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Banking and Finance

Program Overview

The Banking and Finance program at Dar Al-Hekma University offers a unique well-structured program that prepares students for success in the dynamic financial world. The first in the region to offer an Islamic Finance track, the program is keen on preparing young professionals for this fast- growing field. Beginning students in the Program start with core business courses to establish a strong foundational understanding of the business environment. Specialization courses are taught in the junior and senior years providing students with a deeper understanding of specialized areas such as Investment Banking, Corporate Finance, Risk Management, Zakat and Tax Accounting, Auditing, Managerial Accounting, and Financial Modeling.

Combining their academic and financial expertise gained through many years of experience in the industry, our faculty expose students to the realities of the market and work on enhancing their critical thinking skills.

The Program aims at bridging the gap between theory and practice by offering many opportunities for exposure to real life practices through presentation to inspiring industry leaders, guest speakers, and educational trips. Students also participate in worldwide competitions, such as the CFA Research Challenge.

Our students are in high demand in the financial job market sector which offers many career paths and opportunities. Our graduates start their careers with top employers including, Saudi Banks such as National Commercial Bank and Saudi British Bank, and international firms such as PwC, Ernest and Young, BMG Financial Group, and Unilever.

Program Mission

"To graduate professionals equipped with concepts and skills of international standards in the area of banking, investment andfinance from both conventional and Islamic perspectives"

Why Choose Banking and Finance Program at Dar Al-Hekma Univeristy?

  • The curriculum was designed in collaboration with top local and international universities. Developed by Hass School of Business, University of California Berkeley, USA and tailored specifically to the Saudi market by King Fahd University. The Finance and Accounting,curriculum combines theory and concepts with practical skills needed in the job market. The Program associates itself with the industry through strong links with prominentemployers in order to prepare its graduates to meet the job market requirements.
  • Our faculty is a mix of highly qualified international and local scholars who hold degrees from reputable world-class universities.
  • The Finance and Accounting Department plays an important role in promoting the financial sector in Saudi Arabia by providing qualified professionals in the fields of Finance and Accounting.
  • Our graduates have a high rate of employability in the financial sector, which is a multifaceted large industry providing a vast range of job opportunities for future graduates.
  • The high quality education of the Program is reflected in the professional success of our graduates who are usually employed by top local and international companies such as NCB, PwC, and Unilever. Those who opt to pursue their post-graduate studies are accepted by top international universities such as SOAS, LSE and Durham University.
ProgramTOEFL Score (University Level)Required Certificate PercentageQudurat Test ScoreOther Admission Requirements
  • Banking and Finance (Track)
  • Islamic Finance (Track)

510A minimum High-School Percentage of 80%65%None

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Knowledge

  • Explain concepts, principles and practices related to Business.
  • Identify fundamentals and theories related to Banking and Finance from both conventional and Islamic perspectives.
  • Recognize the implications of domestic and foreign influences on financial markets and financial institutions, from the general as well as the Islamic perspective.

Cognitive Skills

  • Demonstrate the ability to critically analyze, manage and make decisions to deal with the challenges and complexities of the national and global business environments.
  • Apply appropriate techniques to evaluate various scenarios related to corporate finance, investment, commercial and Islamic banking, and risk management with emphasis on the Islamic perspective.
  • Demonstrate analytical and problem -solving skills to make financial decisions.

Interpersonal Skills and Responsibility

  • Demonstrate an understanding of professional, ethical, legal, security and social issues and responsibilities.
  • Work independently and/or as part of a team.

Communication, Information Technology, Numerical

  • Use techniques and methods of inquiry to collect and interpret data in order to provide information that would support strategic decisions.
  • Demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills.

