MASTER’S DEGREE IN BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (MBA)

P254 Master Guidelines V-4.0

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

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

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

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.

FOUNDATION COURSES (Pre-MBA Non-Credit Courses*)
Course Code Course Title lec lab cre Prerequisite
ACCT 500 Accounting 2 0 0
FINC 500 Finance 2 0 0
MAGT 500 Quantitative Methods 2 0 0
* Not counted towards the 36 credits necessary for the MBA degree

Core courses (18 Credits)
Course Code Course Title lec lab cre Prerequisite
ACCT 522 Managerial Accounting 3 0 3 ACCT 500 or equivalent
ECON 520 Managerial Economics 3 0 3
FINC 501 Financial Management 3 0 3 FINC 500 or equivalent
ITMA 570 Management Information Systems 3 0 3
MAGT 550 Research Methods & Modeling 3 0 3 MAGT 500 or equivalent
MAKT 511 Marketing Management 3 0 3
CORE-ELECTIVE COURSES: STRATEGY COMPONENT **
Course Code Course Title lec lab cre Prerequisite
MAGT 551 OPERATIONS AND QUALITY MANAGEMENT 3 0 3 MAGT 500 o equivalent
MAGT 561 STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT 3 0 3
MAGT 562 COMPETITION, INNOVATION AND STRATEGY 3 0 3
MAGT 563 ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND SMALL BUSINESS STRATEGY 3 0 3
** 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 532 INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS & MNC 3 0 3
FINC 506 INTERNATIONAL FINANCE 3 0 3 FINC 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 599 DISSERTATION IN ACCOUNTING 0 24 12 21 core credits including MAGT 550
ECON 599 DISSERTATION IN BANKING 0 24 12 21 core credits including MAGT 550
BANK 599 DISSERTATION IN BANKING 0 24 12 21 core credits including MAGT 550
FINC 599 DISSERTATION IN FINANCE 0 24 12 21 core credits including MAGT 550
ITMA 599 DISSERTATION IN ITMA 0 24 12 Prerequisite: 21 core credits including MAGT 550
MAGT 599 DISSERTATION IN MANAGEMENT 0 24 12 21 CORE CREDITS INCLUDING MAGT 550
MAKT 599 DISSERTATION IN MARKETING 3 24 12 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 595 PROJECT DISSERTATION IN ACCOUNTING 0 24 12 21 core credits including MAGT 550
BANK 595 PROJECT DISSERTATION IN BANKING 0 24 12 21 core credits including MAGT 550
ECON 595 PROJECT DISSERTATION IN ECONOMICS 0 24 12 21 core credits including MAGT 550
FINC 595 PROJECT DISSERTATION IN FINANCE 0 24 12 21 core credits including MAGT 550
ITMA 595 PROJECT DISSERTATION IN ITMA 0 24 12 Prerequisite: 21 core credits including MAGT 550
MAGT 595 PROJECT DISSERTATION IN MANAGEMENT 0 24 12 21 CORE CREDITS INCLUDING MAGT 550
MAKT 595 PROJECT DISSERTATION IN MARKETING 3 24 12 21 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 520 ACCOUNTING THEORY AND PRACTICE 3 0 3 ECONOMIC THEORY
ACCT 521 FINANCIAL REPORTING AND CONTROL 3 0 3 ACCT 500 or equivalent
ACCT 523 ADVANCED TOPICS IN ACCOUNTING 3 0 3 ACCT 522
ACCT 524 AUDITING THEORY AND POLICY 3 0 3 ACCT 500 or equivalent
ECON 530 ECONOMIC THEORY 3 0 3 ECON 520
Banking and Finance
Course Code Course Title lec lab cre Prerequisite
BANK 541 ISLAMIC BANKING 3 0 3
FINC 502 FINANCIAL ANALYSIS 3 0 3 FINC 501
FINC 505 CAPITAL BUDGETING AND PROECT EVALUATION 3 0 3 FINC 501
FINC 507 FINANCIAL MODELING AND OPTIMIZATION 3 0 3 FINC 501
FINC 508 INVESTMENT ANALYSIS AND PORTFOLIO MANAGEMENT 3 0 3 FINC 501
Management (Operational and HR) and Marketing
Course Code Course Title lec lab cre Prerequisite
MAGT 551 OPERATIONS AND QUALITY MANAGEMENT 3 0 3 MAGT 500 or equivalent
MAGT 552 DECISION ANALYSIS AND BUSINESS FORECASTING 3 0 3 MAGT 500 or equivalent
MAGT 554 STATISTICAL INFERENCES IN MANAGERIAL DECISION MAKING 3 0 3 MAGT 550
MAGT 555 OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT STRATEGY 3 0 3 MAGT 500 or equivalent
MAGT 560 HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT 3 0 3
MAGT 561 STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT 3 0 3
MAGT 563 ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND SMALL BUSINESS STRATEGY 3 0 3
MAGT 564 LEADERSHIP IN ORGANIZATIONS 3 0 3
ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOUR 3 0 3
MAKT 515 NEW PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT 3 0 3 MAKT 511
Management Information Systems
Course Code Course Title lec lab cre Prerequisite
ITMA 571 ADVANCED E-COMMERCE 3 0 3 ITMA 570
ITMA 574 SYSTEM PROJECT MANAGEMENT 3 0 3 ITMA 570
MAGT 500 Quantitative Methods 2 0 0
* Not counted towards the 36 credits necessary for the MBA degree
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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 7,060

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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