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'.
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:
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.
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
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.
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
Contact Student Central
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6 April 2017
Donald Jamieson banking on success with EMBA
When Donald Jamieson officially receives his Executive Master of Business Administration at a USC Graduation Ceremony tomorrow, Friday 7 April, the former senior banker will be marking both personal and professional achievements.
9 March 2017
Study secures business success for mum of three
From leaving school aged just 14 to working in senior levels of business management, USC graduate Angela Miles’ path to success has been anything but ordinary.
11 December 2015
EMBA helps radiologist in business success
The challenges of managing one of Queensland’s largest privately-owned radiology services have inspired a leading medical specialist to pursue a postgraduate business degree at the University of the Sunshine Coast.
26 November 2015
EMBA students talk business in China
Eye-opening insights into international business culture were on the itinerary for a group of postgraduate business students from the University of the Sunshine Coast during a recent study tour to China.
14 July 2015
EMBA graduate helping to save most vulnerable
A University of the Sunshine Coast graduate is using his Executive Master of Business Administration to help save lives.
24 March 2015
EMBA students to convert learning into local businesses
Two USC Executive Master of Business Administration students are on track to convert their learning experiences into successful Sunshine Coast-based businesses.
What will I study
Required courses (120 units)
EMB751 Creativity and Innovation in Decisions
EMB752 Marketing for Managers
EMB753 Research for Decision Making
EMB754 Innovation and Entrepreneurship
EMB755 Financial Report Analysis
EMB756 Managerial Informatics
EMB757 Managing People in Organisations
EMB758 Managerial Economics
EMB759 Business Law
EMB760 Principles of Leadership
EMB761 Corporate Governance, Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility
EMB762 Strategic Management
EMB763 Business Finance for Managers
EMB765 Managing Human Capital
EMB766 New Venture Planning A
EMB775 Developing Personal Leadership Capability
EMB776 Strategic Marketing
EMB780 Managerial Project (12 units)
EMB784 New Venture Planning B
Elective courses (24 units)
PLUS select 24 units from:
EMB771 Leading Strategic Change
EMB772 Project Leadership
EMB773 Cultural Intelligence in the Global Environment
EMB778 Managerial Project
EMB779 Contemporary and Emerging Issues in Business and Management
EMB781 Managerial Business Analytics
EMB782 Research Project A
EMB783 Research Project B (12 units)
Note: Program structures are subject to change. Not all USC courses are available on every USC campus.
Total units: 144
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.
In order to graduate you must:
- Successfully complete 144 units as outlined in the Program Structure
- It is each students responsibility to enrol correctly according to your course requisites, program rules and requirements and be aware of the academic calendar dates.
- Not available to international students on a Student visa
How to apply
Am I eligible to apply?
- Confirm that you meet the program specific admission requirements, prerequisites and recommended prior study outlined on Why study this program?
- Confirm that you meet the general postgraduate admission requirements and English Language Proficiency requirements
- Download and complete the Application for postgraduate coursework form and submit directly to USC.
- Lodge the completed application form with supporting documentation to Student Central by the due date.
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 the correct courses (subjects).
Before you enrol, visit Planning your study to make sure you are studying the right courses at the right time so you complete the required unit value to graduate from your degree when you plan to.
It is each student's responsibility to enrol correctly according to your course requisites, program rules and requirements, and to be aware of the academic calendar dates.
Visit How do I enrol? for enrolment instructions and key dates.
View step-by-step instructions to enrol at How do I enrol?
Refer to the Academic Calendar for key dates, including the last day to add, drop or swap a course or class and Census dateas.