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General MBA

  • Dubai Business School
  • graduate

General MBA

Throughout the year


Full & Part time

Study Mode

30 hours

Total Credit Hours

12-15 months




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 Each Term meets for 10 sessions of 4 hours 30 minutes (45 contact hours) with 2.10 Hours in each session with 20 minutes break in between. Each course will have contact time 2.10 hours (130 minutes per session) * 20 sessions = 2600 minutes = 3CH as against CAA requirement of 2250 minutes  – In each term students take 3 courses per term for 3 terms as per the study plan except the 4th term in which students register for 3rd concertation course and register for thesis with 6CH.    
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.

Admission Requirement

Regular Admission

Conditional Admission

  Accredited bachelor’s degree in Business with a minimum of GPA of 3.0   Accredited bachelor’s degree in any field with a GPA of 2.0 – 2.9
  EmSAT 1400 I Academic lELTS 6.0 or TOEFL (PBT 550 or IBT 79 or CBT 213)   EmSAT 1250 or Academic lELTS 5.5 or TOEFL (PBT 530 or lBT 71 or CBT 197)

Who is the program for?

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) program is open to a wide range of individuals who are interested in advancing their business knowledge and skills. Here are some groups of people who typically pursue a general MBA:

  1. Recent Graduates: Many individuals choose to pursue an MBA immediately after completing their undergraduate degree. It provides them with a comprehensive business education and helps them develop the managerial and leadership skills necessary to jumpstart their careers.
  2. Working Professionals: MBA programs are popular among working professionals who want to enhance their business acumen and advance in their current roles or switch careers. These individuals often have several years of work experience and seek to gain broader knowledge in business management to take on more senior positions.

Career Opportunities

Earning a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree opens up a wide range of career opportunities across various industries and sectors. Here are some common career paths that MBA holders often pursue:

  1. Management Consulting: Many MBA graduates choose to work in management consulting firms, where they provide strategic advice and solutions to businesses. They may work on projects related to organizational development, operations improvement, financial analysis, and business strategy.
  2. Finance and Investment Banking: MBA graduates often find opportunities in finance and investment banking roles. They may work in areas such as corporate finance, investment management, private equity, venture capital, or financial planning and analysis.
  3. Marketing and Brand Management: With an MBA, individuals can pursue careers in marketing and brand management. They may be responsible for developing marketing strategies, conducting market research, managing product portfolios, and executing advertising and promotional campaigns.
  4. Entrepreneurship and Start-ups: Many MBA holders choose to start their own businesses or join early-stage start-ups. The comprehensive business knowledge gained during an MBA program can be invaluable in launching and growing a successful venture.
  5. Operations and Supply Chain Management: MBA graduates with a specialization in operations and supply chain management can work in roles focused on optimizing processes, managing logistics, and improving overall efficiency in manufacturing, distribution, or service organizations.
  6. Human Resources Management: HR roles are also popular among MBA graduates. They may work as HR managers, talent acquisition specialists, organizational development consultants, or compensation and benefits analysts.
  7. General Management and Leadership: MBA holders often aspire to leadership positions within organizations. They may pursue careers as general managers, chief operating officers (COOs), or chief executive officers (CEOs) in a variety of industries.
  8. Nonprofit and Public Sector: MBA graduates interested in making a social impact can explore opportunities in the nonprofit and public sectors. They may work in roles such as program managers, policy analysts, or directors of nonprofit organizations or government agencies.
  9. International Business: With a global perspective gained through an MBA program, graduates can pursue careers in international business. They may work in roles such as international business development managers, global marketing managers, or international trade consultants.

It’s important to note that specific career opportunities and job titles can vary based on individual interests, specialization areas, prior experience, and the industry or sector in which one wishes to work. MBA holders often possess the skills and knowledge necessary to take on leadership positions and contribute effectively to the growth and success of organizations.

