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Admission Requirements - BBA

Normally, there are two admission deadlines a year; in May, for enrollment in the following Fall, and in November, for enrollment in the following Spring.

Criteria for Admission to the BBA Program

Students are normally admitted as sophomores to the BBA program either through direct admission, through transfer from other Faculties at AUB or through transfer from other universities. Students may also be admitted as junior transfers from other Faculties at AUB or from outside AUB.

Direct Admission

These students are normally admitted directly from secondary School into the sophomore class at OSB. For complete and detailed information regarding admission to the University see the Admissions section of the Undergraduate AUB Academic Catalogue. All direct admissions are decided by the University Unified Admissions Committee.

Transfer into OSB

As per OSB's bylaws, all transfer decisions are made by the School's Admissions Committee.

Transfer from the Freshman Class of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Eligibility conditions are:

  • successful completion of at least 24 credits
  • a minimum cumulative average of 77 in the freshman year
  • a minimum grade of 70 in MATH 101, MATH 102 or MATH 203

All final admissions decisions depend on the overall quality of the eligible applicant pool and the number of available places for the term in question.

Transfer from other Faculties at AUB

Non-OSB students at AUB, other than those from the freshman class of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, may apply for a transfer to OSB in order to pursue a BBA degree. To be eligible for an internal transfer, the applicant must:

  • have completed at least 24 sophomore credits (or 54 credits including freshman credits)
  • not been on probation
  • have achieved a minimum overall cumulative average of 77

All final admissions decisions depend on the overall quality of the eligible applicant pool and the number of available places for the term in question.

It is important to note that for transfer purposes, late freshman students who have taken more than 30 credits but less than or equal to 45 credits are treated as freshman students (i.e. they must meet freshman transfer requirements) .

Transfer from Outside AUB (Other Universities)

Students currently pursuing an undergraduate degree at another University in Lebanon or abroad may apply for transfer to the OSB sophomore or junior class. To be eligible for admission to AUB and to OSB's business program, the applicant must:

  • be transferring from an appropriately accredited university or institution of higher education recognized by AUB
  • have completed at least 30 sophomore credits (or 60 credits inclusive of the freshman year)
  • have achieved a minimum overall cumulative average equivalent to the AUB average of 77

All final admissions decisions depend on the overall quality of the eligible applicant pool and the number of available places for the term in question.

It is important to note that:

  • transfer of credit is considered only for courses completed in the five-year period preceding the proposed date of joining the BBA program
  • the student must have achieved a grade equivalent to 77 or higher at AUB in each of the courses for which transfer of credit is sought
  • the Administrative Committee reserves the right to require the student to sit for an exemption test prior to the approval of transferred courses. Exemption tests are available for a non-refundable fee of $100 per test. An exemption test may be taken only once
Business as a Second Degree

The OSB Admissions Committee evaluates all applications for the BBA as a second degree and makes recommendations to the Dean. To be eligible for admission, the student must have a first degree from an appropriately accredited institution of higher education recognized by AUB with a cumulative average of no less than 75 (or its equivalent).

All final admissions decisions depend on the overall quality of the eligible applicant pool and the number of available places for the term in question.

Dual Degree

Students may upon approval of the Faculty concerned, complete the requirements for the second degree while registered in another Faculty at AUB. In such a case, a student will be granted two degrees at the same time upon graduation. if tuition differs, students will pay the higher of the tuitions. to be eligible for a dual degree with OSB, the applicant must:

  • have completed at least 24 sophomore credits ( or 54 credits including freshman credits)
  • not to be on probation
  • have achieved a minimum overall cumulative average of 77

All final admissions decisions depend on the overall quality of the eligible applicant pool and the number of available places for the term in question.

Information about deadlines and applications are available on the following link: Undergraduate AUB Academic Catalogue

Business as a Minor Field of Study

Students who wish to obtain a minor in business are required to complete 18 credit hours in the following business courses: ACCT 210 (Financial Accounting, 3 cr.), DCSN 200 (Operations Management, 3 cr.), FINA 210 (Business Finance, 3 cr.), INFO 200 (Foundations of Information Systems, 3 cr.), MKTG 210 (Principles of Marketing, 3 cr.) and MNGT 215 (Fundamentals of Management and Organizational Behavior, 3 cr.). In addition, they must attain a cumulative grade average of at least 77 across these courses.

It is important to note that:

  • no business courses required by the Faculty in which the student is pursuing his/her major field of study (the Major Faculty”) may be counted toward the business minor. In cases where a student has taken business courses as a requirement by the student's Major Faculty, the student must take additional business electives to achieve the total 18 credits required for the minor. In all cases, course prerequisites, as stipulated in OSB’s curriculum, apply and are strictly enforced.
  • Computer Science and Engineering students must obtain approval from the Business Information and Decision Systems ( “ BIDS”) Track Convenor prior to registering for DCSN 200 or INFO 200. If these students have taken comparable courses as part of their Major Faculty degree requirements, equivalency may be granted, subject to the approval of the OSB Admissions Committee. In such cases, the student must take additional business electives to achieve the total 18 credits required for the minor.

All business courses are restricted to business students, with the exception of the following, which are open to all AUB students: ACCT 210 (Financial Accounting, 3 cr.), DCSN 200 (Managerial Decision Making, 3 cr.), FINA 210 (Business Finance, 3 cr.), INFO 200 (Management Information Systems, 3 cr.), MKTG 210 (Principles of Marketing, 3 cr.) and MNGT 215 (Principles of Management, 3 cr.). Should a non-business student need to take a business course other than those listed above, the student may only do so: a) in order to fulfill minor requirements or b) upon the approval of the Track Convener.

The Admissions Process

To apply for admission to the BBA program, an applicant must submit all of the following to the AUB Admissions Office

  • the application form
  • two letters of recommendation
  • official transcripts for all secondary school work completed
  • a TOEFL score report, if required
  • an SAT score report
  • an application fee

For applicants outside North America:
Office of Admissions
American University of Beirut
PO Box 11-0236
Riad El Solh 1107 2020
Beirut, Lebanon
Tel: +961-1-374374 / 374444
Ext. 2585 / 2590 / 2596
Fax: +961-1-750775

For applicants within North America:
American University of Beirut
3 Dag Hammarskjold Plaza
8th Floor
New York, NY 10017-2303
USA
E-mail: mills@aub.edu
Telephone: +212-583-7680
Fax: +212-583-7650 Ext. 2585 / 2590 / 2596
Fax: +961-1-750775

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