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Master of Business Administration


Macquarie Graduate School of Management
Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Admission Requirement:
• Australian level 7 bachelor's qualification or recognised equivalent
• GPA of 5.00 (out of 7.00)
• Three years full-time equivalent work experience at a managerial/professional level
Required Supporting Documents:
• A statement of motivation which includes evidence of:
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills and ability to work in diverse groups
- Strong professional accomplishments
- Academic ability; community impact; leadership experience and potential
English Language Proficiency:
IELTS of 7.0 overall with minimum 6.0 in each band, or equivalent
Study Mode:
Full-time, Part-time
Attendance Mode:
Candidature Length:
Full-time: 1 year - 2 years depending on RPL granted
North Ryde — Term 1 (January)
North Ryde — Term 2 (March)
North Ryde — Term 3 (June)
North Ryde — Term 4 (September)
Hong Kong — Term 1 (January)
Hong Kong — Term 2 (March)
Hong Kong — Term 3 (June)
Hong Kong — Term 4 (September)
Volume of Learning:
Equivalent to 2 years
General requirements:
Minimum number of credit points at 800 level or above 64
Completion of other specific minimum requirements as set out below

In order to graduate students must ensure that they have satisfied all of the general requirements of the award.

Specific minimum requirements:

Credit points

800 level

Marketing Management (4)
Financial Management (4)
Accounting for Management (4)
Economic Context of Management (4)
Strategic Frameworks (4)
Strategic Management (4)
Organisational Behaviour (4)
Foundations of Management Thought (4)
Operations Management (4)
Information and Decision Analysis (4)
24cp from
MGSM800 - MGSM989


AQF Level Level 9 Masters by Coursework Degree
CRICOS Code 083781A
Overview and Aims of the Program To develop business and community managers to assume senior leadership roles in their organisations.
Graduate Capabilities

The Graduate Capabilities Framework articulates the fundamentals that underpin all of Macquarie’s academic programs. It expresses these as follows:

Cognitive capabilities
(K) discipline specific knowledge and skills
(T) critical, analytical and integrative thinking
(P) problem solving and research capability
(I) creative and innovative

Interpersonal or social capabilities
(C) effective communication
(E) engaged and ethical local and global citizens
(A) socially and environmentally active and responsible

Personal capabilities
(J) capable of professional and personal judgement and initiative
(L) commitment to continuous learning

Program Learning Outcomes By the end of this program it is anticipated you should be able to:

1. critically assess your strategic context using appropriate frameworks to solve complex problems and lead strategic change.
2. lead, motivate and communicate effectively across diverse teams which have competing priorities and differing perspectives.
3. synthesise complex information and respond appropriately to problems and opportunities across a wide range of different cultures and markets; recognise your own cultural bias when making business decisions and leading teams.
4. creatively and ethically balance your organisation's vision, values and practices, with the demands and opportunities of diverse cultures and markets.
5. critically reflect on and integrate ethical, social and environmental factors into business decision-making and management practice.
6. integrate principles from the United Nation's Global Compact into organisational decisions.
7. critically analyse stakeholder relationships to generate business strategies that create and deliver sustainable value across complex networks.
8. apply a range of traditional and emergent models of business performance to measure and track value creation across organisational processes and projects.
Learning and Teaching Methods The program incorporates a variety of learning and teaching methods including formal lectures, group discussions, group projects, online activities, experiential learning and industry-based projects.

Students are exposed to frameworks related to the fundamentals of management and strategy. These frameworks, combined with students' existing experience, form the basis for discussion and collaboration within the interactive environment of the classroom.
Assessment Assessment of student learning and feedback on progress occur through progressive unit assessment tasks (both individual and group assessment is typical). Assessment tasks are aligned with learning outcomes for each unit and targeted graduate capabilities.

All standard, 4 credit point units taught at MGSM are structured to have an average workload of 150 hours, including 40 hours of assessment allocated to a combination of group and individual assessment items, based on the learning outcomes of each unit.

MGSM applies an annual Assurance of Learning Programme (AOL) in which students are assessed on rubrics based on the mission-driven attributes of leadership, global mindset, sustainable value and citizenship. Results are collected, disseminated and analysed, and used to inform unit and curriculum development as part of a continuous improvement process.

