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2 years full-time
or part-time equivalent
Completion of an AQF level 7 bachelor degree; or equivalent
Enhance your leadership abilities and career prospects with JCU’s Master of Business Administration [2-Year] (MBA). Gain an in-depth understanding of areas such as sustainable enterprise, corporate strategy, project management, innovation and entrepreneurship. JCU MBA graduates are highly sought after for their ability to analyse current practices and outcomes in a business or organisation and develop innovative methods for enhancing its enterprise and success.
JCU’s Master of Business Administration [2-Year] degree has a strong focus on applying and integrating sustainable economic, social and environmental business performance thinking and methods to new or existing business models. You will learn how to evaluate the context of a business or organisation and identify the appropriate performance method/s that will enhance its performance or solve a key issue within the business’s framework. You will study a broad body of theoretical and technical knowledge and gain skills in critically analysing complex contemporary business issues and making effective decisions or recommendations for improvement.
This two-year, leadership-oriented Master of Business Administration degree has ten core subjects covering a broad range of topics and will equip you to work effectively in any field of business. You can specialise your degree by choosing from five majors, including Conflict Management and Resolution, Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Finance and Project Management.
You can also choose to undertake either a research project, or a professional internship with one of JCU’s leading industry partners. Both the research project and the internship provide extensive experience that will prepare you for your future career as well as domestic and international networking opportunities that will benefit your professional development.
Advance your business career and develop the skills to lead innovative and sustainable change. JCU MBA graduates are highly valued by employers for their expert knowledge, skills and experience, particularly in relevance to the Tropics.
Conflict Management and Resolution
Conflict management and resolution is a key ability in many fields, including in workplaces, in legal contexts, in domestic disputes and even throughout your everyday life. Learn how to guide others through conflict to reach a positive resolution that meets the needs of each person involved. Your understanding of the different conflict management styles and the best methods for engaging in conflict resolution will prepare you to provide effective resolution services in multiple settings and contexts.
Discover how to become an effective manager and gain the knowledge and skills you need to develop and manage a successful business. In this major, you’ll learn how to identify an idea with potential as well as how to bring that idea into reality. You will learn about the strategies and operations involved in new business ventures and how to navigate short-term goals and long-term growth for your business.
Study funds management, financial markets and risk management. You will learn the different approaches to managing financial institutions, including commercial banks, rural cooperatives and microfinance institutions. Gain the skills to help businesses develop and thrive, whether they're government, non-government, private or not-for-profit organisations. With an understanding of international finance and sustainable economic growth, employers will value your theoretical and practical knowledge.
Use your love of innovation, entrepreneurship and people-management to strengthen your employability. Learn how to lead businesses in highly competitive environments, solve complex organisational problems, plan effectively and hire the right employees. Manage finances, resources, and direct business operations with confidence in fast-paced settings. You will learn a variety of transferable skills, important in managing a business or team in any industry.
Learn how to harness your passion, resolve and vision to deliver groundbreaking results for business, government and the community. Develop vital skills in linear planning, leadership and management, and risk assessment in complex projects. Be in high demand as a professional in a field equally important across disciplines, industry sectors and government both in Australia and internationally. Gain the skills and expertise to guide businesses towards success during turbulent times, contributing to the prosperity, health, safety and sustainability of tropical communities.
Inherent requirements are the identified abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours that must be demonstrated, during the learning experience, to successfully complete a course. These abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours preserve the academic integrity of the University’s learning, assessment,and accreditation processes, and where applicable, meet the standards of a profession. For more information please review the inherent requirements for the Master of Business Administration [2-Year].
A JCU Master of Business Administration [2-Year] will equip you with the skills and confidence to take charge in a variety of commercial management situations. Your broad knowledge base, strong interpersonal and leadership skills will be in high demand in a variety of industries.
As a Master of Business Administration graduate you will have a greater capacity to facilitate change and improvement in fields such as accounting, business law, economics, finance, human resources, and information technology.
Graduate with confidence from the university ranked number one in Queensland for full-time employment outcomes*. Your advanced leadership skills and strong critical thinking abilities will enable you to excel in your current career or pursue careers such as chief financial officer, operations manager, investment banker, market research analyst and management consultant.
