Master of Business Administration - (MBA) online

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

updated 6:02 AM on Sat, 25 September

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International snapshot

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Duration
2.7 years part-time

Duration may vary depending on unit availabilities, previous study or work experience.

4 years part-time
Location
SCU Online
SCU Online
Start date
January, March, April, July, August, November
December, February, April, June, August, October
Course code
1208100
Course abbreviation
MBA
Credit points
192
Equivalent units
16
CRICOS
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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

With a online Master of Business Administration, you’ll develop both the business know-how and the practical skills to advance your career or build your own business. You’ll examine contemporary management and develop solutions to complex commercial situations all through the prism of the fast-paced, ever-evolving global digital economy.

The course is designed to enable you to get the most out of the program while fitting study seamlessly around work, family, and other priorities. It is 100% online. You can begin at one of six times throughout the year, and adjust your workload to suit your schedule. Our personalised, one-on-one support keeps you motivated and ensures you're getting the education you need. You study broadly across a comprehensive suite of business disciplines, and take one of four specialisations to gain the deep knowledge you need to enhance your professional expertise.

You'll undertake a practical research project in your workplace to reinforce your learning and to apply that learning in a real business environment. Along with specialist industry capabilities, you'll develop the soft skills employers crave and businesses need; leadership, problem solving and communication.

Four foundation units give you a solid grounding in the basic principles of business and management. If you have a relevant undergraduate degree or work experience, you could receive these as advanced standing and complete the course in two-years while studying part-time. If you want to build the foundations of your business knowledge, take the full course (16 units). You can still graduate in under three years studying part-time.

With a online Master of Business Administration, you’ll develop both the business know-how and the practical skills to advance your career or build your own business. You’ll examine contemporary management and develop solutions to complex commercial situations all through the prism of the fast-paced, ever-evolving global digital economy.

The course is designed to enable you to get the most out of the program while fitting study seamlessly around work, family, and other priorities. It is 100% online. You can begin at one of six times throughout the year, and adjust your workload to suit your schedule. Our personalised, one-on-one support keeps you motivated and ensures you're getting the education you need. You study broadly across a comprehensive suite of business disciplines, and take one of four specialisations to gain the deep knowledge you need to enhance your professional expertise.

You'll undertake a practical research project in your workplace to reinforce your learning and to apply that learning in a real business environment. Along with specialist industry capabilities, you'll develop the soft skills employers crave and businesses need; leadership, problem solving and communication.

Four foundation units give you a solid grounding in the basic principles of business and management. If you have a relevant undergraduate degree or work experience, you could receive these as advanced standing and complete the course in two-years while studying part-time. If you want to build the foundations of your business knowledge, take the full course (16 units). You can still graduate in under three years studying part-time.

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

All students study our eight core units, and all produce an industry research project, situated in their choice of industry. This enables you to apply your new skills to your existing workplace, or test the waters in an industry to which you aspire. You will learn to manage the variables inherent in the workplace, and convert your knowledge into experience. You will also select a specialisation, which helps you build substantial and specific expertise to complement the general management proficiencies you gain in the core units.

Choose from:

  • Accounting
  • Health Services Management
  • Information and Knowledge Management
  • Managing and Leading People.

If you choose, you can replace the specialisation with two elective units to acquire a less specialised but more expansive understanding of leadership and management.

Our four foundation units provide the management basics. Whether you take these units depends on your prior education and experience.

Domestic students

LocationTeaching period
SCU OnlineStudy Period  1, Study Period  2, Study Period  3, Study Period  4, Study Period  5, Study Period  6

International students

LocationTeaching periodAnnual FeesCRICOS
SCU OnlineStudy Period  1, Study Period  2, Study Period  3, Study Period  4, Study Period  5, Study Period  6$26,400 ($3,300 per unit)N/A
 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

SCU Online
Study Period 6 November 2021

International students studying online or outside of Australia

SCU Online
Study Period 6 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

Units typically include written and/or oral assignments that match typical work tasks: business reports, case studies, presentations, research studies and plans. Practical assessments and examinations ensure you graduate with key industry skills and knowledge.

