Business Administration




College of Business Management

Course Detail

IoBM’s MBA program is designed to produce transformational, ethical and change leadership for businesses and industry through an integrated curriculum and experiential learning and prepares graduates for business challenges emerging from globalization, connectivity and technology driven innovations. The program is designed to produce a skilled pool of business leaders possessing multidisciplinary expertise.

A distinguishing feature of the program is the academic ecosystem of experiential learning which immerses the student in a cycle of “learning by doing” through reflection. Case studies and project work are among the pedagogies used for delivery of the curriculum content. A significant value adding feature is the 6 credit hours of a Graduate Capstone Project divided into two 3 credit hour components. Students undertake, individually or in small groups, a real life project with a company that addresses a real life issue which, through the application of multidisciplinary knowledge and skills acquired during MBA studies, helps in more profitable and competitive decision making and implementation in the organization. This project is jointly supervised and evaluated by a faculty member with aligned skills and interest and an industry mentor and is evaluated in an open exhibition by executives and faculty. A Capstone Project report has to be converted into a publishable case study as a part of the degree requirement.


CBM’s MBA program is a 72 credit-hour program that most students can complete in two years. It is designed for students with a minimum of 16 years of education with degrees in a wide range of disciplines such as business, commerce, engineering, law, science, medicine, the arts and pharmacy. CBM MBA programs share a unified structure consisting of a foundation stage followed by the specialization stage. The Foundation Stage of the MBA program fulfills the minimum eligibility requirements of HEC to switch from a non-business major at the bachelor stage to a master level program in business as per PQF, Pakistan Qualification Framework. It consists of 30 credit hours.

The foundation stage consists of 30 credit hours of coursework from areas such as Communications, Economics, Quantitative Analysis, Behavior/ Psychology, Accounting, Finance, Law/Ethics, Management, HRM, Marketing, and Research.

The specialization stage consists of 42 credit hours of coursework covering strategic and operational areas of functional and domain-based specializations. The courses are in areas related to Marketing Strategy, Strategic Finance, Strategic Management, Leadership, Technology/Operations, Entrepreneurship, Organizational Processes, Analytics for Decision Making, etc. Students select two real life Capstone Projects in their area of specialization during their final year. MBA students must select at the time of admission from one of the following shifts for their entire program; morning week-days, evening week-days and week-ends. Functional area specializations are available in all three shifts. Domain based specializations are only available during weekends.

  • MBA students who have completed their business relevant Bachelor program from IoBM are exempted from the 30 credit hours of the Foundation Stage of the standardized 72 credit hours MBA Program. Applicants with 4 year bachelor degree from IoBM in a non-business discipline can claim up to 6 course exemption from the foundation stage for the equivalent courses completed in the bachelor program.

  • MBA Program for applicants with 14 years education is of 108 credit hours. It consists of a foundational stage of a minimum of 2 years and consists of 72 credit hours followed by 36 credit hours of rigorous MBA level courses. (The last batch was admitted in MBA 3.5 years in spring 2020.)


The foundation stage covers areas such as accounting, finance, marketing, economics and management in addition to other preparatory course work necessary for applicants coming from background unrelated to business studies. The foundation stage prepares the students for the higher level MBA courses. The program is divided into a foundation stage of 30 credit hours followed by the 42-credit hours of rigorous MBA level courses and the capstone project dealing with strategy and business transformation.

Students joining CBM for the first time are expected to have qualified the MBA Boot Camp

  • Exhibit leadership capacity and teamwork skills for business decision making
  • Effectively disseminate relevant information to concerned stakeholders
  • Develop critical thinking skills for problem solving 
  • Adopt a self-learning approach to address strategic objectives 

  1. Marketing Manager 
  2. Consultant 
  3. Entrepreneur
  4. Finance Manager 
  5. Business Development Manager 
  6. Operations Manager  

CBM MBA Program offers students several options for specialization spread over 42 credit hours. Depending upon the specialization, students complete a minimum of 15 credit hours of strategy level courses, 12 credit hours of operational levels courses focusing on innovation, creativity and efficiency. They also conduct two final year capstone projects focused on real life issues of the industry.

