here.

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. As soon as you receive your special residency status, make sure to email its scan to the Office of Admissions at [email protected]. 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.

Admissions

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

Anyone who meets Application Requirements as listed here 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 (or equivalent) from, or be currently enrolled in the final year of studies at, an accredited or licensed institution of higher education.
  • Satisfy the English Language Proficiency Requirement.
  • Submit a complete AUA Application for Admission to Graduate Study.
15. ARE THERE ANY ADDITIONAL ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS I MUST MEET?

Yes. Visit our Application Requirements page for more information including required graduate standardized test, work experience, and more that your preferred program of study may require.

16. Is there an English language proficiency requirement?

Yes. Please visit step 2 under admissions.aua.am/graduate/application-requirements for details about our English language proficiency requirement.

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 policies.aua.am/policy/154. To apply for the waiver, applicants should create a profile at im.aua.am and submit an English Language Proficiency Test Waiver form.

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

The TOEFL iBT and IELTS 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. AUA also accepts the home tests of both the TOEFL iBT and IELTS Academic. Scores listed apply for these home tests, as well.  

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 score(s), you must indicate AUA’s institution code (4151) at the time of registration. For the IELTS Academic test, you must indicate AUA’s institution code (40 Baghramyan Ave, Yerevan) during your exam. If you take the home test of either exam, you will need to include the institution codes as well. For more information, refer to the TOEFL iBT and IELTS Academic flyers on the “Preparing for My Exams” section here.

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

Visit this link and refer to the Graduate Standardized Test table under Target Scores for details about whether the GRE, GMAT, or LSAT is required for your program of interest. An alternative assessment may be available for applicants to certain programs.  Finally, waivers to the GRE, GMAT, or LSAT are available to applicants who meet the eligibility requirements. Read point 2b here to see if you are eligible for a waiver.  

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 Economics**
Master of Science in Management
60th percentile on the GRE or GMAT Quantitative Section 

*   MBA applicants with scores less than the 40th percentile will not be considered.
** 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
Master of Public Health
50th percentile on the GRE or GMAT
Master of Laws 145 on the LSAT (Exam waived for applicants who hold a degree in law)

If you are applying to the Master of Art in Teaching English as a Foreign Language, Master of Political Science and International Affairs, or Master of Arts in Human Rights and Social Justice programs, note that there are no program-specific required standardized exams.  

Some applicants may be eligible for a waiver to program-specific standardized tests. Please refer to point 2b here to see if you are eligible for a waiver and for more information about available alternate assessments.

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 codes as listed under 2a and 2b in our Application Requirements page.

Application Process

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

To apply, complete and submit a complete Application for Admission to Graduate Study online at 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, note that you must write a separate Statement of Purpose for each program.

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

Yes. Refer to our Deadline Dates for detailed information.

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 forgot to send a required document or did 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 [email protected].

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 (Regular for MSM applicants), 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?

If you take an official entrance exam after the deadline to which you submitted your application and want us to consider your score, note that it will result in moving your application to the next deadline (if available) for consideration. No new information will be considered after the Rolling Admissions deadline (Regular Admissions for MSM applicants). Please make sure you notify us of this change by emailing [email protected]. Make sure to also send us your official test score. 

29. How do I pay my application fee?

Your application fee may be paid online, through bank transfer, or or via the Easy Pay Cash Machine located in AUA's  Main Building*. We strongly encourage applicants to make payments online as it may take up to 10 business days for your account to reflect Bank Transfer or Easy Pay payments. Detailed instructions are available on the payment page in im.aua.am once you have submitted your application.

Recommendation Letters

30. How many recommendation letters should I submit?
Your application for admission must include two recommendation letters. Your application will not be considered complete without the submission of both recommendation letters. Additional recommendation letters will not be considered. If you are applying to more than one program, you should still only submit a total of two recommendation letters.
31. Am I required to use AUA’s recommendation letter template?

Yes. You may download the form directly from your online application.

32. Who should write my recommendation letters?
The best recommenders are those that know you well and can fully assess your ability to perform and succeed in your graduate level studies. Recommendations typically come from current or former professors and/or supervisors from a job or internship.  The recommender cannot be a friend or family member.
33. Will AUA accept a recommendation letter in a language other than English?
While AUA prefers recommendation letters in English, we also accept them in Armenian and in rare cases, Russian. However, please note that your recommender must complete your recommendation using the AUA template, which is only available in English.
34. Should the recommendation letter be typed?
If you choose the email or hard-copy options, please note AUA prefers typed recommendation letters. However, we will also accept letters that are handwritten.
35. How can I submit a recommendation letter?

Recommendation letters should be submitted online or sent via email directly by your recommender. In rare cases, you may bring a recommendation letter in hard copy* enclosed in a sealed envelope, to the Office of Admissions on behalf of your recommender.

* Due to the current closure of AUA as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic, applicants must ensure recommendation letters are submitted online or via email.

