The Degree of Master of Business Administration (MBA)

The MBA program provides students, who have distinct academic ability, with advanced business and management skills. It also targets practicing managers who aim to develop their capabilities and access to higher positions in their chosen careers. Although the program is designed as a terminal degree program, graduates are well prepared to pursue higher degrees in business and economics.


Consistent with the Faculty mission, the MBA program at NDU aims at providing aspiring candidates, of various professional and educational backgrounds, with a set of theoretical knowledge and technical skills allowing them to make informed business decisions in a socially responsible manner. The program equips them with the competencies necessary to advance in their careers or pursue further education, as well as being active players in local, regional and international markets.

Program Learning Goals and Outcomes

Goal 1: General skills:
Our graduates will demonstrate socially responsible professionalism. 
Outcomes: by the end of the program graduates will be able to:
1.1: Identify and assess ethical dilemmas and propose appropriate courses of action
1.2: Behave pragmatically and in an informed manner
1.3: Demonstrate leadership traits of a professional individual
1.4: Perform effectively as a team member toward the achievement of a common goal
1.5:  consider socio-environmental concerns in the decision making process
1.6:  Communicate effectively

Goal 2: Management specific goals:
Our graduates will demonstrate the ability to apply theoretical knowledge to business-related challenges in a dynamic environment.
Outcomes: by the end of the program graduates will be able to:
2.1: Identify various management functions
2.2: Evaluate decision alternatives and select between competing courses of action
2.3: Assess businesses’ internal resources and capabilities as an integral part of business planning
2.4: Appraise the impact of external macro-environmental factors on the decision - making process
2.5:  Integrate the program multi-disciplinary knowledge in providing business solutions
2.6: Use information technology in the decision-making process and in conducting research

Goal 3: Research Capacity:
Our graduates will demonstrate ability to engage in business research.
Outcomes: by the end of the program graduates will be able to:
3.1: Relate existing theories to research propositions
3.2: Understand and use the scientific method in social research
3.3: Plan, develop and write academic research and professional reports

Admission Procedures and Requirements

In addition to the general university requirements, applicants to the MBA program should submit the following documents:

  • The application form;
  • Two recent photographs;
  • Official transcripts from the university of origin and the overall GPA;
  • The official GMAT or GRE score;
  • Two recommendation letters (at least one from a former professor);
  • The CV showing work experience (if any);
  • Employment Letters specifying present position and years of service;

In addition to the documentation above, there will be an interview with the division personnel.

For applicants from institutions where English is not the language of instruction, a minimum score of 600 in the English Entrance Test is required.

Eligibility for Admission

A composite score, consisting of weighted criteria, will be used to determine the eligibility of graduate applicants. Applicants to the MBA program could be:
- Admitted.
- Admitted on probation; Applicants may be required to take up to three credits of foundation courses. A minimum grade of “B” should be scored in each foundation course. The grades of these courses are not included in the GPA. Moreover, students admitted on probation should obtain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0/4.0 upon completing 12 credits of graduate courses, otherwise he/she will be dismissed from the program.

Graduation Requirements

Students seeking the degree of Master of Business Administration must complete a total of 39 credits on full-time or part-time basis with an overall average of at least 3.0/4.0.

Time schedule

All the graduate courses are offered starting 5:30 p.m.

Course Load

The maximum course load is 12 credits per semester.

Academic Advisor

Each graduate student shall be assigned an academic advisor to assist him/her in the preparation of the plan of study and in selecting a supervisor for his/her thesis or research project. The advisor's name will be mentioned on the acceptance letter.


A student, guided by his advisor, can opt for an emphasis area by selecting specific Professional Enhancement Courses in Finance, Human Resources Management or Project Management or he/she can choose these courses from the different areas of emphasis (as Elective courses) and opt for a General MBA.

The Structure

The MBA Program consists of 39 credits of courses; it comprises:

Two Foundation (Pre-MBA/preparatory) courses: a total of 3 non-earned credits

The foundation courses aim at equipping applicants from a non-business/economics background with a minimum level of knowledge pertaining to business studies. Moreover, students can concurrently  register a non-related graduate course to Accounting or Finance. In this case, the maximum number of credits cannot exceed 6 cr. inclusive of the foundation course(s). These courses are:

ACO 501 Fundamentals of Financial Accounting (1 cr.)
FIN 501 Fundamentals of Finance (2 cr.)

Seven Major Core Courses: 21 credits

There are seven major core courses that equip students with a solid base in the MBA program. These courses are:

ACO 620 Accounting for Managerial Decision Making (3 cr.)
ECN 620 Economics for Business Decision-Making (3 cr.)
FIN 620 Corporate Finance and Investment Decisions (3 cr.)
MGT 620 Modern Corporate Management (3 cr.)
MGT 630 Operations and Supply Chain Management (3 cr.)
MGT 640 Corporate Strategic Planning (3 cr.)
MRK 620 Marketing Management (3 cr.)

Two Support Core Courses: 6 credits

The two support core courses are designed to equip students with numeracy and applied research skills. These courses are:

QMT 665 Quantitative Methods for Business (3 cr.)
BUS 668 Research Methodology for Business (3 cr.)

One Graduate Research Report: Graduate Thesis (6 credits) or Graduate Applied Project (3 credits).

MBA candidates will either complete 12 taught courses (36 credits) in addition to a Graduate Applied Project that is equivalent to 3 credits, or complete 11 courses (33 credits) plus an MBA Thesis (6 credits). The students should check with the Graduate Division for the required steps to be followed.

BUS 680 Graduate Applied Project (3 cr.)
BUS 690 Thesis (6 cr. )

Two Professional Enhancement Courses (Emphasis): 6 credits (with a Graduate Thesis) – or
      Three Professional Enhancement Courses (Emphasis): 9 credits (with a Graduate Applied Project) – or
      Three Elective Courses: 9 credits (with a Graduate Applied Project for students opting for a general degree in       Business Administration (General MBA) with no emphasis.

Two or three courses falling in one emphasis (Finance, Human Resources Management or Project Management) or in different areas should be selected from the Professional Enhancement/Elective courses depending on whether the option chosen from the Graduate Research Report is a Thesis or a Graduate Applied Project, respectively. The professional enhancement/ elective courses are:

FIN 625 Commercial Bank Financial Management (3 cr.)
FIN 627 Derivatives (3 cr.)
FIN 629 Investment (3 cr.)
HRM 625 Human Resources Development (3 cr.)
HRM 627 Employee Resourcing (3 cr.)
HRM 629 Performance and Compensation Management (3 cr.)
MGT 625 International Business Management (3 cr.)
MGT 627 Organizational Behavior and Change Management (3 cr.)
MGT 629 Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management (3 cr.)
MRK 625 Service Management and Marketing (3 cr.)
PRM 625 Project Management Fundamentals (3cr.)
PRM 635 Quality and Risk Management (3 cr.)
PRM 645 Processes Integration and Project Management (3 cr.)