Master of Business Administration From Abu Dhabi University

Program Overview

If you are looking to transform your career, you might be looking to pursue an MBA in the UAE. This program offers you the opportunity to become an accomplished global leader ready to thrive in today’s complex business environment in both the UAE and internationally.

The development of cross-functional knowledge including leadership, communication, finance and accounting, strategic management, research methods, marketing, team-building and critical thinking skills, and the ability to critically evaluate business performance as well as an understanding of organization sustainability, are the cornerstones of this program.

You will be immersed in a stimulating and diverse mix of case studies, exercises, group work, simulations and lectures. This blended teaching approach is designed to maximize the learning experience, giving you the knowledge and skills to manage, motivate, innovate and, most of all, lead in the ever-changing world of government, commerce and industry.

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) core curriculum is comprised of eight core courses (24 credit hours) and two elective courses. Our six term structure offers you ultimate flexibility in terms of start date and study schedule and means you can complete your MBA in one year. It also allows you to better manage your workload as you take only two courses per term delivered in the evenings and weekends. If professional or personal commitments dictate that you need to miss a term, it is easy to catch up.  This program is accessible from a number of locations in the UAE - you can pursue our MBA in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Dubai, or Al Dhafra.


Abu DhabiUnited Arab Emirates

  Course Duration

12 Months

  Tuition Fee

AED 88,200




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• Aviation Management

• Finance

• Human Resource Management

• Project Management

• Tourism and Event Management

• Insurance and Risk Management

• Strategic Management

• Organizational Excellence & Quality Management


Pre Core Courses*

  • ACC 482- PC* Financial Accounting

  • MGT 482- PC* Introduction to Management

  • ECO 482- PC* Introduction to Economics

  • BUS 482- PC* Quantitative Methods in Business

*Only required if course work not taken at the undergraduate level.


Core Courses

  • ACC 522 Managerial Accounting

  • FIN 512 Financial Management

  • MGT 521 International Business

  • MGT 522 Leadership and Communication

  • MGT 523 Strategic Management in a Global Environment

  • SCM 540 Operations and Supply Chain Management

  • MGT 524 Research Methods in Business

  • MKT 511 Marketing Management


Finance Track

  • FIN 605 Investment Theory and Analysis

  • FIN 609 Financial Institutions and Markets

  • FIN 613 International Finance


HRM Track (choose 3 courses from the following courses)

  • HRM 517 HRM in a Global Environment

  • HRM 526 Employee Performance Management

  • HRM 529 Managing Training and Development

  • HRM 531 Corporate Performance Management

  • HRM 532 Compensation and Benefits

  • HRM 535 Emplyment Law and Relations


Project Management Track

  • MEM 501 Project Management

  • MPM 521 Project Planning, Integration, and Scope Management

  • MPM 541 Project Contract Management and Legal Aspects


Tourism and Event Management Track

  • TEM 571 Sustainable Tourism Management

  • TEM 572 Tourism and Event Marketing

  • TEM 573 Event Management


Aviation Management Track (choose 3 courses)

  • AVS 561 Airport Operations

  • AVS 562 Aircraft Fleet Strategy

  • AVS 563 Aviation Regulations & Safety / Quality Management Systems

  • AVS 564 Certification of Aviation Products and Services


Insurance and Risk Management Track

  • IRM 520 Risk Management and Insurance

  • IRM 525 Regulatory Aspects of Insurance

  • IRM 530 Enterprise Risk Management


Strategic Management Track

  • MIS 556 Innovation and Technology Management

  • MGT 518 Sustainability Strategies

  • MGT 519 Building Strategic & Dynamic Capabilities


Organizational Excellence and Quality Management Track

  • EQM520 Sustainable Process Management

  • EQM525 Sustainable Quality Management

  • EQM530 Experimental Design & Organizational Excelience


General Electives **

  • MGT 514 Organizational Behavior

  • MGT 520 Business Ethics & Corporate Governance

  • MIS 546 Electronic Business

  • MIS 556 Innovation and Technology Management

  • MGT 525 Leading Organizational Change

  • QBA 534 Managerial Decision Models

  • ECO 533 Managerial Economics

  • ISL 603 Islamic Finance and Banking

Bachelors Degree

Directly related discipline with a minimum CGPA of 3.00 on a 4.00-point scale, from an accredited university recognized by the UAE’s Ministry of Education- Higher Education Affairs.


English language proficiency requirements

For master program taught in English, an Official score report of international TOEFL (IBT) 79 or the ITP 550 (taken at Amideast) or the Academic IELTS 6.0 must be taken no more than two years prior to admission, or English EmSat minimum score of 1400 no more than 18 month prior to admission to Abu Dhabi University. 

Students with a recognized bachelor’s degree and an EmSAT score of 1250, English Academic IELTS Score 5.5, or equivalent on another standardized test approved by the Ministry, can be granted conditional admission for one semester, and may take a maximum of six credit hours in the first semester of study.


International Students

We also welcome applications from students with a variety of bachelor degrees from an accredited university recognized by the UAE’s Ministry of Education- Higher Education Affairs, upon their successful completion of any required program foundation courses. These applicants will be granted admission into the program after the successful completion of some business foundation courses. For more information on international students’ admission to any of ADU’s postgraduate programs visit, please visit Postgraduate International Admission.


Transfer Students

Postgraduate transfer students may apply for credit transfer for courses taken prior to joining Abu Dhabi University only once, when they first apply for admission. For more information on requirements for credit transfer, visit Postgraduate Transfer Students.

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Tuition fees structure & calculation

  •  Majors AED 88,200
    • Credit Hour Cost (Aed) AED 2,940
    • Required Credits 30

The program prepares students for managerial and leadership positions in organizations and enables them to advance and excel in their careers. As the only MBA program accredited by top international accrediting bodies such as AACSB, EQUIS and WASC, graduates have great career potential with regional and international corporations.


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