Master of Business Administration

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Total Credits: 39
Location: LAU Beirut & Byblos

 

In offering the Master of Business Administration program, the Adnan Kassar School of Business draws on substantial experience in undergraduate business education to provide advanced learning for seekers of a business career, adapting its curriculum to meet the diverse needs of individuals with business and non-business backgrounds.

In order to make the program accessible to those already active in practice, a provision has been made for part-time students, with classes set at conveniently scheduled times, as we encourage students to pursue their careers in parallel with higher education. In fact, we believe hands-on experience brings an added value to the classroom environment and is conducive to real-world thinking.

What Distinguishes Us

We provide our students with the opportunity to gain real-world experience by visiting select sites in the Big Apple. They can also make use of LAU’s New York Academic Center facilities to expand their learning and discuss their experiences.

The MBA faculty are experts in their respective fields, which creates ample opportunity for co-publications with students who themselves go on to pursue PhDs in reputable universities.

Learning is equally hard work and passion, and it is that very zeal that has put our MBA alumni in top positions all over the world. Our program is specifically catered to suit the diverse needs and wants of our students. In addition to there being a number of graduate assistantship positions available, we have updated our electives to include more desired courses that fulfill students’ passions but are also not found anywhere else in the region. 

Program Goals and Outcomes

In support of the LAU Adnan Kassar School of Business mission, the MBA program provides students with a high-quality education that managers seek to solve complex problems in today’s global business environment. We seek to form business professionals with solid analytical, communication and leadership skills in an ethical framework.

The MBA candidate will:

  • Utilize appropriate techniques to effectively solve business problems.
  • Be an effective team player.
  • Possess an understanding of the ethical and social dimensions of a decision-making process.
  • Possess professional communication skills.

Upon the completion of this program, the graduate will be able to:

  • Select and analyze relevant data and propose an optimal solution to a business problem.
  • Demonstrate effective involvement in a team.
  • Evaluate the social and ethical issues involved in a business case.
  • Demonstrate effective written communication skills.
  • Demonstrate effective oral communication skills.

Career Prospects

Since 1981, LAU has prepared individuals for key roles in managerial and professional positions in business and public organizations. The MBA enhances the candidates’ strategic decision-making and leadership, as well as supports the latter’s marketability, which is also reflected by a substantial increase in salaries. 

The MBA enables professionals to reach higher/managerial positions across all industries and is also an added value for those who wish to explore entrepreneurship and be self-employed.

Program Requirements

To obtain the MBA degree, students should complete a total of 39 credits composed of:

  • Core Requirements (24 credits)
  • Elective/Research Requirements (15 credits)

MBA Core Requirements (24 credits)

Typical MBA Study Plan

Number 

Course

Cr.

ECO811 Business Economics 3
MGT831 Management Theory 3
MKT841 Marketing Management 3
QBA851 Quantitative Methods in Business 3
ACC821 Financial Accounting 3
FIN861 Financial Management 3
MGT851 Leadership, Ethics & Team Management 3
MGT875 Strategic Management (Capstone course) 3

MBA Electives (15 credits)

Number

Course

Cr.

ACC822 Management Accounting 3
ACC830 Financial Statement Analysis 3
ACC880 Special topics in Accounting 3
ECO880 Special topics in Economics 3
FIN835 Commercial Bank Management 3
FIN836 Modern Portfolio Management 3
FIN837 International Business 3
FIN863 Financial Derivatives 3
FIN880 Special Topics in Finance 3
HOM880 Special Topics in Hospitality & Tourism 3
ITM832 Management Systems  3
ITM880 Special Topics in Information Technology Management 3
MGT834 Project Planning and Management 3
MGT839 Organizational Behavior 3
MGT872 Business Policy and Planning 3
MGT880 Special topics in Management 3
MKT840 Marketing Research Analysis 3
MKT842 International & Global Marketing 3
MKT845 Digital Marketing 3
MKT880 Special topics in Marketing 3
OPM880 Special topics in Operations & Production Management 3
QBA880 Special topics in Quantitative Business Analysis 3
BUS898 Research Topics in Business 3
BUS899 Thesis in Business 6

Admission

With regards to the admission criteria for the MBA at the LAU Adnan Kassar School of Business, applicants are expected to:

  • Have a sound academic background.
  • Have completed a bachelor’s degree in business studies or equivalent from a recognized university.

Admission is granted on a selective and competitive basis to students who have demonstrated distinct academic ability and motivation by meeting at least the minimum requirements described below.

In addition to a satisfactory proof of English language proficiency as per LAU rules and regulations, applicants to the MBA program are expected to meet the following admissions requirements:

  1. A 3.0 GPA on a scale of 4.0 as per LAU rules, or its equivalent.
  2. GMAT/Pre-MBA Course or GRE test score (taken within the past five years prior to joining the MBA)
  3. Letters of recommendation.
  4. Interview, if required.

Meeting these requirements, however, does not guarantee admission to the program.

Although work experience is not a prerequisite for admission, the Graduate Admissions Committee considers applicants’ professional experience as an asset and welcomes the business experience that professionals bring to the classroom. As such, relevant work experience is viewed favorably when studying an applicant’s file.

The School Graduate Admission Council (SGAC) calculates a Composite Index (CI) of both the GPA and GMAT/Pre-MBA course. Admission is considered only if the applicant meets the CI minimum requirement.

At the discretion of the School Graduate Admission Council, applicants who are short of meeting the 3.0 GPA and/or the anticipated acceptable GMAT score/Pre-MBA course might be considered for “probationary” admission, provided they have significant relevant work experience and have met the CI minimum requirement.

Students admitted on probation will earn regular status upon the completion of 12 graduate credits with at least 3.0 average and no more than one “C” grade.

Qualified applicants with a BA or BS in areas of study other than business will be required to complete remedial courses as a prerequisite for core courses.