University of Technology Sydney

C04367v1 Advanced Master of Business Administration

Award(s): Advanced Master of Business Administration (AdvMBA)
CRICOS code: 098170E
Commonwealth supported place?: No
Load credit points: 72
Course EFTSL: 1.5
Location: City campus

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 UTS Advanced MBA is a one-year program, co-developed, co-designed and co-delivered with industry partners from a range of sectors and organisations. It focuses on the development of the future of work skills: problem solving, critical thinking, digital literacy, communication, critical analysis, collaboration, and leadership.

It has an innovative and adaptable structure that combines knowledge-developing short, focused subjects offered in blended mode with three project-based studios that enable learner-focused, experiential learning and intensive industry engagement, including coaching and mentoring. The studios feature digital labs that introduce students to the key digital tools and methodologies needed to successfully operate in a digital environment and drive digital strategies. The Advanced MBA is bookended by two leadership labs which focus on assessing and developing students' leadership skills, emotional and cultural intelligence and ability to lead a diverse workforce in intensive coaching and mentoring sessions.

The program introduces students to tools and methodologies from a range of disciplines by working with academics and industry experts from business, technological and social sciences backgrounds. This enables students to address creatively complex challenges and opportunities.

The Advanced MBA is designed for professionals wishing to upskill and advance their careers. It features:

  • applied and learner-focused training in latest discipline-based and transdisciplinary tools and methodologies
  • upskilling into key digital technologies and agile and user-centred delivery approaches
  • applied, work-integrated problem solving in live client projects with a focus on solving complex problems and opportunities in digital contexts
  • upskilling in skills and methodologies for successful implementation of concepts and solutions
  • ongoing coaching and mentoring by experienced industry professionals
  • self-development through immersive leadership labs
  • accelerated one-year completion, utilising a blend of online, face-to-face, weekends and block mode learning; all subjects are taught in intensive mode over full Fridays and Saturdays, which means students can keep working while they study, applying what they learn right away on their jobs; weekly sessions are only scheduled for in-class assessments and group coaching and mentoring sessions
  • delivery by leading academics from UTS Business School who are joined by experts from other UTS faculties; students also engage with an extensive network of adjuncts and industry partners who facilitate sessions and coach and mentor students
  • a cohort model fostering the development of lasting relationships with like-minded peers.

Course aims

The Advanced MBA aims to prepare future leaders to see challenges as opportunities, lead with integrity and empathy and contribute to fairer and flourishing societies. Its focus is on developing:

  • strategic thinkers who discover future opportunities
  • integral thinkers who design innovative business models
  • effective communicators who cultivate flourishing working relationships
  • responsible leaders who add long-term value to multiple stakeholders, and
  • agile practitioners who deliver digital transformation.

Career options

The course is suitable for students from business and non-business backgrounds who seek to upskill and develop the skills needed to be prepared for the changing nature of work. Career options include a range of management roles with a focus on driving transformational change in large private, public and non-profit organisations as well as in SMEs.

Course intended learning outcomes

1.1 Demonstrate advanced knowledge and understanding of key business concepts and practices
1.2 Analyse business models and plans for business development purposes
2.1 Analyse relationships between different types of data sets to gain insights to complex business challenges
2.2 Apply and evaluate problem solving strategies to deliver business value
2.3 Identify innovative business models in relation to disruptive technologies and trends
3.1 Construct and present multi-media communications for diverse audiences
3.2 Acquire knowledge of different stakeholder perspectives
3.3 Demonstrate interpersonal awareness of self and others as a leader and team contributor
4.1 Appraise moral/ethical dimensions of business decisions and change-management practices
4.2 Critically evaluate current and planned business practices in terms of sustainability
4.3 Demonstrate knowledge of diverse cultural and Indigenous perspectives and their implications for leadership
5.1 Demonstrate advanced skills in professional business practice
5.2 Identify strategies to effect transformational change in a digital environment

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.

Minimum Academic Requirement: At least grade point average (GPA) of 5.25 out of 7, with less than 10 per cent fail grades.

All applicants who do not meet the minimum academic requirement may still be considered on the basis of:
• a Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) overall minimum score of 550

Professional Experience Requirement: At least four years' full time, or equivalent, relevant work experience.

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 Advanced MBA.

Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)
GMAT is a standardised, computer-based assessment used by the world's leading business schools. The test score helps business schools compare applications from around the world in an objective way. 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: 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.

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.

Recognition of prior learning

Recognition of prior learning is considered only in relation to two of the Graduate Certificate in Business Practice 3-credit-point satellite subjects: 25720 Applied Financial Management and 22788 Accounting Practices and Tools (on the basis of previous undergraduate or postgraduate study in a business degree). No recognition of prior learning is given for the 12-credit-point subjects or the remaining 3-credit-point subjects. Recognition is considered on a case-by-case basis by the program director.

Course duration and attendance

The course can be completed in one year of full-time or two years of part-time study.

Course structure

The course totals 72 credit points and consists of 15 compulsory core subjects. Each of the leadership labs and satellite subjects are 3 credit points, totalling 36 credit points. The three studio subjects are 12 credit points each, making up the remaining 36 credit points.

Course completion requirements

21949 Challenge/Opportunity Discovery 12cp
21950 Challenge/Opportunity Design 12cp
21951 Challenge/Opportunity Delivery 12cp
24748 Delivering Customer Value 3cp
21953 Decision Making Uncertainty 3cp
21954 Sustainable Enterprise in Dynamic Systems 3cp
21955 Innovative Strategies 3cp
21956 Leadership Lab 1: Adaptive Leadership 3cp
21957 Leadership Lab 2: Innovation Leadership 3cp
21958 Leading Technological Disruption 3cp
23707 Philosophy, Politics and Economics 3cp
21960 People and the Future of Work 3cp
21961 Transition Management 3cp
22788 Accounting Practices and Tools 3cp
25720 Applied Financial Management 3cp
Total 72cp

Course program

A typical full-time program is provided below for students undertaking the course full time, commencing in February session.

Year 1
February session
25720 Applied Financial Management   3cp
24748 Delivering Customer Value   3cp
Autumn session
21956 Leadership Lab 1: Adaptive Leadership   3cp
21949 Challenge/Opportunity Discovery   12cp
March session
22788 Accounting Practices and Tools   3cp
23707 Philosophy, Politics and Economics   3cp
May session
21955 Innovative Strategies   3cp
21954 Sustainable Enterprise in Dynamic Systems   3cp
July session
21953 Decision Making Uncertainty   3cp
21958 Leading Technological Disruption   3cp
Spring session
21957 Leadership Lab 2: Innovation Leadership   3cp
21950 Challenge/Opportunity Design   12cp
August session
21960 People and the Future of Work   3cp
21961 Transition Management   3cp
October session
21951 Challenge/Opportunity Delivery   12cp

Articulation with UTS courses

This course is part of an articulated program comprising the Graduate Certificate in Business Practice (C11269), the Graduate Certificate in Business Strategy (C11288), and the Advanced Master of Business Administration.

Other information

Further information is available from the UTS Business School on:

telephone 1300 ask UTS (1300 275 887)

See also additional information about the Advanced MBA, including upcoming information sessions for future students.