Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA)
College of Business & Finance

Core Competence

Ahlia University has offered its MBA programme since 2002/2003 and has developed it to match curricula offered by leading business schools with a view to further enhancing the attractiveness of its sought-after graduates for executive positions in the Arabian Gulf region.

The aim of the MBA Programme is:

  • To equip students with opportunity to develop analytical skills and technical expertise in the area of business administration
  • To provide students with a framework to critically understand key functional areas of Management in a real world setting.
  • To provide students with competence in applying a range of tools, skills, approaches techniques of relevance to a wide variety of operational setting. “Learning by doing” (experiential learning).
  • To develop student’s leadership potential through a variety of soft skills such as effective communication, teamwork, global thinking and change management.
  • To provide students with opportunity to develop lifelong learning skills, autonomy and professional leadership, including sensitivity to ethical issues and social responsibility to contribute to businesses and society at large.

The programme objectives are to produce graduates who:

  • Have high quality management education through experiential learning in a collegial and intellectually stimulating environment.
  • Have sound scientific knowledge, basic professional skills and practice techniques as described by the academic, professional and statutory bodies.
  • Produce graduates who are distinguished by their professional competence, humanistic outlook and uncompromising ethics.
  • Have skills in critical thinking and innovation, ability to work in teams and readiness to meet the challenges of globalization.
  • Are capable of leading and contributing to the economic growth of

Bahrain and the Middle East region.

  • Have the knowledge and expertise to meet the demands of current and future employment including working and communicating in a multidisciplinary environment.

The MBA programme consists 36 credits; 18 credits (6 courses) are core courses, 6 credits (2 courses) are core elective courses, and either a 12-credit dissertation (track 1) or two elective courses (6 credits) plus a 6-credit dissertation (track 2). The curriculum is designed to facilitate student learning in a systematic and balanced fashion. Core courses provide students with functional skills in particular fields of business, except for the business research methods course, which provides analytical and quantitative skills cutting across functions. Functional core courses provide a mix of theory and practice. Recently, the “mix” between theory and practice was recalibrated away from the former and towards the latter with Managerial Economics replacing Economic Theory and Managerial Accounting replacing Accounting Theory. In juxtaposition to these, the elective core courses, in addition to providing a strong foundation for deeper analysis in the subsequent component of the programme, provide a venue in which interrelationships among several functional business areas can be assessed.

Students are required to complete a dissertation in a topic chosen from a variety of fields including: accounting, economics, banking, finance, management (human resources as well as operational), marketing and MIS. Students have the option to write either a dissertation track 1 (xxxx 599, 12 credits) or a dissertation track 2 (xxxx 595, 6 credits) in their specialization area. Where the student chooses to do a track 2 dissertation, two more elective courses (6 credits) chosen from the student’s specialization are required.

 

This program achieved full confidence by QQA

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Study Plan

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FOUNDATION COURSES (Pre-MBA Non-Credit Courses*)

Course Code Course Title LEC LAB CRE Prerequisite
ACCT 500ACCOUNTINGInfo200
FINC 500FINANCEInfo200
MAGT 500QUANTITATIVE METHODSInfo200
* Not counted towards the 36 credits necessary for the MBA degree

Core courses (18 Credits)

Course Code Course Title LEC LAB CRE Prerequisite
ACCT 522MANAGERIAL ACCOUNTINGInfo303ACCT 500 or equivalent
ECON 520MANAGERIAL ECONOMICSInfo303
FINC 501FINANCIAL MANAGEMENTInfo303FINC 500 or equivalent
ITMA 570MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMSInfo303
MAGT 550RESEARCH METHODS AND MODELINGInfo303MAGT 500 or equivalent
MAKT 511MARKETING MANAGEMENTInfo303

CORE-ELECTIVE COURSES: STRATEGY COMPONENT **

Course Code Course Title LEC LAB CRE Prerequisite
MAGT 551OPERATIONS AND QUALITY MANAGEMENTInfo303MAGT 500 o equivalent
MAGT 561STRATEGIC MANAGEMENTInfo303
MAGT 562COMPETITION, INNOVATION AND STRATEGYInfo303
MAGT 563ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND SMALL BUSINESS STRATEGYInfo303
** Students have to choose any two courses from either the Strategy Component or the International Management Component.

CORE-ELECTIVE COURSES: INTERNATIONAL MANAGEMENT COMPONENT**

Course Code Course Title LEC LAB CRE Prerequisite
ECON 532INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS & MNCInfo303
FINC 506INTERNATIONAL FINANCEInfo303FINC 501
** Students have to choose any two courses from either the Strategy Component or the International Management Component.

Compulsory Research ( 6 or 12 credits )

It is compulsory to opt for either TRACK#1(12 credits) or TRACK#2 (6 credits) dissertation. If the student chooses Track#2 dissertation, two more courses (6 credits) have to be chosen from the set of elective courses.

Track # 1 Dissertation ( 12 credits )*

Course Code Course Title LEC LAB CRE Prerequisite
ACCT 599DISSERTATION IN ACCOUNTINGInfo0241221 core credits including MAGT 550
BANK 599DISSERTATION IN BANKINGInfo0241221 core credits including MAGT 550
ECON 599DISSERTATION IN ECONOMICSInfo0241221 core credits including MAGT 550
FINC 599DISSERTATION IN FINANCEInfo0241221 core credits including MAGT 550
ITMA 599DISSERTATION IN ITMAInfo02412Prerequisite: 21 core credits including MAGT 550
MAGT 599DISSERTATION IN MANAGEMENTInfo0241221 CORE CREDITS INCLUDING MAGT 550
MAKT 599DISSERTATION IN MARKETINGInfo02412 21 CORE CREDITS INCLUDING MAGT 550
* A student can register in the dissertation course XXXX 599 if the following conditions are satisfied: the student (1) completed successfully at least 21 credit hours including MAGT 550 - Research Methods and Modeling, (2) received a grade of B or more in MAGT 550, and (3) attained a CGPA of at least 3.0.

