Master of Business Administration

Course MC-BA (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

Year and Campus: 2014 - Parkville
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate
Duration & Credit Points: 225 credit points taken over 12 months full time.


Jim Frederickson


Melbourne Business School

Admissions Office

200 Leicester Street

Carlton Victoria 3053 Australia

Tel: + 61 3 9349 8200


Course Overview:

The main aim of the MBA program is to assist students to develop their capacity to become effective senior level general managers in a wide range of private, public and government organisations.

Learning Outcomes:

The main aim of the MBA program is to assist students to develop their capacity to become effective senior level general managers in a wide range of private, public and government organisations.

Students undertaking the program should:

  • gain an understanding of the nature of general management and the role of the manager;
  • acquire the basic analytical skills, concepts and knowledge of management from the fields of accounting, economics, finance, information management, marketing, operations and the social and behavioural sciences;
  • analyse and develop strategy for an enterprise as a whole, considering its context;
  • develop the capacity to diagnose managerial problems, to find solutions in innovative ways and to make decisions on a wide range of management responsibilities, often in complex conditions;
  • understand the wide and varied range of issues involved in implementing management decisions in practice, including an understanding of the cultural, social and political environment and the moral context of management decisions;
  • develop personal and interpersonal skills while working with small and large groups;
  • take responsibility for aspects of their own learning progress through syndicate participation and application of their own management experience through case and class discussion and presentations, thereby also building self-confidence;
  • build a capacity to respond with self-insight, flexibility and ethical sensitivity to the changing social and economic context of business;
  • participate in the academic and social life of the School and the University, developing lifelong associations and a foundation for on-going learning.
Course Structure & Available Subjects:

To qualify for the MBA degree, students must complete 225 credit points.

All students should expect to complete the entire course within four years of first enrolment, that is, within 16 consecutive terms of study. Permission to extend the period of candidature beyond the four year time limit will be granted on a case by case basis. Please note that Australian visa regulations require that international students complete their study on an entirely full-time basis.

Students can complete the program within twelve months.

Students must complete the core subjects which account for a total of 150 credit points in the full-time MBA program.

MBA students must complete six elective subjects. These electives will be drawn from those listed in the Subject Summary in this Guide. Not all elective subjects are offered each academic year, and the schedule of electives for the following year is usually published in September.

Subject Options:

Core Subjects

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
April, May, July
January, April, May, June
January, April, June, August, September
January, March, April, June, August, September


Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
January, June, October
Not offered in 2014
July, August, Term 1, Term 4
July, September
Term 1, Term 4
Not offered in 2014
February, July
May, July, August, Term 1, Term 4
Term 2, Term 4
Entry Requirements:

1. The Selection Committee will evaluate the applicant's ability to pursue successfully the course using the following criteria –
• an undergraduate degree; and
• performance on the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT); and
• at least two years of documented work experience following completion of their degree; and
• local candidates may be required to attend an interview; overseas and interstate applicants may be interviewed by telephone.

2. The Selection Committee may call for referee reports and employer references to assist in the selection process.

3. The interview is for eliciting information on the following matters-
• standard of academic record;
• nature and length of employment experience;
• achievements subsequent to graduation;
• reasons for seeking admission;
• interpersonal and communication skills;
• maturity and motivation.

4 International applicants who obtained their undergraduate degree more than five years prior to their application may be required by the Selection Committee to provide evidence of continuing adequate English language ability.
Applicants who have obtained their undergraduate degree in an institution where instruction and assessment is not in English must achieve the following minimum English language minimum standards, within 24 months prior to application-
• a score of 6.5 on the International English Language Testing Service (IELTS); or equivalent/

Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:

Graduate Attributes: None

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