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Master of Business Administration


​​​​Program Overview

Dear Future Leaders and Entrepreneurs,
On behalf of our Management and Marketing department, we are thrilled to welcome you to our vibrant community of passionate learners and future business entrepreneurs! 

Today, the Saudi business environment is undergoing a thrilling transformation, especially with Vision 2030 driving economic growth and diversification. Fueled by innovation, creativity, and data-driven insights, this presents a unique opportunity for you to develop your analytical and critical thinking skills. This is your chance to make a great achievement, building new competitive brands, driving new perspectives, and creating added value to the country. 
Over many years, our esteemed faculty, industry experts, consultants, and dedicated staff have been committed to cultivating an exceptional university learning environment. Through engaging classes, insightful case studies, and real-world projects, we empower our passionate students to gain valuable knowledge and skills.

One of the other majors that the University offers in the same departmant is a bachelor’s degree in marketing. For those interested in getting a scholarship, the University offers different types of graduate scholarships.

Program Mission

Graduating leaders equipped with applied knowledge, skills, and values in the multi -disciplinary field of business administration within an academic environment that encourages scientific research and community engagement.

Program Goals

  • Enhance students' learning in terms of applied knowledge and skills in the areas of management and business decision making.
  • Equip students with key attributes of professional and ethical conduct.
  • Incorporate international business concepts and practices in the curriculum.
  • Develop students' skills and professionalism to meet job market requirements.

Why Choose the Master of Business Administration ​Program​ at Dar Al-Hekma University?

  • The curriculum was designed by international scholars at the Hass School of Business, UC Berkeley in California.The MBA program uniquely combines best practices from the West with the most current and challenging areas in the world of business that are of significance to the Kingdom.
  • Courses in the program, which are modular and/or semester-based ones, are generally taught  over the weekends. The scheduling of the courses in the program was specially designed to accommodate different busy life schedules that students may have.​
  • The courses in the program, and include lectures, and intensive workshops to provide students with outstanding skills for negotiation, leadership, time management and problem solving, which enhances, and employability in the labor market.​
  • All courses combine theory and practice and include lectures, meetings with specialists,  intensive workshops and training­­ to equip students with outstanding skills of negotiation,  leadership, problem-solving, and time management, and to enhance their  qualifications, abilities, eligibility and employability in the labor market.​
  • All MBA courses are taught by a team of an international mix of dedicated, passionate, and high-caliber professors who come from diverse, international and local backgrounds and hold degrees from prestigious international universities. ​
  • The program provides its students with socially, culturallyو and educationally diverse experiences, enabling them to keep abreast of local and global developments in their field of specialization.​

Graduate Attributes

  • Knowledgeable of the broad conceptual and theoretical aspects of Business Administration
  • Informed of the trends and dynamics of their relevant industries
  • Persuasive oral and written communicator​
  • Problem solver
  • Capable of making effective decisions
  • Committed to ethical practices and social responsibility
  • Independent and collaborative team player​

​​​Admission Requirements


​​​​​ Programs​
Linguaskill Score​​
Required ​Bachelor
Pre-Requisite Program
​Othe Admission Requirement
Master of Business​
Arabic MBA Students
are Excluded
A Bachelor Degree in
Any Field
1-Pass ​Interview
2- Letter of Purpose in
(English for English Track/
Arabic for Arabic Track)

For further details about admissions, click here

​L​earning Outcomes

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


  • Has thorough knowledge and critical understanding of the main areas of Business Administration, Including principal concepts, principles and theories, and their current application to cases in professional Practice.
  • Has detailed understanding of one or more complex areas of specialization at the forefront of theory, research or professional practice in the field of Business Administration.
  • Understands how new knowledge is developed and applied and the effects of recent research on the store of knowledge in the field of Business Administration and on associated professional Practice.
  • Is aware of recent regulatory provisions in the local and international environment that might affect professional dealings in the field of Business Administration, and of the causes and future Implications of those changes.


  • ​​​​​Consistently applies practical and theoretical knowledge in dealing with a wide variety of novel and unpredictable scholarly and/or professional contexts, and develops original and creative responses to issues and problems.
  • Makes informed and defensible judgments in circumstances where there is an absence of complete or consistent information.
  • Can synthesize and apply research and scholarly publications or professional reports, and develop Significant new ideas and integrate them into or challenge established knowledge.
  • Can apply common and specialized research techniques in the creative analysis of complex issues and develop conclusions and proposals relevant to the field of Business Administration.
  • Can independently plan and execute a major project or piece of scholarly research applying practical and theoretical knowledge and research techniques, and produce sound conclusions that add significantly to existing knowledge or professional practice.
  • Takes initiative in identifying and responding creatively to complex issues and problems in the professional context of Business Administration where additional information or skills are required, takes independent action to acquire and apply that information or skill.
  • Communicate effectively in oral and written format both individually & in groups
  • Use information and communication technology
  • Use basic math and statistical techniques


  • Accepts full responsibility for own work and cooperates fully and constructively with others in dealing with issues and problems, exercising both informal and formal leadership skills, where appropriate.
  • Deals consistently and sensitively with complex ethical issues in academic and professional contexts. Where issues are not adequately dealt with in current ethical codes of practice or regulations, makes informed, fair, and valid judgments on the basis of sound principles and values.
  • Takes initiative in raising deficiencies in existing codes of practice for possible review and amendment
  • In group situations, acts in ways that consistently enhance the effectiveness of the group as a whole.​

​​Plan of Study


​​​​​​Pre-MBA Courses
Semester – Fall

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

MBAC 6201
Introduction to Accounting (Pre Accounting)
MBFN 6201
Corporate Finance (Pre Finance) 
MBEC 6201
Introduction to Economics (Pre Finance​)​ 
MBRM 6201
Statistical Analysis for Business

