Master of Business Administration – Banking and Finance | Antonine University


Master of Business Administration – Banking and Finance

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  • 36Credits
  • 2Duration of the program
  • $130Price
Official Name of the Program Master of Business Administration – Banking and Finance
Official Degree Level Master in Business Administration – Banking and Finance
Campuses Availability Hadat–Baabda; Nabi Ayla–Zahlé; Mejdlaya–Zgharta

Program Objectives

The Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Banking and Finance provides students with a training of excellence using cutting-edge teaching methods in banking and financial management. This program provides students with the knowledge and abilities to effectively manage the business dynamics of both financial and non-financial institutions in order to optimize their earnings and value while maintaining their financial equilibrium. Students will be equipped with tools that allow them to properly manage their organization's working capital, cash flows, and capital structure, as well as assess the feasibility and attractiveness of its new investments. Learners will be able to fully master the fields of advanced corporate financial management and banking risks, as well as the different relevant theories and applications underlying advanced financial markets and international finance. The program also aims to expose students to the financial markets and investigate the regulatory frameworks for risk and innovation in banking and finance.


Students eligible for this program are those who have successfully completed their undergraduate academic program in Business Administration (i.e. holders of a Bachelor’s degree) and wish to pursue their graduate studies in one of the concentrations offered in the framework of this advanced Master’s degree program.

Teaching Methods

The teaching methods of the different modules and courses at the Antonine School of Business (ASB) are based on a curricular perspective, mainly targeting knowledge building as well as competency and skill development. The teaching methodologies give precedence to the course content and are not restricted to a specific and sole teaching pattern, notwithstanding the adoption of a learning environment promoting a social constructivist approach.

The faculty members are keen on the process of transmission and acquisition of the course contents. Moreover, the knowledge construction process systematically takes precedence over all other aspects. The epistemological position of instructors takes into account the diverse economic and social backgrounds of learners. In this perspective, the construction of learners' knowledge again takes precedence over other types of teaching and learning methodologies.

Evaluation Process

The assessment system of the course modules at the ASB allows each student to progress at their own pace without disregarding, at the same time, the overall learning progress of the group of learners in the same pedagogical structure. The assessment modalities are centered around 3 main categories: diagnostic, formative, and summative. The learning assessment is mainly carried out via written tests conducted continuously throughout the academic semester. The partial examination gives the students the opportunity to redefine their progress and adjust their academic performance according to the results obtained.

Courses include projects and research work prepared individually or in groups. Oral presentation and communication skills come to the fore very often and take precedence over other assessment modalities in several practical teaching units.

The evaluation process ends with the summative assessment, where students take the final examination for each subject at the end of each academic semester.

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

Upon completion of the Master of Business Administration – Banking and Finance concentration, graduates will be able to:

  • select strategic decisions for business development;
  • elaborate strategic plans for enterprises, organizations, and firms;
  • recognize the impact of organizational culture on business performance;
  • conduct research based on qualitative and quantitative techniques;
  • assess investment strategies based on financial techniques and instruments;
  • apply risk management concepts in the banking field.
Job Prospects

The jobs targeted by this program comprise the following management responsibilities and functions:

  • financial analysis;
  • financial portfolio management;
  • customer relations;
  • treasury and funds management;
  • credit analysis;
  • strategic planning and budgeting;
  • company valuation;
  • assistance in mergers and acquisitions;
  • management consultancy in financial management and markets.

Program Structure

Common Courses

Code Course Credits
ECON 202-EC00 Advanced Microeconomics and Quantitative Techniques
Advanced Microeconomics and Quantitative Techniques
ECON 202-EC00
3 Credits

The objective of this course is to examine the behavior of individuals (consumers and producers) in different market structures: pure competition market, monopoly, oligopoly, and monopolistic competition. It studies as well the case of externalities and explains how firms in a perfectly competitive market behave differently in the short run and the long run. It shows the different price discrimination policies applied by monopoly and the public policies that can limit the inefficiency of the monopolistic market. In this course, students will study the different strategies that oligopolistic firms undertake to maximize their profit and have a discussion on how externalities can make competitive markets inefficient. The course relies on classroom discussion, participation, case analysis, and problem-solving.

