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Attendance Requirements:

  • Absent without approved excuse: If the number of absences exceeds 15% of total amount of course hours, the student is forbidden from taking the final exam, and is assigned a grade "D" in the course.
  • Absent with approved excuse: If the number of absences exceeds 15% of total amount of course hours, the student is considered withdrawn from the course.
  • If a student misses the Final Exam due to an approved excuse, he/she receives a grade of Incomplete, and is given a chance to complete the exam before the end of the next semester.

Withdrawal Procedure:

  • Students are allowed to withdraw from one course or more within four weeks from the beginning of the regular semester and two weeks from the beginning of the Summer Semester. A grade of "W" is assigned to students' transcripts.
  • A withdrawal application form must be completed, signed by the course instructor, the Registrar, and by the Dean of Graduate Studies. 

Probation and Suspension:

A student is put under probation in the following cases:

  • Failing one or two courses in a semester
  • If the cumulative GPA falls under 3.0 in any semester

A student is suspended from Graduate studies under the following conditions:

  • Failing more than two courses at any given semester except the first semester.
  • Failing to achieve the minimum passing grade in a required course more than once.
  • Failing to achieve the minimum required GPA for two consecutive semesters after he/she was put under probation.
  • If the student fails to attend the Comprehensive Exam within the maximum allowed period (36 months of his/her first registration for the Master's Program).
  • Any misconduct causing his/her suspension.
  • A suspended student with a minimum of (2.8) GPA is given a chance to be re-instated in the Master's Program if he/she can raise their GPA to 3.0 after registering for a maximum of (9) credit hours/semester for two consecutive semesters. 

Academic Advising:

A graduate student must be assigned an academic advisor prior to the end of his/her third semester. The Advisor must be approved by the Graduate studies' Council, and must meet the following conditions:
  • A faculty member with a rank of full professor or associate professor.
  • A faculty member with an assistant professor rank, but who served at the University of Petra no less than two years with a minimum of two research contributions during his/her service.

Upon the approval of the Graduate Studies' Council, a Co-advisor (Associate advisor) may be assigned to the student. The Associate Advisor can be any person from within or outside the University of Petra with a PhD degree in the same field of Master's Program, and who has been holding an academic rank from an accredited university for at least two years.

Thesis Defense Committee:

The Defense Committee consists of the following members:

  • Advisor (the chair of the defense committee)
  • Co-Advisor (if assigned)
  • Two qualified faculty members
  • Qualified external member

The time and date of the Defense should be approved by the Graduate Studies' Council. A copy of the Thesis must be submitted to the Committee members one month prior to the defense date.


Thesis Defense Procedure:


The defense procedure consists of the following steps:

  • Student starts by presenting a summary of his/her work
  • The Committee Chair leads the discussions
  • Once the discussions are over, Committee members vote on one of the following outcomes: 
    1. Pass
    2. Modifications: Student must modify his/her thesis and present the result within a four-month period. The outcome is then evaluated again by the Committee and the result will be either Pass or Fail.
    3. Fail: If the Committee decides to fail the student, he/she is awarded a Diploma, given his/her GPA is 3.0 or above. 

The Defense Committee's decision is sent for review by the Department Council, Faculty Council, and finally to the Graduate Studies' Council within two weeks of Defense date.


Comprehensive Exam:

The Comprehensive exam, as its name suggests, consists of a set of comprehensive questions to measure the learning outcomes of the Master's Program, and to measure the students' ability to employ what they learned to solve real and practical problems. The exam is administered at the end of the third week of every semester, including the Summer Semester

The Exam is organized into two parts, each is assigned a time slot of two hours.

Students are admitted to the Comprehensive Exam only after the completion of their course work, and only if their GPA is 3.0 or above.

If a student fails the Comprehensive Exam, he/she is given only one second chance. If he/she fails, they receive a Diploma, but will not be granted the Master's Degree.


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