Executive MBA


In an increasingly uncertain business environment, the task of managing has become more complex and demanding. The key to business survival in the future lies in developing leaders who can effectively respond to the rapidly unfolding challenges of tomorrow. The LUMS Executive MBA (EMBA), offered by the Suleman Dawood School of Business has been designed precisely to cater to this need.

The Executive MBA programme is designed for mid-career managers and entrepreneurs who are keen to take on greater challenges and make an impact on the productivity of their organisations. These individuals can leverage their rich work experience through a world-class management education programme in the form of the LUMS Executive MBA.

The weekend programme has been structured to enable busy managers to acquire management education while fulfilling regular professional responsibilities. 

The courses in EMBA have been carefully selected to provide both depth and breadth of a rigorous, world class management programme. While starting with the fundamentals of each functional area, the courses quickly step up to advanced levels in order to maximise learning of a group of highly experienced managers. This helps participants develop an understanding at the operational and strategic levels in each business area.

Class Environment 

As a student, the Executive MBA participant experiences different perspectives from the entire Executive MBA class comprising of individuals from diverse backgrounds. They get the opportunity to interact with each other and discuss solutions to complex case situations in the presence of instructors that have international exposure. Lively peer interaction is an integral part of the learning process and the LUMS SDSB classroom provides a rich climate for discussion.

Once a participant gets to familiarise with the entire class and the professors in the SOP, the programme translates into an enjoyable journey. The experience derived from an Executive MBA class gives you the confidence and the leadership qualities to tackle even the worst case scenarios amicably. Lectures, videos and computer exercises complement the classroom experience. Strong personal ties and associations are developed across different industries that serve as a dependable mentor base for lifetime.

Participant Profile

The Executive MBA Programme is designed for mid-career managers and entrepreneurs who are devoted to taking on greater challenges and making a better impact on the productivity of their organization. These individuals can leverage their rich work experience through a world-class management education.

Benefits to Participants

Participants will be able to:

  • Get ready to assume a leadership role
  • Accelerate their career growth
  • Acquire advanced management skills without disrupting their career
  • Expand opportunities, gain critical skills and secure a competitive advantage
  • Learn by sharing perspectives with a diverse group of seasoned professionals
  • Develop an effective network of peers and mentors
  • Gain exposure to an extremely rigorous, stressful and demanding work routine, reshaping their work attitude and ethics

Benefits to Sponsoring Organisations

Sponsoring organisations will be able to:

  • Improve their organisation’s productivity, performance and profitability by increasing the effectiveness of key managers
  • Retain and motivate high achievers in their organisation
  • Develop a pool of sophisticated leaders who will enable their organisation to take on global challenges
  • Reduce their human development costs
  • Keep abreast of the global best practices and the skill set required to combat the challenges of an expanding business

Sponsoring Employees

Participants are encouraged to seek financial support from their employers in addition to their consent to attend all the course modules. This means that the company agrees to spare the Executive MBA participant from work during on-site sessions to ensure that he/she is available on all class days.

The financial support of the participant’s company is a matter that needs to be resolved between the participant and the company itself; however, LUMS does provide MCB - Student Personal Loan (SPL) facility to EMBA students.

LUMS provides accommodation to Executive MBA participants, if required by the applicant. However, participants will have to indicate on their admission application whether they want to stay on campus, and they will have to commit for the entire programme. Participants will be responsible for their meals and other expenses.

Participating Organisations

Here is a broad range of organisations that have sponsored their high achievers for the LUMS Executive MBA:

