Postgraduate Programs(MSc)

Introduction

Currently (as of 2012) the College of Business and Economics (CoBE) run eight postgraduate Masters Programs. These include Masters in Accounting and Finance, Master of Business Administration (MBA), Masters in Public Management and Government, Masters in Developmental Economics, Masters of Arts in Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Masters of Business Education and Master of Arts in Marketing Management,  delivered in regular, extension and summer modalities. The regular program takes two years to complete the study. The extension program requires three years. The summer program students are required to finish the course work in three summers and four distances in the winter. In the winter and summer semester of the third year, they have to finish the proposal of thesis/ research project, data collection and the write-up of the thesis and they have to defend and finish by the third summer semester. Here below is a short profile of each master’s program of the college.

  1. Master of Science (MSc) in Accounting and Finance
  2. Master of Science (MSc) in Accounting and Auditing
  3. Masters of Business Administration(MBA)
  4. Masters  in Public Management and Government
  5. Master of Arts in Marketing Management
  6. Masters of Arts in Logistics and Supply Chain Management
  7. Masters of Business Education
  8. Master in Apllied Developmental Economics

SHORT PROFILE OF THE PROGRAMS

Masters of Business Administration (MBA)

Academic Unit:

College of Business and Economics

Department:

Management

Program:

Masters of Business Administration

Degree:

Masters of Business Administration

Program Description: The Program is designed to advance trainees in theoretical knowledge and practical know-how pertinent to management and business profession so that will be competent to research and solve organizational problems, to scan organizational environments and introduce changes and to identify and exploit business opportunity.  

Program Duration: A student who fails to meet the minimum graduation requirement sated below may stay as per the legislation of the respective universities. The duration of the study are:

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Regular MBA program-  Two years 

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Extension MBA Program-  3 years 

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Summer MBA – 3 years 

Admission: Prospective students of the program are those who hold their first degree in any field and must score 50 % and above on General Management Aptitude Test (GMAT) examination to be given by the department.

In-take:  While the number of students admitted to MBA program in every academic year depends on yearly intake capacity plan of the department, the rough estimates across our three MBA modalities are:

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The  Regular MBA program- A maximum of two classes  in which  the first  50 above 50%  GMAT exam best scorers are selected  

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Extension MBA Program – Capable of taking  a maximum  students of three class size given they are scored 50% and above on their GMAT examination

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Summer MBA- Capable of taking  a maximum  students of three class size given they are scored 50% and above on their  GMAT examination

Degree Nomenclature: The degree offered after successful completion of its program is called “Master Degree of Business Administration” or “ ማስተርስዲግሪበቢዝነስአስተዳደር” in Amharic.

Medium of Instruction: ENGLISH.

 

2.2 Master’s in Public Management and Governance (MPMG)

Academic Unit:

College of Business and Economics

Department:

Management

Program:

Masters in Public Management and Governance

Degree:

Masters of Public Management and Governance (MPMG)

Program Description: The rational to launch Master’s program in “Public Management and Governance” at Bahir Dar University are two folds: public sector reform and the needs of labor market. Holding these broad objectives the program is designed  so that graduates will have a thorough knowledge and understanding of contemporary theories, principles and tools of public management and governance skills and attitudes which would enable them to be competitive manager, researcher or consultant/advisor in government and NGO as well as in bilateral and multilateral organizations.

Program Duration: The duration of the study for MPMG program is two years for regular students and 3 years for extension students.

Admission: The following requirements should be observed:

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Applicants eligible for admission in MPMG should have  first degree from a recognized college/university in the following disciplines; Public Administration, Business Administration, Business Education, Management, Law, Political Science, Economics, Sociology, Accounting and Finance and other related social science fields

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Secure a passing score in the entrance examination conducted by Department of Management, Business and Economics College of Bahir Dar University

Degree Nomenclature: The nomenclature of the degree is named as ‘Masters in Public Management and Governance (MPMG)’ or  የማስትሬትዲግሪበህዝብአመራርእናአስተዳደር’ inAmharic.

Medium of Instruction: ENGLISH

 

2.3  MSC in Accounting and Finance

Academic Unit:

College of Business and Economics

Department:

Accounting and Finance

Program:

Accounting and Finance

Degree:

Masters of Science in accounting and Finance (MSc.)

Description:

This program focuses on the policy perspective of Accounting and Finance field and it is designed to produce a large pool of qualified professionals that will create its own pressure on the government to institute legal and policy changes in order to entertain introductions and developments in the financial sector and the accounting and reporting system of the country. In addition, this program contributes to the ‘middle and top- level’ manager requirements of business, government and non-governmental organizations in the country. Students admitted to the program are required to take and pass about twelve courses or 33 credit hours and 6 credit hours of thesis work. The expected duration of the regular program is four semesters, out of which the last semester will be exclusively allotted to the thesis work. Completion of the program in extension and summer schemes requires five and six semesters respectively.  After successfully completing the course work and scoring a pass mark on the project wok, the candidate will be awarded the ‘Degree of masters of Science in Accounting and Finance’.

