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Master of Business Administration

Why Students Choose University Of Dubai?

  • Subsidiary of the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • National Accreditation
  • International Accreditations Industry
  • Welcoming and friendly learning environment
  • Applied curriculum based on American system of education
  • Focus on student-centered learning
  • Internship with job placement opportunities
  • Close ties to the business community
  • Flexible schedule for working students
  • Increased success rate in professional certification programs after earning their academic degree

Master of Business Administration (MBA) Program offers:

The General MBA is broken down into four (4) terms having 30 CH course (8 courses of which 2 courses are offered each term + 1 internship of 6 CH), specifically designed for fresh undergraduates and graduates with less than two years’ experience from the domestic and international market. As part of this one year General MBA program, including the 4 months’ internship in the morning spread over 2 terms in terms 3 and 4.
The Double major MBA has an additional three (3) terms added to the General MBA having 48 CH course (8 core courses of 24CH + 6 double major course of 18 CH + work based project of 6 CH/paired two electives of 6 CH in other double majors). This is specifically designed for professionals who possess at least 2 years of work experience in the respective management domain and would further like to enrich their domain knowledge and become specialists.
The Program Objectives of the MBA program are to build student capacity to:
  • Think critically and communicate effectively as managers (through demonstrating effective professional oral & writing skills for business and making persuasive presentations at a managerial level).
  • Lead dynamic international and UAE organizational situations in business and management concept (through demonstrating effective leadership in a team setting, work effectively as a member of a work team, produce quality deliverables from team work).
  • Adapt and Innovate to solve problems, to cope with unforeseen events, and to manage in unpredictable environments (through effective use of quantitative and qualitative analytical tools, make and justify a recommendation).
  • Analyze ethical situations and justify alternatives across areas of concentrations.
  • Apply knowledge in new and unfamiliar circumstances through a conceptual understanding of relevant inter-disciplines.
General MBA Course Description
This program allows students to:
  1. Apply accounting and finance theories for analyzing business operations in these areas in the UAE.
  2. Assess the usefulness of existing accounting and finance decision-making tools and the potential for improving these tools in businesses in the UAE/MENA region.
  3. Use knowledge and skills developed to add value to the firms in the UAE/MENA region.
This program allows students to:
  1. Perform managerial and leadership functions more efficiently, consistent with organization mission and objectives.
  2. Assess leadership and HR strategies for competitive positioning of the firms.
  3. Use knowledge and skills developed to add value to the firms in the UAE/MENA region.
This program allows students to:
  • Apply marketing techniques on various business processes in UAE and international firms.
  • Analyze marketing strategies to meet the needs of firms operating in UAE and internationally.
  • Use knowledge and skills developed to add value to the firms in UAE/MENA region.
This program enables students to:
  1. Perform value-adding operations on various business processes (i.e., manufacturing, service production and delivery, distribution, supply…).
  2. Analyze optimization plans for operations decisions such as a new product development, supply chain capacity planning, process technology planning, factory automation, and production systems planning in the UAE/MENA region.

  • International Accreditation from AACSB.
  • Local Accreditation from CAA & KHDA.
  • Courses are based on simulations and real case examples.
  • Specialized MBA courses are aligned with international professional bodies & certificates.
  • Very strong reputation among hiring companies
  • All faculty members have work experience in their field of teaching
  • Very unique curriculum which is updated with the current & forecasted situations
  • CAA, Ministry of Education – UAE
    The Commission for Academic Accreditation (CAA) is the Federal Government’s Quality Assurance Agency charged with promoting educational excellence across diverse institutions of higher learning in the UAE. Through licensure of post-secondary educational institutions, and accreditation of individual programs, the Commission strives to assure high quality education, consistent with international standards.
  • KHDA – Dubai, UAE
    The Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) is responsible for the growth and quality of private education in Dubai. We support schools, universities, parents, students, educators, investors and government partners to create a high quality education sector focused on happiness and wellbeing.
  • Internationally Accredited by AACSB – USA
    AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business is a global, nonprofit membership organization of educational institutions, businesses, and other entities devoted to the advancement of management education. Established in 1916, AACSB International provides its members with a variety of products and services to assist them with the continuous improvement of their business programs and schools.
  • Specialized MBA Students may finish the program in 21 months (7 terms)
  • General MBA Students may finish the program in 12 months (4 Terms)
  • Students who will do elective courses instead of Internship/Work Based Project will do one extra Term
  • All the classes are held twice a week from 4 PM – 9 PM. 
  • Each term is 10 weeks which covers two courses

Regular Admission Criteria

  1. All students must have a valid English Proficiency Score IELTS 6, TOFEL 550 or Emsat 1400.
  2. Completion of a recognized baccalaureate degree in a discipline appropriate for the MBA degree. A Higher Diploma is not equivalent to a baccalaureate degree and does not qualify an applicant for admission to the MBA program.
  3. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale or its established equivalent.
  4. Two years minimum work experience is required to apply for the specialized MBA Program.

