Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Develop critical strategies to guide your business and employ dynamic leadership skills.

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) course is designed to develop your cognitive, technical and creative skills to make effective decisions in a global context. You will develop strong business acumen which will help you to lead people, teams and businesses and enhance your career prospects. Discover how you can apply your knowledge and skills instantly in your current workplace or a new entrepreneurial venture.

Our MBA is offered in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide, with the option for online study available.

Choose your degree type

Master of Business Administration

  • The Master of Business Administration (MBA) course is designed to provide experienced business professionals with flexible study options to enhance their knowledge and skills and also enhance their career prospects. The MBA and MBA Advanced have a practical and interdisciplinary focus with the themes of teamwork, sound and ethical decision making, and strategic planning being key features of the program.
  • The MBA culminates in a strategic management capstone project where research skills are consolidated and applied to a strategic business problem.

Master of Business Administration (Advanced)

  • The Master of Business Administration (Advanced) 0881149G is available in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide.
  • This program is designed specifically for international students and those who wish to complete a 2-year program studied full-time. It is an elongated MBA program that provides you with an advanced body of knowledge to the changing business environments in which you aspire to work and manage.

Choose your specialisation

Choose between 2 specialisms as part of an MBA or MBA (Advanced):

  • Technology Management enables students to obtain recognised expertise in the current and future impact of technology on business. The curriculum has been developed and delivered by leaders in the fields of Engineering, Science, IT and technical professions.
  • Project Management enables students to obtain recognised expertise in the management and leadership of projects. The curriculum has been developed and delivered by leaders in the fields and we display an impressive cohort of graduates in management roles in Mining, Architecture, Project Management and Engineering.

‘Flex’ is an intensive delivery option, designed specifically for students who want a face-to-face instruction model but who find it difficult to attend weekly classes. Flex delivers only MBA subjects over six weeks and includes 3 evenly spaced Saturday workshops. These fortnightly Saturday workshops are offered in each of Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide and attract working professionals with multiple, competing priorities.

Imagine finishing your working week with a stimulating discussion, based around the issues you face daily! Imagine building your network as you engage in collaborative problem solving immediately relevant to your work. Imagine contributing to others’ experiences in multiple and different industries as we discover many of them are the same! Do all of this and work your way toward completing your MBA. There are two Flex intakes each trimester and a summer intake, meaning you can complete up to 7 subjects in any calendar year.

It’s called ‘Flex’ because it’s flexible, working in with your schedule and your priorities. Have the flexibility of not locking yourself into any one method of instruction. You have the option to swap between the different modes of delivery when enrolled in an MBA at Torrens University. Combine online study with a Flex intake when you know you have some downtime at work. Do a face-to-face class when you want to experience studying at a ‘normal’ pace. Do all three when you want a challenge! The options are there and you just make it work the way you want it to.

Flex is a terrific way to chip away at your MBA in short sprints. Note that ‘flex’ still means there are assignment deadlines and that you still commit to the intake when you sign up for it. Flex has a shortened census date but most students find that once they are in the Flex ‘zone’, they swear by it!


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About the School

This course is provided by Chifley Business School and delivered by Torrens University Australia Ltd CRICOS Provider Code: 03389E.

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Workload and Assessment

No. of timetabled hours per week:

Torrens University Australia operates on a trimester system comprising of 3 study periods per year.

It is expected that each subject, whether studied online or on-campus, will involve a combined total of 120 hours of structured and self-directed learning, which equates to approximately 10 hours a week per subject over a 12-week trimester.

Contact a Course and Career Advisor for more information on full-time and part-time workload.

Typical assessment includes:

Subjects have a range of assessment options to suit the students requirements and circumstance. Methods of assessment may include time constrained, written examinations, individual assignments based on live briefs, group assignments, project reports, presentations, research reports, work integrated learning, scenarios and case studies, and reflexive logs.

Subject Information

In today’s business environment there is a plethora of information available—too much information! Paradoxically, decisions have to be made quickly with what often appears to be ambiguous or not enough information. How do leaders collect the most pertinent and important information to make decisions that will impact tomorrow’s firms and communities? This subject engages students in the nuances of data collection, how to filter data and how to use it most effectively in decision-making. The subject develops the student’s quantitative research skills, and digital literacy.

This subject is to be started at the same time as the student first enrols in the MBA, although they will not enrol in it until all core subjects are passed. This subject is the culminating and integrating experience for the MBA. Students will keep a reflective diary from during their study in all other subjects and then put their knowledge to practice in a custom setting negotiated with the learning facilitator. A final project enables students to demonstrate their ability to think strategically and apply the concepts and tools learned in the subject to an organisation of their choice. This subject sees students combine a range of research methodologies to real business problems to demonstrate how the rigour and application of research processes can underpin the justification for change.
Prerequisite: All core MBA subjects

This subject sets the tone for managing business operations in the 21st century. While the focus is operations management, this subject builds on strategic management concepts and introduces the student to business process management, value stream mapping and supply chain management with an emphasis on technology. Through an enterprise context the student will practice and reflect on systems thinking, thereby developing their leadership skills.

This subject examines the key issues currently facing all organisations when creating products and services for highly competitive and rapidly changing markets. Outperforming competitors requires careful management of business processes, fostering corporate competencies, and aligning the firm to its environment. The student will learn and then practice strategising through a number of theories and practical settings.

