Postgraduate Programs 2018/19
Part-time Master of Business Administration Program in Saudi Arabia
Award Title

Master of Business Administration

Program Short Name

MBA Saudi Arabia

Mode of Study


Normative Program Duration

2 years

Program Fee

A total fixed fee for one cohort will be charged to the company.  The program fee includes all the faculty fees, case materials, handouts and textbooks. 

Program Advisor

Program Advisor Program Director:

Prof Steven J DEKREY, Adjunct Professor of Management


There is no open recruitment for this program.

With the vision to become a leading business school which is innovative, diverse and global, the Part-time Master of Business Administration (MBA) Program in Saudi Arabia is offered by the School of Business and Management of HKUST in collaboration with Saudi Aramco, officially the Saudi Arabian Oil Company, at their headquarters in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.  Saudi Aramco is the national oil company of Saudi Arabia with more than 55,000 employees from 70 nations.  This program is fully funded by Saudi Aramco.


The program aims to provide leadership and management training to those outstanding staff with high potential, including both male and female participants, of Saudi Aramco and its local business counterparts, in order to develop their global mindset and prepare them to think and act globally.

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

  1. Analyze and solve business problems from each of the managerial disciplines of management education;
  2. Solve cross functional business problems and create integrated business solutions;
  3. Evaluate the ethical implications and potential risks faced by managers and apply responsible leadership principles to the business decision making process;   
  4. Make effective managerial business decisions that incorporate potential global/international considerations (benefits and risks);
  5. Within a managerial context, be able to communicate clearly across multiple stakeholder groups and functional topics; and
  6. Work and manage themselves effectively within a team environment (as a team leader or follower) to deliver team objectives. 
  1. Minimum Credit Requirement

45 credits


  1. Required Courses 

29 credits

ACCT 5100
ACCT 5210
ECON 5110
ECON 5200
FINA 5120
ISOM 5020
ISOM 5510
ISOM 5700
MARK 5120
MGMT 5110
MGMT 5210
MGMT 5230
MGMT 5410
MGMT 5590
MGMT 5640


  1. Elective Courses

16 credits


Last update: 31 July 2018

To qualify for admission, applicants must meet all of the following requirements.  Admission is selective and meeting these minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.

1. General Admission Requirements of the University
  • Applicants seeking admission to a master's degree program should have obtained a bachelor’s degree from a recognized institution, or an approved equivalent qualification.

2. English Language Admission Requirements

Applicants have to fulfill English Language requirements with one of the following proficiency attainments:

  • TOEFL-iBT: 80

  • TOEFL-pBT: 550

  • TOEFL-Revised paper-delivered test (effective from 2018/19 admission): 60
    (total scores for Reading, Listening and Writing sections)

  • IELTS (Academic Module): Overall score: 6.0 and All sub-score: 5.5

Applicants don't need to present TOEFL or IELTS score if

  • their first language is English, or

  • they obtained the bachelor's degree (or equivalent) from an institution where the medium of instruction was English.

3. Program-Specific Admission Requirements
  • A GMAT or a GRE score, and
  • Three years of work experience
4. Additional Information
  • Employment history will play a critical role in the admission process.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in the English language is important for successful completion of the program.
  • Applicants with more than seven years' full-time work experience may apply for a GMAT waiver, which is subject to approval.