Estimated salary range

In the United Arab Emirates (UAE), MBA salaries can be quite competitive due to the country’s strong economy and prominence as a regional business hub. Here is an overview of the salary range for MBA graduates in the UAE across different industries:

  1. Consulting: MBA graduates working in management consulting firms in the UAE can expect starting salaries ranging from AED 20,000 to AED 35,000 per month. With experience and seniority, salaries can go up significantly, reaching AED 40,000 to AED 60,000 or more per month.
  2. Finance and Investment Banking: Salaries in the finance and investment banking sectors in the UAE are generally high. Entry-level salaries for MBA graduates can range from AED 18,000 to AED 30,000 per month. As professionals progress in their careers, salaries can increase to AED 40,000 to AED 60,000 or higher per month, especially in senior positions.
  3. Marketing and Brand Management: MBA graduates in marketing and brand management roles in the UAE can expect starting salaries ranging from AED 15,000 to AED 25,000 per month. With experience and specialization, salaries can go up to AED 30,000 to AED 45,000 per month or more.
  4. Technology and IT Management: Salaries for MBA graduates working in technology and IT management roles in the UAE vary depending on the industry and the size of the company. Starting salaries can range from AED 15,000 to AED 25,000 per month. With experience and expertise, salaries can increase to AED 30,000 to AED 45,000 per month or higher.
  5. General Management: MBA graduates entering general management positions in the UAE can expect starting salaries ranging from AED 15,000 to AED 25,000 per month. Salaries can increase significantly with experience and progression, reaching AED 30,000 to AED 45,000 per month or more.

It’s important to note that these salary ranges are approximate figures and can vary based on factors such as the company’s size and reputation, the specific job role, the candidate’s experience, and negotiation skills. Additionally, benefits such as housing allowances, health insurance, and performance-based bonuses may also be provided, which can contribute to the overall compensation package.

To get accurate and up-to-date salary information for specific industries and job roles in the UAE, it’s recommended to refer to salary surveys, job market research reports, and consult with recruitment agencies or human resources professionals specialized in the UAE job market.


Program Specification

7 Core courses for each of 5 Concentrations:

# Code Course Name CH Suggested Co-Requisites
1 MBA 625 Business Research Methods 3
2 MBA 600 Managerial Economics 3 MBA 625
3 MBA 611 Accounting & Financing Decisions 3 MBA 625
4 MBA 606 Marketing Management 3 MBA 625
5 MBA 620 Organizational Behavior 3 MBA 625
6 MBA 641 Ethics, CSR, & Corporate Governance 3 MBA 625
7 MBA 645 Strategic Management (Capstone) 3 6 Core courses (18CH)
Total 7 Core Courses 21

Concentration Courses (4)

# Code Course Name CH Suggested Prerequisites/ Co-requisite
1 SHC 664 Contemporary and Sustainable Leadership 3 6 core 18 CH
2 MRT 680 Digital Marketing Management 3 6 core 18 CH
3 FinTech 652 or GSCM 674 Business Analytics (FinTech or GSCM)   3 24CH
4 GMBA 648 Thesis 6 24CH
General Concentrations (4) 15

Study Plan

Term 1
SL Code Course Name
1 MBA 625 Business Research Methods
2 MBA 600 Managerial Economics
3 MBA 606 Marketing Management
Term 2
SL Code Course Name
1 MBA 611 Accounting & Financing Decisions
2 MBA 620 Organizational Behavior
3 MBA 641 Ethics, CSR & Corporate Governance
Term 3
SL Code Course Name
1 MBA 645 Strategic Management
2 SHC 664 Contemporary & Sustainable Leadership
3 MRT 680 Digital Marketing Management
Term 4
SL Code Course Name
1 FinTech 654 or GCSM 67 Business Analytics
2 GMBA 648 Thesis

Courses Descriptions

Core Courses

MBA625          Business Research Methods

This course advances students’ ability to think, adapt, build, apply, evaluate, and conduct business research in support of business decision-making. Topics include research design process, designing a research proposal, selecting the research instrument, ascertaining reliability and validity of instruments, scale measurements, sampling, and data collection methods, using and interpreting the results of univariate and multivariate statistical techniques, and writing the final report.

MBA600          Managerial Economics

The first section of the course covers essential concepts such as supply, demand elasticities and efficiencies in Industries. The subsequent section focuses on advanced topics in market analysis viz. role of externalities and imperfect/ asymmetric info, with specific reference to UAE/GCC/MEA economies.

MBA611          Accounting and Financing decisions

This course blends the use of information (financial and non-financial) for making operating and financing decisions. It links information to manage organizations and finance their activities. Topics covered include financial reporting and analysis, managing working capital, sources of financing business activities, equity analysis and valuation, risk analysis and decision-making under uncertainty, Financial planning, and capital budgeting decisions.

