Tribhuvan University

Faculty of Management

Office of the Dean

Dhankuta Multiple Campus, Dhankuta

Course Structure with detail Course of Master of Business Studies (Semester Based)

The Faculty of Management (FOM), Tribhuvan University, has its ultimate objective of educating students for professional pursuits in business, industry and government. It is further dedicated to contribute for increasing the knowledge and understanding of business and public administration. In this pursuit, FOM aims to develop a networking with management institutes in the country and achieving higher efficiency in management of business and public entities. It also aims to continuously innovate and promote cost effective, socially with modern technology based educational programs in Nepal.

Master of Business Studies (MBS)

I. Programme Objectives

The objective of the MBS programme is to enable the students to work as competent managers and to meet the demand of higher level managers in organizations, particularly in the functional areas of management. Upon graduation, a student should be able to function as a manager in business, industry, government and non-government sectors, within and outside the country, in areas like accounting, marketing, finance and general management. The MBS programme specifically aims to:

1. Equip students with required conceptual knowledge of business and management.

2. Prepare managers in the functional areas of management.

3. Develop knowledge and skill of business environment in national and international perspective.

4. Encourage entrepreneurial capabilities in students to make them effective change agents in the   Nepalese society.

 5. Develop research capability to the students.

 6. Prepare foundation for advanced studies and research activities in management sector.

Developing managerial practice for imparting skills by student is a central concern of the Faculty of Management (FOM), Tribhuvan University (TU). The emphasis upon practice is reflected in various Master level programs. Management program lays special emphasis on developing graduates managerial and entrepreneurial skills over a solid foundation of theories and techniques. Through this two-year (60) credit hours program students develop their knowledge and management skills on the basis of a good understanding of the existing issues like economic, social, political milieu both at the national and global levels.

II. Curricular Structure

The FOM recognizes the need for both breadth and depth in the total academic pattern. The MBS program is a four semester (two-year) program with three key components: (1) core courses, (2) specialization courses, and (3) a dissertation.

1. Core Courses Core business courses integrate all analytical and functional areas and provide students with an appreciation of the diversity and inter-relationship of business and management issues. It includes subjects such as Research Methodology, Statistical Methods, Managerial Economics, Organizational Behaviour, Human Resources Management, Financial Management, Management Accountancy, Accounting for Financial and Managerial Decision and Control, Marketing Management, Production and Operations Management, International Business, Managerial Communication, Entrepreneurship, Strategic Management and Business Environment.

2. Specialization Courses There are four areas of specialization offer for the students. Specialization in any one of the areas, such as, accounting, finance, marketing, and management enables the student to develop expertise in his/her concentration area. Altogether 3 courses are offered in one area of specialization. Students have to choose one specialization area and study one course from group ‘A’ in the third semester and 2 courses from group ‘B’ in the fourth semester.

3. Dissertation The MBS programme requires students to conduct original research work during the four semesters of the two-year study period. Students are required to write a dissertation based on their original research work. Students writing dissertation are encouraged to write their dissertation within the selected specialization area.

4. Admission Procedure Students applying for the MBS program must fill in the application with all details of their personal information and past academic records. The selection of students shall be based on CMAT. The test shall be based on the GMAT and GRE format. The admission test shall be concentrated on testing verbal ability quantitative ability, business and economics and general awareness. There shall be altogether hundred (100) questions in the CMAT containing 25 questions in each section. Students must secure a minimum of 40 percent in the CMAT in order to qualify for the admission.

5. Teaching Pedagogy The MBS program is based on the student-centered learning approach. The general teaching methodology of the program includes interactive lectures, students’ presentations, case studies, and projects. The teaching faculty shall determine the appropriate teaching-learning methods suitable for each course.

6. Attendance This program demands a very high level of commitment from students. Students are required to attend regularly all classes and presentations as required by the course. Students failing to attend 80 % of classes shall not be allowed to appear in the semester-end examinations.

7. Examination and Evaluation The performance of students will be evaluated through ongoing in-semester evaluations and semesterend examinations. The FOM shall have the final authority in conducting, evaluating and awarding grades in semester-end examinations. The course facilitator (instructor) shall decide the grades in the in-semester evaluations. A student is required to pass the internal and external examinations independently.

8. In-semester Evaluations The in-semester (internal) evaluation shall generally have a total weight of 40 percent in each course. Students have to secure at least 50 percent marks in each subject to pass the in-semester exam. The concerned faculty shall be responsible for the continuous in-semester evaluations. The in-semester evaluation shall be based on a student’s performance in class presentations, case analysis, and project assignments, class tests and others as required by the course. A student must secure a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.7 or Grade B minus (B- ) in a course in order to be eligible to appear in the semester-end examination of that course. The in-semester evaluations will be based on the following components:

In-semester Evaluation: 40 Marks

 Evaluation Activities Weight in %
 In-semester pre-board examination 40
 Class-room activities (Class presentations, case analysis, group works etc) 20
Project Assignments  30
 Class Attendance 10
 Total 100 %

In case a student remains absent in internal examination due to serious illness will given one-time opportunity to appear in the exam if he/she is able to produce an authorized medical certificate. The internal exam notice will be published by the concerned department or campus.

