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Master of Business Administration MBAD

Program focus


USQ™s Master of Business Administration program has a
global focus that gives you the practical skills to take your career
to the next level. You will learn about change and sustainability
across global markets and contexts, as well as areas of contemporary
business management that develop advanced analytical and process skills
essential to practising managers. As one of Australia's largest
MBA™s, this program is designed to help you understand and make
critical decisions about change and to develop strategies to address
such changes. You may choose to supplement your generalist skills
by exploring an area of management in depth, chosen from a discipline
specialisation. Specialisations available include: Digital Transformation,
Finance, Global Business Management, Leadership, Project Management,
Strategic Human Resource Management, Strategic Marketing, Sustainable
Business, and General.
This program is available to graduates
from any discipline with relevant professional work experience.

Study Mode

Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available

Duration

1.5 years full-time, up to 6 years part-time

Professional accreditation

The Master of Business Administration (Project Management) is
accredited by the US-based Project
Management Institute (PMI). USQ is endorsed as a National Provider
of Project Management education by the Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM).

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Program aims

The USQ MBA program will enhance student analytical skills related
to management, people, markets, finance, and technical knowledge.
Graduates will be able to solve complex organisational problems and
be able to manage change through the mastery of particular skills
related to creativity, information literacy, and self reflection.
The program focuses on how to demonstrate leadership in global sustainability
and how to understand the nature of ethical decisions across contemporary
business practice. The USQ MBA program will enable graduates to work
in virtual and non-traditional work environments and increase personal
mastery in oral and written communication.

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Program objectives

The MBA graduate will be able to:

  • demonstrate applied knowledge of people, markets, finances,
    technology and management skills in practice

  • identify and solve complex organisational problems, creatively,
    and practically to increase the effectiveness of management processes

  • communicate professionally and effectively in a range of modes
    to various audiences to achieve targeted outcomes

  • demonstrate an understanding of organisations in the global
    environment and the impact of these on organisational systems

  • evaluate, synthesise and critically review theoretical frameworks
    with other evidence to provide solutions to real-world problems

  • demonstrate reflective practice and apply learning to different
    contexts

  • demonstrate an understanding of the impact of interpersonal
    communication on specific management processes and outcomes using
    relevant theories and concepts

  • comprehend and address complex ethical dilemmas

  • demonstrate an understanding of complex sustainable dilemmas
    and the need for responsible leadership

  • demonstrate an understanding of the skills required to work
    in non-traditional and virtual working environments

  • demonstrate the skills required for leadership of other, working
    in teams and working with people from diverse cultural and professional
    backgrounds in both virtual and real-time spaces

  • communicate professionally and effectively in both oral and
    written communication to various audiences to achieve targeted outcomes.


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Program structure

The MBA consists of 12 courses, each of one unit, and has the
following structure:

  • core (8 courses) - 4 foundation core and 4 non-foundation core
    courses

  • discipline specialisation (4 courses) including the capstone
    course MGT8002 Strategic Management OR general specialisation (any 4 related courses with the permission
    of the Director of Coursework Studies).


Students will normally be required to complete the 4 foundation
core courses before progressing to the other courses.

Core courses

Course Semester/mode of offer Toowoomba campus Semester/mode of offer Springfield campus
Foundation core courses
ACC5502 Accounting and Financial Management S1 (ONC, EXT, WEB), S3 (EXT, WEB) S1
ECO5000 Economics for Managers S2 (ONC, EXT, WEB), S3 (EXT, WEB) S2
MGT5000 Managing Organisational Behaviour S1 (ONC, EXT, WEB), S3 (EXT, WEB) S1
MKT5000 Marketing Management S2 (ONC, EXT, WEB), S3 (EXT, WEB) S2
Non-foundation core courses:
CIS8000 Global Information Systems Strategy S1, S2 S1
MBA8000 Business Ethics and Sustainability S1, S2 S1
MGT8022 Project-Based Management S1 (EXT, WEB), S3 (EXT, WEB) S1
MGT8033 Leading Organisational Change S2 (ONC, EXT, WEB), S2

Transitional arrangements for students who commenced the
MBA program prior to Semester 1, 2012