Year One (1)
Semester – Fall Semester – Spring

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

MBAC 6301Managerial Accounting3MBFN 6301Managerial Finance3
MBEC 6301Managerial Economics3MBMK 6301Marketing Strategy3
MBMG 6301Organizational Theory and Design3MBMG 6302Global Management Skills3
MBXX xxxxElective3
Total Credit Hours 9 Total Credit Hours 12
Year Two (2)
Semester – Fall Semester – Spring

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

MBMG 6303Strategic Management3MBMG 6304Entrepreneurship3
MBXX xxxxElective3MBRM 6301Research Project3
MBXX xxxxElective3MBXX xxxxElective3
MBXX xxxxElective3
Total Credit Hours 12 Total Credit Hours 9

​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:

  • ​​​​​​Management Consultant
  • Marketing Manager
  • Investment Banker
  • Operations Manager
  • Financial Advisor
  • Healthcare Administrator
  • Information Systems Manager
  • Operations Research Analyst
  • Business Operations Manager
  • Management Analyst
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Financial Analyst
  • HR Manager

Master of Business Administration ​​Course Description ​

​​MBMG 6301 Organizational Theory and Design
The major focus of this course will be on understanding human behavior in organizational settings and designing processes that maximize employee performance. Emphasis will be on identifying, understanding, and predicting the causes and consequences of human behavior in organizations, for example, how the individual affects and is affected by the structure of the organization; how reward structures and leadership processes are related to organizational goals; and how all of these and other factors impact on managerial effectiveness in the organization. This course will also focus on the role of organizational structure, design and external environmental factors in determining an organization’s success.

MBAC 6301 Managerial Accounting
This course provides an overview of the fundamentals of managerial accounting. Emphasis is placed on understanding how cost data are accumulated and used. It also explains how information derived from accounting systems is used for decision making. Students will be exposed to cost analysis, budgeting, management control and evaluation. All these topics are discussed in relation to the Saudi business environment.

MBEC 6301: Managerial Economics
Managerial Economics is a discipline concerned with the achievement of managerial goals in a way that makes the most efficient use of scarce resources. This course will teach students how to practically apply economic principles to management decisions within organizations. This course aims to provide students with an advanced awareness of the external business environment of organizations, as well as familiarize them with value creation internally. The course integrates several economic principles and concepts with typical issues that managers face in decision making in local and international contexts.
MBFN 6301 Managerial Finance
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. Some of the topics that will be covered include capital budgeting, capital structure and leverage, dividend policies, mergers and acquisitions and risk management. All these topics are discussed in relation to the Saudi business environment. This course employs the case-based method of instruction to enable students to apply their knowledge and skills to practical situations.

MBMG 6302 Global Management Skills
This course addresses practical skills for global managers. It examines common issues and best practices for managing a global workforce as well as relations with customers and partners. Generic cross-border management issues are discussed and then applied to specific skill areas, including establishing credibility, building relationships, obtaining information, evaluating people, giving & receiving feedback, training & development, meeting management, sales & marketing, negotiation, and conflict resolution. Beyond such person-to-person skills, global organization development and consulting skill areas such as multicultural team building, knowledge transfer, innovation, and change management are also covered. Geographical examples are drawn from Asia, Europe, Russia, the Middle East (with emphasis on Saudi Arabia), Latin America, and North America.
MBMK 6301 Marketing Strategy
This course develops the concepts and skills necessary to formulate and implement marketing strategies. It emphasizes how to put these basic elements of marketing into practice in a strategic way. Topics covered include industry analysis, R&D decisions, product development, strategic pricing, product line management, resource allocation decisions, market diagnostics, understanding customers, and managing customer loyalty and customer relationships
MBMG 6303 Strategic Management
This course provides students with a broad understanding of strategic management concepts and theories, and their importance to the organization, industry and society. It exposes the students to the analyses, decisions and actions an organization undertakes in order to create and sustain competitive advantage. It provides an insight into how firms can operate successfully in a complex global economy, in terms of analyzing the environment and defining goals and analyzing organizations for strategic decision- making. Besides explaining the concepts, the course uses case analyses. All these topics are discussed in relation to the Saudi business environment.
The course addresses the key challenges facing a startup venture ranging from opportunity recognition and assessment, strategic positioning and business model selection to marketing, sales, financing, venture capital, assembling the venture team, and harvesting alternatives. The course gives the student an understanding of both the theoretical and real-world tools used by today's entrepreneurial business leaders in achieving success in today's global business environment. The course also explores aspects of entrepreneurship including writing business plans, making investor presentations, and bringing the company to life.
MBRM 6301: Research Project
Students will undertake a research project related to a core or elective course on a topic of their choice, subject to approval from their Advisors/ Course Instructors. This will need to be submitted by the end of the third semester.

Dr. Adel Mohammad S. Al Otaibi

Assistant Professor

Hekma School of Business and Law

Dr. Amani Hamza Mohammed

Assistant Professor

Hekma School of Business and Law

Dr. Inass Salamah Ali

Dean, Hekma School of Business and Law - Associate Professor

Hekma School of Business and Law

Dr. Layla Hussin Khoja

Chair - Assistant Professor

Hekma School of Business and Law

Dr. Taher Lazhar Ayed

Chair - Associate Professor

Hekma School of Business and Law

Key Facts

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Arabic and English

Dr. Tahar Lazhar Ayed

Chair, Management & Marketing Department; Director, English & Arabic Master of Business Administration Program

PhD, Business Administration, University of Tunis El Manar, Tunisia, 2009

MBA, Marketing, University of Quebec, Canada, 2002

BBA, Economics & Social Management, University of Tunis El Manar, Tunisia, 1997

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