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MASTER OF SCIENCE IN BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (MSBA)

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Introduction/Description

The Faculty of Management offers MSBA (2-year / 4-semesters) program in Business Administration. The program has been designed for candidates who intend to pursue their professional career as teaching faculty member in an educational institution or serve the industry at senior management position. The program provides opportunities to learn special business techniques required to excel in the challenging and rapidly changing world. The students will have an option to select any one of the areas of specialization offered that is ‘Banking’, ‘Finance’, ‘Human Resource Management’, ‘Management’, and ‘Marketing’.

Program Objectives

  • To develop research and analysis skills in students to cope contemporary businesses’ problems
  • To inculcate scholarly and philosophical thinking among the students
  • To provide a foundation to get a doctorate degree in business studies

Admission Eligibility Criteria

Candidates having 16-year education [BS in Business Administration, BS in Commerce, BBA (Accounting & Finance), BBA (Banking & Finance), BS (Accounting & Finance), BS (Banking & Finance), BBA(IT/MIS), BS (Management), BS (Marketing), MBA (Accounting & Finance), MBA (Banking & Finance), MBA (IT/MIS), Old MBA, MBS, M.Com, ACMA, ACA, and VU graduates holding BS (Public Administration), Master of Accounting, Master of Finance, Master of Accounting & Finance, Master of Banking & Finance and MBA-Executive (72-Cr. Hrs.)] degrees and other relevant equivalent qualification with at least Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) 2.50 out of 4 / 1st division, wherein GPA system is not implemented, are eligible to apply. However, the candidates will also be required to qualify VU Entry Test (with minimum 50% marks).

Note

  • Candidate holding MPA, BBA (ITM), BBIT, and MBA (ITM) etc. may be considered for admission through Deficiency Semesters, as prescribed by the University, however, candidates having studied common deficiency course(s) will be considered for course exemptions on case to case basis. In case of other relevant qualification, candidates may be required to provide equivalence letter/certificate from Higher Education Commission.
  • The candidates with 16-year non-business education [BE, MBBS, MA, M.Sc., and other equivalent qualifications from a recognized university/institution] will be required to qualify at least 36-credit hours of Deficiency Semesters business courses before they could become eligible for admission towards MS in Business Administration program.

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Course Exemption

Course(s) exemption is not allowed.

Duration

It is a two-year duration program spread over four semesters. Each semester has at least 18 weeks duration.

Courses of Study

Semester No.1
Course Code Title Type Pre Requisite Credit Hours Specialization
FIN722 Corporate Finance Required 3 (Theory: 3, Practical:0)
MGT703 Strategic Management Required 3 (Theory: 3, Practical:0)
STAT730 Advanced Research Methods Required 3 (Theory: 3, Practical:0)
Semester No.2
Course Code Title Type Pre Requisite Credit Hours Specialization
MKT703 Strategic Marketing Management Required 3 (Theory: 3, Practical:0)
BNK701 Banking Laws & Practices Elective 3 (Theory: 3, Practical:0) Banking
BNK703 Consumer Banking Elective 3 (Theory: 3, Practical:0) Banking
FIN723 Taxation Management Elective 3 (Theory: 3, Practical:0) Finance
FIN730 Investment Analysis & Portfolio Management Elective 3 (Theory: 3, Practical:0) Finance
HRM724 Conflict Management Elective 3 (Theory: 3, Practical:0) Human Resource Management
HRM727 Human Resource Development Elective 3 (Theory: 3, Practical:0) Human Resource Management
MGMT714 Advanced Supply Chain Management Elective 3 (Theory: 3, Practical:0) Supply Chain Management
MGMT717 Advanced Production Planning and Inventory Control Elective 3 (Theory: 3, Practical:0) Supply Chain Management
MGMT725 Change Management Elective 3 (Theory: 3, Practical:0) Management
MGMT728 Organizational Development Elective 3 (Theory: 3, Practical:0) Management
MKT725 Services Marketing Elective 3 (Theory: 3, Practical:0) Marketing
MKT730 International Marketing Elective 3 (Theory: 3, Practical:0) Marketing
Semester No.3
Course Code Title Type Pre Requisite Credit Hours Specialization
RTS720 Research Thesis Required 3 (Theory: 3, Practical:0)
BNK704 Management of Financial Institutions Elective 3 (Theory: 3, Practical:0) Banking
BNK725 Credit & Risk Management Elective 3 (Theory: 3, Practical:0) Banking
FIN704 Managerial Accounting Elective 3 (Theory: 3, Practical:0) Finance
FIN725 Credit & Risk Management Elective 3 (Theory: 3, Practical:0) Finance
HRM713 Performance Management Elective 3 (Theory: 3, Practical:0) Human Resource Management
MGMT715 Advanced Transportation & Logistics Management Elective 3 (Theory: 3, Practical:0) Supply Chain Management
MGMT723 Leadership & Team Management Elective 3 (Theory: 3, Practical:0) Management
MGMT730 Knowledge Management Elective 3 (Theory: 3, Practical:0) Management
MGMT731 Theory & Practice of Enterprise Resource Planning Elective 3 (Theory: 3, Practical:0) Supply Chain Management
MGT711 Business & Labor Law Elective 3 (Theory: 3, Practical:0) Human Resource Management
MKT724 Brand Management Elective 3 (Theory: 3, Practical:0) Marketing
MKT731 Consumer Behaviour Elective 3 (Theory: 3, Practical:0) Marketing
Semester No.4
Course Code Title Type Pre Requisite Credit Hours Specialization
RTS720 Research Thesis Required 3 (Theory: 3, Practical:0)

Areas of Specialization

A student must qualify at least four courses from an area of selected specialization. However, Graduates of Virtual University of Pakistan having specialization in their previous degree program will not be allowed to select the same area of specialization. Following are the areas of specialization:

 • Banking
 • Management
 • Human Resource Management
 • Marketing
 • Finance

Assessment of Study Progress

The students study progress evaluation mechanism is based on continuous assessment throughout the semester by giving assignments, quizzes, Graded Discussion Boards (GDBs), mid-term and final-term examinations.

Research Thesis

In order to enroll for research thesis for MSBA degree, students must have achieved at least CGPA 3.25 out of 4 upon completion of prescribed course work.

Award of Degree

To become eligible for the award of MS in Business Administration degree, a student is required to complete at least 24-credit hour prescribed course work and 6-credit hours Thesis/Research with minimum CGPA of 2.50 out of 4.

Fee Structure

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Disclaimer

  • The courses may be revised time to time as a result of continuous review to bring them at par with courses from being taught at top-class foreign universities. While reviewing the courses, needs of local industry and job market are also given full consideration.
  • The University reserves the right to change fee structure from time to time.