Master of Business Administration (Leadership)

Courses and Study Australian courses Master of Business Administration (Leadership)

This JCU Master of Business Administration (Leadership) equips you with the thinking skills and knowledge that mindful global leaders of today must possess. With its focus on the way you approach the management of people and change within and outside organisations, this is an MBA that equips you to be part of the next generation of emerging global and social leaders. Importantly, JCU offers you flexible study options and valuable opportunities to establish highly-influential networks within industry and government agencies, while you undertake your studies in leadership.

Campus
Townsville, External, Cairns; Brisbane
Start dates
February, July
Duration
2 years full-time
Part time available
Study mode
Off campus, On campus
Prerequisites
AQF Level 7 bachelor degree, or equivalent

Career opportunities

If you're ready to take the next steps in your career at your current workplace, or in an entirely new role in another organisation, this JCU MBA (Leadership) is for you. Adding a JCU MBA (Leadership) to your CV will give you increased opportunities to move into senior management or leadership positions.

Your MBA (Leadership) will be recognised and valued by employers in Australian and international corporations, government departments at all levels, educational environments, or non-government and not-for-profit organisations. All are employers who need leaders who can respond to challenges (internal and external to the organisation) and lead responsibly, innovatively and sustainably.

Course highlights

This JCU MBA (Leadership) enables you to develop the insights required to critically engage as a key leader within an increasingly dynamic, diverse and dispersed world.

Among the key benefits of studying this MBA (Leadership) at JCU are:

  • Learning new skills and enhancing your abilities to foster effective and ethical organisational leadership, while creating positive value in all areas of business
  • Gaining real-world experience and establishing networks within relevant organisations via JCU's Work Integrated Learning program - and as a result of your Practical and Research Project
  • Working with JCU's internationally-renowned staff from the College of Business, Law and Governance, who are leaders in their fields and who will share their knowledge and experience with you.

Course overview

JCU’s MBA (Leadership) has a strong emphasis on leadership, modern governance and sustainable business practices. Among the study areas you'll explore are:

  • People in Organisations
  • Leading and Managing Organisational Change
  • Leadership in Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Value Leadership
  • Leadership
  • Cultural Leadership
  • International Business
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Accounting and Finance for Managers
  • Marketing Management
  • International Political Economy
  • Economics for a Sustainable World
  • Operations Management
  • Corporate Responsibility and Governance
  • Sustainable Enterprise.

Subjects consist of formative and summative assessment. Formative assessment tasks will be available on a regular basis so that you can assess your learning. Tutorials will ensure that you have opportunities to discuss and question your lecturers or tutors on the subject content in more detail.

On successful completion of the MBA (Leadership), you will be able to demonstrate abilities 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 sustainable economic, social and environmental practices and value systems from different disciplinary perspectives
  • Critically analyse complex contemporary business issues using appropriate models and make reasoned recommendations based on multidisciplinary synthesis of theory and evidence
  • Present complex business analyses and information appropriately to diverse audiences
  • Exercise independent ethical judgment and initiative in solving differing business problems creatively.

English language skills

If you are from a non-English speaking background you 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 years.

Advanced standing

  • If you have successfully completed the Graduate Certificate of Business Administration you will be awarded advanced standing for the 4 entry level subjects.
  • If you have extensive managerial experience you are welcome to apply to the Dean of the College of Business, Law and Governance for entry into this MBA.

How to apply

Complete an online application through our Online Application Portal.

Our campuses in Singapore and Brisbane operate on a trimester system – three semesters per year. View academic calendars.

Subjects

Course Structure

CORE SUBJECTS

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

PLUS

OPTIONS

Select 3 credit points of any level 5 subjects

Pathway into course

For prerequisites and pathways into this course visit the admission requirements section in the Handbook

Handbook

Master of Business Administration (Leadership)

Course code

116604

Course type

MCW – Masters by Coursework (AQF Level 9)

Division

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

CORE SUBJECTS

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

PLUS

OPTIONS

Select 3 credit points of any level 5 subjects

Campus

COURSE AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Brisbane

Cairns

Mid-year entry is available

Singapore

Subject to CPE approval

Townsville

Mid-year entry is available

External

Mid-year entry is available

Candidature

Expected time to complete

2 years full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

5 years

Maximum leave of absence

1 years

Progression

Course progression
requisites

Nil

Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)

No

Special assessment
requirements

Nil

Professional accreditation
requirements

Nil

Maximum allowed Pass
Conceded (PC) grade

Nil

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

Eligibility

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 Advanced Standing and Articulation policy and associated procedures

Maximum allowed

24 credit points

Currency

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

Expiry

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

MASTER OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (LEADERSHIP)

Approved abbreviation

MBA(Leadership)

Inclusion of majors on
testamur

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

This website is intended as general guide. Prospective students should contact the university to confirm admission requirements and the availability of courses. James Cook University reserves the right to alter any course or admission requirement without prior notice.