Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)

Providing world-class post-graduate qualifications for professionals who aspire to be leaders and successful managers in their fields.

“The American University in Dubai is proud to see its M.B.A. as the only M.B.A. program in Dubai ranked by QS. Top scholars, employers, entrepreneurs, and innovators join forces to ensure that our students acquire knowledge and exposure to industry trends through real world projects and case studies that help them develop their leadership, critical thinking and problem-solving skills.”   Dr. Assaad Farah, Dean of the School of Business.
2 year (approximately)
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Program Overview

Providing world-class post-graduate qualifications for professionals who aspire to be leaders and successful managers in their fields, the Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program at AUD is an integrated program promoting strategic thinking, ethical values, social responsibility, and cultural diversity.

The graduate-level, 36 hour credit program encompasses 12 courses consisting of nine core courses and three elective courses. Students can opt for the Generalist M.B.A. or elect for a concentration in Finance, Management or Marketing.

Upon completion of the Master of Business Administration. (M.B.A.) program, students will have acquired:

  • A broad understanding of the conceptual foundations of the functional disciplines of business and of their applications
  • An ability to identify, analyze and propose solutions to business problems across a wide range of functional areas
  • A profound understanding of the conceptual foundations of their selected functional area (for students completing a concentration) and an ability to investigate and formulate recommendations for managerial decision problems and policy issues in that area
  • An ability to use quantitative and qualitative research techniques skillfully to assess the functional and overall performance of business organizations.
  • An ability to use business communication and presentation skills effectively and persuasively, both orally and in writing
  • A global perspective and an understanding of the international environment of business
  • An understanding of the ethical and social ramifications of business decisions

Program Details

The M.B.A. at AUD is a 36-hour credit program which is studied full time over approximately 2 years. The program centers around common core subjects such as Managerial Economics, Marketing Management and Corporate Finance, before splitting into the following electives:

A general, non-specialized elective that includes International Finance, Law and Ethics in Business Organizations, Leadership and Consumer Behavior.

For students looking to work within the financial sector, this elective focuses on subjects such as Investment Management, Financial Analysis, International Finance and Financial Institutions and Markets.

A management focused specialism, this elective includes Human Resources Management, Leadership, Law and Ethics in Business Organizations and Organizational Change and Development.

Students majoring in marketing can specialize in subjects such as Marketing Research, Consumer Behavior, International Marketing and Marketing for Service Organizations.

For the full course descriptionS view the e-brochure


AUD’s School of Business provides its students with the following facilities:

  • 11 regular classrooms, three computer labs, four theater style classrooms, student lounge, conference room and stock trading room;
  • Regular classrooms vary in size and can accommodate anything from 20 to 44 students;
  • The AUD/IBM Center of Excellence for Smarter Logistics (CESL) can be set as a board room, a venue for concurrent break-out sessions,  a class-room conducive for group discussions or formal lectures;
  • Stock trading room has trading terminals and large screens for students to simulate stock trading;
  • All classrooms and computer labs are equipped with Instructor PC (HP EliteDesk 800 G1 SFF) connected to a ceiling-mounted projector and audio speakers.


All applying students must have:

  • An undergraduate degree from an accredited national or regional institutional body, achieving a 3.00 GPA or better in undergraduate study.
  • International TOEFL®or Academic IELTSTM or the equivalent score on another internationally-recognized English exam. PBT is accepted from specific centers in the UAE.

Students should consult with the Admissions Office for further details at


Dean of the School of Business and Associate Professor of Management
Assaad Farah
Chair of the Department of Decision Sciences and General Business, Associate Professor of Management Information Systems, and Director of the Center for Executive Programs and Professional Services (CEPPS)
Hassan Zeineddine
Chair of the Department of Finance, Economics, and Accounting, Assistant Professor of Finance, and EMBA Program Director
Wissam El Khoury
Chair of the Department of Management and Marketing, Assistant Professor of Marketing, and Accreditation Lead
Farah Arkadan
Associate Professor of Economics
Zafer Akin
Associate Professor of Decision Sciences
Subramaniam Ponnaiyan
Associate Professor of Marketing
Mohammad S. Obeidat
Assistant Professor of Management
Reimara Valk
Assistant Professor of Finance
Rima Assaf
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