Master of Business Administration (with specialisations) (12 subjects)

Are you ready to galvanise your career into senior management? Advanced leadership, business practice and strategic skills are critical for tomorrow's leaders.

As one of Australia's most versatile MBA programs, CSU's Master of Business Administration will help you develop the business and leadership skills that matter to you. Choose specialisations and electives that match your career aspirations, and study online at a time and place to suit you.

At a glance

Domestic students

Study mode: Online

Campuses:

Duration:

1.5 years full-time, 3 years part-time

ATAR:

International students

Study mode: Online; On campus

Campuses:

Duration:

1.5 years full-time, 3 years part-time

CRICOS: 045877G (CSU Study Centre Sydney, CSU Study Centre Melbourne)
045877G (CSU Study Centre Sydney)

Why study this course?

If you're a current or aspiring middle to senior manager, consider CSU's MBA. Our degree provides fundamental skills and knowledge so you can effectively manage an organisation, provide leadership and direction to a team of people, manage budgets and finances, guide marketing activities and help set your organisation's strategic direction.

Contemporary program

To ensure the relevance and currency of course content, our academics receive specialist advice through an MBA Advisory Committee, consisting of senior practitioners from a broad representation of sectors, including banking and finance, higher education, technology, human resources, recruitment, health, professional services and government.

Customise your studies

With only three compulsory core subjects in the program, we believe that CSU students are given the widest subject choice of any MBA in the country. You can also boost your credentials with a specialisation in one of 10 areas: accounting and finance, business analysis and operations; educational leadership, entrepreneurship and leadership, human resource management, information technology, Leadership; marketing, public sector management, or social impact.

Practical emphasis

Whether you are developing strategic marketing and management plans or identifying human resource management problems and developing creative solutions, CSU's focus on application, experimentation and feedback will provide you with the essential foundation to develop your business and leadership knowledge and skills.

Digital convenience

Our enthusiastic and experienced academics use blended learning techniques including online study materials, meetings and forums to ensure study is both practical and convenient.

Pathway to the MBA

Many experienced professionals who wish to complete their MBA believe they can't, because their prior qualifications are only at Certificate or Diploma level. At CSU, we recognise and value your experience. If you've been working for several years, you could be admitted into the MBA via the Graduate Certificate in Commerce

Career opportunities

CSU's innovative MBA is designed to provide you with myriad career opportunities.

Accelerate your career

Acquire the knowledge and skills for career growth and promotion.

Kickstart a new career

Use your qualifications to pursue new roles in other industries.

Step up to senior management

Gain a competitive edge over other applicants in your bid to enter senior management roles.

Credit and pathways

Credit into the Master of Business Administration is awarded based on studies completed at postgraduate or equivalent level. Students may receive credit for up to 50% of the course (six 8 point subjects) for studies completed within the last ten years.

No credit will be given for subjects completed at the undergraduate level. However, in some circumstances, candidates may be waived from taking particular subjects, e.g. a candidate with a Bachelor degree majoring in Accounting may be waived from undertaking the Core subject MBA504 Accounting and Financial Management. In such instances, an alternative subject may be substituted.

Master of Business Administration (128 point)

Credit into the Master of Business Administration is awarded based on studies completed at postgraduate or equivalent level. Students may receive credit for up to 50% of the course (eight 8 point subjects) for studies completed within the last ten years.

No credit will be given for subjects completed at the undergraduate level. However, in some circumstances, candidates may be waived from taking particular subjects, e.g. a candidate with a Bachelor degree majoring in Accounting may be waived from undertaking the Core subject MBA504 Accounting and Financial Management. In such instances, an alternative subject is substituted.

Workplace Learning

CSU's MBA is 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 an organisation or identifying human resources management problems and recommending solutions for implementation.

Subjects

To assist you with your subject selection you can download the Master of Business Administration course structure summary.

This course offers a general qualification in business administration, or you can choose one of the following specialisations:

Educational Leadership

Today's educational leaders need to develop the conceptual tools in which to analyse the varying global, national and local contexts and forces which are impacting upon leadership in educational and training organisations.  The specialisation in Educational Leadership provides students with the opportunity to develop an understanding of the economic and social forces, internal and external to formal organisations, which impact upon contemporary educational and training organisations.

Topics include social justice, critical and postmodern approaches to educational leadership and training; policy development and implementation; organisational change and the politics of education in the 21st Century; the philosophical, ethical and historical strands which underpin educational leadership as a field; the nature of educational change and capabilities for planning, leading and managing the process of change; and education policy problems which can influence the lives of teachers, students, parents and educational leaders.

In this specialisation you will study subjects in the areas of mapping the field of educational leadership, educational leadership in contemporary organisations, leading educational change and education policy analysis.

