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Educational System 

The University uses the Credit System which is a systematic way of describing an educational program by attaching credits to its components. Under the Credit System each course is assigned a credit rating reflecting the number of weekly contact hours. In general, a three-credit course indicates three hours of lectures per week for one term. Credits also reflect the amount of effort required of the student and generally assumes two hours of personal study for each contact hour.


A course represents a particular topic of study within a wider subject area, and is the basic building block of a qualification. After deciding on the degrees and subjects of interest, you will need to decide on the courses to enroll in for your academic year. Most courses are taught during one semester: Fall Semester (October to February), Spring Semester (February to June) and Summer Session (June to August), twice per week: Monday and Wednesday, or Tuesday and Thursday. Some courses may require attendance on Friday or Saturday. 

Courses are assigned per level. The University uses level 100 to 700; level 100 is assigned for freshman and remedial courses, level 200 for sophomore, level 300 for junior and level 400 for senior. Levels above 400 are for graduate courses

Each course is given a code and a title, For example in "SSW205 Introduction to Social Welfare", SSW represents the School of Social Work and 205 is the numerical code of the course. In "MGT303 International Management", MGT represents the field of Management and 303 is the numerical course code. The course code is relative to other courses within a field or school.


MUBS offers two type of degrees: undergraduate and graduate.

An undergraduate degree is the first degree you study towards attaining at a university, including Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Bachelor of Science (BS). An undergraduate student is one who is studying for their first degree in higher education.

A graduate degree is usually more specialized than an undergraduate degree. Postgraduate qualifications involve more advanced study in a selected area related to the first degree. Such degrees include Honors and Masters degrees, postgraduate certificates and diplomas, and doctorate education (like PhD).


The curriculum defines the educational foundations and contents of a certain program and the course sequence in relation to the amount of time available for the learning experiences which students must successfully fulfill in order to graduate from the selected program of study.

A curriculum may include requirements for practical training (an internship) and a senior project.

Study Load

Also known as a course load, refers to the total number of credit hours a student is registered for and has to attend on a weekly basis. The maximum load a student is allowed to carry is 18 credit hours. However, students may increase their study load to 21 hours in the normal semester in one of the following cases:

  1. If the student achieves a 3.5 (GPA) point score or more in the previous semester.
  2. For graduation requirements in the same semester, as long as he/she has not received any academic warning (Faculty Council approval is required).

Summer students are allowed to register up to 9 credit hours. The load may be increased to 12 credit hours if item 1 and 2 above are fulfilled.


A semester is the academic period during which classes are held. MUBS academic year is structured on the basis of semesters: Fall and Spring. Each semester lasts for sixteen weeks including the examination period.

Academic Year

It is the period of time allocated for study. It starts in October and ends in August of the following year. It consists of two semesters (Fall & Spring) and a Summer Session (8 weeks).


Points are numerical units used in universities to register the student’s achievement in terms of grades. Each course result is given in points. The highest point for a course taught at MUBS is 4.0

Prerequisite & Co-requisite Courses

A prerequisite course is a one that a student must pass before enrolling in a more advanced course. For example, Freshman English I is a prerequisite for Freshman English II.

Co-requisite is a course that a student must enroll in at the same time as enrolling in another desired course.

Class Standing

Students are classified according to the number of credits they have earned:
Sophomore: 0 – 30 credits
Junior:  31 – 60 credits
Senior:  61 credits or more

Drop and Add period

  1. Students may drop courses before the date allowed for dropping and adding without penalty (check the calendar for deadline).
  2. Full-time students may withdraw from a course or more before the withdrawal deadline (check the Academic Calendar for deadline dates) keeping in mind the following:
    1. Students must keep a minimum of 9 credit hours.
    2. Withdrawal will be noted on the student's academic record (indicated by the symbol "W").
    3. No credit hours will be counted towards withdrawals.
    4. Course fee is not refundable.

Financial Regulations


If a student withdraws from courses for justifiable reasons after the end of registration, a refund of tuition & fees will be made according to the following schedule:

  • Registration fees are not refundable.
  • Before classes begin, 80% of the tuition will be refunded.
  • During the first two weeks of classes, 65% of the tuition will be refunded.
  • Tuition will not be refunded after two weeks of classes start date.
  • No refund of tuition will be made during the Summer Session.

Deferred payment

The total amount of tuition may be paid in two or three installments. Please contact the Registrar for additional information.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available to qualified students. Undergraduate students may apply for financial aid by filling out the application form available at the Registrar's Office.


  1. Grant for Excellence:
    Students achieving high grades at the official Lebanese Secondary examinations (>15/20) may benefit from a special grant that will be determined by the Financial Aid Committee.
  2. Siblings Grant:
    A special grant is given when two or more brothers and/or sisters are registered at MUBS. The second and third siblings will benefit from the following discounts respectively: 10% and 15% subject to Financial Aid Committee’s approval. To be eligible for a sibling grant, a student 
    1. Must be enrolled as a full-time student with a minimum of 12 credits, except in the last semester before graduation.
    2. Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00
  3. Grant for Outstanding Underraduate Performance
    1. Students with GPA of 3.5 will benefit from a grant of 5% off the following semester tuition.
    2. Students with GPA exceeding 3.7 will benefit from a grant of 10% off the following semester tuition.

To be eligible a student must: 

      Have completed 12 credits at MUBS.
      Be enrolled in 12 credits (remedial credits are not included) except for the last semester before graduation.

Repeated courses

Should a student receiving financial aid fail a course or more in a given semester and intend to repeat the same course or courses in subsequent semesters, the student will lose all financial aid associated with said courses.


Qualified graduate level students may be granted a Teaching or Research Assistantship.

If you still have questions or require further information, please contact the Admissions Office at your campus.


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