Medium of instruction:

English

Eligibility criteria:

In addition to meeting the general admission provisions of the graduate program of Bahir Dar University, applicants to the MSc. in Accounting and Finance program must:

 

Have a good first degree in a relevant subject, such as Accounting, Finance, ‘Accounting and Finance’, Management, Economics or ‘Business management’ form a university, or a similar qualification from any other institution.

 

Must pass an entrance exam prepared by the department every entrance semester.

Bring two recommendation letters from employees or faculty members regarding the student’s academic performance.

Annual intake:

30-40(But depending on availability of advisors)

Contact:

Dr. Yidersal Dagnaw

Email: tennadag@gmail.com

Phone: +251 913 28 94 44

Tuition Fee:

ETB (USD )

 

2.4 MSC in Accounting and Auditing

Academic Unit:

College of Business and Economics

Department:

Accounting and Finance

Program:

Accounting and Finance

Degree:

MSC in Accounting and Auditing (MSc)

Description:

This program focuses on the theoretical, legal and practical aspects of accounting and auditing in Ethiopia and international context. The program is designed to fulfill the ever increasing demands for professionally trained public accountants, auditors and controllers in public and private sector both at the regional and national level of the country.

Students admitted to the program are required to take and pass about twelve courses or 33 credit hours and 6 credit hours of thesis work. The expected duration of the regular program is four semesters, out of which the last semester will be exclusively allotted to the thesis work. Completion of the program in extension and summer schemes requires five and six semesters respectively. After successfully completing the course work and scoring a pass mark on the project wok, the candidate will be awarded the ‘Degree of masters of Science in Accounting and Auditing’.

Medium of instruction:

English

Eligibility criteria:

In addition to meeting the general admission provisions of the graduate program of Bahir Dar University, applicants to the MSc. in Accounting and Auditing program must:

Have a good first degree in Accounting, Finance and‘ Accounting and Finance’, form a university, or a similar qualification from any other institution.

Must pass an entrance exam prepared by the department every entrance semester.

 

Bring two recommendation letters from employees or faculty members regarding the student’s academic performance.

Annual intake:

15-25 (But depending on availability of advisors)

Contact:

Dr. Yidersal Dagnaw

Email: tennadag@gmail.com

Phone: +251 913 28 94 44

Tuition Fee:

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2.5 Master of Arts in Marketing Management (MA)

Academic Unit:

College of Business and Economics

Department:

Marketing Management

Program:

Masters in Marketing Management

Degree:

MA in  Marketing Management

Program Description: In the contemporary business landscape, a master’s program in marketing management is a fast-evolving discipline which equips graduates to deal with global business challenges reflecting on a wide range of contemporary practices. The growing modern marketing practices such as ECX (Ethiopian Commodity Exchange) and Ethiopia’s strong interest in enhancing export to narrow its negative trade balance demand the need for marketing professionals with global insight. The master’s degree in marketing management is therefore an ideal discipline for producing marketing professionals with great business caliber for the country.

The program is proposed to enable graduates understand and practice how to use technology to capture and harness vast amounts of data to transform customer and market information into insights that create strategic marketing programs and communication campaigns for products and services.

 Admission Requirements: The Master’s degree program in Marketing Management is normally designed for those who have followed relevant and appropriate studies in equivalent institutions. When the program is launched, it will have manageable size of students. The intake size will increase after physical facilities and manpower requirements are fulfilled. The structure and governance system will be as per the already installed system of Bahir Dar University.

                            Potential candidates must fulfill the following criteria:

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A study completion of a bachelor’s degree from recognized university in Marketing, Management, Logistics and Supplies Chain Management (Purchasing), Business Education, Accounting, Public Administration, Economics, Secretarial Science, Journalism, Psychology, Agri business, Cooperative and other related fields

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A minimum of CGPA as per the BDU senate legislation, and

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A good performance in the entrance examination and/or equivalent admission requirements.

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Generally, candidates’ selection criteria will be based on the University’s and CoBE’s set criteria.

Degree Nomenclature:  THE DEGREE OF MASTER OF ARTS IN MARKETING     MANAGEMENT” and       in Amharic  “የአርት ማስተር ዲግሪ በገበያ ስራ አመራር

Medium of Instruction:  The medium of instruction for the program is English Language  

Duration of the ProgramThe normal duration for completion of the program is two years for regular program and three years for extension programs. However, in exceptional situations if a student fails to complete the program within the stated time, the maximum duration to complete the program will be decided as per the legislation of Bahir Dar University.

Total Load: The total load required for the graduate of Master of Arts in Marketing Management is a total of 30 credit hours or 66 CP of course works and a 6-credit hour equivalent or 60 CP thesis.

