IBA - Institute of Business Administration Karachi

Distinguishing features of the IBA are the induction of students through a systematic and merit-based admission process, training in a demanding academic environment, and on-time completion of study programs. Admission procedures, curricula, methods of instruction and the system of examinations at the IBA give it a unique position among leading educational institutions in Pakistan.

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The IBA offers full-time business programs both at the Main and City Campus. It also offers a variety of part-time programs at the City Campus in the evenings. It is not uncommon to find entrepreneurs, practicing managers, government employees and technocrats all attending this programs. The diversity in their work backgrounds makes interaction, inside as well as outside the class, a rich and educational experience. Specialized executive education programs are conducted by the newly established Center for Executive Education (IBA-CEE) for professionals from the corporate world.

The Master’s Program offers specialization in the fields of Management, Human Resource Management, Finance, Banking, Marketing and Management Information Systems.

The programs of the study are as follows:

  • Bachelor of Science - BS (Computer Science)
  • Master of Science - MS (Computer Science)

Doctor of Philosophy Ph.D.

The Institute of Business Administration is offering graduate studies leading to a Ph.D. degree in the areas of of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE), Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Operations Research, Artificial Intelligence, Cryptography, Numerical Analysis and Numerical Computing. Admission to the Ph.D. program is conditional on clearance of an IBA entrance test and interviews. The successful Ph.D. candidates will be offered Research / Teaching assistance for which they shall be offered monthly stipend and tuition waiver. The program is composed of course work credits and dissertation credits. The duration of the Ph.D. program is from a minimum of 3 years to a maximum of 6 years. Further details of the program are available upon request from the CCS program office, and can be downloaded from the following link.

MS Economics Program

(Evening Program)

MS program in Economics is designed to provide a solid background in theory, quantitative methods, and applications appropriate to the needs of economists involved in private and public sectors' policy planning, analysis, and forecasting. This program emphasizes applied economics and the application of economic analysis to related disciplines. Growth in both the business consulting and financial services has generated a strong demand for economic analysts. One reason is that decision models drawn from applied microeconomic theory are particularly useful in analyzing a firm's business potential and determining the investment value of a firm. Furthermore, individualswith strong analytical skills are in a unique position to contribute to important operational decisions.

MS Economics program consists of 16 courses of 51 credit hours and a thesis of 9 credit hours. Currently this program is being offered at the City Campus as an evening program with the duration of two to two and a half years. However, the option will be available to students either to join the morning session or the evening session. If sufficient number of students is available only then the morning session will also be started. The work experience is not required for admission to MS Economics program.  

Master of Business Administration – MBA (Morning Program)

The IBA offers a full–time two year MBA programs at the Main Campus and the City Campus. These programs consist of 24 courses of 66 credit hours cumulative. Out of these, 20 courses are compulsory and 4 are elective.


Eligibility - Must have a bachelor's degree (with a minimum of 60%) from recognized university in any area of study

- Minimum 2.5 out of 4.0 GPA
- 16 years of education is required.
- 2 years experience for MBA preferred
- [Must have 2 years experience for MBA from 2010 onwards]
- The IBA also accepts holders of professional degrees (B.E., M.B.B.S., etc);

Master of Business Administration – MBA (Evening Program)

MBA evening program is offered at the City Campus. The prerequisite of this program is a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration. The duration of this program may vary depending on the capacity of the student to complete the course load each semester. Students must complete the entire course work within 5 years of completion of Postgraduate Diploma to qualify for the degree. This program consists of 11 courses for cumulative 33 credit hours. Out of these, 9 courses are compulsory and 2 are electives.

Bachelor of Business Administration – BBA (Morning Program)

BBA Programs at the Main Campus and the City Campus are full-time four-year bachelor programs. These programs consist of 47 courses of 141 credit hours cumulative. Out of these, 43 courses are compulsory and 4 are electives.

Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration – PGD (Evening Program)

PGD is offered at the City Campus in the evenings. The duration of this program may vary from one and a half to three and a half years, depending on the capacity of the students to complete the course load each semester. The student must complete the coursework in 7 consecutive semesters. The course load for PGD students is three in the regular semester and two in the summer semester. This program consists of 11 courses of 33 credit hours cumulative, all of which are compulsory. This program lead to MBA (Evening) degree.