We support your performance via weekly activities that scaffold learning and act as a 'rehearsal space' for the assessments.

Teaching methods

Our flexible course fits around you. It’s designed to meet the demands of busy, mobile people – people who travel frequently, work abroad, or juggle multiple work, life and family commitments. You can enter at one of six points throughout the year, and organise your study program to take advantage of the peaks and troughs in your own life.

We employ clever, intuitive and interactive learning software that enables you to collaborate with peers and lecturers. Our multi-modal approach delivers content as video, audio, hands-on, practical exercises, and other media to suit all kinds of learners. Discuss and debate ideas with your peers and lecturer in dedicated forums and with other networking technology.

Each unit has its own website to keep you focused. Every week, you'll find activities, readings and case studies laid out with step-by-step instructions. As the weeks progress and your knowledge deepens, you'll tackle increasingly sophisticated concepts, and employ critical analysis.

Make no mistake, this is a rigorous degree. Each unit is presented in a seven-week block, and demands up to 150 hours of study - which translates into around 20 hours a week. The benefits though, will last a lifetime.

Career opportunities

MBA graduates have more options. The 2019 GMAC Corporate Recruiters Survey found that nine out of 10 employers across Asia-Pacific will be seeking MBA graduates to join their organisations. This is largely because of their solid preparation for management roles, in-depth problem-solving skills and professional networks.

As an MBA graduate, your new leadership and management skills will equip you for executive roles across a broad spectrum of industries, like business, finance, accounting, marketing, operations, human resources, tourism and corporate sustainability. MBAs are also highly sought after in government, and in the not-for-profit sector. For an entrepreneur or small business owner, an MBA boosts and balances your business skills, builds your network, and shows you exactly how technology and innovative practices can help you succeed.

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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

BUSN5005Management Communication (Online)
MGMT5003Organisational Behaviour (Online)
ECON5002Economics and Quantitative Analysis (Online)
ACCT5003Accounting for Managers (Online)
MRKT6003Marketing (Online)
ACCT6016Finance for Managers (Online)
ACCT6013Corporate Governance for Managers (Online)
MGMT6003The Positive Leader (Online)
PROJ5002Project Management Principles
BUSN6002Global Business (Online)
BUSN6008Strategy and Case Analysis (Online)
BUSN6009Managing Information Systems (Online)

Specialisations

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes
ACCT5004Business Accounting for Managers (Online)
LEGL5003Business and Corporation Law for Managers (Online)
BUSN7001Industry Research Project: Part A
BUSN7002Industry Research Project: Part B

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes
Compulsory:
BUSN7001Industry Research Project: Part A
BUSN7002Industry Research Project: Part B
Select two (2) of the following units:
PBHL5006Healthcare Professional Portfolio A
HLTH5001Leading Change in Healthcare
HLTH5005Principles and Practice of Clinical Accountability
MGMT5004Strategic Health Management

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes
COMP6005Managing Digital Enterprise (Online)
BUSN6006Strategic Knowledge Management (Online)
BUSN7001Industry Research Project: Part A
BUSN7002Industry Research Project: Part B

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes
MGMT6004Organisational Change and Development (Online)
HRMT6002Human Resource Management (Online)
BUSN7001Industry Research Project: Part A
BUSN7002Industry Research Project: Part B

Electives

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes
If not taking a specialisation, select two of the following units in addition to BUSN7001 Industry Research Project Part A and BUSN7002 Industry Research Project Part B:
ACCT5004Business Accounting for Managers (Online)
LEGL5003Business and Corporation Law for Managers (Online)
MGMT5001Health Systems, Policies and Practices
PBHL5006Healthcare Professional Portfolio A
HLTH5001Leading Change in Healthcare
HLTH5005Principles and Practice of Clinical Accountability
MGMT5004Strategic Health Management
COMP6005Managing Digital Enterprise (Online)
BUSN6006Strategic Knowledge Management (Online)
MGMT6004Organisational Change and Development (Online)
HRMT6002Human Resource Management (Online)


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