2.6 MA in Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Name of Academic Unit:

College of Business and Economics

Department:

Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Program:

Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Degree:

MA in Logistics and Supply Chain Management (MA)

Description of the Program:

This program is designed to produce highly competent graduates who possess the required managerial and technical know-how to successfully manage the value chain that links the acquisition of resources, transformation and delivering of value created to end users. The program especially focuses on supply (in bound logistics), operations management, transportation (out bound logistics)and related activities. Hence, its aim is equipping students how to build an effective supply-chain management system along the value chain that benefit suppliers, facilitators, organizations, customers and the society at large.

The program is also designed to produce graduates who play a significant role in transforming the existing traditional independent business practices into integrated value chain business system which ultimately leads to economic supremacy at country level.

The graduate will be awarded with the degree of Masters in Logistics and Supply Chain Management after he/she accomplishes a total of 32 credit hours study (119 credit point).

The program will take 24 months (including break) for regular students both the course and thesis work. Two and half years for extension students and three years for summer students. Out of which the last semester will be exclusively allotted to the thesis work.

 

Medium of instruction:

English

 

Eligibility criteria:

In addition to meeting the general admission provisions of the graduate program of Bahir Dar University, Applicants of Master of Art in Logistics and Supply Chain Management (LSCM) are required to preferably* possess the following requirements:

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Degree from a recognized university in Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Business Education, Procurement and Supply Management, and other Business & Economics fields, Engineering, pharmacy and other related fields of health and hard sciences with management experience in managing organizations.

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A minimum CGPA as per the BDU’s senate legislation for both regular and continuing, summer and distance students.

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Applicant must pass the entrance examination in aptitude test and general logistics and supply chain related knowledge test.

* Those coming from other disciplines are required to take bridging courses like, Introduction to logistics and Introduction to Supply chain management, provided by the department without extra tuition fee and time requirement to complete the degree.

Annual intake:

Fifty students (But depending on availability of supervisors).

Contact:

Dr. Biruk Solomon

Email: ezrabiruk@gmail.com

Phone: +251918769735

Tuition Fee:

800 ETB per credit hour as per the direction of BDU

 

2.7 MSc in Development Economics

 

Name of Academic Unit:

College of Business and Economics

Department:

Economics

Program:

M.SC. IN ECONOMICS(DEVELOPMENT ECONOMICS)

Degree:

MSc degree

Description of the Program:

This program is a standalone program undertaken by Department of Economics, Bahir Dar university. The program focuses on training experts who specialize in the multidisciplinary application of development economics. Accordingly, the Program makes a unique contribution to the general educational objectives set out by Bahir Dar University and contributes to the socioeconomic development of the nation. The program trains students for two years to award a Masters degree in Development Economics. The program is functional since 2014.  Selection of candidates is mainly determined by the match between the number of applicants and the available space each period of enrolment, and the admission requirements specified in the Eligibility criteria bellow. After the candidate qualifies the requirement and enrolled in the program, the award of the M.Sc. Degree in Economics (Development Economics) is based on the requirement in which the candidate must meet all the requirements set in the University’s senate legislation and successfully complete all of the 128 ECTS (CP) of the Program. The program is designed for regular, evening, and Summer programs as well.

Medium of instruction:

English

Eligibility criteria:

In addition to meeting the general admission provisions of the graduate program of Bahir Dar University, applicants to the program must:

         

The candidate needs to have at least a bachelor’s degree in economics (or its subfields: agricultural economics; development economics and finance; natural resource economics) or statistics from an authorized educational institution.; AND

         

The candidate has to pass in the entrance exam:  But, candidates assigned directly by the Ministry of Education to the regular program may not need to sit for the entrance exam. The exam shall consist only of basic microeconomics, macroeconomics, mathematical economics, and statistics/econometrics.

Annual intake:

For the regular program up to 40 students are expected with in two semesters (annual), the same number is expected for evening and summer programs.

Contact:

MesfinKetema

Email: mesfinktm@gmail.com

Phone: +251588209277

 

Note: Entrance exams stated in four programs is general information and the actual type of entrance exam to be administered in each year may change somehow and the College will communicate potential students on the type of exam to be administered with inside notice.

Quality Assurance Mechanisms

We ensure that students are taught by a teacher who fulfills the university criteria for teaching in postgraduate programs. This means teachers that are assistant professor and above will be assigned to teach the course. In rare and peak load seasons those teachers who are PhD candidates or Master holders with a publication will be assigned to teach some courses. To ensure the quality of student thesis, again we assign high profile staff to advise student thesis. Besides, we check the plagiarism level of student thesis using software so that students do an original work to the extent possible. The defense or presentation program for students’ thesis is of high quality as we get student thesis examined by an external examiner and internal examiner with the advisor having no role. To increase the quality of evaluation, external examiners have more say than the internal examiner in the evaluation results. We search good quality people from all universities in the country to serve as external examiners of the students’ thesis and up to know we are getting what we expect from these examiners. They are serious and a student who doesn’t qualify for graduation will be delayed until he (she) correct the thesis in a substantial way. Those whose thesis has passed but with minor editorial or content change are also

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