Finance

The Finance specialisation aims to produce graduates who understand the organisation and structure of the financial system, various financial markets and the instruments of these markets and display a thorough knowledge of the determinants of the level and structure of interest rates on money and capital markets, and key factors determining the exchange rate. You will also learn to apply the analytical skills needed to identify and interpret developments and changes in financial markets, develop the ability to explain the mechanisms by which various financial price variables are influenced and understand the scope and methodology of the finance function and its role in corporate management.

This specialisation offers an overview of practical aspects of corporate capital structure and management; the skills necessary to identify and manage financial risk; and emerging complexities in the Australian and global corporate sectors.

You will select from subjects in the areas of corporate finance, international financial management, money and capital markets, investment analysis and financial planning.

Human Resource Management

Human resource managers need to develop a strong portfolio of capabilities appropriate for business enhancement and managing change in an increasingly complex environment. Issues such as enterprise bargaining, multi-skilling, occupational health and safety, equal employment opportunities, casualisation of the workforce and increased employee involvement in decision-making are forcing practitioners to take an integrated, strategic view of Human Resource Management. Furthermore, regulatory and compliance issues are increasingly challenging the role of the human resource management professionals in the workforce today.

This specialisation helps students understand from a variety of perspectives, the strategic role that human resource management can fulfil in ensuring high levels of organisational and individual performance.

You will have a choice of subjects in the areas of human resource management, international human resource management, advanced studies in industrial relations, strategic human resource management and the human resource management context.

Information Technology

In this specialisation students will learn how information systems can be used to achieve a company's strategic objectives. The need for information systems strategic planning is analysed within the modern environment of industry and commerce so that alignment and optimisation of technology investment can be achieved.  Students will focus on examining and critically analysing a combination of technical and management issues in contemporary infrastructure management, with a strong focus on telecommunications.  Students also study the role and value of information, information systems and information technology in modern organisations as well as the theory and practice of decision support systems for use in management, research and decision making.

Subject choices include strategic management information, information technology infrastructure management, information technology for management, principles of information security, and e-systems infrastructure development.

Leadership

Leadership is fundamentally about change. It is complex, fluid, and hard to define. In order to understand leadership, questions relating to power and influence are explored. Students undertake MGT599 Leadership Theory and Practice as the first subject and then, using that framework, examine leadership in the context of teams and a range of contemporary issues faced by organisations and businesses. The final subject, Contemporary Issues in Leadership, covers areas such as financial insecurity and infosecurity, for example, encouraging students to explore the relevance of leadership theory to students' experience of real-world issues.

Marketing

The aim of the Marketing specialisation is to provide opportunities for students who are looking to enhance their marketing knowledge and skills and respond to changes in the increasingly digitally disrupted marketing environment. A range of marketing subjects are offered with the flexibility to enable students to tailor their course to suit their needs and interests. The program is designed to enable students to draw on their workplace experience and enhance their marketing practice by engagement with theoretical frameworks and debates in the marketing discipline.

Upon completion of this specialisation, graduates will be able to understand the nature of marketing and marketing management, detail the role of marketing within the wider business organisational context, utilise marketing analytics for decision-making, formulate a marketing policy based on the outcomes of market research, understand the consumer decision process, and develop and implement an international marketing plan for products or markets for which they are responsible.

You will have a choice of subjects in the areas of marketing management, customer behaviour, managing product and service innovation, global marketing, big data and marketing analytics, digital and social media marketing and integrated marketing communications.

Public Sector Management

The public sector and government agencies are charged with providing fair, equitable and efficient service to the public. The sector is managed in accordance with principles of access and equity and there is a requirement for clear and explicit delineation of the responsibilities and accountabilities of public employees, administrative units and territory instrumentalities.

This specialisation provides students with an overview of the knowledge and skills required in managing the public sector – financial accountability; business economics; administrative law; and the political, economic, legal and social contexts of management in the public sector. A range of specific areas of public sector management are studied such as the policy process and strategy, financial management, human resources management and employment relations as well as performance management, accountability and ethics, corporatisation and privatisation and the use of information technology in the public sector.

Sustainability

Sustainability is now a mainstream business issue. The Sustainability specialisation focuses on current practices and emerging strategies for improving corporate sustainability. Students undertake MGT583 Management and Sustainability as the first subject and, using this subject as the underlying framework, then examine the leadership, ethics and resource implications of being a leader in sustainability. Issues relating to the management of carbon, energy, water and waste, as well as ecological and environmental economics and regulatory considerations are addressed within the Resource Management and Efficiency subject.

This specialisation is suited to those who want to enhance their knowledge and skills in both business and sustainability issues and who seek employment in environmental governance or corporate sustainability management. It will also suit those who want to enable organisational and individual change in support of sustainability.

