Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Degree Requirements

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) program requires the completion of thirty-six credits in the following areas:

For MBA – Generalist

Degree Requirements Credits
Core Courses 30
Generalist Elective Courses 6
Total 36

Core Courses (30 credits)

Code Course Title Credit
MBMG 510 Leadership and Managing People 3
MBFN 514 Managerial Finance 3
MBMG 515 Strategic Management 3
MBMI 520 Managing Information Systems Performance 3
MBAC 512 Managerial and Financial Accounting 3
MBMK 518 Marketing Management 3
MBIB 524 International Business  3
MBGN 525 Research Methods for Business 3
MBGN 545 MBA Investigative Study: Project or Seminar –based (Capstone) 3
MBOM 522 Production, Operations and Supply Chain Management  3

Elective Courses (6 credits)

Any course on MBA Concentration list not already taken 3
Any course on MBA Concentration list not already taken 3

For MBA – Specialist

Degree Requirements Credits
Core Courses 27
Generalist Elective Courses 9
Total 36

Core Courses (27 credits)

Code Course Title Credit
MBMG 510 Leadership and Managing People 3
MBFN 514 Managerial Finance 3
MBMG 515 Strategic Management 3
MBMI 520 Managing Information Systems Performance 3
MBAC 512 Managerial and Financial Accounting 3
MBMK 518 Marketing Management 3
MBIB 524 International Business  3
MBGN 525 Research Methods for Business 3
MBGN 545 MBA Investigative Study: Project or Seminar –based (Capstone) 3

Finance Concentration (9 credits)

MBFN 560 International Corporate Finance 3
MBFN 562 Investment Planning and Management 3
MBFN 564 Financial Markets 3

Human Resource Management Concentration (9 credits)

MBHR 590 Applied and Strategic Human Resource Management 3
MBHR 592 Managing Change and Innovation 3
MBHR 594 Employee Relations and Compensation Management 3
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MBMG 510 - Leadership and Managing People

Pre-requisite(s): Graduate Standing

This course provides an in-depth study of concepts relating to leadership and people management within organizations. The work integrates theory, research and applications, with an emphasis on context-driven learning. Students apply principles of leadership and people management to their own occupational situations and will investigate topical case studies. The material is delivered from the perspective of people-management practice in both the UAE/GCC and internationally.

MBFN 514 - Managerial Finance

Pre-requisite(s): Graduate Standing

The course provides detailed critical treatment of the theory and practice of financial management within organizations. Topics covered include financial modeling, breakeven analysis, investment decision-making (NPV, IRR, etc.), capital budgeting and structure, working capital management, analysis of financial statements, and risk analysis. There is additional treatment of managerial economics.

MBMG 515 - Strategic Management

Pre-requisite(s): Graduate Standing

The course deals with the formulation, implementation and evaluation of strategies designed to give organizations a competitive edge. Corporate, business and operational – level strategy types are treated, and the use of various strategy analysis frameworks and models are discussed. Additional emphasis is placed on strategy formulation in the context of business practice in the UAE/GCC

MBMI 520 - Managing Information Systems Performance

Pre-requisite(s): Graduate Standing

The course studies techniques and practices for analyzing business information systems performance with emphasis on support for business processes. The course gives a strategic and integrated view of the exploitation of information and communication technology, with particular emphasis on e-business for improving business performance and business efficiency. The course discusses IT-driven business strategy, and reviews IT-related factors that are necessary for enhancing the performance of organizations in the current competitive global business environment.

MBAC 512 - Managerial and Financial Accounting

Pre-requisite(s): Graduate Standing

The course deals with managerial and financial accounting techniques and practices. The course examines the impact of cost and cost allocation on business performance analysis, using a variety of costing schemes. It presents accounting as an information system construct, and looks at methods for recording, presenting and analyzing accounting information. The course also looks at budgeting, ratio analysis and other fiscal management measures. The course discusses the impact, on Management and Financial Accounting, of contemporary management philosophies and techniques including JIT practices, quality assurance and performance measurement.

