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BBA Finance

  • Dubai Business School
  • undergraduate

BBA Finance

Fall & Spring


Full & Part Time

Study Mode

123 hours

Total Credit Hours

4 Years




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The Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree in finance is designed to provide students with an understanding of how financial decisions of corporations, financial institutions and individuals are made. Finance studies focus on analysis of security markets, management of risks and corporate financial management. Financial managers’ main role is to monitor a company’s finances and advise senior managers on ways to maximize bottom line opportunities for a business. As a graduate of the BBA in finance, you will be responsible for steering the financial direction of the business and undertake all strategic financial planning and reporting to stakeholders. The program combines academic rigor and practical skills development based on real-world insights to prepare students for professional qualifications in finance such as CFA, CFP, CRM…. Career opportunities of graduates in finance include (but not limited to): Corporate Finance Manager, Financial Planning, Treasury Management, Investment Management, Credit & Financial Analysis, Financial Institution Management, Banking, Brokerage & Financial Services, and Chief Financial Officer.

Admission Requirement

High School English Math
75% for General Stream 70% for Advanced or Elite Stream EmSAT 1100 or Academic IELTS 5.00 or TOEFL (PBT 500 or IBT 61 or CBT 173) EmSAT 600 or Pass the UD placement test

Who is the program for?

The Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) program in Finance is typically designed for individuals who are interested in pursuing a career in the field of finance. It provides students with a comprehensive understanding of financial management, investment analysis, financial markets, and related topics. The program is suitable for individuals who have an aptitude for numbers, analytical thinking, and an interest in the financial industry. It is beneficial for students who wish to work in areas such as corporate finance, investment banking, financial consulting, portfolio management, risk management, or financial analysis. The BBA Finance program is generally offered at universities and business schools and is targeted towards undergraduate students who want to specialize in finance as part of their business education.

Career Opportunities

Completing a BBA in Finance can open up various career opportunities in the financial industry. Here are some common career paths pursued by graduates with a BBA Finance:
  1. Financial Analyst: Financial analysts evaluate investment opportunities, analyze financial data, and provide recommendations to individuals or organizations regarding investment decisions.
  2. Investment Banker: Investment bankers assist companies and organizations in raising capital, facilitating mergers and acquisitions, and providing financial advisory services.
  3. Corporate Financial Manager: Corporate financial managers oversee the financial operations of a company, including financial planning, budgeting, and financial reporting.
  4. Portfolio Manager: Portfolio managers manage investment portfolios on behalf of individuals or institutions, making decisions regarding asset allocation and investment strategies.
  5. Risk Manager: Risk managers identify and assess potential risks faced by organizations and develop strategies to mitigate those risks.
  6. Financial Consultant: Financial consultants provide advice to clients on various financial matters, such as investment options, retirement planning, and tax planning.
  7. Financial Planner: Financial planners assist individuals in creating comprehensive financial plans, including budgeting, investment planning, and retirement planning.
  8. Financial Controller: Financial controllers are responsible for overseeing a company’s financial activities, including financial reporting, budgeting, and internal controls.
  9. Credit Analyst: Credit analysts assess the creditworthiness of individuals or businesses applying for loans and determine appropriate lending terms and conditions.
  10. Insurance Underwriter: Insurance underwriters evaluate insurance applications, determine coverage terms, and assess risks to determine the appropriate insurance premium.
These are just a few examples, and there are numerous other career paths available in finance. The specific opportunities will depend on factors such as your skills, interests, and the job market at the time of your graduation.

Estimated salary range

The salary range for professionals with a BBA in Finance in the UAE can vary depending on several factors such as years of experience, job role, industry, company size, and location. Salaries in the UAE are typically competitive, and the cost of living can also vary across different cities. Here is a general overview of the salary range for finance professionals in the UAE:
  1. Financial Analyst: The salary for financial analysts in the UAE can range from AED 100,000 to AED 250,000 per year, depending on experience and the company’s size.
  2. Investment Banker: Investment bankers in the UAE can earn salaries ranging from AED 150,000 to AED 600,000 or more per year, depending on their level of experience, the complexity of transactions, and the size of the deals they handle.
  3. Corporate Financial Manager: Salaries for corporate financial managers can vary significantly based on the company’s size and industry. Generally, they can earn between AED 200,000 and AED 500,000 per year.
  4. Portfolio Manager: Portfolio managers in the UAE can earn salaries ranging from AED 150,000 to AED 500,000 or more per year, depending on the size of the portfolio they manage and their level of experience.
  5. Risk Manager: The salary for risk managers in the UAE typically ranges from AED 150,000 to AED 400,000 per year, depending on the industry and the complexity of the risks they manage.
It’s important to note that these salary ranges are estimates and can vary based on individual qualifications, experience, and market conditions. Additionally, salaries in the UAE are often supplemented with benefits such as housing allowances, health insurance, and annual bonuses, which can further enhance the overall compensation package.

