Top MBA colleges in Dubai
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Known for its sand dunes, world-class shopping malls and oil reserves, Dubai is slowly but steadily emerging as a study abroad destination for international students. About 80% of the UAE’s population are expatriates and the largest chunk is based in Dubai, reflecting that the city is one of the top places to seek work opportunities. Along with job seekers, the city is also popular for students exploring career prospects in business studies. The best part is that Dubai is home to some top MBA colleges like American University, Manchester Business School and HULT International Business School, to name a few.


Here are the top MBA colleges in Dubai:

1.  London Business School, Dubai

One of the most popular business schools in UK, the London Business School opened its first campus in Dubai in 2006. According to Financial Times, London Business School ranks third in the list of top business schools in the world. The Dubai campus of London Business School offers only Executive MBA, which is basically meant for those who wish to enhance their business network and learn leadership skills. The programme is best suited for those with prior work experience.

Admission into London Business School, Dubai, will require you to submit official academic transcripts along with proof of prior work experience. Apart from that you will have to submit your updated CV along with two reference letters and three application essays. For those whose native language is not English will have to take English proficiency tests IELTS or TOEFL.


Applications generally open on a rolling basis, however, the peak admission season is around January and September.


Tuition fee

London Business School( EMBA programme)

AED 402188

2.  Manchester Business School, Dubai

According to Financial Times, UK-based Manchester Business School’s MBA programme ranks seventh in the UK, 14th in Europe and 38th in the top 100 MBA colleges in the world. The list of top MBA colleges in Dubai is incomplete without Manchester Business School, Dubai, as it is one of the few colleges in Dubai to be accredited by three bodies like Association of MBA’s (AMBA), European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS) and The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

Being one of the top MBA colleges in Dubai, Manchester Business School’s admission procedure requires applicants to apply online. Along with the application, students are required to submit their CVs, proof of minimum 4 years of work experience and IELTS or TOEFL scores. Applicants have to score 6.5 bands in IELTS and 90 IBT in TOEFL. Apart from this, two work related reference letters and MAT scores are required to complete the admission procedure.

One can start applying around January and July.




Tuition fee

Manchester Business School



AED 155860

3. Manipal University, Dubai

One of the recognised universities in India, Manipal University has made a name for itself in the UAE since its foundation in 2000. Manipal Dubai has successfully grabbed the attention of international students planning to study in Dubai. The university offers student exchange programmes with some prominent universities like Lancaster University, UK, Edinburg Napier University, UK, and University of Fraser Valley, British Columbia. Students also have access to various merit and sports scholarships. No wonder then that, Manipal University is among the top MBA colleges in Dubai.

To be eligible for admission to the university, applicants have to fill the form online, upload academic transcripts and make the necessary payments. Applicants must have an undergraduate degree from a recognised university along with English proficiency test sores. Apart from that, applicants will have to submit test scores of any of the management entrance tests like CAT, MAT and GMAT.


Click here to know more about Manipal University Dubai and 2016 application process


Application deadlines are around September.


Tuition fee

Manipal University

AED39, 000

4. Cass Business School, Dubai

Cass Business School, UK, that ranks 6th in the UK Financial Times business school ranking is one of the top MBA colleges in Dubai. The Dubai campus has the same teaching methodology like in the UK.  The Executive MBA in Cass Business School, Dubai, offers stream concentration in Entrepreneurship, Islamic Finance and Energy. The programmes are accredited by AMBA, EQUIS and AACSB, making it more desirable among students who want to pursue MBA in Dubai.


One can start applying by filling the form online, uploading the necessary academic transcripts along with a CV, one reference letter, essays and minimum 4 years of work experience. Those whose native language is not English have to take the IELTS test and score minimum 7.0 bands.

There is no fixed application deadline as admission in Cass Business School operates on a rolling basis.



Tuition fee

Cass Business School


AED 182290

5.  American University, Dubai

Being one of the top MBA colleges in Dubai, the university was established in 1995, and has over 2500 students from across the globe. American University offers some of the best MBA specialisations like MBA Marketing, Finance and Management.


Students can apply online and upload academic transcripts along with test scores of GMAT, TOEFL or IELTS. Aspirants have to score minimum 79-80 in TOEFL IBT and 6.5 in IELTS. Further, students also have to submit their CV, SOP and LOR along with minimum 2 years of prior work experience.


The application deadline for summer is around Mid-February to mid-April, whereas for Fall it is around late June to late August.




Tuition fee

American University





Top MBA colleges in Dubai

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London Business School, Dubai


Manchester Business School, Dubai


Manipal University, Dubai


Cass Business School, Dubai


American University in Dubai


University of Wollongong


Hult International Business School


University of Dubai


Institute of Management Technology


BITS Pilani, Dubai

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