The AU MBA program seeks to satisfy the quality assurance standards set by world-class business programs accreditation organizations such as AACSB and the Association of MBAs.
Students have access to all the learning resources offered by AU – library, computer labs, Internet and web platforms, online international business game competitions with students of other eminent institutions, databases for academic journals, and resources of collaborating institutions.
The MBA courses ensure an optimum classroom learning environment to achieve the program’s objectives. Knowledge, comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis and evaluation are emphasized in the design and delivery of courses. The system of instruction employed in the MBA program provides a new learning approach that is student-centered and involves discussions, participation, and shared responsibility for learning, co-operation, case analysis, examinations and expert role responsibilities.
The use of technology, simulation and the synthesis of expert knowledge applicable to business organizations in the new economic environment will be the key focus points designed to enhance and ensure the program’s academic quality.
Students are expected to attend and fully participate in all classes. A minimum of 75 percent attendance will be required in each course registered.
If the student’s GPA is less than 3.0 after the second semester, he/she will be placed on probation. If the student does not raise his/her CGPA to 3.0 in the following semester, he/she will be placed on a second probation. If the student fails to raise his/her GPA to 3.0 in the following semester, the student will be dismissed from the program.
The Graduate program coordinator may advise an academically warned student to repeat one or more courses to increase his/her chances to raise his/her CGPA to 3.0.
The study time for the MBA program is normally two years or four semesters. However, the maximum time allowed to complete the program is 4 years or 8 regular semesters
The study load for a full-time MBA student may rise up to four courses (12 credit hours) per semester depending on his / her CGPA.
A student will be awarded the degree of Master of Business Administration upon meeting the following requirements:
In accordance with the University requirements for graduate degrees, a candidate to be admitted into the MBA program must fulfill the following requirements:
Graduate students from accredited institutions of higher education may apply for admission in an AUST MBA program.
Admission to the MBA program is valid for at most two semesters. If an admitted student does not join the program within this period, the admission offer will be cancelled.
The objective of the course is to expose students to the theoretical and practical techniques used to tackle production and operations management issues in any organisation. All organisations - be they private, public or NGOs - are involved in producing a product or service that has to be ‘sold’ or consumed by some customer. Operations Management is concerned with efficient and effective transformation of inputs – raw materials, personnel, machines, technology, capital, information, and other resources – into marketable and competitive outputs. The course will introduce students to the main principles, standards and methodologies of Operations Management. It will explore past and present topics in operations management that have had a significant impact in the management of manufacturing and service operations.
Business Research Methods course provides an introduction to research methods in social sciences in general and business administration in particular. The primary aim of the course is to equip the students with essential research techniques they would use in advanced specialized courses such as Marketing Research, Feasibility Studies and Project Planning, and Research Project reports.
The course will cover a range of topics, including in particular, research design, sampling theory, data collection tools, questionnaire development, and program evaluation methodology. The course will also cover statistical data analysis procedures using SPSS software involving both exploratory and hypotheses testing techniques. Students will be provided with statistical software SPSS (latest edition) to enable them to carry out statistical analyses. .
The course focuses on the problems and opportunities of business in a global context. It examines economic, institutional, cultural, and legal issues faced by companies involved in international business. It further analyzes their effect on business decisions including: product design, production and marketing, human resources strategy, investment analysis, financial strategy and risk management.
The aim of the course is to give students an advanced and practical understanding of why, when and how companies develop their international activities. This course is conceived as a continuation of the reflections from different fields of study, including strategy, international economics (i.e., trade theory, trade policy, etc), international finance, human resource management, operations management, and other related areas. The course content is positioned at the intersection of these studies. The course will use a number of analytical tools and concepts, and provide many real-world examples through various case studies.
Financial accounting is an essential tool that provides all users with the useful information for their relevant decisions. Financial reporting and analysis is one of the main requirements that protects the owners' rights and enhances managers' ability to make the correct decisions. It describes the conceptual framework of accounting, and financial statements, analysis and uses of financial reports.
