Executive MBA

Location: LAU Beirut Campus, Adnan Kassar School of Business
Duration: one and a half years.
Total Credits: 36.
Program Delivery: every two weekends Friday evenings and Saturdays, from mid-October to mid-September.

The EMBA program at LAU, which was initiated in February 2000, was the first to be offered in Lebanon and the Middle East. Since then, dozens of executives have graduated from the program and currently hold top management positions in many well-known institutions.

The EMBA allows you to earn quality executive training and education while attending to the senior responsibilities in your respective organizations, and is developed to enhance your managerial as well as leadership skills. The courses and seminars in all areas of business are offered at flexible times to suit the professionals’ busy lifestyle. All courses are offered during the weekend.

The program is enriched by the diversity of its student body, which brings value to the offered courses and to the overall learning outcome, especially with the possibility of sharing experiences. EMBA students of different backgrounds join the program –  engineering, pharmacy, law and business, among others. 

Joining the EMBA at LAU will give you the privilege of enrolling in a rewarding endeavor. You will be taught and trained by a team of highly experienced faculty as well as professionals with significant experience. You will be exposed to the latest theoretical and practical management techniques to be applied in managerial situations.

Program Philosophy

Learning is a continuous process throughout individuals’ careers. Thus, the purpose of the EMBA is to allow experienced professionals in Lebanon and the Middle East to combine a full-time career with a high-quality executive education. A wide range of course offerings allows students to develop expertise in several areas of business, namely accounting, banking and finance, economics, statistics, management and marketing.
Such diversity aims at providing candidates from various academic backgrounds with the ability to comprehend the latest theories and applications in all aspects of business, and to apply the acquired course material to real-life managerial situations.

Program Goals and Outcomes

In line with the philosophy, the program intends to help candidates:

The graduate will be able to:

Career Prospects

The EMBA program is designed to advance the candidates’ careers by honing their strategic management skills acquired through their professional experience, as well as enable them to become a valuable asset in their companies.

Program Requirements

As required by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MEHE), The minimum residency requirement for graduate programs is 2 academic years (i.e. 4 regular semesters with graded courses: 2 Fall semesters and 2 Spring semesters). As an exception, the MEHE will accept 3 regular semesters and 2 summers with graded courses.

EMBA students should complete a total of 24 courses. On average, 21 courses are offered annually. Each course carries 1.5 credit hours, equivalent to 21 hours of classroom sessions. 

Students can enroll in one course every two weekends, according to the following schedule:

All candidates should complete a total of 36 credits composed of the following:

View the Typical EMBA Study Plan(pdf).

Core Requirements (18 credits)

Number Course Cr.
ACC711  Accounting for Executives 1.5
ECO710 Applied Economics for Executives 1.5
FINA712 Executive Business Finance 1.5
FINA721 Corporate Financial Strategy 1.5
HRM754 Global Human Resource Management 1.5
MGT711 Strategic Management (Capstone course) 1.5
MGT727 Managerial Negotiations 1.5
MGT734 Business Legal Environment, Ethics & Social Responsibility 1.5
MGT751 Executive Leadership & Communication Skills 1.5
MKT711  Marketing Management for Executives 1.5
MKT735 Marketing Communications 1.5
QBA730 Business Analytics for Executives 1.5

Elective Requirements (18 credits)

Students may choose any 12 courses of the following electives:

Number Course Cr.
ACC741 Financial Analysis 1.5
ACC781 Selected Topics in Accounting1  1.5
ECO716 Monetary Theory and Policy 1.5
ECO717 Fiscal Theory and Policy 1.5
ECO726 Econometrics and Forecasting 1.5
ECO781 Selected Topics in Economics1  1.5
FIN723 Bank Capital Management 1.5
FIN724 Bank Liquidity and Credit Management 1.5
FIN740  Investment Analysis 1.5
FIN747 Financial Risk Management 1.5
FIN781 Selected Topics in Finance1  1.5
Hospitality & Tourism  
HOM741  Issues in Hospitality and Tourism 1.5
HOM781 Selected Topics in Hospitality and Tourism1  1.5
ITM711 ITM for Executives 1.5
ITM781 Selected Topics in ITM1  1.5
MGT718  Executive Organizational Behavior 1.5
MGT720 Global Management 1.5
MGT721  Corporate Governance 1.5
MGT731 Leading Organizational Change 1.5
MGT756 Project Management and Planning 1.5
MGT777 Leadership Boot Camp 1.5
MGT781 Selected Topics in Management1  1.5
MKT714  Advanced Consumer Behavior 1.5
MKT725 Strategic Marketing Research 1.5
MKT731 Advertising Strategy 1.5
MKT781 Selected Topics in Marketing1  1.5
Operations Management  
OPM711 Executive Operations Management 1.5

1Courses that may be taken more than once for credit when topics differ.


