Executive Master of Business Administration

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Executive Master of Business Administration

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Program summary

Professional development and leadership mastery for senior executives

You’re a high achieving senior executive with a commitment to continuous learning and looking for a flexible way to develop as a leader. This program allows you to maintain your busy working life and put in time to invigorate and broaden your management skills.

You learn to sharpen your problem solving capability and strategic thinking in a collegiate setting alongside peers who are also top of their game. Benefit from the latest in business thinking offered by USC teaching staff and external organisations.

In addition to learning within a cohort, the program uses computer-based simulations and problem solving activities to challenge skills, attitudes and beliefs. The program covers management issues relevant to both the public and private sectors and enables you to work on competencies in areas such as financial management, economics and marketing.

The EMBA is delivered flexibly with intensive weekend classes once a month for two years. To be considered for admission, you must have at least five years senior managerial work experience and attend an interview.

Australian Financial Review BOSS MBA rankings

In the 2015 survey of Australian MBA programs conducted by the Australian Financial Review, USC's Executive MBA program was ranked number 5 in Australia.

In the rankings by graduates it was ranked number 1 in Australia in the categories 'Improvement in Skills' and 'Value for Money'.

Program delivery mode

The EMBA is delivered on campus at USC on one weekend each month across approximately 22 months. For the assigned weekends students will need to be available to attend classes as follows:

Day Time
Friday 9am–4.30pm
Saturday 9am–4.30pm
Sunday 9am–4.30pm

The EMBA program commences in Semester 1 for the first year of study, and continue each month until December. After a short break at the end of the year, the program will re-commence in Semester 1.

Each weekend of delivery combines two or three courses so that delivery of a single course is not concentrated in one weekend. In addition, exams are conducted progressively throughout the scheduled weekends, not at a separate time. Due to this intensive delivery mode you are able to gain a real sense of achievement and progress.

Admission requirements

To be considered for admission, applicants must:

  • have a prior degree #, and
  • have at least five years senior managerial work experience.

Candidates whose first language is other than English must demonstrate an appropriate level of English proficiency. Refer to the English language requirements

Applicants may also be required to attend an interview.

# In the absence of an undergraduate degree the Faculty will consider evidence of the applicant’s ability to study at a graduate level. This may include:

  • partial completion of an undergraduate degree and / or
  • other post secondary qualifications
Advanced standing

Students with an undergraduate degree

No advanced standing will be granted to students with an undergraduate qualification.

Students with postgraduate qualifications

Students who have completed postgraduate courses elsewhere may apply for advanced standing up to a maximum of 50 percent for the Master of Business Administration, Graduate Certificate in Business Administration and the Graduate Diploma in Business Administration. The content of the courses would need to overlap the University of the Sunshine Coast course content by at least 75 percent.

Career opportunities

This program equips you for high level leadership roles in Australia and internationally and develops executive skills to manage complex challenges in private business or government.

Application and admission advice

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What will I study

Recommended study sequence

Students who commenced prior to the current semester must complete the courses from their original program structure unless otherwise advised. For courses no longer included in the current sequence, use the course links in your structure for details of requisites and scheduling. This is a recommended study sequence to complete your program within the specified full-time duration.

Program requirements

In order to graduate you must:

  • Successfully complete 144 units as outlined in the Program Structure
Program notes
  • Not available to international students on a Student visa

How to apply

Am I eligible to apply?
Domestic students
  1. Download and complete the Application for postgraduate coursework form and submit directly to USC.
  2. Lodge the completed application form with supporting documentation to Student Central by the due date.
More information

How to enrol

Refer to the Academic Calendar for key semester/session/trimester enrolment dates.

Current students

Refer to the Academic Calendar for key semester/session/trimester dates.

Enrolling is a 2 step process:

Step 1 - Enrol in your courses

You can enrol in courses for Study period 2 now. This gives you the opportunity to plan your study well in advance.

Note: If you enrol in a course but don't select a class time (step 2), you'll be charged the fee for the course at census date. You can swap, drop or add courses up until the end of week 2, and remove courses from your enrolment up until census date. View key dates in the academic calendars.

View the instructions to complete Step 1 in the video below or the Enrol in your courses PDF guide.

Step 2 - Select your class times 

Check the Academic calendar for the timetable release date for each study period. When the timetable has been released you can use the Timetable Planner* to plan your class times.

All students (excluding Headstart, Cross institutional and Visiting students)

Once Class selection opens*, select your class times in USC Central by following the instructions in the video below or the Select your class times PDF guide.

Tip: Select your classes as soon as Class selection opens as classes can fill quickly.

* We will be in contact with you to let you know when the Timetable Planner is available and Class selection opens.

How to enrol once class selection has opened

If class selection is open and you are yet to enrol in your courses, you can enrol in your courses and select your class times in one step.

Check the Academic Calendar for Class selection open date to confirm.

View the instructions in the video below or the How to enrol when class selection has opened PDF Guide (565KB).

Headstart, Cross-institutional and Visiting students

Complete and submit a Class preference form to select your class times.

New students 

Domestic students: Once you have applied and received your offer of a place from USC, follow the steps for Getting Started at USC to respond to your offer, plan your study and enrol in your courses.

International students should view the Getting Started Guide for International students for enrolment steps.

Plan your study

Before you re-enrol it's important to plan your study to make sure you study the right courses at the right time so you can finish your degree when you plan to.

Follow the Planning your study instructions to plan your courses for the upcoming semesters/trimesters/sessions. You can vary your study load between full-time (3-4 courses) or part-time (1-2 courses) in each study period. If you need some assistance, contact Student Central.

Confirm your enrolment

View your class timetable in USC Central to confirm you are enrolled in the courses you selected. Close to the beginning of the semester/trimester/session, your course details can be found in My Courses in Blackboard.

To prove your enrolment to Centrelink, print an unofficial transcript from USC Central. Refer to the steps at View your Unofficial Transcript in the USC Central Guide.

Once you are enrolled, learn how to manage your enrolment.

More information

Search for answers and ask questions via askUSC, or contact Student Central.

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