Master of Business Administration

Why study the Master of Business Administration at UNE?

Our MBA allows you to expand your professional skills and knowledge to achieve your career goals. The degree provides you with a comprehensive set of skills in the key fields of business analytics, decision making, ethics, management, marketing and strategy needed to operate in a globalised economy.

The focus of our 12 unit MBA is to give you a broad and contemporary perspective on management challenges in leading people and making decisions. You can choose from a range of units as part of your MBA, or choose to complete the major in Human Resource Management which is accredited by the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI).

An optional major research project can enable strong candidates to move on to PhD studies.

Our MBA will challenge you to think in new ways and encourage you to apply that learning immediately. From day one, you will be testing your knowledge against the real world, integrating it into your thinking and becoming a more effective and adaptable manager in the process.

At UNE, online study is about flexibility and support that can only be provided by a university that has long understood the challenges faced by adults balancing work, family/life and study. We have three teaching periods (trimesters), commencing in February, June and October: giving you greater choice about when and how much you study each year.

All units are delivered through our online learning platform and are developed by skilled educational designers in order to maximise your learning experience. Optional face-to-face weekend schools provide you with the opportunity to come together to collaborate with your fellow students, and meet our highly qualified teaching staff in person.

Our units are taught by internationally recognised academics who have a strong track record in research and a wealth of experience in business and industry. Staff are continually commended by graduates for their enthusiastic and proactive engagement with students.

We offer a highly personalised education experience, helping you navigate your studies and to achieve your career aspirations.

Career Opportunities

The MBA is designed for working professionals seeking to broaden their skills and expand their opportunities within or beyond their current field of employment.

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Degree Snapshot

DURATION

Up to 6 years Part-time

FEES

Full Fee
International

2017 STUDY OPTIONS
Armidale

Trimester 1, Off Campus
Trimester 2, Off Campus
Trimester 3, Off Campus

Official Abbreviation MBA
Course Type Postgraduate
Commencing
Responsible Campus Admission Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Off Campus
Armidale Trimester 2 Off Campus
Armidale Trimester 3 Off Campus
Course Duration
  • Up to 6 years Part-time
Fees Full Fee / International
Total Credit Points 72
How to Apply

All domestic students apply through the link below

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International students apply directly to UNE through UNE International. This course is only available off-campus (distance education).

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Intensive Schools

Optional weekend schools are available for some units.

Entry Requirements

A candidate shall:

(a) hold an AQF Level 7 Bachelor qualification in a relevant discipline* and at least two years of full time equivalent relevant professional experience**; or

(b) hold an AQF Level 7 Bachelor qualification or above in a non-relevant discipline and have at least two years of full time equivalent relevant professional experience**; or

(c) hold an AQF Level 8 Graduate Certificate in Management from this University or its equivalent plus at least two years of full time equivalent relevant professional work experience**; or

(d) hold an AQF Level 8 Honours qualification in a relevant discipline* and at least two years of full time equivalent relevant professional experience**; or

(e) hold an AQF Level 9 Master qualification or above in a relevant discipline* and at least two years of full time equivalent relevant professional experience**; and

(f) All applicants must submit two referee reports from employers or senior colleagues (on company letterhead), plus a resume.

*Relevant disciplines include, but are not limited to:

Business

Management

*Relevant professional experience refers to a position of responsiblity in any organisational or industry context.

Advanced Standing

Candidates admitted under Rule (a) shall be granted a maximum of 12 credit points of Specified or Unspecified Advanced Standing based on their Admission to Candidature. Up to a further 24 credit points may be granted based on units that were not part of the degree or relevant professional experience on which admission was based. This may include up to 12 credit points on the basis of completed formal professional development and or training.

Candidates admitted under Rule (b) may be granted a maximum of six credit points of Specified or Unspecified Advanced Standing based on their Admission to Candidature. Up to a 30 credit points may be granted based on units that were not part of the degree or relevant professional experience on which admission was based. This may include up to 12 credit points on the basis of completed formal professional development and or training.

Candidates admitted under Rule (c) may be granted a maximum of 24 credit points of Specified or Unspecified Advanced Standing based on their Admission to Candidature. Up to a further 12 credit points may be granted based on units that were not part of the degree or relevant professional experience on which admission was based. This may include up to 12 credit points on the basis of completed formal professional development and or training.

