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Profile Data from 2013
  • Enrollment
Contact Information
PO Box 11-0236 Riad El-Solh
Beirut, 11072020, Lebanon

Business education at AUB started in 1900 under the University’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and remained either a Department or a semi-autonomous School for approximately one hundred years. In celebration of the hundred year anniversary of offering business programs, AUB established an independent School of Business (later named the Suliman S. Olayan School of Business) as the sixth School of the University in September 2000. To date, AUB has graduated over 7,700 students from its undergraduate business programs and over 1,700 from its graduate business programs. These alumni have had a wide impact on the Arab region throughout the years, and many graduates have served as prime ministers, members of parliament, ambassadors, governors of central banks, presidents of universities and deans of colleges. In the private sector, many AUB business graduates either head their own firms or are chief executives of some of the largest and most successful banking and business enterprises in the Middle East and beyond. Since its formal establishment as a stand-alone school, The Olayan School of Business has grown its full-time faculty complement from 13 in academic year 2000-2001 to 55 in academic year 2014-2015, where 80% of faculty members hold doctoral degrees from top American and European Institutions. The School currently offers five degree programs: a Bachelor of Business Administration, a Master of Business Administration, an Executive Master of Business Administration, a Master in Finance, and a Master in Human Resource Management. The MBA Program was designed to shape the foundations of tomorrow’s business managers. The Program aims to have 1) a great selection of high quality and diverse candidates, 2) a uniquely crafted curriculum that is highly rigorous and balanced between analytical and practical exposures, and, 3) a world class experts/faculty. On the other hand, the EMBA Program was designed to develop the next generation of business leaders for the Arab World. The program teaches effective management concepts with direct relevance to needs of Middle East executives, and develops well rounded, well grounded, thoughtful and confident executives who will build communities that make a difference. The School had an operating budget of around US$ 10 Million in academic year 2013-2014. In February 2014, the School applied for its first AACSB re-accreditation, and was officially rec-accredited in March 2014. The School remains internationally recognized as being among the top 5% of business schools worldwide, and continues to sharpen its focus in pursuing high quality research, excellence in the design and delivery of academic programs, academic innovation, and continuous improvement. In addition to becoming accredited, OSB has made impressive strides in the last 5 years which include the following: the completion and move to a new building; the enhancement of the caliber and impact of its academic research; the development of a critical mass of energetic, talented faculty from top American and European institutions; the raising of over 8 million in gifts and endowments to fund academic programs and enhancing an already strong reputation in the region through a repositioned executive master in business administration program and a new suite of high quality custom executive education offerings to major regional clients; the establishment of knowledge and research centers to encourage teaching, curriculum development and interaction between the school, regional policy makers and the regional and global business community; and the establishment of faculty chairs reserved for distinguished thought leaders and scholars in specific discipline areas.

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About American University of Beirut

Admissions: Can I get in?

Post-Grad Work Experience
  • Average 42
  • Median 32
  • Middle 80% 25 to 72
Admissions Selectivity
56% Olayan School of Business 72% Average Across All Schools

624 Average GMAT Score
  • Applied
  • Accepted
Average Score
74% 595
78% 624
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Total Applications
  • Applied
  • Accepted
  • Accepted Apps Enrolled
100% 75
56% 56.0
38% 38.0
50% 50
6% 6
100% 0
Importance of Application Elements
Pre-MBA Careers
49% 49
19% 19
Marketing / Sales
19% 19
Finance / Accounting
13% 13
Human Resources
0% 0
General Management
0% 0
0% 0
50% 50
19% 19
Financial Services
13% 13
Consumer Products
12% 12
Pharma / Health Care
6% 6
0% 0
0% 0
GMAT Scores
  • All Applicants
  • Accepted
770 to 800
0% 0
0% 0
740 to 769
0% 0
0% 0
710 to 739
5% 5
8% 8
680 to 709
9% 9
8% 8
650 to 679
0% 0
0% 0
620 to 649
14% 14
34% 34
590 to 619
32% 32
25% 25
560 to 589
14% 14
25% 25
530 to 559
5% 5
0% 0
500 to 529
9% 9
0% 0
Under 500
9% 9
0% 0
English Language Requirements
600 Minimum TOEFL Score
English Proficiency Required: Yes
Minimum English Proficiency Score: No
Accepted Tests

Tuition: Can I afford it?

$ $ $ $ $
Annual Program Cost
  • Price/Credit $856
$ $ $ $ $
Annual Program Cost
  • Price/Credit $856
2 Full Tuition Scholarships
58% of Students Receive Aid
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Academics: What will I learn?

  • All Teachers
  • Tenured
Total Number of Teachers
5% 16
1% 2
Students in Core Classes
25 Olayan School of Business 33 Average Across All Schools

Top 3 Teaching Methods
Team project
32% 32
24% 24
Case study
24% 24
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Concentrations and Specializations
Top Areas of Study
  • General Management
  • Finance
  • Leadership
  • Operations Management
  • Strategy
Requirements for Graduation
  • Students who receive graduate assistantships must complete a thesis/project.
  • Students must have attended a minimum number of classes
  • Students must have earned a pre-determined GPA/Letter grade average
Program Logistics
  • Credits required for graduation 48
  • Average # of months to complete program 34
  • Six-Year completion rate 86%
  • Max time allowed to complete 48
  • Separate Full-Time MBA No
  • Distance learning No
Time Classes Offered
  • Days, Evenings
Semester Classes Offered
  • Fall, Spring, Summer
Technology Improvements
  • Improvements include the acquisition of new hardware and software, as well as the upgrade of existing software. In addition, the School upgraded some of its in-house developed information systems, and purchased new subscriptions to online databases and information systems such as, Thomson Reuters.

Students: Who are my classmates?

Yes Part-time students have a campus area
Ethnicity of Students
African American
0% 0
Asian American
0% 0
0% 0
Professional Clubs
Networking Clubs

Alumni: How strong is my network?

1,460 Living MBA Alumni 19 Countries where alumni clubs exist
1 Active alumni clubs
3% Participating in gift donations No Individual alumni gift in excess of $10 Million in the last 12 months

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