Master of Business Administration (with specialisations) (16 subjects)

Master of Business Administration (with specialisations) (12 subjects)
Graduate Diploma of Business Administration [exit point only]
Graduate Certificate in Business Administration [exit point only]

Develop the business and leadership skills that matter to you. At once practical, engaging and affordable, CSU's Master of Business Administration is one of Australia's most versatile MBA programs. Choose specialisations and electives that match your career aspirations, and study online at a time and place to suit you.

Our degree equips you with the fundamental skills and knowledge to enable you to 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.

At a glance

Domestic students

Study mode: Online

Campuses:

Duration:

1.5 years full-time, 3 years part-time, CSU Study Centres:, 2 years full-time

ATAR:

International students

Study mode: On campus

Campuses:

Duration:

1.5 years full-time, 3 years part-time, CSU Study Centres:, 2 years full-time

CRICOS: 068168C (CSU Study Centre Sydney, CSU Study Centre Melbourne)

Why study this course?

If you are an international student with a bachelor's degree in a field other than business and little or no work experience, CSU's 16-subject MBA is for you. It allows you to deepen your business knowledge and strengthen your skills to compensate for limited work experience or prior business studies.

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.

Flexible study options

Study online or on campus through CSU Study Centres located in Sydney and Melbourne. CSU's flexible course lets you choose full-time or part-time study, study one subject a session, or fast-track your degree by studying up to four subjects a session.

Customise your studies

After completing the core subjects, you'll select from a list of subjects relevant to your career needs and professional development requirements. Specialisations are available in the following areas: accounting and finance, entrepreneurship and leadership, human resource management, information technology, or marketing.

Practical emphasis

Learn to develop strategic marketing and management plans and identify human resources management problems and develop creative solutions. CSU's focus on application, experimentation and feedback is essential to develop your business and leadership knowledge and skills.

Pathway to the MBA

Many experienced professionals who wish to complete their MBA believe they can't, because their prior qualifications may not be recognised as equivalent to an Australian bachelor's degree. 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 Diploma of Commerce.

Career opportunities

CSU’s innovative MBA is designed to provide you with myriad career opportunities. You’ll develop the knowledge and skills for career growth and gain a competitive edge over other applicants in your bid to enter senior management roles. You could also use your qualifications to enter other industries.

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 Practice

MKT501 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 Finance

HRM502 Human Resource Management


MGT550 Operations Management


HRM507 Research Methods

MGT559 Contemporary Issues in Leadership


MGT540 Management of Change


MGT547 Ethics of Corporate Governance

MGT553 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 Organisations

ESA503 Leading Educational Change


ESA504 Education Policy Analysis



Finance



Four of the following:


FIN516 Corporate Finance

ACC585 Financial Statement Analysis and Valuation


FIN530 Financial Markets and Instruments


FIN531 Investments Analysis

FIN535 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 Development

HRM560 Human Resource Development


Information Technology


ITC505 Systems Development Project Management


ITC540 Telecommunications Management PG


ITC563 IT Management Issues

ITC596 IT Risk Management


Leadership


MGT599 Leadership: Theory and Practice (16 points)


plus two of the following:


MGT584 Leadership in Teams

MGT549 Toxic Leadership


MGT559 Contemporary Issues in Leadership



Marketing


Four of the following:

MKT510 Consumer Behaviour


MKT520 Managing Product and Service Innovation


MKT525 Electronic Marketing

MKT540 Marketing Strategy


MKT550 Global Marketing


MKT570 Integrated Marketing Communications


Public Sector Management


ACC525 Financial Accountability in the Public Sector

LAW503 Australian Administrative Law


MGT540 Management of Change


PAD591 Public Sector Management


Sustainability


MGT583 Managing for Sustainability

LAW530 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 Thought

ACC544 Decision Support Tools


ACC566 Accounting Systems and Processes


ACC567 Financial Accounting 2

ACC568 Auditing


ACC585 Financial Statement Analysis & Valuation


ACG504 Communication in Business

ACG506 Financial Management of Small Business


ECO503 International Economics


ECO515 Managerial Economics

ECO517 Economic Evaluation


FIN518 International Financial Management


FIN521 Corporate Treasury Management

FIN522 Financial Modelling


FIN523 Lending and Financial Institutions


FIN525 Financial Institutions Management

FIN563 Estate Planning


FIN564 Superannuation and Retirement Planning


FIN567 Property Investment

HRM501 Labour Market Studies


HRM512 Values and Conflict in Organisations


HRM516 International Management Behaviour

HRM531 Organisational Politics and Culture and Change Management


HRM532 International Human Resource Development


HRM539 Managing People in Small Business

HRM540 Theory of Conflict Resolution


HRM545 Skills of Conflict Resolution


HRM550 Evaluating Human Resources

HRM552 Organisational Behaviour


HRM561 Developing Training Capabilities


HRM563 Developing Workforce Capabilities

HSM401 Reflecting on Health Care Systems


HSM409 Evidence-based Health Care Delivery


HSM510 Health Planning

HSM512 Evaluating Health Service Performance


INR501 Industrial Relations Environment


INR502 Industrial Relations System and Issues

INR503 Industrial Relations Practice


INR510 Comparative Labour Relations


LAW504 Business and Corporations Law

LAW505 Taxation 1


LAW515 Law of Employment


LAW516 Dispute Resolution: Methods and Results

LAW517 Mediation: Processes and Uses


LAW518 Taxation 2


LAW519 Negotiation Skills

LAW540 Australian Law & Legal System


LAW545 Taxation Strategies


MBA505 Managing Business Information

MGT503 The Social and Economic Environment


MGT505 Foundations of Quality Management


MGT530 International Business

MGT531 Business Ethics


MGT536 Leadership - A Critical Perspective


MGT537 The Entrepreneurial Project

MGT580 Forecasting and Risk Assessment


MGT594 Leadership and Business Ethics


MKT519 Marketing for Small Business

MKT561 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 CAMPUS

Both 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 Practice

MKT501 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 Finance

HRM502 Human Resource Management


MGT583 Managing for Sustainability


MGT559 Contemporary Issues in Leadership

MGT540 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 Instruments

FIN531 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 Development

HRM560 Human Resource Development


Information Technology


ITC505 Systems Development Project Management


ITC540 Telecommunications Management PG


ITC563 IT Management Issues

ITC596 IT Risk Management


Marketing


Four of the following:


MKT510 Consumer Behaviour

MKT520 Managing Product and Service Innovation


MKT540 Marketing Strategy


MKT550 Global Marketing

MKT570 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 for distance education students:

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 (12 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

Campus locations listed for Online students are purely for administrative purposes and have no relevance to the student experience.

Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
DirectOn campusCSU Study Centre Sydney
CSU Study Centre Melbourne
FPOSYYYNO TAC

LEGEND
CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
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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