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or part-time equivalent
AQF Level 7 bachelor degree; or equivalent
Enhance your leadership and career prospects with JCU’s Master of Business Administration (Leadership).
Pursue your passion for effective leadership. Be exposed to a broad range of disciplines and specialist subjects, including entrepreneurship, value creation leadership, cross-cultural management, economics, marketing, and sustainable enterprise.
Learn from like-minded business experts and benefit from an emphasis on modern governance and sustainable and entrepreneurial business practices. You will have the opportunity for real-world networking with highly-influential links to industry and government agencies.
Accelerate your business career. JCU Master of Business Administration (Leadership) graduates have more opportunities to advance to senior management and leadership positions while leading sustainable change.
View the Handbook for a detailed overview of available subjects
JCU Master of Business Administration (Leadership) graduates have outstanding leadership skills and are sought-after in a wide range of industries.
Graduates pursue careers in economics, finance, human resource management, marketing, accounting, business law, and information technology.
You could work as a management consultant, marketing manager, market research analyst, investment banker, operations manager, or financial advisor.
Master of Business Administration (Leadership)
Masters by Coursework (AQF Level 9)
Division of Tropical Environments and Societies
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 (Leadership), JCU graduates will be able to:
CO5119:03 Business Law
LB5202:03 Marketing Essentials
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 Leadership Futures
LB5242:03 Value Creation Leadership
Select 3 credit points of any level 5 subjects
COURSE AVAILABLE AT
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)
Maximum allowed Pass
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* 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
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 (LEADERSHIP)
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
Consult the admission requirements section in the Handbook for prerequisites and pathways into this course.
Master of Business Administration (Leadership)
In order to be successful, being highly capable of managing a business is key. JCU staff were always happy to help me and the facilities are the best I’ve ever studied in. The classes, technology, library and natural surrounds with vast green spaces were outstanding.
Associate Professor Josephine Pryce
Professional reflective practice and exposure to industry and community leaders allows our students to build the thinking and aptitude to be mindful, global and social leaders. The ability for cross-campus enrollment enables work experience and networks that can lay the foundations for prosperous and meaningful careers