Master of Business Administration

Develop your leadership skills and knowledge of ethical practices within organisations

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Excelsia College | Master Business Administration

Master of Business Administration

Duration: 1.5 years full-time/3 years part-time
Delivery: Blended
Credit points: 72 credit points
Available to: Domestic (FEE-HELP)/International
IELTS: 6.5 with no band less than 6.0
AQF: Level 9
Tuition fee: International students: $8,120 semester/$32,480 total
Please note: For students commencing in the MBA from Semester 2 2024, the course duration is 1.5 Years. For students who applied for the MBA prior to Semester 2 2024, please refer to the course progression plan available in ExO or consult your Course Coordinator.

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The focus of the Excelsia College Master of Business Administration (MBA) is leadership of organisations with an ethical and social responsibility orientation. The program is designed to develop in students’ leadership skills as well as knowledge of ethical and socially responsible practices within organisations. The purpose of the MBA is to promote and enhance the mission of Excelsia College through the application of scholarship consistent with a Christian worldview in producing graduates prepared to lead in a range of professions and organisational settings.

Where appropriate the course is supplemented by biblical, ethical, philosophical, and social scientific materials and perspectives. These materials and perspectives are intended to enhance, not detract from, contemporary understandings of business contexts, practices, and environments. Where such materials and perspectives are deployed in the course, linkages to relevant business understandings are made explicit. Such linkages include, but are not limited to:

• the applicability of values-based leadership from a general-management and organisation-specific perspective;

• the role of biblical and moral insights with respect to the capacity to think and act strategically and ethically under conditions of rapid change and uncertainty;

• a focus on personal integrity and the holistic well-being of people when analysing and integrating business policies, practices and procedures;

• social and sustainable enterprise in the context of finance, human resources, information systems, international business, and general leadership and management, and

• the capacity to communicate ethically and effectively, to work productively in teams, to use information technology thoughtfully, and to candidly appraise personal abilities, strengths, and weaknesses.

Philosophically, the MBA is ‘outward looking,’ with a clear orientation towards managers as global citizens, decision makers and leaders, from initiating organisational research all the way through the value chain to marketing and after-sales service.

The program takes a human-centric approach to management education that incorporate human values of empathy as well as the development of critical analytical thinking and design thinking. The goal from this orientation to management education to is make the Excelsia College MBA graduate a better business leader connected to the real world and communities in which businesses operate.

Students have the option of choosing from three majors, namely;

• Business Research,

• Financial Management, and

• Operational Management.

Alternatively, students may opt for a general MBA where four electives are selected in addition to the 8 Core Units.

The Master of Business Administration is designed for young managers and business leaders who are still developing their knowledge and mastery of business processes.

Leadership Theory

Learn to analyse and explain historical trends in leadership as well as distinguish between leadership and management functions. Students will apply and synthesise leadership theories and practices to case studies.

Organisational Behaviour and Leadership

Study how people’s behaviours and motivations as individuals and teams determine the character, dynamics and effectiveness of an organisation. Learn how to analyse and integrate values-based frameworks in addressing leadership and organisational behavioural challenges.

Applied Management Theory

Learn to analyse the business environment and determine effective management practices. Students will evaluate the relationship between leadership and management and maintain an awareness of the ethical challenges involved in each.

Professional Ethics

Analyse significant contemporary ethical issues and challenges in business from a Christian perspective. Students will also learn leadership strategies to deal with ethical dilemmas and examine decision-making frameworks at the personal and organisational levels.

Stewardship and Governance

Understand and apply stewardship principles to influence organisations for sustainable performance through contributions to human, environmental and societal wellbeing. Integrate socially responsible practices and corporate governance in businesses through the lens of stewardship.

Organisational Learning and Change

Learn how to effectively identify and critique different approaches to change. Students will also begin to integrate the concepts and principles of organisational change and organisational learning in designing and implementing plans for development and transformation.

Business Strategy and Policy

Learn to critically appraise business networks, partnerships and alliances, and the policies associated with managing these relationships, while exhibiting awareness of the ethical challenges involved in formulating business strategy.

Corporate Social Responisibility and Sustainability

Explore the economic, cultural and environmental impacts of globalisation. Students learn to evaluate models of corporate social responsibility and sustainable development in terms of agendas, effectiveness and long-term viability, while maintaining awareness of ethical aspects in regards to exploitation in marketing, branding and political purposes.

