Executive MBA in Dubai


Program Description

The Cass Executive MBA is taught in London and Dubai. As an MBA student in Dubai, you can have direct access and first-hand exposure to our City of London networks by taking electives at our London campus.

Transform your future with a global perspective and London links while studying at the Dubai International Financial Centre, in the heart of Middle Eastern commerce.

About the Executive MBA in Dubai

The Cass weekend Executive MBA in Dubai ranks among the best in the world and lets you balance work, life and study. Inspiring academics and business practitioners help you prepare for your next career move – whether that’s into senior management or leadership, or pursuing your own venture.

A truly international cohort commutes to Dubai each month from across the GCC. Learn with and from your peers in immersive 4-day study blocks (Thursday-Sunday), to build a deep and practical understanding of business and management. Enhance your studies with electives and projects selected to align with your career goals. Throughout the programme, you’ll get support from course mentors and develop your leadership skills with coaching and workshops from our careers team.

After you graduate you’re still part of the Cass community, including our network of international businesses and successful alumni. Seek advice from our careers team, and continue learning with a complimentary elective each year.

Programme structure

The Cass Executive MBA programme in Dubai is a dynamic and flexible two-year part-time MBA programme. This elite, internationally-focused course will allow you to tailor your skills and learning around your job.

Year 1

Core General Management Programme

The Executive MBA course is broken into two halves taught over the first and second years. The modules that make up the Executive MBA cover all areas of business and management. The electives also allow you to specialise in a particular area of business ensuring you get maximum ROI for your personal career progression from the course.

  • Business Methods and Principles
  • Business Systems and Organisations
  • Business Information Management and Finance
  • Corporate Management

Continuing Professional Development Dubai

This course will provide a number of skills to help your career and professional development within your organisation.

The aims of the course are to provide some core compulsory skills and reflection as part of induction and then you will engage in further CPD courses across the programme.

Learning outcomes:

  • Increase self-awareness
  • Identify and evaluate your interpersonal and leadership styles in more depth
  • Construct arguments using an evidence-based approach
  • Use the skills learnt to further your career path
  • Use the skills learnt within the workplace
  • Demonstrate through practise the professional skills acquired
  • Reflect on and scope out your skills base and its limitations
  • Show awareness of the importance for you, your colleagues and your organisation of the skills you have chosen to develop

Year 2

During the second year, DEMBA students will select Elective modules and undertake a Business Mastery Project. Electives include:

  • General Management
  • Global Real Estate Markets
  • Islamic Banking, Finance & Insurance
  • Mainstream Finance
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Energy, Transportation & Trade
  • London
  • International electives

Students may take up to six electives, of which five are credited; the wide variety of topics covered allows you to specialise in a variety of topics and tailor your executive MBA experience in London for your future career aspirations.

Dubai Executive MBA core and elective modules currently have 30 contact hours per 10 credits (i.e. 3 contact hours per credit).

Permitted by the Knowledge and Human Development Authority: The academic qualifications granted by this institution and certified by KHDA are recognised in the Emirate of Dubai by all public and private entities for all purposes.

Why a Cass Executive MBA in Dubai?

Networked into the City of London and Dubai

As an MBA student in Dubai, you will be able to take advantage of close connections with our London campus, where Cass has built strong relationships with the City of London and with the Lord Mayor of the City of London who acts as Chancellor of City, the University of London representing the University around the world.

Organisations such as:

  • The BBC World Service
  • Bank of New York Mellon
  • Financial Times
  • The London Stock Exchange.

all form part of the Cass network considered as an intellectual hub for the City of London.

As a student on the Dubai EMBA, you can have direct access and first-hand exposure to our City of London networks by taking electives at our London campus. This gives you invaluable experience working in one of the world's globally leading cities.

The Cass EMBA offers several international electives, these include:

  • South Africa - Leading Change in a Complex World
  • China International Study Tour
  • Las Vegas - Strategic Marketing in Action: Exploring Location Brands
  • San Francisco Silicon Valley
  • London Symposium
  • International Consultancy Week (e.g. Chile, Vietnam)
  • Cuba - Facing the Sustainability Revolution.

These provide you with a truly global EMBA experience.

Our cohorts in Dubai provide equally unparalleled access to a diverse and high-calibre business network.

