Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)
Ranked best M.B.A. programme in Thailand 2009
You can enter this M.B.A. programme at the beginning of each semester (January, May, or August).
In its 2009 ranking (published in 2010), QS TOPMBA ranks Asian University the Best Business School in Thailand by employer votes, and 30th in Asia.
The ultimate objective of the Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is to prepare the student for a career in business management, management services or management consulting in private or public sector organizations in Thailand and Asia. This is achieved by providing the students with a comprehensive grounding in the common body of business management knowledge, imparting practical skill and developing capabilities in the following areas:
- To model and analyze various kinds of business system and organizations; to apply appropriate problem solving approaches and management strategies; to improve organizational performance, and to provide an understanding of all aspects of business function to assist in the decision-making process;
- To select, and implement, specific business solutions using professionally-based judgment and a global perspective on business management;
- To communicate effectively in business management setting and managerial role, using written, oral and visual methods;
- To work independently and in multidisciplinary/multicultural teams, and to accept related responsibilities and professional obligations;
- To value ethics, integrity and honesty and provide leadership on both their professional and personal life;
- To recognize and fulfill life-long learning needs and opportunities.
This program is designed as a broad – base general M.B.A. degree. The curriculum consists of 12 graduate level subjects and an individual Project. The unifying theme of the program is ‘management in a changing environment’ with an emphasis on how management can monitor, plan and implement change to achieve organizational goals and objectives. This theme is reflected in the curriculum content of all subjects taught within this M.B.A.. Keeping in mind the bi-modal nature of the target student population, the degree curriculum will be offered in both a Full Time track and a Part Time track.
The rationale for selecting the specific the subjects included in this general M.B.A. curriculum follows the above aims and objectives of the program. The program design is broad-based so that all students will have a strong foundation in the functional as well as technical areas of business management, and will be able to pursue any specialization in the future. Individual subject descriptions appear later in this document.
A range of teaching and learning methods will be deployed across the program, in accordance with the overall, institutional Teaching and Learning Strategy. Lectures, tutorials, workshops and practical classes will be evident throughout the program and this contact time will be delineated within each Course Outline. In relation to tutorial activity, the students will be organized in ‘Syndicate Groups’. Syndicates are responsible for joint work (including assessed work) in form of case studies and reports, essays, problems and class presentations. However, each subject will adopt a strategy designed to impart a sense of responsibility for learning on the part of the student. Directed and resource-based learning, including appropriate use of information technology, will be employed throughout and will contribute to the development of ‘life-long learners’.
The basic program structure, as shown in the table below consists of 9 compulsory taught subjects, 3 electives and a degree project (or 1 elective and an MBA thesis respectively).
Option A (Thesis Option)
To complete the MBA degree, students have an option to undertake the 12-credit MBA thesis. After completing the Foundation and Functional subjects, students can start working on the MBA thesis after the third semester along with the electives.
Option B (Coursework and Independent Study Project)
Students may elect to substitute an Independent Study Project plus 2 additional electives in lieu of the MBA Thesis.
Please note: all MBA students in Option B will be required to successfully complete an oral comprehensive examination.
Full Time (“International MBA”) vs. Part Time Track (“International MBA with Executive option”)
As indicated earlier, the overall program structure provides for a Full Time track as well as a Part Time track. The Full Time track is ideally designed for qualified applicants who can make a full time commitment to their MBA for four consecutive semesters, completing their thesis or MBA Project in the fourth semester. In contrast, the Part Time track is designed for those who can carry only a partial course load for a variety of reasons, including existing work/family commitments.
||Can be completed within 1 year
||MBA Project (6 credits)
Thesis (12 credits)
||Can be completed within 16 months
Responsible faculty: Faculty of Business
Degree full name:
Master of Business Administration