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MBA Program

American University of Afghanistan is proud to be the first University offering Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree in Afghanistan. MBA at the American University of Afghanistan offers a world-class curriculum taught by internationally qualified faculty with expertise in global business practices. So far, more than 50 individuals have graduated from this program, and are working in the private sector and governmental agencies.

MBA at the American University of Afghanistan will provide you the opportunity to study in a world-class MBA program, without requiring you to quit your job or leave your country. In addition, it provides you the opportunity to hone and enhance your skill set by enabling you to practice your learning from the program in your everyday tasks in your workplace.

The AUAF Master of Business Administration program comprises 14 courses that provide a comprehensive view of general business management. Classes are admitted on a cohort basis. Each cohort progresses through an established sequence of courses that first develop the concepts, tools, and techniques used in best practices organizations. Then these are brought together to develop analytical skills.

Analytical skills are honed using complex business cases. Cases are first-hand accounts of actual situations that provide participants with an opportunity to learn by making decisions that confront managers. Cases help participants realize that decision-making is not a precise science and those outcomes are sometimes unpredictable. Cases provide a deep learning experience that goes beyond the mastery of skills and knowledge.

Much of the work in the AUAF Master of Business Administration is done in small teams. Teamwork is a foundation stone for effective business practice, especially when solving complex tasks. Students get practical experience in the different roles team members can play and how teams coordinate their efforts to achieve a common, desired result.

Maqsudi Award

In addition to the general curriculum taught at the AUAF, we are proud to contribute to society. AUAF is providing students with an exceptional opportunity to use their entrepreneurial skills to organize, create and manage a venture to make social change. Maqsudi Social Entrepreneurship Award challenges students to use the skills and knowledge obtained from AUAF’s MBA program to create a workable business solution to a pressing social problem in Afghanistan. This $10,000 award is to be presented annually to one female and one male MBA student who have developed an outstanding business plan supporting a new social entrepreneurship venture and exhibited exceptional, original graduate-level work in AUAF’s MBA program.

Admissions Criteria

Candidates for the AUAF Masters of Business Administration must complete the following steps for admission.

Deadlines for Admission

The MBA program starts as a cohort each fall semester.  The deadline for application is two months before the start of the planned semester. 

Contact the Admissions Office at admissions@auaf.edu.af for more information. 

Tuition and Fees

Total tuition is AFN 26,800 per credit for the two-year AUAF Master of Business Administration program. Included in the fee are all textbooks and materials including a Texas Instruments BAII financial calculator provided by the Master of Business Administration program. Students must have access to a personal computer at their own expense equipped with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint software. Payment plans are available. Credit cost subject to change - please check with Finance for the most up to date information. 



QMB 500 Decision Analysis ‐‐ This course examines basic concepts related to the collection, analysis,  and interpretation of data, emphasizing the appropriate application of different methods. Topics include  how to recognize and appropriately apply common quantitative tools in business: random process,  random walk, regression, forecasting, decision analysis, and simulation and probability models.  3  credits, no prerequisites

ACC 500 Financial Reporting and Analysis ‐‐This course covers corporate financial reporting including the analysis, and the interpretation of financial statements. Topics include the role of International Financial Reporting Standards including disclosure requirements, factors that affect financial performance, and analytical limitations. 3 credits, no prerequisites

FIN 500 Project Finance ‐‐Project finance is at its core, a course about large scale investments. The course analyzes how firms structure, value, and finance large capital investments, where large is defined as costing more than $1 billion. Most of these investments will be greenfield capital expenditures done by for‐profit firms. Given the size of the current global market—firms spend approximately $200 billion annually on large‐scale investments—and the need for future investment in both developed and developing countries, there is tremendous potential for value creation or destruction depending on how managers structure and finance these investments. 3 credits, no prerequisites

ECO 500 Managerial Economics –This course is an introduction to the principles of microeconomic analysis used in managerial decision‐making. Topics include demand analysis, cost and production functions, behavior in competitive and non‐competitive markets, sources and uses of market power, game theory, and competitive strategies. 3 credits, prerequisites QMB 500

MGT 500 Leading People and Organizations ‐‐This course helps students cultivate the mind‐sets and teaches tools used to influence behavior in organizations. Topics include developing a global leadership perspective; managing performance and conflict; designing and managing teams and human resource systems; managing culture; and leading organizational change. Students will also develop an understanding of their strengths and weaknesses as leaders and managers.  3 credits, no prerequisites

MKT 500 Marketing Management ‐‐This course covers marketing as it relates to organizational strategy. Topics include marketing analysis, decision‐making by the marketing manager, products and product lines, pricing policies, branding, promotion and advertising, and channels of distribution. 3 credits,  prerequisites: QMB 500

MGT 520 Operations Management ‐‐This course covers concepts, tools, and techniques related to the production of goods and services. Topics include process analysis, cost structure, inventory management, supply chain, quality, project management, making decisions under uncertainty, and the interactions with marketing and finance.  3 credits, prerequisites: QMB 500, FIN 500, MGT 510

MGT 530 Strategic Management ‐‐This course develops the analytical concepts to understand how business entities can gain competitive advantage in a dynamic business climate. Topics include techniques used to evaluate the business environment, assess an organization's strengths and capabilities, and decide on competing strategies. The case study method is used to explore strategic alternatives, implementation options, and evaluation methods. 3 credits, prerequisites: ACC 500, FIN  500, MKT 500.

MGT 540 Business Communications ‐‐This course prepares participants to communicate effectively in writing and orally in business. Topics include appropriate forms for email, memorandum, and letter communications; report writing of short to long lengths; and crisp, effective oral presentation. 3 credits, prerequisites ACC 500, FIN 500, ACC 550, ECO 500

ACC 550 Managerial Accounting ‐‐This course covers managerial accounting concepts and practices as applied to internal decision‐making. Topics include cost‐behavior, cost‐volume profit analysis, budgeting, standard costing with Activity‐Based Costing, variance analysis and control, responsibility centers, short‐term decision‐making, and capital budgeting. 3 credits, prerequisites ACC 500, QMB 500

FIN 550 Corporate Finance and Financial Markets –This course focuses on investments as related to fixed assets and pricing. Topics include equity securities, fixed income securities, options, portfolio theory, the capital asset pricing model, asset allocation, measuring returns, the role of financial leverage, optimal capital structure, mergers and acquisitions, spinoffs and selloffs, and other advanced finance issues. 3 credits, prerequisites ACC 500, FIN 500

MGT 570 Business Law and Ethics –This course introduces legal and ethical concepts in business and their interrelationships. Using current events, cases, and other materials, this course will introduce students to the fundamental theories of business ethics and their relationship with Afghan and international business law. This course includes analysis of what can be done and what should be done in resolving issues and conflict in the workplace. 3 credits, prerequisite: MGT 540

MGT 590 Business Planning ‐‐This course is the last in the series and is designed to integrate all the disciplines covered throughout the curriculum. Taught by a faculty team, this course requires participant teams to develop a business plan for a five‐year planning horizon. The objective is to present an effective argument to potential investors that the business is viable and a worthy investment opportunity.  3 credits, no prerequisite