Track # 2 Dissertation ( 6 credits )*

Course Code Course Title LEC LAB CRE Prerequisite
ACCT 595PROJECT DISSERTATION IN ACCOUNTINGInfo012624 Core Credits including MAGT 550
BANK 595PROJECT DISSERTATION IN BANKINGInfo012624 Core Credits including MAGT 550
ECON 595PROJECT DISSERTATION IN ECONOMICSInfo012624 Core Credits including MAGT 550
FINC 595PROJECT DISSERTATION IN FINANCEInfo012624 Core Credits including MAGT 550
ITMA 595PROJECT DISSERTATION IN ITMAInfo012624 Core Credits including MAGT 550
MAGT 595PROJECT DISSERTATION IN MANAGEMENTInfo012624 Core Credits including MAGT 550
MAKT 595PROJECT DISSERTATION IN MARKETINGInfo012624 Core Credits including MAGT 550
* A student can register in the dissertation course XXXX 595 if the following conditions are satisfied: the student (1) completed successfully at least 24 credit hours including MAGT 550 - Research Methods and Modeling, (2) received a grade of B or more in MAGT 550, and (3) attained a CGPA of at least 2.8.

Elective courses ( 6 credits )

If the student chooses Track#2 dissertation, two more courses (6 credits) have to be chosen from the set of elective courses.

Accounting and Economics

Course Code Course Title LEC LAB CRE Prerequisite
ACCT 520ACCOUNTING THEORY AND PRACTICEInfo303ACCT 522
ACCT 521FINANCIAL REPORTING AND CONTROLInfo303ACCT 500 or equivalent
ACCT 523ADVANCED TOPICS IN ACCOUNTINGInfo303ACCT 522
ACCT 524AUDITING THEORY AND POLICYInfo303ACCT 500 or equivalent
ECON 530ECONOMIC THEORYInfo303ECON 520

Banking and Finance

Course Code Course Title LEC LAB CRE Prerequisite
BANK 541ISLAMIC BANKINGInfo303
FINC 502FINANCIAL ANALYSISInfo303FINC 501
FINC 505CAPITAL BUDGETING AND PROECT EVALUATIONInfo303FINC 501
FINC 507FINANCIAL MODELING AND OPTIMIZATIONInfo303FINC 501
FINC 508INVESTMENT ANALYSIS AND PORTFOLIO MANAGEMENTInfo303FINC 501

Management (Operational and HR) and Marketing

Course Code Course Title LEC LAB CRE Prerequisite
MAGT 551OPERATIONS AND QUALITY MANAGEMENTInfo303MAGT 500 o equivalent
MAGT 552DECISION ANALYSIS AND BUSINESS FORECASTINGInfo303MAGT 500 OR EQUIVALENT
MAGT 554STATISTICAL INFERENCES IN MANAGERIAL DECISION MAKINGInfo303MAGT 550
MAGT 555OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT STRATEGYInfo303MAGT 500 or equivalent
MAGT 560HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENTInfo303
MAGT 561STRATEGIC MANAGEMENTInfo303
MAGT 563ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND SMALL BUSINESS STRATEGYInfo303
MAGT 564LEADERSHIP IN ORGANIZATIONSInfo303
MAGT 565ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOURInfo303
MAKT 515NEW PRODUCT DEVELOPMENTInfo303MAKT 511

Management Information Systems

Course Code Course Title LEC LAB CRE Prerequisite
ITMA 571ADVANCED E-COMMERCEInfo303ITMA 570
ITMA 574SYSTEM PROJECT MANAGEMENTInfo303ITMA 570

Employability

Being a hub for financial services in the MENA region and a base for many other multi-national companies in Bahrain, Ahlia University MBA students can enhance their careers to the following as an example:

 

  • Computer and Information Systems Manager
  • Financial Manager
  • Health Service Manager
  • Management Consulting
  • Marketing Manager
  • Auditing Manager
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Fast Facts

Qualification: Masters in Business Administration

Type: Postgraduate

Duration: 2 years

Qualification name: Business Administration

College: College of Business & Finance and College of Graduate Studies & Research

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Teaching &b Assessment

Teaching and assessment methods includes lectures group discussions, debates, demonstration and practical sessions, assignment and problem solving , case studies and class projects, research projects and dissertation supervision.

Teaching and assessments are based on the intended learning outcome (ILO) with a focus on transferable skills.

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Fees

Master’s Degree Fees

 

The estimated duration for completion of the Masters Degree at Ahlia University is 2 years. This is structured around 36 credit-hours covering 8 courses along with a dissertation.

The duration of study for each course is fifteen weeks, covering approximately 45 studying hours.

Application Fee BD 40
Registration Fee BD 300
Foundation Courses BD 960
Subject Fees (8 Subjects, BD 480 per Subject) BD 5,760
TOTAL BD 7,040

Please note that the fees listed above do not include the cost of any text books required to complete the program.

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