"Character is like a tree...

...and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing,” once said Abraham Lincoln.

At ADA, we matter, because we learn, create and transform. We have asked one man to cut a tree. We have asked another man to plant five. In the woods of homogeneity, we have aspired to create tolerance and diversity of trees. We have never hesitated to help turn one building into four, as long as they will make our country stand tall. We have asked weak ones to step aside and helped strong ones to step in. We have reached out and found inspiration in those who have managed to relate to our passion and creativity. All this for the sake of one belief: a public cause, which is bigger than life. In the fast pace of life, less we have noticed at the lest that we have also grown our own tree, which has forever been a real thing throughout.

Hope is not a strategy. Live your life to its fullest. Don’t just pass through it. And live a meaningful and impactful life. Dream, but make your dreams pragmatic, then, turn your dreams into other people’s passion. And no matter what, don’t ever stop learning. Learn, create and transform. Become a real thing, not just a reputation. 

Graduate Application Process

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 may be the right destination for you. We welcome all applicants from those who have just completed their undergraduate studies to those who have gathered significant experience in the field. With full-time and part time graduate programs, ADA University offers flexibility to professionals with a committed schedule and determination to succeed. A previous degree in the chosen field is not required.

To apply, you must submit an ADA University Online Application Form and complete ADA University application process. The deadline for submission of  your ADA University Online Application Form is April 6. 

As part of your application, you will be required to submit the following documents.

  • Resume listing your educational and employment experiences.
  • Recent photo.
  • Copy of national Identification Card.
  • Credentials of your previous education, including bachelor’s diploma and diploma supplement/official academic transcripts. These must be translated into English and notary-certified. 
  • Statement of Purpose. Must not exceed 400 words. 
  • Test Scores.  

Once you have completed your online application and uploaded all documents, submit your application. When you submit, you will have to pay a non-refundable fee of 40 AZN. 

Test Policy

Your record of undergraduate studies and results of standardized tests may be a predictor of your academic success in our graduate programs. Citizens of Azerbaijan interested in our graduate programs should apply with SEC and IELTS/IBT test scores. 

SEC Test

We require ONLY the results of the first round of the SEC (State Examination Center) graduate test. 

  • A minimum score of 45 is required for eligibility
Prospective students must enter their test scores in their online application before submission. Official scores will be sent to ADA University directly by SEC. 

English Proficiency

All prospective graduate students are required to submit one of the test scores below:  

  • Minimum 6.5 on IELTS Academic or
  • 83 on IBT or
  • 58 on PTE Academic or
  • 65 on ADA University English Proficiency Exam
Official test scores must be sent directly to ADA University. Our TOEFL Code is 2093. You can apply for conditional admission with minimum 6.0 in IELTS Academic or the equivalent in other related exams. Those receiving conditional admission may enroll in our English for Academic Purposes Program (EAPP) offered during summer.


ADA University has an admission policy based on a holistic review. While a student's academic success is important, equally important is that student's potential for growth, career focus, analytical thinking and complex problem solving skills.

Shortlisted students are invited for an interview in April. Admission Commission reviews their prior academic records, potential for growth, career focus and ability to succeed in ADA University. Prospective students receive their admission offer in May.

Key Dates

Incoming graduate students must be aware of key deadlines for their successful application to ADA University. 

Submission of Online Application Form

  • Citizens of Azerbaijan: April 5
  • Scholarship deadline for internationals: April 5
  • Late deadline for internationals: July 1


  • By April 30

Admission Decision

  • By May 15