Click on any of the following links for information:
The academic programs of the American University in Cairo are offered by departments, institutes and centers that are administratively housed in five schools. The academic area also includes research centers and support services units.
Graduate School of Education
o Master of Arts in International & Comparative Education
School of Business
1. Department of Accounting
o Bachelor of Accounting (BAC)
o Minor in Accounting
2. Department of Economics
o Bachelor of Arts in Economics
o Minor in Economics
o Master of Arts in Economics with concentrations in Growth and Sustainable Development, Competitive Strategy and Valuation, and International Economics
o Master of Arts in Economics in International Development
o Economics Graduate Diploma in International Development
3. Department of Management
o Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) with concentrations in Marketing, Finance, Management of Information Systems and General Business.
o Bachelor of Business Administration in Management of Information and Communication Technology (MICT)
o Minor in Business Administration
o Minor in Information Systems
o Masters of Business Administration (MBA) with concentrations in Construction Industry, Finance, International Business, Leadership and Human Resources Management, Management of Information Systems, Marketing, and Operations Management
o Master of Science in Finance with concentrations in Corporate Finance, and Investments
o Professional non-degree executive training, consulting, research and advisory services
School of Global Affairs and Public Policy
1. Department of Journalism and Mass Communication
o Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Media Arts
o Bachelor of Arts in Integrated Marketing Communication
o Bachelor of Arts in Multimedia Journalism
o Master of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication
o Master of Arts in Television and Digital Journalism
o Non-degree training programs in Television Journalism
2. Department of Law
o Master of Arts in International Human Rights Law
o The Ibrahim Shihata Memorial LL.M. (Masters of Law) in International and Comparative Law
o Graduate Diploma in International and Comparative Law
o Graduate Diploma in International Human Rights Law
3. Department of Public Policy and Administration
o Dual Degree Master Programs in Development Practice (MDP) option BSc/CENG-MPA
o Master of Global Affairs (MGA) with concentrations in International Cooperation, and International Security
o Masters of Public Administration (MPA) with concentrations in Management of Public Sector Reform, and Management of Nonprofit and Development Organizations
o Masters of Public Policy (MPP) with concentrations in Social and Environmental Policy, and Government Promotion and Regulation of the Private Sector
o Graduate Diploma in Public Administration
o Graduate Diploma in Public Policy
4. The Cynthia Nelson Institute for Gender & Women’s Studies
o Master of Arts in Gender and Women’s Studies in the Middle East/North Africa with specializations in Gender and Justice, Gendered Political Economies, and Gender and Women’s Studies in the Middle East/ North Africa
o Graduate Diploma in Gender and Women’s Studies in the Middle East and North Africa
5. Center for Migration & Refugee Studies
o Master of Arts in Migration and Refugee Studies
o Graduate Diploma in Forced Migration and Refugee Studies
o Graduate Diploma in Psychosocial Interventions for Forced Migrants and Refugees
6. Middle East Studies Program
o Bachelor of Arts in Middle East Studies
o Master of Arts in Middle East Studies
o Graduate Diploma in Middle East Studies
7. Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud Center for American Studies
o Minor in American Studies
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
1. Department of Arab and Islamic Civilizations
o Bachelor of Arts in Arabic Studies with specializations in Arabic literature, Middle Eastern History and Islamic Art and Architecture.
