The SHARP master degree is a natural continuation of the summer certificate program. It actually builds on the foundations/credits acquired in the summer certificate program, that are pre-requisites and constitute an inherent part of the master degree. It adds additional required courses, electives, the longitudinal seminar series, and the Thesis.

After completing the SHARP Summer Certificate, Scholars will complete the degree requirements that include additional required core courses, the Longitudinal Research Seminar Series, and a mentored research project culminating in a thesis on an NCD research project. Students will also sit for a comprehensive exam course (pass/fail) at zero credit to be in compliance with AUB minimum requirements.

The total number of allowable credits per semester is 16 credits/semester unless otherwise approved by the Graduate Committee Studies.

In 1862, American missionaries in Lebanon and Syria, under the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions, asked Dr. Daniel Bliss to withdraw from the evangelistic work of the mission in Lebanon to found a college of higher learning that would include medical training. It was felt that this college should have an American educational character, should be administered independently from the Mission, and should be maintained by its own funds. Dr. Bliss travelled to the United States in the summer of 1862 to solicit funds for this new enterprise. By August 1864 he had raised $100,000, but because of inflation during the Civil War it was decided that he should raise a sterling fund in England to start the operations of the college, leaving the dollar fund to appreciate. After collecting 4,000 in England, he travelled to Beirut in March 1866.

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