MBA Degree Program offered in Bahrain for the First Time

The Swiss School of Management, in collaboration with American Global Consulting, is now offering its prestigious MBA Program in Bahrain for the first time. Students who finish the requirements of the one-year program receive an internationally accredited MBA Degree specifically designed to equip students with the tools and analytical framework required for a successful career. The interactive community of SSM’s faculty members and Bahrain’s students will work together to achieve quality education relevant to today’s knowledge-based economy.

Just thirty minutes away from the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia and in close proximity to a number of other Gulf States, Bahrain is centrally located giving access to students and professionals from all over the region to attend classes convened only one day per month.

This MBA Degree Program is primarily focused on the needs of career driven professionals addressing the rather substantial gaps of other MBA programs currently being offered in Bahrain. The Swiss School of Management awards its MBA Degree in collaboration with the highly regarded INSEEC Business School in Paris, France whose MBA Degree is ranked among the best business and management programs around the world and accredited by the Association of MBAs.

Further, the SSM MBA Degree is fully accredited by International Accreditation Council for Business Edcuation (IACBE) and Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). It is also accredited by the Department of Veterans Affairs in the United States. The Swiss School of Management is further certified by EduQua and the Swiss Quality Certification label (accredited by the Swiss Federal Government) for Institutions of higher and continuous education.

The SSM MBA Degree Program is structured to cater to the needs of working professionals and/or those who are simply looking to expand their knowledge/skill base. Students are required to meet once per month with visiting lecturers from Swiss School of Management. For the rest of the time, students can log on to the student online system to access their course materials, library, and communicate directly with their lecturers or fellow students.

Throughout the MBA program, students will study leadership, business, entrepreneurship and management philosophies that can be applied to any management role across varied industries. It also gives students a hands-on, applicable experience leading groups and classroom discussions. Classes include lectures, corporate visits, visiting speakers, self-assessment exercises and resume/internship counseling. A priority is to start growing students’ networks from the moment they arrive for their very first class.

MBA Degree Course Structure

The Master of Business Administration program consists of 15 courses subdivided into 12 core courses and a specialization module comprised of 3 courses. It is mandatory to submit a final project/thesis or business plan in order to graduate, which will be accounted for one additional core course of 4 credits. Most courses are worth 4 credit points and are assessed by either an examination, assignment, or a combination of both. The Master of Business Administration (MBA) university degree is granted to participants who achieve 60 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System).

Core Courses

GLB555 Gobalization

This course is meant to focus on—and facilitate further discussion of—the implications of globalization for businesses and investigating the primary economic dimension connected with the proliferation of globalization. A main objective of this class is to familiarize students with ideas, concepts, and ways of analyzing globalization as well as to spark thinking about the future agenda for global leaders in such a changing environment.

LSP555 Leadership 360 Degrees

The objective of this course is to help students acquire and develop skills in relation to effective leadership within organizations. Students will understand and compare different approaches, theories and methodologies about leadership and will practice leadership behaviors through class exercises and assignments.
Further, students will go through the process of the “Personal Success Profile”, which is a personal goal getting process featuring the Leadership Day at the Adventure Camp in Ostia
Goals of the course:

  1. Understand the principal components of a leader’s contribution to high performance working
  2. Understand the different ways leadership has been defined, assessed and appreciated in the academic and managerial context
  3. Practice different behavior indicators related to leadership skills in a working environment
  4. Evaluate elements of key leadership and management theories and translate theoretical constructs to practical applications
  5. Have a personal development plan which includes the development of key leadership behaviours.

AFM555 Accounting & Financial Management

Students are taught the basic topics in accounting and financial management.

Accounting: Topics include accrual accounting, financial statement analysis, tax accounting, backup schedules, ratio analysis, public filing (10-K) review and other select accounting topics. The principal focus is on those aspects of accounting most in use by decision-makers, and most useful to students.

Financial management: Topics include the function of financial markets, analysis of risk and return, time value of money, valuation of financial assets (stocks, bonds, derivatives), capital structure capital budgeting and other select corporate finance topics. The principal focus is on those aspects of analysis most in use by decision-makers, and most useful to students.

LAW555 International Law And Ethics

This course will introduce students to the basic concepts and problems of public international law, ethics and of the international legal system.  The course will cover main topics in this field such as the sources of international law, the jurisdiction of States, international law and use of force and the relationship between International law and the internal law of States. It will also address more specific issues such as the international law of human rights and international criminal law. In addition, this course will review and discuss a number of international tribunals, as well as certain treaties, resolutions and other international legal instruments of importance.

GMF555 Global Macroeconomics & International Finance

In this course students assess theories of international monetary relations (often termed by economists as global macroeconomics) and international finance concepts.