Executives join us from across the Middle East from companies including Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank, Kuwait Financial Centre, Accenture, SAP, Ernst and Young, HSBC, Qatargas Operating Co Ltd, Zurich International Life Ltd, ING Investment Management, Simmons & Simmons, Emirates NBD, Jumeirah Group, Microsoft Corp., Citigroup, Dubai Properties Group, Oracle, Bank Muscat, KPMG, Etisalat, du, DEWA, Nokia Siemens Networks, Knight Frank and the DIFC.

Take your career to the next level

The EMBA in Dubai is the perfect course to accelerate your career to the next level. Completing an MBA can further your existing career path and our Executive MBA allows you to continue working as you study.

It is also a fantastic option for those looking to change career paths. The EMBA from Cass will give you in-depth expert knowledge in all areas of business, strategy, opening up a wide variety of roles, companies and sectors where you can apply your knowledge.


Tuition fees

Dubai Executive MBA tuition fee (Sept 2020 start): £49,500 (inclusive of 5% VAT in the UAE)

There are two options to pay fees:

Option one - pay in full at the beginning of each year

  • Year 1 fees:
    • £5,000 (deposit required to secure your place)
    • £19,750 (balance of year 1 fee due by 7 September 2020)
  • Year 2 fees:
    • £24,750 (fee for Year 2 due September 2021)

Option two - Pay each year's tuition fees in two instalments

  • Year 1 fees:
    • £5,000 (deposit required to secure your place)
    • £7,375 (balance of first instalment due by 7 September 2020)
    • £12,375 (second instalment due before 31 January 2021)
  • Year 2 fees:
    • £12,375 (first instalment by September 2021)
    • £12,375 (second instalment by January 2022)

From 1 January 2018, UAE introduced VAT (5%) on tuition fees; all published tuition fees for the Dubai Executive MBA include the applicable UAE VAT.

Please note that fees are subject to change.

City graduate loyalty discount

We are delighted to offer a 10% tuition fee reduction to City, University of London alumni who achieved 2.1 or above in their Bachelor’s degree, or a Master’s degree, and who meet all entry criteria for the programme. We also waive the £100 application fee for City, University of London alumni.

University of London graduate discount

We are also thrilled to offer a 10% tuition fee reduction to all University of London alumni who achieved 2.1 or above in their Bachelor’s degree or a Master’s degree, and who meet all entry criteria for the programme. We also waive the £100 application fee.

Paying your deposit

If we make you an unconditional offer, your offer letter will contain a personalised link which will enable you to accept your offer and pay a deposit of £5,000 by the deadline stated in your offer letter. Your place on the Executive MBA will not be secured until we have received your deposit. This can be paid by credit or debit card, or by bank transfer, and is deducted from your first instalment. If you are 100% sponsored by your company, we can normally waive the deposit on receipt of a completed sponsorship form (SP1).


Permitted by the Knowledge and Human Development Authority: The academic qualifications granted by this institution and certified by KHDA are recognised in the Emirate of Dubai by all public and private entities for all purposes.

Corporate Sponsorship

MBA Sponsorship of one (or more) of your most able managers on the Cass Executive MBA in Dubai will bring substantial benefits to your organisation. We understand that it's a considerable investment to make, but the business advantages will become evident almost immediately.


We believe that students benefit most by studying with colleagues from the widest possible range of experience and commercial backgrounds. We, therefore, welcome applications from all walks of commercial life.

Application deadlines

  • Round 2: 1st March 2020
  • Round 3: 12th April 2020
  • Round 4: 5th July 2020
  • Round 5: Rolling applications

Due to exceptionally high demand for places from strong candidates on the Executive MBA programme in Dubai, we strongly recommend that you contact our MBA team for a brief assessment of your skills and work experience before submitting a formal application.

Entry requirements

To be considered for the EMBA, candidates are required to have:

  • Either a good undergraduate degree (upper second class honours degree (2:1) or above) or substantial and relevant work experience and/or professional qualifications as an alternative to a first degree.
  • Have a minimum of four years' relevant postgraduate work experience.
  • Two supporting references from suitable sources. They can either be from your employer and university tutor or from your current and previous employer. Although your referees will receive an electronic request, it is our experience that referees respond more quickly if the candidate sends the reference form directly to them as well.
  • If English is not your first language you will require a minimum, well- balanced IELTS score of 7.0 or Cambridge English: Advanced Level C1 with a score of 67 and above. This may be waived if you have worked or studied in an English-speaking country for at least a year.

