Institute of Business Administration, Karachi

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The Institute of Business Administration (IBA), Karachi; (انسٹيٹيوٹ آف بزنس ايڈمنسٹريشن) is a public university in Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan.

Institute of Business Administration, Karachi
IBA Karachi
MottoLeadership and Ideas for Tommorrow [sic?]
DeanDr. S. Akbar Zaidi
Academic staff
130 Full Time Faculty, 200 Visiting Faculty[1]
Students4,034 (Spring 2020). Undergraduate programs: 3,044 (Spring 2020); Graduate programs: 990 (Spring 2020)
Location, ,
ColoursMaroon, white
AffiliationsCFA, SAQS

IBA was established as a business school in 1955 by Pakistani government with the technical support from the Wharton School and the University of Southern California. Several prominent American professors were assigned to the IBA to develop its curriculum. It remained a constituent school within the University of Karachi until, in 1994, when its status was elevated to an independent chartered university by the Sindh Government. Since 2003, IBA has expanded from a purely graduate business school to an interdisciplinary university with undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate programs.[2]

IBA, today, is one of Pakistan's selective and highest-ranked institutes particularly known for its business program.[3][4] It is one of the two Pakistani business schools to be awarded the coveted certification by the South Asian Quality System.[5] IBA today has 2 campuses in Karachi(Main Campus and City Campus), with a student body of over 6,000 students.[6] IBA has collaborations with 15 institutions worldwide, which include Babson College, Indian School of Business, S. P. Jain Institute and the Northwestern University. It counts several prominent public figures and business leaders among its alumni, including the former Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain, renowned actor Sheheryar Munawar, former Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz, renowned economist Mohammad Uzair, former Federal Minister for Finance, Revenue, and Economic Affairs Asad Umer and business leader Quentin D'Silva.[7]



Acceptance rate to IBA Karachi for Fall 2020 admissions is as follows:

  • Undergraduate acceptance rate: 20%
  • Graduate acceptance rate: 20.88%
  • Postgraduate acceptance rate: 40%

Admission to IBA Karachi is based on Entry Test, SAT/ACT[8] and Interview. During 2019-20, financial assistance in the amount of PKR 297 million was provided to 886 students and qarz-e-hasna was arranged for another 110 students.

Programs OfferedEdit

At undergraduate level, IBA offers degrees in Business Administration, Accounting and Finance, Computer Science, Economics, Economics and Mathematics, Social Sciences and Liberal Arts.

The graduate programs offered by the IBA include degrees in Business Administration, MBA Executive, Computer Science, Economics, Islamic Banking and Finance, Journalism, Management, Data Sciences, Finance and Mathematics.

The doctoral programs offered at the Institute include degrees in Computer Science, Economics and Mathematics.


  • IBA was accredited by the South Asian Quality Assurance System (SAQS) in 2011.[9]
  • CFA University Partner and the first university in Pakistan to be granted that status by the CFA Institute.[10][11]

Notable alumniEdit


  1. ^ Faculty
  2. ^ "Institute of Business Administration - Karachi". Retrieved 8 October 2016.
  3. ^ Newspaper, From the (31 August 2016). "Google team trains IBA students on monetizing products". Retrieved 8 October 2016.
  4. ^ "Extraordinary Pakistanis: Imran Shaukat - The Express Tribune". The Express Tribune. 29 June 2016. Retrieved 8 October 2016.
  5. ^ PPI, PPI (26 August 2011). "Achievements : IBA certified by South Asian System (Karachi city)". The Express Tribune. Retrieved 26 August 2011.
  6. ^ "Institute of Business Administration - Karachi". Retrieved 8 October 2016.
  7. ^ "Institute of Business Administration - Karachi". Retrieved 8 October 2016.
  8. ^ "SAT vs IBA Test".
  9. ^ Express Tribune August 26, 2011
  10. ^ CFA Program University Partners. Retrieved on 2013-08-03.
  11. ^ The only CFA accredited university of pakistan. (28 April 2009). Retrieved on 2013-08-03.

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