Who Should Apply?

Who Should Apply?

Admissions to the National CEO Program is based on the candidate’s professional achievement and leadership potential. As a diverse participant group is an important part of the program, we encourage a cross-section of high-potential nationals representing key sectors, functions, and regions in the Sultanate to apply.

Admission criteria

Applications to the program will be evaluated through a transparent, rigorous and merit-based process managed by a reputed, world-class international human resource consulting firm.

In order to be eligible for the program, the applicant must meet the following pre-requisite criteria:

  • Be an Omani national
  • Hold an undergraduate degree or above from a reputable university
  • Be a minimum of 27 years of age
  • Have a minimum 8 years of overall managerial experience
  • Employed at a small, medium, or large organisation from any business sector (including private, state owned)
  • Candidates must hold roles such as:
    • Heads of organisations at small and medium enterprises
    • One or two levels below the heads of organisations at medium and large organisations
  • Candidates must hold (or have held) the following responsibilities:
    • Roles that make a significant impact to the business results of the organisation and have financial management responsibilities
    • Leadership of core business or support or specialist and advisory functions
    • Management of teams
  • Proficient in English (good spoken and written English is mandatory)
  • Upholds high standards of integrity and professional ethics

The above criteria are applicable for the initial intake into the program. Shortlisted candidates will undergo two additional rounds of in-depth assessments, before being selected for the third cohort of the National CEO Program.

Program fees

Applying to the National CEO Program is free. The Diwan of Royal Court will sponsor the program in full, which includes all academic fees, learning, facilitation, administration, accommodation and travel costs only for out-of-country modules.

Support and sponsorship from the applicant’s company

Applicants must obtain the support of their CEO or Chairman to participate. The CEO/Chairman needs to endorse the applicant’s suitability for the program; approve time away from work to attend the six classroom-based modules; and attend program events provided specifically for the participants’ employers.

Time commitment

The program requires a considerable time commitment over the course of one-year. Participants will be required to attend a total of seven weeks of the program (equivalent to 36 days) over a period of 9 months, including four weeks of international travel – three in Switzerland and one in Estonia. Participants are also expected to complete preparation and project work between the modules.

View the Program calendar for the 3rd intake (starting Sept 2017).