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Master of Business Administration

Course code J52

Become a leader and study the Master of Business Administration, choosing from one of our 13 specialisations.The MBA develops and educates highly-skilled managers and leaders who can contribute to organisations in an effective and responsible manner.

In a globally competitive environment, it is essential to build capability by creating climates and cultures conducive to innovation and advancement. This program provides students with the ability to respond to challenging situations in complex and modern organisations. It also builds and further develops problem-solving skills, and effective interpersonal and relationship management skills, with a focus on personal and professional development.

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Course overview

Choose student type

Entry requirements

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

See Course Entry for further information.

Course code

J52

Fees

Domestic fee paying - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $25,050

See Fees and Scholarships for further information.

Duration

2 years full-time or part-time equivalent

See Course Details for further information.

Availability & Campus

Semester 1 Semester 2
Joondalup FT PT FT PT
Mount Lawley FT PT FT PT
South West
Online FT PT FT PT
FT - Full-time PT - Part-time

Timetable

This course has a modified timetable. See Course Notes.

Entry requirements

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

See Course Entry for further information.

Course code

J52

CRICOS code

092814M

Fees

International students - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $31,400

See Fees and Scholarships for further information.

Duration

2 years full-time

See Course Details for further information.

Availability & Campus

Semester 1 Semester 2
Joondalup FT FT
Mount Lawley FT FT
South West
Online
FT - Full-time PT - Part-time

Timetable

This course has a modified timetable. See Course Notes.

Course Entry

Admission requirements you'll need to meet for this course.

  • The following course-specific admission requirements are mandatory and must be satisfied by all applicants. These requirements are in addition to or supersede the minimum requirements outlined within the Academic admission requirements band section below.

    All applicants are required to have a minimum of three years appropriate and/or relevant supervisory or managerial experience if applying with a Bachelor degree. Alternatively applicants can apply with at least five years appropriate professional experience, or apply with a Graduate Certificate of Business or a Graduate Diploma of Business, with equivalents considered. One or more of the specialisations in this course has admission requirements. Refer to the specialisation for more information.

    Academic admission requirements (Band 6) may be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

    • Bachelor degree; or
    • Equivalent prior learning including at least five years relevant professional experience.
  • English competency requirements may be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

    • IELTS Academic Overall band minimum score of 6.5 (no individual band less than 6.0);
    • Bachelor degree from a country specified on the English Proficiency Bands page;
    • Successfully completed 0.375 EFTSL of study at postgraduate level or higher at an Australian higher education provider (or equivalent);
    • Where accepted, equivalent prior learning, including at least five years relevant professional experience; or
    • Other tests, courses or programs defined on the English Proficiency Bands page.

Course Details

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Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time at Joondalup, Mount Lawley or Online

Semester 1: Study part-time at Joondalup, Mount Lawley or Online

Semester 2: Study full-time at Joondalup, Mount Lawley or Online

Semester 2: Study part-time at Joondalup, Mount Lawley or Online

Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time at Joondalup, Mount Lawley

Semester 2: Study full-time at Joondalup, Mount Lawley

Course Structure

Students are required to complete 9 core units and: 1 x 60 credit point Area of Specialisation; or 3 x Business Elective units.

Core Units

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
FBL5010Managing People and Organisations20
FBL5020Marketing Leadership20
FBL5030Fundamentals of Value Creation in Business20
MBA6010Responsible Management20
MBA6012Understanding Business Decisions20
MBA6018Leadership and Change20
MBA6016Strategic Management and International Competitiveness20
SBL6055Big Data, Analytics and Business Decision Making20
Plus one unit from:
BUS6500 ^Management Project20
MBA6055 ^International Business Study Tour20
BUS6900 ^Management Practicum20
Plus
Unit from Specialisation1 x listed Specialisation60
or
Elective Unit3 x Elective Units60

^ Core Option

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For more detailed unit information for this course take a look at our Handbook. To organise your life for next semester visit the Semester timetable.

Student handbook

Postgraduate Specialisations you can study in this course

One or more of the specialisations in this course is externally recognised when studied within this course. Refer to the specialisation for more information.

Course notes

Important course notes

  • On-campus delivery will be via either block delivery or intensive delivery. Block delivery involves online delivery of material, coupled with two complete weekends that are separated by a number of weeks. The material delivered via online mode will occur prior to the first block weekend and between the two weekend blocks of face to face teaching: or Intensive delivery will occur over a number of consecutive days (normally five or six) of teaching. The student will be supported through appropriate online support such as pre-reading and an initial activity. Some specialisations can only be studied on-campus or online. Students should refer to the availability/delivery options listed against each specialisation for further details.

  • BUS6900 Management Practicum unit allows students to develop a practical appreciation of their field of study through integrating the material covered in the discipline course and applying their knowledge and skills to unstructured, authentic problems in work settings. Host organisations will be secured through the Work Placement Coordinator, or as a result of pre-approved networking and contacts developed by the student.

    Attendance requirements

    Students must complete between 100 and 150 hours in an approved work environment within a public, private or non-profit organisation. This work will occur in a workplace, or wherever appropriate to fulfil the needs of the defined program of work.

    Clearances and/or Risk Management Protocols Required

    Students will be advised of the necessary clearances during the application process. Student visas do allow for full-time paid employment, as long as this is part of a formal, academic learning program. The management of risk is addressed in the induction process on-campus and by the host organisation.

    Professional practice rules

    Enrolled students will be issued with an guide which outlines the expected code of conduct and responsibilities.

