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Master of Business Administration

Graduation requirements

To graduate from the MBA students must satisfactorily complete 12 subjects (96 points). To graduate with the extended version of the MBA students must satisfactorily complete 16 subjects (128 points).On completion of the eight required subjects (64 points) students may choose to graduate with a Graduate Diploma of Business Administration.On completion of the four required subjects (32 points) students may choose to graduate with a Graduate Certificate in Business Administration.

Study Mode

Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available

What is this course about?

CSU's Master of Business Administration (MBA) offers busy professionals a highly flexible and workplace focused course that can fit in with lifestyle goals and commitments.

Increasing competition, global warming and decreasing supplies of renewable energy sources are among the challenges facing organisations that wish to have a sustainable future. To meet such challenges, organisations require managers with the intellectual ability and skills necessary to manage people and businesses in turbulent environments.

With a focus on the fundamentals of the key business areas, CSU's MBA will provide you with the opportunity to engage with the latest management theories and cutting edge business practice. It is this focus on sound management theory, along with the latest findings from industry, that equips our graduates with the critical skills necessary to become a more effective manager and a future business leader. Our MBA curriculum is constantly reviewed to ensure the content and delivery are of global quality and the standard expected of a leading international business school.

CSU has an excellent reputation for providing quality education delivered by dedicated academics with relevant industry experience. Our lecturers are supported by a well researched curriculum and innovative teaching methods. Our online educational environment offers a broad range of modern systems dedicated to teaching and learning, in addition to facilitating communication and collaboration among students and academics.

As with all CSU's courses, the MBA is designed and delivered with flexibility in mind. You can select from full-time and part-time study options to fit in with work and lifestyle commitments. You could choose to study just one subject in an academic session or, with approval, fast-track degree completion by undertaking four subjects per session.

Workplace learning

CSU's MBA is strongly workplace-focused and will allow you to develop skills and knowledge that can be readily applied in your professional life. The course provides stimulating assignments that have both a theoretical base and a strong practical emphasis. Assessments are designed so that you are able to directly apply your learning to the workplace. These assignments are tremendous learning opportunities that enable you to test your knowledge and ideas, and receive expert feedback.

It is this focus on application, experimentation and feedback that is essential to developing one's business and leadership knowledge and skills.

In many cases, assignments may require you to act as a consultant or business manager to identify business issues and problems, and develop creative solutions to overcome these challenges. Throughout your MBA studies, you may undertake assignments requiring the development of a strategic marketing or management plan for the organisation or identifying human resources management problems and recommending solutions for implementation.

Voluntary workshops

For distance education students, a one-day voluntary workshop is available for each MBA core subject. The workshops are usually held within the first few weeks of each session.

The key aim of the workshops is to provide students with face-to-face learning and networking opportunities with other MBA students.

Overseas study opportunities

CSU aims to provide students with the opportunity to experience the world through a broad range of international study experiences. International study trips are academically challenging as well as culturally engaging, helping to prepare MBA graduates for careers and leadership positions in the global economy. Through undertaking an overseas study trip, you will have the opportunity to learn about the local culture and business practices and experience first-hand the challenges of doing business overseas.

Previous overseas study modules include:

  • Doing Business in China - in partnership with University of Applied Science, Bern and Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
  • Doing Business in Europe - in partnership with University of Applied Science, Bern, Switzerland
  • Doing Business in Europe - in partnership with Institut Superieur du Commerce, School of Management, Paris, France.

Testimonial from an MBA student, Dr Tobias Krull, who participated in the Doing Business in China module:

"I participated in the module 'Doing Business in China' in 2009 and found this a very worthwhile course which enhanced my understanding of the Chinese culture and cultural concept, with the aim of creating a better understanding of how to approach business in China.

"The course had a good balance between lectures given by Chinese professors on cultural topics and different business models, while the rest of the time was spent visiting a variety of different-sized businesses. This provided a good insight into how differently those companies were operated.

