The Masters of Business Administration (MBA) programme at the Suleman Dawood School of Business (SDSB) at LUMS provides an intense and demanding academic experience, involving two years of full-time study. The programme aims at developing global business leaders - individuals who can provide leadership at any level, in an increasingly global economy. As a general management programme, the curriculum introduces students to the underlying disciplines of management, and provides graduates the flexibility to pursue successful careers in a variety of industries, and across geographical and functional boundaries

The primary teaching methodology is the case method. During the two years at LUMS, students work on over 500 cases which develops in them the ability to make decisions in a broad range of “real-world” situations. The case method encourages active learning and student participation. It develops a remarkable ability to analyse and apply theoretical frameworks, to debate and develop arguments, and to make quick decisions in challenging, uncertain situations. Indeed, LUMS MBA graduates are known for their capacity for sustained hard work, for working under pressure and meeting deadlines, for excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and for teamwork; skills which are critical for managers in today’s global economy.

To Learn more about the programme visit MBA website.

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


MBA Cycle



The SDSB MBA is a two-year programme based on a series of core and elective courses.


The SOP brings together students from diverse academic backgrounds and prepares them to deal with the challenges of the rigorous MBA programme. The SOP is offered in August, prior to the official commencement of classes. It aims at easing the transitional stage of students into the regular MBA by providing fundamental skill enhancement modules in communication, business mathematics, accounting, computer applications and statistics, thus bringing all the students from different backgrounds to one level.

Year 1

In year I, all students are expected to complete core courses that are designed to give concepts that provide the backbone of general management education.

Marketing Management
Organisational Behavior
Financial Reporting and Analysis
Critical Thinking and Managerial Communication
Statistical Analysis for Management
Decision Modeling for Managers
Operations Management
Financial Management
Managerial Economics
Managerial Accounting and Control Systems
Leadership and Social Responsibility
Business Development and Economy
Business Integration and Innovation
Islamic Ethics

Summer Internship

Between the first and the second year of the MBA programme, students must undertake a project based summer internship of at least six weeks. The mandatory internship helps students to apply classroom knowledge to a practical environment, the amalgamation adding further to the learning experience. Through the internship, students gain valuable management experience early on in their careers and identify their long term career goals. Internship placements are aided by the Placement Office at SDSB.

Year II

In year II, the students can select from a wide range of electives offered in multiple disciplines. Students can choose courses focusing on their interests, creating a mix of topics to support their professional goals.


Economic Environment and Business Risk Management
Management of Financial Institutions
Islamic Banking
Entrepreneurial Finance
Corporate Finance
International Finance


Negotiation Skills
Corporate Governance
Business Law
Organizational Power and Politics
Business Government Relations
Strategy and Management in Emerging Economies
Entrepreneurship-Developing and Sustaining a New Venture
Agribusiness Management
Human Resource Management
Leading and Managing Change
Family Business


Sales Force Management
Consumer Behavior and Market Research
Business to Business
Brand Management
Integrated Marketing Communications
Digital Marketing
Channel Management


Supply Chain and Retail Management
Project Management 
Operations Strategy
Management of Technology and Innovation
Business Intelligence

MBA Project

The project is an excellent application of what is learnt throughout the programme. It is a challenging assignment, combining decision making ability, teamwork, working under pressure and an integrated approach towards management.

To Learn more about the programme visit MBA website.

Important Dates


Round 1
Deadline to take GMAT/GRE
08 Feb 2018
Online Application Deadline (PST)
15 Feb 2018
05:00 pm
Deadline to submit supporting documents
16 Feb 2018
Round II
Deadline to take GMAT/GRE
05 Apr 2018
Online Application Deadline (PST)
12 Apr 2018
05:00 pm
Deadline to submit supporting documents
13 Apr 2018
Admission Decisions
03 Apr 2018 to 29 Jun 2018
  • Each “round” stands for a distinct period in which you may apply. It does not represent a succession of steps for your application. In an application year, you may apply in one round only.
  • Candidates are strongly encouraged to apply in the first round of admission, as space becomes an issue in each successive round and one's probability of selection decreases with each round as fewer seats are available.
  • The University reserves the right to change dates and deadlines for admissions. Please keep informed of any changes by visiting 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 MBA programme based on the following factors:

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

The Admissions Office will review applications to ensure requirements are being met. Shortlisted candidates will be called in for an interview, after which the final decision will be taken.