o Minor in Arab and Islamic Civilization
o Minor in Arabic Literature
o Minor in Classical/Medieval Islamic History
o Minor in Islamic Art & Architecture
o Minor in Islamic Studies
o Master of Arts in Arabic Studies with specializations in Islamic art and architecture, Arabic language and literature, Middle Eastern history and Islamic Studies
2. Department of English and Comparative Literature
o Bachelor of Arts in English and Comparative Literature
o Minor in English and Comparative Literature
o Master of Arts in English and Comparative Literature
o Graduate Diploma in Comparative Literary Studies
3. Department of History
o Bachelor of Arts in History
o Minor in Comparative Religion
o Minor in History
o Graduate credit courses
4. Department of Performing and Visual Arts
o Bachelor of Arts in Art with concentrations (for non-Art Majors) in Graphic Arts and Design, and Traditional Egyptian Arts
o Bachelor of Arts in Music Technology
o Bachelor of Arts in Theatre
o Bachelor of Musical Arts (BMA) for the concentration in Performance
o Minor in Art
o Minor in Film
o Minor in Graphic Arts and Design
o Minor in Music
o Minor in Music Technology
o Minor in Theatre
o Minor in Traditional Egyptian Arts
5. Department of Philosophy
o Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy
o Minor in Philosophy
6. Department of Political Science
o Bachelor of Arts in Honors Program in Political Science
o Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with specializations in General Political Science, International Relations, Middle East Politics, Political Economy, and Public & International Law
o Minor in International Relations
o Minor in Middle East Politics
o Minor in Political Economy
o Minor in Political Science
o Master of Arts in Political Science with specializations in Comparative Politics, International Relations, and Professional Development
o Graduate Diploma in Political Science
7. Department ofRhetoric and Composition
o Minor in Rhetoric and Writing
o Core Curriculum courses in Rhetoric and Composition Specialized courses in writing and communication Writing Center
8. Department of Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology, and Egyptology
o Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology with a specialization in Community Development
o Bachelor of Arts in Egyptology
o Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a specialization in Community Development
o Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a specialization in Community Development
o Minor in Anthropology
o Minor in Community Development and Organizing
o Minor in Coptic Studies
o Minor in Development Studies
o Minor in Egyptology
o Minor in Psychology
o Minor in Sociology
o Master of Arts in Community Psychology
o Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology
o Master of Arts in Egyptology and Coptology with tracks in Egyptology: Art, Archeology and History, Egyptology: Philology, and Coptology
o Master of Arts in Sociology-Anthropology
o Graduate Diploma in Community Psychology
o Graduate Diploma in Family Counseling
9. Arabic Language Institute
o Master of Arts in Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language (TAFL)
o Graduate Diploma in TAFL
o Non-degree intensive Arabic Language Instruction (ALIN)
o Arabic Language instruction for the Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA) program
o Courses in the Arabic language for undergraduate credit (ALNG)
10. English Language Institute
o Minor in Linguistics
o Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)
o Graduate Diploma in TEFL
o Intensive English Language Instruction to incoming undergraduate and graduate students, who are non-native speakers of English
11. European Studies Program
o Graduate Diploma in European Studies
12. Other Courses of Study in Development Studies at AUC (Graduate)
School of Sciences and Engineering
1. Department of Biology
o Bachelor of Science in Biology
o Minor in Biology
o Minor in Environmental Sciences
o Premedical track courses
2. Department of Chemistry
o Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, with specializations in Clinical Chemistry, and Industrial Chemistry
o Minor in Archaeological Chemistry
o Minor in Chemistry
o Master of Science in Chemistry with concentration in Food Chemistry
o General Science Courses (SCI)
3. Department of Computer Science and Engineering
o Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering
o Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
o Minor in Computer Science
o Master in Computing (M.Comp.)
o Master of Science in Computer Science
o Graduate Diploma in Computer Science
4. Department of Construction and Architectural Engineering
o Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering
o Bachelor of Science in Construction Engineering with concentrations in Construction Materials and Structures, Construction Management and Technology, and Environmental Engineering.
