Master of Business Administration

Master of Business Administration

Qualification offered Master of Business Administration
CRICOS Course Code 038663C
AQF level AQF Level 9 – Masters Degree
Program Abbreviation MBA
Commencement date Semester 2,2022  (1-AUG-22), Semester 1, 2023 (6-MAR-23), Semester 2, 2023 (31-JUL-23) See academic calendar
Program duration 2-years full-time, 4-years part-time. Students with an undergraduate degree in IT can complete the degree in 1.5 years full-time by enrolling in the accelerated option.
Location Level 7, 75 King Street, Sydney, NSW 2000
Tuition Fee $16,000 per year for 2-years full-time;  $32,000 for entire program; $24,000 per year for 1.5 years accelerated option;
Offer acceptance deadline Semester 2,2022  (11-JUL-22), Semester 1, 2023 (13-FEB-23), Semester 2, 2023 (10-JUL-23) See academic calendar
Administrative deadline for RPL applications Semester 2,2022  (11-JUL-22), Semester 1, 2023 (13-FEB-23), Semester 2, 2023 (10-JUL-23) See academic calendar
Program Fee payment deadline Semester 2,2022  (18-JUL-22), Semester 1, 2023 (20-FEB-23), Semester 2, 2023 (17-JUL-23) See academic calendar
Withdrawal, Deferral, and Change of Enrolment Deadline Semester 2,2022  (29-JUL-22), Semester 1, 2023 (3-MAR-23), Semester 2, 2023 (28-JUL-23) See academic calendar

Program Overview

The MBA provides training in the field of Business Administration and comprises 16 units delivered over 4 terms. Students with an undergraduate degree in BA can also complete the degree in 1.5 years by enrolling in the accelerated option and completing 12 units, gaining advanced standing for the first four units.

Admissions Requirements

To be eligible for admission into a postgraduate degree, applicants must satisfy any one of the entry requirements below:

Student cohort Educational and other qualifications, skills, prerequisite occupation(s) Special or alternative admission
arrangements
General entry requirements Domestic students whose first language is not English are required to provide evidence of satisfying the institute’s English language requirement. Students must 18 years of age or over at the time of confirmation of their enrolment. Completion of a Bachelor degree or higher in any discipline or evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent.
Higher Education Entry Successful completion of two years full time or four years part-time of a Bachelor Degree or equivalent in a related discipline with a minimum GPA of 2.0. N/A
International students Completion of HSC or equivalent Australian or international qualification. International students whose first language is not English are required to provide evidence of satisfying the institute’s English language requirement.

Successful completion of a mathematics unit from an Australian or international qualification with a minimum grade of 65.

Students must 18 years of age or over at the time of confirmation of their enrolment.

N/A
Special and/or alternative entry: non-school leavers (mature-age applicants and/or those who do not hold their HSC or equivalent) Applicants without a formal qualification, but with appropriate years of relevant work experience will be considered. Students must 18 years of age or over at the time of confirmation of their enrolment. Skills and knowledge gained through work experience, life experience and/or formal training are assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Minimum English language standard of proficiency for entry into the program

In order to be admitted to this program at the Sydney Institute of Higher Education, applicants should meet the English language requirements of the program. Applicants can demonstrate their English proficiency with evidence of completing one of the courses or tests listed below:

Prior education

Applicants will meet the English language entry requirements if they provide evidence of completing:

  • International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB).
  • A course of study with an Australian TAFE or private study provider.
  • A Foundation Program at one of the following universities:
    • The Australian National University
    • The University of Melbourne
    • The University of Sydney
    • Monash University
    • The University of Adelaide
    • The University of Queensland
    • The University of Western Australia
    • The University of New South Wales

Applicants will meet the English language entry requirements if, in the last four years, they have:

  • Undertaken formal secondary or tertiary study in English in an overseas institution listed in the AEI NOOSR Country Education Profiles, or
  • Completed undergraduate or postgraduate studies in English at a foreign university listed in the AEI NOOSR Country Education Profiles. In this case, official documentation should be provided that the studies were undertaken in English. Documentation should be certified and verifiable.

English Language Tests

The following English language tests and scores will meet the English language requirements. The test should have been completed within the last two years.