Merit Scholarships and Financial Assistance

Multiple scholarships and assistance ships available covering partial to full tuition fee expenses for bright and deserving students. 

  • Merit scholarships covering 50% of tuition fee for admitted students based upon University merit evaluation.
  • Merit based scholarships covering 50% of tuition fee for admitted students scoring 700 or higher GMAT (or GRE equivalent) score.
  • MCB loan facility
  • Applicants who are admitted to, and join, the MBA programme will get a refund of one GMAT/GRE registration fee
  • LUMS interest free loans
  • Asian Development Bank- Japan scholarship programme
  • External scholarships (If available)

For more details please visit


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 (if available).


  • Applicants completing their last degree by May 15, 2018 are also eligible to apply


SDSB is offering an advance MBA admission initiative for LUMS undergraduates. This initiative is targeted towards high achieving individuals who may desire to join LUMS MBA after getting some full-time work experience. This is an opportunity to secure a spot in advance (Deferred Admission) which can be availed after a minimum of one year’s full time work experience. This program is currently open to the graduating class of all schools within LUMS.

Who can apply?

Currently available only to LUMS graduating class of 2017, subject to requirements below:

Admission Requirements

Step-1: Requirements for Securing a Position in the MBA Program

  • Minimum performance in the GMAT/GRE of 670 GMAT score or GRE equivalent (no other admission test scores are valid)
  • Graduation CGPA of 3.7 or higher
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Interview performance

Step-2: Requirements for Availing Admission

  • Work experience (1-3 years)
  • A letter of recommendation from the firm(s) worked in
  • Validation of experience

Dates / Deadlines



Deadline to take GMAT/GRE        

August 25, 2017

Deadline to apply for admission

September 7th, 2017 5:00 PM (PST)

Deadline to submit supporting documents for admission               

September 8th, 2017

Position Decisions           

September-October 2017

Note: An applicant can also apply through normal application of MBA as per their deadlines.

In case of any query please feel free to contact



Admission Test Requirement for Fall 2018 Admissions

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

GRE (General)/ GMAT is offered as a computer adaptive test worldwide. Apart from official test scores that LUMS will require directly from Pearson or Educational Testing Service (ETS) USA, applicants must submit or mail a copy of the unofficial GRE (General)/GMAT scores as soon as possible after taking the test. The LUMS code for receiving GRE (General)/ GMAT scores from Pearson and ETS is 0679. For further details on GRE (General) and GMAT, please log on to  and respectively. The deadline to take the GRE (General)/ GMAT for Round 1 is February 08, 2018 and for Round 2 is April 05, 2018.


  • GRE (General)/GMAT 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 GRE (General)/GMAT score will be mandatory for submission of online admission application
  • Applicants who are admitted to, and join, the MBA programme will get a refund of one GRE/GMAT registration fee.


Supporting Documents Requirement for Fall 2018 Admissions

Applicants must submit complete online application form on or before February 15, 2018 for Round 1 and April 12, 2018 for Round 2; 5:00 pm (Pakistan Standard Time).

The deadline to submit all supporting documents along with the proof of payment of Admission Application Processing Fee in ONE Package is February 16, 2018 for Round 1 and April 13, 2018 for Round 2.

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 and LUMS Test Registration (if applicable) 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 (if any) and GMAT/GRE (General) scores of the candidates. Only short-listed candidates are called for interviews.

Work Experience

Preference is given to applicants with prior work experience. Evaluation is based on the quantity and quality of the full-time work experience. Candidates are encouraged to acquire work experience of between 1–2 years before applying to the LUMS MBA Programme. This requirement, however, is not mandatory for admission to the MBA Programme.


LUMS offers two rounds of admissions.To determine which is the best round for you, please visit the following link:href=""></a>&nbsp;. We encourage all applicants to apply in the first round as space becomes an issue in each successive round and once probability of selection decreases in each round as fewer seats are available.

There is no CGPA requirement, minimum 16 years of education is compulsory for applying in MBA.