o Minor in Architectural Design
o Master of Engineering in Construction Engineering
o Master of Science in Construction Engineering
5. Department of Electronics Engineering
o Bachelor of Science in Electronics Engineering
o Master of Engineering inElectronics Engineering
o Master of Engineering inElectronics Engineering with concentration in Management of Technology
o Master of Science inElectronics Engineering
6. Department of Mathematics and Actuarial Science
o Bachelor of Science in Actuarial Science
o Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, with an option in Statistics & Data Analysis
o Minor in Applied Probability and Statistics
o Minor in Mathematics
7. Department of Mechanical Engineering
o Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, with concentrations in design, industrial, materials and manufacturing, mechatronics, and power
o Minor in Mechatronics
o Master of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering
o Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering with specializations in Design, Industrial Engineering, Materials & Manufacturing Engineering, Mechatronics, and Power
8. Department of Petroleum and Energy Engineering
o Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering with concentration in Energy Resources
9. Department of Physics
o Bachelor of Science in Physics, with an option in Instrumentation
o Minor in Electronics
o Minor in Physics
o Master of Science in Physics
o Graduate Diploma in Physics
10. Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Program in:
o Applied Sciences with specializations in Biotechnology, Computer Science and Nanotechnology
o Engineering with specializations in Construction Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Environmental Engineering and Mechanical Engineering
11. Biotechnology Program
o Master of Science in Biotechnology
12. Environmental Engineering Program
o Master of Science in Environmental Engineering
o Master of Engineering in Environmental Systems Design
13. Robotics, Control and Smart Systems Program
o Master of Engineering in Robotics, Control and Smart Systems (M.Eng.)
o Master of Science in Robotics, Control and Smart Systems (M.Sc.)
14. Nanotechnology Program
o Master of Science in Nanotechnology
15. Engineering Steering Committees
o Undergraduate general engineering courses (ENGR)
o Graduate general engineering courses (ENGR)
16. Engineering and Science Services
o Training programs for practicing engineers
The university has the following research centers. For more details, see section on Research.
- Access to Knowledge for Development Center
- AUC Forum
- Desert Development Center
- El-Khazindar Business Research and Case Center
- Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud Center for American Studies and Research
- Social Research Center
- The Cynthia Nelson Institute for Gender & Women’s Studies
- The John D. Gerhart Center for Philanthropy and Civil Engagement
- The Yousef Jameel Science and Technology Research Center
Research Support Offices
The university supports research through the following offices. For more details, see section on Research.
- Office of Associate Provost for Research Administration
- Office of the Dean of Graduate Studies
- Office of Sponsored Programs
Academic Support Services
Libraries and Learning Technologies
Dean: S. El Sawy
Associate Dean for Library Administration: Vacant
Assistant Dean: S. Sobeih
AUC Libraries and Learning Technologies consist of the Libraries (Main Library, and the Rare Books and Special Collections Library) and the Center for Learning and Teaching.
Associate Dean for Main Library: D. Nelson
Senior Librarians: A. Appelton, M. Chromey, , L. Eid, H. El Ridi, C. Grimmer, M. Houlihan, M. Ismail, R. Johnston, J. Spencer, and H. Yaghmour
Librarians Emeritae: L.Moftah, A. Nosseir, L. Tweddle
The mission of the AUC Library is to support the instructional and research needs of the AUC community. The Library provides the academic community with one of the largest English language research collections in Egypt, offering online access to over 150 database titles, 71,856 e-books, and about 51,000 full-text journals. Off-campus access is available for AUC faculty, staff and students. The Main Library holds 429,342 print volumes (books and periodicals), access to 59,877 serials in print or digital formats, and 3,360 media items, all with 3M RFID stock control tags. The online catalog is Innovative Interfaces Millennium. All stations in the Learning Commons provide a collaborative, technology-rich environment where library users have the tools and support to access, manage and produce information. It is maintained by the support services of LLT units and other campus service providers. There are computer stations on all floors as well as over 170 public PCs and 45 wireless enabled laptops available for internal use. The Library is a member of OCLC and RLG SHARES Program, which along with the use of ILLiad software, enables rapid document delivery from abroad. A required one-hour Information Literacy (LALT) course instructs AUC freshmen in the essentials of how to research, locate, and critically evaluate information. Additional instruction is offered in all disciplines to students, faculty, staff and visitors in the Library Instruction Labs.
AUC Libraries are accessible online at: http://library.aucegypt.edu/
Rare Books & Special Collections Library & University Archives
Director and Associate Dean for the RBSCL & Archives: P. Croom
University Archivist and Director of Records Management Program: S. Urgola
Digital Collections Archivist: Carolyn F. Runyon
Assistant Director for RBSCL Services: D. Abdel Razek
The Rare Books and Special Collections Library at the American University in Cairo supports research and teaching in the arts, culture, and society of Egypt and the Middle East. The library documents ancient, medieval, and modern Egypt and the wider region, with particular strengths in Egyptology, Islamic Art and Architecture, and travel literature, the focus of extensive rare and contemporary book collections.
