Master of Business Administration MBA

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Dr Wayne Graham
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Dr Wayne Graham

Fast track your business career and open the door to senior management.

An MBA is an opportunity to increase and deepen your range of management skills. The program covers the latest trends and influences in business and builds on your skills in critical thinking and analysis.

Learn in a team environment where you and the other program participants share your real life management challenges and how you apply problem solving skills.

Complete eight courses in the fundamentals of accounting, economics, corporate finance, strategic management and marketing. Then choose four courses in topics that interest you including international trade and finance, entrepreneurship, global business management, informatics, research and many others.

Best of all, apply your new skills in your current job and complete the MBA flexibly either on campus or online.

Admission requirements

To be considered for admission candidates would normally be required to:

  1. possess an undergraduate degree from a recognised higher education institution or equivalent *
  2. have at least two years relevant full-time equivalent work or other relevant experience; and
  3. candidates whose first language is other than English must demonstrate an appropriate level of English proficiency. Refer to the English language requirements

* Applicants who do not possess an undergraduate degree but have at least 3 years’ relevant full-time equivalent work or other relevant experience may be admitted to the qualifying Graduate Certificate in Business Administration.

Successful completion of the Graduate Certificate in Business Administration will qualify the candidate for entry into the MBA for completion of the remaining courses.

Career opportunities

You qualify for high level management roles, such as, Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer, General Manager, Senior Project Manager or Account Executive.

Intakes - when to apply

Trimester 3 2019.
From Session 2, 2020 Sunshine Coast and Online intakes will be Session 2, Session 3, Session 5, Session 6, Session 7 and Session 1. SouthBank intakes will be Session 2, Session 3, Session 5 and Session 6.

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Program structure

Required courses (8) 96 units

CourseSemester of offerRequisites
ACC701 Accounting for Managers
Sunshine Coast: Session 5
South Bank: Session 5
Pre: Enrolled in any PGRD Program or (enrolled in Program SC410 or SC411 and 280 units completed towards these Programs)
Anti: MBA705 and MBA717 or EMB755 and EMB767
BUS703 Managing Research
Renmin: Session 5
Sunshine Coast: Session 5
South Bank: Session 5
Pre: Enrolled in any PGRD Program
Anti: MBA703 or EMB753
BUS705 Innovation Management
Renmin: Session 2
Sunshine Coast: Session 2, Session 7
South Bank: Session 2
Pre: Enrolled in any PGRD Program
Anti: MBA701 or EMB751
MGT701 Leading and Managing Organisations
Sunshine Coast: Session 3
South Bank: Session 3
Pre: Enrolled in any PGRD Program or (enrolled in Program SC410, SC411, SC425, SC404 or SC405 and 280 units completed towards these Programs)
Anti: MBA707 or EMB757
MGT703 Strategic Management
Sunshine Coast: Session 2, Session 7
South Bank: Session 2, Session 7
Pre: Enrolled in any PGRD Program
Anti: MBA712 or EMB762
MKG701 Marketing ManagementSunshine Coast: Session 3
South Bank: Session 3
Pre: Enrolled in any PGRD Program
Anti: MBA702 and MBA726

PLUS select 1 course from:

CourseSemester of offerRequisites
BUS502 Principles of Economics for Accountants
  • Semester 1
Pre: Enrolled in any PGRD Program
BUS702 Economics for ManagersSunshine Coast: Session 6
South Bank: Session 6
Pre: Enrolled in any PGRD Program or (enrolled in Program SC410, SC411, SC425, SC404 or SC405) and 280 units completed towards either of these Programs)
Anti: MBA708 or EMB758

PLUS select 1 course from:

CourseSemester of offerRequisites
ACC511 Managerial Finance
  • Semester 1
Pre: Enrolled in any PGRD Program
Co: BUS502
Anti: BUS704 or EMB763 or MBA713
BUS704 Corporate Finance
Sunshine Coast: Session 6
South Bank: Session 6
Pre: Enrolled in any PGRD Program
Anti: MBA713 or EMB763 or ACC511
BUS708 International Trade and FinanceSunshine Coast: Session 3
South Bank: Session 3
Pre: Enrolled in any PGRD Program

*BUS502 and ACC511 are only available to Southbank students.

Elective courses (4) 48 units

Select 4 postgraduate level elective courses (48 units) from the USC Business School.

These electives  can be used to study courses in the following interest areas:

Please note that the program structure of the MBA and names of courses are subject to change.

Note: Not all USC courses are available on every USC campus.

Total units: 144
Program requirements 

In order to graduate you must:

  • Successfully complete 144 units as outlined in the Program Structure
Program notes
  • Completing this program within the specified (full-time) duration is based on studying 48 unit points per semester (normally 4 courses) and following the recommended study sequence
  • The unit value of all courses is 12 units unless otherwise specified
  • 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
  • Only a full-time study option is available to international students on a Student Visa
  • Online study mode not available to international students on a Student Visa
  • Refer to the Managing your progression page for help in understanding your program structure, reviewing your progress and planning remaining courses

How to apply

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

Apply direct to USC International

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 the correct courses (subjects).

Continuing students

Before you enrol it's important to check your commencing program structure and the published recommended study sequence to make sure you study the right courses at the right time and will be ready to graduate from your degree when you plan to.

To better understand your program structure and for instructions on how to review your progress and plan your remaining courses, visit the Managing your progression page.

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

Need assistance?

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 dates.

Search for answers and ask questions about enrolling or contact Student Central.

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