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					  SEMI-RESIDENCY
EXECUTIVE PROGRAM
   The American University of Science & Technology
    (AUST) is a private non-sectarian institution of higher
    learning licensed by Presidential Decree number 677.
    The University strives to provide top-level education
    at moderate costs to avail needy students with
    opportunities to receive American-style education.
    The institution espouses the ideas and thinking of its
    founders who believe that each individual should be
    given a chance to realize his/her potentials through a
    university-level training that is not prohibitively
    expensive or exclusive.
   AUST's commitment to international human
    understanding has led it to establish i) an extensive
    network of affiliations; and ii) exchange and cooperation
    agreements with international universities in USA, Europe,
    Canada and the Middle East. Consequently, offering the
    Lebanese and foreign students with unique cross-cultural
    study opportunities; and the faculty with substantial
    research possibilities.
   AUST welcomes qualified students without discrimination
    based on color, religion, race, belief, gender or age. AUST
    is an equal opportunity employer.
   AUST began in 1989 under the name "the American Universal
    College". In August 2000, the name was changed to American
    University College of Science & Technology as per presidential
    Decree # 3585/2000. August 2007 confirmed the present name of
    American University of Science & Technology according to
    Presidential Decree # 677/2007.
   The Decree granted AUST the status of a full university with
    permission to offer programs leading to Bachelor, Master &
    Master of Business Administration (MBA) degrees in three
    academic Faculties (Schools). These are:

     Faculty of Business & Economics           FBE
     Faculty of Arts & Sciences                FAS
     Faculty of Health Sciences                FHS
   Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
   Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
   Hashemite University, Jordan.
   New Jersey Institute of Technology, New Jersey, USA.
   Ohio University, Ohio, USA.
   Politecnico di Milano, Italy.
   Sofia University (St. Kliment Ohridski), Bulgaria.
   State University of New York / Empire State College, New York, USA.
   Université de Versailles, St. Quentin, France.
   University of Arkansas, Arkansas, USA.
   University of Florence, Italy.
   University of Kentucky, USA.
   University of North Carolina, Greensboro, USA.
   Universidad Politecnica de Valencia, Spain.
   University of Venice, Italy.
   Villanova University, Pennsylvania, USA.
    These affiliations cover the areas of transfer of credits, academic
    cooperation and research, technical training, and the exchange of
    students and faculty and the possibility of holding joint conferences and
    workshops.
   The Faculty of Business and Economics offers programs leading
    to the B.S. degree in the following fields of specialization:
    Accounting, Economics, Finance, Hospitality Management,
    Management, Management Information Systems, Marketing,
    Travel and Tourism Management and Marketing and
    Advertising.

   In addition, the Faculty offers a graduate program leading to the
    M.B.A. degree with the following fields of concentration:
    Accounting, Economics, Finance, Management, Hospitality
    Management, Management Information Systems and
    Marketing.
   "What can I do with an MBA?" is a common
    question students ask when they are
    considering applying to MBA programs. One
    answer is that what you do with your MBA
    depends on your own personal goals,
    attitudes, vision and effort. However, in
    general an MBA allows graduates to pursue
    career advancement or career change.
   This means MBA graduates can make more
    money in their current jobs, get new jobs or
    promotions, or even change careers
    altogether. For example, if you have an
    undergraduate and work background in
    sociology but would prefer a management
    position, an MBA can help you get there. Job
    title, responsibilities, salary-even hours-can
    all be affected by having an MBA.
   Eligible candidates should hold a Bachelor’s
    (or equivalent) degree from a recognized
    and accredited university preceded by a
    secondary school certificate recognized by
    the Lebanese Ministry of Higher Education:

   A minimum TOEFL score of 575

   Proven record of professional experience of
    a minimum of 2 years.
   undergraduate grade point average:
     3.00 (B or 80%) in the major field of study for
      admission to the graduate program
     2.50 - 3.00 (C+ - B or 75 - 80%) in the major field of
      study for admission on probation

   A pre-admission interview will be scheduled
    for qualified applicants
   Applicants may be considered for admission
    as prospective graduates if:
     their averages in the major field of study or the
      cumulative averages fall between 2.2 – 2.5 (C -
      C+).
     Their major is different than the intended
      program
    Prospective graduates will be assigned 4 -6
    remedial courses (on a case-by-case basis).

