Master of Business Administration

2021 course information for Domestic Students
2021 course information for International Students

updated 6:02 AM on Wed, 20 October

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International snapshot

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Duration
2 years full-time; 4 years part-time

Depending on unit availabilities, previous study or work experience, students may be able to complete their degree in a shorter duration than indicated. 

2 years full-time; 4 years part-time
Location
Gold Coast
Gold Coast, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney
Start date
March, July, November
February, June, October
Course code
1207290
Course abbreviation
MBA
Credit points
192
Equivalent units
16
CRICOS
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Fees
Fee paying
Fees
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Please note, some locations may not have all intake periods available. See the full availability details for further information.

Course overview

The internationally recognised MBA develops business knowledge and practical skills to advance your career in today’s competitive global markets. You'll gain a broad understanding of contemporary management operations, as well as learning how to solve complex issues and manage the challenges of technology and finance, and other critical business factors.

Your professional expertise will be honed by completing practical assessment activities in leadership, problem solving and communication skills. In addition to core units, the course builds substantial expertise in an area through the completion of a research project.

You have the option of selecting either a specialisation, which includes an industry research project, or choosing two elective units from a wide range of subjects together with the industry research project. The industry research project is ideal for developing extensive knowledge of an issue related to your current workplace or to a career you wish to pursue.

The Master of Business Administration is also available via an online delivery mode, offering up to six intakes a year. Advanced standing may apply to students who have completed relevant undergraduate and postgraduate study. 

The internationally recognised MBA develops business knowledge and practical skills to advance your career in today’s competitive global markets. You'll gain a broad understanding of contemporary management operations, as well as learning how to solve complex issues and manage the challenges of technology and finance, and other critical business factors.

Your professional expertise will be honed by completing practical assessment activities in leadership, problem solving and communication skills. In addition to core units, the course builds substantial expertise in an area through the completion of a research project.

You have the option of selecting either a specialisation, which includes an industry research project, or choosing two elective units from a wide range of subjects together with the industry research project. The industry research project is ideal for developing extensive knowledge of an issue related to your current workplace or to a career you wish to pursue.

The Master of Business Administration is also available via an online delivery mode, offering up to six intakes a year. Advanced standing may apply to students who have completed relevant undergraduate and postgraduate study. 

Current Southern Cross students – to access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook.

Entry requirements

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

A 3-year Bachelor degree from any Australian university, or equivalent.

Language requirements

English language requirements apply to International applicants and other applicants whose previous study was undertaken in a language other than English. The minimum English language requirements for such applicants for entry to this course are as follows

CategoryScore
Overall Score6.5

About the course

You will study four foundation units, eight core units and select either a specialisation, which includes an industry research project, or two elective units in addition to the industry research project. By studying a specialisation, you build substantial and specialised expertise to complement the general management focus of the core units.

Specialisations available at Gold Coast campus:

  • Accounting
  • Managing and Leading People
  • Tourism and Hospitality Management
  • Research.

Specialisations available at Sydney, Melbourne and Perth campuses:

 

  • Accounting
  • Managing and Leading People.

 

Domestic students

LocationTeaching period
Gold CoastSession  1, Session  2, Session  3

International students

LocationTeaching periodAnnual FeesCRICOS
Gold CoastSession  1, Session  2, Session  3$29,200 ($3,650 per unit)079662J
MelbourneSession  1, Session  2, Session  3$32,400 ($4,050 per unit)080919A
PerthSession  1, Session  2, Session  3$32,400 ($4,050 per unit)080919A
SydneySession  1, Session  2, Session  3$32,400 ($4,050 per unit)080919A
 Notice

Tuition fees are in Australian dollars, and are subject to change, including annual increases over the duration of a course. Annual tuition fee is based on completing 8 units per year. In addition students are required to pay OSHC for the duration of their visa in advance. Non-tuition fee covers textbooks, stationery and excursions.

How to apply

Where and when do you want to study?

Applications for this course are made directly to Southern Cross University via our online application service.

Australian/Domestic students

Gold Coast
Session 3 November 2021

International students studying in Australia

Gold Coast
Session 3 October 2021
Melbourne
Session 3 October 2021
Perth
Session 3 October 2021
Sydney
Session 3 October 2021
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Why choose SCU?

Excellence in research

Outstanding ratings of 'at world standard' or above in 23 research fields.

Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) 2018

Top 200 Young Universities

Only 25 years young and ranked in the top 200 universities in the world.

Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2020

Outstanding student support

5-Star Student Support across undergraduate and postgraduate studies

Good Universities Guide 2021

Learning outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a course. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes.