International students undertaking the MBA on campus at CSU Study Centres in Sydney and Melbourne can choose from the following specialisations:

  • Finance
  • Human Resource Management
  • Information Technology
  • Marketing

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.

The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

Course structure

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) is an articulated set with Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma subsets which are available as 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.

MGT501 Management, Theory and PracticeMKT501 Marketing Management


MBA504 Accounting & Financial Management

MGT510 Strategic Management

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

Restricted Elective Subjects (Group A):Students need to complete four of the ten Group A Restricted Elective subjects.


ECO501 Business Economics

FIN516 Corporate FinanceHRM502 Human Resource Management


MGT550 Operations Management

HRM507 Research MethodsMGT559 Contemporary Issues in Leadership


MGT540 Management of Change

MGT547 Ethics of Corporate GovernanceMGT553 Project Management


MGT583 Managing for Sustainability


Completion of the four Core subjects and four of the Group A Restricted Elective 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 Group A Restricted Electives and / or Specialisations and / or Group B 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 Group A Restricted Elective set is also a required subject in a Specialisation, students must complete an additional Group A Restricted Elective subject. Subjects cannot be counted towards both groups.


Specialisations available:


Educational Leadership


ESA501 Mapping the Field of Educational Leadership

ESA502 Educational Leadership in Contemporary OrganisationsESA503 Leading Educational Change


ESA504 Education Policy Analysis


Finance


Four of the following:

FIN516 Corporate FinanceACC585 Financial Statement Analysis and Valuation


FIN530 Financial Markets and Instruments

FIN531 Investments AnalysisFIN535 Strategic and Contemporary Financial Issues


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 DevelopmentHRM560 Human Resource Development


Information Technology


ITC505 Systems Development Project Management


ITC540 Telecommunications Management PG

ITC563 IT Management IssuesITC596 IT Risk Management


Leadership


MGT599 Leadership: Theory and Practice (16 points)


plus two of the following:

MGT584 Leadership in TeamsMGT549 Toxic Leadership


MGT559 Contemporary Issues in Leadership


Marketing

Four of the following:MKT510 Consumer Behaviour


MKT520 Managing Product and Service Innovation

MKT525 Electronic MarketingMKT540 Marketing Strategy


MKT550 Global Marketing

MKT570 Integrated Marketing Communications

Public Sector Management

ACC525 Financial Accountability in the Public SectorLAW503 Australian Administrative Law


MGT540 Management of Change

PAD591 Public Sector Management

Sustainability

MGT583 Managing for SustainabilityLAW530 Environmental Law and Management


MGT531 Business Ethics

MGT559 Contemporary Issues in Leadership

Restricted Electives (Group B):

These can be selected from the subjects contained within the Specialisations above or from the list below.ACC512 Management Accounting for Costs & Control


ACC514 Financial Accounting

ACC518 Current Developments in Accounting ThoughtACC544 Decision Support Tools


ACC566 Accounting Systems and Processes

ACC567 Financial Accounting 2ACC568 Auditing


ACC585 Financial Statement Analysis & Valuation

ACG504 Communication in BusinessACG506 Financial Management of Small Business


ECO503 International Economics

ECO515 Managerial EconomicsECO517 Economic Evaluation


FIN518 International Financial Management

FIN521 Corporate Treasury ManagementFIN522 Financial Modelling


FIN523 Lending and Financial Institutions

FIN525 Financial Institutions ManagementFIN563 Estate Planning


FIN564 Superannuation and Retirement Planning

FIN567 Property InvestmentHRM501 Labour Market Studies


HRM512 Values and Conflict in Organisations

HRM516 International Management BehaviourHRM531 Organisational Politics and Culture and Change Management


HRM532 International Human Resource Development

HRM539 Managing People in Small BusinessHRM540 Theory of Conflict Resolution


HRM545 Skills of Conflict Resolution

HRM550 Evaluating Human ResourcesHRM552 Organisational Behaviour


HRM561 Developing Training Capabilities

HRM563 Developing Workforce CapabilitiesHSM401 Reflecting on Health Care Systems


HSM409 Evidence-based Health Care Delivery

HSM510 Health PlanningHSM512 Evaluating Health Service Performance


INR501 Industrial Relations Environment

INR502 Industrial Relations System and IssuesINR503 Industrial Relations Practice


INR510 Comparative Labour Relations

LAW504 Business and Corporations LawLAW505 Taxation 1


LAW515 Law of Employment

LAW516 Dispute Resolution: Methods and ResultsLAW517 Mediation: Processes and Uses


LAW518 Taxation 2

LAW519 Negotiation SkillsLAW540 Australian Law & Legal System


LAW545 Taxation Strategies

MBA505 Managing Business InformationMGT503 The Social and Economic Environment


MGT505 Foundations of Quality Management

MGT530 International BusinessMGT531 Business Ethics


MGT536 Leadership - A Critical Perspective

MGT537 The Entrepreneurial ProjectMGT580 Forecasting and Risk Assessment


MGT594 Leadership and Business Ethics

MKT519 Marketing for Small BusinessMKT561 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.


