Program Description



"I joined LUMS in summer of 1991 at the old campus. For our summer orientation among other things, we were introduced to computers and given two floppies each! Coming from a background of traditional classrooms, the case method of teaching felt intimidating. I was fortunate to have been taught by the founding faculty of LUMS, with less than 100 students on the campus. I made lifelong friendships during my time at LUMS. While WAC was a backbreaker the lure of Halwa Puri breakfast kept us going, not to forget the midnight basketball matches. Would not mind doing it all over again!"

Aali Shafi MBA 1993, Executive Vice President & Business Head, MCB Bank Ltd

"Being an entrepreneur, I have experienced the support of the LUMS network first hand. It’s great to have connections and friends in nearly every company in Pakistan. LUMS alumni are always very supportive and you can easily get a chance to pitch your products as an entrepreneur."

Sharjeel Minhas MBA 2012, Entrepreneur, Emirates Security Services, Agro Industries

"We do a lot of Harvard cases during the MBA and since most of the Harvard students go on to establish start-ups, it is inspiring for us. We feel that after doing MBA from LUMS, we have the necessary skills to start a business and make it successful."

Hashim Akbar MBA 2015

"The Unique Selling Point of the LUMS MBA programme is the resources including students, faculty and guest speakers who will make you realize how many interesting career options you can create in both Pakistan and abroad. I think the kind of exposure it gives you by nature of how well entrenched it is in regional industry, government and academia make it unique".

Jazib Zahir MBA 2009, COO, Tintash (Pvt.) Ltd.



The Masters of Business Administration (MBA) programme at the Suleman Dawood School of Business (SDSB) at LUMS provides an intense and demanding academic experience, involving two years of full-time study. The programme aims at developing global business leaders - individuals who can provide leadership at any level, in an increasingly global economy. As a general management programme, the curriculum introduces students to the underlying disciplines of management, and provides graduates the flexibility to pursue successful careers in a variety of industries, and across geographical and functional boundaries

The primary teaching methodology is the case method. During the two years at LUMS, students work on over 500 cases which develops in them the ability to make decisions in a broad range of “real-world” situations. The case method encourages active learning and student participation. It develops a remarkable ability to analyze and apply theoretical frameworks, to debate and develop arguments, and to make quick decisions in challenging uncertain situations. Indeed, LUMS MBA graduates are known for their capacity for sustained hard work, for working under pressure and meeting deadlines, for excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and for teamwork; skills which are critical for managers in today’s global economy.



MBA Cycle

The SDSB MBA is a two-year programme based on a series of core and elective courses.


The SOP brings together students from diverse academic backgrounds and prepares them to deal with the challenges of the rigorous MBA programme. The SOP is offered in August, prior to the official commencement of classes. It aims at easing the transitional stage of students into the regular MBA by providing fundamental skill enhancement modules in communication, business mathematics, accounting, computer applications, and statistics, thus bringing all the students from different backgrounds to one level.

Year 1

In the year I, all students are expected to complete core courses that are designed to give concepts that provide the backbone of general management education.

  • Marketing Management
  • Organisational Behavior
  • Financial Reporting and Analysis
  • Critical Thinking and Managerial Communication
  • Statistical Analysis for Management
  • Decision Modeling for Managers
  • Operations Management
  • Financial Management
  • Managerial Economics
  • Managerial Accounting and Control Systems
  • Leadership and Social Responsibility
  • Business Development and Economy
  • Business Integration and Innovation
  • Islamic Ethics

Summer Internship

Between the first and the second year of the MBA programme, students must undertake a project based summer internship of at least six weeks. The mandatory internship helps students to apply classroom knowledge to a practical environment, the amalgamation adding further to the learning experience. Through the internship, students gain valuable management experience early on in their careers and identify their long-term career goals. Internship placements are aided by the Placement Office at SDSB.

Year II

In Year II, the students can select from a wide range of electives offered in multiple disciplines. Students can choose courses focusing on their interests, creating a mix of topics to support their professional goals.


