Business Administration students at CMU-Q learn quantitative decision-making, our pioneering approach to undergraduate business education. With an emphasis on analytics and leadership development, students are prepared for the challenges of the global business landscape.

As a Business Administration student, you will study the functional areas of business: economics, mathematics, computing, and communications. You will also explore a second field with a required minor, and delve into at least one concentration area:

  • Accounting
  • Business analytics
  • Business technology
  • Economics, markets, and strategy
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • International business
  • leadership and organizational effectiveness
  • Marketing
  • Operations management

Through project courses, internships, and leadership development activities, you will put into practice the knowledge you learn in the classroom.

Most students pursue internships in organizations around Qatar, applying the knowledge they learn in the classroom to real-world scenarios.

Business Administration at Carnegie Mellon

Business administration encompasses management, leadership and teamwork. It involves organizing people, allocating resources, making decisions, and directing activities toward common goals and objectives.

Carnegie Mellon’s undergraduate business administration program has earned global recognition for its approach to business management. More than 50 years ago, CMU developed management science, which involves analytical decision-making in complex business environments. Today, nearly all leading business schools include elements of the Carnegie Mellon model.

The Business Administration Program at CMU-Q provides the foundation for motivated students to become leaders in the business arena and have an impact on the economic growth of Qatar, the Middle East and the world.

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

The Business Administration program emphasizes a quantitative, analytical approach, training students in accounting, finance, economics, marketing, operations, management information systems and business communications. Problem-solving is developed in a series of mathematics courses, including calculus, statistics and forecasting. At the same time, liberal arts electives provide a balanced, well-rounded education.

In addition to the core course requirements, concentration areas allow students to study an area of business practice in depth. Each area has an array of courses that focus on current practices, while providing the tools and skills to adapt for the future.

Students also complete a minor in a different discipline to obtain intellectual breadth, flexibility, and general problem-solving skills. The minor promotes students’ intellectual confidence and leads to the broad knowledge that can last a lifetime.

Through a variety of projects, project courses, internships, and leadership development activities, students learn to put into practice the knowledge and skills they acquire in the classroom. This gives them the confidence they need to begin and develop their careers.

Areas of study

The CMU-Q Business Administration program curriculum has a central core of courses in the functional areas of business—economics, mathematics, computing, and communications—as well as breadth courses in liberal arts and science.

Students also complete an in-depth study in at least one of the functional business areas:


Accounting is an essential subject of study in top business programs. Students who choose the accounting concentration area will expand on the required Introduction to Accounting course to gain mastery in analytics, decision-making and strategy.

Business Analytics

This area provides students with the knowledge and skills to apply analytics to improve operation performance and strategic decision making. Students will learn practical research skills through applied mathematics and statistics in order to report meaningful information and insights from datasets.

Business Technology

Technology is rapidly changing business practices. This concentration area prepares students for careers where business and technology intersect. Students pursuing this area benefit from Carnegie Mellon’s reputation as a leader in computing and analytic applications of technology.

Economics, Markets, and Strategy

This concentration is an integrated group of courses that provides varied perspectives on the economics of modern business.


The entrepreneurship concentration uses experiential learning so students can lead change, innovation and growth in start-ups, emerging companies and mature organizations. Student learn how to use cutting edge research to create economic value through commercialization of ideas.


The finance concentration prepares students to work in a variety of financial institutions, including asset management and commercial and investment banking, to supply the analysis to make profitable decisions.

International Business

Students completing this concentration gain an understanding of management issues faced by multinational companies in creating and exploiting their global presence. Culture, languages and local customs and how they influence strategic management decision-making are explored in an integrated, international framework.

Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness

This area of study delves into negotiation and conflict management, social networks within and between organizations and organization learning and management. Within the framework of analytical decision making, this area introduces models and techniques that build leadership skills for organizational success.


Students pursuing the marketing concentration area learn how to apply the latest in research and data analytics to create and sustain customer engagement through brand development, advertising and marketing communication strategies.

