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C04031v9 Executive Master of Business Administration

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


This course is only offered to local students.

Students can only commence this course in the March intake.

This course is not offered to international students.

Course aims
Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Recognition of prior learning
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course program
Articulation with UTS courses
Other information


The Executive MBA is designed as a general management qualification for ambitious individuals with considerable work experience who are looking to further develop their business and strategic leadership skills. The overarching goal of the course is to produce graduates who can operate a business function, unit or organisation by building students' capabilities in technical, professional and interpersonal skills.

The curriculum is strongly experientially oriented and provides students with decision-making experiences that emulate the real world of business. The requirements of professional bodies; recent research and scholarship data on successful graduates; information from employers and advisory committees; and industry groups have informed the attributes and learning goals. The course is structured in such a way that students can choose to progress through the degree in a group. The cohort model is designed to foster a sense of union, facilitate networking and encourage cooperative relationships with a focus on leadership and group dynamics.

Course aims

The aim of the Executive MBA degree is to develop students' business acumen through an enhanced capacity for integrity, judgment and intuition. Executive MBA students develop advanced competency in a number of key disciplines, including accounting, economics, finance, marketing and strategic management. The learning goals of the degree are designed to meet the needs of today's rapidly changing enterprises, including areas such as electronic business; finance; banking; corporate accounting; marketing; operations management; employment relations; management in the public, private and international spheres; information technology; engineering; and event, tourism, sport, arts and leisure management. The focus is on developing specific skills including the ability to integrate accounting, finance, marketing and management skills for progressive solutions and sound management decisions; capacity for analysing and synthesising complex information and knowledge for tactical and strategic business decisions; effective leadership and teamwork skills; and designing innovative business models and strategies that adhere to the principles of responsible corporate governance and social responsibility.

Career options

Career options include senior general management roles in business or business unit manager, business planning, business strategist, and general management consultant.

Course intended learning outcomes

1.1 Research and design a framework for the formulation and implementation of strategies in a local and a global context
2.1 Demonstrate the capacity for creativity, innovation and value creation in tactical and strategic business decisions or change management processes
3.1 Demonstrate leadership skills and self-reflective abilities in high quality communications for different audiences
4.1 Demonstrate a high level of personal autonomy and accountability for professional practice that adheres to the principles of responsible corporate governance and social responsibility
5.1 Execute a substantial research-based or professionally focused project relevant to high level executive management

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 five years' relevant work experience at managerial or above level, or a UTS Graduate Certificate in Executive Business Administration (C11208), with a credit average. All applicants are required to attend an interview with the director of the EMBA and undertake an assessment on quantitative skills. Applicants may be required to complete relevant bridging courses as advised by the director.

The English proficiency requirement for 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: 176-184.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

Recognition of prior learning

Students in the Executive MBA are not granted exemptions for any prior studies.

Course duration and attendance

The course is expected to be completed in two years of part-time study. The course is normally only available in Autumn session each year. Teaching is conducted in both block and evening classes. Dates and times are available from the UTS timetable.

21921 Integrative Strategy and Leadership is a residential subject taught off campus. Students must attend the EMBA Induction Day at the start of the course.

Course structure

The course comprises 96 credit points, made up of 10 8-credit-point core subjects and a 16-credit-point capstone subject.

Overseas study

26800 Global Business Practice includes an overseas study tour which incurs some additional costs. Contact Executive MBA for further details.

Course completion requirements

21921 Integral and Ethical Leadership 8cp
25841 Analytical Techniques for Decision Making 8cp
21875 Managing People for High Performance 8cp
21938 Strategy and Value Drivers 8cp
22814 Accounting for Value 8cp
21874 Corporate Governance and the Sustainable Enterprise 8cp
Select 8 credit points of options: 8cp
26800 Global Business Practice8cp 
21869 Innovation by Design8cp 
Total 96cp

Course program

A typical part-time program is shown below for students commencing in Autumn session.

Autumn commencing, part time
Year 1
Autumn session
21921 Integral and Ethical Leadership   8cp
21938 Strategy and Value Drivers   8cp
25841 Analytical Techniques for Decision Making   8cp
Spring session
22814 Accounting for Value   8cp
21875 Managing People for High Performance   8cp
Year 2
Autumn session
21874 Corporate Governance and the Sustainable Enterprise   8cp
July session
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
21869 Innovation by Design 8cp  
26800 Global Business Practice 8cp  

Articulation with UTS courses

This course is part of an articulated program comprising the Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) and the Graduate Certificate in Executive Business Administration (C11208).

Transfer to the EMBA from any existing UTS Business School postgraduate program is not permitted. Transfer out of the EMBA is only permitted in extraordinary circumstances at the discretion of the head of UTS Business School Postgraduate Programs.

Other information

Further information is available from the UTS Business School on:

telephone 1300 ask UTS (1300 275 887)
Business (Postgraduate)