Executive MBA


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 organizations. These individuals can leverage their rich work experience through this world-class management Programme. The curriculum has been designed to provide both depth and breadth of a rigorous, distinguished management Programme. While starting with the fundamentals of each functional area, the courses quickly step up to advanced levels in order to maximize learning of a group of highly experienced managers. This helps participants develop an understanding at the operational and strategic level in each business area.

The EMBA Programme has gone through major structural changes in the past year to develop better curriculum for executives. 4 hours’ sessions/day (two courses running at a time) were replaced by teaching 3, 90 min sessions/day (three courses running at a time. The structure is based on 16 sessions of 90 minutes each.

Financial Accounting has been reintroduced in the EMBA curriculum based on its relevance to the Programme. A curriculum comparison with 10 top business schools of the world identified the need for the change in curriculum.


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


  1. Improve the organization’s productivity, performance and profitability by increasing the effectiveness of key managers
  2. Retain and motivate high achievers in the company
  3. Develop a pool of sophisticated leaders who will enable their organization to take on intricate challenges
  4. Reduce human development costs
  5. Keep abreast of the globally renowned practices and the skill set required to combat the challenges of an expanding business


  1. 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 EMBA participants from work during on-site sessions to ensure that the candidate is available on all class days
  2. The financial support of the participant’s company is a meter that needs to be resolved between the participant and the company itself; however, LUMS does provide the option of ‘MCB Student Personal Loan (SPL)’ to facilitate education at LUMS.


Communication Skills

Gain the resources to master business communications: Face-to-face dealings, group meetings or large audiences


Empower yourself to tackle all sorts of management situations, based on analysis of actual cases, where specific strategies are designed for various situations


Meet with CEOs and executives of large multinational organizations as well as local conglomerates. Attend the Leadership Lecture Series taking place on campus and learn from the best

Real-Life business plans & projects

Learn various modern models of business plan and stay connected with the business community by taking up real-life business projects


Connect with people from all walks of life to build new skill sets and develop a rapport and efficiently boost your professional and personal network



The key to business success lies in developing leaders who can effectively respond to the rapidly unfolding challenges of the current day. LUMS Executive MBA offered by SDSB has been designed precisely to cater to this need. EMBA prepares individuals to impact change. The Programme consists of:

  1. Teaching by Case Method supplemented with computer-based exercises and simulations
  2. Extensive use of distance learning and Virtual University System through e-modules
  3. Field visits and guest speaker sessions for a holistic and integrated perspective
  4. A week long international study module during the summers


SOP + Term 1

9-day session


Alternate Weekends


Alternate Weekends



LUMS takes a ‘fundamentals first’ approach to its Executive MBA curriculum. Students take courses that provide a strong foundation for management in different roles.


Executive MBA students can immediately put into practice the concepts learnt in class since they work full-time while earning their degrees.


The Executive MBA participants have to stay connected with the faculty through distance learning while off campus. This connection is facilitated through the Information System Technology (IST) Department at LUMS which centrally supports the LUMS Learning Management System (LMS). The LMS allows each participant a dedicated academic resource centre on the web. Participants have access to several e-modules, course related activities and resources. These include course material, discussion boards and online course evaluations.

Year 1


Distance Learning Module - I

July - August

Harvard Business School Online Courses
SOP + Business Fundamental Module - I

August - November

Distance Learning Module - II November - December
Managing Operations & People Module - II November - March
Distance Learning Module - III March - April
Cost, Value & Innovation Management Module - III April - June


Year 2


Cross-Culture & Globalization Module


Law & Entrepreneurship Module -IV

August - December

Managing the Future Module - V January - April
EMBA Project October - May


Important Dates

Executive MBA

Online Application Deadline (PST)
04 May 2020
05:00 pm
Deadline to submit supporting documents for admission
05 May 2020
Admission Decisions
03 Jun 2020 to 30 Jul 2020
  • Dates are applicable subject to the availability of test centers.
  • 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 2020 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 Programme.

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. Completed and submitted application form and supporting documents by the stipulated deadline;
  5. Interview (if called)

Academic Requirements for Fall 2020 Admissions

Applicants will be assessed on the following criteria:

  • Successful completion of sixteen (16) years of education leading to a Master's 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.


Admission Test Requirement for Fall 2020 Admissions

Applicants are required to take Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or NTS GAT (General) in order to be considered for admission. 

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.