Specializations include (i) functional area specializations and (ii) domain-based specializations:

  1. Functional-area specializations include majors in Marketing, Finance, Human Resource Management. It also includes majors in Logistics and Supply Chain Management, and Development Studies. Functional area specializations offer the flexibility to the MBA students to choose from at least one major before the final year. Students considering functional-area specializations must select at the time of admission from one of the following shifts for their entire program; morning week-days, evening week-days and week-ends.
  2. Domain-based specializations include aggressive tracks in the following domains. Students are expected to opt for them at the time of admission. Students selecting any of these specializations have to complete their entire MBA program during the weekends.

Specialization in Health and Hospital Management
Specialization in Media Management and Marketing
Specialization in Finance and Risk Management
Specialization in Environment and Energy Management
Specialization in Logistics and Supply Chain Management
Specialization in Industrial Management
Specialization in Entrepreneurship and SME Banking and Financing
Specialization in Educational Management

Students selecting a functional area specialization major given below are expected to have completed the 30 credit hours of foundation stage (page No. 37) of the MBA program. The specialization stage consists of 42 credit hours of course work covering strategic and operational areas. They specialize in one of the following functional areas to complete their degree requirements:

Marketing: Aims to empower students to use critical thinking, experiential and active learning to become leaders in a challenging and demanding environment.

Management: Aims to instill in each student a desire to learn, accept challenges, and develop an enquiring mind essential for making a difference in the dynamic global business scenario; in fact in all facets of their lives and communities they become part of.

Finance: Offers courses in finance, incorporating the latest concepts and theories in the related fields and their practical applications to the business world. The program aims to develop fully equipped professionals to face challenges of the industry. Students may also elect courses from Islamic Banking and Finance Major.

Human Resource Management: The Human Resource Management concentration will provide you with a comprehensive overview of the strategic HR management techniques that will help you take on senior management responsibility in the field. The program covers the whole spectrum of HR-related issues, from workforce leadership and performance evaluation to organizational behavior and change management.

Logistics and Supply Chain Management: The program aims to develop supply chain professionals and innovative leaders with research capabilities & entrepreneurial skills who can improve the world and advance management practices.

Development Studies: Development Studies is a vibrant field concerned with processes of change such as social and economic, political and cultural and the major policy challenges that present the efforts to overcome poverty and insecurity. The program provides a stable interdisciplinary social science formation and develops students’ capacities for independent and critical inquiry.

Islamic Banking and Finance: Covers the operations and role of Islamic and Financial banking institutions in an economy. The different types of financial institutions, local as well as multilateral, and their distinct functions are reviewed. The program also covers the concepts of Islamic banking and similarities and conflicts between Islamic and conventional banking. Students may also elect courses from Islamic Banking and Finance Major.

During the specialization stage, students take 12 credit hours of strategy courses, 9 credit hours of operational level courses, and 12 credit hours of elective courses. In addition students select two real life Capstone Projects (6 credit hours) in their area of specialization during their final year.

The functional area specialization track is available in three mutually exclusive shifts: weekends, weekday mornings, or weekday evenings. The candidate must select a shift at the time of filing the application. Students are expected to complete all the courses of their program in their designated shift.

ACC419 Financial Accounting

COM107+ Academic English
COM402 Business Communication
+Less Proficient Students

ECO409 Business Economics

ENT403 Small Business and Entrepreneurship

FIN408 Theory and Practice of Financial Management
FIN601 Strategic Financial Analysis and Design*

Human Resource Management
HRM410 Managing Human Capital
HRM606 Leadership, Ethics and Change*

LAW409 Corporate and Business Law

MAN418 Management and Organizational Dynamics
MAN606 Business Analytics for Decision Making*
MAN608 Technology, Operations and Innovation*
MAN612 Strategic Management*1

MKT402 Marketing Management
MKT404 Methods in Business Research
MKT509 Consumer Behavior
MKT610 Marketing Strategies and Value Innovation*

Statistics and Mathematics
STA411 Quantitative Analysis for Decision Making

4 Elective to be chosen from the Elective Courses

Capstone Project

XXX6912 Capstone Project I*

XXX6922 Capstone Project II*

*Indicates MBA level courses

  1. MBA Students with business relevant Bachelor program from IoBM will instead take MAN604 Management Strategies, Disruptionand Emerging Organizational Models.

