University of Technology Sydney

C04031v10 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.

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 Create frameworks for the formulation and implementation of sustainable strategies in consideration of local, Indigenous and global contexts
2.1 Apply creative and divergent thinking to embed sustainable value into tactical, operational and strategic business decisions or transformational change processes
2.2 Critically analyse and evaluate complex data to inform evidence-based decisions
3.1 Demonstrate responsible and ethical leadership and interpersonal skills that are sensitive to cultural contexts
3.2 Interpret and communicate business information in appropriate forms, to a culturally diverse set of stakeholders.
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
4.2 Critically evaluate current and future business strategies to create long-term economic, social, ecological and cultural prosperity
5.1 Develop a professional disposition to form evidence-based judgements and responsibly lead the formulation and implementation of corporate-wide strategies

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.

Professional Experience Requirement: At least five years work experience at a senior managerial level or above.

The relevant work experience must be demonstrated through a C.V. and a Statement of Service, confirming the dates of employment, and the position held within the organisation.

Interview Requirement: Attend an interview with the director of the EMBA.

Students who complete the UTS Graduate Certificate in Executive Business Administration (C11208 or C11213) require at least credit average for admission into the EMBA program.

The English proficiency requirement for local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 7.0 overall with a writing score of 6.5; or TOEFL: paper based: 584-609 overall, internet based: 94-101 overall with a writing score of 24; or AE6: Pass; or PTE: 65-72 overall with a writing score 58; or CAE: 185-190 with a writing score 176.

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 available in the February 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

Students must complete a total of 96 credit points, comprising twelve core subjects (90 credit points) and one elective (6 credit points).

Overseas study

26802 Global Business Practicum includes an overseas study tour which incurs some additional costs. Contact Executive MBA for further details.

Course completion requirements

26803 Executive Essentials 0cp
21921 Integral and Ethical Leadership 8cp
22802 Accounting for Financial Decision Making 6cp
21892 Strategic Value Creation and Capture 12cp
25886 Data Analysis and Decision Making 6cp
25887 Applied Corporate Finance 6cp
24809 Strategic Marketing 6cp
23801 Managerial and Behavioural Economics 6cp
21875 Managing People for Sustainable Performance 8cp
21891 Innovation by Design 12cp
Select 6 credit points of options: 6cp
CBK91877 Elective (EMBA)6cp 
26802 Global Business Practicum6cp 
21874 Governing in Complex Systems 8cp
21893 Transformation and Renewal 12cp
Total 96cp

Course program

A typical course program is provided below, showing the recommended study sequence to ensure completion of the course within the expected duration. Refer to the Timetable Planner for confirmation of availability.

February commencing
Year 1
February session
26803 Executive Essentials   0cp
21921 Integral and Ethical Leadership   8cp
Autumn session
22802 Accounting for Financial Decision Making   6cp
21892 Strategic Value Creation and Capture   12cp
July session
25886 Data Analysis and Decision Making   6cp
Spring session
25887 Applied Corporate Finance   6cp
24809 Strategic Marketing   6cp
Summer session
23801 Managerial and Behavioural Economics   6cp
Year 2
Autumn session
21875 Managing People for Sustainable Performance   8cp
21891 Innovation by Design   12cp
July session
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
26802 Global Business Practicum 6cp  
CBK91877 Elective (EMBA) 6cp  
Spring session
21874 Governing in Complex Systems   8cp
21893 Transformation and Renewal   12cp

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 (C11213).

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)