 

Test Undergraduate Courses Postgraduate Courses
Academic IELTS An overall minimum score of 6.0 with at least 5.5 in each component of the test An overall score of 6.5 with at least 6.0 in each component
TOEFL –Paper based test A score of 498 with a test of written English score of 5.0 A score of 565 with a test of written English score of 4.5
TOEFL –Internet based test A score of 60 with a minimum 18 in writing, 16 in reading, speaking, listening A score of 85, with a minimum of 19 in writing and at least 17 in reading, listening, speaking
Cambridge CAE Advanced

(Post 2015)

An overall score of 176 with at least 169 in all other components
Cambridge CAE Advanced

(Pre 2015)

58 overall with all other components at the borderline level or higher
PTE Academic An overall score of 50, with a minimum of 42 in all sections An overall score of 58 with no band less than 50
C1 Advanced (formerly CAE) Pre-2015: 58

2015 and onwards: 176

C2 Proficiency (formerly CPE) Pre-2015: 45

2015 and onwards: 176

Other pathways

The applicant may demonstrate that they meet the English language entry requirements by providing evidence of:

  • Satisfactory completion of any English course at diploma level or above at an accredited Australian higher education provider or at an overseas institution listed in the AEI NOOSR Country Education Profiles
  • Completion of a NAATI accredited Professional interpretation or professional translation course as an English translator.

Program Design

Expected workload

Teaching weeks 12
Number of units expected to be taken per term full time 4
Expected contact hours per week, per unit of study 4
Expected private study hours per week, per unit of study 6
Total hours expected per week, per unit of study 10

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Master of Business Administration students will have demonstrated their ability to:

  1. Apply knowledge and technical skills, to design, implement and recommend effective solutions to solve complex real-world problems
  2. Engage in the process of researching and evaluating concepts and theories and synthesising innovative solutions in the evolving field of business administration
  3. Demonstrate critical thinking, intellectual independence, personal judgement and the ability to apply self-learning strategies
  4. Work collaboratively and communicate effectively with a range of professionals including technical and non-technical stakeholders
  5. Work ethically in an increasingly changing business environment, make responsible and informed judgements with respect to legal, ethical, economic and business-related challenges

Program Delivery during COVID-19

The program will primarily be delivered in face-to-face mode, on-campus at the Sydney Institute of Higher Education’s Sydney campus at Level 7, 75 King Street, Sydney, NSW 2000. Where the delivery of the program in face-to-face mode is impacted by COVID-19, the program (or any affected part of the program) will be available in an online mode of delivery.

Enrolment

Change of Enrolment

After enrolling, students may modify their program by withdrawing from a subject, enrolling in an additional subject, or changing the term in which they commence a subject. This can be done through the online student portal, or through Student Administration.

Students are advised to change their enrolment before the program administrative date in order to avoid being charged a fee for late changes to their enrolment.

Domestic Students

  1. A student may enrol if they meet the admission criteria, have been provided with a Letter of Offer and accepted it by the deadline for acceptance.
  2. Late enrolments for coursework students are permitted until:
  • the end of week two, for study periods running for ten or more weeks, or
  • the end of week one, for study periods with fewer than ten weeks.
  1. The Sydney Institute of Higher Education will not usually permit a student to enrol after the above deadlines unless it is with the permission of the Dean, and only in exceptional circumstances.

International students

  1. A student may enrol if they meet the admission criteria and have been provided with a Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE).
  2. Late enrolments for coursework students are permitted until:
  • the end of week two, for study periods running for ten or more weeks, or
  • the end of week one, for study periods with fewer than ten weeks.
  1. The Sydney Institute of Higher Education will not usually permit a student to enrol after the above deadlines unless it is with the permission of the Dean, and only in exceptional circumstances.
  2. The Quality and Compliance Coordinator will monitor the enrolment status of each student at the beginning of each term or teaching period and before the census date to ensure that each student is correctly enrolled. Monitoring enrolment is a requirement to ensure the student is:
  • able to complete the course/s within the duration specified in the student’s Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE); and
  • not exceeding the allowable portion of online or distance learning.