Yes. We do not exclude candidates who have an MBA or any other graduate degree.

Yes, Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score is required for admission to the MBA Programme.

The Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) 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 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 required score. A high score does not guarantee anyone's acceptance, nor does a low score preclude it as there is no minimum score required. For further details, please log in to

The deadline to take the GMAT/GRE (General) for Round 1 is February 08, 2018 and for Round 2 is April 05, 2018.

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

The GMAT bulletins are available at the American Centers in all major cities. Details regarding registration are given in the bulletin or

Details regarding registration are given on

There is no preference in taking GMAT or GRE, however your best scores will be considered in case you have attempted both tests.

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 payment voucher. Please print the voucher for making payments at Allied Bank Branches throughout Pakistan. The voucher can be paid:

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.

An applicant can defer his/her admission for 2 years by informing LUMS admissions office before the deadline.

No, there is no age restriction for admission to the MBA Programme.

A merit ranking for interview short listing is established on academic performance, work experience (if any) and admission test score of the candidates. Those who qualify this comparative ranking are called for interview. The interview is a key indicator of the potential of MBA candidates to become worthy professional managers. 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 is taken after the interview.

Given the structure of the curriculum we only offer fall admission.

When an admission application is rejected, the LUMS Office of Admissions retains the file for one year. Applicants who applied the previous year may reapply the following year for admission. In addition they must submit online application form, official academic transcripts, letters of recommendation and an updated work experience letter. All materials including the application fee are due by the application deadline.

If an application is denied it is not possible for the department to go back and review applications to justify the denial or offer advice on fortifying a future application.

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

Over the years LUMS graduates have established themselves as highly marketable individuals with a diverse set of relevant skills. Our MBA graduates are adequately skilled for both the professional environment as well as undertaking entrepreneurial ventures. Our students are recruited by some of the leading organizations of Pakistan. They are offered excellent positions and normally at prominent salaries. Our Career Development Office provides substantial assistance to students in seeking placements for internships as well as regular jobs. The Office helps them in resume writing as well as job search skills development and also arranges interviews for them. Career fairs company presentations and on-campus interviews are some of the efforts in this regard.

An applicant need to furnish the recommendation letters on LUMS format only available in online admission application in recommendation letter section.

Minimum of two letters of recommendation are required by the office.

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.


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

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 MBA students.

Yes, you can apply. Preference is given to people who have some work experience. Candidates having an exceptional academic track record complemented by a very high GMAT/GRE score with the experience of a few internships are also considered for admission.

We welcome applications from people with a variety of professional and academic backgrounds. We will be looking for you to demonstrate your potential as a leader and consider your professional experience and past performance while assessing your application.

We do not have an absolute requirement for years of work experience although at least two years is preferred. However, applicants with less experience who demonstrate exceptional maturity and outstanding leadership through their personal experiences will also be considered.

You can send in your GMAT/GRE un-official score report along with your supporting documents.

No, you can submit only one application in an academic year for MBA Programme.

The purpose of rounds in an admission cycle is to start processing the applications as soon as they are complete and submitted successfully. An application is considered as complete when all of the requisite information and documents are in his file including the GMAT/GRE test results. In short the application would be considered in Round 1, if it is completed by the deadline for Round 1. Similarly if the application is completed by Round 2 deadline; it would be considered in round 2 and so on.

Candidates are strongly encouraged to apply in the first round as the available space is limited.

We only accept applications submitted electronically. This allows us to process your application more quickly. It also allows you to keep informed of the status of your application throughout the process by checking it online.

  1. Application for admission to the LUMS MBA programme is an online process (there is no paper based application to fill out or mail).
  2. After creating an account and accessing the online admission application you may then begin to complete your application.
  3. You can work on your application at any time and submit it when it is ready. Please note that we expect applicants to adhere to the deadlines stated on the LUMS website.
  4. You can "track" the receipt of supporting documents submitted.
  5. The earlier you submit your application the sooner you can learn about the receipt of these materials.After submission you may print a copy for your own use.

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

Admission decision will 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 the 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 receive; it is not possible to provide feedback on unsuccessful applications

You need to send us your supporting documents on or before deadline, it might take a day or so in reaching LUMS that will be acceptable for us.