Certificate Courses (Evening Program)

Candidates interested in attending single courses of PGD and MBA, offered in the evening, are awarded certificates upon successful completion of the course. These certificate courses are available for people with a bachelor’s degree or equivalent from a recognized university. Relaxation in this requirement may be allowed for candidates sponsored by their employers. These courses are useful for those who cannot join the full-length degree or diploma programs. Selection of candidates is done through an aptitude test. Students can have their status converted to that of visiting students, upon request, before the first hourly examination of the course.

Visiting Students Program (Evening Program)

The Institute also admits, without any perquisite, visiting students in single PGD and MBA courses in the evening program, provided seats are available. These students are not allowed to take regular examinations. The visiting participants are awarded a certificate without any grade for attending the course if they maintain the attendance requirement. Visiting students are not allowed to have their status changed to a regular student during the semester.

Executive Education

The Institute combines with its program of formal management education, an elaborate program of management training for executives and professionals. These specialized programs are conducted by the newly established Center for Executive Education (IBA-CEE). The IBA-CEE provides opportunities to executives working at different echelons in organizations to enhance their careers by gaining knowledge and insight into state-of-the-art management techniques and technologies. Executive Education Programs consists of various training courses and workshops that are organized and conducted by the distinguished IBA faculty as well as industry leaders. Besides open enrolment programs, the Center also offers client specific training to organizations on their request, keeping in view their unique and distinct requirements. Organizations that have benefited from the Executive Education Program include private firms, small business corporations, multinationals and transnational corporations, government departments, defence and public sector organizations.

Executive MBA – Banking & Financial Services

This program is designed for the mid-career executives and managers of the banks and financial services sector and is aimed at providing the participants exposure to modern banking concepts and techniques that will help them to develop their capabilities and contribute in transforming their organizations into a modern, efficient and customer centered setup.

Financial Aids

The IBA offers financial assistance to deserving students in the form of scholarships and loans. No applicant who qualifies the admissions test and fulfills other requirements is refused admission because of the inability to afford the costs of the programs at the Institute. A financial aid committee scrutinizes the applications of students seeking financial aid and sanctions assistance for those who demonstrate need. In the academic session 2008-09, as many as 280 students amounting to Rs. 31.0 million received scholarships.

IBA gratefully acknowledge the long term support and generous contributions made by the following organization, companies and individuals.

Organizations in the Public Sector
  • Higher Education Commission - Japanese Need Based Scholarship
  • Higher Education Commission - USAID Funded Merit & Need Based Scholarship
  • Government of Sindh Endowment Fund Scholarship
Organizations & Individuals in the Private Sector
  • United Bank Limited Scholarship
  • Mubashira Hafeez Scholarship
  • Abdul Waheed Khan & Asghari Khanum Memorial Fund Scholarship
  • Habib Bank Limited Scholarship
  • Karachi Port Trust Scholarship
  • The Sapphire Scholarship
  • Oxford & Cambridge Society Scholarship
  • Al-Ameen Denim Mills (Pvt) Ltd. Scholarship With two colleagues Mr. Mohsin Nathani and Mr. Ruhail Mohammd
  • Pakistan State oil Scholarship
  • Shell Pakistan Scholarship
  • Muhammad Riyaz Scholarship
  • Aftab Associates Scholarship
  • Habib Metropolitan Bank Ltd. Scholarship
  • Abdul Fatah Memon Scholarship
  • G.M. Qureshy Scholarship
  • Sumitomo Corporation Scholarship
  • Khushhali Bank Scholarship
  • University of Karachi Alumni Association of Baltimore and Washington Scholarship Metropolitan Area, USA
  • Dr. Ishrat Husain Scholarship, Financed by Habib Bank Limited
  • Barclays Bank PLC, Pakistan Scholarship
  • Bhaimia Foundation Scholarship
  • Lucky Cement / Abdul Razzak Tabba Scholarship
  • Infaq Foundation Scholarhsip
  • MBA - Direct Scholarship
  • Anonymous Scholarship
  • Meezan Bank Qarz-e-Hasana Project
  • NBP Student Loan Scheme