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

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 Aims

The aim of the MBA Programme is to:

  • Develop analytical skills and technical expertise in business administration
  • Provide students with a framework to critically understand key functional areas of Management in a real-world setting.
  • Provide students with competence in applying a range of tools, skills, approaches techniques of relevance to a wide variety of operational setting.
  • Develop student’s leadership potential through a variety of soft skills such as effective communication, teamwork, global thinking and change management.
  • 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.
  • Develop student’s management acumen and foster a genuinely entrepreneurial approach to management.


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

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

Item Amount
Application fee BD 40
Registration fee BD 300
Foundation Courses (if applicable) BD 960
Course Fees (8 Courses, BD 480 per Course) BD 5,760