   Upon completion of the remedial courses
    with a minimum grade of C (2.0/4.0) in each,
    and a cumulative average of B (3.0/4.0), the
    Faculty Graduate Committee may
    recommend the applicants for admission to
    regular graduate status.
 The remedial courses assigned
 by the Graduate Committee will
 not be considered as part of the
 candidate’s graduate program
 and may not be taken along with
 graduate courses that require
 prerequisites.
 English Communication Skills
 Accounting
 Finance
 Economics
 Marketing & Management
 Quantitative Analysis
 Management Information Systems
 A certified photocopy of the identity card or
  passport (same as nationality to be used in
  registration).
 Two recent passport size photographs.
 A non-refundable application fee of $500.
 Lebanese applicants must submit a recent
  family civil status record.
 A certified photocopy of all educational and
  professional certificates.
   An official transcript of grades sent directly from the
    college or university that the applicant attended to the
    Admissions Office at AUST. The applicant may deliver a
    student copy of the transcript until the receipt of the
    official document.

   Recommendations from two professors or others who
    are familiar with the applicant’s academic or
    professional performance should be sent directly to the
    Admissions Office. As for work experience,
    recommendations from the two most recent employers
    should also be supplied.
   AUST English Entrance Exam with a score of 575 and 5.5 on
    the essay rating.
   TOEFL paper-based test with a score of 575.
   TOEFL computer-based test with a score of 240.
   Internet-based TOEFL (IBT) with a score of 85.
   International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with
    a minimum score of 7.0
   Graduate Record Examination (GRE) with a score of 500 on
    the verbal reasoning section.
   Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) score of 500
    on the verbal reasoning section
   Candidates who do not obtain the scores listed in the above
    tests will be placed in the appropriate English Intensive
    Program based on their scores on the AUST English Entrance
    Exam (EEE).

   Note: Candidates who have completed their education and
    received a bachelor’s degree from a recognized institution of
    higher learning where English is the language of instruction,
    may be exempted from the AUST’s English Language
    Proficiency Requirements or an English Essay test may be
    required upon the request of the Admissions Committee.
   FULL-TIME PROGRAM: 39 CREDIT HOURS

   CORE COURSES: 6 COURSES (18 CREDIT HOURS)

   To graduate with an MBA degree, a student must
    complete the following:
     A total of 36credits in core and course requirements, plus a
     Research Project (3 cr)
   ECO 500   Business Economics

