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Executive Master in Business Administration

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

Executive Master in Business Administration Program

The UOS EMBA program has been designed to deliver high quality management education to middle and upper level managers in the private and public sectors, with an express emphasis on the Gulf and UAE business environments. The EMBA at UOS is designed to be as rewarding as it is rigorous, providing ample opportunity for personal development and professional growth in an interactive learning and teaching environment. The discourse in the EMBA classroom reflects a participative process of inquiry and insight, guided by our highly qualified faculty. The overall goal of the EMBA is to deepen and broaden the participant's core managerial competencies to further enhance their professional growth.

The overall goal of the EMBA is to deepen and broaden the participants core managerial competencies to enhance their professional growth further.

  • Graduates will demonstrate advanced business knowledge required for effective management of modern business organizations.
  • Graduates will demonstrate the leadership skills which add value to their organizations.
  • Graduates will demonstrate the capabilities to work independently and in group.
  • Graduates will demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively.
EMBA Program Learning Outcomes
  1. Discuss the theories and concepts related to various fields of organizational management
  2. Apply technical tools providing up to date solutions to organizational problems
  3. Demonstrate comprehensive understanding and holistic view of organizations
  4. Creatively analyze and solve complex business issues
  5. Adapt to uncertain situations and lead in varying context
  6. Apply and adopt ethical standards while being socially responsible
  7. Take proper initiatives and be self-critical
  8. Work effectively in a team
  9. Write effectively using appropriate concepts and research tools
  10. Present complex and various topics effectively and creatively

Program Requirements:
The program consists of a total of 33 credit hours. 24 credit hours of Core courses and 9 credit hours of Elective courses and foundation courses if required. Students can take 12 credit hours during Fall and Spring semesters and 6 credit hours during the Summer.

EMBA Credit Hours
Core Courses927
Elective Courses26

Program GoalsProgram OutcomesQF Emirates Strands
a. Demonstrate advanced business knowledge required for effective management of modern business organizations.


1. Discuss the theories and concepts related to various fields of organizational management.

2. Apply technical tools providing up to date solutions to organizations' problems.

3. Demonstrate comprehensive understanding and holistic view of organizations
b. Demonstrate the leadership skills which add value to their organizations.


4. Creatively analyze and solve complex business issues.

5.  Adapt to uncertain situations and to lead in varying contexts.

6. Apply ethical issues while being socially responsible and adopt ethical standards.

Role in context

Autonomy & responsibility, self-development
c. Demonstrate the capabilities to work independently and in group.

7. Take proper initiatives and be self-critical.

8. Work effectively in a team.

d. Demonstra​​te the ability to communicate effectively.

9. Write effectively using appropriate concepts and research tools.

10.   Present effectively and creatively complex and various topics.
  Role in context


Admission requirements:

1. To hold a Bachelor's degree from a UAE-recognized university with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3 out of 4 or its equivalent.
2. Students with a GPA of 2.5 or higher may be admitted conditionally provided that they register for 6-9 credits hours in the first semester of their study and obtain a "B" average.
3. The undergraduate degree must have been achieved by attending no less than 75% of the required period. Students with degrees obtained by distance learning will not be considered.
4. Students must meet the English language proficiency requirement: a score of 1400 in an EmSAT English exam, 550 in TOEFL (ITP) (or its equivalence),  or 6 in IELTS must be obtained. Students who have an EmSAT score of 1250 or its equivalent in another English proficiency standardized test accredited by the Commission for Academic Accreditation, such as TOEFL (ITP) with a score of 530 (or its equivalence), and IELTS with a score of 5.5 may be admitted, however, they must meet the following conditions:
  • An EmSAT English score of 1400 or its equivalent must be obtained by the end of the first semester.
  • A maximum of 6 credit hours (Master level) must be registered in the first semester, excluding intensive English language courses.
  • A minimum CGPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 must be obtained in the first 6 credit hours of the master program.
5. The undergraduate degree should be in a subject that would qualify the student for the graduate major he/she wants to pursue. Students with different majors in their undergraduate degrees may be admitted upon the recommendation of the department. The student must take remedial courses assigned by the department and complete them within a maximum of two semesters before taking master-level courses. The passing grade for the remedial courses is C.
6. Applicants must have at least three years' experience in a senior managerial position.
7. Professionals such as lawyers, doctors and engineers who are self-employed as well as police officers and Military personnel are considered managers.
8. The student may be requested to attend an interview in order to assess his/her qualifications.
9. The student must submit a letter of approval by his/her employer if he/she is employed. 