"This one-week course is quite intense with a lot of teamwork, so you get to know everybody quite quickly. A great team (both from Australia and Switzerland) made this course a very good experience."

Career opportunities

Career opportunities

CSU's MBA is designed to provide graduates with a wide variety of career opportunities. Our graduates have achieved successful careers in both the public and private sectors, within Australia and overseas. For some of our graduates, CSU's MBA is an opportunity to accelerate their career within their organisation or industry. For others, the MBA enables them to switch industries and move into other areas for career growth and promotion. For those looking to make the move into senior management, CSU's MBA will provide the knowledge and skills to succeed.

Course structure

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) is an articulated set with Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma subsets which provide both entry and exit points.

DISTANCE EDUCATION

Master of Business Administration (12 subjects)

The twelve subject (96 point) MBA includes subjects divided into three groups. The course structure provides students with the ability to tailor their degree to suit their needs and career aspirations.

Core Subjects: Students need to complete all four core subjects.

MBA501 Management, People and Organisations
MBA503 Marketing for Managers
MBA504 Accounting & Financial Management
MBA508 Business Strategy

Completion of the four core subjects allows students to exit with the Graduate Certificate in Business Administration (32 points)

Foundation Subjects: Students need to complete four of the ten foundation subjects.

ECO501 Business Economics
FIN516 Corporate Finance
HRM502 Human Resource Management
MBA505 Managing Business Information
MBA506 Operations Management
MBA507 Business Research Methods
MGT536 Leadership and Entrepreneurship
MGT540 Management of Change
MGT547 Ethics of Corporate Governance
MGT553 Project Management

Completion of the four Core subjects and four of the Foundation subjects allows students to exit with the Graduate Diploma of Business Administration (64 points)

Specialisations / Restricted Electives:Students may choose to complete one of the designated Specialisations or select a combination of any four subjects from the remaining Foundation and / or Specialisations and / or Restricted Elective subjects offered within the MBA program.

Students who complete one of the designated specialisations will graduate with the specialisation name on their testamur. If a subject completed as part of the foundation set is also a required subject in a specialisation, students must complete an additional foundation subject. Subjects cannot be counted towards both groups.

Specialisations available:

Business Research#

MBA507 Business Research Methods
MGT565 Business Research Project (16 points) – double subject studied over 2 sessions
MGT553 Project Management

#The Business Research specialisation can only be taken with the approval of the MBA Course Director.

Economic Analysis

ECO501 Business Economics
ECO503 International Economics (offered every second year from 2010)
ECO515 Managerial Economics (offered every second year from 2011)
ECO517 Economic Evaluation (offered every second year from 2011)

Educational Leadership

ESA501 Leadership in Education 1
ESA502 Leadership in Education 2
ESA503 Management of Educational Change
ESA504 Education Policy Analysis

Finance

Four of the following:
FIN516 Corporate Finance
FIN522 Financial Modelling
FIN530 Money and Capital Markets
FIN531 Investments Analysis
FIN535 Strategic Finance
FIN560 Financial Planning

Human Resource Management

HRM502 Human Resource Management
Plus three of the following:
HRM514 International Human Resource Management
HRM523 Advanced Studies in Industrial Relations
HRM528 Strategic Human Resource Development
HRM560 Human Resource Development

Information Technology

ITC501 Strategic Information Management
ITC540 Telecommunications Management PG
ITC574 Information Technology for Management
ITC594 E-Systems Infrastructure Development

Marketing

Four of the following:
MKT510 Consumer Behaviour
MKT520 Managing Product and Service Innovation
MKT525 Electronic Marketing
MKT540 Marketing Strategy
MKT550 Global Marketing
MKT570 Integrated Marketing Communications

Public Sector Management

ACC525 Financial Accountability in the Public Sector
LAW503 Australian Administrative Law
MGT540 Management of Change
PAD591 Public Sector Management

