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The MS in Business Strategy aims at providing aspiring candidates with a set of professional and technical skills allowing them to incorporate a strategic perspective in their business processes and solidly advance in their chosen pathway be it further studies or employment.

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Program Description

The Master of Science in Business Strategy is a specialized degree. It aims at providing students with a specialization in the field of Business Strategy. This program is designed to attract:

  1. 1.Business professionals preparing themselves for advancement in their careers;
  2. 2.Fresh graduates of business and other faculties preparing themselves to jump-start a career in management;
  3. 3.Professionals and fresh graduates aspiring to pursue doctoral studies in business strategy, or any other subject linked to the discipline; and
  4. 4.Professionals and graduates of other faculties contemplating a move into the world of business and management.


Program Goals and Learning Outcomes

General Attributes

LG1: Our graduates will be effective communicators.

  1. 1.Students should be able to prepare clear and concise written reports using the appropriate style and structure.
  2. 2.Students should be able to deliver effective oral presentation well-focused and rigorously delivered.


LG2: Our graduates will be critical thinkers.

  1. 1.Students should be able to critically analyze, synthesize, and evaluate alternative when making decisions.


LG3: Our graduates will have a sound recognition of ethical dimensions in business practice.

  1. 1.Students should be able to assess the ethical dimensions in various business situations.


LG4: Our graduates will have strategic thinking abilities.

  1. 1.Students should analyze complex business problems and recommend optimal strategies.


LG5: Our graduates will be strategic integrators.

  1. 1.Students should apply functional areas in the strategic planning process.


Our graduates will have research skills.

  1. 1.Students should be able to conduct sound research.


Specific Attributes

LG7: Our students will demonstrate strategic and analytical thinking abilities:

  1. 1.Students will analyze complex business problems and recommend optimal strategies;
  2. 2.Students will integrate a strategic perspective when analyzing business cases and will be able to formulate corporate, business and functional strategy.


LG8: Our students will be effective decision makers

  1. 1.Students will be able to assess business scenarios and make effective and efficient decisions.

Research Skills

LG9: Our students will develop research skills:

  1. 1.Students will be able to plan, develop, and write academic research and professional papers.

Admission Procedures and Requirements

The requirements for entry into the MS FRM program are:

  • Business and Economics Graduates:
    • An application form duly completed;
    • Two recommendation letters, one of which is from a university professor;
    • A GPA of 3.0/4.0 or its equivalent at the undergraduate level.
  • Other Discipline Graduates:
    • Same requirements as indicated above in addition to up to 18 credits of relevant undergraduate business courses.


Applicants from institutions where English is not the language of instruction, a minimum score of 600 in the English Entrance Test is required.

Credit Transfer

Up to 6 relevant master’s level credits can be transferred from other relevant master’s programs. Relevant programs include (list not exhaustive):

  • MS, MA, MPhil or MRes programs in Business/Management;
  • MS, MA, MPhil or MRes programs in Economics or Financial Economics;
  • MBA (with or without concentration).

Graduation Requirements

Students seeking the degree of MS FRM must complete a total of 30 credits on full-time or part-time basis with an overall average of at least 3.0/4.0.


Major Core Courses (12cr.)

Major Elective Courses (6cr.)

The choice of the major elective courses will depend on student interest; two courses from the following pool must be chosen:

Capstone Course (3cr.)

The capstone course utilizes the collective knowledge in the different functional areas in business to equip the student with the necessary skills he/she requires in crafting and implementing the strategic plan.

Research Component (9cr.)

The final phase of the MS program consists of writing a structured Master’s research thesis based on an approved research proposal preceded by a course that introduces students to quantitative and qualitative research methods.


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