Qualitative and Quantitative Methods

This unit aims to analyse the application of both qualitative and quantitative research in the human sciences, and how the nature of the problem and the questions posed lend themselves to one or both research approaches. This unit fosters the development of all eight Excelsia College graduate attributes and requires the rigorous development of higher-order skills in all its six objectives. The unit focuses on 1) Philosophy and Context 2) Design and Data Collection and 3) Data Analysis

Literature Review

In this unit students will complete a critical review of scholarly and other significant literature that relates to their thesis topic or area of study. The literature review will relate to the generation of research questions. Tuition will be provided in an intensive format or by supervision, though much of the learning approach will be student-driven and performed independently. This course will directly support the completion of a postgraduate research project, such as a thesis.

Research Proposal and Ethics

This unit is designed to introduce conceptual, methodological, and procedural issues related to the preparation of a research project proposal. It develops a step-by-step approach involving the background to the project, framing of the research question and objectives, consideration of theoretical frameworks, justification of methodology selected for the research enquiry, the significance of ethics and ethical conduct in research, and research methodologies. It also enables the preparation of a research ethics application, which is a fundamental research skill for future research progression.

One Elective Unit

Accounting for Managers

Accounting for Managers helps aspiring postgraduate students to be good managers and make sound business decisions from financial and accounting perspectives.

Business Economics

Discover the role that managerial economics plays in business decision-making. Gain an advanced understanding of demand analysis, cost analysis and market strategy, with particular attention on resource allocation. This unit will also consider ethics in managerial business economics.

Strategic Management Accounting

Students will advance their skills in management accounting by learning complex issues such as:

• transfer pricing

• dashboard reporting

• balanced scorecard

• performance management on strategy alignment

Data Analytics in Accounting

This unit uses mathematical formulae and analytical tools to examine business data. Students will be taught to use a range of financial and statistical tools to examine financial reports for making sound business decisions.

Operations Management

Investigate the strategic role that operations management plays in enhancing a firm’s competitive advantage. Students will learn to analyse business operations using appropriate performance measures, as well as model ways of effectively implementing theories of quality control in business operations.

Business Information Management

Gain a critical appreciation of information systems and technology in organisations. Students will begin to analyse major issues facing managers in the effective use of information technology and the importance of aligning IT and IS with business strategy and goals.

Marketing Management

Learn marketing from an integrated framework within local and global contexts. Particular attention will be paid to social responsibility in marketing and the ethical and social implications of campaigns. Learn to develop appropriate strategies while analysing solutions for strategy failures.

Global Management

Develop the skills to evaluate the structure of international business operations in a competitive global environment. Examine and evaluate an international business operation, taking into account ethical and cultural dimensions.

Select any 4 units from the General Electives

Accounting for Managers

Business Economics

Strategic Management Accounting

Data Analytics in Accounting

Operations Management

Business Information Management

Marketing Management

Global Management

Entry requirements

Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree or equivalent from an Australian Higher Education Institution or approved international university


Applicants must hold a Graduate Diploma of Business Administration or Graduate Diploma in a business or management related field from an Australian Higher Education Institution or approved international university


Applicants without a formal qualification may apply for entry into the Master of Business Administration based on a minimum of 5 years documented managerial work experience or completion of a professional qualification plus managerial work experience. These applicants will be assessed by the Excelsia College Admissions Committee in consultation with the Head of School on a case-by-case basis.

Applicants who did not complete their bachelor degree in English at an approved institution in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the Republic of Ireland, the United Kingdom or the United States of America will be required to demonstrate English Language proficiency. Such applicants must have an overall IELTS result of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0, or equivalent English Language proficiency test result.

Please refer to the credit and RPL policies and procedures in the Admissions Framework.

  Applicant background
2019 Semester 2
Number of Students Percentage of  all students
 (A) Past higher education study
(includes a bridging or enabling course)
  (B) Past vocational education and training (VET) study00%
 (C) Work and life experience
(Admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three  categories)
 (D) Recent secondary education:


  • Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR(regardless of whether this includes the impact of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points)
  • Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR)
  • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation with no minimum ATAR)
    International students108100%
    All students108100%

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