  • AES Lal Pir Thermal Power Station
  • Atlas Honda Ltd.
  • Army Welfare Trust
  • A.F. Ferguson & Co. Chartered Accountants
  • Agha Khan Housing
  • Allied Bank of Pakistan
  • Askari Commercial Bank
  • Askari Leasing Company Ltd.
  • Atlas Battery Ltd.
  • Atlas Investment Bank
  • Aventis Ltd.
  • Aztech Marketing
  • Bank Alfalah Ltd.
  • Bata Pakistan Ltd.
  • BOC Pakistan Ltd.
  • Central Board of Revenue
  • Civil Aviation Authority
  • Cybersoft Technologies
  • Cosmopolitan Enterprises
  • Caltex Oil Pakistan Ltd.
  • Descon Engineering
  • Department of Auditor General of Pakistan
  • EFU
  • Emirates Airlines
  • Engro Chemicals Pakistan Ltd.
  • Electronic Govt. Directorate Ministry of IT
  • Ericsson Pakistan
  • Faysal Bank Ltd.
  • Federal Board of Revenue
  • Ferozsons Laboratories
  • Fauji Fertilizer Co. Ltd.
  • Habib Bank Ltd.
  • Hadayat Sons
  • Hana Financial Group (South Korea)
  • Horizon Construction Pvt. Ltd., WAK Group
  • HMA Pumps Grundfos
  • Haroon Textiles
  • ICI Pakistan Ltd.
  • ILM Society
  • Income Tax Department
  • Inov8 Ltd.
  • International Power Global Development
  • International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
  • Itim Associates (Pvt.) Ltd.
  • Ittehad Chemicals Ltd.
  • Intellectual Property Organisation of Pakistan
  • JS Investment Ltd.
  • Karachi International Container
  • KSB Pumps
  • Lahore Electrical Supply Company (LESCO)
  • Muslim Commercial Bank Ltd.  (MCB)
  • Meezan Bank
  • Matrix Sourcing
  • Network Solutions
  • National Bank of Pakistan
  • Oracle
  • Pak Arab Refinery Ltd.(PARCO)
  • Pakistan Army
  • Pakistan Telecommunication Company Ltd
  • Prime Commercial Bank
  • Pakistan Navy
  • Pakistan Air Force
  • Reckitt Benckiser
  • Schering Asia
  • Service Sales Corporation (Pvt.) Ltd.
  • Shakarganj Mills Ltd.
  • Shaukat Khanum Memorial Hospital
  • Shell Pakistan Ltd.
  • Siemens Pakistan
  • State Bank of Pakistan
  • Sunrise Packages
  • T-Channels
  • TCS (Pvt.) Ltd.
  • Telenor Pakistan
  • Teradata Corporation
  • Unilever Pakistan
  • Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA)
  • Warid Telecom (Pvt.) Ltd.
  • WorldCall Telecom Ltd.

To learn more about the programme visit Executive MBA (EMBA) website.

* The medium of instruction at LUMS is English for all degree programmes offered. Assessments are accepted in English only.


Programme Features

Our Executive MBA prepares individuals to impact change. The programme consists of:

  • Case Method of Teaching supplemented with computerbased exercises and simulations
  • Extensive use of distance learning and a Virtual University System through e-modules
  • Field visits and guest speaker sessions for a holistic and integrated perspective
  • 12 day international study module to Silicon Valley, USA

Programme Design

The Executive MBA Programme is spread over 22 months, alternate weekends, divided into five modules which include:

  • Business Fundamentals
  • Managing Operations and People
  • Cost, Value and Innovation Management
  • Electives
  • Managing the Future

Classes are held on Saturday and Sunday every alternate weekend to minimize required time out of the office. Participants are also required to attend 4 full weeks of classes spread over 22 months.


The study weeks are spread as follow:

Year I

Distance Learning Module 1 July - August
SOP + Module 1 (Business Fundamentals) August - November
Distance Learning Module 2   November - March
Module 2: Managing Operations & People November - March
Distance Learning Module 3   March - June
Module 3: Cost, Value & Innovation Management April - June

Year II

Module 4: Cross Cultural & Globalisation Module Summer
Module 5: Specialisation Module August - January
Module 6: Managing the Future Module Feb - May

Executive MBA Project

The Executive MBA project requires candidates to address an issue of significant importance to their organisation. The approach is that of a management consultancy assignment. A possible topic covers:

  • Carrying out a strategic review of an organisation and its environment
  • Identifying a major issue/problem faced by the organisation
  • Coming up with alternative solutions for addressing it

The project requires candidates to explore key facets of the issue and recommend alternative solutions. The study demonstrates awareness of relevant theoretical concepts, tools and techniques. It measures the candidates’ ability to apply the most appropriate of these concepts to the organisational problem being studied. To the advantage of the current employer and candidate, the project is usually identified by the current employer (client) of the candidate and a faculty advisor is attached for guidance and counselling. The Executive MBA project, hence, is a real life test of the candidates’ learning during the programme and his/her ability to apply the relevant skills and techniques.

Courses Offered in Executive MBA

Summer Orientation Programme (SOP) On-Line Courses Core Courses Elective Courses

The SOP is an integral part of the Executive MBA Programme, offered prior to the commencement of classes. It eases the transitional stage of students into the regular MBA by providind fundamental skill enhancement modules in communication, business mathematics, accounting, computer applications and statistics. Successful completion of the SOP is a prerequisite for the regular programme. 

Managerial Communications Problem Solving and Decision Making Corporate Finance
Spreadsheet Modeling Marketing Management Marketing Strategy
Quantitative Methods Understanding Financial Accounting: Making More Authoritative Decisions Corporate Entrepreneurship
Mathematics for Management Managerial Finance Venture Creation
Financial Accounting Operations & Supply Chain Management  
Finance Managing People  
  Innovation and Technology Management  
  Business Law and Corporate Governance  
  Managerial Accounting and Control System  
  Business Strategy  
  Islamic Ethics  
  Managerial Economics  
    Leading Organisations  

To learn more about the programme visit Executive MBA (EMBA) website.

