Graduate Admissions

Congratulations on deciding to apply to a graduate program at ADA University!

Whether you would like to start a new career or advance in your existing one, ADA University is the right destination for you. With full-time and hybrid graduate programs, ADA University offers flexibility to both recent university graduates and professionals with a committed schedule and determination to succeed. Except for some programs, a previous degree in the chosen field is not required.

Financial Aid

ADA University offers below financial aid options to its graduate applicants:

  • Graduate Assistantship Program: it is awarded to the selected top applicants at the time of admissions based on the interview results and/or written exam. Awarded students will receive 100% tuition waiver for the duration of their studies provided that their Term GPA is 3.0. Please check program pages for detailed information.
  • Merit-based scholarships for returning students: Students scoring in the top 10% of each program cohort are granted 20% waiver off their tuition and receive the honor.
  • International Fellowship named after Alimardan bay Topchubashov
  • Education Loan for citizens of Azerbaijan by the Ministry of Science and Education

See the details of all scholarships here.

Application Process

Candidates who have Permanent Living Permit in Azerbaijan must follow the same application process as citizens of Azerbaijan. Candidates who have double citizenship that includes Azerbaijani citizenship, must follow the same application process as citizens of Azerbaijan.

To apply, you must submit an ADA University Online Application Form and complete ADA University application process. International students are required to submit online application for Study in Azerbaijan: Centralized Admission Service in addition to ADA University Online Application Form. 

As part of your online application, you will be required to submit the following documents:
  • Bachelor’s diploma translated into English and notary-certified
    • Those who are in their last year of undergraduate program, must submit a document with expected graduation date
    • Last year undergraduate students may apply only if they are expected to graduate by the end of July
  • Bachelor’s diploma supplement or official transcripts (when diploma supplement is not available) translated into English and notary-certified
  • CV/Resume listing your educational and employment experiences
  • Recent photo
  • National Identification Card for citizens of Azerbaijan
  • Passport for international applicants
  • Statement of Purpose. Must not exceed 400 words.
  • Test Scores:
    • English Proficiency Test (see below for details)
    • Master admission test by State Examination Center (required for citizens of Azerbaijan and holders of Permanent Living Permit in Azerbaijan, see below for details)
Once you have completed your online application and uploaded all documents, submit your application by paying a non-refundable application fee of 40 AZN.

SEC Test 

We require the results of the master admission test by SEC (State Examination Center). This test is required for citizens of Azerbaijan and international applicants who have Permanent Living Permit in Azerbaijan.

  • This test requires a separate registration at SEC website.
  • Check SEC webpage regularly for test dates and deadlines.
  • A minimum score of 45 is required (excluding MATL program: 40)
  • Prospective students may submit their application before taking this test, but the scores must be sent before the application deadline.

English Proficiency

All prospective graduate students are required to submit one of the test scores below in order to meet English language proficiency requirements (dual-degree programs may have different requirements, please check program specific pages): 

  • Minimum 6.5 on IELTS Academic or
  • 83 on IBT (TOEFL Code 2093) or
  • 58 on PTE Academic or
  • 120 in Duolingo English Test

PTE and IBT test results are accepted only if they are taken in a registered testing centre and the certificates are sent directly by Pearson to ADA University. Prospective students may submit their English language scores before the late application deadline of June 1. ADA University English Proficiency Exam is offered on paid basis and depending on the number of requests. Please check with the Office of Admissions for exact dates.

Applicants of programs taught in Azerbaijani language are not required to submit English proficiency scores.

Prospective students who meet one of the criteria below may apply for English Proficiency test waiver by contacting Office of Admissions (dual-degree programs may have different requirements, please check program specific pages):

  • Native language is English
  • Studied a degree level in English in an English-speaking country
  • Has a degree from ADA University
  • Has extensive work experience in English-speaking environment (must be confirmed with a letter from the workplace)

Pre - Sessional English for Academic Purposes for Graduate candidates

This program is offered to candidates who want to pursue MA/MS degree at ADA University but whose English is below the required level.

For the duration and the cost of the program see the table below:

Entry Level Levels to cover in EAPP  Course Dates & Duration Tuition Fee Schedule

IELTS Academic 6
TOEFL 75-82
Duolingo 105-115


Level 5 (Low-Advance) April 1 – May 28, 2024
 8 weeks
   1500 AZN Monday,Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 19:00 – 21:10 


In order to get EAPP program completion certificate, students in the pre-sessional English Program are required to successfully complete the Low-Advance Level, attaining a minimum overall grade of 73 % out of 100%.

Note: In case of insufficient number of applicants, the course will not be offered.

Evaluation Process

ADA University has an admission policy based on a holistic review.

Shortlisted applicants are invited for an evaluative interview. Admission Committee reviews applicant's prior academic records, intellectual capacity, potential for growth, career focus and ability to succeed in ADA University. Interview serves as a final step of admission process and final decisions are made based on the applicant’s interview results.

Have more questions? Contact us by phone or e-mail.

Tel: (+994 12) 437 32 35
School of Public and International Affairs & School of Education: (+994 12) 437 32 35, ext. 314 or (+994 51) 207 10 10
School of Business: (+994 12) 437 32 35, ext. 374 or (+994 51) 207 10 01
School of IT and Engineering: (+994 12) 437 32 35, ext. 328  or (+994 50) 274 95 51

Admission events

ADA University Admissions Office hosts a variety of activities, including information sessions, workshops, seminars, campus tours, and master classes for prospective students.

Explore our upcoming admission events and book your place.


ADA University students who were dismissed due to the academic performance may apply for readmission after separating from the University for at least one semester/term. Students have one chance of readmission during their tenure at ADA University. More details of readmission rules and regulations can be found at Academic Catalogue 2023-2024.

Students may apply for readmission before the start of each term by completing the form and sending it to


  • First-round application and scholarship deadline: April 1
  • Second-round application deadline: June 1