The library also collects archival and manuscript collections reflecting modern Egyptian social, cultural, and intellectual life. These materials relate to subject areas such as modern Egyptian and regional architecture, the arts (including cinema, photography, and other visual media), social and women’s history, and religion and Coptic studies. The library also houses AUC’s University Archives, which maintains records relating to the university’s history dating to the early twentieth century.
The library’s holdings encompass a variety of formats, including books, periodicals, theses, archives and manuscripts, photographs and slides, maps, architectural drawings and plans, memorabilia and artifacts, and audio-visual media. Written materials are primarily in English, but languages such as French, German, and Arabic are also represented.
The Rare Books and Special Collections Library is available online at:
Center for Learning and Teaching
Director and Associate Dean for Learning Technologies: A. Ellozy
Associate Director & Director of Learning Commons: P. Glavanis
The mission of the Center for Learning and Teaching (CLT) is to promote excellence in teaching and to facilitate the effective application of technology to the teaching/learning process. The Center keeps a spotlight on teaching through a variety of programs, services, workshops and lectures, including the Faculty Development Institutes, a bi-weekly newsletter, instructional design consultations, formative assessment activities, classroom action research and the Student Technology Assistant program which provides one-to-one training and support for faculty who want to use diverse instructional technologies. CLT is also a strong advocate of academic integrity on campus and contributes to its enhancement by administering the plagiarism detection software Turnitin.com as well as conducting dedicated workshops for both faculty and students.
Center for Learning and Teaching is available online at:
The Writing Center: The Write Place
Our mission is to help graduate and undergraduate students improve their communication abilities by providing services for writing, presenting, and critical thinking in all disciplines. Our student services include individual conferences, the Online Writing Lab (OWL), online writing, research, and interdisciplinary resources, weekly writing workshops, special graduate hours, and research and writing open lab. We also assist faculty from all disciplines in the effective use of writing in their courses through the Writing Specialist program.
Website is available: www.aucegypt.edu/academics/resources/WriteCen/Pages/default.aspx
The University I.T. organization is headed by the Chief Technology Officer and reports to the Vice President for Planning and Administration. The CTO office includes Network Storage Solutions, IT Security, and IT Planning and Administration. The three central computing organizations – Administrative Computing Services, University Network Services, and Telecommunications – also report to the CTO.
Administrative Computing Services
The mission of the Administrative Computing Services unit (AdCS) is to maintain AUC’s critical administrative applications. Services provided by AdCS include application development, technical resource management, and the design and implementation of computer literacy and training programs for all staff.
AdCS has installed and currently supports over sixty software products, resulting in a set of automated information resources utilized in every major administrative area. These include: the enterprise resource-management system (SAP), the student information system (SIS-PLUS), the fund-raising and alumni-relations system (FUNDAL), the document-management system (Documentum), and office-automation applications. A host of front-end web-enabled interfaces interacts with these systems to provide on-line e-service access to students, faculty, staff, and administration.
University Network Services
The University Network Services unit (UNS) is responsible for planning, designing, developing, operating and managing the campus-wide data communications network. The campus network is based on a gigabit backbone with 4,700 switched 10/100 Mbps ports distributed throughout all campus buildings and satellite locations in Maadi, Zamalek, Heliopolis, and the Cairo Center building, supplemented by pervasive wireless network coverage inside and outside campus buildings. The network infrastructure is built to accommodate up to 7,000 ports. UNS actively monitors and manages the network, provides e-mail services for about 10,000 mailboxes, and is the first point of contact for the AUC community for network access needs, queries, and problems.
The Telecommunications Office provides university faculty, students, and staff with high quality services in voice communications. Committed to guarantee a superior level of service to the university while planning for the future in a cost-effective manner, the Telecommunications Office is responsible for the procurement, installation, and maintenance of all telecommunications services and equipment at all university locations.