Candidates admitted under Rule (d) shall be granted Block Advanced Standing of 24 credit points on Admission. Up to a further 12 credit points of Specified Advanced Standing may be granted based on equivalent units that were not part of the degree on which admission was based.

Candidates admitted under Rule (e) shall be granted Block Advanced Standing of 24 credit points on Admission. Up to a further 12 credit points of Specified Advanced Standing may be granted based on equivalent units which may have been completed as part of the degree on which admission was based .

No Advanced standing shall be granted for special topic or dissertation units.

Academic Colours

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Admission to Candidature

A candidate shall:
(a) hold an AQF Level 7 Bachelor qualification in a relevant discipline* and at least two years of full-time equivalent relevant professional experience**; or
(b) hold an AQF Level 7 Bachelor qualification or above in a non-relevant discipline and have at least two years of full-time equivalent relevant professional experience**; or
(c) hold an AQF Level 8 Graduate Certificate in Management from this University or its equivalent plus at least two years of full-time equivalent relevant professional experience**; or
(d) hold an AQF Level 8 Honours qualification in a relevant discipline* and at least two years of full-time equivalent relevant professional experience**; or
(e) hold an AQF Level 9 Master qualification or above in a relevant discipline* and at least two years of full-time equivalent relevant professional experience**; and
(f) all applicants must submit two referee reports from employers or senior colleagues (on company letterhead) plus a resume.

*Relevant disciplines include, but are not limited to:

Business
Management

**Relevant professional experience refers to a position of responsibility in any organisational or industry context.

Advanced Standing

Candidates admitted under Rule (a) shall be granted a maximum of 12 credit points of Specified or Unspecified Advanced Standing based on their Admission to Candidature. Up to a further 24 credit points may be granted based on units that were not part of the degree or relevant professional experience on which admission was based. This may include up to 12 credit points on the basis of completed formal professional development and or training.

Candidates admitted under Rule (b) may be granted a maximum of six credit points of Specified or unspecified Advanced Standing based on their Admission to Candidature. Up to 30 credit points may be granted based on units that were not part of the degree or relevant professional experience on which admission was based. This may include up to 12 credit points on the basis of completed formal professional development and/or training.

Candidates admitted under Rule (c) may be granted a maximum of 24 credit points of Specified or Unspecified Advanced Standing based on their Admission to Candidature. Up to a further 12 credit points may be granted based on units that were not part of the degree or relevant professional experience on which admission was based. This may include up to 12 credit points on the basis of completed formal professional development and/or training.

Candidates admitted under Rule (d) shall be granted Block Advanced Standing of 24 credit points on Admission. Up to a further 12 credit points of Specified Advanced Standing may be granted based on equivalent units that were not part of the degree on which admission was based.

Candidates admitted under Rule (e) shall be granted Block Advanced Standing of 24 credit points on Admission. Up to a further 12 credit points of Specified Advanced Standing may be granted based on equivalent units which may have been completed as part of the degree on which admission was based.

No advanced standing shall be granted for special topic or dissertation units.

Period of Candidature

For candidates admitted under Rules (a) the period of candidature shall be up to five (5) years as a part-time candidate.

For candidates admitted under Rule (b) the period of candidature shall be up to five and a half (5.5) years as a part-time candidate.

For candidates admitted under Rule (c), (d) or (e) the period of candidature shall be up to four (4) years as a part-time candidate.

Course Requirements

To qualify for the award a candidate must pass units to the value of 72 credit points including at least 36 credit points at 500-level.

Program of Study

Candidates shall complete an approved program of study as outlined in the Course Schedule comprising:

For candidates admitted under Rules (a)
Course Structure Credit Points
Advanced Standing 12 cps
Core Units 36-48 cps
Listed Units
0 or 12-24cps
Major 0 or 24 cps
Total 72 cps

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For candidates admitted under Rule (b)
Course Structure Credit Points
Advanced Standing 6 cps
Core Units 42 cps
Listed Units
OR
24 cps
or
One Major 24 cps
Total 72 cps

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For candidates admitted under Rule (c)
Course Structure Credit Points
Advanced Standing 24 cps
Core Units 24-48 cps
Listed Units
OR
0-24 cps
or
One Major 0-24 cps
Total 72 cps

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For candidates admitted under Rules (d) or (e)
Course Structure Credit Points
Block Advanced Standing
24 cps
Core Units 48 cps
Total 72 cps

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Approved Majors

Human Resource Management

Award of Degree

Candidates who meet the course requirements shall be awarded the Master of Business Administration.

