Admission

Every applicant must fulfill the admission requirements as laid down by IBA. The Admission Test is held twice annually.

Applicant Eligibility

The minimum requirements for application into the MBA program are:

  • A Bachelor degree or its equivalent in any field including business, engineering, agriculture or medicin
  • No more than one third division/ class in any public examination, and
  • At least seven points, calculated as follows:

Table A: Points for SSC/’O’ Level and HSC/’A’ Level

SSC GPA/Div

HSC GPA/Div

O’ Level GPA*

A’ Level GPA*

Qualifying Point

>=4.0 / 1st

>=4.0 / 1st

>=3.0

>=2.5

3

>=3.0 / 2nd

>=3.0 / 2nd

>=2.5

>=2.0

2

>=1.0 / 3rd

>=1.0 / 3rd

>=1.0

>=1.0

1

  • Applicants, who have taken the O Level examination, must have passed at least five subjects (including mathematics), with a minimum of grade ‘D’ in each of these subjects.
  • Applicants, who have taken the A Level examination, must have passed at least two subjects, with a minimum of grade ‘D’ in both of these subjects.
  • Letter grades of O Level and A Level subjects are converted to grade points (A = 4, B = 3, C = 2, D = 1). Grade Point Average (GPA) is calculated by averaging the grade points of the five best grades for O Level and the two best grades for A Level.

Table B: Points for Bachelors and Masters Degree

Certificate/Degree

GPA/Division/Class

 

>=3.5/1st

>=3.0/2nd

>=2.5/3rd

Bachelors Degree (Pass)

4

3

2

Bachelors Degree (Hons./four-year)

5

4

2

Masters Degree

1

1

1

For all other certificates/degrees, equivalence will be determined by the Equivalence Committee of IBA.

Admission Test

All Bangladeshi applicants are required to take the admission test which is administered by IBA in Dhaka. The admission test has the following components:

Written Test

The Written Test assesses the applicants’ aptitudes in Language, Mathematics, and Analytical ability. To qualify in the Written Test, an applicant must obtain a minimum qualifying score in each of these areas.

Interview

Applicants will be selected for interview on the basis of their performances in the Written Test.

Final Selection & Registration

The final selection for admission will be based on scores obtained by an applicant in the Written Test and the Communication Test. Selected candidates should obtain the prescribed University Admission Form from the MBA Program Office and submit the completed form along with four passport-size and one stamp-size photographs and other documents as outlined in the form within the stipulated time to the MBA Program Office. After completion of the above formalities candidates will then have to pay the requisite fees as determined by IBA.

Foreign Applicants

Admission eligibility for a foreign national is the same as stated in section 8.1.1. However, a foreign applicant having a total score of 650 or more in GMAT with minimum 30 percentile in verbal and 50 percentile in quantitative may be exempted from the Written Test. Exemption decisions will be made by IBA on a case-by-case basis. However, they will have to appear for an interview before the final selection is made.

Rules & Regulations

Degree Requirements

In order to qualify for the MBA degree, a student has to meet the following requirements:

  • Completion of 20 courses and an internship program (equivalent to 63 credit hours)
  • Passing of Internship with a minimum ‘C’ grade
  • Passing of Comprehensive Examination with a minimum ‘C’ grade
  • Passing of all courses individually and maintaining a minimum CGPA of 2.50.

Course Load for MBA Students

Full -time Students

A full- time student must register in five courses in the first semester. However, if a student wants to switch to part time he/she may do so from second semester onwards by taking the same course load as that of a part- time student.

Part- time Students

A part- time student must register in three courses in the first semester. From the second semester onwards a part-time student may take a minimum of two but not more than three courses per semester. A part-time student may also change status from part-time to full-time by taking the same course load as that of a full-time student.

Change of such status will be allowed only if the student has good standing in terms of CGPA (as defined in section 8.3.1) upon approval of the IBA Academic Committee.

Class Attendance

Students are required to attend all classes held during each semester. Only three absences per course may be excused. A student may be given a reduced or an ‘F’ grade or even dismissed from the program for unexcused absences. However, the Academic Committee of IBA will make the final decision regarding any proposal for dismissal on grounds of unexcused absences.

