Master of Business Administration

Course 212PN (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Year and Campus: 2016
CRICOS Code: 002209M
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate
Duration & Credit Points: 250 credit points taken over 48 months


Jim Frederickson


Melbourne Business School

Currently enrolled students:

Degree Program Services

*this course is in phase out stage and does not accept new students

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:

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 twenty subjects (or equivalent half subjects – units). Ten of these subjects are compulsory and the remaining ten are drawn from the School’s elective offerings.

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.

Compulsory subjects (125 credit points)

BUSA90480 Leadership (unit subject)

BUSA90481 Social Responsibility & Ethics (unit subject)

BUSA90001 Financial Accounting

BUSA90224 Managing People

BUSA90060 Data Analysis

BUSA90243 Marketing

BUSA90093 Financial Management

BUSA90193 Managerial Economics

BUSA90074 Global Business Economics

BUSA90227 Operations

BUSA90026 Business Strategy

plus 10 elective subjects (125 credit points)

Subject Options:
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
January, March, June, August, September
January, March, June, September
April, July, September
January, April, September
January, July, September
January, July, September
January, July, September
January, April, September
April, July, September
January, April, September
January, April, July
Entry Requirements:

1. In order to be considered for entry, applicants must have completed:

• an undergraduate degree; and

• two years of documented work experience; and

a personal statement outlining why they wish to be considered for the course.

Applicants are also required to nominate referees.

Meeting these requirements does not guarantee selection.

2. In ranking applications, the Selection Committee will consider:

• prior academic performance; and

• the work experience; and

• the personal statement; and

• the referee reports.

3. The Selection Committee may seek further information to clarify any aspect of an application in accordance with the Academic Board rules on the use of selection instruments

4. Applicants are required to satisfy the university’s English language requirements for postgraduate courses [link]. For those applicants seeking to meet these requirements by one of the standard tests approved by the Academic Board, performance band 6.5 [link] is required.


• These programs are only available part-time and direct admission to the Master of Business Administration is not permitted. Students who successfully complete the Graduate Diploma in Business Administration may be eligible to progress to the Master of Business Administration with 112.5 points credit.

• Students who discontinue from the Master of Business Administration but have successfully completed the requirements of the Graduate Diploma in Business Administration will be eligible to receive the Graduate Diploma in Business Administration as an exit award.

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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