Exit Pathways

Subject to Advanced Standing rules, candidates admitted under Rules (a), (b) or (d) may be eligible to exit with the Graduate Certificate in Management on completion of 24 credit points, including MM521. Candidates who apply to discontinue their studies must apply for re-admission and will be subject to the current course requirements of the Master of Business Administration. This may mean that they will not receive full recognition for their previous studies should the course structure have changed in response to University requirements.

Subject to Advanced Standing rules, candidates admitted under Rule (a), (b), (c) or (d) may be eligible to exit with the Graduate Diploma in Management on completion of 48 credit points. Candidates who apply to discontinue their studies must apply for readmission and will be subject to the current course requirements of the Master of Business Administration. This may mean that they will not receive full recognition for their previous studies should the course structure have changed in response to University requirements.

Dissertation

1. A candidate may enrol, with permission of the course coordinator, in BUS594A or BUS594B and submit a dissertation embodying an original investigation of a topic within an approved field of study.

2. Upon approval of an application, the school shall appoint a supervisor, who shall be a member of the teaching or research staff of the University or an associate of the University (of the rank of Academic Level B or higher). The supervisor shall advise and supervise the candidate during the period of candidature.

3. BUS594A will comprise a dissertation of up to 7000 words, excluding appendices, and will be a small-scale research project, pilot study, case study or report, completed in no more than one teaching period.

BUS594B will comprise a dissertation of up to 15000 words, excluding appendices, and will be an independent investigation of a research problem and preparation of a research report that includes a detailed review of relevant literature within any areas of business, economics or public policy. The report will identify appropriate data sources and include a preliminary analysis of data gathered. Except with the permission of the school, a candidate shall be required to enrol in and complete the dissertation in not more than three consecutive trimesters.

Submission of Dissertation

1. The candidate shall:
(a) not present as a dissertation any work that has been submitted for the award of a degree or diploma at this University or another institution, but the candidate will not be precluded from incorporating such work in the dissertation provided that, in presenting the dissertation, the part of the work that has been so incorporated is indicated;
(b) state generally in a preface to the dissertation and elsewhere in the dissertation, the source of information and the extent to which the candidate has availed himself or herself of the work of others (candidates are referred to the Student Coursework Academic Misconduct Rule and the Student Coursework Academic Misconduct Procedures);
(c) incorporate in the dissertation immediately following the title page an abstract of approximately 300 words.

2. Dissertations are due in the last week of the teaching period. Candidates must submit an electronic copy of the dissertation for examination. An electronic version of the dissertation, incorporating any changes suggested following examination, must also be submitted prior to a grade being awarded for the dissertation. The copies must be submitted to: The Coordinator - Minor Dissertations, UNE Business School. The supervisor's name should normally be included in the acknowledgements section of the dissertation.

Examination of Dissertation

BUS594A - The dissertation is examined by an examiner.

BUS594B - The dissertation is examined by two examiners recommended by the supervisor.

The supervisor must submit the name and contact details of the recommended examiner to the Coordinator - Minor Dissertations at least two weeks prior to submission of the dissertation for examination. A short statement should accompany the recommendation when an examiner is external indicating the qualifications of the recommended examiner and the reason why the recommended examiner is deemed appropriate to examine the dissertation.

The supervisor may consult with the candidate prior to the submission of the dissertation regarding a potential examiner, but the name of the examiner finally recommended by the supervisor to the Coordinator - Minor Dissertations should not be made available to the candidate.

The supervisor must provide a statement to the Coordinator - Minor Dissertations indicating that the dissertation is suitable for examination.

Examiners are normally expected to complete and return their report within FOUR (4) weeks of the dissertation being delivered. The Coordinator - Minor Dissertations will advise the supervisors of the outcome of the examination, along with a summary of examiners' reports as appropriate, indicating any amendments to be considered. Students need to consult with the supervisor and undertake any minor amendments to the satisfaction of the supervisor.

The supervisor is to send a note to the Coordinator - Minor Dissertations, that any amendments suggested by the examiners have been addressed to his or her satisfaction and that the result may be finalised. The Coordinator - Minor Dissertations will finalise the result and make a summary recommendation to the School Teaching and Learning Committee regarding:
(a) the grade to be awarded for the dissertation (Fail, Pass, Credit, Distinction or High Distinction);
(b) the percentage to be awarded for the dissertation;
(c) if amendments to the dissertation were made before the grade was finalised;
(d) whether the candidate should be allowed to revise and resubmit the dissertation for re-examination (a maximum grade of Pass and score of 50% shall be given for any re-submitted dissertation).