Study Plan

Year 1
Semester (1) – Fall - 15CH Semester (2) – Spring – 18CH
Code Course Name   Pre-requisite CH Code Course Name   Pre-requisite CH
ENGL 100 English I None 3 BACC 205 Principles of Financial Accounting None 3
GISL 100/105 Islamic Thought (Arabic/English) None 3 BECN 100 Microeconomics GMAT 115 ENGL 100 3
GMAT 110 Mathematics for Business I None 3 BBUS 200 Introduction to Responsible Business None 3
GITB 120 Introduction to Information Technology None 3 ENGL 105 English II ENGL 100 3
GEST 100 Emarati Studies ENGL 100 Co 3 GMAT 115 Mathematics for Business II GMAT 110 3
Elective 1 3
Year 2
Semester (3) – Fall – 18CH                  Semester (4) – Spring – 18CH
Code Course Name   Pre-requisite CH Code Course Name   Pre-requisite CH
BBUS 110 Fund. Of Innovation and Entrepreneurship ENGL 105 3 BMNG 200 Management and Organization Behavior ENGL 100 3
BSTA 200 Statistical Analysis GMAT 115 3 BBUS 205 Quantitative Analysis in Business BSTA 200 3
ESPU 200 English for Special Purpose (Business) ENGL 105 3 BBUS 225 Research Methods BSTA 200 3
GCRT 200 Critical and Creative Thinking ENGL 105 3 GCMM 205 Communication & Negotiations Skills ENGL 105 3
BFIN 200 Principles of Financial Management BACC 205 3 Elective 3 3
Elective 2 3 BECN 225 Macroeconomics BECN 100 3
Year 3
Semester (5) – Fall – 15CH Semester (6) – Spring – 12CH
Code Course Name   Pre-requisite CH Code Course Name   Pre-requisite CH
BMNG 310 Operation Management BBUS 205 3 BBUS 400 Strategic Management Capstone 90 CH 3
BMRK 200 Principles of Marketing BECN 100 3 BFIN 305 Corporate Finance BFIN 200 3
BBUS 305 Business Law ENGL 105 3 BECN 250   Money and Banking BECN 225 3
BMNG 315 International Business Management BBUS 200 3 BFIN 370   Financial Markets None 3
BBUS 343 Emerging Technologies in Business GITB 120 3
Year 4
Semester (7) – Fall – 12CH Semester (8) – Spring – 15CH
Code Course Name   Pre-requisite CH Code Course Name   Pre-requisite CH
BFIN 418 Portfolio Management BFIN 370 3 BFIN 467/473 Internship/ Industry Project 93CH 6
BFIN 335 Entrepreneurial Finance BFIN 305 3 BFIN 438 Risk Management & Financial Derivatives BFIN 370 3
BFIN 420 Business Valuation BFIN 305 3 BFIN 432 Management of Banks & FinTech BFIN 370 3
Elective 4 3 BFIN 445 Advanced Financial Management BFIN 305 3

Course Descriptions

  • Required Business Courses (45 Credit Hours)

BBUS 200 Introduction to Business Administration 

This course provides students with an introduction to the fundamental principles of Business Administration. It examines the factors that lead towards successful administration of a business, and the achievement of organizational goals. The course covers topics such as Accounting, Finance, Marketing, Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Social Responsibility and Ethics, International Business, and MIS. Prerequisite: None.

BECN 100 Microeconomics

The purpose of this course is to familiarize students with the essential microeconomics tools to 1) study how consumers and businesses make decisions in the face of resource scarcity, 2) examine how their interactions in the market determines prices and quantities of goods, and 3) assess the efficiency of markets in the presence of government influence and under different market structures. It is hoped that as a result of taking this course, students will develop an appreciation of the economic way of thinking about real-world problems and develop interest in pursuing a career in economics.  Prerequisite: GMAT110: Mathematics for Business I.

