Iran | International Credentials Equivalencies

Minimum GPA
A Minus GPA
B Plus GPA
Instruction Languages
Persian, Farsi
Bachelors Equiv.
Bachelor`s (Karshenasi)
Masters Equiv.
Master`s (Karshenasi Arshad)
Grad Sample
First Degree Sample
Grading System

20pt Scale | 4pt Scale

17-20 | 4 | Excellent
14-16 | 3 | Good/Very Good
12-13 | 2 | Fair
10-11 | 1 | Pass
00-09 | 0 | Fail

Recognized Universities

Allameh Tabataba`i University
Al-Zahra Univ.
Amir Kabir Univ. of Technology
Ferdowsi Univ. of Mashhad (formerly Univ. of Mashhad and Ferdowsi Univ.)
Imam Khomeini International University
Iran University of Medical Sciences
Iran University of Science and Technology
Isfahan Univ. of Medical Sciences
Isfahan University of Technology
Islamic Azad Univ.*
Kashan University
Khaje Nasir Toosi University of Technology
Mashhad Univ. of Medical Sciences
Petroleum University of Technology
Sahand University of Technology
Shahed University
Shahid Bahonar University of Kerman
Shahid Beheshti Univ.
Shahid Beheshti Univ. of Medical Sciences
Shahid Chamran Univ. (formerly Jundi Shapur Univ.)
Shahid Chamran Univ. of Medical Sciences – aka Ahwaz Univ. of Medical Sciences
Sharif Univ. of Technology
Shiraz Univ. (formerly Pahlavi Univ.)
Shiraz Univ. of Medical Sciences
Tehran University of Medical Sciences
Tabriz Univ. of Medical Sciences
Tarbiat Modares University of Tehran
Urmia University
Zanjan University

University of Applied Science and Technology
Univ. of Ishfahan
Univ. of Guilan
University of Mazandaran
Univ. of Razi
Univ. of Tabriz
Univ. of Tehran

Notes for Iran

Institutions normally will provide a degree certificate, diplomas and academic transcripts upon request, sent directly by the institutions.

Three universities issue documents in English: Sharif University of Technology, Shiraz University and Amir Kabir University. There may be other institutions, please confirm with SGS.

Some specialized Higher Education Institutes (HEIs) can award a small number of Bachelor degrees. Please confirm with SGS to confirm if the degree is acceptable.

In cases where an applicant cannot receive a transcript due to mandatory military service and the option of buying out of such service is possible, the standard approach is to issue a conditional offer and expect the applicant to pay for opting out of their military service, but special compelling cases could be referred to SGS as non-standard admission cases.

Beginning in the summer of 1980, universities were closed for a period of three years.

Islamic Azad Univ. has many branches not all of which are recognized. If you require assistance, please contact SGS.

Bachelor degree (کارشناسی)
The principal award offered at undergraduate level is the Bachelor degree (کارشناسی). This is available in a wide variety of academic streams, covering arts, sciences, humanities and technical subjects. The Bachelor degree (کارشناسی) is four years in duration and requires a minimum of 135 credits for completion.

These credits are divided as follows among four types of course:

  • General courses (including Islamic subjects and a foreign language) – 20 credits
  • Major courses – 60 credits
  • Specialised courses – 45 credits
  • Elective courses – 10 credits.

Bachelor degrees (کارشناسی) are available as ‘continuous’ (comprising four years of continuous study) or ‘non-continuous’ (comprising a two-year Associate (کاردانی) topped up with two further years of study) programmes. The Payam-e Noor and Islamic Azad universities also offer part-time study at this level.

The Bachelor degree (کارشناسی) is graded on a scale of 1-20 with a pass mark of 10. In order to proceed to further study, students must achieve a minimum score of 12 out of 20 and also complete an entrance examination set by the university.

The Bachelor degree (کارشناسی) was formerly known as Licence (لیسانس).

Professional Doctorate (دکترای حرفه ای)
Professional doctorates are undergraduate first degrees. They are offered in the following professional fields:

  • Dentistry (DDS)
  • Medicine (MD)
  • Pharmacy (PharmD)
  • Veterinary medicine (DVM).

Professional doctorates (دکترای حرفه ای) have a longer duration than Bachelor degrees, generally lasting five or six years and requiring a minimum of 200 credits for completion (though this varies between the different fields of study). They combine classroom and laboratory work with professional practice and a compulsory internship. Professional doctorates (دکترای حرفه ای) are graded on a scale of 1-20 with a pass mark of 10. Scores of 12 or above are required for further study.

Master degree(کارشناسی ارشد)
The Master’s degree (کارشناسی ارشد) is the first stage of postgraduate education in Iran. Courses are two years in duration and require the completion of at least 32 credits. Students are required to attend taught courses and submit and defend a thesis. The thesis accounts for 10 credits.

Master’s degrees are graded on a scale of 1-20 with a pass mark of 12. Scores of 14 or above are required for further study.

The Master’s degree (کارشناسی ارشد) was previously known as the Fogh Licence (فوق لیسانس).

Doctorate (دکترا)
The highest level of education in Iran is the Doctorate (دکترای تخصصی). In order to enter the doctoral programme, students must hold a Master’s degree (کارشناسی ارشد) in a related discipline and pass an entrance examination. Courses are generally three years in duration and students are required to complete 60 credits in taught courses before proceeding to the research stage. The doctoral thesis must constitute a substantial piece of original research and it must be defended before a panel of internal and external experts. The Doctorate (دکترای تخصصی) is graded on a scale of 1-20 with a pass mark of 14.

Note Regarding Baha’i Institute of Higher Education

After the Islamic Revolution, students of the Baha’i faith (the largest non-Muslim minority group in Iran) were no longer permitted to enter higher education. These students had to ‘stop’ all formal government-provided education after the completion of elementary/secondary school. They are ‘allowed’ to sit for the Konkur, but even if ‘admitted’ to the university, they are not allowed to attend.

As a result of this ban from higher education, the Baha’i Institute of Higher Education (BIHE) was established by the Baha’i community as an ‘underground’ university in 1987. Students must be high school graduates and pass the entrance examination (similar to the Konkur). Approximately 1000 applications are submitted each year, with 450 admitted. BIHE offers degrees of associate (2 years), bachelor (4 years) and master’s (1 to 2 years).

Students study by internet, small groups, and also in classrooms when possible. Transcripts validated by the Office of Persian-American Affairs of the Baha’i National Center in Evanston, IL. Around 60 universities and colleges around the world have accepted studies from BIHE as transfer students, and into graduate studies at all levels.

Last Update: September 2, 2020

Last modified: September 11, 2020