Information valid for students commencing in 2023
Masters by Coursework (AQF Level 9)
Business, Law and Governance
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.
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
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 [2-Year], JCU graduates will be able to:
Inherent requirements are the identified abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours that must be demonstrated, during the learning experience, to successfully complete a course. These abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours preserve the academic integrity of the University's learning, assessment, and accreditation processes, and where applicable, meet the standards of a profession. For more information please visit: Master of Business Administration [2-Year].
All JCU students have the opportunity to demonstrate, with reasonable adjustments where applicable, the inherent requirements for their course. For more information please visit: Student Disability Policy and Procedure.
LB5202:03 Marketing Essentials
LB5205:03 People in Organisations
LB5212:03 Accounting and Finance for Managers
LB5228:03 The Changing Business Environment
LB5203:03 Sustainable Enterprise
LB5113:03 Corporate Strategy
LB5233:03 Innovation and Entrepreneurship
CO5124:03 Data Analysis and Decision Modelling
LB5241:03 Leadership Futures
Select 6 credit points of subjects from List 1
Select one of the following Options
Option 1 (General Stream)
Select 6 credit points of any level 5 subjects
Select 6 credit points of level 5 subjects with a prefix of CO, CP, EC, LB, PL or TO
Option 2 (Major)
Select a Major from Table A
LB5229:03 Economics for a Sustainable World
LB5230:03 Managing Strategic Resources and Operations
LB5231:03 Corporate Responsibility and Governance
LB5237:03 Managerial Accounting for Decision Making
LB5403:03 Project Management Principles and Foundations
TABLE A (MAJORS)
Credit points in major
12 credit points
Available in mixed-mode attendance at the JCU Townsville City Campus
COURSE AVAILABLE AT
Not all majors are available
Internal or mixed-mode attendance
*Students will be advised of face-to-face dates by JCU Brisbane Campus.
|Not all majors are available|
|Not all majors are available|
Expected time to complete
2 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Maximum time to complete
Maximum leave of absence
Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)
Supplementary exam for
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.
Students may apply for a credit transfer for previous tertiary study or informal and non-formal learning in accordance with the Credit Transfer Procedure
Credit will be granted for the following:
An AQF level 7 bachelor degree in a cognate discipline* – 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
24 credit points
Credit will be granted only for subjects completed in the 10 years prior to the commencement of this course
Credit gained for any subject shall be cancelled 15 years after the date of the examination upon which the credit is based if, by then, the student has not completed this course.
Credit will not be granted for undergraduate studies or for work experience used to gain admission to the course when assessed separately for admission requirements.
MASTER OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
Inclusion of majors on
Majors will appear on the testamur
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
- Graduate Certificate of Conflict Management and Resolution
Students may receive an Award of Recognition in accordance with the Recognition of Academic Excellence Procedure
Consult the admission requirements section in the Handbook for prerequisites and pathways into this course.
Master of Business Administration
This course gives an opportunity for emerging and existing leaders to develop strategic leadership skills to achieve personal and organisational goals. The course’s various subjects challenge me to think differently and provide me with essential tools to improve my communication and collaboration.
Weiqing (Jacky) Ni
Master of Business Administration
Postgraduate studies in Business Administration is a wide-ranging and professional course, and the knowledge and skills gained can be applied to diverse global businesses. The most important part is the focus on critical thinking, which has given me the tools to keep learning throughout my whole career.
Vinola Rita Miranda
Master of Business Administration
When I saw JCU offered a Master of Business Administration degree where I could major in Conflict Management and Resolution I was excited as I've always wanted to be a conflict management practitioner and it complements my Bachelor of Law undergraduate degree.
Associate Professor Josephine Pryce
Studying Business Administration is an important step for managers aspiring to advance their careers in a competitive labour market or to promote their own businesses. It allows for development of management skills across areas, such as people, marketing, financials, operations, innovation, entrepreneurship, and change
Manager, MBA and Business Postgraduate Programs
JCU’s MBA program focuses on students’ professional development by sharpening their critical thinking, encouraging a global outlook, embracing team work, and increasing their capacity to redesign in systems and sustainability terms. Graduates demonstrate practical leadership in complex, transdisciplinary environments.