  • Investments
  • Economic Environment and Business Risk Management
  • Management of Financial Institutions
  • Islamic Banking
  • Entrepreneurial Finance
  • Corporate Finance
  • International Finance


  • Negotiation Skills
  • Corporate Governance
  • Business Law
  • Organizational Power and Politics
  • Business Government Relations
  • Strategy and Management in Emerging Economies
  • Entrepreneurship-Developing and Sustaining a New Venture
  • Agribusiness Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Leading and Managing Change
  • Family Business


  • Sales Force Management
  • Consumer Behavior and Market Research
  • Business to Business
  • Brand Management
  • Integrated Marketing Communications
  • Digital Marketing
  • Channel Management


  • Supply Chain and Retail Management
  • Project Management
  • Operations Strategy
  • Management of Technology and Innovation
  • Business Intelligence

MBA Project

The project is an excellent application of what is learned throughout the programme. It is a challenging assignment, combining decision making ability, teamwork, working under pressure and an integrated approach towards management.


Admission Criteria

Minimum Eligibility Criteria for application submission

Applicants must meet the minimum eligibility criteria in order to be considered for admission to the Graduate Programme. Meeting these criteria does not guarantee admission to the Graduate program.

All applicants to LUMS, regardless of citizenship, are held to the same admissions standards and evaluated on the same admissions criteria.

Admission to the Programme is based entirely on merit. The basic policy of the Admissions Committee of the Suleman Dawood School of Business is to select those men and women whose intellectual capacity, managerial potential and personal characteristics best qualify them to pursue careers in management.

Applicants will be assessed on the following criteria:

  • Minimum of sixteen years of education leading to a Masters or Bachelor's* degree from a university recognized by the Higher Education Commission (HEC), Pakistan.
  • Performance in the GMAT/GRE (no other admission test scores are valid)
  • Work experience (preferred but not compulsory)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Interview performance

* Candidates holding only a bachelors degree of fewer than four years’ duration will be required to produce an equivalence certificate of completion of 16 years of education issued by the Higher Education Commission (HEC), Pakistan.

Decisions on admission are made after careful evaluation of all applications. Evaluation for interview call is carried out based on a combination of factors such as academic track record, performance in GMAT/GRE, and work experience (if available).

The Admissions Office will review applications to ensure requirements are being met. Shortlisted candidates will be called in for an interview, after which the final decision will be taken.

Admission Test for MBA

Applicants are required to take Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) in order to be considered for admission. Only GMAT/GRE scores are valid and, hence, applicants with previous LMAT scores need to take the GMAT/GRE.

GMAT/GRE is offered as a computer adaptive test worldwide. Apart from official test scores that LUMS will require directly from Educational Testing Service (ETS), USA, and applicants must submit or mail a copy of the unofficial GMAT/GRE scores as soon as they take the test. The LUMS code for receiving GMAT/GRE scores from ETS is 0679. For further details on GMAT and GRE, please log on to and respectively


  • GMAT/GRE taken more than five years before the admission deadline will not be considered valid.
  • If applicant has taken more than one test, the best score will be considered for application evaluation
  • Availability of GMAT/GRE score will be mandatory for submission of online admission application
  • Applicants who are admitted to, and join, the MBA programme will get a refund of one GMAT/GRE registration fee.

Merit Scholarships and Financial Assistance

Multiple scholarships and assistance ships available covering partial to full tuition fee expenses for bright and deserving students.

  • Merit scholarships covering 50% of tuition fee for admitted students based upon University merit evaluation.
  • Merit-based scholarships covering 50% of tuition fee for admitted students scoring 700 or higher GMAT (or GRE equivalent) score.
  • Over 20 assistance ships* covering 50-100% of tuition fee
  • MCB loan facility

* LUMS interest-free loans

Work Experience

Preference is given to applicants with prior work experience. Evaluation is based on the quantity and quality of the full-time work experience, and Candidates are encouraged to acquire work experience of between 1–2 years before applying to the LUMS MBA Programme. This requirement, however, is not mandatory for admission to the MBA Programme.

Interview Performance

A merit ranking for interview shortlisting is established on academic performance, work experience (if any) and GMAT/GRE scores of the candidates. Only short-listed candidates are called for interviews.

Last updated Dec 2017

About the School

The Business School, established in 1986, was the first of the schools at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS).

The Business School, established in 1986, was the first of the schools at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). Read less