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Master in Business Administration

College of Business Administration
Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Study System
Total Credit Hours
33 Cr.hrs
2 - 4 Years
Fall & Spring
Sharjah Main Campus
Study Mode
Full Time and Part Time

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

UoS - College of Business Administration
Master of Business Administration (MBA)


The College of Business Administration (CoBA) at the University of Sharjah (UoS) has grown rapidly over the last few years, since its inception in 1997. The College currently offers four bachelor degree programs in Accounting, Finance, Management, and Management Information Systems. Prior to the launch of our new program (MBA), the only available postgraduate program was the Executive MBA program for full-time executives, although, a strategic gap remained in the spectrum of program ranges.

The unique feature of this program, it gives students the opportunity to complete a general MBA either by coursework only or coursework plus a research project.

  • In the first option, the MBA can be completed with 11 courses (33 credit hours)
  • In the second option, students will complete 9 courses plus a project, which is equivalent to 6 credit hours. An MBA with research project option will facilitate the pursuance of a Doctoral degree after completing the program.

Special Admission Requirements for the MBA Program

  1. Applicants must hold a Bachelor's degree from a recognized university with a GPA of 3.0 or above. Applicants with a GPA of less than 3.0 might be admitted conditionally.
  2. Applicants with an undergraduate degree in disciplines other than Business Administration may be admitted conditionally. They may be required to take some remedial courses. The passing grade for the remedial courses is C.
  3. Applicants with two or more years of work experience are preferred.
  4. Applicants are required to demonstrate English language proficiency by obtaining a minimum of 550 on the Institutional TOEFL or CBT, or 6 on the academic IELTS. 

Aims and Mission of the Program

The main objective of the program is to prepare graduates for managerial careers by developing their theoretical and conceptual knowledge of business and management and thereby allowing them to cultivate their interpersonal and professional skills. 

Program Goals
  1. Equip students with advanced concepts and theories in core business areas and their practical applications
  2. Provide students with advanced skills needed to function effectively in multiple business settings
  3. Offer students the opportunity to explore and manage real-life business problems in depth
  4. Enhance students an appreciation of ethical and human values in light of business administration activities and applications
  5. Establish a student's ability to peruse new knowledge necessary to succeed in a dynamic and local international business environment

Alignment of Program Goals/Outcomes with QFEmirates Strands
General Business Administration

Program Goals
Program Learning Outcomes – General Business Admin. QF Emirates Strand
a. Equip students with advanced concepts and theories in core business areas and their practical applications 1. Integrate specialized and self-directed knowledge in business administration with modern and real-life applications. Knowledge
b. Provide students with advanced skills needed to function effectively in multiple business settings 2. Demonstrate advanced research methodologies to develop new knowledge and reach informed conclusions using contemporary scientific literature and tools.

3. Apply developed communication and IT skills to convey direct and indirect forms of interaction in the business administration profession.

c. Offer students the opportunity to explore and manage real-life business problems in depth
4. Apply problem‐solving tools to analyze and assess work-place issues in the search for optimal business solutions.

5. Assess and lead innovative operations in business administration individually and in a team-based setup.
Role in context, autonomy & responsibility            
d. Enhance students an appreciation of ethical and human values in light of business administration activities and applications 6. Explain the role of human values in business leadership

7. Develop and execute action plans to manage complex ethical challenges they have identified
Autonomy & responsibility, self-development
e. Establish students ability to peruse

new knowledge necessary to succeed in a dynamic and local international business environment
8. Building on the knowledge and skills acquired by students, the MBA program seeks to contribute to the advancement of the local and international business profession.



Program Structure

The required hours to graduate are divided across remedial courses for non-business background, compulsory courses, and elective courses. The following tables indicate the program structure.
Remedial Courses*

Course No.
Course Title    Credit hours Prerequisites
0308230 Financial Management 3 None
0308150 Introduction to Economics 3 None
0301120 Accounting I: Financial Accounting 3 None
1440162 Business Mathematics 3 None
*Remedial course(s) are taken by non-business graduates to prepare them to be enrolled in the MBA program.
 Note: Remedial courses are not part of the MBA curriculum. MBA-General

MBA general courses (33 credit hours) consisting of the following:

  • 21 credit hours of compulsory courses.
  • 12 credit hours of elective courses or two elective courses + Project
- Compulsory MBA Program courses (21 credit hours).

Course No.
Course Title
Credit hours Prerequisites
Accounting for Managerial Decisions 3 None
307522 Managing Operations 3 None
Marketing Management 3 None
307581 Applied Corporate Finance 3 None
307521 Leadership and Organization Behavior 3 None
307524 Managing Strategy 3 Senior Standing
307525 Research Methods and Statistics 3 None

- MBA Program electives (12credit hours). Each student of MBA program must successfully complete 12 credit hours from the following list. These 12 credit hours can be either 4 courses or 2 courses and a thesis.

