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Undergraduate Programs:

Academic Regulations for the Associate Diploma (AD) and Bachelors (B.A., B.Sc.) Degrees:

Applicants holding a high school diploma from a foreign accredited institution are eligible to register at University of Tabriz.

Number of credits required for graduation is, depending on the field of study, between 72-78 at the Associate level (AD) and 142-146 at the Bachelor's level.

The academic year is composed of 2 semesters and an optional summer session.

Each semester is seventeen weeks and the summer session is 6 weeks excluding the examination period.

Each course has specified credits, and each credit is equivalent to an hour of class per week.

Students are full time and are required to take no less than 12 and no more than 20 credits per semester, however, under some special circumstances, they can choose more or less. The maximum summer load is 6 credit units.

Minimum grade for passing a course is 10 (based on 20) and if a student fails a course he/she is required to repeat the course.

At the Bachelor’s level, a student is allowed a maximum of two semesters of leave of absence.

The maximum time for graduation is three years at the Associate level (AD) and six years at the Bachelor’s level (B.A., B.Sc.). A student has a 6-year period at the very most to earn a Bachelor’s degree. If one does not meet the requirements, he/she will be dismissed from the concerned department.

Language Proficiency:

As the language of instruction in undergraduate level at University of Tabriz is in Persian, foreign students are required to have an adequate knowledge and satisfactory command of the Persian language. The applicants should undertake an Intensive Persian Language Course for foreign students whose native language is other than Persian at Centres specified by the Iranian Ministry of Science, Research and Technology or the Language Centre of University of Tabriz.

GPA Requirements:

Student grade point average (GPA) should not be less than 12 in any given semester; otherwise the student will be on probation and in the following semester is allowed to carry 14 credits only.

If a student is registered on probation for either three consecutive or four non-consecutive semesters, and his/her GPA falls below 10 at any given time, he/she will be expelled from the University. But if the student’s GPA is at least 10, he/she could continue his/her education but instead of receiving the regular degree the student will be granted an equivalent degree.

Examination and Assessment of Student’s Progress:

 In the assessment of a student’s progress in a course, much attention is given (depending on the nature of course) to class presentation, laboratory performance, mid-term examination result as well as the results of tests given throughout the semester, though the results of final written examinations would be playing a determining role.

Grading System:

Base Grade: 20

Excellent: 17-20

Good: 14-16

Fair: 11-13

Poor: (Minimum Passable): 10        

Note: Minimum pass grade for an associate diploma and under-graduate student is 10 and his/her overall semester GPA must be 12 or above. An associate diploma and undergraduate student will be subject to dismissal, should his/her overall semester GPA falls below 12 for three consecutive/four non-consecutive semesters.  

General Requirements:

Having a general good standing certified by Iranian embassy or representative offices.

Having good physical and mental health certified by the trustworthy medical practitioners of the Iranian embassy in the applicants country.

Following Islamic rules and regulations while pursuing academic studies in Iran.

Following all the internal rules and regulations of University of Tabriz.

Master’s Programs:

Academic Regulations for Master’s Degree:

Applicants holding a Bachelor’s degree from Iranian or foreign accredited universities are eligible to register at University of Tabriz. Duration of study for a Master’s degree is three years maximum.

Number of Course Units (Credits):

Depending on the major, the number of credits for a Master’s degree is 32-38 credits.

The number of unit credits of the split Master’s program is 28 to 32 and sometimes prerequisites of some graduate credits may be required, depending on the field of study.

Students enrolled in a Master’s Program are permitted to choose between 8 to 14 credits per semester, however under some special conditions they can get more or less. In the last semester the students are allowed to take less than 8 credits.

Prerequisite Requirement:

If the Departmental Graduate Committee finds it necessary for the student to take prerequisite courses, the student is required to pass these courses in addition to the required regular courses.

Grade Requirements:

Minimum passing grade for each course (pre or regular) is 12 (based on 20). If a student receives a grade of less than 12 in an elective course, he/she can repeat the course or, with the advisor’s approval, take another elective course.

Grades of prerequisite courses are recorded on the transcript but are not included in the GPA.

Grading System:

Base Grade: 20

Excellent: 18-20

Good: 16-18

Fair: 14-16

Poor: 12-14

Minimum Passable: 12     

Note: Minimum pass grade for a post-graduate student is 12 and his/her overall semester GPA should not be under 14. A post-graduate student will be subject to dismissal, should his/her overall semester GPA falls below 14 for two semesters.

GPA Requirements:

The average GPA acceptable for the Master’s Program is 14 in each semester. If a student’s GPA falls below 14 in two semesters, he/she will be prohibited from continuing the program.

At the time of graduation the student’s GPA should not be less than 14, otherwise he/she will not be granted a Master’s degree.

A student who has passed all the necessary credits and his/her GPA is below 14, and his/her education has not yet extended over the maximum time allocated, the student can for only one semester repeat 16 credit hours in courses which he/she has received grades of less than 14, and if the GPA is above the required minimum, the student will be granted the degree.

Academic Absence, Withdrawal and Expulsion:

If a student, without the permission of his/her department and college and the approval of the University Council for Graduate Studies withdraws for even one semester, he/she will be expelled from the University.

