Bachelor’s in Business Administration (BBA)

The Bachelor’s in Business Administration program prepares students to enter the corporate, public service and non profit world in various positions such as Accounting, Marketing, HR, Operations, Communications or Project Management. After three years of intense coursework and experiential learning, the Bachelor’s in Business Administration degree will be conferred only upon those students who demonstrate excellence in all elements of the curriculum, including our core 21st century skills program, and who demonstrate their proficiency on standardized assessments.

Based on the liberal arts blended with business and sciences, the A.D.U. Education provides students with lifelong skills of independent thinking, self directed learning and eloquent expression.

Overview of Programs

The Bachelor’s program focuses on both academic and professional preparation through an innovative design. The A.D.U. BBA is made up of four main components: Bridge to Bachelor, General Education Program, Major, and Experiential Learning:

  1. Bridge to Bachelor – Required to all A.D.U. undergraduate students
  2. General Education Program (GEP) – GEP is A.D.U.’s liberal arts requirement
  3. Major – A student’s primary field of study
  4. Experiential Learning – A student will gain valuable practical skills via internship in business or through a senior project.

Key program elements include:

XL Core, our Core Curriculum based on Excellence

All students participate in the XL Core as part of their ILIMI experience at A.D.U.

In a 2016 study, the World Economic Forum published the list that is presented here containing the most important skills for the workplace in 2020. Based on those insights, we developed the 10 domain XL Core, a program designed to enhance our students and prepare them to succeed in an ever evolving and complex world. At A.D.U., we prepare you for the future. A future where excellence is normalized.

  • Leadership
  • Negotiation
  • Grammar, Logic, Rhetoric
  • Arts of Communication
  • Ethics
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Design Thinking/Innovation
  • Sports
  • Wellness
  • Healthy Eating

English Language Instruction

All students are required to demonstrate their proficiency in speaking, understanding, reading, and writing English prior to A.D.U. graduation. The English levels of all students are assessed upon entry, and students who are not yet proficient participate in intensive instruction in the English language until they are able to pass the proficiency assessment.

During the final year of the undergraduate program, a selection of core courses are conducted in English to ensure that students master the technical vocabulary in English.

Focus on Ethics

A.D.U. instills in our students Zaytuna College’s signature “Adab,” the values of decency, morality, and humanity. A.D.U. cultivates these values in students through practices supported by the latest research into behavioral economics as well as the case method utilized by Harvard. Through their performance in school and in their internships, degree candidates must demonstrate not only their technical prowess but also their commitment to moral leadership.

21st Century Skills

Today, success in the workplace requires complex problem solving, critical thinking, effective communication, the ability to collaborate in teams, and emotional intelligence. The A.D.U. curricular and extracurricular experiences are designed to cultivate these abilities within our students. During their third year, students are paired with a mentor who provides feedback and guidance surrounding the development of “soft skills.”


Top companies and governments expect their employees to be proficient in using the latest technological tools. A.D.U. provides all students with a computer and with extensive instruction in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and other tools commonly used in accounting such as Sage Saari and Tompro. Students are required to use these programs in order to complete academic assignments.

Intensive Workplace Experience

All students are required to complete a three-month internship during each of the first two years of the undergraduate program, and a six months internship during the third year. A.D.U. supports students in securing internship placements with KMC and other partners. As a result of these internships, graduates have a unique competitive edge in the job market.

Career Services

A.D.U. is committed to ensuring the success of our graduates. A.D.U. personally advises every graduate through the process of pursuing employment in the fields of accounting and finance. A.D.U. leverages its close relationships with KMC and other firms to ensure that students receive priority consideration at top firms for entry-level positions with opportunities for growth.

International Faculty

A.D.U. brings leading faculty from around the globe to teach A.D.U. students. We have entered into a formal partnership with the Technical University of Madrid and collaborate regularly with top universities across The Americas, Europe, Asia, and Africa.

of license students secure 6 – month full-time internships after Year 1