Program Structure

Students in the BOS major are expected to become excellent strategists, with advanced written and oral communication skills; understanding of social science frameworks, tools and applications; aptitude in quantitative reasoning (e.g., math, statistics); familiarity with technologies on the frontiers of knowledge creation (e.g., computer programming, artificial intelligence); professional competence in the core functions of business; and the capacity to create innovative solutions to complex problems. 

The Business, Organizations, and Society major is designed to fulfill the following objectives:

  1. Ethical and intellectual moorings. The program will inculcate core values of curiosity, tolerance, creativity, data-driven analysis, and principle-based decision-making. Students should understand multiple perspectives and alternative points of view; be capable of thriving in multicultural settings; be acquainted with the comparative and historical development of modern social and political institutions, and be cognizant of the social impact of business and the ethical implications of their actions. 
  2. Skill-building. Students in the BOS major are expected to become excellent strategists, with advanced written and oral communication skills; understanding of social science frameworks, tools, and applications; aptitude in quantitative reasoning (e.g., math, statistics); familiarity with technologies on the frontiers of knowledge creation (e.g., computer programming, artificial intelligence); professional competence in the core functions of the business; and the capacity to create innovative solutions to complex problems.
  3. Collaboration and cooperation. The curriculum is designed to expose students to the principles of building effective organizations. Students will learn to work constructively in larger aggregates (e.g., teams) as both leaders and followers. Several courses, including the capstone experience, will emphasize collaboration. 
  4. Connection with Abu Dhabi. The BOS major will produce well-rounded students with specific competencies in business that can contribute to the transformation of the UAE economy from one based on carbon to one based on human capital and innovation. The entrepreneurial component of the major is expected to generate projects with specific applicability to the UAE. 

Foundations of Social Science

Students come to NYUAD with a great diversity of backgrounds in terms of their grasp of societal development and globalization, with a vision that is often narrowed by regional foci of high school curricula. Foundations of Social Science (FSS) is designed to broaden and amplify students’ understandings of the world and global processes. Required and elective courses in each of the majors will be able to build on this foundation, thereby fostering intellectual growth. There are four components:

  • intellectual traditions in the social sciences
  • global development from historical perspective
  • quantitative reasoning and numeracy
  • gateway courses into the majors

Beyond their role in the programs, FSS courses are open to all students and will deliver high value to any student curious about the development of societies and social thought; the substance and skills students learn in these courses will be applicable across the liberal arts spectrum. They are designed to foster informed world citizenship.

Capstone Tracks

The Business, Organizations and Society Capstone seminar provides students with an overview of the diverse, multidisciplinary questions and methods that have captured the interests of scholars of business and management. Students are taught how to conduct independent research and required to write an-depth research proposal, case study, or business plan for venture creation, under the direction of a supervisor that will form the core of their capstone project. Students can opt for one of three tracks, (as long as they have completed the prerequisites for the relevant capstone seminar): 

  1. Management Development Sequence: This sequence is designed for students planning to work in traditional organizations (e.g., consulting firms), expecting to pursue graduate school, and/or interested in applied and theoretical research on topics in business, including the intersection of business and technology/innovation; management theory and strategy; organizational design, behavior, and operations.
  2. Entrepreneurship (venture development) sequence: This pioneering entrepreneurship sequence path would be intended for students interested in venture creation (including non-profit entities) and/or the commercialization of products. Students interested in the venture development program must first complete Introduction to Entrepreneurship (BUSOR-UH 1007), and are strongly encouraged to take other entrepreneurship-relevant courses prior to the capstone seminar. 
  3. Entrepreneurship Sequence: This route is available to students who take the entrepreneurship seminar, but are not granted entry into the entrepreneurship (venture development) program. This entrepreneurship sequence path is intended for students who are interested in entrepreneurship, more generally, and not necessarily in venture creation. This sequence is designed for students planning to work in a start-up, family business, or smaller firms. Students opting into this sequence must first complete Introduction to Entrepreneurship (BUSOR-UH 1007).

Global Studies Track

Valid for classes that matriculated Fall 2021 and later

The Business, Organizations and Society major equips students with a broad set of methodological grounding, including quantitative and qualitative assessment capabilities, and competence in business fundamentals. Merging these tools and skills with practical experience is an essential component of preparing students to be effective organizational and global leaders, and for graduate studies. 

Global Studies in Business, Organizations and Society (BOS) is designed to combine the study away opportunities for NYUAD students at the NYU campuses in the United States in New York, and at the campus in Abu Dhabi. Through paid internships in the United States over the summer following the global studies semester, students will be able to engage in direct experiences that increase knowledge, enhance skill, and expand their capacity to meaningfully contribute to organizations and society.  

Students apply in their sophomore year into our competitive application process, which looks at cumulative GPA, requires a presentation and academic plan, and the approval of the Program Head of BOS, the Dean of Social Science, and the Office of Global Education.

Earn Credit Toward Your Master of Public Administration

NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service offers a dual-degree program that enables NYUAD Social Science students to earn the Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Public Administration in less time than it would take to complete the programs separately.

NYUAD students who major in Economics can accelerate progress on the master's degree during their undergraduate studies. How?

  • Earn course credits (typically five courses) toward the Wagner MPA.
  • Choose to get started on 280 hours of field experience required by Wagner.

Interested students usually apply to Wagner during their junior year at NYUAD and must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 to be considered.