Course and Subject Handbook 2018 Courses Postgraduate Courses Master of Business Administration (Leadership)

Master of Business Administration (Leadership)

Master of Business Administration (Leadership)

Course code


Course type

MCW – Masters by Coursework (AQF Level 9)


Division of Tropical Environments and Societies

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Completion of an AQF level 7 degree from James Cook University or another university; or

Other qualifications or practical experience recognised by the Dean, College of Business Law and Governance as equivalent to the above.

Entry requirements for this course are consistent with the Pathways to Qualifications in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF level 9) Guidelines for Masters degrees.

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 2 Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy or have successfully completed an AQF 8 qualification from James Cook University within the previous two (2) years.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

48 credit points as per course structure

Course learning outcomes

JCU graduates are committed to lifelong learning, intellectual development, and to the display of exemplary personal, professional and ethical standards. They have a sense of their place in the tropics and are charged with professional, community, and environmental responsibility. JCU graduates appreciate the need to embrace and be acquainted with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples of Australia. They are committed to reconciliation, diversity and sustainability. They exhibit a willingness to lead and to contribute to the intellectual, environmental, cultural, economic and social challenges of regional, national, and international communities of the tropics.

On successful completion of the Master of Business Administration (Leadership), JCU graduates will be able to:

  • Critically analyse complex business-related knowledge and practice from both historical and recent perspectives;
  • Critically analyse leadership theories and skills required for building successful teams;
  • Apply responsible leadership principles to effect change;
  • Evaluate contexts within which differing sustainable business performance methods should be integrated and applied;
  • Evaluate sustainable economic, social and environmental practices and value systems from different disciplinary perspectives;
  • Research and apply established concepts to solve business and professional practice problems;
  • Critically analyse complex contemporary business issues using appropriate models and make reasoned recommendations based on multidisciplinary synthesis of theory and evidence;
  • Apply creative and innovative thinking effectively to business theory and practice;
  • Present complex business analyses and information appropriately to differing audiences using effective oral presentation skills and clear and fluent written communication;
  • Demonstrate the ability to work effectively in achieving common goals, demonstrating both collaboration and leadership;
  • Adapt sustainable business constructs and skills to novel theoretical or practical situations;
  • Exercise independent ethical judgment and initiative in solving differing business problems creatively;
  • Demonstrate a capacity for personal reflection and self-development in relation to professional business learning and practice.

Course Structure


CO5119:03 Business Law

LB5202:03 Marketing Management

LB5203:03 Sustainable Enterprise

LB5205:03 People in Organisations

LB5212:03 Accounting and Finance for Managers

LB5228:03 The Changing Business Environment

LB5229:03 Economics for a Sustainable World

LB5230:03 Managing Strategic Resources and Operations

LB5231:03 Corporate Responsibility and Governance

LB5233:03 Innovation and Entrepreneurship

LB5235:03 Applied Research Project

LB5236:03 International Political Economy

LB5240:03 Cross Cultural Leadership

LB5241:03 Organisational Leadership

LB5242:03 Value Creation Leadership



Select 3 credit points of any level 5 subjects






Mid-year entry is available


Mid-year entry is available


Mid-year entry is available


Expected time to complete

2 years full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

5 years

Maximum leave of absence

1 years


Course progression


Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)


Special assessment


Professional accreditation


Maximum allowed Pass
Conceded (PC) grade


Supplementary exam for
final subject

A student who has failed the final subject towards the award and who gained 40% or more of the marks for that subject, may be granted a supplementary examination in that subject. However, if that subject is required for accreditation, then the criteria specified by that accreditation will apply.

Advanced Standing


Students may apply for an exemption for previous tertiary study where appropriate in accordance with the Advanced Standing and Articulation policy and associated procedures.

Advanced standing will be granted for the following:

An AQF level 7 bachelor degree in a cognate discipline* in conjunction with four (4) years business experience in a managerial role** – 12 credit points;

AQF level 8 bachelor (honours) degree in a cognate discipline* – 12 credit points;

JCU Graduate Certificate in Business Administration – 12 credit points;

Graduate Diploma in a cognate discipline* - 12 credit points; or

Other qualifications or practical experience recognised by the Dean, College of Business Law and Governance as equivalent to the above – up to 12 credit points.

Note that where employment experience without qualifications, as provided for in the Admission Requirements, is used to meet entry requirements, that experience will not also be used to give advanced standing.

*Cognate disciplines: Accounting and Finance, Marketing, Management, Commerce, HRM, Economics, Tourism and Hospitality or other disciplines where students will have completed study relating to organisational behaviour, business, strategy, marketing, economics, communication and people management.

** Business experience: Applicants must have a minimum of 4 years full-time equivalent professional work experience in  management, leadership or supervisory level in a business environment or be eligible for a member grade status of a relevant professional organisation.  Students will have demonstrable effective management experience relating or organisational behaviour, business, strategy, marketing, economics, communication and people management. Students may apply for advanced standing for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Credit and Articulation policy and associated procedures

Maximum allowed

24 credit points


Advanced standing will be granted only for subjects completed in the 10 years prior to the commencement of this course


Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled 15 years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the student has not completed this course.

Other restrictions

Advanced standing will not be granted for undergraduate studies or for work experience used to gain admission to the course when assessed separately for admission requirements.

Award Details

Award title


Approved abbreviation


Inclusion of majors on

Not Applicable. This course does not have majors

Exit with lesser award

Students who exit the course prior to completion, and have successfully completed the relevant number of credit points and appropriate subjects, may be eligible to receive one of the following awards:

- Graduate Certificate of Business Administration

- Graduate Diploma of Business Administration

Course articulation

Not applicable