Master of Business Administration

The ADSM MBA program focuses on entrepreneurship and innovation is delivered in association with Imperial College Business School, one of the world’s top ranked business schools.

It creates strategic leaders seeking solutions to global issues with local and international expertise.

Our MBA is one of the most unique in the UAE and the GCC region.

Whether you work for a large organization or are thinking of starting your own business, the ADSM MBA develops innovation and entrepreneurship to help you drive new opportunities and meet global challenges.

It opens up a world of possibilities through both a practical and theoretical approach so you can immediately apply what you learn.   Our MBA students and alumni are senior managers and leaders from a range of backgrounds and industries who are making a real difference in the UAE and GCC region.

Signature learning Experience

ADSM’s MBA program incorporates Signature Learning Experiences (SLEs) into the curriculum to develop entrepreneurial leaders. These education experiences occur throughout the program, giving students the opportunity to integrate the knowledge gained in the classroom and apply it to entrepreneurial decision making. (read more..)

Learning Outcomes

There are six learning outcomes for the MBA program that each graduate is expected to achieve by the time of graduation from the program. These are:

  1. Entrepreneurial and Innovative Thinking: ADSM MBA graduates can identify, assess, and shape opportunities in a variety of contexts. They use creative and innovative approaches to develop and act on opportunities to create value for stakeholders and society.
  2. Ethics and Social Responsibility: ADSM MBA graduates demonstrate the ability and inclination to make decisions based on values and take action that show an awareness of and attempt to serve all stake holders.
  3. Integration: ADSM MBA graduates draw upon multiple functional perspectives concurrently to shape comprehensive responses to business challenges and opportunities.
  4. Global Perspective: ADSM MBA graduates recognize and evaluate global opportunities while incorporating cultural context and complexities associated with managing in a global environment.
  5. Business Acumen: ADSM MBA graduates generate and synthesize information, then apply functional business skills to make and implement timely and informed decisions.

Teamwork: ADSM MBA graduates recognize the importance of effective team work, value diverse perspectives and skills, and willingly assume a variety of roles to accomplish team goals.

Accreditation and Affiliation

The program is accredited by the UAE Ministry of Education – Higher Education Affairs through the Commission for Academic Accreditation (CAA).  ADSM has recently joined the Association of MBAs (AMBA) development network.

MBA Timings

Classes are held over 1 intensive weekend every month
(Thursday 4-8 PM, Friday and Saturday 9AM -8PM- lunch provided)

There is also one additional session every month, following the intensive session.
(4-8 PM –usually on Wednesday)

MBA Program Length

The MBA program can be completed in 14-15 months.

MBA Degree Structure and Sequence

The MBA program consists of a total of 46 credit hours which includes 25 credit hours of core courses. The duration of each course is approximately one month. In addition, students will simultaneously enroll in the Signature Learning Experience course, which is a 9 credit hour experiential course that runs throughout the entire program. Once students complete the core set of courses, they must also complete 12 credit hours of electives.

*The electives listed below are a sample only, and may not be offered during the course of study.

Course Credit Hours Code
Entrepreneurship 2 EPS 6110
Strategy 2 MGT 6410
Global Connections through Technology 2 IT 6210
Managerial Economics 2 ECN 6310
Law 1 LAW 6210
Finance 2 FIN 6310
Operations Management 2 OPS 6310
International Economics 2 ECN 6420
Decision Analysis 2 QTM 6210
Leadership & Change 2 LDC 6310
Innovation 2 ELT 6210
Managerial Accounting 2 ACC 6320
Marketing 2 MKT 6210
Total Credits (Core) 25
Managing for Profitable Growth 2 MGT 6310
Total Quality Principles 2 EPS 6210
Organizational Behavior 2 OB 7310
Human Resource Management 2 HRM 7200
Risk and Insurance 2 ELT 6300
Strategic Frameworks 2 MGT 7500
Brand Management 2 BND 6118
Competing in the Digital Age 2 EIT 6320
Design for Business 2 MGT 6500
Building Entrepreneurial Teams 2 MGT 6320
*Total Credits (any six electives) 12
Signature Learning Experience (SLE) 9 MBA 8300
Grand Total 46


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