We are aware that the current COVID-19 crisis poses difficulties for applicants to submit test scores as test centres are non-operational for the time being. Under the circumstances, you can apply to SDSB Executive MBA Programme without test scores being submitted (if you haven’t taken the test yet). You may then be asked to appear for an interview followed by a conditional acceptance if you are successful. The condition will require obtaining a minimum test score. Once, test centres are functioning, you will need to sit for the test and attain the minimum test score required by the University.

For further details on GMAT/GRE/ NTS GAT (General), please log on to www.mba.comwww.ets.org and nts.org.pk respectively. 


  • GMAT/GRE taken more than five years before the admission deadline will not be considered valid.
  • NTS GAT (General) taken more than 2 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.

Supporting Documents Requirement for Fall 2020 Admissions

Applicants must complete and submit their online application form on or before May 04, 2020; 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 05, 2020.

Application Processing fee

  • The application processing fee of Rs. 5,900.
  • The application processing fee of $81 for International applicants.

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)/NTS GAT (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.

Recommendation Letters

Minimum two (2) recommendation letters are compulsory for applying in EMBA Programme.


Yes, admission test is required. Applicants are required to take Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or NTS GAT (General).

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.

The deadline to take the GMAT/GRE (General)/NTS GAT (General) is April 30, 2020.


For details on GMAT, GRE (General) and NTS GAT (General), please visit www.mba.comwww.ets.org and nts.org.pk respectively.

GMAT/GRE scores are valid for five years. However, NTS GAT (General) is valid for two years.

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 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.

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/NTS GAT (General) 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 highly recommended to fill out the application form carefully. Changes cannot be made after the submission of online application. In sheer need an applicant can send the updated information to helpdeskao@lums.edu.pk with the specific header "Change in Application Form".

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.

A Foreign national who is not of Pakistani origin and does not have a Pakistani passport/NICOP/CNIC is eligible to apply to LUMS under its International Student Programme. Applicants holding dual nationality out of which one is Pakistani are not eligible to apply through LUMS International Student Programme.

Higher Education Commission (HEC) Pakistan is an independent, autonomous, and constitutionally established institution of primary funding, overseeing, regulating, and accrediting the higher education efforts in Pakistan.
HEC is responsible for formulating higher education policy and quality assurance to meet the international standards as well as providing accrediting academic degrees, development of new institutions, and uplifting of existing institutions in Pakistan.

LUMS provides a well-maintained residential environment for International students.


Fee Structure for FY 2020-21


Module 1

Module 2

Module 3





Admission Fee (One Time Charge)




Tuition Fee




Semester Registration Fee




Reading Material




General Security (Refundable - One Time Charge)




Total Fee





Residence Fee 


Module 1

Module 2

Module 3





Residence Fee




Important Points 

  • The above breakdown of fee structure is for Year 1 of the 2 Year EMBA programme.
  • Fees are payable by semester according to the schedule given in the Annual Fee bill.
  • Through an amendment in the Income Tax Ordinance 2001 by Finance Act 2013, advance tax (under section 236 I) shall be collected @ 5% on the entire amount of fee (if Student Payable exceeds PKR 200,000 per annum excluding the amount refundable).
  • Advance tax paid on fee is adjustable at the time of filing of Income tax return. LUMS will issue Advance Tax Certificate in this regard at year-end.
  • University fees are usually announced once each year, for the following academic year. However, tuition and fees are subject to change without notice.

Refund Policy

To learn more about the University's Refund Policy, please click here.


We are here to help and guide you through the admissions process during this time. You can continue to monitor this page for admissions related updates. Our campus is also providing general updates and resources as needed. 

Our Campus is closed, but we're still here to help

Due to the country’s stay at home directive, LUMS campus is closed and no longer offering in-person visits. However, we're still working and available to answer your admission related questions! Feel free to email us at admissions@lums.edu.pk or contact us through Live web chat (Mondays through Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. PST).

Unfortunately, a few of our processes are unable to be done remotely. These are detailed below.

Submitting your supporting documents

All available documents can be submitted online through the LUMS Online Admission system. In case, few documents are not available/missing then applicants can seek help/extension by writing to the Admissions Office at admissions@lums.edu.pk.

Acknowledgement for documents receiving

We may not be able to accept postal mail or courier packages at this moment. If you had documents sent through such means recently, you will receive a system generated acknowledgement email of your submitted documents within two weeks’ time. If need be, Admissions staff will also contact you for the completion of supporting documents.

Recommendation/ Work Experience Letter Submission

If referees can send recommendation letters by email, they can email them directly to admissions@lums.edu.pk. If this cannot be done, please provide only names and contact details of referees and we will approach them directly, if the need arises.

Please feel free to contact admissions@lums.edu.pk, if further information is needed.

Wishing you health and safety!