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The MBA program provides students, who have distinct academic ability, with advanced business and management skills. It also targets practicing managers who aim to develop their capabilities and access to higher positions in their chosen careers. Although the program is designed as a terminal degree program, graduates are well prepared to pursue higher degrees in business and economics.

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Program Description

Consistent with the Faculty mission, the MBA program at NDU aims at providing aspiring candidates, of various professional and educational backgrounds, with a set of theoretical knowledge and technical skills allowing them to make informed business decisions in a socially responsible manner. The program equips them with the competencies necessary to advance in their careers or pursue further education, as well as being active players in local, regional and international markets.

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 leadership attributes.

  1. 1.Students should be able to effectively lead a team.


LG5: Our graduates will integrate knowledge from different business disciplines in their decision making.

  1. 1.Students should systematically analyze complex different business problems while incorporating core business knowledge in economics, finance, management and marketing.


LG6: Our graduates will have research skills.

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

Specific Attributes

LG7: Our students will demonstrate systematic thinking abilities:

  1. 1.Students will systematically analyze complex business problems and produce feasible solutions.


LG8: Our students will be effective decision makers:

  1. 1.Students will be able to integrate the business knowledge to assess business scenarios and make effective strategic 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 reports.

Admission Procedures and Requirements

In addition to the general university requirements, applicants to the MBA program should submit the following documents:

  • The application form;
  • Two recent photographs;
  • Official transcripts from the university of origin and the overall GPA;
  • The official GMAT or GRE score;
  • Two recommendation letters (at least one from a former professor);
  • The CV showing work experience (if any);
  • Employment Letters specifying present position and years of service;

In addition to the documentation above, there will be an interview with the graduate committee.


Applicants with a good GPA may be exempted from GMAT or GRE.

Applicants holding a Doctoral degree are exempted from presenting transcripts and GMAT or GRE score.
Applicants coming from institutions where English is not the language of instruction, a minimum score of 600 in the English Entrance Test is required.

Eligibility for Admission

A composite score, consisting of weighted criteria, will be used to determine the eligibility of graduate applicants. Applicants to the MBA program could be:

  • Admitted;
  • Admitted on probation; students should obtain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0/4.0 upon completing 12 credits of graduate courses.

Graduation Requirements

Students seeking the degree of Master of Business Administration must complete a total of 39 credits on full-time or part-time basis with an overall average of at least 3.0/4.0.


Foundation Courses (3cr.)

The foundation courses aim at equipping applicants from a non-business/economics background with a minimum level of knowledge pertaining to business studies. Moreover, students can concurrently register a non-related graduate course to Accounting or Finance. In this case, the maximum number of credits cannot exceed 6 cr. inclusive of the foundation course(s). These courses are

Support Core Courses (6cr.)

The two support core courses are designed to equip students with numeracy and applied research skills. These courses are:

Graduate Research Report: Graduate Thesis (6 credits) or Graduate Applied Project (3 credits)

MBA candidates will either complete 12 taught courses (36 credits) in addition to a Graduate Applied Project that is equivalent to 3 credits, or complete 11 courses (33 credits) plus an MBA Thesis (6 credits). The students should check with the Graduate Division for the required steps to be followed.

Two or three Professional Enhancement Courses: MBA with Emphasis Option

6 or 9 credits of Professional Enhancement Courses should be selected depending on whether a Thesis or a Graduate Applied Project is chosen, respectively. The professional enhancement/ elective courses are
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