Deferral of study

Domestic Students

  1. The Sydney Institute of Higher Education may permit an applicant to defer admission provided that the offer of admission has not lapsed or been withdrawn due to the applicant’s actions prior or subsequent to the offer being made.
  2. The Sydney Institute of Higher Education may grant deferred admission to domestic applicants for either one (1) year or one (1) term, from the time the offer is applicable. Where a course is not available for deferment, this will be clearly advised at the time of application for admission and on the offer letter.
  3. The Dean may extend the period of deferral for an individual applicant to a maximum of two years.

International Students

  1. International Students who have been issued an offer of enrolment to a program but have not yet accepted that offer (and thus no CoE has been raised), may request to defer commencement to a later study period.
  2. International students who have accepted their offer and a CoE has been raised may not defer their commencement of study, except with the permission of the Dean as outlined in the Procedures for Monitoring Program Progress of International Students.
  3. Procedures governing the application for deferral by eligible students are outlined in the Procedures for Monitoring Program Progress of International Students.

Rules for intermission or leave of absence

Domestic Students

  1. A student may apply for intermission from their enrolment in a course:
  2. on up to two separate occasions during their current course enrolment; and
  3. for a maximum period of one year each
  4. only after a student has completed at least one unit in their current course
  5. the course in which they are seeking intermission must be available for admission
  6. The intermission request must be approved or accepted by the Sydney Institute of Higher Education.
  7. The Dean, may approve:
    1. a third or subsequent period of intermission for an undergraduate student; or
    2. an intermission of more than one year by any student.
  8. At the end of the intermission period, the student must comply with any requirements notified by the Dean for completing the course, including potential course transfer where a course is in the process of being phased out. Those requirements apply to the student despite anything to the contrary in the course rules.

International Students

  1. All provisions of this clause are subject to restrictions imposed on student visa holders by the Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 and regulations made pursuant to it.
  2. A student may apply for intermission from their enrolment in a course:
    (i) once during their current course enrolment; and
    (ii) for a maximum period of one year.
  3. The intermission request must be approved or accepted by the Sydney Institute of Higher Education.
  4. An international student may apply for intermission to their enrolment where that intermission does not delay the completion of their degree.
  5. Where any intermission may delay the completion of the degree, the matter must be considered by the Dean. A leave of absence will be considered in accordance with Standard 8 and 9 of the National Code taking into consideration any extenuating circumstances provided by the student as well as student visa regulations.
  6. An intermission may be considered where there are compassionate or compelling circumstances. Compassionate or compelling circumstances are generally those beyond the control of the student, which have an impact upon the student’s course progress or wellbeing, including but not limited to:
    (i) Serious illness or injury, where a medical certificate states that the student is unable to attend classes;
    (ii) Bereavement of close family members such as parents or grandparents (where possible a death certificate should be provided);
    (iii) Major political upheaval or natural disaster in the home country requiring emergency travel and this has impacted on the student’s studies;
    (iv) A traumatic experience, which could include involvement in, or witnessing of a serious accident; or witnessing or being the victim of a serious crime and this has impacted on the student (these cases should be supported by police or psychologists’ reports)
    (v) Where the Sydney Institute of Higher Education is unable to offer a pre-requisite unit;
    (vi) Inability to commence the course due to delay in receiving a student visa; or,
    (vii) Late application and assessment of credit and or recognition of prior learning which means a student has credit for units and it is too late to enrol into other units.
  7. At the end of the intermission period, the student must comply with any requirements notified by the Dean for completing the program. Those requirements apply to the student despite anything to the contrary in the program rules
  8. Further details are provided in the Monitoring Academic Progress Policy.

Rules for withdrawal of study

Students who wish to withdraw from a program at the Sydney Institute of Higher Education are strongly encouraged to speak with the Program Director and/or a relevant student support officer in order to discuss their reason for withdrawal and future plans.

Students may apply to Student Administration Coordinator to withdraw from their program.

Full details as to the circumstances when a student may withdraw from their course or unit are listed in the Enrolment Policy.

Students are not guaranteed a place in the program from which they have withdrawn. If they wish to be re-admitted in future, they must go through the program application and admissions process.