Conditional Admission Criteria

  1. A valid conditional English Proficiency Score Emsat 1250/1375, IELTS 5.5 & TOFEL 530. 
  2. A student with a recognized baccalaureate degree in Business with a cumulative GPA average of a minimum 2.0 up to 3.00 on a 4.0 scale, or its established equivalent, and who meets the English language competency requirements for regular admission as stated in “Part A” above, may be admitted conditionally to the MBA program. Such a student must meet the following requirements during the period of conditional admission or be subject to dismissal:
  3. He/she may take no more than six credit hours during the first term of study
  4. He/she must achieve an overall GPA of 3.00 on a 4.0 scale, or its established equivalent, in the first nine credit hours of credit-bearing courses studied in the MBA program.

Requirements for Non-Law Applicants

A student who holds a non-business degree with a cumulative GPA average of a minimum 2.25 on a 4.0 scale will have to undertake Pre-MBA courses as shown in the below table before being considered for formal admission to the MBA program.

If the student have taken any of the below courses during their bachelor studies, he/she may get exemption from it.

Accepted applicants who need to take any of the required Pre-MBA courses before joining the MBA program may opt for taking a challenge exam rather than registering for a course. A non-refundable fee of AED 2,000 for each Pre-MBA course challenge exam will be charged.

The Pre-MBA Term consists of 6 weeks + 1 week for examinations.

Pre-MBA Foundation Courses (For Non-Business Applicants)

Course Code & NumberCourse Title
PMBA 500Principles of Economics
PMBA 505Principles of Management
PMBA 510Business Mathematics & Statistics
PMBA 530Principles of Accounting & Finance
 Total (5 Courses)

An applicant must provide the following documents for admission:

  • Four recent passport-size photographs (colored with white background)
  • Valid passport copy
  • Unified and Ethbara number for UAE Nationals
  • Valid visa copy for non UAE nationals
  • Valid emirates ID copy
  • Copy of Family book for UAE Nationals
  • Attested Original Bachelor’s transcript
  • Attested Original Certificate of Graduation
  • Mother’s passport copy
  • Valid original certificate of IELTS or TOFEL or EMSAT with minimum required score
  • 1,800 AED enrollment non-refundable fees (Admission/ID Card/Technology Fees)

Transfer students must also submit original transcripts from the university/college they are transferring from. In addition, transfer students must submit the course syllabus and course description for each course they seek to transfer for credit. Transfer students into a Master’s Program must have received at least a “B” or equivalent for any course they wish to transfer. Students will be informed of the course(s) eligible for transfer within 48 hours by the Graduate Programs Office.

UD approves, in principle, the admission of applicants transferring from other institutions of higher education. Such candidates are eligible for admission subject to the following conditions:

  1. The institution they are transferring from is recognized by the UAE MOHESR and uses the credit-hour system.
  2. Applicants transferring from other institutions must have earned a GPA of not less than 3.00 and may only be given transfer credit for courses which are equivalent to those offered by UD and in which they have received a minimum grade of B (equivalent to a GPA of 3.0 or 83-86%).
  3. If the transfer student has an academic warning (i.e., GPA is less than 3.0), he/she will be considered for conditional admission as a new student and not as a transfer student.
  4. Prior to their admission, transfer students will be informed in writing of transfer courses approved by the Dean of the College. The transfer courses will be accepted upon receipt of official transcripts.
  5. Transfer credits are entered on the student’s transcript and the student’s academic plan with a grade of “TC”. The transferred courses appear as credit hours (and are counted toward the degree) but no grade points are assigned; thus, they are not used in computing the student’s GPA.
  6. The maximum number of credits a student may transfer must not exceed 50% of the total number of hours required for graduation (i.e. 18 credit hours).
  7. Transferred courses must match at least 80% of the course content of UD courses.
  8. No credits will be granted twice for similar courses taken at different universities.

A. Visiting Students

  1. Students must have passed all prerequisites for required subjects (original transcripts from the university in which the student is currently studying are to be provided).
  2. Students must provide a copy of their passport and four recent photos (JPEG format file).
  3. Students must fully adhere to UD regulations and rules, including attendance.
  4. Visiting students are not allowed to register for more than 18 credit hours and are only allowed to register for a total of two consecutive terms.
  5. A visiting student can be accepted as a regular student, provided he/she has complied with all UD admission requirements.
  6. A visiting student may register at any time during the registration period.

B. Auditors
UD allows individuals interested in a particular course to attend classes as audit students. The following conditions apply:

  1. The candidate must show some evidence of the prerequisite knowledge required for auditing the course (he/she should meet the course instructor/Graduate Program Director to clarify this point and state the purpose for auditing the course).
  2. Students must provide a passport copy and four recent photographs (JPEG format file).
  3. Students must pay the regular course fee charged of visiting/short course students.
  4. The attendance policy is not mandatory.
  5. Homework assignments/examinations are not mandatory.
  • The applicant may apply for student visa only after getting admitted to the program and enroll as a Full Time student.

    Student Visa is valid only for one year.

    A student visa permits the student to work only as a part time after getting the needful approvals from the concerned authorities in the UAE.

    The approval or rejection of the visa is under General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs in Dubai. The visa process has no timing frame as it may take from two days up to two months, so we strongly recommend to submit your documents at least 2 months before the start of the term.

The Graduate Programs Office accepts applications throughout the year for the LLM program.
Thank you for your interest in the University of Dubai. Please fill out this preliminary application form and one of our admission officers will be in contact with you shortly. If you have any problems or questions completing the form, please contact us.

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