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Master of Business Administration

Testamur Title of Degree:

Master of Business Administration



My University:

Business, Administration, Management, MBA, Leadership


16 months full-time (4 trimesters) or part-time equivalent

Total Credit Points:


Starting Session(s):

Trimester 1, 2, 3

Delivery Mode:

On campus (Face-to-Face)


Sydney, Innovation Campus (Wollongong)

UOW Course Code:





The Master of Business Administration (MBA) is designed for experienced professionals who wish to develop their managerial skills in order to operate effectively in an increasingly competitive and evolving global business environment. Our program is designed for those who are qualified in a specialised field and who wish to develop their business acumen and business skills. MBA students develop a portfolio of key management competencies that range from strategic analysis and decision making skills through to an appreciation of global business challenges, complemented by people, economics, financial and marketing analysis skills.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have a Bachelor degree or equivalent from a recognised tertiary institution with an average mark of at least 60%, along with a minimum of two years full-time relevant professional or managerial work experience.

International applicants must also meet the University's English Language requirements as set out at

Course Requirements

Candidates are required to complete twelve (12) subjects (72 credit points) according to the list below. There are eight (8) compulsory subjects (48 credit points) plus four (4) elective subjects (24 credit points) selected from other 900-level Sydney Business School or other 900-level subjects as approved by the Program Director.

Course Program

Compulsory Subjects

Credit Points

TBS 901

Accounting for Managers


TBS 903

Managing People in Organisations


TBS 904

Marketing Management


TBS 905

Economic Analysis of Business


TBS 907

Financial Strategy#


TBS 909

Corporate Governance


TBS 920

International Business Strategy*


TBS 921

Strategic Decision Making*


# TBS 901 is a pre-requisite for TBS 907.

* These capstone subjects should ideally be undertaken only after all other compulsory subjects have been completed.

Two elective subjects that are highly recommended to students because they provide vital management skills are:

    • TBS 902 Statistics for Decision Making (required for those students who have not previously studied statistics, as this subject develops the skills necessary to complete other core MBA subjects); and

    • TBS 908 Supply Chain and Operations Management (provides an overview of overall product/ service development, outlining the dependency upon both internal and external parties)

Students may also apply to complete an individual research project as a 6 or 12 credit point elective subject. The project topic has to be pre-approved by the Program Director.

Note: Students undertaking the program through the Sydney Campus will have a more restricted number of elective subjects available to them. However, students may also choose electives at the Wollongong campus or undertake cross-institutional study.

Credit Arrangements

Upon completion of the MBA with an average mark of at least 60 per cent students may apply to progress to the Master of Business Administration Advanced with credit for previous subjects completed within the MBA.

Master of Business Administration graduates may also apply to enrol in one of the Business School's eight subject Masters degrees. Students may apply for credit transfer for subjects completed under the MBA and will be required to complete a further six (6) specified subjects (36 credit points) as determined by the Program Director.

Students who have completed one of the Business School's eight subject Masters degrees or a selected range of Masters programs from other Faculties, and who meet the MBA entry requirements, may apply to enrol in the MBA program. Students may be eligible for credit transfer for up to six (6) subjects (36 credit points) towards the MBA.

Students should consult the Program Director for further information.

Other Information

Master of Business Administration students may also have the opportunity to participate in a two week study abroad tour or South-East Asian and European summer schools.

Additional information is available from or email

Last reviewed: 6 February, 2013