BECN 225 Macroeconomics

This course provides an overview of determination of output; unemployment; interest rates, and inflation. Monetary and fiscal policies are discussed besides public debt and international economic issues. The course introduces basic models of macroeconomics and illustrates principles with the experience of the UAE and other economies. It also exposes students to the Islamic economics whenever applicable. Prerequisite: BECN 100 Microeconomics.

BSTA 200 Statistical Analysis

The purpose of the course is to acquaint students with the basic concepts of statistics and probabilities that will help them make decisions. Coverage includes: basic probability, sampling, hypothesis testing, simple and multiple regression models. Prerequisite: GMAT110: Mathematics for Business I. 

BBUS 225 Research Methods

The purpose of this course is to enable students acquire the skills necessary to develop scientific research proposal. It will enable the students undertake systematic research using empirical and non-empirical approaches, conduct literature review and structure and manage a research project on UAE firms.  Prerequisite: BSTA 200: Statistical Analysis.

BACC 205 Principles of Financial Accounting

The course introduces students to accounting concepts, principles, and processes underlying the production of financial statements, and also analyzes measurement and reporting of business transactions to users of financial statements. Prerequisite: None

BBUS 205 Quantitative Analyses in Business

This course is considered as an introduction to recent developments in quantitative techniques with particular emphasis on management applications. Techniques include linear programming, descriptive statistics, probability, expectations, games and decisions, testing of hypotheses, analysis of variance, and operations research. Suitable software will be used to help solve the problems. Prerequisite: BSTA 200 Statistical Analysis.

BFIN 200 Principles of Financial Management

The purpose of this course is to help student an understanding management of finance within a business organization. The coverage includes the sources of finance, the basic financial techniques such as TVM technique used for making decisions in relation to valuation of financial instruments, risk and return trade off. Prerequisite: BACC 205 Principles of Financial Accounting.

BMNG 200 Management & Organization Behavior

This course gives students a critical understanding of essential management functions such planning, organizing, leading/interpersonal influence, and managing in both local and international contexts. The course develops a management framework based on diverse corporate culture before broadening that environment to a global level. This course examines individual and group behavior in companies in depth. It teaches students how to manage businesses more successfully while also improving the quality of the work environment for employees. Motivation, individual and group behavior, employee diversity, attitude and job satisfaction, leadership, communication channels, group dynamics, job design, conflict, and power and politics are among the topics covered. Students should get a grasp of managerial responsibilities and the essential skills and have the necessary abilities to apply them in real-world circumstances.

BMRK 200 Principles of Marketing

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the marketing process, global market place and consumers, integrated marketing communication and marketing plan. Prerequisite: None

BBUS 305 Business Law

This course focuses on business law within the context of contract and civil law. Topics include legal forms of business organization & ownership, contract & sales law, government regulation of business, laws relating to business, bankruptcy, finance, banking, and insurance.  Prerequisite: ENGL 105 English II.

BMNG 310 Operations Management

Operations management is an area of business concerned with the production of goods and services in a wide range of contemporary contexts.  It involves the study of concepts, theories and techniques relating to the operations functions in both manufacturing and service organizations. The course will cover classical topics in operations management including forecasting, inventory management, capacity planning, location planning, quality management, waiting lines, supply chain management. Case studies are used to provide a comprehensive knowledge of the theories, current practices, and trends. Prerequisite: BBUS 205: Quantitative Analyses in Business.

BMNG 315 International Business Management

This course aims at introducing students to the various practices, environments, and functions involved in the field of international business. It includes analysis of the environmental factors (such as culture, communication, behavior) at the international, national and industry levels. The course addresses the functional areas of business (Marketing, Finance, Production, and Human resources), and assesses, in this respect, the global competitiveness of the UAE/ economy. Prerequisite: BBUS 100 Introduction to Business Administration.

 BBUS 400 Strategic Management

The purpose of this course is to stimulate and develop students’ awareness and understanding of the key concepts of Strategic Management. The coverage includes situational analysis, the generation of choices of alternate actions and issues of implementation of the chosen course of action. Prerequisite: 90CH.

BBUS 343 Emerging Technologies in Business

The course focuses on introduction to emerging technologies and its application in the business context, both in public and private sectors. Emerging technologies such as Big-Data, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Block-Chain, Robotic Process Automation, Internet of things (IoT), and leverage these technologies to improve business management and performance.