Course Learning Outcome

Demonstrate critical thinking and independent judgement, and the ability to reflect on self and others in a complex business environment.

Develop innovative solutions to complex business problems.

Demonstrate a critical understanding of complex ethical, socially responsible, and culturally appropriate business practices informed by a global perspective.

Demonstrate an advanced and integrated understanding of a body of knowledge in one or more discipline areas.

Demonstrate critical thinking and independent judgement, and the ability to reflect on self and others in a complex business environment.

Apply expert communication and collaboration skills to inform and engage with a diverse range of stakeholders.

Demonstrate a critical understanding of complex ethical, socially responsible, and culturally appropriate business practices informed by a global perspective.


Assessment methods

The course incorporates progressive assessment and examinations. You are assessed in each unit on the basis of written and oral assignments. These may be business reports, case studies, presentations, research studies and/or plans. 

Teaching methods

On-campus students experience a variety of teaching approaches including lectures, tutorials, online activities and podcast virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit. 

Lectures may be streamed live or pre-recorded; either way students can download a recording at their convenience.

Each week, students progress their learning by following activities, readings and case studies laid out, step-by-step, in a website for each unit. As they move through the learning outcomes, they can discuss their progress in online forums and ask questions of their peers, lecturer or tutor. 

This is a rigorous degree, demanding up to 150 hours of study for each unit.

Career opportunities

The MBA equips graduates for leadership roles across a broad spectrum of industries in the public and private sectors.

Graduates are well-suited to management roles in areas such as accounting, information and knowledge industries, human resources, health services and tourism and hotel management.

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Domestic future
students

Call 1800 626 481 during business hours.

International future
students

Call +61 2 6620 3876 during business hours.

Current
students

Email: enquiry@scu.edu.au
Call 1800 005 687 during business hours.


Course requirements

To be awarded the Master of Business Administration students must complete 16 units (192 credit points) comprising:

Exit Awards

Students can choose to exit with the Graduate Diploma in Business Administration if 8 units have been completed.

Students can choose to exit with the Graduate Certificate in Business Administration if 4 units have been completed.


Course structure


Schedule of units

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes

Core units

BUSN5003Management Communication
MGMT5002Organisational Behaviour
ECON5001Economics and Quantitative Analysis
ACCT5002Accounting for Managers
MRKT6001Marketing
ACCT6004Finance
ACCT6015Corporate Governance
BUSN6001Global Business
PROJ5001Project Management
MGMT6002The Positive Leader
BUSN6004Managing Information Systems
BUSN6005Strategy and Case Analysis

Specialisations

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes
Compulsory:
BUSN7003Industry Research Project Note 1
Select two of the following:
ACCT5001Business Accounting
ACCT6001Company and Financial Reporting
ACCT6003Professional Auditing
ACCT6005Taxation Law and Practice
ISYS5004Accounting Information Systems and Processes
LEGL5001Legal Studies

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes
Compulsory:
BUSN7003Industry Research Project Note 1
Select two of the following:
MGMT6001Organisational Change and Development
HRMT6001Human Resource Development
HRMT6003Human Resource Management
HRMT6004International and Comparative Human Resource Management

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes
Compulsory:
BUSN7003Industry Research Project Note 1
Select two of the following:
BUSN7004Qualitative Research Methods
BUSN7005Quantitative Research Methods
EDUC6001Critical Literature Review

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes
Compulsory:
BUSN7003Industry Research Project Note 1
Select two of the following:
TOUR6001Tourism Planning Environments
TOUR5001Contemporary Hotel and Tourism Issues
TOUR5002International Tourism Systems
HOSP6002Business Events Management
BUSN5001Environmental Management for Hotels and Attractions

Electives

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes
If not taking a specialisation, select two of the following units in addition to BUSN7003 Industry Research Project:
ACCT5001Business Accounting
ACCT6001Company and Financial Reporting
ACCT6003Professional Auditing
ACCT6005Taxation Law and Practice
ISYS5004Accounting Information Systems and Processes
LEGL5001Legal Studies
MGMT6001Organisational Change and Development
HRMT6001Human Resource Development
HRMT6003Human Resource Management
HRMT6004International and Comparative Human Resource Management
BUSN7004Qualitative Research Methods
BUSN7005Quantitative Research Methods
TOUR6001Tourism Planning Environments
TOUR5001Contemporary Hotel and Tourism Issues
TOUR5002International Tourism Systems
HOSP6002Business Events Management
BUSN5006Entrepreneurship
BUSN5001Environmental Management for Hotels and Attractions
BUSN5002Business Professional Development
BUSN6007Business Professional Practice


Course progressions

Students should use course progression information to select units specific to their course and enrol in these units using My Enrolment