Corporate Finance course covers an overview of corporate financial management, the use of financial statements for financial analysis & planning, an introduction to long-term financial planning, the valuation of future cash flows under the concept of time value of money, and the valuation of bonds and stocks. The coverage also includes capital budgeting and the risk-return relationship.
This course focuses on fundamental concepts of corporate finance with both a theoretical and practical exposure, within the UAE context wherever appropriate. This exposure prepares students for the later treatment of more specialized theories and applications in the field of corporate finance and financial markets, all with a focus on the fundamental objective of conventional financial management which is the maximization of shareholder’s wealth.
The main objective of the course is to expose the students to the concepts and techniques of marketing management. Students will also be exposed to the scope of contemporary marketing including manufacturing, institutional, reseller and government markets. The course will provide opportunities for the students to explore how business firms strategically respond to the opportunities in the marketing arena. It also aims to improve decision-making skills and stimulate strategic thinking through the use of case studies. The course would also involve fieldwork in the UAE and the analysis of marketing strategies in use by the organizations operating in the country.
The main objective of this course is to expose students to the theory and practice of human resources management issues in contemporary organizations, with an emphasis on the strategic aspects. The course will deal with different approaches to human resource management, particularly in the UAE/GCC context. Many organizations are now beginning to realize and appreciate the importance of having an effective system of acquiring, mobilizing and managing the organization’s human assets. A number of recent developments – including rapid technological change, increased competition associated with globalization, demographic changes in the labor force, tighter labor markets, and introduction of new organizational systems – have raised the strategic role human resources play in international competitiveness. Good HRM policies and practices may be one of the remaining factors of production that provide sustainable competitive advantage, as they are difficult to imitate or replicate.
The process of managing organizational change is very dynamic, diffused and complex. Even well crafted plans developed to manage change may disintegrate during a period of rapid environmental change. The objective of this course is to help students understand the main principles and techniques required to lead effective and lasting organizational change. The course will cover the conceptual and practical aspects of implementing organizational change, including the various facets and challenges associated with the transition period in the UAE and GCC region. Emerging research findings will be used to emphasize the day-to-day micro-level managerial actions as well as their strategic aspects. Various theories and concepts of change, together with experiences and dilemmas encountered in practices will be explored using various case studies. Some consultants on change processes in the UAE/GCC will be invited as guest speakers to share their experiences with students.
The purpose of this course is to provide the student with information and insights into the training and development function in organizations. The training and development function will be viewed from a systems approach. Further the entire cycle of Training and Development of human resources will be examined in the context of the UAE/GCC. The training needs assessment plans will be reviewed to enable learners to appreciate organization’s training functions. The course will further evaluate the contribution of training of human resources to the success of organizations in the UAE/GCC. Specific training methods and techniques will be explored.
In this course, students are to examine, from applied and theoretical perspectives, the impact of globalization and the effects of cross national diversity on the processes and practices associated with managing human resources. Special emphasis will be placed on comparisons between cross-cultural management of organizations in the UAE and those in other countries.
Organization Development (OD) is a conscious, planned process of developing organizations’ capabilities to attain and sustain optimum performance levels, measured by efficiency, effectiveness, and health. OD processes bring about successful change efforts in individuals, groups/teams, inter-groups, and organizations.
Strategic management course covers strategy analysis, formulation, implementation, management and evaluation. Strategic Management will also provide a broad overview of both strategic management theories and concepts, and their application within a dynamic competitive environment that surround today’s organizations. Students develop critical thinking/reasoning skills through various case studies and class discussions.
This advanced course focuses on all aspects of strategic management process, including the analysis of the external competitive environment, examining the industry structure, value chain dynamics, and assessing how a firm can select the best position within its environment. This course will also give students a thorough understanding of the complexities of strategic formulation and evaluation processes, with special attention to capabilities and competencies of firms.