Institute of Business Administration, Karachi

Offers Bachelors and Masters degrees, with guide to prospective students, administration, faculty, and departments

  • Institute of Business Administration Karachi Main Campus, KU Circular Road, Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
  • 92-21-38104700
  • [email protected]



IBA is the oldest business school outside North America. It was established in 1955 with initial technical support provided by the world famous Wharton School of Finance, University of Pennsylvania; later, the University of Southern California set up various facilities at the Institute and several prominent American professors were assigned to the IBA. The course contents, the curriculum, the pedagogical tools and the assessment and testing methods were developed under the guidance of reputed scholars from these two institutions. IBA has zealously guarded the high standards and academic traditions it had inherited from Wharton and USC while adapting and adjusting them with the passage of time.


Till 1994, the University of Karachi awarded degrees to the graduates. In that year, the Sindh Assembly elevated the Institute's status to that of a degree-awarding institution. Despite a rapid increase in the number of business schools, the IBA has maintained its position as the premier Institution of higher learning in the field of Management and Business Administration.


The IBA initially offered its MBA program only for day scholars. In 1957, an Evening Program was started to cater to the needs of the numerous working executives and managers who were interested in furthering their careers through part-time business studies. In 1982, a three-year BBA (Honors) Program was introduced which has now been upgraded to a four-year BBA program.


The Faculty of Computer Science was originally established as the Center for Computer Studies in 1983 with the collaboration of IBM, Pakistan. It initially offered a diploma in System Analysis to overcome a shortage of software professionals in the country. It now offers BS (Computer Science), MS (Computer Science), and PhD programs. The PhD degree is being offered in the areas of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE), Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Operations Research, Artificial Intelligence, Cryptography, Numerical Analysis and Numerical Computing.


In 2009, IBA introduced its first weekend Executive MBA Program (EMBA), focusing on the needs of the mid-career professionals, serving in the Corporate Sector, Banks and Government departments. The curriculum, methodology and course material have been developed in consultation with industry experts and lead resource persons. Currently 280 participants from more than 100 organizations are attending this program steered by leading professionals and senior IBA faculty.


IBA has recently introduced new BS degree programs in Economics and Mathematics (Double Major), Social Sciences, Accounting and Finance and also MS/ Ph.D. programs in Economics and Mathematics.


The Center for Executive Education (CEE) organizes customized courses for corporate clients and holds short courses on emerging issues and themes for those engaged in business. CEE has strategic partnership with the Indian School of Business whose faculty conducts courses and seminars at Karachi.


The newly established Center for Entrepreneurial Development (CED) at the IBA is a breeding ground for new business startups by the students. The Center hosts more than 40 incubator and accelerator companies in its premises and provides a conducive research and development environment f o r innovation, and turning ideas into business opportunities. It aims to put Karachi on the entrepreneurial map of the world. IBA has a 10 year collaborative partnership with Babson College in Boston which is the top most entrepreneurship institute in USA.


Admission Process

  • Admission Procedure

  • Issuance of Admit Cards

  • Applicants residing in Karachi can obtain their Admit Cards by visiting the Admissions Office of any campus of IBA with a copy of the bank Challan. Applicants residing outside Karachi can request for their Admit Cards to be delivered to them by means of emails. The details of getting the Admit Card by means of emails will be posted on the IBA website around the time of admission process. List of authorized branches is given on the IBA web site.


Aptitude Test

The Aptitude Test is conducted on simultaneously in Karachi and other cities on specified date announced in media / on our website. Candidate may choose the test location during applying online. The Admit Cards issued to the applicants indicate the test center, date, and reporting time. Please make sure to read all instructions given on the back of the Admit Card carefully. The applicants should bring their Admit Cards along with a photo ID to be able to appear for the Aptitude Test. Candidates who pass the Aptitude Test qualify for the group discussion followed by an interview.


  • Interview List

  • The names of candidates who qualify the Aptitude Test and are eligible to participate in group discussion, interview activities will be displayed on our website. These candidates are to report to the venue at the designated date and time for the said activity.



Documents Required

Candidates are required to bring the following documents in original on the day of Group Discussion and Interview:

- Matriculation / 'O' Levels certificate with transcript / marks sheet

- Higher Secondary School Certificate(Part I) / 'A' Levels (First year) certificate with transcript / marks sheet

- Bachelors degree with transcript / marks sheet*

- Masters degree with transcript / marks sheet*

- Work experience certificate* where applicable

Group Discussion

The selected candidates are divided into groups. These groups are given a topic to debate and discuss amongst themselves. During this process, communication skills, interpersonal skills, confidence and leadership potential are assessed.



Interviews are conducted for evaluating the level of maturity, academic aptitude, motivation, interpersonal skills and career focus of the applicants.



Undergraduate Programs

Fees Structure

Fee Structure Spring - 2017

Fee Structure Fall - 2017