Operations Management

Students completing this concentration gain an understanding of the management issues in designing, producing and distributing goods and services. Operations management provides the tools to analyze, improve and position a firm’s operations to achieve competitive advantage.

Sample plan

View a sample four year plan for the Business Administration degree.

What will I do with my degree?

Graduates in business administration are highly sought after and pursue careers as analysts, strategic consultants and managers in the fields of investment banking, corporate finance and management consulting.

Careers for business administration graduates

  • Trade Analyst
  • Entrepreneur
  • Financial reporting analyst
  • Venture capitol associate
  • Marketing co-ordinator
  • Account executive
  • Human resources associate
  • Commercial advisor

Where do graduates work?

  • ConocoPhillips
  • Ernst & Young
  • Facebook
  • General Electric
  • HSBC
  • KPMG
  • Qatar Investment Authority
  • Qatar Petroleum
  • Qatar Shell
  • PriceWaterhouseCoopers
  • Vodafone

Where do CMU-Q business administration alumni pursue graduate studies?

  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Cass Business School
  • DePaul University
  • Duke University
  • IE Business School, Madrid
  • Kyoto University
  • London School Economics and Political Science
  • New York University
  • University of Cambridge
  • University of Chicago
  • University Kent
  • York University
Abdulaziz Al-Haddad

“After my first semester, I started having a clearer picture of what interests me. The faculty is so supportive and always willing to give advice.”

Fariza Shiyap, Class of 2020

Program at a Glance

Standard completion time

4 Years

Minimum units required for degree:

364 units

Business Foundations: Mathematics 28, Economics 27, Statistics 18, Computing 9; Business Core: 112; Concentration Area: 27; Business Electives: 27; Liberal Arts & Sciences Breadth: 63; Minor & Electives: 53

Admission requirements
All applicants are required to meet the following academic and subject prerequisites.

Application deadline
Fall Semester: February 1

What will your day at CMU-Q look like?




Business administration students can put their theoretical knowledge into practice through internships in industry and government.

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Academic Enrichment

Academic Enrichment

Business administration students at CMU-Q can choose from an extensive slate of academic enrichment opportunities that enhance their work in the classroom.

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General Education

General Education

General Education includes mandatory and elective classes in a wide range of academic areas, including Arabic, architecture, chemistry, design, English, history, math and physics.

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Your day at CMU-Q

Your day at CMU-Q

Take a look at a day in the life of a student at Carnegie Mellon Qatar.

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Meet the team

Serkan Akguc

Serkan Akguc

Assistant Teaching Professor, Finance
Nahan Arif

Nahan Arif

Teaching Assistant, Business Administration
Milton Cofield

Milton Cofield

Distinguished Service Professor, Business Management
Fuad Farooqi

Fuad Farooqi

Area Head, Business Administration
Associate Teaching Professor, Finance
Agustín Indaco

Agustín Indaco

Assistant Teaching Professor of Economics
Cecile Le Roux

Cecile Le Roux

Assistant Teaching Professor, Organization and Behavior
Arsal Ismail Malik

Arsal Ismail Malik

Laboratory Manager, Business Administration
Patrick McGinnis

Patrick McGinnis

Associate Head, Business Administration
Distinguished Career Professor, Business Communication
John O'Brien

John O'Brien

Senior Associate Dean, Faculty and Outreach
Associate Professor, Accounting and Experimental Economics
Laila Rita Pinto

Laila Rita Pinto

Assistant to the Program Chair and Program Assistant, Business Administration
Masoomah Rajpurkar

Masoomah Rajpurkar

Assistant to the Program Chair and Program Assistant, Business Administration
Veli Safak

Veli Safak

Assistant Teaching Professor of Economics
Varun Sharma

Varun Sharma

Assistant Teaching Professor of Marketing
George White

George White

Distinguished Career Professor, Entrepreneurship