The School Teaching and Learning Committee shall make the final determination as to the outcome of the examination, based on the recommendation from the Coordinator - Minor Dissertations.

Appeals

Candidates are referred to the Academic Assessment Appeals Policy and the Academic Assessment Appeals Procedures.

Course Progression

Candidates are referred to the Course Progression Rule and the Course Progression Procedures.

Improper Conduct

Candidates are referred to the Student Coursework Academic Misconduct Rule and the Student Coursework Academic Misconduct Procedures.

Course Aims

The Master of Business Administration is designed for working professionals seeking to broaden their skills and expand their opportunities within or beyond their current field of employment. This award sets out to provide graduates an opportunity to develop an advanced and integrated set of core competencies across a range of business disciplines and their embodied theory and principles. It will enable them to effectively identify, analyse and resolve any management issue they encounter. Students can undertake electives in specialist subjects and complete a major in Human Resource Management which is accredited by the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI). A blended learning model is used to enable students to interact with the unit coordinators and each other, creating a collaborative community of learning.

Learning Outcomes Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate advanced and integrated knowledge of contemporary business and management theory to promote sustainable business in a globalised economy, and the ability to plan and execute a substantial research-based project;
  2. utilise advanced cognitive and communication skills, tools and digital technologies to communicate appropriately and persuasively with a range of stakeholders;
  3. demonstrate an advanced ability to use creativity and judegement in analysing business problems to identify possible solutions;
  4. identify, critically evaluate and synthesise relevant information drawn from a range of sources in order to analyse complex business-related issues;
  5. critically evaluate and demonstrate advanced judgement in formulating high-level responses to complex social, cultural and ethical issues in a range of organisational contexts;
  6. demonstrate a preparedness to engage in continuous learning and reflection to develop new insights into professional practice; and
  7. illustrate advanced and integrated skills in working autonomously and with others to generate solutions and show a capacity to function as a leader, including the ability to collaborate in a range of contexts to achieve individual and common goals.
Graduate Attributes
Knowledge of a Discipline

Knowledge of a discipline is taught, practised and assessed in all units. Students will develop an advanced and integrated knowledge of key business and management theory and critically apply knowledge at an advanced level in business contexts to solve business problems. Students will also demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the global environment in which business is conducted. Students will learn through independent research, interaction with unit materials, unit coordinators and fellow students, and will be assessed using case analysis of both hypothetical and real-world examples, workplace learning by analysing and applying theory to their own workplace, theory-based assignments and via multiple examination modes.

Communication Skills

Communication skills are taught, practised and assessed throughout this course. Students will utilise advanced cognitive and communication skills, tools and digital techologies to communicate appropriately and persuasively with a range of stakeholders. Students will develop oral, written and presentation skills relevant to business contexts through assessments such as essays and oral presentations.

Problem Solving

This graduate attribute is taught, practised and assessed throughout the course using scenarios requiring students to use advanced cognitive and critical thinking skills to identify business issues, and to critically analyse and evaluate the relevant theories and concepts to construct business solutions.

Information Literacy

Information literacy is taught, practised and assessed throughout the course as students need to identify, critically evaluate and synthesise relevant information drawn from a range of sources in order to analyse complex business-related issues.

Ethical Conduct and Social Responsibility

Throughout the course, ethical conduct and social responsibility is taught, practised and assessed. Students need to reflect on the principles of professional and social responsibility and critically apply these to a range of ethical issues and scenarios. This is assessed through evaluation and analysis of reflective based and scenario based assessment tasks.

Lifelong Learning

Lifelong learing is taught and assessed in this course through reflective tasks that encourage critical analysis of professional experience, and appreciation of business as a dynamic discipline.

Independence and Collaboration

This graduate attribute is taught, practised and assessed in this course. Students are required to work independently and complete learning and assessment activities that require self-directed learning and initiative. Students are also required to collaborate in a variety of learning and assessment tasks throughout the course.

How to Apply

Domestic Students

All domestic students apply through the link below

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International Students

International students apply directly to UNE through UNE International. This course is only available off-campus (distance education).

For more information, click here

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