We aspire to become the leader in business research and education in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the MENA region.

Our mission is to develop business leaders through quality education and research, and fostering partnerships with local and international communities.
In this context, quality education means

  1. Providing students with the necessary knowledge and skills to succeed in a highly competitive global marketplace.
  2. Pushing the frontiers of business knowledge, creating new opportunities, promoting economic growth and business sustainability.
  3. Educating the next generation of business leaders and pioneers that dream big, take risk, and shape the future of the ever-changing business landscape.
  4. Connecting with the Kingdom’s economic changes and promoting entrepreneurship and innovation.
  • Quality: our commitment to excellence reflects our passion for high quality and for going beyond expectations.
  • Integrity: personal integrity, holding ourselves to the high ethical standards, transparency, and taking responsibility for our actions.
  • Diversity: we take pride in our College culture that promotes inclusiveness and through preparing young men and women alike regardless of their background and economic status to be the next generation of business and community leaders.
  • Collegiality: we are committed to a collegial system in which proposed policies and changes are institutionalized, principle-based, and consistent with our vision and strategic objectives.
  • Engagement: Building strong relationships with our alumni, business and professional communities, and other stakeholders and taking leadership in issues that matter to them.

About CoB

College of Business at Alfaisal University is a young and fast growing institution. It started in the fall of 2008 with 24 freshman male and female students; and with its first cohort of male and female MBA students in the fall of 2010. It offers a vibrant undergraduate business administration degree that is grounded in liberal arts with five concentrations (Accounting, Finance, Human Resource Management, Marketing, and Operations and Project management). The college also offers an MBA program that is directed toward middle managers with three tracks: MBA- General, MBA-Finance, and MBA-Healthcare Management.The College, as part of its commitment to serving the community, also offers an active Executive Education program. The college's pioneering curriculum and its diverse faculty are attracting the best and the brightest students in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Students learn from distinguished scholars and practitioners who have very good academic credentials.

At the College of Business, students learn the skills necessary to confront and manage the challenges of modern businesses. They are well trained to recognize change and growth and deal with them. In-class lectures and case analysis, executive lectures on the hands of well accomplished executives and government officials, and internship experiences with diverse businesses give students the edge needed to help companies compete in today's global marketplace. It graduates leaders with exceptional abilities to manage and sustain growth in the public and private organizations through critical thinking, analytical decision-making, information technology and collaborative execution. Through such a well-rounded education, Alfaisal business students become not only leaders of profitable family enterprises and public corporations but, also, capable societal leaders contributing to the growth and development of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the region. They are well suited for the operationalization of the Saudi 2030 Vision.

College of Business Approach
  1. Maintaining a small class size in order to maximize student participation inside the classroom and faculty/student interaction.
  2. Using problem-based pedagogy including case studies and experiential learning activities.
  3. Curriculum grounded in liberal arts education that promotes independence and critical thinking.
  4. Help students to develop quantitative, technological, and leadership competencies.
  5. Encouraging student participation in service learning outside the classroom through Business Club activities, internships, research projects, field trips, and so on.
  6. Working closely with the local business community to ensure the relevance of student learning opportunities.
  7. Conducting high quality research with applicability to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the global business community.
  8. Engaging in selective consulting projects to increase faculty and student exposure to significant business and development issues inside the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
  9. Engaging in selective consulting projects to increase faculty and student exposure to significant business and development issues inside the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
  10. Connect students to the business and public communities through an active Executive Lecture Series.

National and International Recognition

The College of Business (CoB) programs are approved and well recognized by the Ministry of Education (formerly MOHE) in Saudi Arabia; and these programs are recognized internationally. In fact Alfaisal University (AU) is being recognized, in spite of its young age (as it opened its doors for instructions in 2008), as one of the best universities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). Many of our students, including graduates of CoB, have been accepted in top international universities around the world and are currently pursuing their graduate degrees: Masters and PhD. Also, CoB is an active member of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and the college is currently working toward achieving AACSB accreditation within the next few years. Only 6% of business schools worldwide hold AACSB accreditation. College of Business was featured in Newsweek as one of the ten Leading Business Schools in 2017; please see the link

Department & Programs


Accounting is one of the most rewarding careers in business and the one that offers the most opportunities with the lowest risk. The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) describes accounting as "The One Degree with 360 Degrees of Possibilities.

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The future is bright for finance graduates in Saudi Arabia. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has developed many ambitious plans toward achieving its 2030 Vision. Saudi Arabia is transforming the whole nation’s economy from oil dependent economy into more diversified economy.

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Human Resource Management

One of the major challenges facing the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is the shortage of Saudi Human Resources (HR) managers, experts, and professionals. In addition, organizations, around the world, are increasingly realizing the importance of having quality work-force as their most critical source of competitive advantage.

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The marketing concentration provides students with an analytical and comprehensive understanding of marketing. Students will be able to generate, analyze, interpret, and present marketing information that firms and other organizations need to satisfy and keep customers through the development..

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Operations & Project Management

With increasingly competitive businesses environments, corporations are relying on operations and project managers to achieve strategic goals through effective management of innovative solutions.

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Master of Business Administration (MBA)

With the MBA degree, Alfaisal University offers several concentrations designed to meet specific needs of the KSA business community. All of our MBA programs require the same eight core courses plus a minimum of six elective courses.

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Executive Education

The Centre for Executive Education at Alfaisal University College of Business's mission is to serve the community and attend to the professional development needs of individuals and organizations in order to build leadership qualities in the workplace.

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Undergraduate Business Program

The mission of the Bachelor of Business Administration is to develop the intellectual, professional and personal competencies of the students through principled business education and commitment to excellence.

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