Restricted Electives

These can be selected from the subjects contained within the Specialisations above or from the list below.
ACC512 Management Accounting for Costs & Control
ACC513 Management Accounting for Decisions
ACC514 Financial Accounting
ACC516 Advanced Financial Accounting
FIN518 International Financial Management
FIN521 Corporate Treasury Management
FIN522 Financial Modelling
FIN523 Lending and Financial Institutions
FIN524 Applied Portfolio Management
FIN525 Financial Institutions Management
FIN535 Strategic Finance
FIN563 Estate Planning
FIN564 Superannuation and Retirement Planning
FIN567 Property Investment
HRM501 Labour Market Studies
HRM512 Values and Conflict in Organisations
HRM516 International Management Behaviour
HRM527 Issues in Training and Development
HRM531 Organisational Politics and Culture and Change Management
HRM532 International Human Resource Development
HRM540 Theory of Conflict Resolution
HRM545 Skills of Conflict Resolution
HRM550 Evaluating Human Resources
HRM552 Organisational Behaviour
HRM561 Developing Training Capabilities
HRM562 Developing Individual Capabilities
HRM563 Developing Organisational Capabilities
INR501 Industrial Relations Environment
INR502 Industrial Relations System and Issues
INR503 Industrial Relations Practice
INR504 Industrial Law
LAW502 Law of International Business
LAW511 Commercial Law 1
LAW512 Commercial Law 2
LAW514 Australian Taxation
LAW515 Law of Employment
LAW516 Dispute Resolution: Methods and Results
LAW517 Mediation: Processes and Uses
LAW540 Australian Law & Legal System
LAW545 Taxation Strategies
MGT503 The Social and Economic Environment
MGT505 Foundations of Quality Management
MGT506 The Learning Organisation
MGT520 Entrepreneurship and New Venture Development
MGT530 International Business
MGT531 Business Ethics
MGT535 Developing and Managing the Enterprise
MGT537 Entrepreneurial Project
MGT543 Facilitative Leadership and Group Dynamics
MGT544 Organisational Change and Development
MGT580 Forecasting and Risk Assessment
MGT582 Management and Sustainability
MGT584 Leadership in Business
MGT594 Leadership and Business Ethics
MKT540 Marketing Strategy
MKT561 Services Marketing
MKT562 Business to Business Marketing
PHL401 Critical Reasoning

Master of Business Administration (16 subjects)

The sixteen subject (128 point) MBA includes subjects divided into three groups. This extended version of the MBA offers an opportunity for students who wish to graduate with two Specialisations. It also serves as an entry point for students without the required work experience to obtain an MBA by undertaking a compulsory set of Professional Development subjects.

The course structure for the sixteen subject MBA is similar to the structure listed for the twelve subject MBA. Students enrolled in this extended version will complete an extra four subjects as required in the program.

Core Subjects: Students need to complete all four Core subjects as listed for the twelve subject MBA.

Foundation Subjects: Students need to complete four of the ten Foundation subjects as listed for the twelve subject MBA.

Specialisations / Restricted Electives:Students may choose to complete one or two of the designated specialisations or select a combination of any eight subjects from the remaining Foundation and / or Specialisations and / or Restricted Elective subjects offered within the MBA program. Students admitted into this program without the required work experience will undertake the Professional Development subjects in lieu of the extra four subjects.

Students who complete one or more of the designated Specialisations will graduate with the Specialisation names on their testamur. If a subject completed as part of the foundation set is also a required subject in a Specialisation, students must complete an additional foundation subject. Subjects cannot be counted towards both groups.

Specialisations available: As listed for the twelve subject MBA

Restricted Electives: As listed for the twelve subject MBA

Professional Development Subjects:

Students admitted to the sixteen subject MBA with an undergraduate degree but no work experience must complete the following Professional Development Subjects in addition to completing the required Core, Foundation and Specialisation / Restricted Elective subjects.