The student can notify the Vice-Chancellor for Graduate Studies about his/her intention to withdraw from the University. If within two weeks the student does not withdraw the notification, a certificate will be issued finalizing the withdrawal.

Any student who has withdrawn or been expelled, and who wishes to proceed with the graduate examination or desires to apply for any kind of certification or transcript, must initially clear his financial debts and other obligations procured during his previous status as a student.

Change of Major Policy:

A change of major is not permitted for the Master’s degree.

Temporary Withdrawal and Leave of Absence:

A Master’s degree candidate can under certain circumstances be granted a leave of absence for one semester. But the leave is considered as part of the total duration of study.

If a student with legitimate reasons is unable to continue, he can with the approval of the Department, College and the University Council for Graduate Studies temporarily withdraw for one semester.

Language Proficiency:

As the language of instruction in Master’s level at University of Tabriz is in Persian, foreign students are required to have an adequate knowledge and satisfactory command of the Persian language. The applicants should undertake an Intensive Persian Language Course for foreign students whose native language is other than Persian at Centres specified by the Iranian Ministry of Science, Research and Technology or the Language Centre of University of Tabriz.

General Requirements:

Having a general good standing certified by Iranian embassy or representative offices.

Having good physical and mental health certified by the trustworthy medical practitioners of the Iranian embassy in the applicants country.

Following Islamic rules and regulations while pursuing academic studies in Iran

Following all the internal rules and regulations of University of Tabriz

Doctorate Programs:

Academic Regulations for the Ph.D. Degree Eligibility:

Possessing the general requisites for entrance to the Ph.D. program.

Holding an appropriate Master’s degree or above in the field for which the candidate is applying, from either one of the domestic universities or a foreign accredited institution.

Successful performance in a foreign language exam conducted by the Department’s Graduate Committee.

Submitting at least two recommendations from previous professors.

Note 1: The decision as to which degree holder can continue in what major and determining the criteria is the responsibility of the Department’s Graduate Committee.

Note 2: All students admitted to the Ph.D. program must pledge to be full time students and agree not to seek employment during the course of study.

The Stages of the Program:

The number of unit credits of a Ph.D. program is 12-18 and sometimes, as the Master’s degree, prerequisites of some graduate credits may be required, depending on the field of study.

The Ph.D. Program is divided into 2 stages: the course work and the thesis. The course work begins immediately upon admission. After finishing this stage and passing the qualifying examinations, the student enters the thesis stage. This stage includes conducting research and writing and defending the dissertation.

Student are allowed to choose 6-12 unit credits in each semester, however under some special circumstances, they can take more or less credits.

Completing Ph.D. unit credits during 4 semesters at the most and passing the comprehensive examination held by the concerned department, students can enter the next phase of conducting their Ph.D. dissertation, including 18-24 unit credits. Students have an 8 -semester (4-year) deadline to earn their Ph.D. degree.

A student can start the initial stage of the research for the thesis while still carrying his course work, however official registration for the dissertation begins when the student has passed the comprehensive exams. Failure to register for the thesis or missing the registration date is considered a withdrawal from the University. Under special circumstances and provided that the student has a legitimate excuse, with the approval of the Department’s Graduate Committee, the College and the University Council for Graduate Studies, two more semesters could be added to the Ph.D. applicant’s total program.

Preparatory Stage for the Defence of the Thesis:

A student who has passed the comprehensive exam successfully can register for the dissertation.

The student can choose his/her thesis topic with the assistance of his thesis advisor and following the approval of the Department’s Graduate Committee he/she can then begin the research phase.

All research and scientific activities of the student should be under the advisor’s guidance, and the student is responsible to provide reports on the research any time the advisor so requires.

The academic quality and the accuracy of the thesis must be approved by the advisor and the thesis committee.

After finishing the dissertation and having it approved by the academic advisor, the student can proceed to defend it before the defence committee.

Note: Minimum pass grade for a doctoral student is 14 and his/her overall semester GPA should not be under 16. A doctoral student will be subject to dismissal, should his/her (a) overall semester GPA falls below 16, (b) if the applicant does not obtain the scientific qualification for pursuing the program after the second evaluation, (c)  Ph.D. dissertation is evaluated as unacceptable and (d) duration of the study exceeds the maximum period allowed.    

Language Proficiency:

As the language of instruction in Doctoral level at University of Tabriz is in Persian, foreign students are required to have an adequate knowledge and satisfactory command of the Persian language. The applicants should undertake an Intensive Persian Language Course for foreign students whose native language is other than Persian at Centres specified by the Iranian Ministry of Science, Research and Technology or the Language Centre of University of Tabriz.

Note: All the candidates for Doctorate’s program will be required to have their theses published in one of the internationally authorized journals as part of their course requirements.

General Requirements:

Having a general good standing certified by Iranian embassy or representative offices.

Having good physical and mental health certified by the trustworthy medical practitioners of the Iranian embassy in the applicants country.

Following Islamic rules and regulations while pursuing academic studies in Iran.

Following all the internal rules and regulations of University of Tabriz.

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