MBA - Master of Business Administration (Executive)

Swinburne University of Technology

Course details

CRICOS course code: 095606F

Level of study: Postgraduate


This Master of Business Administration (Executive) invites leaders in business to further hone their skills in change, strategic thinking, innovation, entrepreneurship, finance, ethical practice and social responsibility.

Throughout the course, you’ll tackle real-life business scenarios, designed to prepare you for the next step in your career – whether that be a move between management roles, or the leap up into executive leadership.

With a strong focus on innovation and preparation for change, this course gives graduates the skills to confidently navigate the fast-paced world of business.

The Master of Business Administration (Executive) is for those with years of work experience who want to challenge themselves to think differently, up skill their management knowledge, change careers and develop the agility and adaptability to exploit opportunities in the constantly changing business environment. The course covers areas including leadership, innovation, governance, accounting, marketing, finance and strategy. Its focus is on developing skills in critical analysis, decision making applying economic, ethical and social lenses, managing risk, and building creativity, innovation and leadership. The course is primarily about learning by doing – a mix of academic teaching and research, professionals sharing their expertise, and experiential learning involving industry partners. The course design also allows the choice of electives to complete a specialisation in areas such as social impact, entrepreneurship and innovation, corporate governance, digital business transformation and other business areas.

Career opportunities

On completion of the course, students’ career opportunities in business and management will be enhanced. Students will graduate with the skills to lead their organisation towards success, or further their studies in the field.

Aims and objectives

At completion of the Master of Business Administration (Executive), graduates should be able to:

Apply coherent and advanced knowledge of business and leadership concepts in diverse contexts and applications using critical thinking

Apply problem solving, design and decision making methodologies to identify and implement innovative solutions to complex problems to design and conduct consultancy

Communicate proficiently in professional practice to a variety of audiences, function as an effective member or leader of a team, and use extended tools and practices of business within project work

Demonstrate and apply professionalism, integrity, ethical conduct, professional accountability and a deep awareness of professional practices in a global and sustainable context

Apply business fundamentals to the analysis, design and operation of a business model using appropriate business methods and tools, applied in a variety of contexts

Reflect on, and take responsibility for, learning and self-management processes

Apply knowledge of research principles and methods to plan and execute a piece of research with some independence.

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Tuition Fees (AUD $) Start date Duration Campus
42,200 Per Year 27 Feb 2023
31 Jul 2023
18 months
Self study / online (with attendance)
Swinburne University of Technology
Hawthorn Campus
John Street
Melbourne Victoria 3122

Entry criteria

A recognised bachelor degree in any discipline PLUS a minimum of three (3) years equivalent full-time relevant managerial experience or

successful completion of the Graduate Certificate of Business Administration (Executive)

completion of the Postgraduate Qualifying Program PLUS a minimum of three years equivalent full-time relevant managerial experience*(available to International applicants only)

English language requirements

Satisfactory completion of one of the following:

Swinburne’s English for Academic Purposes (EAP 5 Advanced level) with overall 70%, all skills 65%

minimum IELTS overall band of 6.5 (Academic Module) with no individual band below 6.0

  • Pearson (PTE) minimum score of 58 (no communicative skills less than 50)
  • TOEFL iBT (internet-based) -79 (no less than 13 in reading, 12 in listening, 18 in speaking 21 in writing)
  • C1 Advanced - 176, no band less than 169
  • any other equivalent assessment of English language proficiency.


    Swinburne University of Technology
    Hawthorn Campus
    John Street
    Melbourne Victoria 3122
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