International Students

All procedures defined above are available to international students, however, international students must remain aware of their visa conditions and the effect that program modification may have on their enrolment and consequent visa requirements. The Sydney Institute of Higher Education must take into account the impact of an international student’s application on their visa when evaluating applications.

The Sydney Institute of Higher Education will only grant program deferrals and leaves of absence and impose temporary suspensions on serious grounds such as compelling or compassionate circumstances

The Sydney Institute of Higher Education recognises its obligation to report any changes to the enrolment details of an international student through the Provider Registration and International Student Management System (PRISMS) system.

Full details are provided in the Enrolment Policy, Monitoring Academic Progress Policy and Procedures for Monitoring Program Progress of International Students.

Lapse of enrolment (failure to engage)

Domestic students

  1. If a coursework student is not enrolled in any unit of study by the census date for that term, or the student has enrolled and withdrawn their enrolment before census date, and the student has not discontinued from the course or taken intermission from their enrolment, the student’s current course enrolment will be lapsed after 12 months of non-engagement.
  2. If a student’s current course enrolment has lapsed, then, despite any contrary provision in this policy, the procedures for the student to re-enrol in the course are to be determined by the Program Director or Dean (as appropriate).

International Students

  1. If a student is not enrolled in any unit of study by the census date for that term, or the student has enrolled and withdrawn their enrolment before census date, and the student has not discontinued from the course or taken intermission from their enrolment, the student’s Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) will be cancelled for passive withdrawal from study.
  2. If a student’s CoE is cancelled the student must apply for readmission.

Termination of enrolment or exclusion

  1. If a student fails to study for a period of two years from their last enrolment, their current course enrolment will be terminated automatically.
  2. The Sydney Institute of Higher Education may exclude a student for a period of time under the Monitoring Academic Progress Policy and the Students at Risk and Unsatisfactory Progress Policy.
  3. The Sydney Institute of Higher Education may terminate the enrolment of a student who has not met the attendance requirements.
  4. The Sydney Institute of Higher Education may cancel the enrolment of a student who is found guilty of misconduct
  5. The Sydney Institute of Higher Education may cancel the enrolment of a student for non-payment of fees.
  6. The Sydney Institute of Higher Education will notify the student in writing of its intention to terminate a student’s enrolment.
  7. Students may appeal this decision and no action on termination will be taken before the conclusion of any appeals periods or an appeal is submitted. Full details are provided in the Student Complaints and Appeals Policy. The termination of the enrolment may take effect, even during an appeal period if the student’s health or wellbeing, or the wellbeing of others is at risk.
  8. For domestic students, the Sydney Institute of Higher Education will notify the Department of Human Services.
  9. For international students, a student, whose enrolment has been cancelled by the Sydney Institute of Higher Education, may be in breach of the conditions of his or her student visa and the ESOS Act and will prevent the student from enrolling in any further units at the Sydney Institute of Higher Education. The Sydney Institute of Higher Education will notify the Department of Home Affairs of the student’s cancellation, deferment or temporary suspension of enrolment.
  10. The Sydney Institute of Higher Education will advise an international student visa holder whose enrolment is a risk of termination to contact the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) to seek advice on any potential impacts on their visa, including the need to obtain a new visa.

Enrolment in more than 1 award course

  1. A student may not enrol in more than one award course, without the prior written permission of the Dean.
  2. Where a student has enrolled in multiple HE courses, the student is responsible for ensuring they have a reasonable study load each study period, and that they can complete the award course(s) within the maximum allowable time. Enrolment in multiple courses will not be grounds for an appeal against interventions or penalties imposed due to poor academic progression.
  3. International students may enrol in more than one course at a time but both courses must have CRICOS registration and the student should ensure they request a CoE for the second course. International students who are seeking to undertake additional study must meet the requirements of their student visa including the need to remain enrolled in a registered course, achieve satisfactory course attendance, and progress in their principal course of study.

