Master of Business Administration (with specialisations) (12 subjects)
Matt Banning shares his Charles Sturt University (CSU) story of completing undergraduate and postgraduate studies.
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Master of Business Administration
"In looking to select a course which would support my professional development, the MBA was an obvious choice. It is widely recognised and well regarded for providing highly valuable skills across disciplines including finance, human resources, marketing and leadership. There are many different MBA programs out there, from those offered by small private education providers to very expensive ones from some universities, so finding the right mix of quality, flexibility and value for money can be difficult. CSU provides a very good fit against these measures, with a tried and tested formula providing quality education through online or distance modes, along with the credibility that comes with being an established Australian University.
"The flexibility to shape study around family and a busy full time role which includes regular travel was very important. At the same, it was still important to complete my study through a well regarded university. Value for money was also very important, with CSU providing the best combination of these factors compared to the tuition fees. Relocating for work is a regular part of my profession. The distance study mode allowed me to complete the Graduate Certificate as I was living in Auckland, New Zealand, while the rest of the MBA was completed while living in Brisbane. Studying by distance/online meant that as long as I could make it to attend exams, the rest of my study could be completed wherever I happened to be. For each unit, I would usually try to get ahead on coursework early in the session, to allow for more flexibility throughout the rest of the subject.
"The course has provided a toolkit of valuable skills which are applied in my work every day. Most important of all, post graduate study at CSU has significantly developed my critical thinking skills, which are highly valuable as my career progresses into more strategic roles. Many of the assessment tasks completed throughout the course involved applying the academic theory and concepts learned to solve real problems back at the business I work in. This practical focus integrated the learning at CSU with my everyday professional activities, allowing theory to be converted into real action.
"A great quality, approachable faculty meant that despite being thousands of kilometres from a campus, I always felt well supported throughout my study. While many institutions now offer online and hybrid courses for professionals like me, as a regional University, CSU has been doing this for a long time, developing an established and well refined model for off campus education."
Master of Business Administration
"The motivation behind me making the decision to enrol in this course was a dozen coffees with a careers adviser in Sydney. He gave me the idea as I wanted to get into educational curriculum planning to complement my first degree, which was in education. I was always interested and fascinated with educational management.
"I am a professional rugby union player for the Glasgow Warriors in Scotland and compete in the Pro 12 and Champions Cup competitions with other pro rugby teams in Europe. I have also played super rugby with the ACT Brumbies in Canberra, London Irish in the English premiership and have represented Fiji internationally.
"I had many goals I wanted to achieve and pro rugby was one of them, but my number one goal was always to go to university and attain a degree or learn a trade, as I saw this as a more sustainable way to earn a decent living.
"I've lived in London and now Glasgow while I have been studying. I have taken my books to every country that I have gone to with games or holidays. Before last year's Pro 12 final in Ireland, I was trying to finish a 3,000-word essay on the night before the grand final, which was good in the sense that it took the pressure off the final. It allowed me to focus on something else and not play the game early in my head. This has been a routine for me in many games where I have used study as a way to divert my focus, which has helped me immensely. It has been difficult at times, but time management and discipline has been the key to managing my study load. I've been able to study in my own time and do everything from the comforts of home.
"The course has challenged my thinking and is definitely a step up from an undergraduate program. It has allowed me to think critically about situations and processes within different settings. The workplace-focused assessments have been very practical and allowed me to apply knowledge to a relevant setting, which has been very good. It has also allowed me to look at my field of study in a critical way in terms of solving problems that I have encountered. My most memorable CSU experience so far has been just how helpful and understanding the lecturers have been, which has been a real blessing and a big help for me in coping with the course.
"I hope to continue playing rugby in Europe for a few more years as well as finish my MBA. I will then be able to enter the workforce where I can use my qualifications to get into the job that I want, especially in curriculum planning.
"I believe that post sport, this qualification will be very handy as it will give me the necessary skills to work in the Department of Education or any other sector that my skillset will be compatible with. I also believe it is very important to continually study because while being an elite athlete can be lucrative and enjoyable, it doesn't last forever."
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Follow on study:
- "I recognised that sport only provided a short window of income earning, which motivated me to enrol in accounting at CSU. I was keen to take advantage of the opportunity to put myself in a better place professionally when rugby stopped paying the bills."
- "CSU was really great at incorporating practical experience in this course. I had three work placements, starting from 35 hours, to 120 hours each. I had some fantastic experiences and also received some glowing references for the future."
- Sandy MacQuarrie explains what motivated him to enrol in the MBA at CSU.
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- "This course has provided me with a broad overview of business fundamentals and has equipped me to operate across a range of areas in an educational context."
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