36. How do I submit a recommendation letter online?
We strongly encourage applicants to ask recommenders to submit recommendation letters online. To do so, select the “My recommender will complete the recommendation letter online” option from the recommendation letter section of the online application for admission. You will then be asked to fill out contact information related to your recommender. Once you have done so, an email will be sent to your recommender. Please ensure your recommender checks his/her email frequently and submits the form by the deadline date to which you plan to apply. Letters received after the deadline date will mark your application as incomplete and your application will be moved to the next available deadline date or marked ineligible for rolling applicants. Recommendation letters submitted online do not require a signature or a seal.
37. How can I submit my recommendation letter via email?
If your recommender prefers to submit the recommendation letter via email, then select the “My recommender will send a complete and signed recommendation letter as an attachment to [email protected]” option from the recommendation letter section of your application for admission. Once you select this option, download the form directly from the online application and send it to your recommender to complete. Recommenders must then complete the form and email it to [email protected]. The letters must also include the recommender’s signature as well as the seal/stamp of the organization. In rare cases, we will accept letters without the seal/stamp if the organization simply does not have one.
38. How can I submit a hard copy of the recommendation letter?

As the University is currently closed due to the Coronavirus outbreak, we are not accepting hard copy recommendation letters.

39. Who should complete the Applicant’s Information on the First Page of the recommendation letter?

If you choose the online recommendation, there is no need for you to enter this information. If you choose the email or hard copy versions* we recommend you complete this information. After completion, you should send the blank form to your recommender.

*The University, including the Office of Admissions, is closed because of the Coronavirus outbreak.As such, applicants must ensure recommendation letters are submitted online or via email.

40. Does AUA require a seal or stamp on the recommendation letter?

If you choose to submit your recommendation letters online, then there is no need for either a seal or stamp. However, should you prefer your recommender to submit the letter via email or in hard-copy, then the letter must be sealed or stamped by the organization. In rare cases, we will accept a recommendation letter submitted via email or in hard-copy* without a seal or stamp if the organization simply does not have one.

*The University, including the Office of Admissions, is closed because of the Coronavirus outbreak.As such, applicants must ensure recommendation letters are submitted online or via email.

41. Should I attach the recommendation letters to my application?

No. AUA will not consider any recommendation letter attached to your online application. Since recommendation letters are confidential, they must be submitted by your recommenders either online or via email. If they choose to submit a hardcopy recommendation letter*, then the letter must be enclosed in an envelope.

*The University, including the Office of Admissions, is closed because of the Coronavirus outbreak.As such, applicants must ensure recommendation letters are submitted online or via email.

42. What happens if my recommender submits my letter after the deadline date?

In order for your application to be considered complete, you must ensure that you meet all requirements by the deadline date to which you plan on applying, including the submission of your recommendation letters. If your recommender delays the submission of your letter, then please note that your application will be marked incomplete and your application will be moved to the next available deadline date or marked ineligible for Rolling applicants (Regular applicants for MSM). An important note if you choose the online recommendation letter option – you cannot submit your application until your recommender has submitted your recommendation letter.

43. Can I use a recommendation letter I have submitted previously?

Yes, you may use a recommendation letter previously submitted with your AUA application as long as it is valid. Recommendation letters are only valid for one year. If you plan to use a valid recommendation letter(s) from a previous AUA application, send an email to [email protected] detailing which recommendation letter you would like to be considered by the application submission deadline.

Since recommendation letters must be submitted on the AUA template, you cannot use recommendations provided to you for other purposes.

44. Will I receive confirmation once my recommender submits my recommendation letter?

If you choose the online option, you will receive an email from [email protected] once your recommender submits your letter. Should you choose the email or hard-copy options*, you will not receive any confirmation related to the submission of your letter(s). However, you can check your online application checklist where we will note the recommendation letter section is complete once they have been processed.

*The University, including the Office of Admissions, is closed because of the Coronavirus outbreak.As such, applicants must ensure recommendation letters are submitted online or via email.

Decisions

45. 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.
46. Can I appeal my admission decision?

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

47. Can I change my degree program after being admitted?
Once admitted to an AUA graduate program, you may not change to another degree program. If you are certain that you want to change your degree program, you must first withdraw from the graduate program to which you have been admitted.  Once you have done so, you will need to reapply to your desired program through im.aua.am. If application deadlines have passed, you must wait for the next round of admissions. Please visit our Program and Major Change policy for more information.
48. AM I GUARANTEED ADMISSION IF I MEET ALL THE APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS?

No. AUA practices holistic admissions. We select students who have the skills and ability to succeed and to assure that AUA is well suited to their educational and career goals. 

As admission to AUA is also competitive, both the Academic Program Admissions Committee and the Graduate Admissions Committee consider your academic and personal information, including academic credentials, professional experience, graduate entrance exam scores, the statement of purpose, recommendation letters, and the interview, if you are invited to one.

Visa and Housing

49. 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 (evisa.mfa.am).

Notes:

  • AUA issues a letter of invitation for admitted nationals of certain countries to apply for and receive an entry visa to Armenia from Armenia’s diplomatic posts abroad.  A list of these countries is posted here.
  • Nationals of certain countries do not need to obtain an entry visa to travel to Armenia. They can stay in the Republic of Armenia for up to 180 days per year. A list of these countries is posted here
  • Once you are in Armenia, AUA will assist you in renewing your visa.

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

50. 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.

Once in-class instruction resumes at AUA, the University will open the doors of its newly built student residence in Dzoragyugh, a 25-minute walk from the University. The five story building will house up to 56 students in single, double, and triple occupancy rooms, each furnished with beds, side tables, desks, wardrobes, and a bathroom. The first floor will house a hall for communal activities, a shared kitchen, and a study area. The Dzoragyugh residence will be fully accessible for disabled students. For more information, please visit our Housing page.