Unit CodeUnit TitleAvailableNotes

Year 1, Session 1

BUSN5003Management Communication
Session1,2,3
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session1
Session1
MelbourneN/A
Session1,2,3
Online
Session1,2,3
Session1,2,3
PerthN/A
Session1,2,3
SydneyN/A
Session1,2,3
MGMT5002Organisational Behaviour
Session1,3
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session1
Session1
MelbourneN/A
Session1,3
Melbourne - The Hotel School
Session3
Session3
Online
Session1,3
Session1,3
PerthN/A
Session1,3
SydneyN/A
Session1,3
Sydney - The Hotel School
Session3
Session3
Anti-requisitesbe admitted to: MNG01720 Organisational Behaviour OR MGMT5003 - Organisational Behaviour (Online)
PROJ5001Project Management
Session1,3
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session1
Session1
MelbourneN/A
Session1,3
Melbourne - The Hotel School
Session3
Session3
Online
Session1,3
Session1,3
PerthN/A
Session1,3
SydneyN/A
Session1,3
Sydney - The Hotel School
Session3
Session3
Anti-requisitesMNG00783 Project Management for Sport

Year 1, Session 2

MRKT6001Marketing
Session2
LocationDomesticInternational
MelbourneN/A
Session2
Online
Session2
Session2
PerthN/A
Session2
SydneyN/A
Session2
MGMT6002The Positive Leader
Session2,3
LocationDomesticInternational
Melbourne
Session3
Session2,3
Online
Session2,3
Session2,3
Perth
Session3
Session2,3
Sydney
Session3
Session2,3
ACCT5002Accounting for Managers
Session2,3
LocationDomesticInternational
Brisbane - The Hotel School
Session2,3
Session2,3
Gold Coast
Session2
Session2
MelbourneN/A
Session2,3
Melbourne - The Hotel School
Session2,3
Session2,3
Online
Session2,3
Session2,3
PerthN/A
Session2,3
SydneyN/A
Session2,3
Sydney - The Hotel School
Session2,3
Session2,3

Year 1, Session 3

ECON5001Economics and Quantitative Analysis
Session3
LocationDomesticInternational
MelbourneN/A
Session3
Online
Session3
Session3
PerthN/A
Session3
SydneyN/A
Session3
BUSN6004Managing Information Systems
Session1,3
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session1
Session1
MelbourneN/A
Session3
Online
Session1
Session1
PerthN/A
Session3
SydneyN/A
Session3
Anti-requisitesBUSN6009 - Managing Information Systems (Online)

Year 2, Session 1

ACCT6004Finance
Session1,3
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session1
Session1
MelbourneN/A
Session1,3
Online
Session1
Session1
PerthN/A
Session1,3
SydneyN/A
Session1,3
Anti-requisitesFIN00706 Financial Management in Business
Enrolment informationThis unit is taught on the assumption that students have basic knowledge of accounting as included in ACCT5002 - Accounting for Managers or equivalent.
BUSN6005Strategy and Case Analysis
Session1
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session1
Session1
MelbourneN/A
Session1
Online
Session1
Session1
PerthN/A
Session1
SydneyN/A
Session1
Anti-requisiteshave successfully completed MNG00716 - Entrepreneurship and Marketing Strategic Management (unit from the old Master of Business Administration, no longer on offer)
1 unit from your chosen specialisation or Elective units Note 2

Year 2, Session 2

ACCT6015Corporate Governance
Session2
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session2
Session2
MelbourneN/A
Session2
Online
Session2
Session2
PerthN/A
Session2
SydneyN/A
Session2
BUSN6001Global Business
Session2
LocationDomesticInternational
MelbourneN/A
Session2
Online
Session2
Session2
PerthN/A
Session2
SydneyN/A
Session2
1 unit from your chosen specialisation or Elective units Note 2

Year 2, Session 3

BUSN7003Industry Research Project
Session1,2,3
Note 1
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session1
Session1
MelbourneN/A
Session1,2,3
Online
Session1,2,3
Session1,2,3
PerthN/A
Session1,2,3
SydneyN/A
Session1,2,3
Pre-requisites72 credit points from masters level (AQF 9)
Enrolment informationNoting the focus on advanced, independent learning required by this unit, students are advised to enrol in the subject towards the final stage of their course.

