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Consistent with the Faculty mission, the MBA program at NDU aims to provide 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 Learning Outcomes and Goals

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 alternatives 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.



The Faculty of Business Administration and Economics (FBAE) is an accredited member of AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. AACSB accreditation is known, worldwide, as the longest-standing, most recognized form of specialized accreditation that an institution and its business programs can earn. Accreditation is a voluntary, nongovernmental process that includes a rigorous external review of a school's mission, faculty qualifications, curricula, and ability to provide the highest-quality programs.


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.
  • Their official GMAT or GRE score.
  • Two recommendation letters (at least one from a former professor).
  • Their 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 GMAT or GRE score.

Applicants coming from institutions where English is not the language of instruction, a minimum score of 60 in the English Entrance Test (EET) 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; and
  • Admitted on probation; students should obtain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0/4.0 upon completing 12 credits of graduate courses.


Applicants holding non- bachelor degrees in Business Administration or Economics may be required to take up to 3 credits of foundation courses. A minimum grade of “B” should be scored in each foundation course. The grades of these courses are not included in the GPA.

Graduation Requirements

Students seeking a Master of Business Administration must successfully complete a total of 39 credits on either a full- or part-time basis, maintaining a minimum overall average of 3.0/4.0. It is important to note that the minimum passing grade for graduate courses is a C, with a maximum of two Cs permitted throughout the program. A student, guided by his or her advisor, can opt for an emphasis area by selecting specific Professional Enhancement Courses in Project Management, or choose these courses from the different areas of emphasis (as elective courses) and opt for a General MBA.

NDU is a PMI-REP (Project Management Institute-Registered Education Provider). If a candidate follows the MBA Program with Project Management emphasis, it would equip him or her with the necessary competencies, with pre-approved PDUs, to pass the PMP exam or maintain his or her certification.


The Structure

The MBA Program consists of 39 credits of courses; it comprises:
  • Two Foundation (Pre-MBA/preparatory) courses: a total of 3 non-earned credits.


The foundation courses aim to equip 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 credits, inclusive of the foundation course(s). These courses are:


Support Core Courses (3cr.)

The one support core courses is designed to equip students with numeracy and applied research skills. The course is:

One Graduate Applied Project (3cr.)

MBA candidates will complete 12 taught courses (36 credits) in addition to a Graduate Applied Project that is equivalent to 3 credits. The students should check with the Graduate Division for the required steps to be followed.
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