Jun 24, 2024  
2022-2023 Academic Catalog 
2022-2023 Academic Catalog [Published Catalog]

Business Administration (M.B.A.)

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Master of Business Administration (MBA)

The AUC MBA program is designed to prepare students of all backgrounds to become responsible global leaders and to equip students with a strong understanding of real-life business practices and a versatile “toolbox” of analytical skills and technical competencies that drives their managerial professional success. The program is housed by the School of Business which holds the triple-crown accreditation; the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS), and the Association of MBAs (AMBA) accreditations.

While the curriculum adopts international guidelines and standards, it also addresses local and regional business particularities. By incorporating a comprehensive body of knowledge and the right set of experiences, the AUC MBA program helps students develop the right managerial perspective to address the challenges and seize the opportunities of today’s ever-changing local, regional and global business environment.

The students’ MBA experience is built on the foundation of six Business essentials courses that are complemented with the four Functional disciplines of Management and an integrative Strategic management course. Students then move on to choose between two career prospect tracks that guide their advanced learning journey; the Corporate Advancement track which allows students to focus on career growth opportunities within and beyond their organizations, and the Entrepreneurship track that allows students to focus on entrepreneurial firms and family businesses. Students are also given the flexibility to tailor their business education from a variety of in-depth and insightful Elective courses and Business Seminars that cover contemporary topics in business in the region.


All MBA applicants must satisfy the university’s graduate admission requirements. While Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) scores are currently not required, applicants are highly recommended to include with the admission’s application GMAT results, especially if also applying for fellowship consideration. Preferences in the allocation of fellowships will be given to applicants with high GMAT results. In addition, applicants should have three or more years of relevant professional experience. To obtain an MBA degree, a minimum of 36 credit hours is required. Waiving of any course will be replaced with another equivalent credits course.

Business Essentials Modules (9 credits)

The business essentials modules (BEMs) provide students with the basic background required for their MBA studies. Each Business Essentials module consists of two courses (each for 1.5 cr.) offered concurrently within the same semester. Students must take both courses in tandem. If a student drops a 1.5 credit hours course the other co-requisite course is dropped automatically.

The Business Essentials Module blocks are as follows:

Integration Course (3 credits)

Career Prospects (6 credits)

Following the completion of the Business Essentials and Functional Management courses students must choose between the two following career prospect tracks:

Entrepreneurship Track (6 credits)

To complete this track, students must take the two following project-based courses:

Relevance Themes (6 credits)

In alignment with the career prospect tracks selected, students will complete their graduate degree credit requirements by choosing 6 credits in the form of Elective courses and Business Seminars that represent a variety of in-depth and thematic topics that help advance the students learning journey.

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