  • Majors Courses (30 Credit Hours)

BFIN 305: Corporate Finance

This course is designed to provide students with principles that corporations use to make this investing and financing decisions. The coverage includes capital budgeting, cost of capital and raising capital in the market, analyzing impact of leverage, dividend policy and working capital management. Prerequisites: BFIN 200 Principals of Financial Management.

BECN 250: Money and Banking

The purpose of this course is to study operations of the financial institutions and markets that operate in the UAE and major western countries. The coverage includes both practical and theoretical viewpoints relating to interest rate determination, term structure of interest, financial market efficiency, bank regulation, and internationalization. Prerequisites: BECN 225 Maroeconomics.

BFIN 335: Entrepreneurial Finance

The purpose of this course is to build student skills, frameworks and knowledge in entrepreneurial finance of small & medium enterprises. Most companies are at a relatively early stage of maturity and by definition are not publicly listed on exchanges. The context of venture capital is different than that of traditional corporate finance. The skills and frameworks are therefore, of necessity, more focused on cash flow, returns and recognizable value. The syllabus includes risk management, types of investment and funding sources, modeling opportunities, examine venture capital funding, conduct due diligence, technology transfers and IP acquisitions. Prerequisites: BFIN 305 Corporate Finance.

BFIN 370: Financial Markets

The purpose of this course is to equip students with the knowledge of a financial system, its regulatory framework and environments in the UAE/GCC, and globally. The course covers financial markets: money markets as well as capital markets locally and around the globe. The international stock and bond markets shall be examined and compared to those in the UAE/GCC. The course also covers foreign exchange, derivatives and commodities markets internationally and in the UAE/GCC. The course goes over the institutional framework within the UAE/GCC, encompassing both banking and non‐banking institutions. A comparative analysis of their functions, roles and impact on economic system is critically examined. The course is also intended to identify the regulatory compliance initiatives to ethical and prudential issues. Prerequisites: None.

 BFIN 413: Portfolio Management

The purpose of this course is to manage investment portfolios for individual and institutional investors. The coverage includes: managing bond portfolios, macroeconomic and industry analysis, investment strategies, performance evaluation and active portfolio management. Prerequisites: BFIN 370 Finanial Markets.

BFIN 420: Business Valuation

This course provides the framework to value both various types of entities using both accounting and financial analysis and market-based valuation methods. This is needed for security analysis, mergers and acquisitions, and a wide variety of other situations. Prerequisites: BFIN 305 Corporate Finance.

BFIN 432: Management of Banks & FinTech

The purpose of this course is to investigate the nature of intermediation in financial institutions (commercial & investment banks and insurance companies) and product developed & managed by these institutions. Prerequisites: BFIN 370 Finanial Markets.

BFIN 438: Risk Management & Financial Derivatives

The purpose of the course is to examine the business aspects of risk management as well as corporate application of principles of risk management and insurance. The coverage includes risk management, ERM, risk pooling, insurance and use of derivatives for risk management of institutions. Prerequisites: BFIN 370 Finanial Markets.

BFIN 445: Advanced Financial Management

This course builds on and extends the concepts and theories covered in core finance courses. It aims to provide advanced conceptual and practical skills that enable a student as a manager to increase the firm‘s value.The major topics covered include growth financing, capital structure, risk management, merger and acquisitions, and application of real options in corporate finance. Prerequisites: BFIN 305 Corporate Finance.

BFIN 467 Internship

The purpose of internship is to provide non-working students with practical experience in an organizational setting where learning and doing are the chief objectives.  It is an essential part of the BBA degree program and it will help non-working students improve, evaluate and above all practice the skills and theories that they have been exposed during their studies, by working at a work-place for 2 months. Prerequisites: the completion of 90 CH

BFIN 473 Industry Project

The purpose of this course is to provide the working student an opportunity to develop competence in applying learned theories and gained skills to an actual business problem or issue. A student will undertake a supervised project to tackle an existing business problem or an available opportunity for improvement at his organization, explore possible causes of the problem, alternative solutions, and assess the effect(s) of each solution on the organization. Alternatively, a student may develop and document a business case dealing with an actual business problem that the organization managed to identify and solve it. Each student will present orally the result of his project in addition to a written report. Prerequisites: the completion of 90 CH.

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