Transfer of Credit Hours

Transfer of credit hours from institution(s) having equivalent curricula, comparable grading system, and grading standards may be allowed for a maximum of 9 credit hours, provided that a student has obtained minimum ‘B’ grade in the courses intended for transfer. Students seeking transfer must have had similar courses with at least 70% identical content. Transfer of credit will be considered only after a student enrolls in the IBA MBA program having fulfilled all admission requirements as are applicable for regular students. All applications for transfer of credit will be considered by the IBA Equivalence Committee on a case-by-case basis.

A student who has been granted transfer of credits will be required to complete the remaining credit hours and meet other degree requirements of the MBA program. The transferred credits will not be part of the CGPA and will not be shown in the transcript.

A student, exempted from a course, may take an alternative course of the same level or higher, subject to the approval of the Equivalence Committee.

Course Waiver

Waivers may be given in any or all of the five foundation courses. Applicants with BBA or relevant Masters degree (Economics, Mathematics, Management, Finance and Law) from reputed universities may get waiver provided they fulfill the following conditions:

  • at least a ‘B’ grade in a similar course in the earlier program
  • at least 70% of the course material are similar, and
  • passing a qualifying test for each such course as decided by IBA.

All applications for course waiver will be reviewed by IBA on a case-by-case basis.

Grievance Procedure Regarding Grades

Students aggrieved by the evaluation and grading of academic work by their faculty or supervisor may file a grievance application according to the approved procedure of IBA.

Withdrawal from the Program

Students may apply for withdrawal from the program after completion of at least one semester provided that they are in good standing (as defined in section 8.3.1). Students having incomplete grades will not be allowed to withdraw from the program. Withdrawal will be allowed at least a month before the end of the semester. Course withdrawal is allowed subject to taking a minimum course load as required by IBA and at the most four weeks from start of the semester.

A student who is granted withdrawal must complete the program within eight academic years from the date of initial registration and will select courses from those that will be on offer for the regular students.

Unfair Means

Students are strictly forbidden from adopting unfair means. The following shall be considered as adoption of unfair means:

a) communicating with fellow students for obtaining help excepting for collaborative work

b) copying from another student's script or report or paper

c) copying from printed matter, hand-written script, writing on desk or palm of hand, or from other incriminating documents during quizzes or exams

d) Plagiarizing or copying from existing work without reference for inclusion in report or paper

e) possession of any incriminating document, whether used or not, and

f) Any approach in direct or indirect form to influence a teacher concerning grades.

Students adopting unfair means may be given an 'F' grade for the assignment, test, quiz, paper, report, or even for that course, at the discretion of the instructor.

Adoption of unfair means and/or engaging in any unruly behavior which is disruptive of the academic atmosphere may result in the dismissal of the student from the program as well as expulsion of the student from IBA and as such from the University of Dhaka.

Grading System

In each course, students receive letter grades such as ‘A’, , ‘B+’, ‘B’, , ‘C+’, ‘C’, , ‘D+’, ‘D’, and ‘F’, depending on their performances. 'F' is a failing grade. The numerical equivalence (grade point) of each grade as used in calculating CGPA is as follows:

Letter Grades

Grade Points

Letter Grades

Grade Points

A

4.00

C

2.00

B+

3.50

D+

1.50

B

3.00

D

1.00

C+

2.50

F

0.00

Good Standing

A student having a minimum CGPA of 2.50 is considered to be in good standing. The GPA (for the first semester) and CGPA (for subsequent semesters) will be calculated on the basis of: (a) grades earned in individual courses and (b) number of courses completed, including the course(s) in which the student received an 'F' grade. If the student repeats a course and the ‘F’ grade is substituted by a passing grade, the new grade will be considered for calculating CGPA.

Incomplete Grade

For incomplete course work, a student may be assigned an incomplete grade, which will be recorded as ‘I’ along with an alternative grade based on an assessment of the work completed in that course. Students must complete the course work within four weeks from the date of publication of the semester results. If a student fails to do so, he/she will automatically earn the alternative grade.