   FIN 500   Financial Management

   MGT 500   Contemporary Management

   MGT 501   Advanced Q. M. in Business

   MGT 502   Research Methods in Business

   MKT 500   Marketing Management
   FIN 550   Investment Analysis and Portfolio
              Management
   FIN 578   Risk Analysis and Strategy
   MGT 520   Human Resource Challenges
   MGT 550   Project Planning and Management
   MKT 520   Consumer Behavior
   MKT 527   Seminar in Promotional Strategy
   Students are presented with advanced concepts and analytical
    tools of microeconomic theory: demand, supply and equilibrium;
    opportunity cost; efficiency; perfect and imperfect competition;
    oligopoly and game theory; risk and uncertainty; economics of
    information; investment; public goods and externalities.
    Applications and case studies in managerial decision-making.
    Furthermore, this course shall emphasize to students the mutual
    relationship between the macroeconomic environment and
    business, including how fiscal, monetary, foreign exchange and
    other policies of the government interact to help shape the
    macroeconomic environment. Causes and consequences of
    inflation and unemployment. Economic growth and technological
    progress. Open economy, international flow of goods and capital,
    and exchange rates.
   Concepts and theories applicable to the
    financial administration of a firm. Cases,
    problems, and readings to illustrate various
    financial problems and techniques for solving
    such problems. Topics include valuation, risk
    and return, capital budgeting, cost of capital,
    financial analysis and planning and working
    capital management.
   Students are coached to build on the different
    management theory approaches so that they
    are capable to integrate appropriate skills for
    better decision-making, to acquire an
    understanding of the practices related to
    leadership and organizational behavior of the
    business constituents to manage structure and
    change affecting business strategies and to
    develop an understanding of the recent trends
    in management theory.
   Examination of important quantitative approaches to
    management decision-making. Application of various
    analytical methods, models, and theories to a variety of
    management decision areas. Use of tools such as decision
    theory, simulation, PERT/CPM and linear programming to
    minimize risk and uncertainty in management activities.
    Quantitative controls and decision support as applied to
    the operations of business. Advanced applications in
    business analysis, decision support, and development of
    decision support system. Introduction to econometric
    techniques used in business: Simple and multiple
    regressions.
   Applications of research methods to facilitate
    business enterprise decision-making. Topics include
    review of the different research methods used
    (qualitative and quantitative), business
    environment analysis and problem definition,
    secondary literature review, data collection
    methodology as tied to hypotheses defined,
    questionnaires design, sampling techniques,
    statistical validation and results interpretation.
    Several cause-effect techniques studied. Students
    are to work on a research topic to experiment with
    these topics
   Controllable and uncontrollable marketing variables
    in today's business environment. Topics include
    factors affecting consumer demand and methods of
    satisfying it, market structure, and product-mix
    selection, distribution, promotion, pricing, and
    market research. The course structure, projects and
    cases are designed to develop the students' ability
    to generate effective marketing strategies in the
    face of uncertainty in group and competitive
    setting. Marketing planning, marketing research,
    designing and marketing policies will be
    implemented.
   Examines the role and functioning of securities markets,
    security valuation techniques, and the theory and practice of
    portfolio management.
    Asset pricing under the capital asset pricing model and the
    arbitrage pricing model; principles of modern portfolio theory;
    constructing portfolios that have pre-defined characteristics;
    asset allocation, portfolio insurance and assessing investment
    performance. Valuation of companies and major types of
    securities, including cash flow analysis, forecasting, ratio
    analysis, cost of capital, discounted cash flow techniques, and
    the effect of capital structure and investment policies, including
    merger and acquisition strategies.
   Valuation of derivative securities such as
    options and futures contracts; costs and
    benefits of using derivative securities to
    change the risk exposure of corporations and
    financial intermediaries, including dynamic
    portfolio policies; how prices for these
    securities are determined in actual markets.
    Selected investment topics and advanced
    portfolio management techniques.
   An integrated selection of human resource
    management topics to develop students'
    skills and critical thinking. Topics include
    human resource strategy, human resource
    development, technology impact, and
    leadership involvement to enhance human
    dignity at work. Students will be involved in
    role playing, simulations, and team work
    exercises.
   This course builds on the fundamentals of
    project management. Topics include
    planning, organization, scheduling, costing
    and control. Students are brought to reality
    by examining different case studies and
    working on a selected project management
    software.
   This course aims to provide students with the psychological,
    sociological, and anthropological theories related to
    consumer decision processes. This course reviews the major
    empirical findings in the literature on consumer behavior and
    relates them to the design and execution of effective
    marketing strategy. First, the course focuses on individual
    decision making and consumer learning. Next, the focus
    shifts to external influences: culture, social class, reference
    groups, family, and situational variables. Implications of
    findings in these areas for marketing strategy are reviewed,
    and recent developments in market segmentation,
    positioning, marketing communications, personal selling and
    perceived quality are discussed.
   Students are provided with the theoretical and practical
    techniques to identify promotional problems encountered by a
    firm and the approaches to their solution. The course will
    emphasize the preparation of students using a mixture of lecture,
    case study analysis, class discussion, and team development and
    presentation of an entire advertising campaign. Students will be
    exposed to the concepts, techniques, and methodologies of
    communication strategies in marketing, such as media
    advertising, corporate advertising and promotional campaigns.
    Moreover, students will be analyzing business cases to have
    working knowledge assessing the effectiveness of advertising and
    promotional mix strategies on influencing buyer attitudes and
    behavior. Also, students will perform media evaluation in relation
    to media ethics and organizational social responsibility.
   AUST professors will hold classes on every
    third UAE weekend of every month. Classes
    will last for two FULL days in Dubai and Abu
    Dhabi.

   Each professor will deliver one module
    consisting of 3 courses.

   Each module lasts, approximately, 4 months.
   Students are expected to register for each
    module if they expect to graduate in 16
    months.

   Attendance and participation is absolutely
    mandatory.

   Each course will require students to sit for
    exams, and submit projects.
   Application fees (paid once)        $250.00

   Registration fees/module            $500.00

   Cost per credit     MBA               $400.00
   Cost per remedial credit              $250.00
   Reading materials for each course will be
    delivered by AUST.
   Electronic access to professors is included.
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