  • Global Macroeconomics: Topics covered include international trade, monetary theory, international finance, foreign exchange markets, balance of payments (and trade deficits), capital mobility, government fiscal and monetary policies, international macroeconomic cooperation, economic crises, and the role of international institutions.
  • International Finance: Students learn international finance concepts and develop skills to analyze business potential in emerging markets. We study various international finance tools including hedging, forward and futures markets, exchange rates. Political, economic, social, and legal frameworks, among others, are studied and discussed. Emphasis is on the impact of the financial sector on economic development, performance, and crises.

SMIM555 Social Media & Digital Marketing

In today’s marketplace, organizations need effective, profitable social marketing strategies. In this Course, you’ll learn to match markets to social strategies to profitably grow your business. You’ll use social media tools and platforms to design, manage, and optimize social campaigns to promote growth and position your brand in the global digital marketplace, and you’ll develop targeted content to spark dialogue with various social communities. Following you’ll find the Social Applications you will work on:

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Instagram/Snapchat
  • LinkedIn
  • Google+
  • WordPress

THS555 Final Thesis & Research Methodologies

By the end of the MBA program you will be able to apply what you have learnt to your company, and elaborate your own business project. You will raise your own questions, decide on methods can be used, and by a comprehensive analysis conclude to your own recommendations. The summary of that business project called Thesis, should present an original argument, business case or business plan that is carefully documented from primary and/or secondary sources.

The thesis must have a substantial research component and a focus that falls within the scope of topics studied during your specialization. It must be written under the guidance of an advisor who is knowledgeable in this area of study. As the final element in the master’s degree, the thesis gives you an opportunity to demonstrate expertise in the chosen research area.  The thesis should present and investigate a hypothesis or a research question.

Alternatively, you can construct a business plan.  A business plan is a formal statement of a set of business goals, the reasons they are believed attainable, and the plan for reaching those goals. It includes a description of a company or small business, its services and/or products and how the business will achieve its goals.

The plan includes the overall budget, current and projected financing, a market analysis and its marketing strategy approach. In a business plan, a business owner projects revenues and expenses for a certain period of time and describes operational activity and costs related to the business.

NGS555 Negotiating Globally

Students will learn how to navigate national culture when negotiating deals, resolving disputes, and making decisions in teams. Rather than offering country-specific protocol and customs, Negotiating Globally provides a general framework to help negotiators anticipate and manage cultural differences incorporating the lessons of the latest research with new emphasis on executing a negotiation strategy and negotiating conflict in multicultural teams. We explain how to develop a negotiation planning document and shows how to execute the plan, how the cultural environment affects negotiators’ interests, priorities, and strategies, hot to distinguish good deals from poor ones and good negotiators from poor ones as well as how resolving disputes is different from making deals and how negotiation strategy can be used in multicultural teams.

OBM555 HRM & Organizational Behavior

This course is meant to focus the student to understand the core management principles which applies to individuals, medium and large organizations. We will cover some concepts and theories related to human resource management and organizational behavior. The field of organizational behavior is the study of human behavior within organizations. That is, what people think, how they feel, why they think, feel and act in a certain way. If we can find answers to the above questions then we can exercise better control over human behavior and create a more motivated, efficient and effective functioning organization. In this course we will study individuals singularly, as well as in the form of teams and groups, and try to get an understanding of individual characteristics and group dynamics that shape individual attitudes and behaviors. In addition, we will also talk about some system level components like, organizational culture and major management functions. The main idea behind this course is to equip students with the knowledge to understand, predict and control human behavior and help their current or future organizations in becoming more efficient and effective managers. Further, we will go into the core tasks of a Human Resource Manager and understand the daily routine in the HRM department.

CPS555 Competitive Strategy

The course intends to demonstrate that decisions affecting the expansion of the firm are neither obvious nor totally determined by the technological or economic forces generally associated with globalization.The course focuses on the concepts of Porter as well as SWOT analysis.  Comparisons are drawn between the differences of the fundamental economic, financial, and political factors affecting the international expansion of the firm from purely domestic factors. The course studies that the internationalization of the firm is a sequential decision-making process operating at the country, industry, corporate, business, and subsidiary levels of analysis. This course introduces students to the subject of strategy and helps them to better understand the overall impact of internal and external influences on the firm.  The basic purpose of the course is to provide the student broad insights into the practice of strategic management, and its real significance in contemporary multi-national corporations.

