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Bachelor of Banking and Finance


​​Message from from Banking and Finance:

Dear Students,
Welcome to the Banking and Finance program in Dar Al-Hekma university.
As a Director of the Banking and Finance program, I am delighted to be collaborating with you supporting your educational journey.

The Banking and Finance program is equipped to provide you with the knowledge, skills, and experiences required to succeed in your future professions and make valuable contributions to the banking and financial sector in Saudi Arabia. Our curriculum was designed in collaboration with top national 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 of Petroleum and Minerals.

I am fully committed to supporting your success, assisting your achievements, and allocating time for extra-curricular activities, side by side with your classes. In exchange, I expect you to work hard in your class and to participate in the department's various activities and look for opportunities to give back to our community.
I'm excited to follow your development and successes as you start along this fascinating financial career path.

Dr. Layla Khoja,
Assistant Professor
Director of the Banking and Finance program

Program Mission

Graduating professionals equipped with knowledge, skills, and values in the areas of banking, investment, and finance within an academic environment that encourages scientific research and community engagement.

Program Goals

  • Expand the Banking and Finance program in alignment with job market needs.
  • Enrich the Banking and Finance profession by graduating qualified professionals.
  • Increase research opportunities in the area of Banking and Finance.
  • Renew NCAAA accreditation for the Banking and Finance program.
  • Promote Banking and Finance profession to the community.

Why Choose the Banking and Finance Program​ at Dar Al-Hekma University

  • The banking and finance curriculum combines theory and concepts with practical skills needed in the job market.
  • The program associates itself with the industry through strong links with prominent employers and prepares its graduates to meet the requirements of the industry.
  • The curriculum was designed in collaboration with top national and international universities and developed by the Hass School of Business at the University of California Berkeley, USA and tailored specifically to the Saudi market by King Fahd University.
  • The program is accredited by the National Commission of Academic Accreditation and Assessment (NCAAA).
  • The faculty of the program are a mix of highly qualified international and national scholars who hold degrees from reputable world-class universities.​

Graduate Attributes​

  • Knowledgeable of the broad conceptual and theoretical aspects of their fields.
  • Informed of the trends and dynamics of their relevant industries.
  • Effective problem solver in different professional situations.
  • Capable of making effective decisions.
  • Persuasive oral and written communicators.
  • Committed to ethical practices and social responsibility.
  • Independent and collaborative team players.
  • Emotionally intelligent and self-aware.
  • Lifelong learner.
  • Researcher and investigator.
  • Tech-savvy.

​Admission Requirements​


​​​​​ Programs​
​​Linguaskill ​Score​​
Required ​Certificate Percentage​​
Qudurat Test Score​​​
​Othe Admission Requirement
Bachelor​ of Banking and Finance
​162 ​

For further details about admissions,​click here

​ Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, graduates will be able to:​​


  • Explain concepts, principles, and practices related to Business.
  • Identify fundamentals and theories related to Banking and Finance.
  • Recognize the implications of domestic and foreign influences on financial markets and financial institutions.


  • Demonstrate the ability to critically analyze, manage, and make decisions to deal with the challenges and complexities of the national and global business environment.
  • Use techniques and methods of inquiry to collect, manage, and interpret data that would support strategic decisions.
  • Demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills.
  • Apply appropriate techniques to evaluate various scenarios related to corporate finance, investment, commercial and Islamic banking, ​and risk management.
  • Demonstrate analytical and research-based problem-solving skills to formulate financial decisions and recommendations.


  • Demonstrate an understanding of community engagement, and professional, ethical, and legal responsibilities.
  • Work independently and/or as part of a team. ​

​​​​Plan of Study​

​​​Year One
Semester – Fall Semester – Spring

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

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

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

BACC 2301Principles of Managerial
3BBUS 2302Quantitative Analysis for
BECO 2301Principles of
3BFIN 2302Financial Management3
BMGT 2302Human Resource
3BMGT 2301Principles of Organizational
BSTA 2301Statistics for Business3ARAB xxxxArabic Studies3
COMM 1302Communication Skills II3
ITAI 1201
Introdction to Artificial Intellig​ence 
ARTS xxxxArts and Design2XXXX xxxxRequired General Ed Electives
Total Credit Hours 17 Total Credit Hours 17
Year Three 
Semester – Fall Semester – Spring

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

BMGT 3301International Business
3BMGT 3304Strategic Management3
BMGT 3201Legal Environment
of Business
2BNFN 3307
Islamic Banking and Finance
BBUS 3302Research Methodology3BNFN 3305Risk Management
of Financial Markets
and Institutions
BNFN 3302Commercial Bank
3EMOI 1201Emotional Intelligence2
BNFN 3303Investment Analysis
and Portfolio Management
3ISLS xxxxIslamic Studies3
ENTR 3301Entrepreneurship and
Design Thinking
3XXXX xxxxRequired General Ed Electives
Total Credit Hours 17 Total Credit Hours 17
Year Four
Semester – Fall Semester – Spring

