Université Internationale de Rabat Collaboration

Morocco

We are pleased to announce a collaboration between the Université Internationale de Rabat and the Bagley College of Engineering at Mississippi State University.

Mississippi State University is home to the nationally ranked Bagley College of Engineering and is a global leader in automotive and materials related research. With cross-disciplinary research centers, working groups and laboratories, and faculty who are considered leaders in their fields, Mississippi State can offer students experience in automotive design, composite materials, lightweight metals, power systems, advanced electronic materials, alternative energy, multi-scale modeling and more.

For more information about this collaborative program, contact dean Jason Keith, keith@bagley.msstate.edu.

Frequently Asked Questions

What programs will there be?
Students entering UIR can pursue an Aerospace Engineering or an Automotive Engineering diploma degree program. These students will study a common 9 semesters at UIR, then study at Mississippi State University for at least 1 year. Students who complete all requirements will receive a UIR diploma and a MSU Master of Science degree.

What do I do?
UIR currently has engineering diploma programs in Aerospace Engineering and Automotive Engineering. If you are a new student, you should apply to it. If you are a current student, you should transfer to it.

For Spring 2018, the process for 5th year students:

  • Students apply as a transfer student to MSU. These students will be jointly identified by UIR personnel and the Dean of the Bagley College of Engineering. Students will have completed 4 years of courses and be in good standing at UIR.
  • The students will be admitted as graduate students in aerospace engineering.
  • Students will be allowed to take 6000 and 8000 level classes in the Bagley College of Engineering. This will also include hours for thesis research.
  • MSU courses are articulated back to UIR.
  • Student receives 5 year diploma degree from UIR.
  • Student applies for a graduate degree at MSU. GRE requirements are waived and the English proficiency of these students will be evaluated by an interview which may include representatives from UIR, from the Bagley College of Engineering, and the English as a Second Language program. It is noted that all courses in Aerospace Engineering at UIR and MSU are taught in English and English proficiency is required for UIR students.
  • UIR notifies MSU of diploma degree completion.
  • MSU grants MS degree (30 credits).

The above process will hold for UIR students currently in their 3rd and 4th years as well. That is, they can apply to come to MSU in their 5th year.

What are the entrance requirements for this program?
Applicants to the UIR School of Aerospace Engineering and School of Automotive Engineering are selected through an assessment that includes a complete review of their academic performance and personal behavior.

Before the candidate begin the online application, the applicant must be have:

  • A valid email address and kept up to date
  • Grades of the first and the second year of baccalaureate
  • Applications are "all electronic" format that is fully informed, print folder are not accepted.

Step 1: Pre-application

This first step is essential and should be completed in the standards. Once connected to the application form, the applicant will be directed automatically to the following order:

  • Identification: the candidate must enter personal information in the appropriate fields.
  • Curriculum: the applicant must enter information about his/her original education. Information like the name of the institution, the type of baccalaureate (sector), the system of study (French, Moroccan, other ...) will be requested.
  • Academic achievement: the applicant must provide the grade averages from the 1st and second semesters of the first year of the baccalaureate and the grade average of the second year of the baccalaureate.
  • Programs proposal: once the grade averages are indicated, the system offers a list of programs to which the candidate can apply directly

Step 2: Constitution of the online application

Once the login and password created, the candidate can connect directly to the candidate space. In this space, it will be able to complete the application by choosing programs (One or more programs can be chosen) and the entrance test session (4 dates). And complete the record by the documents requested by scanning and downloading on his candidate space: - copies of transcripts – ID copy - picture - competitions fee payment receipt.

The validation of the application can be done once the payment received by our accounting department. Upon receipt of payment, and once validated by the accounting department, the invitation is automatically sent to the candidate within a period not exceeding three days.

Step 3: Validation of the online application

Admission criteria is based upon satisfying high-school grades requirements (Math, Physics and English grades must be higher than 14/20) and passing the written exam, which is composed of Math, Physics and English.

Step 4: Convocation to the written and oral tests

Applicants go through an oral exam in English considering the following aspects:

  • Diversity of personal background and experience
  • Qualities such as leadership, motivation, concern for others and for the community
  • Nonacademic achievements in the performing arts or athletics, employment or personal responsibilities
  • Interest in the aerospace or automotive fields

Mississippi State University graduate entrance requirements are summarized at this site: http://catalog.msstate.edu/graduate/admissions-information/admission-requirements/

If you cannot satisfy these requirements, you may need to apply for regular admission to UIR. Then, you can apply for admission in the next partnership cycle. One example of when this may occur would be if you have not satisfied the Math requirements.

How do I apply for scholarships from MSU?
MSU and UIR are developing a plan to seek support for private scholarships for this collaboration. These scholarships are contingent upon the availability of external funds.

Will I need to go to the Starkville campus?
In this program, UIR students will spend a year on the beautiful MSU campus and study towards an engineering degree.

Do I need a computer?
MSU requires all engineering students to own a laptop.
Bagley Computer Requirements

What about computer software?
You will be required to have certain computer software. Some programs can be downloaded for free or purchased at a discount by MSU students as we have software licenses. You will receive information on software needs in your courses.