Registration without Course Credit
Formal registration, or enrolment, of students intending to follow an approved academic program takes place during a
one-day period at the beginning of each semester. The registration process consists of four steps:
Securing career guidance in selecting an area of specialization compatible with the professional goals of the student.
Preparation of a complete program of study leading to the degree, with the assistance of the department graduate coordinator and the student's advisor. Approval of the total program is granted by the academic department chairman and the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies.
Selection of appropriate courses for the semester or academic term which are consistent with the approved program of studies, in consultation with the student's advisor.
General instructions on registration procedures are issued by the University Registrar shortly before the date indicated
Filing the approved selection of academic courses, with their schedules, room assignments, and instructors, in the office of the University Registrar.
on the Academic Calendar for registration. Students must first report to their major academic departments for
consultation and planning and for completion of the necessary forms. After they have been approved by the
appropriate departmental chairman, these registration forms are deposited in the office of the Dean of the College of
Graduate Studies for his approval. The registration procedure is completed only when the approved forms are filed
with the Registrar. A permanent computer record of the academic grades for each course completed is maintained at
the Registrar's office and this data may be drawn on in order to print an official record or transcript at any time in the
Late registration, the dropping of courses, and registration for a new course are permitted, up to the end of the first week
of scheduled classes, without being noted in the permanent record. After that date, no new course may be added.
Courses may be dropped up to the end of the seventh week of scheduled classes. The official dates for dropping courses
are included in the published Academic Calendar. After the seventh week, no course may be dropped unless the student
drops all courses and withdraws from the University or because he is suffering from a grave physical condition. All courses
dropped after the third week of classes receive a grade of WF, WP, or W (see "Academic System", page 20). If a student
registers but fails to appear for classes, he is held responsible for all courses he has formally registered for, and appropriate
grades for such courses will be made a part of his permanent academic record.
A student must be admitted to a graduate program and must register during the regular registration period in accordance
with procedures prescribed by the College during the regular registration period in order to receive graduate credit. No g
raduate credit may be earned by independent study or by extension classes. Any transfer of credits earned while the
student had Non-Degree Status must be recommended by the departmental graduate committee and approved by the
Dean of the College of Graduate Studies. A maximum of nine (9) semester-credit-hours may be transferred in this way
If a student's previous undergraduate or graduate preparation is considered inadequate in one or more subjects of importance to his approved graduate program, certain prerequisites are normally prescribed by the academic department concerned. Such courses must be taken as early as possible in the program, preferably during the first semester or academic term after admission to the College. No graduate credit is earned by taking these courses and removing the deficiency, and the undergraduate credit-hours for such courses cannot be credited towards an advanced degree.
A maximum of six (6) semester-credit-hours of graduate credit may be transferred from another university towards a
graduate student's program at this University (see "Transfer with Advanced Standing", page 35).
A student working on a thesis/dissertation or preparing for graduate examinations, but not taking formal course work, must
register at the regular registration period and, when appropriate, pay registration fees. This applies to a graduate student
working on his thesis, whether in absentia or on the campus, as well as to a student who desires to use the facilities of the
University or to confer with his thesis advisor or other faculty members regarding any aspect of his program.
The student has to pass a comprehensive examination not later than the end of the 2nd year from the student's enrolment in the Ph.D. Program.
The purpose of the comprehensive examination is to ensure that a student advancing to candidacy for PhD degree has sufficient knowledge in his subject area that enables him to undertake PhD research in his field of specialization.
The comprehensive examination shall have a written component, where having an oral component is left as an option to the individual departments.
The comprehensive examination should be on the student field of specialization (graduate level). The exam is expected to cover topics from 4-6 graduate-level courses.
The comprehensive examination will be administered by the Department Graduate Committee. This includes examination scheduling, nominating faculty members for examination preparation, etc.
The comprehensive examination is graded as a unit - pass or fail. If a student fails the comprehensive examination, he may be allowed to take it again in the next semester. In the case of failure in the second attempt, the student will be dismissed from the program.
A student will be admitted to PhD candidacy after he passes the comprehensive examination, in addition to other candidacy requirements.
The comprehensive examination is the only university required examination for PhD students before the PhD proposal defense. The preliminary examination is kept as an option for the individual departments to be administered for some students, as the departments consider appropriate.
Registration in a course for the privilege of auditing is permitted in exceptional cases (see "Classification of Admission
Status", page 34). No academic credit can be earned by auditing courses. A graduate student wishing to audit a
course must secure approval from the departmental graduate coordinator, the instructor of the course, and the Dean
of the College of Graduate Studies. This practice is discouraged.
From 15th September 2008 onwards, the Deanship of Graduate Studies requires all graduate students to upload their
thesis/dissertation through the new research repository at KFUPM, ePrints, using the guidelines below. Please note
that this is only for those graduate students who have to submit their thesis/dissertation as a part of their degree
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Tuition Fee Payment Guidelines
(Only for Part-time Graduate Students)
The Deanship of Graduate Studies is pleased to announce the launching of the new Tuition Fee Payment through
The following summarizes the regulations of the new Tuition Fee Payment system.
1. All part-time graduate students are required to pay full tuition fees according to the below table.
2. KFUPM staff members continuing graduate degrees in KFUPM are waived 50% of the tuition fee.
3. Deadline for tuition fee payment is the end of second week of the semester, i.e., right after the “Last day
for dropping course(s) without permanent record” as published on the University Registrar’s
4. Tuition fee is chargeable for all courses with permanent record in the student’s transcript.
This includes courses with all grades such as W, WP, WN, WF, DN, IC, NF, NP, etc.
5. Thesis/Dissertation courses (610, 711 and 712) are charged in the first term registered and if there is a change in the fees and the thesis in progress, the student must pay the difference.
6. Failure to pay the tuition on time will result in stopping all academic transactions of the student
and subsequently a registration hold for the next semester.
7. The tuition fee is only payable through ATM/Debit Cards. No cash or credit cards are accepted for
tuition fee payment.
8. In order to pay the tuition fee, the student (or anyone on his behalf) must visit the Deanship of
Graduate Studies. Please look for Mr Abdullah Al-Jaffal in Office # 262 of Building #68.
9. Upon any payment made by the student, he must acquire a stamped receipt of the paid tuition fee
(see below the sample of the receipt) and must keep the original Mada transaction receipt slip.
This will ensure that the payment made has been duly entered into Banner and is counted towards
tuition fee balance of the student.
10. No claims of paid tuition fees will be accepted without a stamped receipt and the Mada card original
11. The tuition fees for different categories of students are as follows:
Saudi Part time Graduate Students
SR300 per credit hour.
Non-Saudi Part time Graduate Students
SR550 per credit hour
Part time Pre Graduate Students admitted with Low GPA (Saudis and Non-Saudis)
SR550 per credit hour
12. A VAT amount of 5% applies to tuition fees for registered courses starting from semester 172 onwards.
13. Detailed tuition fee statement is accessible through the following path:
Student Academic Dashboard => Tuition fee Statement (for Part-Time Students).
Fee Receipt Sample
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