The American University in Cairo Press
Director: M. Linz
Established in 1960 and reorganized in 1984, the AUC Press has become the region’s foremost English-language publishing house. Its goals and purposes reflect and support AUC’s mission in education, research, and cultural exchange through professional publishing and bookselling services.
AUC’s publishing house is rapidly expanding its programs of high quality scholarly, literary, and general interest publications on Egypt and the Middle East, publishing some 100 new books each year and maintaining a backlist of around 1500 titles for worldwide distribution. The Press is the primary English-language publisher and the worldwide agent of Nobel Laureate Naguib Mahfouz, and presents the annual Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature to support modern Arabic literature in translation. A Fund for Scholarly Books and Translations of Arabic Literature was established in 2000.
The six AUC Bookstores (located on the New Cairo Campus, on the Downtown Campus, and in Zamalek) supply the university’s textbooks and provide Cairo’s English-language community with AUC Press books and with a wide variety of other books on Egypt and the Middle East, as well as modern fiction and general nonfiction, guides, and gift books.
Career Advising and Placement Services
Executive Director: M. Guindi
Director, Recruitment Services: M. Fakhry
The office of Career Advising and Placement Services (CAPS) is committed to provide quality service to students, alumni and employers in the areas of career planning and employment through a centralized comprehensive program.
CAPS educates students and alumni for life-long career planning. Assistance is provided in identifying career objectives, designing and implementing job search strategies, as well as exploring experiential learning, employment, and post-graduate opportunities.
The office fosters collaborative relationships with faculty, employers and the professional community at large to enhance a mutually beneficial relationship between our constituents.
CAPS supports employers’ endeavors, primarily in Egypt and the Middle East, in recruiting potential candidates for employment.
CAPS maintains equal opportunity compliance and follows affirmative action principles in conducting its services.
The program is designed to support the career planning endeavors of AUC students and alumni in individual and group settings through the following services:
- Individual Career Advising: Career advisors are available to counsel students and alumni on career related matters. Advisors assist in identifying different career options and support students in making occupational choices that are compatible with their skills and interests. Peer Career Advisors provide assistance in the areas of resume writing and interviewing.
- Self-Assessment: Students are encouraged to develop a better understanding of their personality types, interests, skills, and values to help them take well-informed career decisions. The self-assessment process is enhanced by the use of specialized inventories, such as The Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and the Strong Interest Inventory (SII); both instruments are administered and interpreted by qualified professionals.
- Career Development Workshops
Each semester, CAPS conducts a series of workshops which are designed to provide students with the job search skills required for marketing their qualifications to employers. Topics covered include career planning, high impact resumes, job search strategies, power interviewing and your path to graduate study.
Career Exploration Preparation
To land satisfactory employment, students are encouraged to research their occupational interests, career options, and employers’ information; in addition to acquiring hands-on experience that complements their academic background.
- Career Resources Library: To support students’ career planning endeavors, CAPS career library hosts a wide variety of general career-related resources and corporate-specific recruiting materials.
- Career Mart: In the spring, AUC hosts an annual CareerMart, which allows students to meet with professionals from a variety of disciplines in an informal setting and explore various career fields and relevant career opportunities.
- Job Shadowing Program: CAPS helps students explore their career as early as their freshman year. Job Shadowing allows students to shadow a business professional in their field of interest for one or two days to see what a daily routine of that career is really like.
- Internship Program: CAPS organizes an internship program through which AUC students gain valuable work experience during the winter break or summer vacation. Students apply to the announced internships.
- Career Conference: The office organizes an annual career conference for junior and senior students to facilitate their transition to the world of work. The conference allows the students to network with corporate professionals and equips them with the necessary tools for their career planning and job search process.
Throughout the year, the office provides an interactive communication channel between AUC graduating students/alumni and employers seeking qualified job candidates. The program includes:
- Employment Fairs: Twice a year, AUC hosts local, national and multinational employers in an informal one-day recruiting event in order to promote a productive exchange of career information between employers’ representatives and AUC students and alumni seeking professional employment. Details on participating companies and available vacancies are published in an Employment Fair booklet.