Unit CodeUnit TitleAvailableNotes

Year 1, Session 2

BUSN5003Management Communication
Session1,2,3
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session1
Session1
MelbourneN/A
Session1,2,3
Online
Session1,2,3
Session1,2,3
PerthN/A
Session1,2,3
SydneyN/A
Session1,2,3
MRKT6001Marketing
Session2
LocationDomesticInternational
MelbourneN/A
Session2
Online
Session2
Session2
PerthN/A
Session2
SydneyN/A
Session2
ACCT5002Accounting for Managers
Session2,3
LocationDomesticInternational
Brisbane - The Hotel School
Session2,3
Session2,3
Gold Coast
Session2
Session2
MelbourneN/A
Session2,3
Melbourne - The Hotel School
Session2,3
Session2,3
Online
Session2,3
Session2,3
PerthN/A
Session2,3
SydneyN/A
Session2,3
Sydney - The Hotel School
Session2,3
Session2,3

Year 1, Session 3

ECON5001Economics and Quantitative Analysis
Session3
LocationDomesticInternational
MelbourneN/A
Session3
Online
Session3
Session3
PerthN/A
Session3
SydneyN/A
Session3
MGMT6002The Positive Leader
Session2,3
LocationDomesticInternational
Melbourne
Session3
Session2,3
Online
Session2,3
Session2,3
Perth
Session3
Session2,3
Sydney
Session3
Session2,3
MGMT5002Organisational Behaviour
Session1,3
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session1
Session1
MelbourneN/A
Session1,3
Melbourne - The Hotel School
Session3
Session3
Online
Session1,3
Session1,3
PerthN/A
Session1,3
SydneyN/A
Session1,3
Sydney - The Hotel School
Session3
Session3
Anti-requisitesbe admitted to: MNG01720 Organisational Behaviour OR MGMT5003 - Organisational Behaviour (Online)

Year 2, Session 1

ACCT6004Finance
Session1,3
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session1
Session1
MelbourneN/A
Session1,3
Online
Session1
Session1
PerthN/A
Session1,3
SydneyN/A
Session1,3
Anti-requisitesFIN00706 Financial Management in Business
Enrolment informationThis unit is taught on the assumption that students have basic knowledge of accounting as included in ACCT5002 - Accounting for Managers or equivalent.
BUSN6005Strategy and Case Analysis
Session1
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session1
Session1
MelbourneN/A
Session1
Online
Session1
Session1
PerthN/A
Session1
SydneyN/A
Session1
Anti-requisiteshave successfully completed MNG00716 - Entrepreneurship and Marketing Strategic Management (unit from the old Master of Business Administration, no longer on offer)

Year 2, Session 2

ACCT6015Corporate Governance
Session2
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session2
Session2
MelbourneN/A
Session2
Online
Session2
Session2
PerthN/A
Session2
SydneyN/A
Session2
BUSN6001Global Business
Session2
LocationDomesticInternational
MelbourneN/A
Session2
Online
Session2
Session2
PerthN/A
Session2
SydneyN/A
Session2
1 unit from your chosen specialisation or Elective units Note 2

Year 2, Session 3

PROJ5001Project Management
Session1,3
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session1
Session1
MelbourneN/A
Session1,3
Melbourne - The Hotel School
Session3
Session3
Online
Session1,3
Session1,3
PerthN/A
Session1,3
SydneyN/A
Session1,3
Sydney - The Hotel School
Session3
Session3
Anti-requisitesMNG00783 Project Management for Sport
BUSN6004Managing Information Systems
Session1,3
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session1
Session1
MelbourneN/A
Session3
Online
Session1
Session1
PerthN/A
Session3
SydneyN/A
Session3
Anti-requisitesBUSN6009 - Managing Information Systems (Online)
1 unit from your chosen specialisation or Elective units Note 2

Year 3, Session 1

BUSN7003Industry Research Project
Session1,2,3
Note 1
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session1
Session1
MelbourneN/A
Session1,2,3
Online
Session1,2,3
Session1,2,3
PerthN/A
Session1,2,3
SydneyN/A
Session1,2,3
Pre-requisites72 credit points from masters level (AQF 9)
Enrolment informationNoting the focus on advanced, independent learning required by this unit, students are advised to enrol in the subject towards the final stage of their course.

Unit CodeUnit TitleAvailableNotes

Year 1, Session 3

ECON5001Economics and Quantitative Analysis
Session3
LocationDomesticInternational
MelbourneN/A
Session3
Online
Session3
Session3
PerthN/A
Session3
SydneyN/A
Session3
BUSN5003Management Communication
Session1,2,3
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session1
Session1
MelbourneN/A
Session1,2,3
Online
Session1,2,3
Session1,2,3
PerthN/A
Session1,2,3
SydneyN/A
Session1,2,3
ACCT5002Accounting for Managers
Session2,3
LocationDomesticInternational
Brisbane - The Hotel School
Session2,3
Session2,3
Gold Coast
Session2
Session2
MelbourneN/A
Session2,3
Melbourne - The Hotel School
Session2,3
Session2,3
Online
Session2,3
Session2,3
PerthN/A
Session2,3
SydneyN/A
Session2,3
Sydney - The Hotel School
Session2,3
Session2,3