  • The internship program comprises of two units. Students may take one or both of the units. These units concentrate on the development and application of non-technical skills important to the students' chosen profession and developing an awareness of professional conduct within the Australian work context. Students will develop a professional portfolio which will help demonstrate to potential employers their developed skills and suitability for employment. The program also provides an opportunity for students to apply their disciplinary knowledge and demonstrate leadership and autonomy in the research, planning, design and implementation of a work-based project which is related to their postgraduate degree studies. During this internship, students are expected to demonstrate evidence of professional conduct, initiative and professional leadership at the standards expected by industry, as well as demonstrate a capacity to work effectively in a team-based environment.

    Attendance requirements

    Typically, if students undertake both WIL units, they will do these units in the same semester, working on a full-time basis (37.5 hours per week) over a 16-week period in their assigned host organisation. These working hours may include shift and/or weekend work depending on the nature of the organisation. Working arrangement may vary on an individual basis. For those students undertaking just one unit, the arrangements may vary and include a shorter period of full-time work or part-time work over the semester. In addition to the 16 weeks of part- or full-time work, students will be required to attend on-campus preparatory and end of semester seminars, as instructed by the Unit Coordinator. Internships and partners will be secured through the Work-Integrated Learning Coordinator, Work Placement Coordinator or as a result of pre-approved networking and contacts developed by the student. Terms of payment, if any, will be negotiated on an individual basis.

    Clearances and/or Risk Management Protocols Required

    Procedures will be in place to ensure that enrolled students have the necessary clearances and visas prior to their internship. Students will be advised of these requirements during the application process. Student visas do allow for full-time paid employment, as long as this is part of a formal, academic learning program (such as this unit specialisation). The management of risk is addressed in the induction process on-campus and by the host organisation.

    Professional practice rules

    Enrolled students will be issued with an internship guide which outlines the expected code of conduct and responsibilities.

Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply critical thinking and technical skills to solve authentic business problems.
  2. Demonstrate effective communication and teamwork skills.
  3. Demonstrate mastery of a global body of business knowledge and practice, including knowledge of research principles and methods.
  4. Independently initiate, plan and execute a substantial project to meet agreed deliverables.
  5. Justify decisions and judgements that address a complex business issues considering the ethical and social consequences.

Need some help deciding what to study?

Our future student events include a mix of on-campus and online sessions designed to help you decide what to study at ECU.

Fees and Scholarships

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AUD $25,050 *

* Domestic fee paying - estimated 1st year indicative fee

The 'Estimated 1st year indicative fee' is provided as a guide only, based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. At ECU, you pay for the individual units you enrol in, not an overall course fee, so the total cost of your course will vary, depending on what units you choose. An indicative fee will be provided with your course offer, however you can use our Course Fee Calculator to estimate the actual amount you'll need to pay. ECU fees are adjusted annually.

AUD $31,400 *

* International students - estimated 1st year indicative fee

The 'estimated 1st year indicative fee' is provided as a guide only, and has been calculated based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. At ECU, you pay for each individual unit you enrol in, not an overall course fee, so the total cost of your course will vary, depending on what units you choose. An indicative fee will be provided with your course offer, however you can use our Course Fee Calculator to estimate the actual amount you'll need to pay. ECU fees are adjusted annually.

Scholarships

ECU has a scholarship program that provides many opportunities each year to students undertaking studies here.

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Career Opportunities

The course prepares graduates for employment and career progression across various disciplines, including, but not limited to; entrepreneurship and innovation, environmental management, finance, healthcare, hospitality management, human resources, information systems, occupational health and safety, marketing, project management, and supply chain and logistics management.

Possible future job titles

Manager, Managing Director, Chief Information Officer, Analyst, Environmental Manager, Finance and Banking Manager, Government, Healthcare Manager, Human Resources Manager, IT Manager

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Quick guide to uni-speak

    • ATAR is the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank, the primary criterion for entry into most undergraduate university courses in Australia. The ATAR is a percentile score which denotes a student's ranking relative to their state-wide peers upon completion of their secondary education.

    • CRICOS is the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students. A CRICOS code is allocated to education institutions (like ECU) who are approved to recruit, enrol and deliver education to overseas students. Courses with a CRICOS code are available to international students who meet the entry requirements.

    • A major, or unit set, is your chosen area of in-depth study in an undergraduate course. It usually involves 8 units of study, or one-third of the units in a 3-year degree. Talk to your Student Information Office if you need help choosing a major subject.

    • Minors include between 4 and 6 study units in a specific discipline. Not all courses require you to complete a minor. Your minor subject doesn't appear on your printed degree (parchment), but is part of your academic transcript.

    • If you're enrolled in 3 or more units in a semester this is considered full-time study. To complete most 3-year degrees studying full-time you'll need to complete 4 units per semester, i.e. 24 units over 3 years.

    • If a course is available to study part-time you can generally expect it to take twice as long to complete as it would in full-time mode. Part-time students are enrolled in 1 or 2 units maximum per semester.

      Note: International students who hold a student visa can only choose the full-time study option for our courses. This is to ensure the course is completed within the duration of the student visa.

    • Most courses start in Semester 1 each year, usually in the last week of February. Some courses can be started in Semester 2 (we call this mid-year). There's a week of Orientation before each semester to help you get used to uni life.

    • A lot of our courses start in Semester 2 each year, usually in the last week of July. We call this mid-year. There's a week of Orientation beforehand to help you get used to uni life.

    • We use a points system to make it easier for you to understand your study progress. Most Bachelors degree study units are allocated 15 credit points. If you're studying a 3-year full-time degree you'll need to successfully complete 360 credit points - that's 24 units x 15 points per unit.

    • These are compulsory units you have to successfully complete as part of your course.

    • An elective is a unit you choose to study that counts towards your course requirements, but isn't compulsory. For some courses we recommend elective units. In some situations, a course coordinator may approve an elective unit as a replacement for a compulsory one.

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