Repeating a Course

A course may be taken only once. However, a student who has received an ‘F’ grade in any course must retake that course and get a minimum ‘D’ grade in order to meet the degree requirement. The grade earned on the retake will be shown in the Grade Sheet along with the 'F' grade earned when the course was first taken. However, the previous ‘F’ grade(s) will not be used in the calculation of CGPA. A particular course may be repeated only once.

Probation and Dismissal

If a student fails to maintain a minimum CGPA of 2.50 at the end of a semester, but obtains 2.00 or more, he/she will be placed on probation. A student obtaining a CGPA of less than 2.00 shall be dismissed from the program. If a student on probation fails to raise his/her CGPA to at least 2.50 in the following semester, he/she will stand dismissed from the program.

The variety of coursework in the MBA curriculum contributes to a broad based understanding of business management processes.

Course Structure

Course Category

No. of Courses

Credit per Course

Total Credits

Foundation

5

3

15

Core

8

3

24

Major

4

3

12

Minor / Free Elective

2

3

6

Capstone

1

3

3

Internship

1

3

3

Total

21

 

 

63

Foundation Courses

The MBA Foundation courses are designed to provide accelerated coverage of the knowledge base necessary for students to prepare them for the study of business at the graduate level.

No.

Course Code

Course Title

1

A501

Financial Accounting

2

C501

Managerial Communication

3

K501

Business Mathematics and Probabilities

4

L501

Legal Environment of Business

5

W501

Management of Organizations

Core Courses

The core courses provide students with essential management skills to succeed in any career by focusing on the functional areas of business.

 

No.

Course Code

Course Title

Pre-requisite Course Code

1

A502

Management Accounting

A501

2

E501

Managerial Economics

K501

3

F501

Financial Theory and Practices

A501

4

H501

Managing People at Work

W501

5

K502

Statistics and Decision Analysis

K501

6

K503

Management Information Systems

W501

7

M501

Marketing Theory and Practices

W501

8

P501

Managing Operations

K501

Areas of Concentration (Major/Minor)

Students are required to take additional courses as free electives in order to develop interests in areas which may aid in advancement of their career paths.

In this category, students concentrate on their chosen professional major, which prepares them for careers in business and provides specialized analytical skills for professional advancement. To major in an academic area, students need to choose at least four courses from that particular area of interest. Students can choose from among eight areas of concentration:

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Human Resources Management
  • Information Systems
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Markets and Development, and
  • Technology and Operations.

Students may wish to minor in any academic area of special interest. The requirement for minors as an option for students is successful completion of two elective courses from any one area of concentration.

The prerequisites for registration in any of these courses are successful completion of all foundation courses and related core courses.

 

Entrepreneurship

No.

Course Code

Course Title

1

W601

Entrepreneurial Finance

2

W602

Entrepreneurial Marketing

3

W603

Entrepreneurship and Corporate Venturing

4

W604

Innovation Management

5

W605

Management of Technology

6

W606

Managing Changes

7

W607

Managing Product Development

8

W608

Negotiation

9

W609

Small Business Management

10

W610

Social Entrepreneurship

11

W611

Franchise Management

12

W612

Technology and Markets

13

W621

Seminars in Small Business

 

Finance

No.

Course Code

Course Title

1

F601

Corporate Finance

2

F602

Financial Institutions and Markets

3

F603

International Finance

4

F604

Financial Derivatives

5

F605

Portfolio Management and Investment Analysis

6

F606

Insurance and Risk Management

7

F607

Bank Management

8

F608

Financial Information Analysis

9

F609

Corporate Restructuring

10

F610

Entrepreneurial Finance

11

F611

Real Estate Finance

12

F612

Venture Financing

13

F613

Corporate Governance

 

Human Resources Management (HRM)

No.

Course Code

Course Title

1

H601

Compensation Management

2

H602

Conflict Management

3

H603

Gender in Management

4

H604

Human Resources Planning

5

H605

Human Resources Management in Global Organizations

6

H606

Industrial Relations

7

H607

Managing Employees

8

H608

Managing Workforce Diversity

9

H609

Performance Management

10

H610

Training and Development

11

H611

Strategic Human Resources Management

12

H621

Seminars in Human Resources Management

 

Information Systems

No.

