The overall objective of the MBA at the American University of Malta is to impart the necessary knowledge, skills and competences required to successfully lead a business in the global economy. Successful managers assume responsibility to design and implement strategy consistent with a firm’s long-term goals, manage costs and profitability, and supervise employees. They are responsible for solving complex problems that involve financial issues, business strategy, organizational design, research findings, legal guidelines and management of employees. The environment in which successful managers operate is frequently uncertain and subject to difficult constraints. Graduates of the American University of Malta will have the critical thinking abilities and analytical framework to make difficult business decisions that affect multiple constituencies. The course is meant for individuals with an undergraduate degree (MQF level 6) and at least 3 years of work experience.
The course provides a rigorous business education based on a solid foundation in the functional areas of business enhanced with skills in analysis and critical thinking. The curriculum builds on foundational knowledge with the findings of current research, leading to the multi-disciplinary perspective needed to lead a successful business in a global economy.
Graduates will acquire knowledge of the following fields needed to manage a business or non-profit organization:
b) Business law
g) Operations Management
h) Research methods
Graduates will develop the following skills used in managing a business:
a) Evaluate strategies and tactics
b) Select strategies and tactics
c) Identify competitive threats.
d) Identify external influences on a business.
e) Identify relevant information for budgeting and decision-making
f) Apply appropriate statistical techniques to business data in order to make decisions.
g) Demonstrate understanding of the fundamental concepts of macroeconomics, including but not limited to financial systems, business cycles, labor markets, monetary and fiscal policy
h) Demonstrate understanding of the fundamental concepts of microeconomics, such as supply and demand, elasticity, utility, forms of competition, and market efficiency
i) Demonstrate understanding of cash flows, net present value, and capital markets.
j) Demonstrate understanding of the legal issues relevant to business, including contracts, liability, fraud and dispute resolution.
k) Demonstrate understanding of the advantages, disadvantages and feasibility of different approaches to research.
l) Demonstrate understanding of different approaches to cost accounting and cost management.
m) Use research results to develop new strategies and tactics.
n) Design, implement and evaluate research studies.
o) Design appropriate operations strategies and approaches to supply chain management
p) Interpret tools of financial accounting such as balance sheets and income statements in order to assess the financial health of a firm.
q) Calculate cash flows.
r) Estimate demand.
s) Estimate size of a market.
t) Calculate Return on Investment.
u) Calculate Net Present Value.
v) Identify obstacles in a supply chain.
w) Identify the firm’s most valuable customers.
x) Analyze the competitive environment of a firm to identify strategies for growth
y) Develop strategic plans and the means of their implementation.
z) Evaluate the performance of employees.
Graduates will develop the following competences:
a) Create innovative solutions to complex business problems.
b) Be responsible for activities that affect business outcomes, including but not limited to financial management and reporting, strategy development and implementation, operations, marketing and employee management.
c) Make unbiased decisions that are supported by data rather than gut feelings.
d) Comply with professional standards and laws and demonstrate the highest business and professional ethics.
e) Create business plans that will create value for the firm and its stakeholders.