IM555 Investment Management

This course is designed to introduce students to the investment environment in the role of a private or professional investor. This course does not cover pricing, which is a major part of the Corporate Finance course. Instead, it emphasises the use of pricing theory in investment management. It aims to:

  • provide an overview of institutional details linked to financial markets and the trading process
  • provide an overview of historical trends and innovations in financial instruments and trading processes
  • provide an overview of various financial instruments
  • provide insight into the use of finance theory in investment management
  • provide a guide to the measurement and analysis of risk of financial investments
  • provide a guide to the measurement of performance of fund management address key issues in risk management

SMK555 Dynamics Of Marketing & Research

This course is designed to serve as an introduction to the theory and practice of both traditional marketing and digital marketing.

In the first part of the course we will explore the theory and applications of traditional marketing. It will help students answer the fundamental question of a marketing strategy – what value to provide and to whom – using the tools of segmentation, targeting, and positioning (STP) of brands. Through a mix of cases, discussions, lectures, individual assignments and projects the course will demonstrate how central aspects of the marketing mix programs – product, place, pricing, and promotion utilize STP and how marketing support functions such as marketing research, advertising, and new product development can support effective marketing decisions.

The second part of the course provides an introduction to Digital Marketing. Taking a practical approach, we will examine the role of digital marketing and many of the areas this terminology has grown to encompass. In addition to learning fundamental constructs and principles of the digital experience, students will focus on learning tools and skills necessary for solving business problems and exploiting business opportunities. In-class exercises will be utilized to provide insights and relevancy to this swiftly expanding area of marketing.

Specialization/Concentration Modules

The Executive MBA Program can be completed in various concentration/majors/specializations.
Please select your preferred major below to see the corresponding curriculum:

GML590/HRM 590 Managing And Leading In Different Countries

Capturing the rising influence of culture and the seismic changes throughout many regions of the world, this course, over the years, is now covering more than 60 countries and every major region in the world. It continues to break new ground. The 21st century will be crunch time for Western managers in terms of meeting fierce and unrelenting Asian competition (especially from Asia) and in attempting to gain a share or the mammoth markets that rapidly changing demographics will create in India, China, Pakistan, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Nigeria and Brazil (in 2050 their total population will be four and a half billion). One of the goals of this course is to keep pace with these emerging and changing markets.

GML 591/Individual & Organizational Leadership Skills

In today’s globalized business world, successful leaders need a global mindset. This course takes the complexity out of leadership and is based on one of the most respected leadership books written which illustrates through inspiring stories of what research continues to reveal: when leaders understand that leadership is a relationship.  Discussions range from the toughest organizational challenges leaders face today to changes in how people work and what people want from their work.  Our goal is to create distinctive managers with a unique leadership-oriented career opportunity.

GML 592/NPM 592 Managing Business Ethics

This course is designed to equip students with the pragmatic knowledge they need to identify and solve ethical dilemmas, understand their own and others’ ethical behavior, and promote ethical behavior in their organization. We prepare students for a range of roles in the business world across business functions.  We assess how business does and should affect our individual and social lives, and ask what role business and its values (could) play in our society as a whole.  This course present the concept of Corporate Social Responsibility, and explore its relevance to ethical business activity as well as  considers the moral obligations of businesses to the environment and to people in other countries

Schedule and Application Deadline

In order to facilitate professionals to study and work, we offer ongoing enrollments and admissions throughout the year.

Admission Requirements and Tuition

The MBA Degree Program can be completed within 4 academic terms which equals a full academic year.

  • Candidates seeking admission to the MBA program should hold a Bachelor’s degree or relevant Undergraduate degree.
  • All MBA candidates must have a sound command of the English language; both spoken and written.
  • Work-Experience is not necessary.
  • The final decision concerning the acceptance in the MBA degree program rests with Swiss School of Management.

Cost of the programs

Registration fee 150 BHD – due immediately, non refundable
Administration fee 240 BHD – Due upon application or in 2nd Month
Tuition Fees* (281 BHD per module) 3934 BHD (*14 modules)
Thesis project and Class 565 BHD (due at the start of thesis)
Total Tuition Fees: 4889 BHD
Other fees
Graduation Ceremony (optional) 225 BHD
Attestation of Certificate (optional) 275 BHD

Registration Fee (Due upon application)
150 BHD – due immediately, non refundable

Administration Fee
240 BHD – due upon application or in 2nd Month

Tuition Fees* (281 BHD per module)
3934 BHD (*14 modules)

Total tuition Fees
4889 BHD

Other fees

Graduation Ceremony (optional)
225 BHD

Attestation of Certificate (optional)
275 BHD

The total tuition fees of the program include all study material (except for the text books), examination fees, access to the SSM Online Study Platform. Once the enrollment is confirmed, all paid-in fees are not refundable.

Application Procedures

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Application have to be sent to the following address:

Manama Center Building,
Government Road
Gate 1, Third Floor Suite 302,
Manama, Bahrain
Office: +973 17 280 060

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