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Suliman S. Olayan School of Business

P.O. Box: 11-0236 Riad El-Solh Beirut,
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Postgraduate Overview

Building on over a century of prominence in business education, the Suliman S. Olayan School of Business (“OSB”) is committed to providing quality undergraduate and graduate programs aimed at developing business leaders in, for or from the Middle East region and beyond. The School’s undergraduate program (“BBA”) accentuates a liberal arts-based operational focus whereas the Executive MBA has a distinct leadership and strategy orientation. The MBA program imparts globally current, regionally relevant general management competencies to the next generation of business leaders; the specialized masters programs ( MFIN and MHRM ) are designed to graduate expert practitioners. OSB’s role in knowledge dissemination and service is reinforced by the School’s contribution to knowledge generation through basic and applied research. OSB upholds and promotes the highest ethical standards and a continuous improvement ethos in all its activities.

Suliman S. Olayan School of Business at the American University of Beirut has five specialized master’s programs, including in both finance and business analytics.  The school provides a solid foundation for those wanting a career in business and finance, and has been placed in the 2018 edition of the QS Business Master’s Ranking.

The finance program is open for both those with a business background, and those without – the length of time the course takes to fulfill depends on previous experience in business; the minimum time is one year, full-time. The finance department is a partner of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute, which means students can access benefits, such as scholarships and Level One of the CFA program. The business analytics course is also 12 months when studied full-time. The school offers graduate assistantship, based on merit, with up to 70 percent discount in fees, for 20 work hours per week in return. There is also the MasterCard Foundation Scholarship, which is only available to full-time students. Courses range from data processing framework, to supply chain analytics.

For students that do not have a graduate degree in finance, two compulsory pre-requisite courses are available prior to enrollment for official study. The GMAT/GRE will not be required for the finance program. For further details on admissions, please visit their website.

Postgraduate courses offered

Master's in Finance

Master's in Human Resource Management

Master's in Business Analytics

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