Course No.        Course Title
Credit hours Prerequisites
307532 IT for Decision Makers 3
307542 Consumer Behavior 3
Financial Reporting and Regulations 3
307529 Managing People in Organizations 3
307523 International Management 3
307526 Managerial Decision Making 3
307527 Leading for Accountability 3
307528 Research Project 6
307530 Project Management 3
307582 Global Financial Management 3
Note: Students have the option to take four courses or two courses + Project which is equivalent to 6 credit hours.

Course Description

0307511 Accounting for Managerial Decisions (3-0:3)
Prerequisites: None
This course explores the role of management accounting information in managing organizations. It focuses on the fundamental concepts and techniques that are used in generating management accounting reporting reports. The course also emphasizes "how managers use management accounting reports to control and evaluate organizations and organizational members' performance. The course provides practical applications on how the concepts and the techniques are used for planning organizations' operations, controlling organizations' activities and enabling rationale decision making and performance evaluation.

0307522 Managing Operations (3-0:3)
Prerequisites: None
 This course provides deeper understanding of the topics and mathematical techniques for solving problems in the design, planning, and controlling of operations and supply chain. Topics covered in this course include forecasting, product design and development, managing quality, layout strategy, supply-chain management, inventory and logistics management, sequencing and scheduling, and quantitative tools for operation managers. The course consists of two major parts: a body of knowledge component which is circulated through the text and lecture material, and a critical thinking part which is obtained through case analysis, discussion and presentations. Students would learn relevant concepts, frameworks, tools, and techniques required to manage the operations and supply chain.

0307541 Marketing Management (3-0:3)
Prerequisites: None
The purpose of this course is to advance knowledge and skills in the managerial aspects of marketing. Emphasis will be on the managerial aspects of marketing plans. These include understanding the marketing environment; understanding buyer behavior; marketing planning and strategies; managing the marketing mix: products and services, pricing and channels, promotion; and customer segmentation and positioning.

0307581 Applied Corporate Finance (3-0:3)
Prerequisites: None
This course provides a conceptual framework for understanding and addressing problems generally faced by corporate managers and explores methods to apply these concepts to the contemporary business environment. This course deals with how to invest corporate capitals in different projects that add additional value for the shareholders of the corporation while minimizing the cost of corporate capitals. The course puts an emphasis on the role of financial markets in raising equity and debt for the firm and the investors' behavior with respect to corporate payout decisions. The course also covers lease vs. buy decisions as an alternative to conventional investment and financing decision.

0307521 Leadership and Organizational Behavior (3-0:3)
Prerequisites: None
This course focuses on the leadership dimension of managers by dealing with the dynamics of human interactions in organization ns. It addresses issues related to the influence of leadership on the behavior of individuals, teams, and networks in the context of organizational culture. In addition, it shows how to build productive relationships and manage performance for the long -term success of the organization. Overall, the course equips students with a balance of theory and practice on the major theories and research on leadership and managerial effectiveness in formal organizations. The topics covered in the course include: the nature of managerial work; leadership traits and skills; effective leadership behavior; power and influence; leading change and innovation; leadership in groups and teams; developing leadership skills; and a broad range of leadership theories encompassing contingent my theories and adaptive leadership, participative leadership, strategic leadership, charismatic and transformational leadership, servant and authentic leadership. The course also covers cross-cultural leadership and diversity and deals with some contemporary issues in leadership.

0307524 Managing Strategy (3-0:3)
Prerequisites: Senior Standing/ Dept. Approval
This course deals with the big picture of the organization within the context of its environment. It addresses the question of how to utilize the organization capabilities to seize opportunities and guard against threats in order to achieve superior performance, in the long run, in the face of competition. Students would learn advanced concepts, frameworks, tools, and techniques required to manage the process of strategy making and implementation. Topics covered include: the concepts of strategy and competitive advantage; frameworks and tools for internal and external analyses; strategy in different contexts; the dynamics of strategy making and execution; and current issues in strategy (e.g., the sustainable vs transient nature of competitive advantage, and how to deal with strategy paradoxes and tensions).

0307525 Research Methods and Statistics (3-0:3)
Prerequisites: None
This course provides students with an understanding of the steps comprising the research methods and statistics. It also provides students with the skills of planning and executing a research paper project. The course introduces the student to research methods and statistics. Students will gain an understanding of the importance of business research and how research is carried out in management and business settings. The course introduces a range of research paradigms associated with the field of management, business studies, and statistics. It also examines various approaches to research in management and business settings. In particular, it introduces students to the various research methods in management and business by providing an overview of the research process. It also helps students understand the different types of research and associated methodologies.

0307532 IT for Decision Makers (3-0:3)
Prerequisites: None
This course deals with how information technology (IT) can assist managers in making business decisions and emphasizes the importance of IT skills needed to better manage businesses. This course discusses a range of issues focusing on modern technologies used by businesses around the world. Topics covered include managing Information Technology (IT) as a strategic resource, the business of process engineering, IT planning, IT governance and communication, the Internet and e-Business.

