American University of Beirut

Curriculum MBA

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Master of Business Administration (MBA) program, in existence at AUB since the mid-1940s, is committed to the highest standards of quality in graduate management education. It is a general management program that encompasses different areas of business and offers a robust knowledge platform comprised of a set of functional, cross-functional, and skill-based, core and elective courses.  

Our courses will provide students with opportunities to learn, practice, and lead. Our graduates will acquire the vital knowledge and skill set needed to go on and build prosperous careers in various industries, including, management consulting, entrepreneurship, banking, marketing, media, and other. Our students can tailor their learning experience to suit their individual needs by choosing electives from various education streams, including relevant courses from various disciplines and faculties across campus. 

Program Outline

The MBA curriculum is composed of eight (8) core courses and a choice of four (4) electives from a list of courses covering varied areas of interest – a total of 36 credits. The program is offered on a full- time and part-time basis to best suit the needs of our students. Completion period for a full-time program is about​ 1 year, and about 2.0​​ years for part-time. The MBA is the only graduate program at OSB which starts the fall and spring of every academic year.

8 core courses  4 elective courses

  • Corporate Finance
  • Financial Reporting and Analysis
  • Models for Decision Making
  • Operations Management
  • Strategy and Change Management
  • Advanced Business Analysis and Pricing
  • Leadership and Behavior in Organizations
  • Marketing Management​

Electives can be used to tailor your learning experience to suit your individual needs by taking courses from any faculty in AUB


Students with non-business undergraduate ​degree are expected to take remedial courses​​​​​ named ​​"The integrative preMBA foundation". The latter module is an intensive, level-setting, zero credit suite of three short courses normally given prior to the start of each semester.​​

MBA course streams

The structure of the MBA program offers students the flexibility to own their learning experience by allowing them to select beside to the eight core courses common to all MBA students, four elective courses that could be chosen from one specialized stream (Human Resource Management, Entrepreneurship and Family Business, Finance, or Marketing) or any combination of elective courses that meets their individual needs. 

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