MBA 606         Marketing Management

This course focuses on managing the marketing functions in a dynamic, competitive environment. It introduces the students to a simulation program that gives a real-world scenario of the strategies for the achievement of competitive advantage in product, marketing information, research, consumer behavior, segmentation, the four P’s, and global marketing. StratSim Marketing is a comprehensive marketing strategy simulation based on the automobile industry that demonstrates the impact of marketing decisions on the other functional areas of the business. Marketing strategy is at the core of all decisions in the simulation. Teams target consumer segments and B2B opportunities based on market attractiveness and core competencies, using advanced marketing research techniques such as conjoint analysis, perceptual mapping, and concept testing to identify their customers’ needs and interest

MBA620          Organizational Behavior

This course provides a framework for understanding an individual’s organizational beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors. This course covers how individuals and  groups collaborate to achieve long-term goals, as well as the reasons for their success or failure. Finally, students will study how to govern the behavior of individuals and groups within an organization in order to fulfill organizational goals in light of the current emphasis on agility and innovation. SDG 3 is represented by one of the CLOs in this course (Good Health and Well Being).

MBA641          Ethics, CSR and Corporate Governance

In a world economy that is becoming increasingly integrated and interdependent, the relationship between business and society is becoming more complex. The globalization of business, the emergence of civil society organizations in many nations, and new government regulations and international agreements have significantly altered the job of managers and the nature of strategic decision making within the firm. This course draws on the latest research to address the challenges facing business organizations and their stakeholders. More specifically, this course focuses on Corporate Social Responsibility, Corporate Governance, ethics within the UAE and international context. It is aligned with SDG 5 Gender Equality, SDG10 Reduced Inequalities and SDG11 Sustainability

MBA645          Strategic Management

The course is designed to integrate knowledge acquired from MBA earlier 6 courses and apply it to the management of the firm at the Corporate and Strategic planning level. Hands on Simulation of business games at the MBA level and case analysis assure the student has mastered the tools, techniques, and methods of the Strategic Management Process. The course includes special topics that are of concern for the strategic competitiveness of organizations e.g., digital transformation, innovation, sustainable development, mergers & acquisitions, strategic agility and resilience, strategic foresight, etc. In this course, students will act as managers making decisions that contribute to the success of a business.

Concentration Courses:

MSHC 661      Contemporary and Sustainable Leadership

This course focuses on Contemporary and Sustainable Leadership practices within the UAE and international context. Sustainable leadership is all about adopting a responsible approach to the way that we lead, stopping to think about the wider impact of our actions on society and the environment. This might mean considering our wider stakeholder group, the natural systems within which we are operating and their limits

MRT 681        Digital Marketing Management

The purpose of this course is to enable students to develop a good understanding of customer dynamics, in which digital marketing is influencing strategic, managerial and operational decision. The course also provides insight into how companies implement digital marketing capabilities into strategic marketing planning. The course uses macro and micro environmental analysis that enables managers to evaluate digital marketing strategies and their impact on organization performance. Students be will empowered to create digital marketing strategies responding to various market needs. Various digital marketing strategies and digital channels will be evaluated to achieve sustainable business objectives

MBA 652        Data Analytics

The course is an introduction to Business Analytics. It covers managerial statistical tools in descriptive analytics and predictive analytics, including regression. Other topics covered include forecasting, risk analysis, simulation, and data mining (including Artificial Intelligence (AI)/Machine Learning (ML)), and decision analysis. This course provides students with the fundamental concepts and tools needed to understand the emerging role of business analytics in organizations and shows students how to apply basic business analytics tools in a spreadsheet environment, and how to communicate with analytics professionals to effectively use and interpret analytic models and results for making better business decision. Emphasis is placed on applications, concepts, and interpretation of results, rather than theory and calculations. In addition to Excel (Add-in), students use a computer software package (Stata) for data analysis.

MBA 648        Thesis – General MBA

Typically serving as the culminating experience in the MBA program, the thesis bridges academic study and professional practice, applying the skills gained from the MBA to real-world business management and research. The MBA thesis will give students the opportunity to explore and integrate aspects of theory or methods, knowledge and skills, acquired along the first year of the MBA program. The thesis is an individual assignment that is linked to a practical issue in an existing business, or to the start-up of a new business. Students are expected to propose the research problem after reviewing the literature on a topic of their interest, formulate the research objectives, research questions and develop the relevant research hypothesis. Students need to describe the theoretical framework, design a suitable methodology, gather and analyze information, draw logical conclusions and managerial/policy implications.

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