Restricted Elective Subjects:Students need to complete four of the ten Group A Restricted Elective 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 Group A Restricted Electives and / or Specialisations and / or Group B 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 Group A Restricted Elective set is also a required subject in a Specialisation, students must complete an additional Group A Restricted Elective 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, Restricted Electives and Specialisation / Restricted Elective subjects.


HRM507 Research Methods


ACG504 Communication in Business

HRM552 Organisational Behaviour

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

ON CAMPUSBoth the twelve and sixteen subject MBA are offered on campus at the CSU Study Centres in Sydney and Melbourne. A limited number of Specialisations and subjects 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.

MGT501 Management, Theory and PracticeMKT501 Marketing Management


MBA504 Accounting & Financial Management

MGT510 Strategic Management

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

Restricted Elective Subjects (Group A):Students need to complete four of the following six Group A Restricted Elective subjects.


ECO501 Business Economics

FIN516 Corporate FinanceHRM502 Human Resource Management


MGT583 Managing for Sustainability

MGT559 Contemporary Issues in LeadershipMGT540 Management of Change


Completion of the four Core subjects and four of the Group A Restricted Elective 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 any four 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 Group A Restricted Elective set is also a required subject in a Specialisation, students must complete an additional Group A Restricted Elective subject. Subjects cannot be counted towards both fields.


Specialisations available at the CSU Study Centres:


Finance


Four of the following:


FIN516 Corporate Finance

FIN530 Financial Markets and InstrumentsFIN531 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 DevelopmentHRM560 Human Resource Development


Information Technology


ITC505 Systems Development Project Management


ITC540 Telecommunications Management PG

ITC563 IT Management IssuesITC596 IT Risk Management


Marketing


Four of the following:

MKT510 Consumer BehaviourMKT520 Managing Product and Service Innovation


MKT540 Marketing Strategy

MKT550 Global MarketingMKT570 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, restricted electives (group A) and specialisation / restricted elective (group B) subjects.


HRM507 Research Methods


ACG504 Communication in Business

HRM552 Organisational Behaviour

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

Residential schools

The following subjects may have a residential school component:

LAW517 Mediation: Processes and Uses
FIN560 Financial Planning
PSC420 Water Policy and Management
LAW519 Negotiation Skills

CSU Study Centres

CSU Study Centres offer courses in Accounting, Business and Information Technology to international students in the heart of Sydney and Melbourne. The CSU Study Centre Brisbane offers a course in Accounting. CSU Study Centres offer the latest technology, a busy calendar of student activities, and a diverse student population from all over the world. They are easily accessed by public transport and are close to shops, restaurants and city attractions.

Visit the CSU Study Centres website.

Admission Information

Master of Business Administration (with specialisations)

For entry to the Master of Business Administration applicants are required to have an undergraduate degree from a recognised Australian tertiary institution (or equivalent) and appropriate work experience. Applicants without a tertiary qualification may be admitted to the Graduate Certificate in Commerce on the basis of professional attainment and/or work experience. Upon successful completion of the Graduate Certificate, students will then be eligible for admission to the Master Business Administration and receive credit for applicable subjects.
Master of Business Administration (128 point)

For entry to the Master of Business Administration applicants are required to have an undergraduate degree from a recognised Australian tertiary institution (or equivalent) and appropriate work experience. Applicants without a tertiary qualification may be admitted to the Graduate Certificate in Commerce on the basis of professional attainment and/or work experience. Upon successful completion of the Graduate Certificate, students will then be eligible for admission to the Master Business Administration and receive credit for applicable subjects.

Students may be admitted to the MBA (128 point) without work experience if they have an undergraduate degree from a recognised tertiary institution and/or an equivalent professional qualification. These students will be required to complete Professional Development subjects as part of their degree.

Find out more about the Master of Business Administration (16 subjects).

Cost of study

For information on the tuition fees and other costs associated with studying this course, see 'Cost of study' section of online course brochure

Course Details

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DirectOnlineWagga WaggaFPPGYYYOBMD
DirectOn campusCSU Study Centre Sydney
CSU Study Centre Melbourne
FPOSYYYNO TAC

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FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

Graduation Requirements

To graduate students must satisfactorily complete the required 96 points (the equivalent of twelve 8 point subjects).

Master of Business Administration (128 point)
To graduate students must satisfactorily complete the required 128 points (equivalent to sixteen 8 point subjects).

How to apply

For online applications, see 'How to apply' section of online course brochure

About the School

Academic expectations

For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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