MBA structure ” prior to 2012 MBA structure ” from 2012
ACC5502 Accounting and Financial Management ACC5502 Accounting and Financial Management
CIS5001 Information Systems Strategy CIS8000 Global Information Systems Strategy (Comparable course to CIS5001)
ECO5000 Economics for Managers ECO5000 Economics for Managers
MGT5000 Managing Organisational Behaviour MGT5000 Managing Organisational Behaviour
MKT5000 Marketing Management MKT5000 Marketing Management
FIN5003 Decision Support Tools (No longer offered under the new MBA
structure. If not completed, enrol in MBA8000 Business Ethics and Sustainability or MGT8033 Leading Organisational Change.
LAW5503 Australian Law and Business/LAW5504 Comparative Law and Business (No longer offered under the new MBA
structure. If not completed, enrol in MBA8000 Business Ethics and Sustainability or MGT8033 Leading Organisational Change.
MGT8033 Leading Organisational Change
MBA8000 Business Ethics and Sustainability
MGT8022 Project-Based Management
MGT8002 Strategic Management MGT8002 Strategic Management (Now a requirement of each specialisation)
Specialisation Specialisation
Specialisation Specialisation
Specialisation Specialisation
Specialisation
TOTAL = 12 TOTAL = 12

Transition arrangements for FIN5003, LAW5503 and LAW5504.

  • If you have already completed FIN5003 Decision Support Tools, then you may elect to use this course
    as a substitute for either MBA8000 Business Ethics and Sustainability or MGT8033 Leading Organisational Change.

  • If you have already completed LAW5503 Australian Law and Business/LAW5504 Comparative Law and Business, then you may elect to use this course
    as a substitute for either MBA8000 Business Ethics and Sustainability or MGT8033 Leading Organisational Change.

  • If you have only completed one of FIN5003 Decision Support Tools or LAW5503 Australian Law and Business/LAW5504 Comparative Law and Business, you may choose between MBA8000 Business Ethics and Sustainability and MGT8033 Leading Organisational Change.

  • If you have already completed both FIN5003 Decision Support Tools and LAW5503 Australian Law and Business/LAW5504 Comparative Law and Business, you are not required to complete MBA8000 Business Ethics and Sustainability or MGT8033 Leading Organisational Change.

  • If you have not completed FIN5003 Decision Support Tools or LAW5503 Australian Law and Business/LAW5504 Comparative Law and Business, you should select MBA8000 Business Ethics and Sustainability, MGT8022 Project-Based Management or MGT8033 Leading Organisational Change.

  • If you have already completed 4 specialisation courses and both FIN5003 Decision Support Tools and LAW5503 Australian Law and Business/LAW5504 Comparative Law and Business, you can choose
    from any six of ACC5502 Accounting and Financial Management
    , ECO5000 Economics for Managers
    , MGT5000 Managing Organisational Behaviour
    , MKT5000 Marketing Management
    , CIS8000 Global Information Systems Strategy
    , MBA8000 Business Ethics and Sustainability
    , MGT8022 Project-Based Management
    , MGT8033 Leading Organisational Change
    , MGT8002 Strategic Management
    .


If you have not undertaken any specialisation courses, then
you should select courses from the specialisations below - Digital
Transformation, Finance, Global Business Management, Leadership, Project
Management, Strategic Human Resource Management, Strategic Marketing,
Sustainable Business, or General.

Specialisations

There are 8 named and a general specialisation available in
the MBA. Students will be able to choose ONE specialisation only to
make up the 12 courses. Alternatively, you may choose 3 courses from
any specialisation plus MGT8002 Strategic Management
to make up a General Specialisation. Students may enrol
in a project course/s as part of the General specialisation. This
is dependent upon permission from the Director of Coursework Studies,
the appropriate Head of School and the availability of a supervisor.
Students may also be able to choose courses from across the University
subject to the approval of the Director of Coursework Studies. The
latter must be with the approval of the Director of Coursework Studies
and may involve pre-requisites.

Project courses

Course Semester/mode of offer
BUS8101 Business Project A S1, S2
BUS8102 Business Project B S1, S2

The specialisations include the following:

Digital Transformation

Course Semester/mode of offer Toowoomba campus Semester/mode of offer Springfield campus
CIS8008 Business Intelligence S1
CIS8011 Digital Innovation S2, S3
CIS8018 Strategic Information Security S2
MGT8002 Strategic Management S2 (EXT, WEB), S3 (ONC, EXT, WEB)

Please note: Students planning to study the Digital Transformation
specialisation in on-campus mode in Toowoomba are strongly encouraged
to commence in semester 1. Not all courses will be available in on-campus
mode for a semester 2 commencement.

