The program is designed to produce transformational, ethical and change leadership for businesses and industry through an integrated curriculum and experiential learning and prepares graduates for business challenges emerging from globalization, connectivity and technology driven innovations. The program is designed to produce a skilled pool of business leaders possessing multidisciplinary expertise in the core corporate functions of Finance, Marketing, HRM and Management.

The program is a 72 credit-hour program that most students can complete in two years. It is designed for students with a minimum of 16 years of education and degrees in a wide range of disciplines such as business, commerce, engineering, law, science, medicine, arts and pharmacy. The program is divided into a foundation stage of 36 credit hours followed by the 36-credit hours of rigorous MBA level courses and a project dealing with strategy and business transformation. The foundation stage covers areas such as accounting, finance, marketing, economics and management and consists of preparatory course work necessary for the higher level MBA courses. Students must maintain a 3.0 CGPA for MBA level courses and project for the conferment of the degree. The program may be completed in a minimum of two years depending upon the relevant preparation. Students who are weak in English and communication skills are required to take an additional Business English course to enhance their knowledge of the language. Students need to clear a comprehensive examination in order to complete degree requirements.

A distinguishing feature of the program is the academic ecosystem of experiential learning which immerses the student in a cycle of “learning by doing” through reflection. Case studies and project work are among the pedagogies used for delivery of the curriculum content. A significant value adding feature of the program is the 6 credit hours of a Graduate Capstone Project divided into two 3 credit hour components. Students undertake, individually or in small groups, a real life project with a company that addresses a real life issue which, through the application of multidisciplinary knowledge and skills acquired during the MBA studies, helps in more profitable and competitive decision making and implementation in the organization. This project is jointly supervised and evaluated by a faculty member with aligned skills and interest and an industry mentor and is evaluated in an open exhibition by executives and faculty. Capstone Project report has to be converted into a publishable case study as a part of the degree requirement.

MBA students can specialize in the following areas by taking four electives:

  • Marketing
  • Management
  • Finance
  • Human Resource Management
  • Logistics and Supply Chain Management
  • Development Studies

Applicants with 4-year bachelor’s degree from IoBM in non-business disciplines can claim up to 6 course exemptions from the foundational stage for the equivalent courses completed in the bachelor program.

Required Courses

Accounting Communication Economics Finance Human Resource Management
ACC419
Financial Accounting
COM107+
Academic English
COM402
Business Communication
+Less Proficient Students
ECO409
Business Economics
FIN408
Theory and Practice of Financial Management
FIN601*
Strategic Financial Analysis and Design
HRM410
Managing Human Capital
HRM606*
Leadership, Ethics and Change
Law Marketing Management Statistics and Mathematics Capstone Project
LAW409
Corporate and Business Law
MKT402
Marketing Management
MKT404
Methods in Business Research
MKT509
Consumer Behavior
MKT610*
Marketing Strategies and Value Innovation
MAN403
Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management
MAN418
Management and Organizational Dynamics
MAN606*
Business Analytics for Decision Making
MAN608*
Technology, Operations and Innovation
MAN612*
Strategic Management

STA411
Quantitative Analysis for Decision Making
BPR601*
Capstone Project I
BPR602*
Capstone Project II

* Indicates MBA level courses

Specialized Courses

MBA students have a choice of four electives from the following disciplines. They can also select from BBA (Hons) electives at most two courses of 500 level or above.

Majors in Accounting Majors in Finance and Banking Marketing Electives for MBA Majors in Islamic Banking and Finance
ACC302
Accounting and Financial Information Systems
ACC505
Auditing
ACC506
Analysis of Financial Statements
ACC520
Managerial Analysis and Decision Making
ACC521
International Finance Reporting Standards
ACC522
Strategic Management Accounting
ACC523
Financial Regulatory Requirements for Business
ACC524
Corporate Governance and Reporting
FIN602
Behavioral Finance
FIN603
Entrepreneurial Finance
FIN608
Project Appraisal
FIN610
International Islamic Finance Standards
FIN612
SME and Micro-Financing
FIN613
Financial Modeling for Investment Decisions
FIN635
Risk Management with Derivatives
MKT501
Strategic Marketing and Planning
MKT602
Marketing Analytics
MKT605
Pricing Models and Strategies
MKT611
Integrated Marketing Communications
MKT613
Marketing of Financial Services
MKT615
Brand Management
MKT618
Advertising Management and Strategy
MKT620
Competitive Strategies
MKT621
Marketing Strategies for Emerging Economies
MKT622
Marketing Strategies for Bottom of the Pyramid (BOP)
MKT623
Pharmaceutical Marketing & Quality Assurance /MHM508/608
MKT625
Business to Business Marketing
MKT626
Marketing for Social Impact
ISF601
Economics for Islamic Finance
ISF602
Islamic Banking Practices
ISF603
Accounting fo Islamic Finance
ISF604
Islamic Financial Services Marketing
ISF605
Islamic Capital Markets
ISF606
International Islamic Finance Standards
FRM514
Takaful and Risk Management in Islamic Products 
Majors in Human Resource Management Majors in Management Majors in Logistics and Supply Chain Management Majors in Development Studies
HRM607
Recruitment and Selection
HRM608
Industrial Relations and Labor Laws
HRM609
Employee Training and Development
HRM610
Negotiation Skills
HRM611
Organizational Change and Development
HRM612
Strategic Human Resource Management
HRM614
Salary and Compensation
HRM615
Leadership Studies
HRM616
Performance Appraisal and Management
HRM617
HR Analytics
MAN610 Environmental Issues and Management
MAN611
Project Management
MAN613
Corporate Governance
MAN614
Comparative Management
MAN615
Corporate Social Responsibility
SCM601
Quantitative Methods in Production and Logistics
SCM602
Business Process Mgmt. in Supply Chain & Logistics
SCM603
IT Applications in Logistics
SCM604
Packaging Design and Environmental Aspects
SCM605
Supply Chain Management
SCM606
ERP Systems Design and Implementation
SCM607
Strategic Supply Chain Management
SCM608
Procurement and Inventory Management
SCM609
Storage and Warehouse Techniques
SCM610
Transportation Techniques and Management
SCM611
Sustainability & Env. Aspects in Managing Supply Chains
SCM612
Risk Management in Supply Networks
SCM613
Innovation Management in Supply Chain and Logistics
SCM614
Corporate Consultancy Project in Logistics
SCM615
Contract Management for Supply Chain & Negotiations
SCM616
Life Cycle Enterprise Asset Management
SCM617
Mobile Commerce and Mobile Logistics
SSC601
Dimensions of Development
SSC602
Development Sociology
PDE703
Development Economics
STA601
Development Statistics and Research Methodology
MAN607
 Project and Planning Management

Course Structure

FOUNDATION STAGE
Semester One Semester Two Semester Three
Management and Organizational Dynamics
Marketing Management
Business Communication
Quantitative Analysis for Decision Making
Business Economics
Financial Accounting
Methods in Business Research
Managing Human Capital
Consumer Behavior
Corporate and Business Law
Theory and Practice of Financial Management
Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management
MBA STAGE
Semester Four Semester Five Semester Six
Business Analytics for Decision Making
Technology, Operations and Innovation
Elective I
Elective II
Marketing Strategies and Value Innovation
Strategic Financial Analysis and Design
Elective III
Capstone Project I
Strategic Management
Leadership, Ethics and Change
Elective IV
Capstone Project II