Course Code

Course Title

1

K601

Cross-Functional Systems Integration

2

K602

Data Management

3

K603

Decision Support Systems

4

K604

E-Business

5

K605

Global Information Technology Management

6

K606

Information and Knowledge Management

7

K607

Information Technology Strategy and Services

8

K608

Management of Information Systems

9

K609

System Analysis and Design

10

K621

Seminars in Information Systems

 

Management

No.

Course Code

Course Title

1

F613

Corporate Governance

2

K606

Information and Knowledge Management

3

N601

Cross Cultural Management

4

N602

Business Research Methods

5

N621

Seminars in Management

6

P608

Quality Management

7

P613

Project Management

8

W605

Management of Technology

9

W606

Managing Changes

10

W609

Small Business Management

11

W620

Business Ethics and Leadership

 

Marketing

No.

Course Code

Course Title

1

M601

Advertising Management

2

M602

Brand Management

3

M603

Buyer Behavior

4

M604

E-Marketing

5

M605

Industrial Marketing

6

M606

Integrated Marketing Communication

7

M607

International Marketing

8

M608

Marketing Channels Management

9

M609

Market Research

10

M610

Relationship Marketing

11

M611

Sales-force Management

12

M612

Services Marketing

13

M613

Societal Marketing and Corporate Responsibilities

14

M614

Public Relations & Publicity

15

M621

Seminars in Marketing

 

Markets and Development

No.

Course Code

Course Title

1

D601

Public Policy & Private Sector Strategy

2

D602

Market Development in Emerging Economies

3

D603

Global Outsourcing Strategy

4

D604

Business Competitiveness and Development

5

D605

International Trade, Investment and Development

6

D606

Entrepreneurship & SME Development

7

D607

Macroeconomic Policy & Business

8

D608

Development Research & Policy Analysis

9

D609

Social Entrepreneurship

10

D610

Development Finance

11

D611

Management of Development Projects

12

D621

Seminar in Markets & Development

13

P611

Technology & Markets

 

Technology and Operations

No.

Course Code

Course Title

1

P601

Global Operations Management

2

P602

Information Technology and Business Process Management

3

P603

Management of Technology

4

P604

Manufacturing Management

5

P605

Operations Research

6

P606

Product and Service Development

7

P607

Production System and Design

8

P608

Quality Management

9

P609

Service Operations

10

P610

Supply Chain Management

11

P611

Technology and Markets

12

P612

Technology and Operations Strategy

13

P613

Project Management

14

P621

Seminars in Operations

 

Capstone Course

This course enables the students to integrate what has been learnt in the rest of the program.

Course Code

Course Title

Prerequisite Course Code

W650

Business Strategy

All Foundation and Core courses

The decisions on course offerings are made by the Academic Committee.

Comprehensive Examination

A Comprehensive Examination is taken to evaluate the students’ comprehension of their major areas of study. Students must earn at least a ‘C’ grade in this examination. The Comprehensive Examination grade is shown on the Grade Sheet but is not included in the calculation of CGPA.

The Comprehensive Examination is usually taken two weeks before the end of the final semester. If a student fails the Comprehensive Examination, he/she may sit for a retake which is allowed only once, unless otherwise decided by the Academic Committee.

Internship Program

Every student must complete an Internship Program as part of the MBA degree requirement. A student must pass the Comprehensive Examination before starting the Internship Program. The primary goal of internship is to provide an on-the-job exposure to students and an opportunity for relating theoretical concepts to real- life situations. Students are placed in business enterprises, government and semi-autonomous institutions, NGOs, development projects, or research institutions. The program includes ten weeks of organizational attachment and four weeks for report writing.

Students are required to prepare and submit an internship report which is graded following the grading scheme of IBA. The grade obtained in the internship report is shown on the Grade Sheet and included in calculating CGPA.

Applicability of the Curriculum and Rules

The Institute of Business Administration reserves the right to make, at any time without notice, changes to programs, courses, regulations, degree requirements, fees or any other information or statements contained in this booklet. No responsibility will be borne either by the University of Dhaka or by the Institute of Business Administration for any adjustments or expenses resulting out of such changes.