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Programs Offered:
  1. Master of Arts in English Language / Translation
  2. Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences
  3. Master of Arts in Media and Journalism​
  4. Master of Business Administration (MBA)​​
  5. Master of Arts in Arabic Language and Literature​

Degree Requirements:

The Master's Degree requires successful completion of (33) Credit Hours based on the program plan approved by the university Dean's Council. There are two options for the Master's Degree:

  • Thesis option:
    • Consists of (24) Credit Hours
    • Thesis preparation worth (9) Credit Hours
  • Comprehensive Exam Option:
    • Consists of (33) Credit Hours
    • Passing the comprehensive exam

Master's Degree Curriculum Structure:

1.Thesis Option:

  • Required Courses (15 – 18) credit hours, 700 level or above
  • Elective Courses: (6 – 9) Credit Hours, 700 level or above
  • Master's Thesis: (9) Credit Hours

2.Comprehensive Exam Option:

  • Required Courses (21-24) Credit Hours, 700 level or above
  • Elective Courses: (9 – 12) Credit Hours, 700 level or above

  • Admission to the Master Program
To be admitted to the master Program at University of Petra , students must:
  • Hold a Bachelor Degree in related filed of study from an accredited university.
  • Have earned a GPA of at least 3.0 or equivalent.
  • The Bachelor degree held must be relevant to the Master Programs offered at Petra University.
  • Have been classified as a full-time regular student during his/her past study for the bachelor degree.
  • A student is not permitted to register for two different Master Programs simultaneously during any stage of his/her study.
  • If a student is suspended from any Master Program, he/she can not be reinstated in the same program again.
Special Topic Courses:
  • A student can take only one course labeled "Special Topics"
  • Courses
Alternative Courses:

Graduate students are permitted to substitute one elective course (700 level) with another course from a closely related program, only after the recommendation of the Department's Council and the approval of the Faculty Council.

Pre-Master Courses:

The department council may require any admitted student to register for a maximum of (9) hours of Pre-Master Courses. These courses do not contribute to the required credit hours nor to the calculation of student's GPA. The student must pass these courses before the end of the first academic year at the Master Program.

Period of Study for the Master Program:

The minimum period of study for the Master Program has been set for three Semesters, while the maximum period is six semesters. A student can defer (postpone) up to two semesters. Deferred semester are not counted from the maximum period of study.

Course Load:

The minimum permitted course load in any given semester is (6) credit hours, while the maximum is (12) credit hours. An academic year consists of two semesters, 16 weeks each. Summer course should not be less than (8) consecutive weeks, and can be used for the completion of projects, training, or research purposes.

  • Transfer
  1. A student can transfer from one Master Program to another, if he/she receives proper approvals and recommendations from the Department Council, Faculty Council, and the Graduate Studies Council.
  2. A student can transfer his/her graduate courses from other universities to Petra University, if a similar program is offered at PU, if there is a vacancy in that program, and if the student fulfills the basic admission requirements at PU.
  3. Transferred courses are not to exceed (12) Credit Hours with a Grade not less than a "B" or "Good" in each of the transferred courses. The content and the level of the transferred courses must also match those offered by Petra University Master Program.
  4. Courses that lead to any previous scientific Degree will not be considered for transfer.
  5. In the case of transferring (9 – 12) Credit Hours, at most one full semester will be wavered for the transferred student.
  6. During the course of study, a student is permitted to change his/her major only one time.
  7. A student is allowed to study a maximum of (6) Credit Hours in a different accredited institution, provided he/she received the proper approvals (Department Council, Faculty Council, and Graduate Study Council), and providing it is not his/her last semester of study.
  8. Courses studied outside Petra University do not contribute to the student's GPA.
  • Exams and Grading
  1. Passing grade for graduate courses is C+
  2. Passing grade for Pre-Master Courses is D
  3. The minimum cumulative GPA to pass the Master Program is (3.0)
  4. A Student can repeat at most two courses for the purpose of raising his/her GPA. Only the higher grade among the repeated courses is used in the calculation of GPA.
  5. Grade Assignment for regular Graduate courses:
    • Semester Work: worth (60%) of final course grade, and consists of the following:
      • At least one exam (30%)
      • Second exam, research, reports, etc. (30%)
    • Final exam: worth (40%) of final course grade.
Grade Assignment for other types of courses:

These courses include seminars, research oriented courses, Laboratory courses, practical training courses, etc. Grades for these courses depend on the type of work and activities involved. A lump sum grade is assigned at the end.

  • Grading System
The Letter Grading Systems is used as follows:
Letter Grades Points
A 4.0
B+ 3.5
B 3.0
C+ 2.5
C 2.0
D+ 1.5
D 1.0
F 0.0

Academic Standing Based on the Accumulative Grade Point Average:

The following academic standing categories are based on Accumulative GPA:

3.70 – 4.0 Excellent
3.00 – 3.69 Very Good
2.50 – 2.99 Good (Average)
2.00 – 2.49 Below Average (Minimally Accepted)
Below 2.00 Fail

Registration for Thesis:

Students are permitted to register for Thesis, if they meet the following conditions:

  • Passes (18) Credit Hours
  • Accumulative GPA not less than 3.0
  • Student is assigned a graduate supervisor
  • Master's Proposal is approved​
  • Attendance Requirements
  • Absent without approved excuse: If the number of absences exceeds 15% of total amount of course hours, the student is forbidden from administering 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 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 an a chance to complete the exam before the end of 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 student's transcript.
  • A withdrawal application form must be completed signed by the course instructor, 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 accumulative GPA goes 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 semester 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 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 back to the master program if he/she can raise the 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 Petra University not less than two years with a minimum of two research contributions during his service.

Upon the approval of the graduate studies council, a Co-advisor (Associate advisor) maybe assigned to the student. The associate advisor can be any person from within or outside Petra University with a PhD degree in the same field of master Program, and who holds an academic rank from an accredited university for at least two years.

  • Thesis Defense Committee
The defense committee consists of the following members:
  1. Advisor (the chair of the defense committee)
  2. C-Advisor (if assigned)
  3. Two qualified Faculty Members
  4. 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:
  1. Student starts by presenting a summary of his/her work
  2. The committee chair leads the discussions
  3. Once the discussions are over, committee members vote on one of the following outcomes:
    • Pass
    • Modifications: Student must modify his/her thesis and present the result within four month period. The outcome is evaluated again by the committee and the result will be either Pass or Fail.
    • 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 decision is sent for review by the department council, faculty council, and finally the graduate studies council within two weeks of defense date

  • Comprehensive Exam

The Comprehensive exam as it's name suggests consists of a set of comprehensive questions to measure the learning outcomes of the Master Program, and to measure the ability of the student to employ what he/she learned to solve real and practical problems. The exam is administered at the end of the third week of every semester including 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 competition 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 a second chance only. If he/she fails, they receive a Diploma, but will not be granted the Master Degree

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