9. Semester-end Examinations The semester-end examinations on course work related subjects shall have a total weight of 60 percent. The semester-end examination shall be based on problem solving questions, analytical questions, and case studies or any other formats as demanded by a course. The duration of the examination shall be 3 hours for each course.

External examinations shall be conducted as presented in the following table:

External Evaluation: 60 Marks

 Evaluation Components Number of Questions and Choice Weight in %
Case Analysis, Situation Analysis, Extended Problem Analysis as suitable to the course. Compulsory Questions (Q .N. 1) 30
Long Questions, Problem Solving, Critical Analysis Oriented questions Analytical Questions with one choice. (Three questions of 15 marks each to be solved by students) 45
Concept Oriented Short Answer Questions Six Short Answer Questions with One Choice Questions (Five Questions of 5 marks to be solved by students 25
Total Marks100

10. Grading System The grading system followed in the MBS program will be based on the absolute performance of a student in the in-semester evaluations and semester-end examinations. The performance of a student in the MBS program shall be made on a four point scale ranging from 0 to 4. The passing grade in the semester-end examination for an individual paper shall be grade “B minus” or GPA of 2.7. In order to pass the semester examination the student must secure a minimum of Grade “B” or Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3.0 (60 percent). The overall grade of a student will be determined by the student’s performance in the in-semester and semester-end examinations. The following table presents the Letter Grade, GPA, percentage equivalent and Performance Remarks for the MBS program:

Grade                   GPA           Percentage   Equivalent   Performance  Remarks

A                             4.0                           90-100                                 Distinction

A-                3.70-3.99                              80 -89.99                            Very good

B+                  3.30-3.69                              70 -79.99                         First Division

B                   3.00-3.29                              60 – 69.99                      Second Division

B-                  2.70-2.99                              50 – 59.99       Pass in individual subject

F                   Below 2.70                          Below 50                                  Fail

11. Normal and Maximum Duration of Study The normal duration and the maximum duration for the completion of the requirements for the program are as follows:

Normal duration                               24 months (4 semesters)

 Maximum duration                        5 Years

12. Failing in Course 

  • Students who do not qualify to appear in the semester-end examinations will have to reregister

 and retake the course as per the semester cycle.

  • Students who are qualified but fail to appear in semester end examination or failed in the

semester end examination can appear in the semester end examination as per the semester cycle.

  • In case students failed or fail to appear in at most two subjects in final semester, FOM shall

organize chance exam for them.

13. Degree Requirements

To receive MBS degree the student must have:

  • The successful completion of 60 credit hours as prescribed with a minimum of passing grade in all courses with CGPA of 2.7.
  • A ‘B’ minus or better grade in each of the courses as specified in the curricular structure section;

Obtained an overall CGPA of 3.0 or better after combining the GPAs obtained in all courses and dissertation.

  • Completed all the course requirements as specified in the curricular structure section within the prescribed time period specified in the normal and maximum duration of the study section.

14. Dissertation A student is required to undertake a research assignment and prepare a dissertation at the end of the fourth semester in the format prescribed by the FOM. The colleges shall assign a faculty member to supervise the research work. The research work must be presented in the format as prescribed by FOM. The evaluation of the research shall be based on the following two components:

Written Report:                75 %

Viva-voce:                           25%

FOM shall conduct the written evaluation through two independent evaluators. The marks awarded by each evaluator shall be averaged. The concerned campus/college shall conduct the viva-voce examination.

15. Credit Transfer and Withdrawal

  • The program allows students to transfer the credits earned by them in similar program of other universities as recognized by TU.
  • Students willing to transfer credit from accredited university/college or recognize by TU have to apply at the FOM paying a sum of amount for each credit to be transferred.
  • Concerned faculty or institute will review all previous university/college level grade sheet to determine what credits may be eligible to transfer.
  • The FOM will review every course taken by a student to another university/college.
  • The student should complete the first semester duration in the master program to be eligible for credit transfer.

