Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA)

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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 enhance the attractiveness of its sought-after graduates for executive and leadership positions in the Arabian Gulf region, and beyond.

Ahlia MBA programme is known for its high-quality curriculum and the distinctive learning experience it offers. The curriculum has been specifically designed to be aligned with the current and the future economic trends and labour market needs and to extend the students’ breadth and depth of knowledge.

The curriculum exposes the students to a broad range of creative thinking, experience and expertise. The delivered courses, mainly tailored around business problems, help nurture global leadership skills through an engaging course content seeking its inputs from the industry and a high-impact learning experience that gives the students the opportunity to practice what they have learnt.

Programme Facts

  • Department/Center: MBA Directorate.
  • Title of Final Award: Master’s Degree of Business Administration.
  • Awarded Level (NQF): 9.
  • Modes of Attendance offered: Full time

  • Aligned the programme with United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
  • Introduced Market related courses (Entrepreneurship and Family Business Management)
  • Upgraded the course contents with practical application including research software’s .g. SPSS
  • Conducted Collaborative Research with Students

Programme Aims

  • To equip students with opportunity to develop analytical skills and technical expertise in business administration management in 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.
  • To develop student’s leadership potential through a variety of soft skills such as effective communication, teamwork, global and sustainable thinking as well as change manage
  • To provide  students  with  opportunity  to  develop  lifelong  learning  skills,  autonomy  and professional leadership, including research and sensitivity to ethical issues and social responsibility to contribute to businesses and society at large.
  • To develop student’s management acumen and foster a genuinely entrepreneurial approach to manage

Career Opportunities

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:

  • Accounting manager
  • HR manager
  • Health Service Manager
  • Management Consulting
  • Marketing Manager
  • Auditing Manager
  • Entrepreneur and Business Owner

Programme Learning Outcomes

A. Knowledge and Understanding

A1. Concepts and Theories
Demonstrate critical knowledge and understanding of concepts and specialist theories related to functional areas of business such as management, marketing, finance, accounting, economics and management information systems and display a detailed and integrative view of various management functions in a business organization.

A2. Contemporary Trends, problems and Research
Demonstrate an extensive detailed knowledge and awareness of major current business issues and latest trends and research findings in the field, including identification of best practices and utilization of specialized
research methods and techniques.

A3. Professional Responsibility
Demonstrate extensive detailed knowledge and understanding of the professional and legal responsibilities related to day-to-day vocational practices and operations of a specialist in a given business field in various industries.

B. Subject-Specific Skills

B1. Problem Solving
Use professional and specialized range of quantitative and qualitative methods and tools to analyze and solve functional-area-business problem situations.

B2. Modeling and Design
Apply a range of standard and specialized research models and methods (e.g. sensitivity analysis, simulation) to capture real-world complexities in business.

B3. Application of Methods and Tool
Use a range of specialized software to analyze quantitative problems in business to probe into a business problem using specialized methods/ techniques and interpret the obtained results.

C. Critical-Thinking Skills

C1. Analytic skills
Critically analyze and evaluate extended knowledge and data related to real-world business cases and prioritize problems in order to identify possible solutions and make decisions in different business situation.

C2. Synthetic Skills
Utilize data and information from a variety of sources (e.g. critical
analysis) to conceptualize, define and formulate new business strategies and solutions to deal
with complex business situations.

C3. Creative Skills
Demonstrate creativity and originality both in the application of
knowledge and in the development of solution to complex business problems and issues.

D. General and Transferable Skills (other skills relevant to employability and personal development)

D1. Communication Skills
Communicate effectively at professional level complex ideas and information in the functional areas of business to well-informed audiences and specialists using oral and written formats.

D2. Teamwork and Leadership
Operate at professional level effectively as a team member or leader in order to complete project according to deadlines.

D3. Organizational and Developmental skills
Operate at a professional level in variable and complex business contexts and employ reflective practice skills for self-development as part of a wider program for continuing professional development.

D4. Ethics and Social Responsibility
Demonstrate ability to respond to ethical challenges
and conduct business transactions according to ethical and social norms.

Programme Structure

A recognised bachelor’s degree or its equivalent in any of the following disciplines: Business Management Any related disciplines Applicants who hold a recognised bachelor’s degree in disciplines other than the ones mentioned above, may be accepted in the programme subject to passing the interview at the programme level and successful completion of the Foundation Courses.

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 program, provide a venue in which interrelationships among several functional business arenas can be assessed.

Students are required to complete a dissertation (DMBA 599, 12 credits) in a topic chosen from a variety of fields including:

  • Accounting
  • Economics
  • Banking
  • Finance
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • MIS

Entry Requirements

Admission to Ahlia University (AU) is selective based on academic achievements. Applications are welcomed from all students regardless of race, colour, gender, religion, nationality, physical or learning disability. Admission is purely based on merit.

General Requirements

Ahlia University accepts Master programme applicants holding undergraduate degrees to join the University as new students provided that they meet the entry and application requirements set by the University and are in-line with the Bahraini Higher Education Council requirements.

  • The applicant must hold a recognised bachelor’s degree or its equivalent.
  • The applicant must hold a recognised secondary school certificate or its equivalent.
  • The applicant must be medically fit for the academic programme they wish to apply for.
  • All applicants will be interviewed by a relevant programme committee

Only successful applicants in the interview will be considered for admission. The Admissions Committee reserves the right to stipulate deficiency requirements to any applicant offered admission where, in the judgment of the Committee, the mastery of the relevant subject matter has not been conclusively demonstrated by the academic transcript.

Programme Specific Requirements

A recognised bachelor’s degree or its equivalent in any of the following disciplines:

  • Business
  • Management
  • Any related disciplines

Applicants who hold a recognised bachelor’s degree in disciplines other than the ones mentioned above, may be accepted in the programme subject to passing the interview at the programme level and successful completion of the Foundation Courses.

Postgraduate Tuition & Fees

The estimated duration for completion of the MBA programme at Ahlia University is 2 years. This is structured around 36 credit-hours covering 8 courses along with a dissertation. The duration of the study for each course is fifteen weeks, covering approximately 45 studying hours

Application Fee BD 40
Registration Fee BD 300
Foundation Courses (if applicable) BD 960
Course Fees BD 3,840
Dissertation Fees BD 1,920

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