A) 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 NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
0308230Fin​ancial Management3
0308150Introduction to Economics3
0301120Financial Accounting3
1440162Business Mathematics 3

B) Core Courses: 
All students are required to complete the following 9 Core courses (27 credit hours):

Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
0306613Management Accounting and Control Systems3
0306627Human Resources Management3
Leadership a​​nd Organizational Behavior
0306671Operations & Supply Chain Management3
0306631Corporate Finance3
0306640Marketing Management3
Management Information Systems3
​Strategic Management
Research Methods& Data Analysis3

C) Elective Courses: 
Students are required to complete any 2 of the following Elective courses (6 credit hours): 

Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
Organizational Change and Innovation3
0306622International Business3
0306628Business Ethics3
0306654Decision Sciences3
0306633Financial Markets a​nd Institutions3
0306661Managerial Economics3
0306655Decision Support Systems3
0306656Project Management3
0306616Taxation and Zakat3
0306617Financial Statement Analysis3
0306695Special Topic (s)

Study Plan(33 Credits)​:
The study plan for EMBA 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

​First Level
Fall Semester ​ ​
Course#Course TitleCredit HoursPrereq
Leadership & Organizational Behavior

306640Marketing Management3

306653Management Information Systems3

306613Management Accounting and Control Systems3


Spring Semester
Course#Course TitleCredit HoursPrereq
Operations and Supply Chain Management3

Human Resource Management

Corporate Finance

Elective (3)


​Second Level
Fall Semester
Course#Course TitleCredit HoursPrereq
Strategic Management

TBAElective (1)

Elective (2)


Course Description
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
0306613              Management Accounting and Control Systems    
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.

0306621              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.

0306624              Strategic Management                                  

Strategic management is concerned with managing organizations for long-term success. It involves developing organization's ends-missions, directions, and goals-; means-strategies, structures, systems, and policies- to achieve them; and ways to control performance within the context of the wider environment. It is a continuous iterative process of making, implementing and monitoring and controlling strategic decisions.

0306627              Human Resources Management                
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

0306631              Corporate Finance                                          
This course aims at providing an overview of the theory and practice of corporate finance in a global context. Through¬ out the course we show how to use financial theory to solve practical problems, and also to illuminate the facts and institutional material that students of corporate finance must absorb.

0306640              Marketing Management                                
The purpose of this course is to develop knowledge and skills in the managerial aspects of marketing. The course provides an understanding of marketing as the basis for general management decision-making and as a framework for analyzing business situations.

0306653              Management Information Systems           
This course provides students with the information systems fundamentals necessary to operate effectively in a com­puterized business environment. The course provided an overview of the components, operations, and roles of information systems in business environments. Major concepts and recent developments in computer hardware, software, telecommunications, and database management technologies are presented, and the strategic, global, and ethical dimensions of information systems are discussed.

0306671              Operations & Supply Chain Management              
The aim of any organization is to deliver goods and services with the right quality, quantity, cost and availability that will satisfy the customers' needs while at the same time making the most effective use of its resources. This can only be achieved through competent design of products, processes and work for employees, and effective strategic planning and control of operations. This course will introduce the fundamental principles of the subject of Operations and Supply Chain Management which addresses these issues and provide an insight into how reflective application of key operational techniques can ensure the effective delivery of products and services, and how the revenue side of the Supply Chain Management decisions have a direct impact on the market penetration and customer service.

0306672              Research methods and Data Analysis           

This course aims at giving students a solid grounding in the investigative techniques essential to the production of a sound business project. It also addresses the important area of report writing with particular reference to the hallmarks of a high quality project report. This course also concentrates on data analysis techniques both parametric and nonparametric using statistical software. This course will culminate in the production of a comprehensive project proposal. 

Elective courses
0306616              Taxation and Zakat                                         
This course aims to develop knowledge and skills relating to the fundamental concepts of tax and zakat principles as applicable to individuals and corporations. The course emphasis on understanding the theory of tax and zakat systems, and also developing the skills of tax and zakat calculation technicalities.

0306617              Financial Statement Analysis                       
This course introduces and analyses the relationship between business activities (planning, financing, investing and operating) and financial statements. It demonstrates popular tools and techniques in analyzing and interpreting financial statements with an emphasis on the need of users' of financial statements.

0306622              International Business                                   
This course concentrates on the strategic decisions and operational activities that managers of international businesses must undertake in formulating and implementing their business plans. Topics covered include: country factors, the global trade and investment environment, the global monetary system, the strategy and structure of international business, and business operations.

0306629              Organizational Change and Innovation    
This course provides an understanding of the dynamics of change and the importance of innovation within modern organizations. Emphasis is placed on how managers can develop a culture receptive to new ideas, products, processes, and systems for improving organizational performance.

0306628              Business Ethics                                                 
The objective of this course is to provide a general framework of ethics within the context of international business, particularly the Middle East culture. Topics covered include religious values and ethics; moral standards and cultural values; ethics and the law; and the relativity of ethical principles. 

0306633              Financial Markets and Institutions             
This course is a survey of money and capital markets. It includes a study of the intermediation process and the functions and operations of intermediaries and financial institutions in money and capital markets. The course focuses on the emerging money and capital markets in the Arab Gulf region.

0306654              Decision Sciences                                            
This course is intended to improve the decision making and problems solving skills of managers. It focuses on the quantitative techniques that are used to solve managerial problems. Topics to be covered include linear programming, decision analysis, game theory, project management, forecasting, inventory models, waiting lines, and simulation.

0306655              Decision Support Systems                            
This course gives a comprehensive coverage of the fundamental concepts, principles, and theories of managerial decision making and supporting technologies. It emphasizes teaching students the methods and skills of analyzing, modelling, and solving managerial problems using available computer software support. It also provides students with basic understanding of the process of effective DSS design and development.

0306656              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.

0306661              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.

0306695              Special Topic (s) 1                                           
Course content is determined by course instructor and approved by the Program Director.​