- Vacancy Announcements: The office publishes a weekly e-jobs bulletin that communicates current employment opportunities to seniors and alumni subscribers via e-mail. Hard copies are posted weekly on CAPS bulletin boards.
- Resume Referral Service: The office maintains a resume data bank for alumni engaged in the job search process. The data bank is utilized to refer to the employer the resumes of interested applicants whose qualifications match the company’s requests.
- On-Campus Corporate Visits: To facilitate the interaction between students and employers, CAPS coordinates on-campus company recruiting visits which include corporate presentations, case study seminars and interviews.
For further information on CAPS programs and dates of career-related events, refer to CAPS website: www.caps.aucegypt.edu
Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action
Director: S. Selim
Equal Opportunity & Affirmative Action of the AUC (EOAA) is the embodiment of the American University in Cairo’s commitment to the value of equality and an environment free of harassment and discrimination.
The EOAA helps facilitate the development of students who respect the rights of others, diversity, and multiculturalism. Through training, joint events and activities, we provide students with the life-skills that effectively help establish their future identities, and assist them in their contribution to attitude changes in Egypt. EOAA helps prepare the students for challenging careers in national and multinational organizations that operate in a dynamic, diverse and multicultural global village.
Accomplishing the above, EOAA holds regular training sessions, seminars and symposiums on a variety of topics such as: integrating the disabled or the challenged, cultural sensitivity training, managing diversity, women’s issues, saying no to harassment including sexual harassment, what discrimination does to people, the societal integration of the aged and many more. EOAA also hosts several cultural oriented events that emphasize diversity and equality. Activities furthermore aim to link students to different entities working in these fields. Over and above that, EOAA has its own publication called Linkage (which is also available online) and a multimedia library that includes books, journals, videos about gender, diversity, equality, equal opportunity laws and practice.
EOAA also has a preventive and prescriptive role, helping prevent harassment and discrimination at AUC as well as promote awareness of these issues outside the premises to the larger community.
The office advises, counsels and educates all AUCians (students, faculty and staff) about their legal rights and responsibilities. When and if harassment or discrimination takes place, EOAA mediates or investigates such incidents, and takes measures to ensure that such incidents do not recur.
EOAA is the custodian of the University Policy on Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action and its Policy on Sexual Harassment that are applicable to all AUCians (students, faculty and staff).
For more information, visit our website:
Office of International Programs
Associate Provost: A. Lesch
The International Programs Office (IPO) is responsible for the academic components of all international programs offered by AUC. These responsibilities include Semester/Academic Year Exchange and Study Abroad, Summer/Winter Exchange and Study Abroad, Academic Advising for Incoming Study Abroad Students, Academic Advising for International Transfer Students, Special Academic Programs, and creating and administering agreements with international academic institutions and universities.
IPO offers AUC students a wide variety of study abroad opportunities, mostly on an exchange basis, for a semester or an academic year. International study is an enriching experience that is valuable for students’ personal and intellectual growth and for their career prospects. In exchange programs, students pay the regular AUC tuition, rather than the tuition of the host university. In a Direct Enrollment Program, students pay the tuition of the host university. Under both arrangements, academic credits transfer back to AUC.
Each summer there are various opportunities for AUC students to study abroad, including the University of California (Berkeley) and academic travel programs to Italy, Spain, Mali, and other countries. Study abroad opportunities in the Winter session are occasionally available.
IPO handles the academic advising and registering for Incoming Study Abroad Students (ISABs). Students enroll in Arabic language classes and in regular undergraduate courses, usually at the 300 – 400 level.
Academic Advising for International Transfer Students is managed by IPO, in consultation with the Registrar, Core Curriculum office, and the students’ disciplinary major.
Special Academic Programs are organized programs that IPO arranges for visiting groups from foreign universities. These programs are tailored to suit the needs of that particular program on a fee-for-service basis. Current AUC partners include St. Olaf College, Seton Hall University Law School, Law Faculty of the University of Zurich, Bentley University, Grand Valley State University, and Princeton University.
IPO negotiates, reviews and maintains administrative oversight over agreements with foreign universities, in coordination with the Schools and the Provost.