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Pre-MBA & Course Description


In order to prepare for our MBA Program, it would be helpful to have taken classes in finance, financial analysis, accounting, statistics, research methods, management and economics. The number of courses required from this category differs from an applicant to another according to the degree of relevance of his or her education and area of expertise to the field of Business Administration.


The Pre-MBA Course

List Credits

Principles of Accounting


Principles of Economics


Principles of Finance


Principles of Management


Introduction to Management Information Systems


Introduction to Quantitative Business Analysis



There are two options to acquire a degree from this program. The first is to acquire an MBA degree in General Business Administration by earning 48 credit hours of the available courses without any area of concentration. The second option is to acquire an MBA degree with one of the available 8 areas of concentration by earning 48 credit hours divided into 36 credit hours of core courses and 12 credit hours of the area of concentration or option.


Course Description


Pre-MBA Course Descriptions

This section of the program is carefully designed to accommodate MBA seekers, who come from non-business background.  The fact that such students need a kind of survival kit that helps them to cope with their peers who come from business background or hold an undergraduate degree in business related discipline.  This kit is the Pre-MBA program, which comprises 6 courses, 3-credits each and will be offered in one semester.  Applicants who have accredited background in one or more of these courses may get a waiver on case-to-case basis.


Pre-MBA Course List


1.  Introduction to Quantitative Business Analysis                         3 credits

2.  Principles of Accounting                                                        3 credits

3.  Principles of Finance                                                              3 credits

4.  Principles of Economics                                                        3 credits

5.  Principles of Management                                                      3 credits

6.  Introduction to Management Information System                     3 credits


1.  MGT 499 – Introduction to Quantitative Business Analysis                                    Credits 3.00

Quantitative Business Analysis is a required course designed to prepare MBA students with a set of tools to meet the challenges of today’s business environment.  This course is about statistics and basic modeling for management decisions.  It covers various topical areas spanning from descriptive statistics to inferential statistics and introduction to mathematical programming.  The objectives are 1) to develop a solid foundation in important statistical and business modeling concepts and techniques, and 2) to provide a thorough understanding of their application in solving business problems.  In addition, the course will stress the use of computer software to analyze data and perform statistical operations.


2.  ACCT 499 – Principles of Accounting                                                                     Credits 3.00

The aim of this course is to familiarize students with the essential accounting system terminologies and functions.  In this course, students review accounting reports and methods.  The course focuses on the preparation of financial statements.  Emphasis is placed also on the interpretation and use of financial statements for decision making as well as steps of accounting cycle.


3.  FIN 499 - Principles of Finance

This course aims to set the basic financial background that supports the financial knowledge and skills needed for studying MBA courses.

Course topics will cover the basics of financial management and financial markets and institutions.  In addition, teaching the accounting and financial statements and how to use them in evaluating the firm’s financial performance are included.  Furthermore, the course will focus on the concepts of the time value of many and the meanings and measures of risk and return.


4.  Econ 499 – Principles of Economics                                                                        Credits 3.00     

This course aims to set the basic economic background that supports the economic knowledge and skills needed for studying MBA courses.

Microeconomics concepts will cover demand, supply and equilibrium in addition to elasticity and consumer theory.  Microeconomics will focus too, on the theory of the firm, competition and monopoly.  The student will learn about wages, interest, rent and profit as returns of the economic factors.

Macroeconomics will cover the national income accounting and determination, unemployment, inflation, money and banking and public expenditure and finance.  Macroeconomics will focus too, on international trade and protection, the balance of payment and exchange rates in addition to the concepts of managing the economy.


5.  BUS 499 – Principles of Management                                                                     Credits 3.00

This course focuses on the key managerial functions:  planning, organizing, staffing, directing and controlling. Particular emphasis is given to design and development of organizations, marketing decisions, and labor management relations, financing decisions, management theory and role of management information system.  The course also introduces students to the main functions of enterprise as well as business environment.  Ethics and Social responsibility are also addressed.

6.  MIS 499 – Introduction to Management Information System                                  Credits 3.00

This course is an introduction to information systems and information technology for students who are or who will become business professionals in the fast changing business world of today.  The focus is helping students learn how to use and manage information technologies to revitalize business process, improve business decision making and gain competitive advantages.  There is a major emphasis on the essential role of internet technologies in providing a platform for business, commerce and collaboration process among all business stakeholders in today has networked enterprises and global markets.