Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What are the minimum admission criteria in Executive MBA?
- Bachelors/Masters (16 years) or HEC equivalent qualification with 2.50 CGPA/first class (whichever applicable) plus three years of post-qualification experience.
- ACCA Qualification with three years of post-membership experience.
- CA or ACMA with 3 years of post-qualification experience.
- Foreign degree holders are required to submit Equivalence Certificate from HEC

The minimum work experience requirement to apply is 3 years of post-qualification experience. Preference will be given to those candidates who are carrying 5 years plus experience.


What kind of experience is preferred?
Formal work experience that can be substantiated through work experience documents is required.

Does IBA accept experience acquired during qualification?
Only post qualification experience is accepted for Executive MBA.

Is there any alternative to IBA aptitude test for Executive MBA?
Yes. The aptitude test requirement can be waived off if a candidate obtains 600 score in GMAT taken during last two years.

What are the contents of the IBA aptitude test?
Executive MBA test consists of Mathematics, English and Case Study. Successful candidates are invited for an interview. For greater details and past test papers, please visit on this link

How many times I can take the aptitude test?
There is no such cap.

What if I clear the test and my circumstances do not allow me to join the program after passing the test & interview?
Candidates must join their studies in the semester when they admit. However, based on very special circumstances the IBA management can consider such applications for consideration.

I hold ACCA qualification. Do I need to obtain Equivalence Certificate from HEC?
HEC Notification of Dec. 14, 2018 clearly mentions that ACCA membership is equivalence to Master Degree (M. Com) of Pakistan. Accordingly, based on the Notification of HEC, you are eligible to apply in Executive MBA provided that you are carrying 3 years of experience after ACCA membership.

Is there any limit of seats/quota/self-finance etc.?

Admissions are given strictly on merit. There is no fixed number of seats. IBA seeks qualified candidates for Executive MBA. Depending on the quality of candidates seats are filled. Further, there is no such quota system/self-financed scheme etc.

Is Executive MBA equal to 18 years of qualification?
Executive MBA is fully recognized by HEC and equal to 18 years of education i.e. MS/M. Phil. HEC Notification No.

No. 9 - 48 (Business)/Acad(Curri)/HEC/2018/2634 Dated: March 28, 2019

Can I do Ph.D. after Executive MBA/Morning/Evening?
Yes. You can do Ph.D. after Executive MBA. However, it entirely depends on the criteria of specified university in which you are seeking admission for your Ph.D. It also depends on meeting of other requirements of the program.

Can I take transfer from MBA (Morning or Evening) to Executive MBA or vice versa?
Yes. You can transfer from MBA (Morning / Evening) to Executive MBA or vice versa. However, you need to pass the test and interview of the respective program in which you are seeking transfer. Transfer request after completed 50% of course work will not be entertained.

Is there any possibility to transfer of credit?
A limited number of course credit exemptions may be given to those students who have been enrolled in degree programs at top ranked foreign universities. These exemptions shall be given on case-to-case basis on the following criteria:

Course credits must be from any of the top 50 universities derived from the international rankings complied by Shangri Jiao Tong University's Institute of Higher Education or by the Times Higher Education Supplement (THES) or Quacquarlli Symonds (QS) in the discipline applied for.

Is there any age limit for Executive MBA?
There is no age limit. All the candidates without any discriminations welcome to apply. Women and minorities are particularly encouraged to apply.

What is the maximum / minimum duration to complete Executive MBA?
The maximum duration to complete the program is 7 years and the minimum is 3 years.

Is there any requirement of minimum CGPA during studies at the IBA?
Yes. A participant must maintain a minimum CGPA of 2.20 on a cumulative basis during his/her stay at the IBA. Any participant with a CGPA of less than 2.00 is dropped out from the rolls of the Institute. A student securing a CGPA between 2.00 and 2.20 is put up on probation for one semester.

How many courses are required for completing Executive MBA?
The Executive MBA consists of 14 core courses, 8 elective courses and 1 research project (equivalent to 2 courses).

What are the majors available for Executive MBA?
Specializations in Finance, Marketing, Supply Chain Management and Human Resource Management are available.

When and where classes are conducted?
Primarily, the Executive MBA classes are conducted at IBA Main Campus, Karachi University on Saturdays from 6:00pm - 9:15pm and Sundays from 9:30am - 5:15pm. However, some courses can be offered in morning and afternoon hours of Saturdays.

What is the Program Fee?
The per credit hour fee is Rs. 22,200/- + Rs. 65000/- Admission Fee + 5% tax which is adjustable when you file Tax Return. The fee can be paid semester wise. Fee can be revised without information. Furthermore, there will be admission fee.

Where to contact for further details.
Muhammad Munawar
Program Manager
Executive MBA Program Office, IBA Main Campus, Karachi University
Ph: 38104700 Ext. 2880 Website:
(Updated on June 2, 2023)

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