Finance

Course Semester/mode of offer Toowoomba campus Semester/mode of offer Springfield campus
FIN8201 Finance for Executives S1
FIN8202 Financial Markets and Instruments S2
FIN8203 Strategic Investments*
MGT8002 Strategic Management S2 (EXT, WEB), S3 (ONC, EXT, WEB)

Footnotes
*This course will
be offered from semester 1, 2013.

Please note: Students planning to study the Finance specialisation
in on-campus mode in Toowoomba are strongly encouraged to commence
in semester 1. Not all courses will be available in on-campus mode
for a semester 2 commencement.

General

Course Semester/mode of offer Toowoomba campus Semester/mode of offer Springfield campus
Select 3 courses from USQ postgraduate courses, subject
to the approval of the Director of Coursework Studies
MGT8002 Strategic Management
S2 (EXT, WEB), S3 (ONC, EXT, WEB)

Global Business Management

Course Semester/mode of offer Toowoomba campus Semester/mode of offer Springfield campus
ECO8060 Business in the International Economy S2 (ONC, EXT, WEB)
LAW8118 International Business Law S1
MGT8032 International Management S1
MGT8002 Strategic Management S2 (EXT, WEB), S3 (ONC, EXT, WEB)

Please note: Not all courses in the Global Business Management
specialisation are available in on-campus mode.

Leadership

Course Semester/mode of offer Toowoomba campus Semester/mode of offer Springfield campus
MGT8038 Leadership Development S1 (EXT, WEB)
MGT8039 Strategic Leadership S3 (EXT, WEB)
MGT8040 Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Creativity S2 (EXT, WEB)
MGT8002 Strategic Management S2 (EXT, WEB), S3 (ONC, EXT, WEB)

Please note: Not all courses in the Leadership specialisation
are available in on-campus mode.

Project Management

Course Semester/mode of offer Toowoomba campus Semester/mode of offer Springfield campus
MGT8024 Project Quality, Risk and Procurement Management S2 (EXT, WEB) S2
MGT8025 Project Scope, Time and Cost Management S1 (EXT, WEB) S1
MGT8027 Project Human Resources, Communications and Integration Management S2 (EXT, WEB), S3 S2
MGT8002 Strategic Management S2 (EXT, WEB), S3 (ONC, EXT, WEB)

Please note: The Project Management specialisation is only available
in on-campus mode at the Springfield campus.

Strategic Human Resource Management

Course Semester/mode of offer Toowoomba campus Semester/mode of offer Springfield campus
MGT8030 Performance Management and People Development S1 (EXT, WEB)
MGT8031 Global Issues in Employment Relations S2 (EXT, WEB)
MGT8034 Strategic Management of Human Resources and Innovation S3 (EXT, WEB)
MGT8002 Strategic Management S2 (EXT, WEB), S3 (ONC, EXT, WEB)

Please note: The Strategic Human Resource Management specialisation
is only available in external mode.

Strategic Marketing

Course Semester/mode of offer Toowoomba campus Semester/mode of offer Springfield campus
MKT8001 Buyer Behaviour S1 (EXT, WEB)
MKT8002 International Marketing S1 (EXT, WEB)
MKT8003 Services Marketing Management S2 (EXT, WEB)
MGT8002 Strategic Management S2 (EXT, WEB), S3 (ONC, EXT, WEB)

Please note: The Strategic Marketing specialisation is only
available in external mode.

Sustainable Business

Course Semester/mode of offer Toowoomba campus Semester/mode of offer Springfield campus
ECO8010 Corporations and Sustainable Development S1 (EXT, WEB)
ECO8011 Global Issues in Environmental Management and Sustainability S2 (EXT, WEB)
ECO8012 Tools and Techniques for Sustainable Development S2 (EXT, WEB)
MGT8002 Strategic Management S2 (EXT, WEB), S3 (ONC, EXT, WEB)

Please note: The Sustainable Business specialisation is only
available in external mode.

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Exit points

A student who chooses not to complete or who does not maintain
good standing in this program will be permitted to exit with a lesser
qualification as set out below, provided that they have met the requirements
of that program. This means:

  • A student who successfully completes eight Master of Business Administration units may, upon application, exit with
    a Postgraduate Diploma of Business. A student who has successfully
    completed all the requirements of at least one specialisation may
    have one specialisation shown on their testamur.

  • A student who successfully completes all requirements for the Postgraduate Certificate in Business may, upon application,
    exit with that qualification. A student who has successfully completed
    all the requirements of a 4-unit specialisation may have that specialisation
    shown on their testamur.


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