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The MBA Program

Program Overview


The MBA program at KFUPM Business School was established in 1975 and is one of the oldest MBA programs in the region. It was designed initially to serve the local professional community with the rise of oil & gas companies such as Saudi Aramco and SABIC. However, this soon extended beyond that as the region began to attract professionals in various industries. These new developments allowed the MBA program to be enriched with diverse backgrounds bringing a unique flavor to the class. In 2002, the Business School achieved the AACSB accreditation and that brought the MBA into light thus attracting international students too. 

The MBA provides all necessary education and skills to prepare students to work and perform successfully at all levels of management. The program covers all the functional areas of business and allows the students to take additional elective courses that match their career aims and their personal goals and development, allowing them to further integrate all functional areas and gain the essential overall view of organizational performance.

While the overall orientation of the program is general business management, it also puts sufficient emphasis on leadership, globalization, strategy, and stresses application of the theory and skills to the Saudi business environment.

MBA Curriculum

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Starting the year 2021, the KFUPM MBA is a cohort-based program comprised of 42 credit hours. It can be completed in two and a half years (i.e., 5 semesters). Classes are held from Sundays to Wednesdays, 5:20 pm – 9:25 pm.

The MBA is a co-ed program and is open to all while the admissions will be offered annually.

All candidates for the MBA program must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • A four-year Bachelor’s Degree (B.A., B.S. or B.E.).
  • Grade-Point Average (GPA) of 2.50 or higher on a scale of 4.00 or equivalent, and a GPA of 3.00 in the subject of the major field.
  • Minimum of 3 years of full time work experience
  • Completion of TOEFL with a minimum score of 520 (PBT), 190 (CBT) or 70 (IBT) or IELTS score of 6+
  • Completion of the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) with an acceptable score.

The detail of the cost of the program (inclusive of VAT) is as follows:

  • Saudi Nationals: SR 500/credit hour and the registration fees in the amount of SAR 5000 per semester
  • Non-Saudi Nationals: SR 500/credit hour and the registration fees in the amount of SAR 7000 per semester

Students sponsored by their employers from private sectors (except KFUPM) are charged SAR 150,000 for the whole program.

Students must fulfill the requirements to be able to enrol in our MBA Program.

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