This subject discusses marketing management and practice. Topics include marketing functions and their management, environmental, industry and competitor analysis, objectives setting, marketing strategies, and marketing mix components.

This subject is focused on how to utilise financial information for internal decision-making purposes. It is designed for the leader who will be using, rather than producing financial information. This subject also addresses the various types of financial decisions that leaders must make, and the strategies necessary to anticipate the alternatives, evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of each and recognise the trade-offs inherent in each alternative. The objective of this subject is for students to learn how to apply finance theory and principles to the analysis of important business problems. Specific topics will include capital budgeting, cost of capital, risk, capital structure, payout policy, and enterprise valuation.

This subject focuses on the development of knowledge and skills to enable students to identify, analyse and make effective decisions to resolve people- related issues in organisations, facilitate employee development, and develop and sustain effective teams in complex, diverse, and increasingly global operating environments. Topics include strategic human resource management, organisational design, culture and ethics, organisational behaviour, motivation and performance management, retention and succession planning, and organisation, project and functional teams. Students will focus on group based research methods in this subject including the use of focus groups, surveys and other instruments that provide data about group samples.

Being an effective and genuine leader in a dynamic era requires an understanding of leadership concepts, how leaders think and act, and how various management styles impact situations and relationships within an organisation. Being a dynamic leader also demands a strong set of competencies such as motivating self and others, leading creativity in an organisation, cultural intelligence, and navigating ambiguity. This subject provides students with a foundation of leadership theory, styles, and approaches, and an opportunity for students to assess and build on their own leadership styles throughout the course.

This subject examines the operation of a business in its environments including an analysis of the macro and micro influences on a business’ strategy, operations and decision making. Includes development of knowledge of the Australian legal framework and regulatory compliance; global economic, social and ethical principles that influence modern organisational decision making; and sources of competitive advantage.

The Business Communications subject provides a dynamic focus on managerial communication and professional development.  It will assist students to develop the interpersonal and written communication skills required for success in business. Students will be immersed in a series of skill-based activities, simulations, and individualized coaching designed to build their strategic thinking and communication skills. Additionally students will gain confidence in their communication through application and feedback. Emphasis is placed on writing skills, reports, and presentations, and using technology to communicate.

The subject focuses on risk management, risk assessment and risk mitigation plans, including the necessary communication plans and skills to ensure that incidents and risks are managed as safely as possible in a controlled manner.  The value of such activities is critically analysed to ensure that the effort expended is appropriate to the size of the risk.

This subject seeks to build the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to succeed as an entrepreneur. These knowledge and skills are then applied to identify and evaluate innovative high-growth product and service opportunities in the context of a start-up, a corporation, a not for profit or a government institution. This subject equips students with practical skills, including creativity tools, cash-flow modelling, business model analysis and lean experimentation. Students prepare a business plan for a new venture, enabling them to integrate their theoretical and practical knowledge.

Prerequisite: Financial Management

This subject will enable students to apply their research skills to solving a managerial problem in their work context to utilise a work related project opportunity that has arisen from their progress on the MBA in their workplace. In an applied research project, students will analyse a real-world management problem of which he or she has experience or has been able to observe, such as poor financial performance, resistance to organisational change and loss of market share. The students are expected to analyse the problem in terms of relevant concepts and develop feasible options for solving the problem. The subject will contain a research methods component.

Alternatively, students may use an organisational development opportunity being afforded to them by their organisation through some form of corporate training as the basis for this unit report. In this instance the assessment will be the application of the additional training to their work and an impact analysis of the training on their practice.

Both options require elements of research methodology to be applied in the context of their workplace.

Prerequisite: At least 32 units of MBA subjects.

As business becomes increasingly global with the use of the internet making all goods available everywhere, the better prepared an organisation is for international markets, the more successful it is likely to be. This subject focuses on the risks, strategies, and implementation of international business plans, requiring students to both evaluate current practice and develop an international strategy for their own organisation or organisation of their choice.

Technology impacts on most everything that we do in organisations, how we do deliver and perform, and how efficiently we manage our operations. Technology strategy therefore focuses on making the right decisions about the deployment of technology in line with business strategy and the risks associated with making the wrong technology decisions. The subject employs a range of research methods to draw up scenarios for decision making, and requires the students to present the case for a technology innovation strategy to a board of stakeholders.

Prerequisite: Management Information Systems

This subject is underpinned by notions that are measured by the triple bottom line: economic, social and environmental costs and benefits. The subject explores the competitive advantage to be gained through sustainable practices and requires students to develop a sustainability strategy for an organisation of their choice. This subject explores the issues of social justice and human rights more fundamentally than other subjects as sustainability issues for the future.

Benchmarking and the ability to collect, analyse and present benchmarking data to influence organisational decision making is a core competence for many organisations. This subject develops students’ analytical skills and understanding of benchmarking processes and procedures before supporting them in a benchmarking exercise of their own.

This subject introduces students to the law, the role of the law and the impact the law has in its operation on managerial and business practice. Contract, tort, intellectual property, agency and employment law are considered, as well as means and methods of considering dispute resolution. How these are contextualised internationally is explored.

The use of, control of, manipulation and presentation of data in organisations is becoming increasingly important in the management of stakeholder expectations. This subject explores the role of managing information systems, the impact of technological change on the management of information, and the risks associated with poor information management. Students work with case studies and scenarios to develop strategies for reviewing management information systems in their own contexts.

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