0307542 Consumer Behavior (3-0:3)
Prerequisites: None
Consumer buying behavior is a complex activity, which is influenced by many environmental factors. The course challenges students to explore the realities and implications of buyer behavior. Topics include the importance of consumer behavior and research; internal influences such as motivation and involvement, personality, self-image, life-style, perception, learning, attitude formation and change, and communication; external influences such as culture, subculture, social class, reference groups and family, and the diffusion of innovations; and consumer decision making.

0307513 Financial Reporting and Regulations (3-0:3)
Prerequisite: None
The course addresses financial accounting theory and practice. It explores the role of financial reporting regulations in governing business operations. It integrates financial reporting regulations to the business environment. The course covers several financial reporting topics such as accounting for investments; intangible assets; current and long-term liabilities; stockholders' equity; dilutive securities; and statement of cash flows; in addition to topics related to corporate disclosures. The course emphasizes on "ho w business organizations report financial information in a coherent way adhering to accounting standards".

0307529 Managing People in Organizations (3-0:3)
Prerequisites: None
This course focuses on preparing the future managers for meeting the present and emerging strategic human resource challenges. It evaluates the context of Human Resource Management with regard to the equal opportunity and legal environment, managing diversity, and conducting job analysis. It covers the key human resource functions such as recruitment, selection, performance appraisal, reward systems and employee development. The course also emphasizes on the role of governance in human resource management with regard to respecting employee rights, managing discipline, and managing workplace safety and health.

0307523 International Management (3-0:3)
Prerequisites: None
The course aims to appraise the global business environment in terms of legal, political, technological, and economic aspects. It unfolds the cultural context of global management in addition to the role of social responsibility, sustainability, and ethic s. The course also emphasizes on strategy formulation and implementation for international and global operations. Moreover, it includes the discussion on global human resource management issues in terms of staffing, training, and compensation. Motivating and leading in the context of international management is also covered

0307526 Managerial Decision Making (3-0:3)
Prerequisites: None
This course is designed to improve students' competence in decision making. Students would learn decision making concepts, how to assess decision situations, how to diagnose and frame decision problems, how to use decision-making tools to make sound decisions and avoid decision traps. These concepts, skills, and tools are to be learned and practiced in both individual and team contexts. Topics covered in this course include: the nature of managerial decision making; overconfidence; common biases; bounded awareness; framing and the reversal of preferences; motivational and emotional influences on decision making; the escalation of commitment; fairness and ethics in decision making; and how to improve decision making.

0307527 Leading for Accountability (3-0:3)
Prerequisites: None
This course aims to prepare students for moral leadership roles. Students would learn how to identify, be sensitive to, and respond appropriately to situations involving moral challenges. The course develops an understanding of moral leadership and the skills of making ethical analyses, reasoning, and judgment in managerial decision-making situations. The course covers topics such as: honesty and trust in business; social responsibility of business; fairness and justice; international context of business ethics; good leadership; company loyalty and employee responsibility; ethics of corporate governance; and ethics in different functional areas including accounting, finance, investment, marketing, advertising, and sales.

0307528 Research Project (3-0:3)
Prerequisites: None
This course provides an opportunity to undertake an original research on a topic of student's choice that i s directly relevant to his or her area of specialization or within the broader area of business. The project is to focus on original first -hand research that intellectually inquiries into any puzzling real life business problem based the established economic theory. The researcher needs to go beyond the examination of secondary sources of information. He or she will investigate primary and documentary sources, pursue interviews with decision-makers, undertake observation and direct contact with relevant individuals and organizations concerned with the topic. In relevant cases, the researcher will undertake a full-length empirical study by downloading relevant historical data from the professional databases and using advanced statistical packages.

0307530 Project Management (3-0:3)
Prerequisites: None
This course provides comprehensive coverage of the major concepts in project management from a managerial and practical perspective. It focuses on advanced concepts in contemporary project management, including project planning, project scheduling, project budgeting, and cost management, project risk management, project quality management, as well as the impact of new projects on organizational strategic goals. Through practical cases and readings, students will develop a critical awareness of, and appreciation for the myriad of issues involved and recent developments in modern project management. Project management software, such as Microsoft Project 2013, will be used to help students learn to organize, integrate and present project information to facilitate project evaluation and management.

0307582 Global Financial Management (3-0:3)
Prerequisites: None
This course is designed to provide a background of the international financial environment and then to focus on the financial decisions of international firms. Most of the traditional areas of corporate finance are explored but this is done from the perspective of an international business, concentrating on those elements that are rarely encountered by purely domestic firms, namely, the functions and operations of the foreign exchange markets, the economic theories of exchange rates, and the different types of exchange rate regimes. Important strategic aspects covered during the course comprise the capital structure of multinational firms, the impact of exchange rates on capital budgeting decisions, the measurement of foreign exchange rate exposure and risk and generally, financial management problems of doing business in a global environment.