Year One (1)
Semester – Fall Semester – Spring

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

BBUS 1301Introduction to
Business
3MATH 1303Calculus3
MATH 1301College Algebra3BECO 1201Principles of
Microeconomics
2
BMKT 1301Principles of Marketing
Management
3
BACC 1301Principles of Financial
Accounting
3
ICTC 1301Information and Communication
Technology
3BBIS 1301Business Information
Systems
3
COMM 1301Communication Skills I
3BMGT 1301Principles of Management3
ARAB xxxxArabic Studies3ISLS xxxxIslamic Studies3
Total Credit Hours 18 Total Credit Hours 17
Year Two (2)
Semester – Fall Semester – Spring

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

BACC 2301Principles of Managerial
Accounting
3BBUS 2302Quantitative Analysis for
Management
3
BECO 2301Principles of
Macroeconomics
3BFIN 2302Financial Management3
BMGT 2302Human Resource
Management
3BMGT 2301Principles of Organizational
Behavior
3
BSTA 2301Statistics for Business3ARAB xxxxArabic Studies3
COMM 1302Communication Skills II3
LOGC 1201Logic and Problem Solving2
ARTS xxxxArts and Design2XXXX xxxxRequired General Ed Electives
(HUMN, NASC, SBSC)
3
Total Credit Hours 17 Total Credit Hours 17
Year Three (3)
Semester – Fall Semester – Spring

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

BMGT 3301International Business
Management
3BMGT 3304Strategic Management3
BMGT 3201Legal Environment
of Business
2BNFN 3304Investment Banking3
BBUS 3302Research Methodology3BNFN 3305Risk Management
of Financial Markets
and Institutions
3
BNFN 3302Commercial Bank
Management
3EMOI 1201Emotional Intelligence2
BNFN 3303Investment Analysis
and Portfolio Management
3ISLS xxxxIslamic Studies3
ENTR 3301Entrepreneurship and
Design Thinking
3XXXX xxxxRequired General Ed Electives
(HUMN, NASC, SBSC)
3
Total Credit Hours 17 Total Credit Hours 17
Year Four (4)
Semester – Fall Semester – Spring

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

BBUS 4301
3BNFN 4302Islamic Banking
and Finance
3
BNFN4301Corporate Finance3BNFN 4303Internship: Banking and
Finance
3
XXXX xxxxSchool/Program Elective3BNFN 4304Financial Policy3
BBBF 1101Basic Body and
Brain Fitness
1XXXX xxxxFree Electives3
ISLS xxxxIslamic Studies2
XXXX xxxxFree Electives3
Total Credit Hours 15 Total Credit Hours 12

Students graduating from the program are expected to work in such in areas as:

  • Financial analyst
  • Banker
  • Financial Manager/Officer
  • Financial Markets Analyst
  • Fund/Investment Manager
  • Financial Advisor/Consultant
  • Financial Planner
  • Investment Analyst
  • Investment Banker
  • Insurance Specialist/Officer
  • Real Estate Manager
  • Stock Broker
  • Portfolio Manager
  • Bank Manager/Officer
  • Development Banks/Institutions Officer
  • Venture Capital Professionals
  • Sharia Compliant Specialist (Islamic Track)

Dr. Amal El Tigani Ali

Associate Professor

Hekma School of Business and Law

Dr. Karima Saci

Assistant Professor

Hekma School of Business and Law

Ms. Donia Sleiman Mamlouk

Coordinator - Lecturer

Hekma School of Business and Law

Ms. Arwa Fouad Bajbeir

Lecturer

Hekma School of Business and Law

Mr. Masood Ghaus Aijazi

Lecturer

Hekma School of Business and Law

Ms. Saida Khalifa

Lecturer

Hekma School of Business and Law

Dr. Sultan Fayhan Al Osaimei

Visiting Associate Professor

Hekma School of Business and Law

Ms. Sarah Fareed

Visiting Lecturer

Hekma School of Business and Law

Key Facts

Program Name

Banking and Finance


Academic Degree

Bachelor


Credit Hours

130


Program Length

4 Years


Mode of study

Full time

Dr. Amal El Tigani Ali

Vice President, Finance & Administration Division, Dean, School of Business & Law, Acting Chair, Finance & Accounting Department, Acting Director Banking & Finance Program


DBA, International Business Finance (Finance & Investment), George Washington University, Washington, DC, USA, 1984

MBA, Finance & Investment, George Washington University, Washington, DC, USA, 1980

BSc (Honours), Business Administration (First Class), University of Khartoum, Sudan, 1975

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