MBMK 518 - Marketing Management

Pre-requisite(s): Graduate Standing

The course looks in-depth at techniques for crafting effective marketing strategies, for a variety of market environments. Customer-focused marketing strategy design, implementation and management are discussed using contemporary frameworks within a market-driven setting. The course emphasizes managerial aspects of marketing, including integrating specific elements of the marketing process. The course additionally places stress on case analysis, within the UAE/GCC context.

MBIB 524 - International Business 

Pre-requisite(s): Graduate Standing

The course looks in-depth at salient aspects of managing in a globalized environment, including consideration of theoretical concepts. It offers a practical treatment of political-economic aspects of international trade. The course discusses foreign direct investment, global monetary systems, and strategy formulation for international business practice. The course additionally places stress on international business case analysis, within the UAE/GCC context.

MBGN 525 - Research Methods for Business

Pre-requisite(s): Prior completion of 9 MBA program credits

This course provides the necessary underpinning support for the MBA dissertation and general business domain research. It allows candidates to make informed decisions and appropriate choices pertaining to research methodology. A range of business research tools, approaches and analytical techniques are discussed, and guidance is given on optimal structuring of business research documents and MBA dissertations.

MBGN 545 - MBA Investigative Study: Project or Seminar –based (Capstone)

Pre-requisite(s): MBGN 525 and prior completion of 24 MBA program credits

This course acts as a capstone course, serving to integrate the various specialist and generalist strands that have been studied in the program. If taken in Project mode, the dissertation itself is an extended piece of work necessitating empirical fieldwork and the collection of primary data pertaining to the business under study. Analysis of field data is expected to generate critical commentary and recommendations. If taken in Seminar mode, the course entails the carrying out of an extended investigative study of a business domain problem, using secondary data

MBOM 522 - Production, Operations and Supply Chain Management 

Pre-requisite(s): Prior completion of 9 MBA program credits

This course deals with the business logistics of production, operations and supply chain systems. The course also examines inventory management, input/output distribution and process design applicable to a range of business types.

MBMG 510 - Leadership and Managing People

Pre-requisite(s): Graduate Standing

This course provides an in-depth study of concepts relating to leadership and people management within organizations. The work integrates theory, research and applications, with an emphasis on context-driven learning. Students apply principles of leadership and people management to their own occupational situations and will investigate topical case studies. The material is delivered from the perspective of people-management practice in both the UAE/GCC and internationally.

MBFN 514 - Managerial Finance

Pre-requisite(s): Graduate Standing

The course provides detailed critical treatment of the theory and practice of financial management within organizations. Topics covered include financial modeling, breakeven analysis, investment decision-making (NPV, IRR, etc.), capital budgeting and structure, working capital management, analysis of financial statements, and risk analysis. There is additional treatment of managerial economics.

MBMG 515 - Strategic Management

Pre-requisite(s): Graduate Standing

The course deals with the formulation, implementation and evaluation of strategies designed to give organizations a competitive edge. Corporate, business and operational – level strategy types are treated, and the use of various strategy analysis frameworks and models are discussed. Additional emphasis is placed on strategy formulation in the context of business practice in the UAE/GCC

MBMI 520 - Managing Information Systems Performance

Pre-requisite(s): Graduate Standing

The course studies techniques and practices for analyzing business information systems performance with emphasis on support for business processes. The course gives a strategic and integrated view of the exploitation of information and communication technology, with particular emphasis on e-business for improving business performance and business efficiency. The course discusses IT-driven business strategy, and reviews IT-related factors that are necessary for enhancing the performance of organizations in the current competitive global business environment.

MBAC 512 - Managerial and Financial Accounting

Pre-requisite(s): Graduate Standing

The course deals with managerial and financial accounting techniques and practices. The course examines the impact of cost and cost allocation on business performance analysis, using a variety of costing schemes. It presents accounting as an information system construct, and looks at methods for recording, presenting and analyzing accounting information. The course also looks at budgeting, ratio analysis and other fiscal management measures. The course discusses the impact, on Management and Financial Accounting, of contemporary management philosophies and techniques including JIT practices, quality assurance and performance measurement.