MGMT 202-EC00 Decision Making for Business and Strategic Choices
Decision Making for Business and Strategic Choices
MGMT 202-EC00
3 Credits

This course is designed to help business students understand some of the greatest challenges that organizations face today – the effective and efficient methods for implementing strategies in organizations. It is imperative that students understand what strategic management deals with, in order to help them understand management strategies that will fit organizational goals. They will also be able to understand and use various organizational principles.

MRCH 201-EC00 Research Methods in Business
Research Methods in Business
MRCH 201-EC00
3 Credits

This course introduces Business students to a clear, complete, and systematic scientific research approach from a methodological and epistemological point of view. It explains how to formulate a research question and how to build and elaborate on the theoretical framework of the project. Also, it discusses the main methodologies of data collection and the different techniques for analyzing the results. Finally, it introduces the student to the best techniques for structuring and communicating the results of the research.

ECON 203-EC00 Advanced Macroeconomics
Advanced Macroeconomics
ECON 203-EC00
3 Credits

The objective of this course is to enable students to deepen their knowledge and understanding of the empirical and theoretical issues involved in analyzing the economic situation. The advanced concepts of macroeconomic theory will be presented in this course, especially those related to an open economy and the differences that the economic policy can have between the short run and the long run. The aggregate demand, IS-LM model, Mundell-Fleming model with exchange rate regimes, aggregate supply, and short-run tradeoff between inflation and unemployment will be discussed in details in this course.

ECON 201-EC00 Legal Environment and Tax Regulations
Legal Environment and Tax Regulations
ECON 201-EC00
3 Credits

The course provides a solid background in Lebanese commercial law, civil law, code of civil procedures, labor law, and taxation law. Topics include the courts' system, contracts, property sales, commercial instruments, partnerships, corporations, commercial representation, franchise contracts, banking operations, labor law, and social security provisions. The course also covers the main rules governing the Lebanese income tax legislation.

MGMT 213-EC00 Organizational Change and Global Strategy
Organizational Change and Global Strategy
MGMT 213-EC00
3 Credits

This course will explore key theoretical models in change and shift management. It will take a closer look at change management and the need to understand the important aspects of dealing with change. This course will give students a global outlook on management practices and strategies, preparing them to work both locally and internationally. Today's organizations are facing challenges in shifting from traditional management practices to modern management systems at both the local and international levels.

Major Courses

Code Course Credits
FINA 203-EC00 Advanced Financial Markets
Advanced Financial Markets
FINA 203-EC00
3 Credits
This course is designed to deepen knowledge and practice around derivatives, international financing, and portfolio management techniques. The course presents Derivatives including Swaps, financial Futures, Options, and a wide range of financially engineered instruments which are hybrids of other financial products. In this course, students will learn about International borrowing as an important part of the funding equation for companies whose base is within countries with shallow capital markets, as well as for major multinational companies. The course emphasizes different approaches to portfolio management techniques for optimal portfolio choices.
FINA 201-EC00 Bank and Risk Management
Bank and Risk Management
FINA 201-EC00
3 Credits
This course studies financial institutions and their effects on the overall economy. It also introduces financial intermediaries and the role they play in solving the problem of asymmetric information. Analysis of banking activity is also highlighted to widen the horizon about the banking transformation of traditional activities and models. The American and the European models of banks are compared within this framework. Internal and international risk management techniques are presented and analyzed in this course to shed light on problems encountering in the banking industry.
FINA 202-EC00 Advanced Financial Management and Financial Instruments
Advanced Financial Management and Financial Instruments
FINA 202-EC00
3 Credits
This course includes analysis and estimation of risk and return, analysis of corporate governance, estimation of cash flows, and analysis of risk in capital budgeting in the framework of project valuation. The objective of this course is to deepen knowledge and application in corporate finance, project valuation, strategic, and tactical financing decisions. Important topics in financial management are also studied: mergers and acquisitions and corporate control and valuation in a global context. In this context, students will acquire specific techniques to evaluate wealth creation and synergies attached to mergers operations. Moreover, international corporate valuation techniques are studied to foster international investments.
Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management
Senior Project

Code Course Credits
MGMT 501-EM10 Senior Project