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

BBUS 4301Business Ethics and
Social Responsability 
3BNFN 4309
Investment Banking
BNFN4301Corporate Finance3BNFN 4303Internship: Banking and
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

Career Prospects

​​​​​​The program equips students with the necessary skills that qualify them for a variety of career paths/jobs in the market including, but not limited to: ​

  • 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 (Students from the Islamic track)​
​​ Banking and Finance Program Course Descriptions 

Year 1: Semester One

BBUS 1301: Introduction to Business (3) Prerequisite(s): None
This course gives an understanding of the aims of business activity and overview of the environment in which business works. All course topics are covered in relation to both the international business environment, in general, and to Saudi business environment, specifically. It outlines major local, regional and international groups within and outside business and their influences on business organizations. It also addresses the different forms of business organizations. The course also covers the main components of a typical business plan.

MATH 1301: College Algebra (3) Prerequisite(s): None
This course provides a broad-based foundation in algebra which emphasizes important concepts and skills covering the concepts of algebra, such as polynomials, solving equations (linear and nonlinear) and inequalities, and exploring functions and their graphs. Students are introduced to exponential and logarithmic concepts and equations. Real world applications are presented within the course content. Technology is integrated into this course by using a graphing calculator.

BMKT 1301: Principles of Marketing Management (3) Prerequisite(s): None
This course focuses on marketing principles and the basic marketing decisions facing a firm. It emphasizes the assessment and understanding of the marketplace, marketing strategies, including segmentation, targeting and positioning, product, price, place, and promotional strategies. The course also provides a framework for understanding and implementing these strategies in the local market.

COMM 1301: Communication Skills I (3) Prerequisite(s): ENRM 1301
This course focuses on the development of intellectual viewpoints, class discussions and debates. The course emphasizes the writing skills needed to produce different types of essays, demonstrating key rhetorical devices and correct citations. It highlights the processes needed for essay development.

ICTC 1301: Information and Communication Technology (3) Prerequisite(s): None
The course introduces the basic computer knowledge and skills required in the everyday professional and personal use of computers. It focuses on the use of twenty first century technology in the workplace. The course emphasizes computer essentials, word processing, spreadsheets, and
presentation software. It further provides a foundation for the use of the Internet, World Wide Web, online communication tools, information security, and latest trends for computers and information.

Year 1: Semester Two

BACC 1301: Principles of Financial Accounting (3) Prerequisite(s): BBUS 1301
This course provides students with the fundamentals of financial accounting. It explains accounting concepts, theory and procedures for proprietorships, partnerships and corporations. The course covers the accounting cycle as reflected in the sequence of accounting procedures used to record. classify and summarize accounting information in financial reports. All these topics and other advanced topics of financial accounting are discussed in relation to the Saudi business environment.

BMGT 1301: Principles of Management (3) Prerequisite(s): BBUS 1301
This course covers the fundamentals of the management process. The basic functions of management: planning, organizing, directing and controlling are covered. Also included are social responsibilities, political influences and ethical considerations as they affect the management of organizations. The course also introduces the students to international business, production, communications and decision making in terms of management activities.

BECO 1201: Principles of Microeconomics (2) Prerequisite(s): None
This course introduces the basic economic concepts related to individual decision makers in the economy: households, businesses and governments. It focuses on the definition of economic problems and market systems and addresses factors of production and public expenditures issues. The course analyzes consumer and firm behaviors in different market structures.

MATH 1303: Calculus (3) Prerequisite(s): MATH 1301
This course provides an introduction to the use of calculus in some of the basic quantitative methods for business and social sciences. It emphasizes computational skills, ideas, and problem solving. It also introduces the method of least square and regression to model real-life situations and uses the concepts of differentiation and integration in business applications.

BBIS 1301: Business Information Systems (3) Prerequisite(s): BBUS 1301 + ICTC 1301
This course provides an overview of information systems (IS) and information technologies (IT) functions and challenges in different organizations and institutions. It presents managerial and organizational views of how information, communication and office technologies function in
today's corporate world. It also introduces the technical environment of a business area and the different types of Information Systems used in the various organizational levels. 

Year 2: Semester One

BACC 2301: Principles of Managerial Accounting (3) Prerequisite(s): BACC 1301
This course provides an overview of the fundamentals of managerial accounting, with emphasis on the accumulation and usage of cost data. It also covers accounting systems, decision making, cost analysis, budgeting, management evaluation and control.

