BEFORE YOU APPLY
Before you apply
This page outlines the supplementary information that you are required to provide before your application can be considered as complete.
If you have a pre-application query, please refer to our FAQ pages, where you can find answers to our most commonly asked questions, or find contact details for our Enquiries Team at the bottom of the page.
To submit an application for your chosen programme, you should complete the MU online application form on the admissions portal upload all your supporting documents prior to the application deadline on 20th September.
In addition to the information required on the application form, you will need to attach copies of the following documents along with your application (It is recommended that you upload the files in PDF format):
- Authenticated Degree Certificate
- Authenticated Official, Complete Transcript, with the grade classification key usually found at the back of the official transcript
- High School certificate– this includes Grade 12 certificate, General Secondary School Certificate, General Diploma Certificate or any other certificate you obtained prior to your application
- Curriculum Vitae (CV) – your CV should contain your name, contact details and your work experience (current and past)
- Two reference letters – See below for guidance
- Personal statement – See below for a guidance
- Passport Copy – (copy of study visa must be attached for non-Omani applicants)
- Omani ID card or residence card
- Valid English Language Proficiency Test Results– IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent
Note:–All documents should be in English. Where the documents are in a language other than English, you are required to provide an English copy from your institution or a translation from a recognized translation office.
Should you fail to submit all required supporting documents, the Admissions Team will be unable to process your application.
Reference Letter Guidelines for Students
You are required to provide reference letters for your application to Muscat University. Please find below some guidelines to assist you.
What is a letter of reference?
A letter of reference is a written recommendation for a prospective graduate school or employer to attest to your ability to perform in an academic setting or a job. It is written by someone who is familiar with your skills and can speak of those skills in a professional manner.
Who should be your reference?
- An academic lecturer or professor
- A former or current employer (full time, part time, or internship, summer jobs)
Choose someone who:
- Knows you and appreciates your
- Can give a detailed account of your skills and abilities
- Has supervised you directly (boss, supervisor, team leader: past or present).
- You know has something good to say about your work, personality and teamwork
- Is a key figure in, or familiar with, the field you are applying to
What information should I provide to my referee?
- The date the recommendation is required
- Your current contact information, so your referee can reach you for any required clarification
- The name, title, organization, and address of the person to whom the letter should be addressed.
- Information about the position or programme to which you are applying
- A brief description of your goals and plans
- Your CV, transcripts and any information you would like your referee to address in his/her letter.
- A draft of your personal statement or research proposal, if such is required for your application.
- A reminder of how you and your referee know one another; classes you have taken with him/her, the grades you received in those classes, paper topics you worked on, etc. You may wish to include a copy of a successful paper or final exam, and any comments your professor gave you on your work
Your personal statement must clearly show how you are a unique and suitable candidate for your chosen programme of study.
Please answer the following 4 questions, using short and clear sentences. You are recommended to link your previous work experience to show who you are and what is your ability and ambition.
1. Introduction: get straight to the point and make a real impact.
2. Why you chose this specific course in Muscat University (and not elsewhere).
3. Why you are an eligible candidate:
* If applying directly from your undergraduate studies, explain how they have prepared you for the MSc, using examples to illustrate These can include the benefit you have gained from relevant courses and projects, relevant activities in and outside of the university and professional work placements.
* If you are already working, explain and illustrate with examples how your education, your personal experience and your professional experience make you eligible for the programme.
4. How this course is going to help your future career. Link your past and future to help illustrate this.
5. Conclusion: This should be short, positive and to the point. Say why you’ll be an asset to the university why Muscat University will be lucky to have you as a student.