Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Course Overview and structure

The UBSS MBA was developed to provide an industry-relevant qualification to equip graduates with a scholarly knowledge of business administration, and the professional and interpersonal skills required to conduct business confidently and ethically within the private or public sectors.
 
MBA students are taught to analyse contemporary workplace management practices - using their own professional experience and buiness related case studies provided – to ensure they can contribute to any organisation by reviewing and developing business opportunities and resolving workplace problems and issues. Problem solving skills are based on a solid grounding in the fundamentals of business, such as business economics, financial management, corporate governance and strategy, organisational behaviour, clients and target markets.
 

The UBSS MBA provides students the choice of:

  • completing a generalist management-oriented qualification; or
  • undertaking a specialist area of study in Applied Finance, Human Resources or Marketing relevant to their professional background or career aspirations.
All MBA students must complete the Industry Research Report subject which gives them an opportunity to examine contemporay business issues in the market place. Career paths vary depending on whether students undertake a generalist or specialist major in their studies.
 

The MBA degree requires completion of 16 subjects (80 credit points) as follows:

  • eleven(11) core coursework subjects (55 credit points);
  • 4 specialist electives to gain the specialist MBA or, 4 approved electives for the general MBA (20 credit points);
  • a core research based subject, Industry Research Report (5 credit points).
 
The core coursework component exposes students to extensive coverage of theoretical and applied frameworks associated with the essential functional, process and contextual aspects of general management from an operational and strategic perspective. Consequently, the core is informed by the disciplines of economics, accounting, marketing, research methodology, and management and organisational theory. The core enables students to undertake more advanced and specialised study, including the capacity to undertake the rigorous applied research required to complete the Industry Research Report.
 
The specialised coursework subjects -or electives if not specialising - exposes students to more advanced study across the management of products and services, people, and financial resources. This provides the opportunity to tailor study to acquire deeper knowledge and skills associated with a particular specialisation, or selected aspects of that specialisation. The specialisations are underpinned by the contemporary models and ‘best’ practices associated marketing management, human resource management, and financial management.
 

The Graduate Diploma in Business

The UBSS Graduate Diploma in Business is a graduate qualification in general management that requires completion of 8 coursework subjects (40 credit points) structured as:
 
  • Any six core coursework subjects (30 credit points)
  • Any two approved elective subjects (10 credit points)
 
Elective subjects comprising the Graduate Diploma can be chosen from any MBA specialisation (listed below), but the selection requires the approval of the Dean of UBSS. Alternatively, students may choose to complete additional core coursework subjects as electives but not the Industry Research Report.
 
The Graduate Diploma articulates fully with the MBA degree. Students completing this qualification will receive full credit for their studies towards the MBA. Consequently, students seeking to exercise this pathway should obtain advice on electives from the Academic Coordinator during the subject selection period.
 

The Graduate Certificate in Business

This graduate qualification serves as an entry point to studies in general management, particularly for those who do not hold formal tertiary qualifications, but are able to demonstrate a substantial record of relevant professional experience.
 
The Graduate Certificate requires completion of any 4 core coursework subjects (20 credit points) listed below, which, upon completion, articulate fully with the Graduate Diploma and MBA degree.

Level of AchievementSubjects RequiredTime Required
Masters of Business Administration (MBA)162 years
Graduate Diploma in Business81 year
Graduate Certificate in Business43 months

*Completion times may vary if academic credit is awarded

Master of Business Administration (MBA) Core SubjectsSubject Code
Economic Environment MCR001
Organisational BehviourMCR002
Management Attributes & SkillsMCR003
Financial Decision MakingMCR004
Clients & MarketsMCR005
Managerial FinanceMCR006
Project ManagementMCR007
Corporate StrategyMCR008

Law & Governance

MCR009
Industry Research ReportsMCR011
Strategic Business Simulation  MCR012
Entrepreneurship: Innovation & Commercialisation MHR002

Specialised and elective subjects * include
 

Applied FinanceSubject Code
Financial Markets MAF001
Entrepreneurship: Funding New VenturesMAF002
Derivatives MAF003
Investment & Portfolio Analysis MAF004
Human Resource Management Subject Code
Managing Workplace RelationsMHR001
Leading Organisational Change MHR002
Entrepreneurship: Leadership and MotivationMHR003
Workplace Planning MHR004
MarketingSubject Code
Brand Development MKT001
Entrepreneurship: Marketing New ProductsMKT002
Marketing Communications MKT003
International Marketing MKT004

* Pre-requisites apply.
 

Admission Criteria:

MBA, Graduate Diploma and Graduate Certificate in Business
The MBA and Graduate Diploma and Graduate Certificate awards are open to domestic and international students.
The admissions criteria is summarised below:

 
 MBA Admissions Criteria
Domestic ApplicantsBachelor degree (AQF level 7) or post-graduate award in any discipline from a recognised tertiary institution
International ApplicantsBachelor degree (AQF level 7) or post-graduate award in any discipline from a recognised tertiary institution*
 An IELTS overall score of 6.0 (with written and oral bands of no less than 6.0) for applicants who did not complete their award in Australia or equivalent
 Graduate Diploma in Business Administration
Domestic Applicant
Bachelor degree (AQF level 7) or post-graduate award in any discipline from a recognised tertiary institution.
International Applicants
International ApplicantsBachelor degree (AQF level 7) or post-graduate award in any discipline from a recognised tertiary institution*
 An IELTS overall score of 6.0 (with written and oral bands of no less than 6.0) for applicants who did not complete their award in Australia or equivalent
 Graduate Certificate in Business Administration

Domestic Applicants

Proven record of relevant professional, management or business related work experience of no less than five years

* Note: International students who hold a 2-year Bachelor degree in any discipline from a recognized tertiary institution will need to provide a minimum of 2 years certified business-related work experience to gain entry into UBSS post-graduate programs.


Credit Transfer

MBA and Graduate Diploma in Business

The following provisions for credit transfer apply:
  • MBA: A maximum of four (4) subjects may be awarded to MBA candidates with recently completed graduate or undergraduate studies from a recognised tertiary institution that are directly relevant to core or specialised subjects;
  • Graduate Diploma: A maximum of two (2) subjects may be awarded to Graduate Diploma candidates with recently completed graduate or undergraduate studies from a recognised tertiary institution that are directly relevant to core or specialised subjects.
Credit transfer is awarded based on the merits of the case, subject to:
  • Previous studies must have been completed within the last 5 years;
  • Demonstrable alignment of learning outcomes and content, and the equivalence of assessment;
  • The applicant providing the requisite information and certification for assessment by UBSS.