Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA)

Guidelines for the Supervision of Masters Degree Dissertations
College Business and Finance
Program Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA)
Required Specialization
  • Recognized bachelor’s degree or its equivalent in any business or management related disciplines
  • Applicants who hold a recognized bachelor’s degree in disciplines other than the ones mentioned above, may be accepted in the program subject to passing an interview and successful completion of the Foundation Courses.


Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) requirement
  • Minimum CGPA normally required at the bachelor’s degree ≥ 2.5 or its equivalent
  • Applicants with CGPA lower than 2.5 but > 2.0 or its equivalent at the bachelor’s degree level, maybe be considered subject to passing an interview and successful completion of the Foundation Courses.


Work Experience and Professional Courses/Certificates
  • Work Experience and Professional Courses/Certificates in business or management related disciplines will be an added advantage
Passing an Interview All applicants will go through an interview. After the interview, foundation courses may be decided.
Language Requirements Applicants must demonstrate a satisfactory level of English proficiency. If English was not the primary language of instruction at the undergraduate level, then English language proficiency level is determined after the interview. 


* The final admission will be based on the merit list of the applicants.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs):

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.
  • Display a detailed and integrative view of various management functions in a business organization specifying the components and their interdependencies.

A2. Contemporary Trends, problems and Research:

  • Have extensive detailed knowledge and awareness of major current business issues and latest trends and research findings in the field, including identification of best practices.
  • Use advanced skills to undertake research or investigation into business problem using specialized research methods and techniques.

A3. Professional Responsibility:
Have 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 specialized range of quantitative and qualitative methods and tools (e.g forecasting, balanced scorecard) 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 Tools:

  • Use a range of software (e.g. Microsoft EXCELTM, SPSS) to analyze quantitative problems in business.
  • Probe into a business problem (Management, Marketing, Accounting, Finance, ITMA, Economics, etc,.) using specialized methods/ techniques and interpret the obtained results

C. Critical-Thinking Skills

C1. Analytic skills:

  • Critically analyze and evaluate (e.g. SWOT analysis, external and internal analysis) real-world business cases and prioritize problems in order to identify possible solutions.
  • Critically evaluate and synthesize data and draw inferences for decision making 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 complex ideas and information in the functional areas of business to well-informed audiences and specialists using oral and written formats.
  • Demonstrate professional levels of insight, interpretation, originality and creativity to complex business situation.

D2. Teamwork and Leadership:
Work effectively as a team member or leader in order to complete project according to deadlines.

D3. Organizational and Developmental skills:

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

D4. Ethics and Social Responsibility:

  • Utilize current ethical standards and social norms to inform decision-making within the framework of solving business problems.
  • Demonstrate ability to respond to ethical challenges and conduct business transactions according to ethical norms.
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Through its MBA program, Ahlia University offers an educational program specifically designed to produce work-ready graduates who aspire to have a positive and lasting impact on their business environment and their communities. With Ahlia University’s MBA program, participants will have the opportunity to boost their career and shape their own future. The MBA program takes a general management and action-oriented perspective that would help participants acquiring critical thinking skills and leadership competencies. the program gives a special focus on strategy, leadership and global business environment. It imparts all the needed practical knowledge to ensure that students succeed in future senior leadership roles by gaining comprehensive, innovative, and applicable knowledge and skills.

Ahlia MBA program 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 labor 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.

The aim of the MBA Program is:

  • To equip students with opportunity to develop analytical skills and technical expertise in 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.
  • 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.
  • To develop student’s management acumen and foster a genuinely entrepreneurial approach to management.


Program Content & Structure:

The MBA program consists 36 credits; 18 credits (6 courses) are core courses, 6 credits (2 courses) are core elective courses, and a 12-credits dissertation. 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 program, provide a venue in which interrelationships among several functional business arenas can be assessed.

Students are required to complete a dissertation (XXXX 599, 12 credits) in a topic chosen from a variety of fields including: Accounting, Economics, Banking, Finance, Management, Marketing and MIS.

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
  • Accounting manager
  • HR manager
  • Health Service Manager
  • Management Consulting
  • Marketing Manager
  • Auditing Manager
  • Entrepreneur and Business Owner
  • Qualification: Master of Business Administration
  • Type: Postgraduate
  • Duration: 2 years
  • College: College of Business & Finance and Deanship of Graduate Studies & Research
  • Language of tuition: English
  • Fees: Total BD 7,060
  • Language of offering: English

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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Master’s Degree fees

The estimated duration for completion of the MBA program 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 3840
Dissertation (Equivalent to 4 courses) BD 1920
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.

Entry Requirements
Entry Requirements

Applicants must hold at least a recognized and endorsed secondary school certificate or equivalent.

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