BECO 2301: Principles of Macroeconomics (3) Prerequisite(s): MATH 1301
This course introduces macroeconomic analysis related to economic relationships. It covers national income accounting and determination, business cycles, aggregate demand, aggregate supply, inflation, unemployment, fiscal and monetary policies, money and banking, economic growth and development, and international trade. It focuses on the characteristics of the Saudi business environment in business operations.

BMGT 2302: Human Resource Management (2) Prerequisite(s): BMGT 1301
This course introduces the field of human resources management and its main functions. It also familiarizes the students with the strategic role of human resources management in achieving organizations competitive advantage. The emphasis is on the main success measures for human resource activities, job analysis and design, recruitment and selection, performance and evaluation management, training and development, and career planning.

BSTA 2301: Statistics for Business (3) Prerequisite(s): MATH 1301
This course aims at providing the necessary tools to analyze statistical information critically. It introduces concrete examples handling data sets and using standard techniques for displaying, summarizing and analyzing data. The course also covers business applications using statistical inference and hypothesis testing techniques for business problem-solving and decision-making.

COMM 1302: Communication Skills II (3) Prerequisite(s): COMM 1301
This course reinforces critical reading and academic texts analysis. It focuses on advanced writing skills towards the development of different types of essays using APA style. The course emphasizes writing an extended argumentative essay.

Year 2: Semester Two

BBUS 2302: Quantitative Analysis for Management (3) Prerequisite(s): BSTA 2301
This course provides an overview of operations research/ management science methods and their role in decision-making. The emphasis is on problem formulation and managerial interpretation. The course further emphasizes how managers can use this approach to design and control business processes to increase profitability and decrease costs for the organization. It also introduces quantitative procedures through situations that include both problem formulation and technique application integrated with personal computer software.

BFIN 2302: Financial Management (3) Prerequisite(s): BACC 1301
This course introduces the basic theories, concepts and analytical techniques in Financial Management. It focuses on goals, objectives and functions of the financial manager as well as analysis of financial statements. It emphasizes on financial assets valuation and making long term investments and financing decisions particularly decisions related capital structure and capital budgeting. All topics are discussed with reference to the Saudi Market

BMGT 2301: Principles of Organizational Behavior (3)Prerequisite(s): BBUS 1301 + BMGT 1301
This course focuses on understanding human behavior in organizational settings. It emphasizes the causes and consequences of human behavior in organizations. It covers the effects of the organizational structure on the individual, the reward and leadership process, and the impact of managerial effectiveness on the organization. The course also provides a framework for understanding and implementing management functions involved in strategic planning and programming.

LOGC 1201: Logic and Problem Solving (2) Prerequisite(s): None
This course introduces fundamentals of logic and techniques to enhance the skills of problem solving. It covers the properties of number system, methods of reasoning and set operations, counting and probability. It focuses on basic elements of logic with emphasis on constructing truth tables for different statements to produce logical conclusions.

Year 3: Semester One

BMGT 3301: International Business Management (3) Prerequisite(s): BMGT 1301 + BECO 2301
This course focuses on the nature and scope of international business and introduces the three environments in which international business managers must operate. It also provides an understanding of domestic, international, and foreign environments. It addresses the concepts of international business in local market conditions.

BMGT 3201: Legal Environment of Business (2) Prerequisite(s): BBUS 1301 + BMGT 1301
The course provides essential information concerning the legal environment in which businesses operate. It introduces legal concepts that affect business activities with emphasis on legal reasoning and problem-solving skills that can be applied in a business context. All the aspects of law covered in this course are examined from both international and Saudi law perspectives.

BNFN 3303: Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management (3) Prerequisite(s): BFIN 2302
This course focuses on the skills and competencies necessary for understanding, analyzing and applying the concepts and theories of investment in the Business environment. It provides an understanding of the return generating process of assets, including stocks and bonds. In addition, it details how various assets can be combined in efficient portfolios within the mean variance framework.

BNFN 3302: Commercial Bank Management (3) Prerequisite(s): BFIN 2302
This course introduces the management theory and practice relevant to banking institutions. It focuses on the analysis of commercial banks' financial statements and performance. It assesses the asset liability management strategies applied in commercial banks. It also evaluates the management strategies of different uses and sources of funds in commercial banks. The course emphasizes on the Saudi Commercial Banking practices and laws.

BBUS 3302: Research Methodology (3) Prerequisite(s): BSTA 2301
This course provides an overview of the nature of business and management research. It introduces the fundamental tools of research methodology. It also includes training in the areas of primary and secondary data collection and qualitative and quantitative methods of organizing data and utilization of research findings.