Students can apply anytime during the academic year (rolling admission).

Applicants to the EMBA program are expected to have professional preparation and accomplishments with a sound academic background. Applicants who hold executive positions will have priority in admission.

Prospective applicants must 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 those who have demonstrated aptitude for distinct leadership and career enhancement, and possess managerial skills, increased workplace responsibilities, high ethical standards, perseverance, intellectual curiosity, academic ability and motivation.

With regards to the admission criterion for EMBA, the applicant is expected to have:

  1. B.S. degree from a recognized university.
  2. The applicant should have a minimum of six years of working experience with a middle management or higher supervisory position.
  3. Proficiency in English.
  4. All applicants will be interviewed for assessment by the Program Committee.

Meeting these requirements, however, does not guarantee admission to the program. The Admissions Committee has the final decision.

Applicants who are short of meeting the above requirements might be considered for “probationary” admission provided they have “significant supervisory work experience.” Students admitted on probation will earn regular status upon the completion of 6 EMBA credits with at least 3.0 average and no more than one “C” grade.


Vanda Ani Raad

Dr. Vanda Abi Raad,
Clinical Professor at LAU- Department of Anesthesiology
Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Development
Interim Chair, Department of Anesthesiology

Joining the EMBA program was a strategic decision influenced by its reputation for excellence and a robust curriculum designed for executives. The flexibility of the program, which accommodated my busy schedule, was particularly beneficial, allowing me to balance work commitments while pursuing advanced education. The entire program proved to be both fascinating and insightful, offering tools that I was eager to implement in my personal and professional life. The classes were enjoyable, filled with energy and passion from both instructors and students, fostering a collaborative learning environment.

Beyond the curriculum, I had the opportunity to make lasting connections, both personally and professionally. The leadership skills honed during the EMBA program empowered me to take on more strategic roles within my organization, opening doors to new opportunities and professional growth.

To prospective students, I would enthusiastically highlight the EMBA program’s unique blend of cutting-edge curriculum, interactive learning, and extensive networking. The program not only equips you with advanced business knowledge but also fosters a global perspective, preparing you to excel in today’s dynamic business environment. The lasting impact on both your skills and career makes the EMBA program an investment in a future filled with leadership success.

Rami Adra

Mr. Rami Adra, Regional Marketing & Communications Manager, Unigaz Group

The primary catalyst for my decision to enroll in the EMBA program was the imperative for career advancement, coupled with the need for an MBA from a reputable institution with flexible timing—a criterion impeccably met by LAU. The program’s networking opportunities were a game-changer, personally landing me a dream role in the oil and gas sector. The curriculum’s strategic structure offered a comprehensive overview of key management topics, providing vital insights for career progression. Post-graduation, fueled by the EMBA foundation, I seamlessly pursued my CIM certification, a critical asset for my marketing career.

I wholeheartedly recommend aspiring students with the qualifications to seize this transformative opportunity; the EMBA at LAU is not just a degree but a pivotal step that can truly redefine one’s career trajectory.

Wael Moukahal

Mr. Wael Moukahal, CEO at Partners & Beyond

My constant commitment to ongoing professional development was a major motivator for me to get enrolled in the EMBA program at LAU. My overall experience in the program has been immensely enriching. The curriculum was thoughtfully designed, offering a wide range of topics pertinent to executive leadership. The range of subjects, teaching methodology and hands-on experience with the aid of the professor create a comprehensive understanding of business. The program was a turning point in my life and career path, during the program I established my own business, and after graduation I left my full-time job and became fully dedicated to my business. After two years of graduation, I started pursuing my doctoral degree.

It is always worth investing in yourself as it yields benefits in personal development and career progression.

Hasan Safa

Major Hasan Safa, Lebanese Air Forces

Joining the EMBA program was part of my strategic educational goals. Fueled by a deep desire for professional and personal growth, and for a comprehensive understanding of business dynamics, I decided to embark the EMBA program at LAU AKSOB’s in an attempt to fulfill my desire at a distinguished institution. The program’s masterfully crafted curriculum resonated with my ambitions through its diverse and contemporary topics. The in-class interactions and the collaborative culture of the program made it an exceptional experience. As for the professors’ delivery methodology, one can only be thankful, for it was marked by real world insights which took the whole experience to another level. When it comes to talking about invaluable gains from the EMBA program, my mind and heart directly jump towards the networking opportunities I was granted through the program; it simply got me in touch with diverse high performers, elite managers, and astonishing achievers. The EMBA program was definitely a door opener for many personal growth and professional opportunities.

That being said, I would wholeheartedly endorse the EMBA program at LAU AKSOB to prospective students, as this journey had a transformative impact on both my professional and personal paths.