Master of Business Administration

Course MC-BA (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Year and Campus: 2016 - 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

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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:

Upon completion of this program, students should:

  • Have a global perspective and an awareness of how cultural differences impact business. Achieving this outcome means that students should be able to:
    • Identify elements of culture
    • Develop recommendations for effective practices in different cultural environments.
    • Analyse global issues that impact on business and management
    • Work effectively in diverse teams
  • Be adept at analysing and evaluating evidence for management decision-making. Achieving this outcome means that students will be able to:
    • Appropriately apply and synthesise key business models to resolve problems
    • Translate management decision problems and decisions into quantitative form and conduct interpretive data analysis
    • Make decisions using evidence-based approaches
  • Be able to analyse the environment – both macroeconomic and competitive – in which a business operates. To achieve this outcome, students should be able to:
    • Appraise the macro-economic environment of business
    • Diagnose the strategic environment in which a business operates
  • Be able to integrate knowledge from multiple disciplines. Achieving this outcome means that students should be able to:
    • Integrate knowledge from multiple disciplines to solve a problem
    • Collaborate with real business partners to apply knowledge in projects
  • Demonstrate a capacity for ethical leadership. Achieving this outcome means that students should be able to:
    • Display leadership abilities
    • Comprehend the theory of team dynamics
    • Identify ethical issues
    • Apply ethical frameworks to management problems
Course Structure & Available Subjects:

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

150 credit points of core subjects

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:


75 credit points of elective subjects to be chosen from

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
January, July, September
April, September
January, April, July, August, September
April, August
January, May, June, September, November
April, May
Entry Requirements:

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

• an undergraduate degree; and

• the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT); 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 GMAT score; and

• the work experience; and

• the personal statement; and

• the referee reports; and

• an interview for short-listed applicants.

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. For those applicants seeking to meet these requirements by one of the standard tests approved by the Academic Board, performance band 6.5 is required.

Additional note for the Handbook

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.

International and interstate applicants may be interviewed by telephone.

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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