MBA- Finance

Vision Statement

To be a leading source of practical finance education in the region supported by innovation and excellence in research.

Mission Statement

The MBA-Finance program produces world-class graduates who can manage growth and change in the financial industry. Our graduates are able to participate in the transformation of the country into a regional and a global financial center.

Job opportunities

MBA-Finance graduates possess valuable skills and enjoy many different career options in consulting, trading, portfolio management, private equity, venture capital, and government agencies. Prospective employers include finance houses, investment and corporate banks, brokerage firms, financial data providers, asset managers, hedge funds, pension funds, venture capitalists, rating firms, consulting firms, insurance companies, and the treasury and finance departments of major corporations and sovereign wealth funds.

Program schedule for MBA- Finance:

A. Core Regular MBA Courses


MBA Core Courses

Course No.

Course Title

CHs

MBA 511

Quantitative Methods

3

MBA 513

Managerial Economics

3

MBA 514

Organization Behaviour

3

MBA 510 Financial Accounting

3

MBA 522 Operations Strategy

3

MBA 512 Marketing Management

3

MBA 516 Managerial Finance  

3

MBA 519

Strategic Management

3

MBA 515 Business Analytics
3

Total

 

27


B. Core Finance Courses
In addition to the above required general MBA core courses, the following four finance core courses are required:

Core Courses

Course No.

Course Title

CHs

MBA 561

Investments and Portfolio Theory

3

MBA 549

Corporate Finance

3

MBA 553

Bank Management

3

MBA 551

Derivative Securities

3

Total

 

12


C. Elective Finance Courses (Students must choose TWO from the list)



Elective Courses

Course No.

Course Title

CHs

MBA 540

Islamic Finance

3

MBA 560

Financial Econometrics

3

MBA 570

Risk Management

3

MBA 591

Insurance

3

MBA 544

Financial Statement Analysis and Valuation

3


MBA- General Course Descriptions

MBA Course Descriptions


MBA Finance Course Descriptions

MBA 540 Islamic Finance

Cr Hr: 3 Prerequisite: MBA 516 Grading Scheme: Letter
This course introduces and explains the basic pillars of Shari'ah Law as applied to finance and explores its various interpretations and highlights best practice. The course emphasises the functions of the Islamic Financial System, including products and services such as Murabaha, Mudarabah, Musharakah, Bai Salam, Istisna, Ijarah, Sukuk and other instruments.


MBA 544 Financial Statement Analysis and Valuation

Cr Hr: 3 Prerequisite: MBA 510 Grading Scheme: Letter
The objective of this course is to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of financial statement analysis fundamentals and valuation. Students will learn tools and techniques used to evaluate a firm’s past performance, make judgment about its earnings quality, determine its current financial position, examine the underlying accounting assumptions, forecast its future prospect and estimate its fundamental value. The core emphasis of this course is on using financial statement analysis for equity valuation purposes. Using a practical approach, students will apply methods of fundamental analysis and equity valuation to publicly traded Saudi and regional companies.

MBA 549 Corporate Finance

Cr Hr: 3: Prerequisite: MBA 516 Grading Scheme: Letter
This course analyses theoretical issues and practical applications in corporate finance. Topics include capital structure, liquidations preferences as suggested by agency models, pecking order theory, timing models, dividend policy, two fund separation theorem, convertible securities, initial public offerings, mergers and acquisition, and capital budgeting.

MBA 551 Derivative Securities

Cr Hr: 3 Prerequisite: MBA 549 Grading Scheme: Letter
This course is designed to expand students' understanding of derivative-related financial instruments and their use in investment and corporate finance situations. The course focuses on the practical applications of these instruments for speculation and tactical asset allocation strategies. Valuation models are explored and used within an arbitrage framework. The course develops basic mathematical tools necessary for analysis and pricing and covers forwards, futures, options, swap contracts, hedging, and derivatives-pricing models.

MBA 553 Bank Management

Cr Hr: 3 Prerequisite: MBA 516 Grading Scheme: Letter
This course is designed to provide techniques for the financial management of commercial banks. Topics include risk management strategies based on industry structure, interest-rate risk, duration, lending practices and international banking rules and regulations. It also covers capital management and financial gap analysis. The purpose and functions of central banking are also studied with attention to monetary targets and policies.

MBA 561 Investments and Portfolio Theory

Cr Hr: 3 Prerequisite: MBA 516 Grading Scheme: Letter
This course provides a comprehensive coverage of portfolio theory, including optimal return for a given level of risk and provides basic insight into portfolio management relevant to banks, insurance companies and pension funds. Functionally, the course covers both theoretical and practical asset pricing models for evaluating the results of portfolio management. It also explores topics related to market efficiency and performance evaluation of portfolio managers.

MBA 562 Financial Econometrics

Cr Hr: 3 Prerequisite: MBA 515 Grading Scheme: Letter
This course provides an introduction to basic principles and tools of econometrics using finance theories and their empirical applications. Students conduct applied and relevant financial research using appropriate statistical software such as SPSS and Eviews while covering essential theoretical concepts and statistical tools. The course will cover the fundamentals of probability, statistics, and regression analysis, as well as ARCH and GARCH models and other techniques appropriate for financial modelling.

MBA 570 Risk Management

Cr Hr: 3 Prerequisite: MBA 515 Grading Scheme: Letter
This course is designed to be an introduction to the concepts, theories and practical applications associated with the measurement and management of different types of financial risk. It introduces students to forwards, futures and options as a means of hedging and reducing financial risk.

MBA 591 Insurance

Cr Hr: 3 Prerequisite: MBA 511 Grading Scheme: Letter
This course will present risk exposures with respect to individuals and firms. A wide variety of risk reduction techniques will be studied including life, property and casualty insurance. It explores topics related to liability insurance, health insurance, employee benefits, social insurance, legal principles, and functional and financial operations of insurers. In addition, the course will examine the problems faced by insurers, such as re-insurance and investment policy.

MBA- Finance Study Plan

MBA- Finance Study Plan

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Admission Process & Requirements

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Office of Graduate Business Programs

Tel: + (966) 11 215-8907
E-mail: MBA@alfaisal.edu

Office of Research & Graduate Studies

UAN: 920 000570, 920 000 510 (Local)
Tel: + (966) 11 215 7777 (International)
E-mail: Gradstudies@alfaisal.edu