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MBA in Strategic Human Capital

  • Dubai Business School
  • graduate

MBA in Strategic Human Capital

Throughout the year


Full & Part time

Study Mode

36 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.

Admission Requirement

Regular Admission Conditional Admission
  Accredited bachelor’s degree in Business with a minimum GPA of 3.0   Accredited bachelor’s degree in any field with a GPA of 2.00 – 2.99
  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?

A Strategic Human Capital MBA program is designed for individuals who have a strong interest in both business strategy and human resources. It is particularly suitable for the following individuals:
  1. HR Professionals: HR practitioners who want to enhance their strategic thinking and leadership skills, and move into more senior HR roles. This program provides them with a broader understanding of business strategy and the ability to align HR practices with organizational objectives.
  2. Business Professionals: Individuals with a background in business who want to specialize in human capital management. They may be seeking to develop a deep understanding of how to effectively manage and develop the workforce to drive organizational success.
  3. Career Changers: Professionals from diverse backgrounds who are looking to transition into the field of human resources or strategic management. This program provides them with the necessary knowledge and skills to make this career switch.
  4. Entrepreneurs and Business Owners: Individuals who are running their own businesses or planning to start their own ventures can benefit from this program by gaining insights into effective people management strategies, talent acquisition, and organizational development.
  5. Consultants and Advisors: Those working in consulting or advisory roles who want to specialize in strategic human capital management. This program equips them with the tools and frameworks to provide strategic HR advice to clients and organizations.
Overall, this program is designed for individuals who want to develop a deep understanding of the strategic role of human capital in organizations and enhance their ability to effectively manage and align people with business goals.

Career Opportunities

Completing a Strategic Human Capital MBA can open up various career opportunities in the field of human resources, strategic management, and organizational development. Here are some potential career paths:
  1. HR Manager/Director: With an MBA in Strategic Human Capital, you can pursue managerial or leadership roles in human resources departments. You may be responsible for overseeing HR functions such as talent acquisition, performance management, employee relations, compensation, and organizational development.
  2. Organizational Development Consultant: You can work as a consultant, either independently or within a consulting firm, assisting organizations in implementing strategic HR initiatives, managing change, and improving organizational effectiveness.
  3. Talent Acquisition/Recruitment Specialist: You can specialize in talent acquisition, focusing on identifying and attracting top talent to meet organizational needs. You may be involved in developing recruitment strategies, conducting interviews, and managing the hiring process.
  4. Learning and Development Manager: This role involves designing and implementing training and development programs to enhance the skills and knowledge of employees. You would assess training needs, develop training modules, and evaluate the effectiveness of training initiatives.
  5. HR Business Partner: As an HR business partner, you would collaborate with business leaders to align HR strategies with overall organizational goals. You would provide strategic HR advice, develop workforce plans, and contribute to decision-making processes.
  6. HR Analytics Specialist: With the rise of data-driven decision-making in HR, you can specialize in HR analytics. You would use data and analytics tools to identify trends, measure HR metrics, and provide insights to inform strategic HR decisions.
  7. Change Management Specialist: In this role, you would help organizations manage and navigate through periods of change. You would develop change management strategies, communicate change initiatives, and support employees through transitions.
  8. HR Entrepreneur: Armed with an MBA in Strategic Human Capital, you may choose to start your own HR consulting firm or venture focused on providing strategic HR services, talent management solutions, or specialized HR technology platforms.
These are just a few examples, and there are numerous other career paths within the realm of strategic human capital management. The specific opportunities available to you would depend on factors such as your prior experience, skills, and industry preferences.

Estimated salary range

Salaries in the UAE (United Arab Emirates) can vary depending on factors such as job position, industry, level of experience, and qualifications. The UAE offers competitive salaries, especially in sectors such as finance, oil and gas, IT, construction, healthcare, and hospitality. Here are some approximate salary ranges for certain job positions in the UAE:
  1. Entry-Level Positions:
    • Customer Service Representative: AED 3,000 to AED 6,000 per month
    • Junior Accountant: AED 4,000 to AED 7,000 per month
    • IT Support Specialist: AED 4,000 to AED 8,000 per month
    • Sales Executive: AED 5,000 to AED 8,000 per month
  2. Mid-Level Positions:
    • Marketing Manager: AED 10,000 to AED 20,000 per month
    • HR Manager: AED 12,000 to AED 25,000 per month
    • Project Manager: AED 15,000 to AED 30,000 per month
    • Software Engineer: AED 12,000 to AED 25,000 per month
  3. Senior-Level Positions:
    • Finance Manager: AED 18,000 to AED 40,000 per month
    • IT Director: AED 25,000 to AED 50,000 per month
    • General Manager: AED 30,000 to AED 60,000 per month
    • Medical Specialist/Consultant: AED 40,000 to AED 80,000 per month
It’s important to note that these salary ranges are approximate and can vary depending on the specific company, industry, and location within the UAE. Additionally, it’s common for employees in the UAE to receive additional benefits and allowances, such as housing, transportation, healthcare, and annual bonuses, which can significantly enhance the overall compensation package.  

Program Specification

7 Core courses for each of 5 Concentrations:
# Code Course Name CH Suggested Co-Requisites
1 MBA 625 Business Research Methods 3 1
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 Concentration Courses (7) 21
Concentration Courses (4)
# Code Course Name CH Suggested Prerequisites
1 SHC 660 Talent Management and Integrated HRM Practices 3 6 core 18 CH
2 SHC 662 Strategic Human Capital for Agile Organizations 3 6 core 18 CH
3 SHC 664 Contemporary and Sustainable Leadership 3 24 CH
4 FinTech 665 Thesis 6 24 CH
Total Concentration Courses (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 660 Contemporary and Sustainable Leadership
3 SHC 662 Talent Management and Integrated HRM Practices
Term 4
SL Code Course Name
1 FinTech 654 Current Topics in FinTech
2 FinTech 665 Thesis

Courses Description:

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 game 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:

SHC 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.

SHC 662         Talent Management and Integrated HRM Practices

The course focuses on smart talent acquisition, integrative learning and development, competitive total rewards environment, and vital talent retention measures for the short- and long-term success of public and private sectors in the region UAE/GCC. Students will be exposed to critical conceptual, theoretical, and practical issues in each of these areas. Also, the course will provide a solid ground to discuss the real time case studies / challenges facing the organizations and the marketplace. One of the CLOs in this course is aligned to SDG 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth)

SHC 663         Strategic Human Capital for Agile Organizations

This course focuses on Strategic Human Capital, which assists in the creation of a Sustainable Competitive Advantage by converting the workforce into a growth engine by aligning human capital practices with innovative strategic approach and how the new challenges are impacting these functions (e.g., technology and digitalization, internationalization, etc. in the UAE/GCC. This also highlights the need of harnessing culture to create leadership, increase integration, and enhance morale. Furthermore, the course assists in defining a clear agenda for how to enhance employee engagement in order to transform the organization to be sufficiently flexible and adaptable to respond quickly in today’s unpredictable environment. CLO 3 in this course is aligned to SDG 9 (Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation and entrepreneurship through startups)

MBA 664 Thesis – Strategic Human Capital

The purpose is to provide applied learning experience through thesis MSHC 704 in the organization. The course allows participants to demonstrate problem-solving skills to analyze highly complex issues with incomplete data and develop innovative solutions and proposals relevant to an academic/professional field, field of work or discipline. The course also provides an important link between the organization and the UD. As such, the Thesis should reflect a need of the organization while meeting the perceived needs and interests of the individual students. Thus, the student is required to develop an action-oriented management report. The Thesis report must be of a rigorous academic/ professional standard.


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