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The University of Malaya MBA programme is a rigorous programme that seeks to equip students with theoretical concepts and analytical tools that will prepare them for the complexities and challenges of an increasingly dynamic and globalized business environment.

Courses are structured to provide a broad understanding of theories with real world issues beyond boundaries of text book theories. Through a combination of lectures, case studies, written assignments, group project, presentations and class discussions, each student is equipped with the necessary knowledge and experience to understand, analyse and evaluate issues for better solutions.

The pedagogies are to optimize the efficiency of the learning process. Each student is required to complete a minimum of 46 credit hours of learning and research activities that cover various business concentrations.

Association of MBA (AMBA)

The UM MBA is fully accredited by AMBA, the Association of MBAs. This accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement in postgraduate business education in terms of curriculum, teaching, research and facilities. The accreditation gives UM MBA international credibility and status.

Handbook Master of Business Administration 2019/2020

Graduates with MBA degree have the opportunities to move up the ladder to a higher executive position within an organisation. The graduates can move up into the management area of their careers not just in business organisations but other fields such as healthcare, engineering and public sector.

Courses are divided into two categories: core and elective courses. In addition, students are required to undertake a research project in an area of their interest. The design of the courses and components allows students to maximise their learning and develop the skills that are essential for their career development. Students are required to take a total of 46 credits as follows:


Number of Courses

Number of Courses Credit

Core Courses



Elective Courses



Research Project





The Research Project for the MBA programme provides an opportunity for students to conduct in depth research in their area of concentration. The research report should demonstrate that the student has the ability to carry out research and the ability to carry out constructive criticism, as well as to report their findings accurately and coherently. This research component is in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of MBA. 
The programme also allows students the flexibility to choose a general MBA degree or a MBA degree with concentration. In order to qualify for an area of concentration, students must fulfil the requirements of core for concentration and elective courses under each concentration. This requirement does not apply in the case of a general MBA degree. 

The programme offers concentration in the following areas:

  • Business Information System
  • Finance
  • General Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Internal Auditing
  • International Business
  • Islamic Finance
  • Marketing

Applicants for the programme should posses:

  1. A bachelor’s degree in any field with a minimum CGPA of 3.00 out of 4.00 or an equivalent from a recognised university;
  2. Not less than three (3) years working experience AFTER graduation; and
  3. At least a band 6.0 for IELTS or a minimum score of 550 for the paper based TOEFL (for international applicants)

 February and September 

Before you begin the online application process, please ensure that you meet ALL of the entry requirements for your preferred degree. You are required to upload ALL original evidence in the online application. Incomplete applications will not be processed. The Faculty does not issue a conditional offer letter to applicants. The University processing fee is not refundable.

Fee structure for citizen​​​​​​
Fee structure for non-citizen



Graduate School of Business,
Level 4, Azman Hashim Building,
Faculty of Business and Accountancy,

University of Malaya,
50603 Kuala Lumpur,

Tel : 603-79673850/3906
Fax : 603-79673980

Email: umgsb@um.edu.my


Handbook Master of Business Administration 2018/2019

Last Updated: 01/07/2020