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.

Structure of MBA program

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.

Foundation Stage

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

Foundation Courses

Accounting Communication Economics Finance
ACC419 Financial Accounting COM402 Business Communication1 ECO409 Business Economics2 FIN408 Theory and Practice of Financial Management
Statistics Human Resource Management Law Management Marketing
STA411 Quantitative Analysis for Decision Making3 HRM410 Managing Human Capital LAW409 Corporate and Business Law4 MAN418 Management and Organizational Dynamics MKT402 Marketing Management
MKT404 Methods in Business Research5

1. Digital Business Communication (MMM) / Academic Writing, Seminar Skills (EdM)
2. Economics of Energy and Environment (EEM) /Business and Health Economics (MHM) / Micro and Macroeconomics / (FRM)
3. Statistics and Mathematics (EdM) / Model and Inferences, (FRM)
4. Health Ethic, Law and Jurisprudence (MHM) / Environmental Rules, Laws and Regulations (EEM) / Business Law (IM) / Educational Philosophy
and Ethics (EdM) / Business and Insurance Law / (FRM)
5. Research and Survey Methodology (EEM) / (MHM), Research Methods I & II (EdM)

Specializations Overview

CBM MBA Program offers students several options for specialization spread over 42 credit hours. MBA students who have completed their 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. 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.