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C04018v6 Master of Business Administration

Award(s): Master of Business Administration (MBA)
CRICOS code: 025004A
Commonwealth supported place?: No
Load credit points: 96
Course EFTSL: 2
Location: City campus

Course aims
Career options
Admission requirements
Credit recognition
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course program
Articulation with UTS courses
Professional recognition
Other information


The UTS MBA is distinguished from the competition by its practical, vocational orientation and by the open architecture of the course design. All MBA subjects are approved by an industry board that insists on 'relevance to workplace' as a pre-eminent subject design principle. The MBA provides knowledge and skills that are essential for superior management performance.

The course provides unparalleled program flexibility. Students design their MBA to match their employment aspirations. A wide range of specialist skills is also introduced through a choice of majors and sub-majors. The teaching staff are drawn from among the finest researchers and university educators around the world, keeping students abreast of current trends and focusing on the global picture.

Course aims

  • General management skills develop expertise in strategic thinking, critical analysis, developing and implementing business plans, decision-making under uncertainty, understanding organisational dynamics, motivating others, effective communication, leadership, and promoting change in dynamic environments.
  • Functional skills develop competency in a number of key disciplines including accounting, finance, marketing and human resources management.
  • Specialist skills are introduced in areas such as: international marketing; human resource management; management in the public, private and international spheres; tourism; sport; arts management; engineering management; and information technology.

Career options

The MBA is the most recognised and most transportable postgraduate degree. Students in the MBA know that to realise their full career potential, additional managerial skills and credentials are essential. Personal investment in a demanding MBA program that is recognised for both intellectual rigour and practical application of knowledge accelerates students' career progression or introduces new career pathways.

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed a UTS recognised bachelor's degree, or an equivalent or higher qualification, or submitted other evidence of general and professional qualifications that demonstrates potential to pursue graduate studies.

Applicants also require:

  • a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 out of 4 with less than 10 per cent fail grades, or
  • a Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) overall minimum score of 550, or
  • a minimum of at least four years' relevant work experience.

Applicants with a relevant graduate certificate must have completed it with at least a credit average. Applicants applying with a GMAT should achieve an overall minimum score of 550 with verbal 25, quantitative 35 and AWA 4.0.

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass; or PTE: 58-64; or CAE: 58-66

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

International students

Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.

Credit recognition

Students may be granted a maximum of 10 subject exemptions in the MBA, of which four core subjects may be approved from prior undergraduate study.

Further information is available at:

Course duration and attendance

The MBA is normally completed in two years of full-time or four years of part-time study. Completion time may be accelerated by undertaking subjects in intensive mode during Summer session. Classes for core subjects are held during the day as well as in the evening.

Course structure

The course comprises 96 credit points, made up of eight compulsory core subjects (totalling 48 credit points) and eight elective subjects (totalling 48 credit points).

Electives can be taken in one of three ways: as one major (48 credit points), as two sub-majors (24 credit points each), or as one sub-major (24 credit points) plus mixed electives (24 credit points).

Course completion requirements

STM90345 Core subjects 48cp
CBK90214 Major/Two sub-majors/Sub-major + four electives 48cp
Total 96cp

Course program

The lists of core subjects and available majors and sub-majors are provided below.

Core subjects
21878 Organisational Dialogue: Theory and Practice   6cp
21937 Managing, Leading and Stewardship   6cp
22747 Accounting for Managerial Decisions   6cp
23706 Economics for Management   6cp
21928 People, Work and Employment   6cp
25742 Financial Management   6cp
24734 Marketing Management   6cp
21715 Strategic Management   6cp
List of majors
MAJ08049 Accounting Information Systems   48cp
MAJ08934 Accounting and Finance   48cp
MAJ09362 Business Law   48cp
MAJ08940 Finance   48cp
MAJ08020 Human Resource Management   48cp
MAJ02044 Information Technology   48cp
MAJ08941 International Business   48cp
MAJ08476 Management   48cp
MAJ08480 Marketing   48cp
MAJ08483 Professional Accounting   48cp
MAJ08974 Project Management   48cp
MAJ08938 Technology Management   48cp
List of sub-majors
SMJ08098 Accounting Information Systems   24cp
SMJ08071 Arts Management   24cp
SMJ09037 Business Law   24cp
SMJ08209 Community Management   24cp
SMJ08075 Engineering Management   24cp
SMJ08213 Event Management   24cp
SMJ08147 Finance   24cp
SMJ08066 Human Resources Management   24cp
SMJ02038 Information Technology   24cp
SMJ08148 International Business   24cp
SMJ10028 International Exchange   24cp
SMJ08208 Management   24cp
SMJ08084 Marketing   24cp
SMJ08111 Marketing Research   24cp
SMJ08037 Operations and Supply Chain   24cp
SMJ08086 Project Management   24cp
SMJ08153 Public Relations   24cp
SMJ08155 Sport Management   24cp
SMJ08038 Strategic Management   24cp
SMJ08205 Strategic Marketing   24cp
SMJ08156 Tourism Management   24cp

Articulation with UTS courses

While the MBA is offered as a stand-alone qualification, it is also part of an articulated program of study comprising the Graduate Certificate in Business Administration (C11008), the Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (C06009), and the Master of Business Administration (MBA). This enables students who satisfactorily complete the Graduate Certificate in Business Administration or the Graduate Diploma in Business Administration to apply for entry to the MBA.

Where a student articulates from one level of study to another, only one testamur is issued.

Professional recognition

CPA Australia; Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia (ICAA); Australian Human Resources Institute; Institute of Public Accountants (IPA)

The MBA with Professional Accounting major meets the formal academic requirements for associate membership of CPA Australia and the ICAA. In order to meet the educational requirements for membership of CPA Australia and the ICAA, students undertaking the Professional Accounting major must also complete an introductory law subject. Students who have not previously completed an undergraduate law subject by examination must study 79708 Contemporary Business Law in place of 21928 People, Work and Employment.

Students completing this degree with a major in human resource management are eligible to apply to the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI) for the professional member (MAHRI) status.

Students completing this degree with a major in finance are eligible to apply for associate membership at the Financial Services Institute of Australasia (FINSIA) and are also eligible to apply for Certified Finance and Treasury Professional at the Finance and Treasury Association (FTA).

Other information

Further information is available from the UTS Business School on:

telephone 1300 ask UTS (1300 275 887)