Master of Business Administration (MBA)

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 encouragestudents 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:

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

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

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.

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

MBA Core Requirements (24 credits)

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


Admissions to the program takes place in each of the fall, spring, and summer semesters

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

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. Letters of recommendation.
  3. 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.

At the discretion of the MBA and EMBA Graduate Admissions 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.

Also Check: Admission Requirements


Stephanie Robert Haddad

Dr. Stephanie Robert Haddad, Associate Lecturer at Northumbria University Newcastle

Choosing the MBA program at LAU was a strategic move, recognizing the limitations of a bachelor’s degree in today’s competitive job market. Seeking to enhance both knowledge and practical skills, I immersed myself in the industry before pursuing advanced academic studies. LAU’s renowned reputation, backed by positive testimonials and tangible impacts, solidified my decision to enroll enthusiastically in the MBA program. The experience was notably positive, with responsive course adaptations, enriching topics, and engaging professors. Post-MBA, my career shifted from Associate Auditor at KPMG to pursuing a Ph.D. at Northumbria University in the UK and becoming a lecturer.

LAU’s MBA is more than education; it’s a strategic investment in a globally recognized credential and a passport to success in today’s competitive landscape.

Khaled Mehio

Mr. Khaled Mehio, Senior Accountant at Khatib & Alami

Joining the Masters of Business Administration program at the Lebanese American University opened new horizons for me, both academically and personally. I benefited not only from the vast academic and research resources but also from enriching my networks with successful professors and business practitioners in my field. LAU equipped me with a unique skill set that prepared me for my career at Khatib & Alami, a leading multinational design corporation. It also fueled my passion for lifelong learning and achieving better results. The skills I gained placed me on the right track to obtain the prestigious Certified Management Accountant (CMA) license within a few years.

The campus offered diverse resources, including extensive libraries with online databases, sports facilities, a swimming pool, and arts and theater programs. These resources were crucial in unleashing my potential and opening new vistas, leading to a balanced and enriching lifestyle that continues to contribute to my success today.

I believe that receiving the MBA degree from LAU was the best investment I have ever made.