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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)

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 bachelor degree programs in Accounting, Finance, Management, Operations and Supply Chain Management.  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 
  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. 

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.

  • Equip students with advanced concepts and theories in core business areas and their practical applications
  • Provide students with advanced skills needed to function effectively in multiple business settings
  • Offer students the opportunity to explore and manage real-life business problems in depth
  • Enhance students an appreciation of ethical and human values in light of business administration activities and applications
  • Establish a student›s ability to peruse new knowledge necessary to succeed in a dynamic and local international business environment
MBA Program Learning Outcome (PLOs)
By the end of this program students will be able to:
  1. integrate specialized and self-directed knowledge in business administration with modern and real-life applications
  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
  4. apply problem-solving tools to analyze and assess workplace issues in the search for optimal business solutions
  5. assess and lead innovative operations in business administration individually and in a team-based setup
  6. explain the role of human values in business leadership
  7. develop and execute action plans to manage complex ethical challenges they have identified

8. build on acquired knowledge and skills to achieve continuous learning and         contribute to local and international advancement in his profession.

Alignment of Program Goals/Outcomes with Emirates Strands
A.  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 set up.
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d.  Enhance students 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
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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.              . self-development

Program Requirements:
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:
Students with non-Business degrees can be required to enroll in one or more of the following Foundation courses (12 credit hours) based on their academic and professional background:

Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
0308230 Financial Management 3
0308150 Introduction to Economics 3
0301120 Financial Accounting 3
1440162 Business Mathematics 3
MBA general courses (33 credit hours) consisting of the following:
(i)- 21 credit hours of compulsory courses.

(ii)- 12 credit hours of elective courses or two elective course+ Project 

A.  Compulsory MBA Program courses (21 credit hours).

Course No. Course Title Credit hours Prerequisites
0307511 Accounting for Managerial Decisions 3
0307522 Managing Operations 3 0307525
0307541 Marketing Management 3
0307581 Applied Corporate  Finance 3
0307521 Leadership and Organization Behavior 3
0307524 Managing Strategy 3 Senior Standing
0307525 Research Methods and Statistics 3

B. 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 research project (thesis).​
Course No. Course Title Credit hours Prerequisites
0307532 IT for Decision Makers 3  
0307542 Consumer Behavior 3  
0307513 Financial Reporting and Regulations 3  
Managing People in Organizations
0307523 International Management 3  
0307526 Managerial Decision Making 3  
0307527 Leading for Accountability 3  
0307528 Research Project
0307530 Project Management 3  
0307582 Global Financial Management 3 0307581
Entrepreneurship and Organizational Change 3  
0301253 Managerial Economics 3  

Note: Students have the option to take four courses or two course + Project which is equivalent to 6 credit hours.

Study Plan(33 credits):
The study plan for MBA Program is presented in the table below.  The plan shows that the students can normally complete the program within 3 regular semesters over a period of 2 academic years.

Remedial courses
0308230            Financial Management​                                                
This course is designed to provide students with a basic understanding of financial decision making within a firm. The course deals with the goals and functions of financial management, financial analysis and planning, working capital management, the capital budgeting process, cost of capital, dividend policy and long-term financing.

0308150            Introduction to Economics                                                                            
This course is offered to non-business students. It covers topics from both microeconomics and macroeconomics perspectives. From microeconomics, it covers topics such as: economic problem, supply and demand, price elasticity of supply and demand, consumer behavior, production and costs, perfect competition, monopoly. Topics from macroeconomics include; national income accounts, national income determination, money and banking, inflation, monetary and fiscal policies, international trade. This course will be offered in both Arabic and English.​

0301120​         Financial Accounting                                                                         
This course introduces students to accounting concepts underlying financial statements. It focuses on the analysis, measurement and reporting of business transactions to users of financial statements. It also examines the uses and limitations of accounting information for investment and credit decisions.

1440162            Business Mathematics                                                     
Linear functions, systems of linear equations, quadratic, exponential and logarithmic functions; differentiation of functions in one and several variables; optimization of single variable functions; unconstrained optimization of multivariable functions; applications in business and economics; basic matrix operations.

Core courses
0307511       Accounting for Managerial Decisions                                                       
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 on “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                                                
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.

0307521           Leadership and Organizational Behavior                                                
This course focuses on the leadership dimension of managers by dealing with the dynamics of human interactions in organizations. 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 contingency 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                                                                                  
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                                                           
This course provides students with understanding of the steps comprising the research methods and statistics. It also provides students with the skills of planning and executing 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.

0307541           Marketing Management                                                                              

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            
This course provides a conceptual framework for understanding and addressing problems generally faced by corporate managers and explores methods to apply these concepts to contemporary business environment. This course deals with how to invest corporate capitals in different projects that add additional value for the shareholders of 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 alternative to conventional investment and financing decision.  

0307513             Financial Reporting and Regulations                                                      
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 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 “how business organizations reports financial information in a coherent way adhering to accounting standards".

0307529             Managing People in Organizations                                                       
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 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                                                                    
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 ethics. 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                                                        

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                                                                   
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 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 (6 Credit Hours)                                                                    
This course provides an opportunity to undertake an original research on a topic of student's choice that is 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                                                                               
This course provides a 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 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.

0307542           Consumer Behavior                                               
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.

0307582​        Global Financial Management

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.​

0307520          Entrepreneurship and Organizational Change               ​                          
The course will expose students to the current thinking in entrepreneurship in order to develop new knowledge and enhance their capabilities in terms of entrepreneurial thinking needed for identifying and exploiting entrepreneurial opportunities. The course presents a blended approach and evaluates the notion of entrepreneurship both in terms of starting an entrepreneurial venture as well as being entrepreneurial in an established organization which relates to corporate entrepreneurship. The students will get the opportunity to critically analyze various aspects of entrepreneurial process and other related topics such as creativity and idea generation, business planning, market entry strategies, managing and growing entrepreneurial ventures, and entrepreneurial exit. Firms need to grow due to contemporary pressures and drivers. Under these circumstances, organizational change becomes inevitable. The course integrates the knowledge of entrepreneurship and organizational change and also analyzes the main drivers of change, suggest approaches to diagnose change, plan, implement, communicate, and sustain change.   

0301253            Managerial Economics                                                 

This course deals with resource allocation and strategic decisions made by managers. The course emphasizes how microeconomic principles can be applied to company decision making. The focus is on stylized practical problems that may face anyone in a management position. The course topics include market analysis, forecasting, production and cost analysis, market structure, risk analysis, linear programming, decision making under uncertainty, regulatory theory, and the role of government in the market.