Enrolment restrictions

A student may not:

  1. enrol in a unit of study that they have passed, without the permission of the Dean;
  2. enrol or undertake any unit of study or unit for which credit has been granted;
  3. enrol in units of study additional to award course requirements, except as a non-award student;
  4. except with the permission of the Program Director enrol in units of study with a total credit point value exceeding 50 credit points in one term;
  5. enrol in a unit requiring pre-requisite units to have been completed without first having completed the pre-requisite units. The Dean may waive prerequisite requirements in special circumstances;
  6. enrol in a unit requiring co-requisite units to also be enrolled in without having enrolled in the co-requisite units. The Dean may waive corequisite requirements in special circumstances;
  7. enrol in a precluded unit of study;
  8. enrol into an Exit-Only Course. The Dean may waive prerequisite requirements in special circumstances;
  9. enrol in a unit of study or units contrary to a recommendation under the Monitoring Academic Progress Policy;
  10. enrol in a unit where it is known that the student does not meet the inherent requirements listed for enrolment in that unit;
  11. enrol in a unit of study for the third time, regardless of which course the student is enrolled within, without obtaining the permission to do so from the Program Director. The Program Director may waive this requirement in special circumstances.

Maximum course duration

Domestic students

  1. The maximum duration of a course is twice the maximum duration in years plus two years. This is calculated as follows: maximum course duration = (full-time duration in years x 2) + 2 years.
  2. The Sydney Institute of Higher Education may establish lower limits depending on the course, with the approval of the Academic Board, but may only do so if no student is unfairly affected by the reduction.
  3. The maximum completion date will be calculated from the date of the student’s initial commencement in the award course. Where a student changes course, the maximum completion date will be calculated from the student’s commencement of the changed course, and not the initial course.
  4. Periods of intermission (leave of absence), periods of exclusion or intermission imposed through the Monitoring Academic Progress Policy and periods of exclusion imposed through the Misconduct By-law are included when calculating if a student has exceeded the maximum enrolment length.
  5. The Dean may consider and decide on an extension beyond the maximum time limit on a case-by-case basis.

International students

The maximum duration of a course is the lesser time of either the length of the student visa, as stated on the student’s CoE, or the maximum course duration = (full-time duration in years x 2) + 2 years. Where the maximum length is the length of the student’s visa, as stated on the student’s CoE, the Sydney Institute of Higher Education may extend the student’s course duration if:

  1. there are compassionate or compelling circumstances,
  2. the student has been identified as at risk of not meeting the course progression requirements and the Sydney Institute of Higher Education has implemented, or is in the process of implementing, an intervention strategy,
  3. the student’s leave of absence has been approved according to Leave of Absence and Standard 9 of the National Code of Practice for Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students 2018.

The Sydney Institute of Higher Education will advise an international student visa holder whose study duration has been extended to contact the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) to seek advice on any potential impacts on their visa, including the need to obtain a new visa.

Please refer to our Enrolment Policy.

Program Structure

The MBA comprises 16 units delivered over 4 terms culminating in one of four specialisations. Students with an undergraduate degree in BA can also complete the degree in 1.5 years by enrolling in the accelerated option and completing 12 units, gaining advanced standing for the first four units.

Level (Year/Term) Unit Code Name of Unit Core or Elective Unit Prerequisite(s) Specialisation 
Year 1 Term 1 MBA101 Financial decision-making Core Nil
MBA102 Creative problem-solving Core Nil
MBA103 Digital marketing Core Nil
MBA104 Legal systems and institutions Core Nil
Year 1 Term 2 MBA105 Communication Core Nil
MBA106 Business performance frameworks Core MBA101
MBA107 Agile and design thinking Core MBA102 
MBA108 Innovation Core Nil
Year 2 Term 1 MBA201 People and teams Core Nil
MBA202 Entrepreneurship Core MBA101 
MBA203 Data analytics and A.I. Core Nil
MBA204 Emerging trends in management Core Nil
Year 2 Term 2 MBA205 Ethics and critical thinking Core Nil
MBA206 Strategy Core Nil
MBA207 Research report Core MBA204
MBA208 Capstone project Core Nil

Employment pathways

Completion of this degree opens a range of employment possibilities for students. Among the potential pathways are:

Master of Business Adminstrator potential employment possibilities

  • Business Owner
  • Chief Strategy Officer
  • Financial Controller
  • Food Business Consultant
  • Hotel Department Head
  • Director of Human Resources
  • Company Director
  • Sales and Marketing Director
  • Project Manager

Additional charges

Additional charges include textbooks and other materials. Please refer to our schedule of fees.