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Welcome to the Applied Physics Program


Udo Schwingenschlögl​, Ph.D.​​​​​​​

Professor of Applied Physics
Building 3, Level 3, Room 3233.​

The Applied Physics Program is a new interdisciplinary degree program at KAUST which​ started in Fall 2019. Courses in the Applied Physics program are selected and designed to provide students with the knowledge-base and intellectual foundation required to advance scientific research and engineering solutions in applied physics.

We invite you to explore our website to find out more about our graduate study programs and research groups.​​​​


​The Master's Degree (M.S.) is awarded upon successful completion of a minimum of 36 credit hours. A minimum GPA of 3.0 must be achieved to graduate. Individual courses require a minimum of a B- for course credit. Students are expected to complete the M.S. degree in three semesters and one summer session.

Course requirements: 
- Core Courses (12 credits) 
- Elective Courses (12 credits)
- Research/Capstone Experience (12 credits):
- Graduate Seminar AP 298 or AP 398 (non-credit)



​The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree is designed to prepare students for research careers in academia and industry. It is offered exclusively as a full-time program. 

There is a minimum residency requirement at KAUST of 3.5 years for students entering with a B.S. degree and 2.5 years for students entering with an M.S. degree. A minimum GPA of 3.0 must be achieved on all Doctoral coursework. Individual courses require a minimum of a B- to earn course credit. 

The Ph.D. degree includes the following steps:

- Securing a Dissertation Advisor
- Successful completion of program coursework
- Passing the Qualifying Examination
- Passing the Dissertation Proposal Defense to obtain candidacy status
- Preparing, submitting and successfully defending a Doctoral dissertation


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​​Mazen Mero
Engineering Science Hall (Building 9)
Level 4, Office 4349

Mazen is here to address students academic questions, evaluate their progress, and update them on current university policies and procedures. He is the first point of contact for all academic life and KAUST-related questions or issues. He is the liaison between students and faculty, the Registrar Office, Graduate Affairs, Admissions, the Associate Dean and the Dean.  ​​