ENTR 3301: Entrepreneurship and Design Thinking (3) Prerequisite(s): None
This course introduces the concept of entrepreneurship, nature of enterprise and role of the entrepreneur. It emphasizes the theoretical and practical perspectives of the entrepreneurship process. The course also explores other aspects of entrepreneurship including the development and evaluation of business plans and the presentation and pitching to the business investors.

Year 3: Semester Two

BMGT 3304: Strategic Management (3)Prerequisite(s): BMGT 2302 + BMGT 3301 + BFIN 2302 + BMKT 1301
This course provides an overview of strategic management concepts and theories, and their importance to the organization, industry and society. It covers the analyses, decisions and actions an organization undertakes in order to create and sustain competitive advantage. It presents an insight into the successful operation of an organization in a complex global economy. This course addresses these operational issues in the Saudi business environment.

BNFN 3305: Risk Management of Financial Markets and Prerequisite(s): BNFN 3302 Institutions (3)
This course provides an understanding of the process of financial intermediation. It describes the role of financial institutions and financial markets in the process of capital formation in the economy. It also provides a deep understanding of how to identify, measure and manage risks in financial institutions. The focus is on interest rate risk, market risk, credit risk, foreign exchange risk and liquidity risks. The courses centers around the Saudi business environment.

BNFN 3307: Islamic Banking and Finance (3) Prerequisite(s): BNFN 3302
This course aims to introduce the main principles of Islamic banking and finance. It analyzes the difference between Islamic and conventional banking models. This course additionally focuses on major Islamic products and services offered by Islamic banks, economics of profit sharing, operations of Islamic banking, and operations of Islamic insurance. All topics are discussed in relation to the Saudi business environment.

EMOI 1201: Emotional Intelligence (2) Prerequisite(s): None
This course focuses on the key concepts of Emotional Intelligence. It emphasizes the importance and benefits of Emotional Intelligence. It also raises awareness about the role of competencies and skills in an individual's career.

Year 4: Semester One

BBUS 4301: Business Ethics and Social Responsibility (3) Prerequisite(s): BMGT 1301 + BMKT 1301
This course introduces ethical issues and dilemmas which arise in business contexts. It provides ethical concepts and frameworks that are relevant to resolving business problems. The course covers moral principles in business, ethical dilemmas and issues facing individuals and organizations, and safeguards to maintain ethics in business.

BNFN 4301: Corporate Finance (3) Prerequisite(s): BNFN 3303
This course discusses the goals of the financial manager and presents the analytical methods and practices of modern financial management. It addresses in more depth, various financial management topics and issues. Major finance concepts and theories are presented together with their applications. All these topics are discussed in relation to the Saudi business environment.

BBBF 1101: Basic Body and Brain Fitness (1) Prerequisite(s): None
This course focuses on body and brain fitness methods to gain values and integrity. The course analyzes the basic fundamentals and techniques used in a particular physical and/or mental activity. Activities vary from semester to semester.

Year 4: Semester Two

BNFN 4309: Investment Banking (3) Prerequisite(s): BNFN 3302 + BNFN 3303 + BNFN 4301
This course introduces the concepts and scope of investment banking. It focuses on the primary functions of investment banking such as mergers and acquisitions (M&A), IPO, leveraged buyouts (LBO) and corporate restructuring and the different valuation methods. It also covers ethical issues and the regulatory framework of investment banking.

BNFN 4304: Financial Policy (3) Prerequisite(s): BNFN 4301
This course introduces the application of the concepts, skills, tools and techniques acquired in finance and other business courses to real finance problems. The course focuses on setting appropriate financial strategies and policies. It mainly utilizes the case method of instruction. Prerequisites: BFN 4301 Corporate Finance.

BNFN 4303: Internship: Banking and Finance (3)_ Prerequisite(s): BNFN 3302 + BNFN 3303 + BNFN 3305
​This course provides the opportunity to gain knowledge through actual job experience in the profession. Internships represent job experience which is aimed at supplementing the classroom learning process and to allow familiarization with real world experiences related to the Banking and Finance profession. The internship program period covers 180 hours of working experience applied at a bank or a related financial institution locally or internationally.

Dr. Karima Saci

Assistant Professor

Hekma School of Business and Law

Dr. Layla Hussin Khoja

Chair - Assistant Professor

Hekma School of Business and Law

Ms. Saida Khalifa


Hekma School of Business and Law



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Dr. Layla Hussin Khoja

Chair, Finance & Accounting Department; Director, Banking & Finance Program

PhD, Finance, University of Southampton, UK, 2015

MBA, Business Administration, King Abdul Aziz University, KSA, 2007

BSc in Accounting, King Abdul Aziz University, KSA, 2002

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