MSBA at KFUPM Business School







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Introduction to MSBA at KFUPM Business School

This program is designed to offer highly demanded advanced skills in data analytics that can be immediately deployed by a wide range of professionals and leaders to progress in their careers in managerial, business, and technical roles. It is applicable to many sectors, including industry, banking, telecom, healthcare, etc. It is also particularly applicable for IT professionals at various levels, who are in big demand due to rapid market growth, who can especially benefit from this program to support both established and emerging applications in e‑government and e-business.

Candidates undergo a cohort based, one-year program which covers 9 different subjects each designed with industry needs in mind. An Integrative Industry Project is the capstone of this degree which allows candidates to apply the knowledge gained during the program.  This program is open for both genders. KFUPM Business School is proud to have enrolled its first cohort starting September 2021.

Why Study MSBA at KFUPM Business School?


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Here are some reasons why you should study MSBA from KFUPM Business School:

  • Highly ranked and accredited institution. It is one of the few business schools in the Middle East that is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). This accreditation is a testament to the quality of the school’s programs and faculty.
  • Designed to meet the needs of today’s employers. The program covers a wide range of topics in business analytics, including data mining, machine learning, and statistical analysis. Students also gain experience in using real-world data to solve business problems.
  • Strong focus on industry relevance. Students have the opportunity to work on industry-sponsored projects and internships. They also have the opportunity to network with alumni and industry leaders.
  • Location: KFUPM Business School is located in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, which is a major center for business and industry. This gives students access to a wide range of job opportunities after graduation.

Program Costs + Living Expenses: MSBA at KFUPM Business School

SAR 60,000

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SAR 5000

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SAR 65,000

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The cost of the MSBA  programme is approximately SAR 60,000. Apart from this, a detailed breakdown of the average monthly cost of living for a single student at KFUPM-BS:

  • Accommodation: SAR 2,000-3,000
  • Food: SAR 1,000-1,500
  • Transportation: SAR 500-1,000
  • Other expenses (e.g., utilities, personal care, entertainment): SAR 1,000-1,500

Total: 5000

Employement Prospects : MeM at SU

    Most Sought-after Jobs

Data Analyst 

Data Scientist

Chief Data Officer

Business Analyst


Machine Learning Specialist

Project Manager

Eligibility Criteria for MSBA at KFUPM Business School

All candidates for the Professional Masters must meet the following requirements for entry:

  • A four-year undergraduate degree in any Business, Science, Technology,
    Engineering, and Mathematics discipline from a recognized and reputable
  • At least one course in college level Calculus that covers both differentiation and integration topics.
  • At least one course in college level Statistics.
  • A working knowledge of computers as evidenced by at least one course in that area (e.g. data processing, programming, information systems, etc.)

Documents required : MSBA at KFUPM Business School

  • A min. Grade-Point Average (GPA) of 2.5/4.0 or equivalent in a four-year
    Bachelor’s Degree (B.A., BBA, B.S., B.E., etc.) in Business, Management, Science, Engineering, Technology, and Mathematics areas.
  • Completion of TOEFL with a minimum score of 523 (PBT), 193 (CBT) or 70 (IBT). IELTS is also acceptable (min score 6.0) [this requirement is waived for KFUPM
  • Two letters of recommendation from the faculty who taught the applicant in
    undergraduate courses

Application Deadlines - Stanford MEM

18 Dec 2023: Opening of Online Application

11 Feb 2024: Last Day for Submitting Online Application and Uploading Documents for the Open Programs Only

11 Feb 2024: Last Day for Submitting Online Recommendations for Open Programs Only

April 2024: Last Day for Announcement of Application Results

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Specializations & Electives Offered

Students in the MSBA program can choose from a variety of electives to create a program of study that meets their individual needs and interests. For more information check here.


This is to help the Kingdom achieve its objective of transforming its economy and becoming not only a participant, but a competitor in the new global digital economy. Graduating a cadre of specialists who have the required knowledge and training is a pillar of this transformation. 

Yes. It is expected that earning these Master’s degrees will not only prepare the students for the emerging requirements of the new job market and make them quite distinguishable, but also, as a result, significantly enhance their employments prospects and competitiveness. Note, however, there are several other factors that affect employability (for example, academic performance). KFUPM graduates, who are already sought after, will likely attain a substantially stronger degree of attractiveness in the job market, and others will also advance their careers through KFUPM’s distinguished academic rigor.

This is essentially a Master of Engineering or Master of Business degree. Sometimes these degrees are also called a Professional Master’s degree, to distinguish them from the conventional Master of Science, as the intent of this program is to lead to (or enhance) employment with a direct impact on the professional activities, not to progress to a Ph.D.

Yes, those who obtained a good GPA from renowned universities and with high English fluency have a good opportunity to be accepted. Please note, however, that weight is given to students continuing with it after completing their Bachelor’s degree at KFUPM and returning KFUPM graduates.

Yes, the program is open to both male and female students.

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Once you are done with GMAT the entire application process usually take 4-6 weeks

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