MBA507 Business Research methods
MGT565 Business Research Project (16 points) double subject studied over 2 sessions

Plus one additional elective subject from the Restricted Elective subjects approved for offering in the MBA.

ON CAMPUS

Both the twelve and sixteen subject MBA are offered on campus at the CSU Study Centres in Sydney and Melbourne. A limited number of Specialisations andsubjects are offered as part of the on campus delivery at the CSU Study Centres. Students enrolled at the Study Centres complete the program according to the following structure:

Core Subjects: Students need to complete all four core subjects.

MBA501 Management, People and Organisations
MBA503 Marketing for Managers
MBA504 Accounting & Financial Management
MBA508 Business Strategy

Completion of the four Core subjects allows students to exit with the Graduate Certificate in Business Administration (32 points)

Foundation Subjects: Students need to complete four of the six Foundation subjects.

ECO501 Business Economics
FIN516 Corporate Finance
HRM502 Human Resource Management
MBA505 Managing Business Information
MGT536 Leadership and Entrepreneurship
MGT540 Management of Change

Completion of the four Core subjects and four of the Foundation subjects allows students to exit with the Graduate Diploma of Business Administration (64 points)

Specialisations / Restricted Electives:Students may choose to complete one of the designated Specialisations or select anyfour subjects from within the MBA program.

Students who complete one of the designated Specialisations will graduate with the Specialisation name on their testamur. If a subject completed as part of the Foundation set is also a required subject in a Specialisation, students must complete an additional Foundation subject. Subjects cannot be counted towards both fields.

Specialisations available at the CSU Study Centres:

Finance

Four of the following:
FIN516 Corporate Finance
FIN530 Money and Capital Markets
FIN531 Investments Analysis
FIN560 Financial Planning

Human Resource Management

HRM502 Human Resource Management
Plus three of the following:
HRM514 International Human Resource Management
HRM523 Advanced Studies in Industrial Relations
HRM528 Strategic Human Resource Development
HRM560 Human Resource Development

Information Technology

ITC501 Strategic Information Management
ITC540 Telecommunications Management PG
ITC574 Information Technology for Management
ITC594 E-Systems Infrastructure Development

Marketing

MKT510 Consumer Behaviour
MKT520 Managing Product and Service Innovation
MKT550 Global Marketing
MKT570 Integrated Marketing Communications

Professional Development Subjects:

Students admitted to the sixteen subject MBA with an undergraduate degree but no work experience must complete the following Professional Development Subjects in addition to completing the required core, foundation and specialisation / elective subjects.

MBA507 Business Research methods
MGT565 Business Research Project (double subject studied over 2 sessions)

Plus one additional elective subject from the Restricted Elective subjects approved for offering in the MBA.

Enrolment pattern

Graduate Certificate in Business Administration
Graduate Diploma of Business Administration
Master of Business Administration (with specialisations)

Due to the flexibility of the course requirements, there is no prescribed enrolment pattern. Using the following guidelines, students may choose the order in which they undertake subjects.

MBA508 Business Strategy is a capstone subject and is usually completed towards the end of the program. Students must meet any pre-requisite requirements.

For students admitted to the sixteen subject MBA, it is recommended that the Professional Development subjects are completed after the Core, Foundation and Specialisation / Restricted Elective subjects.

At a glance

Study Mode

On campus; Distance education

Where

Melbourne (Study Centre); Sydney (Study Centre)

When

Session 1; Session 2; Session 3

Level

Postgraduate

Duration

The minimum full-time duration for this course is:

Master of Business Administration (12 subjects)

  • Three sessions by distance education or on campus.
  • Master of Business Administration (16 subjects)

  • Four sessions by distance education or on campus.
  • Graduate Diploma of Business Administration

  • Two sessions by distance education or on campus
  • Graduate Certificate in Business Administration

  • Two sessions by distance education or one session on campus.
  • International?

    YES

    Indicative ATAR

    N/A

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