Students are assessed on both group and individual work in all core units. Syndicate group assessments are considered an important aspect of the collaborative learning approach taken, reflecting the typical environment encountered within a management career.

Assessment methods include:
o individual assignment
o group assignment and report
o individual essay or report
o critical reflection paper
o individual or group presentation
o case study analysis
o in-class quiz
o research project
o literature review
o client presentation
o final examination.
Recognition of Prior Learning

Macquarie University may recognise prior formal, informal and non-formal learning for the purpose of granting credit towards, or admission into, a program. The recognition of these forms of learning is enabled by the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Policy (see and its associated Procedures and Guidelines. The RPL pages contain information on how to apply, links to registers, and the approval processes for recognising prior learning for entry or credit. 

Domestic Students
For undergraduate RPL information visit
For domestic postgraduate RPL information visit

International Students
For RPL information visit

Support for Learning

Macquarie University aspires to be an inclusive and supportive community of learners where all students are given the opportunity to meet their academic and personal goals. The University offers a comprehensive range of free and accessible student support services which include academic advice, counselling and psychological services, advocacy services and welfare advice, careers and employment, disability services and academic skills workshops amongst others. There is also a bulk billing medical service located on campus.

Further information can be found at

Campus Wellbeing contact details:
Phone: +61 2 9850 7497

Program Standards and Quality

The program is subject to an ongoing comprehensive process of quality review in accordance with a pre-determined schedule that complies with the Higher Education Standards Framework. The review is overseen by Macquarie University's peak academic governance body, the Academic Senate and takes into account feedback received from students, staff and external stakeholders.

Graduate Destinations and Employability Qualifications alone will not result in a new job or career advancement, consequentially MGSM offers its students a range of complementary services to assist them in navigating a successful career path. For instance, students can access expert guidance to achieve their career goals through personal consultations with dedicated career advisors. MGSM offers career coaching to help students' unlock their career potential through increased awareness of their strongest motivators and interests, transferable skills and personal values, leading to career satisfaction and success.

Eligible MGSM students may, in the course of their studies, undertake industry-based learning projects (internships and consulting projects), so that they gain professional experience with influential local and global organisations and develop a professional network.

To assure itself that MGSM graduates have good career outcomes, the School measures its success in achieving its students' job market expectations through formal graduation surveys and the external ranking of its programs. Survey results have consistently demonstrated (between 2011-2014) that around 40% of MGSM's MBA graduates reported either being promoted or having increased responsibility in their employment post-graduation. Further to this, the School has consistently ranked as one of the world's top business schools for student quality for the last decade, as a result, recruiters, employers, management consultants, executive search firms and even members of MGSM's alumni community source talent directly from MGSM.
Assessment Regulations

This program is subject to Macquarie University regulations, including but not limited to those specified in the Assessment Policy, Academic Honesty Policy, the Final Examination Policy and relevant University Rules. For all approved University policies, procedures, guidelines and schedules visit

Accreditation This is an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) accredited qualification. MGSM is also accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

Inherent requirements are the essential components of a course or program necessary for a student to successfully achieve the core learning outcomes of a course or program. Students must meet the inherent requirements to complete their Macquarie University course or program.

Inherent requirements for Macquarie University programs fall under the following categories:

Physical: The physical inherent requirement is to have the physical capabilities to safely and effectively perform the activities necessary to undertake the learning activities and achieve the learning outcomes of an award.

Cognition: The inherent requirement for cognition is possessing the intellectual, conceptual, integrative and quantitative capabilities to undertake the learning activities and achieve the learning outcomes of an award.

Communication: The inherent requirement for communication is the capacity to communicate information, thoughts and ideas through a variety of mediums and with a range of audiences.

Behavioural: The behavioural inherent requirement is the capacity to sustain appropriate behaviour over the duration of units of study to engage in activities necessary to undertake the learning activities and achieve the learning outcomes of an award.

For more information see

2018 Unit Information

When offered:
S1 Day
Permission of Executive Dean of Faculty
HSC Chinese, CHN113, CHN148