Year 2, Session 1

MGMT5002Organisational Behaviour
Session1,3
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session1
Session1
MelbourneN/A
Session1,3
Melbourne - The Hotel School
Session3
Session3
Online
Session1,3
Session1,3
PerthN/A
Session1,3
SydneyN/A
Session1,3
Sydney - The Hotel School
Session3
Session3
Anti-requisitesbe admitted to: MNG01720 Organisational Behaviour OR MGMT5003 - Organisational Behaviour (Online)
ACCT6004Finance
Session1,3
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session1
Session1
MelbourneN/A
Session1,3
Online
Session1
Session1
PerthN/A
Session1,3
SydneyN/A
Session1,3
Anti-requisitesFIN00706 Financial Management in Business
Enrolment informationThis unit is taught on the assumption that students have basic knowledge of accounting as included in ACCT5002 - Accounting for Managers or equivalent.

Year 2, Session 2

BUSN6001Global Business
Session2
LocationDomesticInternational
MelbourneN/A
Session2
Online
Session2
Session2
PerthN/A
Session2
SydneyN/A
Session2
MRKT6001Marketing
Session2
LocationDomesticInternational
MelbourneN/A
Session2
Online
Session2
Session2
PerthN/A
Session2
SydneyN/A
Session2
ACCT6015Corporate Governance
Session2
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session2
Session2
MelbourneN/A
Session2
Online
Session2
Session2
PerthN/A
Session2
SydneyN/A
Session2

Year 2, Session 3

BUSN6004Managing Information Systems
Session1,3
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session1
Session1
MelbourneN/A
Session3
Online
Session1
Session1
PerthN/A
Session3
SydneyN/A
Session3
Anti-requisitesBUSN6009 - Managing Information Systems (Online)
MGMT6002The Positive Leader
Session2,3
LocationDomesticInternational
Melbourne
Session3
Session2,3
Online
Session2,3
Session2,3
Perth
Session3
Session2,3
Sydney
Session3
Session2,3
1 unit from your chosen specialisation or Elective units Note 2

Year 3, Session 1

PROJ5001Project Management
Session1,3
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session1
Session1
MelbourneN/A
Session1,3
Melbourne - The Hotel School
Session3
Session3
Online
Session1,3
Session1,3
PerthN/A
Session1,3
SydneyN/A
Session1,3
Sydney - The Hotel School
Session3
Session3
Anti-requisitesMNG00783 Project Management for Sport
BUSN6005Strategy and Case Analysis
Session1
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session1
Session1
MelbourneN/A
Session1
Online
Session1
Session1
PerthN/A
Session1
SydneyN/A
Session1
Anti-requisiteshave successfully completed MNG00716 - Entrepreneurship and Marketing Strategic Management (unit from the old Master of Business Administration, no longer on offer)
1 unit from your chosen specialisation or Elective units Note 2

Year 3, Session 2

BUSN7003Industry Research Project
Session1,2,3
Note 1
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session1
Session1
MelbourneN/A
Session1,2,3
Online
Session1,2,3
Session1,2,3
PerthN/A
Session1,2,3
SydneyN/A
Session1,2,3
Pre-requisites72 credit points from masters level (AQF 9)
Enrolment informationNoting the focus on advanced, independent learning required by this unit, students are advised to enrol in the subject towards the final stage of their course.


Notes

Note 1: Double-weighted unit
Note 2: Students must complete EITHER a specialisation OR choose elective units.

Unit groups

Elective units

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes
If not taking a specialisation, select two of the following units in addition to BUSN7003 Industry Research Project:
ACCT5001Business Accounting
ACCT6001Company and Financial Reporting
ACCT6003Professional Auditing
ACCT6005Taxation Law and Practice
ISYS5004Accounting Information Systems and Processes
LEGL5001Legal Studies
MGMT6001Organisational Change and Development
HRMT6001Human Resource Development
HRMT6003Human Resource Management
HRMT6004International and Comparative Human Resource Management
BUSN7004Qualitative Research Methods
BUSN7005Quantitative Research Methods
TOUR6001Tourism Planning Environments
TOUR5001Contemporary Hotel and Tourism Issues
TOUR5002International Tourism Systems
HOSP6002Business Events Management
BUSN5006Entrepreneurship
BUSN5001Environmental Management for Hotels and Attractions
BUSN5002Business Professional Development
BUSN6007Business Professional Practice

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