Admissions decisions are based on the academic ability of the candidate, the level of experience and commitment that he or she brings to the course, and the contribution that he or she will be able to make to the learning of others. Most applicants will not be required to take GMAT. If we need further information on your academic capacity for the programme, or your current motivation to study, we may request that you take GMAT.

Admissions criteria

To apply for the Cass Executive MBA Dubai, you will need to provide the following documents:

  • A completed application form, including personal statement (1200 words)
  • A certified copy of your degree certificate and transcripts detailing the courses studied and grades attained *
  • Two references: ideally one from an academic and one from your employer who has direct knowledge of your suitability for EMBA study
  • One recently taken passport size photographs
  • IELTS or Cambridge English: Advanced score report if English is not your native language
  • CV (resume)
  • Copy of passport
  • An application processing fee of £100 (please see below how to pay the fee online). This fee can be waived for City University or Cass Business School alumni.

All supporting documentation must be in English. If documents need to be translated, i.e. transcript(s) and references, please send a certified copy of the original document with a certified translation.

* A certified copy is a document that has been stamped and verified as a true copy by a legal authority (e.g. notary office). If you are having certified copies made, please ensure that you include an explanation of grades that may be printed on the reverse.

Paying your application fee

  • You can pay your application fee online and we accept the following cards: Mastercard, Maestro, Solo, Switch, Visa, Visa Delta and Visa Electron.
  • You will be given a reference number upon payment; please make a note of this and enter it when prompted on the online application form. Please note that we cannot begin to process your application until we have received your application fee.

Apply online

  • Please ensure that you complete all sections of the online application form in full, as incomplete application forms cannot be considered and can reflect badly on the applicant.
  • We encourage you to submit a complete application which includes all items on the checklist above, as this means that your application can be processed more speedily. Please bear in mind that we are unable to consider your application until it is complete.


Cass's Careers team offers you professional training and guidance in employability skills, enabling you to make the most of your MBA, whether you are progressing your current career or changing direction.

Throughout your time in Dubai as an Executive MBA student, you will have access to several Professional Development and Career Service Workshops and continued support from the Cass Careers team.

Careers help for EMBA Students

The Careers team will visit you in Dubai several times and hold several workshops to help enhance your career, including:

  • Effective CV Writing
  • Networking for career success
  • Career Planning & Job Search Strategies
  • Presentation skills and more.

You will also gain access to an invaluable suite of online resources and tools to help you get the most of out of the career support at Cass.

Furthermore, you gain an unrivalled alumni network covering all corners of the world and all sectors of business. The programme in Dubai regularly holds networking events allowing you to network with a wide variety of people - some of whom may become future business partners, colleagues or employers.

Cass Careers Online

Cass Careers Online, our online careers system, will be your central point of contact with us. Log in to stay up-to-date with job vacancies. Access a range of online resources such as our Cass CV template and guidelines, career advice videos, search our company directory, book 1-1 appointments, and sign up to Career and Professional Development workshops. It's up to you to take advantage of what's on offer to help you meet your career objectives.

Multi-dimensional networks

As a School, we have built up a very strong informal network on LinkedIn and Facebook to ensure that you are up-to-date with current market trends, as well as maintaining links with a regional and international headhunter and recruitment agencies. We also encourage you to tap into our alumni network for advice and support.

Our suite of online resources and tools have been developed to allow you to make the most of our services in your own time. Conduct your research using online career guides such as Vault.com and assess your values, interests and motivators using CareerLeader (that lets you test-drive different careers to find your best match). Investigate current opportunities at Gulf Talent, a popular online recruitment service for professionals across the Middle East; it is used by prominent employers and executive search firms all over the region to find candidates for their vacancies. Search for jobs across all industries and sectors in the Gulf using Career Intelligence, where jobs have been carefully sourced and filtered to ensure only the top vacancies are available.

Last updated Feb 2020

About the School

One of City, University of London’s 5 specialist schools, Cass Business School is among Europe's leading business schools. Holding a prestigious gold standard 'triple-crown' accreditation, it’s also o ... Read More

One of City, University of London’s 5 specialist schools, Cass Business School is among Europe's leading business schools. Holding a prestigious gold standard 'triple-crown' accreditation, it’s also one of the world’s top business schools. Read less
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