  2. Students will be selecting their functional area specialization Capstone Projects: MKT691/692 for Marketing Specialization students, MAN691/692 for Management Specialization students, FIN691/692 for Finance Specialization students, HRM691/692 for HRM Specialization students, SCM691/692 for Logistics & Supply Chain Management Specialization students and IBF691/692 for Islamic Banking & Finance Specialization students.

Students may choose 4 elective courses from the following specializations. They can also select from BBA (Hons) electives (maximum two courses) of 500 level or above:

Majors in Accounting

Majors in Marketing

Majors in Finance and Banking

Majors in Human Resource Management

Majors in Management

Majors in Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Majors in Development Studies

Majors in Islamic Banking and Finance

ACC302 Accounting and Financial Information Systems
ACC503 Taxation
ACC505 Auditing
ACC506 Analysis of Financial Statements
ACC520 Managerial Analysis and Decision Making
ACC521 International Finance Reporting Standards
ACC522 Strategic Management Accounting
ACC523 Financial Regulatory Requirements for Business
ACC524 Corporate Governance and Reporting

MKT501 Strategic Marketing and Planning
MKT602 Marketing Analytics
MKT605 Pricing Models and Strategies
MKT611 Integrated Marketing Communications
MKT613 Marketing of Financial Services
MKT615 Brand Management
MKT618 Advertising Management and Strategy
MKT621 Marketing Strategies for Emerging Economies
MKT622 Marketing Strategies for Bottom of the Pyramid (BOP)
MKT623 Pharmaceutical Marketing & Quality Assurance
MKT625 Business to Business Marketing
MKT626 Marketing for Social Impact
MKT627 Future Marketing Technologies
MKT628 Competitive Strategies
MKT629 B2B Sales by Simulation/Gamification

FIN602 Behavioral Finance
FIN603 Entrepreneurial Finance
FIN608 Project Appraisal
FIN610 Debt and Equity Markets
FIN612 SME and Micro-Financing
FIN613 Financial Modeling for Investment Decisions
FIN630 Options, Swaps and Futures
FIN631 Applied Corporate Finance
FIN632 Fixed Income Securities
FIN633 Mergers, Acquisitions and Restructuring
FIN634 Enterprise Risk Management
FIN635 Risk Management with Derivatives

HRM607 Talent Acquisition
HRM608 Labour Studies and Employee Relations
HRM609 Learning and Organizational Development
HRM610 Negotiations and Conflict Resolution Skills
HRM611 Managing Organizational Change
HRM612 Strategic Human Resource Management
HRM615 Leadership Studies
HRM614 Rewards Management
HRM616 Talent Management and Performance Development
HRM617 HR Analytics

MAN501 Total Quality Management
MAN610 Environmental Issues and Management
MAN611 Project Management
MAN613 Corporate Governance
MAN614 Comparative Management

SCM601 Quantitative Methods in Production and Logistics
SCM602 Business Process Mgmt. in Supply Chain & Logistics
SCM603 IT Applications in Logistics
SCM604 Packaging Design and Environmental Aspects
SCM605 Supply Chain Management
SCM606 ERP Systems Design and Implementation
SCM607 Strategic Supply Chain Management
SCM608 Procurement and Inventory Management
SCM609 Storage and Warehouse Techniques
SCM610 Transportation Techniques and Management
SCM611 Sustainability & Env. Aspects in Managing Supply Chains
SCM612 Risk Management in Supply Networks
SCM613 Innovation Management in Supply Chain and Logistics
SCM614 Corporate Consultancy Project in Logistics
SCM615 Contract Management for Supply Chain & Negotiations
SCM616 Life Cycle Enterprise Asset Management
SCM617 Mobile Commerce and Mobile Logistics
SCM618 Aviation Logistics Supply Chain Management
SCM619 Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management
SCM620 Supply Chain Project Management
SCM621 Lean Construction Supplychain Management

SSC601 Dimensions of Development
SSC602 Development Sociology
PDE703 Development Economics
STA601 Development Statistics and Research Methodology
MAN607 Project and Planning Management

ISF601 Economics for Islamic Finance
ISF602 Islamic Banking Practices
ISF603 Accounting for Islamic Finance
ISF604 Islamic Financial Services Marketing
ISF605 Islamic Capital Markets
ISF606 International Islamic Finance Standards
FRM514 Takaful and Risk Management in Islamic Products

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