Course Composition

FIN 510 Financial Management

MKT 511Marketing Management

ECO 512 Managerial Economics

MGT 513 Human Resource Management

MSC 514 Statistical Methods

MGT 515 Organizational Behavior

MSC 517 Production and Operations Management

 ACC 517 Management Accountancy

MGT 518Business Environment

MGT 519Managerial Communication

ACC 519 Accounting for Financial and Managerial Decision and Control

MSC 521 Research Methodology

MGT 522 International Business

MGT 523 Strategic Management

 MGT 524Entrepreneurship

Finance                                                                                                                                                                (Three subjects

FIN 685 Financial Markets and Institutions

FIN 686 International Financial Management

FIN 687 Financial Derivatives and Market

FIN 688 Corporate Finance

FIN 689 Investment Management

FIN 690 Insurance: Theory and Practice

FIN 691 Commercial Bank Management: Theory and Practice

Marketing                                                                                                                                                           (Three subjects)

MKT 685 Consumer Behavior

 MKT 686 International Marketing

MKT 687 Brand Management

MKT 688 Sales Management

MKT 689 Retail Management

MKT 690 Services Marketing

MKT 691 Advertising and Promotion Management

MKT 692 Rural Marketing

Management                                                                                                                                                    (Three subjects)

MGT 685 Organizational Development and Change

MGT 686 Quality Management

MGT 687Recent Trends in Management

MGT 688 Organizational Theory

MGT 689 Performance Management

MGT 690 Leadership and Communication

Accountancy                                                                                                                                                      (Three subjects)

ACC 685 Corporate Taxation

ACC 686 Cost Management

ACC 687 Contemporary Auditing

ACC 688 Accounting Theory and Financial Reporting

ACC 689 Management Control Systems

ACC 690 Balance Scorecard: A Tool for Performance Measurement

Course Cycle

FIRST SEMESTER                                                                                                                               15 Credit Hours

MKT 511 Marketing Management                                                                                                            3 Cr.

ECO 512 Managerial Economics                                                                                                                  3 Cr.

MSC 514 Statistical Methods                                                                                                                       3 Cr.

MGT 515 Organizational Behavior                                                                                                            3 Cr.

MGT 519 Managerial Communication                                                                                                     3 Cr.

SECOND SEMESTER                                                                                                                         15 Credit Hours

FIN 510 Financial Management                                                                                                                  3 Cr.

MGT 513 Human Resource Management                                                                                              3 Cr.

MSC 517 Production and Operations Management                                                                          3 Cr.

ACC 517 Management Accountancy                                                                                                        3 Cr.

MGT 518 Business Environment                                                                                                                               3 Cr.

THIRD SEMESTER                                                                                                                             15 Credit Hours

ACC 519 Accounting for Financial and Managerial Decision and Control                                    3 Cr.

MSC 521 Research Methodology                                                                                                              3 Cr.

MGT 522 International Business                                                                                                                3 Cr.

MGT 524 Entrepreneurship                                                                                                                         3 Cr.

Specialization Course (Any One from Group A)


FIN 687 Financial Derivatives and Market                                                                                              3 Cr.

FIN 688 Corporate Finance                                                                                                                           3 Cr.


ACC 685 Corporate Taxation                                                                                                                        3 Cr.

ACC 686 Cost Management                                                                                                                         3 Cr.


MGT 687Recent Trends in Management                                                                                               3 Cr.

 MGT 688 Organizational Theory                                                                                                                3 Cr.


MKT 691 Advertising and Promotion Management                                                                           3 Cr

MKT 692 Rural Marketing                                                                                                                             3 Cr

FOURTH SEMESTER;                                                                                                                       15 Credit Hours

MGT 523 Strategic Management                                                                                                               3 Cr.

Specialization Courses (Any Two from Group B)

FIN 685 Financial Markets and Institutions                                                                                            3 Cr.

 FIN 686 International Financial Management                                                                                      3 Cr.

FIN 689 Investment Management                                                                                                            3 Cr.

FIN 690 Insurance: Theory and Practice                                                                                                  3 Cr.

FIN 691 Commercial Bank Management: Theory and Practice                                                      3 Cr.


MKT 685 Consumer Behavior                                                                                                                      3 Cr.

MKT 686 International Marketing                                                                                                             3 Cr.

MKT 687 Brand Management                                                                                                                     3 Cr.

MKT 688 Sales Management                                                                                                                       3 Cr.

MKT 689 Retail Management                                                                                                                      3 Cr.

MKT 690 Services Marketing                                                                                                                       3 Cr.


ACC 687 Contemporary Auditing                                                                                                               3 Cr.

ACC 688 Accounting Theory and Financial Reporting                                                                         3 Cr.

ACC 689 Management Control Systems                                                                                                                 3 Cr.

ACC 690 Balance Scorecard: A Tool for Performance Measurement                                          3 Cr.


MGT 685 Organizational Development and Change                                                                          3 Cr.

MGT 686 Quality Management                                                                                                                  3 Cr.

MGT 689 Performance Management                                                                                                      3 Cr.

MGT 690 Leadership and Communication                                                                                             3 Cr.

MGT 525 Dissertation                                                                                                                    6 Cr