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Why Business Management?

A high-level MBA qualification opens up a wealth of leadership opportunities. AUBH’s MBA can accelerate a corporate career path or lay the foundation for the next tech startup. This degree is widely applicable across all industries; exploring the latest global business trends, the newest management tools and techniques, and challenging students to improve networks and collaboration.

Who Should Apply?

This two-year course is an exciting choice for anyone looking to take an existing career to the next level, or for recent graduates to hone their business and management skills. In an economy characterized by intense competition, technological change and rapid growth of globalization, students with an MBA-level qualification and credentials will have the edge in career opportunities. An MBA is broad enough to be applicable to multiple sectors, while providing specific skills for management and real-world challenges. AUBH’s MBA shows students how to blaze their own paths, whether it leads them to the C-Suite, entrepreneurship or teaching businesses to thrive. 

Program Content

Our MBA program reinforces business fundamentals through a strong foundation of accounting, marketing and strategy. As students move through the two years, they master skills in leadership, creating partnerships, interpreting industry data, managing crises and negotiation techniques. Students then progress to chosen electives like International Business and Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Finally, led by supportive and practiced mentors, students complete a thesis paper on a subject that they find compelling, relating specifically to the field they want to pursue.
 

This degree program is planned to be offered in the 2021-2022 academic year, subject to HEC approval.*

Program requirements

Program name Total Number of Credits
Master of Business Administration (MBA)*
33
Credits

Course information

Major Requirements

ACCT 511 - Financial and Managerial Accounting

Lecture:
3
Laboratory:
0
Total:
3

In this course students will develop an understanding of the role of accounting information in external and internal decision-making. The nature and role of major financial statements will be considered and an examination of the accounting conventions underlying the preparation of such statements will be carried out.  Students will learn how to undertake ratio analysis of balance sheets, income statements and cash flow statements. They will also become familiar with key principles of management accounting, including costing and basic investment appraisal techniques. Prerequisite: none

MGMT 513 - Managing People and Organizations

Lecture:
3
Laboratory:
0
Total:
3

The objective of this course is to provide students with an understanding of the principles of organizational design, specialization, coordination, cooperation and the role of incentives and control. Students will also look at the importance of systematic strategic planning processes, typical of corporations with separate business units. Evaluation of the managerial importance of information systems, administrative layers and continuous feedback will also be investigated. Prerequisite: none 

MRKG 515 - Marketing Management

Lecture:
3
Laboratory:
0
Total:
3

This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of how responsive marketing strategies can meet customer needs. The course focuses on basic marketing concepts, the role of marketing in the organization and in society. Topics such as market segmentation, marketing mix concepts and strategies will also be presented. Other topics covered in this course include the analysis of external environmental factors, marketing research, global marketing with relevance to cultural diversity, legal and ethical considerations and the impact of technology on marketing. Prerequisite: none

QTME 590 - Research Methods

Lecture:
3
Laboratory:
0
Total:
3

The objective of this course is to establish or advance an understanding of research through critical exploration of research language, ethics, and approaches creating skills necessary to effectively complete research projects. Introduces the language of research, ethical principles and challenges, and the elements of the research process within quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods approaches. Theoretical underpinnings will be used to begin to critically review literature relevant to aspects of human resource management and determine how research findings are useful in forming an understanding of their work, social, local and global environment. Prerequisites: none

FINC 536 - Financial Management

Lecture:
3
Laboratory:
0
Total:
3

The aim of this course is to provide students with an understanding of the way capital markets operate, the methods companies use to raise funds and the techniques companies employ to evaluate investment opportunities and manage financial risks. The course adopts a practical approach and for this reason some of the topics are taught through case studies. Students will become familiar with mathematical, statistical and spreadsheet models which are used in financial decision-making. Prerequisite: ACCT 511

BUSN 580 - Business Strategy

Lecture:
3
Laboratory:
0
Total:
3

The objective of this course is to present the interconnected nature of strategic issues and the ways in which strategic decisions influence the direction of an organization, determining its future. The course will also examine the strategic position of an organization by assessing the external environment, the internal capabilities, the culture of the organization and the way in which the organization’s strategic choices are formed and executed.   Prerequisite: ACCT 511

BUSN 599 - MBA Thesis

Lecture:
6
Laboratory:
0
Total:
6

This course requires students to write a proposal and prepare a relevant presentation; engage in literature review, fieldwork/data collection, data management and analysis; write a structured thesis/report and orally defend it. Prerequisite: Complete all taught part of the program.

Major Electives

Select three courses from the list below or any other graduate course(s) approved by the department

MGMT 528 - Human Resource Management

Lecture:
3
Laboratory:
0
Total:
3

This course presents a broad overview of the field of human resource management and provides students with the opportunity to acquire the knowledge, skills and competencies for effectively managing people in a company or organization to maximize their performance in line with the strategic objectives of the business. The course addresses both local (Bahrain) practices and legal labor requirements as well as international practices. Prerequisite: none

BUSN 529 - Ethics, Sustainability and Corporate Governance

Lecture:
3
Laboratory:
0
Total:
3

In this course students will develop an understanding of the nature and application of corporate governance in modern organizations. They will look at agency and stakeholder communication theories and examine the core differences between leading developing countries. They will also consider Corporate Social Responsibility, interactions between ethical issues and sustainability, and corporate governance. Prerequisites: None

MGMT 532 - Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Lecture:
3
Laboratory:
0
Total:
3

The aim of this course is to motivate and improve students’ entrepreneurial skills and help them understand the importance of innovation for the success of a business. To achieve this objective, students will be given the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and skills which are essential for the development, organization and management of innovative ventures. Students will be able to recognize and evaluate potential opportunities to commercialize these innovations, to design and implement specific plans in order to exploit these opportunities and to obtain the financial resources necessary for the implementation of these plans. Prerequisite: ACCT 511

BUSN 533 - International Business

Lecture:
3
Laboratory:
0
Total:
3

This course introduces students to the current trends and concepts of international business. The course covers theories of globalization, international trade agreements and economic integrations as well as the impact of new technologies on trade and multinational corporations. Other topics include financing multinational operations, marketing and human resource management, and international governance issues. The overall aim of the course is to provide students with practical implementation of the main concepts covered by the course. Prerequisite: none