Executive Master of Business Administration

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Executive Master of Business Administration


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

This recommended study sequence ONLY represents the CURRENT program structure. Students in previous structures should use this sequence to inform order of courses and current course details. For courses in your commencing structure not included in the current sequence, search the course code for current course offerings and requisites.

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

New to USC?

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

Continuing students

Before you enrol, visit Planning your study 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.

Visit How do I enrol? for enrolment instructions and key dates.

More information

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

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

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