Important Dates

Executive MBA

Deadline to take GMAT/GRE
04 May 2018
Online Application Deadline (PST)
10 May 2018
05:00 pm
Deadline to submit supporting documents for admission
11 May 2018
Admission Decisions
01 Jun 2018 to 29 Jun 2018
  • The University reserves the right to change dates and deadlines for admissions. Please keep informed of any changes by visiting www.lums.edu.pk periodically as well as the LUMS online application site.

Minimum Eligibility Criteria for Fall 2018 Admissions

Applicants must meet the minimum eligibility criteria in order to be considered for admission to the Graduate Programme. Meeting this criteria does not guarantee admission to the Graduate program.

Applicants are selected for admission to LUMS EMBA programme based on the following factors:

  1. Academic Background
  2. Performance in the Admission Test
  3. Work Experience
  4. Two Recommendation letters
  5. Interview 

Financial Assistance

  • Applicants who are admitted to, and join, the EMBA programme will get a refund of GMAT/GRE (General) Registration fee of One (1) attempt.
  • MCB Bank offers student loans to LUMS EMBA students requiring external financing at attractive rates and payback options.

For more details please visit https://financial-aid.lums.edu.pk/emba-loan-options

Academic Requirements for Fall 2018 Admissions

Applicants will be assessed on the following criteria.

  • Successful completion of sixteen (16) years of education leading to a Masters or Bachelor's* degree from a university recognized by the Higher Education Commission (HEC), Pakistan.

* Candidates holding only a bachelor's degree of less than four years’ duration will be required to produce an equivalence certificate of 16 years of education issued by the Higher Education Commission (HEC), Pakistan.

Decisions on admission are made after careful evaluation of all applications. Evaluation for interview call is carried out based on a combination of factors such as academic track record, performance in GMAT/ GRE (General), and work experience.


Admission Test Requirement for Fall 2018 Admissions

Applicants are required to take Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) in order to be considered for admission. Only GMAT/GRE (General) scores are valid and, hence, applicants with previous LMAT scores need to take the GMAT/GRE (General).

GMAT/GRE (General) is offered as a computer adaptive test worldwide. Apart from official test scores that LUMS will require directly from Pearson and Educational Testing Service (ETS), USA, applicants must submit or mail a copy of the unofficial GMAT/GRE (General) scores as soon as they take the test. The LUMS code for receiving GMAT/GRE (General) scores from Pearson and ETS is 0679. For further details on GMAT, please log on to www.mba.com and for GRE please log on to www.ets.org. The deadline to take GMAT/GRE (General) is May 04, 2018.


  • GMAT/GRE taken more than five years before the admission deadline will not be considered valid.
  • If applicant has taken more than one test, the best score will be considered for application evaluation.
  • Availability of valid GMAT/GRE (General) score will be mandatory for submission of online admission application.
  • Applicants who are admitted to, and join, the EMBA program will get a refund of one GMAT/GRE registration fee. 

Supporting Documents Requirement for Fall 2018 Admissions

Applicants must complete and submit their online application form on or before May 10, 2018; 5:00 pm (PST). The application form can be accessed online at http://admissions.lums.edu.pk. In addition, all applicants are required to submit all supporting documents to the LUMS Admissions Office on or before May 11, 2018.

Application Processing fee

  • The application processing fee of  Rs. 5,000 

Payment Procedure

After the successful submission of the online application form through the LUMS Online account on or before the application submission deadline, applicants will be able to print a system generated Application Processing Fee payment voucher.  For further details regarding Fee payment options  Click here

Proof of Payment

A stamped copy of the payment voucher or a confirmation email of an online banking transaction constitutes proof of payment. Applicants are required to send a copy of payment proof along with all other required supporting documents as ONE package on or before the stipulated deadline.

Applicants must print and paste the “Mailing label” on the envelope before sending it to the LUMS Office of Admissions. Applications or documents received after the stipulated deadline will not be processed.

Interview Performance

A merit ranking for interview short listing is established on academic performance, work experience and GMAT/GRE (General) scores of the candidates. Only short-listed candidates are called for interviews.

Work Experience

The applicants for the Executive MBA Programme must have prior work experience. This experience demonstrates the candidate’s managerial track record and potential for success in senior positions. Evaluation is based on the quantity and quality of the full-time work experience. The candidates must have at least six (6) years of full time work experience, with (4) four years at a managerial level.



Yes, admission test is required. Students have to take Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE). 

There is no minimum required score. The short listing of candidates is dependent on their academic record, test scores and interview performance.

The Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT)/ Graduate Record Examination (GRE)  is offered year round as a computer adaptive test. You should register for the test at least one month before you plan to take it. You need to complete the GMAT/ GRE test before you submit the online application. You may submit your application with unofficial score report however, you will need to submit an official GMAT score report to our office before you can matriculate. There is no minimum score requirement. A high score does not guarantee anyone's acceptance, nor does a low score preclude it as there is no minimum score required. Further details on GMAT/ GRE are available at www.mba.com and www.ets.org.

For details on GMAT please visit www.mba.com and for GRE (General) its www.ets.org

GMAT/GRE scores are valid for five years. GMAT/GRE taken five years before the admission deadline will not be considered valid.

GMAT/GRE score is compulsory for submission of online application. You must submit/mail the copy of unofficial GMAT/GRE score report as soon as you take the test. However, the official GMAT/GRE scores can be submitted later.

After the successful submission of the online application form you will be able to print a system generated Application Processing Fee payment voucher. Please print the fee voucher for making payments at Allied Bank Branches throughout Pakistan. The voucher can be paid:

  • In cash, the next day by presenting the payment voucher along with the requisite amount at any Allied Bank branch throughout Pakistan.
  1. Application for admission to the EMBA programme is an online process (there is no paper application for you to fill out or mail).
  1. After creating an account and accessing the online application, you may then begin to complete your application.
  1. You can work on your application at any time and submit it when you are ready. Please note that we expect applicants to adhere to the deadlines stated on the website.
  1. You can "track" the receipt of supporting documents submitted.
  1. The earlier you submit your application the sooner you can learn about the receipt of these materials.
  1. After submission you may print a copy for your own use.
  1. Please also note that all supplemental materials, such as transcripts, test scores, letters of experience and recommendations must be received by our office as soon as the application is submitted.

We consider many factors in the admissions selection process therefore, it is impossible to predict one's chance of admission without reviewing a complete application. You can review a class profile on our website if you like to benchmark your statistics against current LUMS EMBA students.

No. Our system for reviewing applications is completely online, so we must receive your application electronically using our online application service.

Transfer of credits from another programme to the LUMS EMBA Programme is not allowed. All admitted students regardless of having an advanced degree will begin the programme as a first year student.

Minimum of two letters of recommendation are required.

We recommend that at least one should be from a supervisor in your professional career. The other letter can be from a faculty member who has had a reasonable opportunity to evaluate you academically.

Yes, you can self finance your EMBA. LUMS does provide MCB - Student Personal Loan (SPL) facility to EMBA students.

It will give you the strategic management skills to take on new responsibilities at work, while continuing to contribute in the workplace during your studies, applying new theories and approaches, and doing projects on your business.

The Executive MBA participants are about six years more experienced, on average, than the traditional MBAs. In addition, the Executive MBA Programme has been designed to offer the skills required for those about to enter the senior management ranks of their organizations, rather than in-depth study in a specific functional area.

Please submit your official GMAT/GRE score report with your supporting documents, however you can send in your GMAT/GRE un-official score report along with your supporting documents

The Executive MBA programme is designed for people who have already taken the first steps in their career. We therefore do not offer specific "majors" since these concentrations are generally viewed as a way for business students to prepare themselves for entry-level positions. Instead our focus is to offer courses to those already in management positions, in order to enable them to progress to higher managerial and leadership ranks. Our training is therefore geared more toward the understanding of broad management and leadership skills

Yes, in fact significant learning will take place with distance learning tools such as supervised chats, discussion boards and e-mail conferencing etc.

Yes, you can apply, but you need to prove to the Admissions Committee that you can cope with the academic and intellectual side of the coursework.

Accommodation facilities are available for all participants.

We strongly discourage missing any course; however, we do understand that this situation might arise during Executive MBA. We may accommodate a participant in this regard but cannot guarantee that the individual will graduate on time.

No, there are no age restrictions for admission to the EMBA Programme.

A merit ranking for interview short listing is established on academic performance, work experience and admission test score of the candidates. Those who qualify this comparative ranking are called in for an interview.

During the interview, the Admissions Committee tries to assess the applicant's communication skills, managerial potential, thinking ability, subject knowledge and level of awareness of general issues. Final decision regarding admission will be taken after the interview.

In truly exceptional circumstances, the Admissions Committee may grant a deferral. All requests should be made in writing and will be reviewed on a case to case basis.

It is very important that you keep our department aware of any address or email change. Please send an email at helpdeskao@lums.edu.pk

No, after the application submission, the application fee becomes non- refundable.

Admission decision will only be communicated through courier service; however, you can also check your application status through your online account. Regretfully, we are unable to provide information regarding your application status by telephone or e-mail.

The admission process is a well deliberated and thorough process. Each year we receive a large number of outstanding applications. Unfortunately, all of them do not qualify because of the limited number of available seats. The decision regarding admission is final.

If your application is unsuccessful you will also receive a letter informing you of this. Due to the volume of applications the University receives; it is not possible to provide feedback on unsuccessful applications.