MBMK 518 - Marketing Management

Pre-requisite(s): Graduate Standing

The course looks in-depth at techniques for crafting effective marketing strategies, for a variety of market environments. Customer-focused marketing strategy design, implementation and management are discussed using contemporary frameworks within a market-driven setting. The course emphasizes managerial aspects of marketing, including integrating specific elements of the marketing process. The course additionally places stress on case analysis, within the UAE/GCC context.

MBIB 524 - International Business 

Pre-requisite(s): Graduate Standing

The course looks in-depth at salient aspects of managing in a globalized environment, including consideration of theoretical concepts. It offers a practical treatment of political-economic aspects of international trade. The course discusses foreign direct investment, global monetary systems, and strategy formulation for international business practice. The course additionally places stress on international business case analysis, within the UAE/GCC context.

MBGN 525 - Research Methods for Business

Pre-requisite(s): Prior completion of 9 MBA program credits

This course provides the necessary underpinning support for the MBA dissertation and general business domain research. It allows candidates to make informed decisions and appropriate choices pertaining to research methodology. A range of business research tools, approaches and analytical techniques are discussed, and guidance is given on optimal structuring of business research documents and MBA dissertations.

MBGN 545 - MBA Investigative Study: Project or Seminar –based (Capstone)

Pre-requisite(s): MBGN 525 and prior completion of 24 MBA program credits

This course acts as a capstone course, serving to integrate the various specialist and generalist strands that have been studied in the program. If taken in Project mode, the dissertation itself is an extended piece of work necessitating empirical fieldwork and the collection of primary data pertaining to the business under study. Analysis of field data is expected to generate critical commentary and recommendations. If taken in Seminar mode, the course entails the carrying out of an extended investigative study of a business domain problem, using secondary data

MBFN 560 - International Corporate Finance

Pre-requisite(s): MBFN 514

The course provides an advanced treatment of techniques for managing international financial operations for a range of business types. Topics covered include financial analysis for investment decisions in an international setting, international money operations and capital markets, management of foreign exchange risk, working capital management, direct foreign investment, funding of international projects, political risk analysis, currency derivatives and swap markets.

MBFN 562 - Investment Planning and Management

Pre-requisite(s): MBFN 514

The course deals with the advanced analysis of equity securities and investment portfolios, predicated on relevant market hypothesis and capital market theory. The course looks at investment risk-return trade-off, asset pricing models, and stock price behavior. Added emphasis is placed on stocks, bonds, and financial futures and options.

MBFN 564 - Financial Markets

Pre-requisite(s): MBFN 514

The course deals with financial markets, primarily global equity markets. It looks at markets for handling government debt instruments, and exchange-traded and over- the-counter financial derivative instruments such as futures, options, swaps, and asset-backed securities. There is detailed treatment of derivatives theories, derivatives exchanges, and valuation of derivatives, including standard and other non- standard options on a variety of underlying assets, in relation to relevant financial markets. The course also discusses emerging financial markets, and the effective management of risks emanating from these markets.

MBHR 590 - Applied and Strategic Human Resource Management

Pre-requisite(s): MBMG 510

The course deals with key areas of applied and strategic human resource management, essential for providing supervisors and human resource specialists with a thorough understanding of the strategic role of human resource management and the techniques available to management for making effective use of the human resources of an organization. The material is delivered from the perspective of strategic and applied HRM practice in both the UAE/GCC and internationally.

MBHR 592 - Managing Change and Innovation

Pre-requisite(s): MBMG 510

This course discusses issues relating to the management of change in organizations. The different types of change typically encountered in organizations are characterized using well defined analysis frameworks. The effective management of corporate innovation is also considered, looking in detail at the ideas generation, development and diffusion phases.

MBHR 594 - Employee Relations and Compensation Management

Pre-requisite(s): MBMG 510

This course deals with legal and regulatory issues pertaining to employee relations from a number of perspectives. The compensation management aspect focuses on the theories underlying direct compensation and reward systems in organizations, and the practical administrative practices used to implement such systems, with particular reference to the UAE/GCC sub-region. Compensation management practices, including the analysis and evaluation of jobs, criteria and procedures for determining wage levels, individual wage determination, forms of pay, and incentive systems will be covered.