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AGSM MBA (Change)

The MBA (Change) is offered as part of the MBAX program. MBAX offers the ability to specialise within your MBA, whilst studying online.

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Why choose this degree? 

  • Use the innovative e-learning platform at home, in the office or on a mobile device to study, interact and join stimulating discussions with course colleagues. 
  • Apply learning to challenges faced at work, providing confidence to make lasting organisational change. 
  • Diagnose situation and propose change management interventions, successfully manage resistance to change and create organisational systems to sustain long-term change

Who is this degree for?

  • Experienced managers, consultants and business owners who need to understand how to manage successful organisational change
  • Busy professionals who’d prefer to study in a flexible format, balancing study with work and other commitments

Job and career prospects

  • Consulting 
  • Senior management positions 
  • Change management consultant 
  • Human resources 
  • Coaching and training roles 
  • Project management 
  • Operations and logistics

 

The AGSM MBA (Change) is a part-time program and can be completed in anywhere between 2-6 years.

Core courses – choose six

MBAX9114 Marketing Management

Marketing Management is a course designed to introduce fundamental marketing concepts, theories and analytical tools to managers working in today's highly competitive and complex business environment. The course places particular emphasis on the management of profitable exchange processes in the context of modern organisations and covers a diverse range of marketing topics including marketing strategy and planning, the marketing environment and how to monitor it, consumer and organisational behaviour, marketing research, market segmentation and development of target markets, new product development, pricing, distribution, promotion and international marketing. Participants are required to tackle real life marketing problems and demonstrate their ability to apply classroom knowledge to their own work situations.

MBAX9120 Accounting and Financial Management

Accounting - A User Perspective is designed for those who use accounting information, rather than those whose task it is to prepare it. The focus is on the understanding and use of accounting information as well as the composition and meaning of the financial statements. The course covers accounting reports prepared for external users as well as accounting reports used by managers to plan, control and make decisions.

MBAX9122 Economics in Management Practice

An understanding of economics is essential for the long-term viability of business. The economic environment in which business operates will have a vital bearing on day-to-day decisions. Economics in Management Practice lays the foundations for such knowledge. It provides a basic introduction to those economic principles that are important for business, as well as providing general economic literacy to enable participants to read and understand economic reports and to be able to communicate with and understand business people, economists and policy makers.

MBAX9123 Corporate Finance

This course stresses the fundamentals of corporate financial decision making with special reference to investment, financing and dividend distribution. The course develops distinct conceptual frameworks and specialised tools for solving real-world financial problems at both the personal and corporate level. Examples include funds management, mergers and acquisitions, capital raisings, portfolio selection of financial securities, public floats and the pricing of assets in the stock market. Illustrations from real-life corporate practices are used to highlight the importance and relevance of financial management to the realisation of personal and corporate financial objectives.

MBAX9125 Managing People & Organisations

Fundamentals of People Management examines the different ways in which organisations approach the management of their employees. We explore the behaviour of people at work, and the impact this has on others and on the organisation itself. We consider the relationship between people management and the organisation's strategy and locate the management of 'people at work' within various theoretical, philosophical, historical and regulatory contexts.

MBAX9131 Leadership in a Complex Environment

Leadership In A Complex Environment addresses the need for, and value of, leadership in complex environments characterised by technology, sustainability and the need to operate across boundaries. It introduces students to contemporary models, concepts and theoretical frameworks of leadership and examines different forms of leaderships, including emergent, sustainability, cross-boundary and transformational. The course facilitates the development of personalised leadership plans for each student using theoretical knowledge. It also provides practical guidance to help students strengthen the leadership abilities they need to address business problems, exert influence and drive change across a wide range of organisations.

MBAX9135 Business Analytics

This is a core course in Business Analytics, which enables organizations to make quicker, better, and more intelligent decisions to create business value in the broadest sense. This course addresses the context of business analytics and the management actions required for organizations to manage business analytics such that they can create value from their data and make progress on the transformational journey to becoming data-driven. Emphasis will be placed on the managing and sourcing data, the analytic process and the role of leadership in supporting the organizational and cultural change associated with the transformation to becoming a data-driven organization.

As part of the business analytics process you will build predictive models. This requires a basic understanding of statistics and you will therefore be required to study the material on basic statistics provided by Harvard online training. IBM’s Watson Analytics will be used to build predictive models and communicate analytic insights.

MBAX9143 Strategic Management

Strategic Management will help you to apply knowledge in understanding how the managers of modern, technology-rich, sustainable organisations look to generate, communicate and fulfil a strategic vision and deliver outcomes that fulfil the purpose for which the organisations were created.

The course is designed to help you reflect on the role of strategic management and draw on concepts, issues and principles highlighted in your earlier courses in this degree program. As a result, you will understand how integrating and effectively managing the diverse range of technology, specialised and business management disciplines empowers you to be more effective in achieving your organisation's strategic goals in a rapidly changing technological organisational environment.

MBAX9151 Law, Regulation & Ethics

Corporations and the individuals who work in them need to ensure that they operate lawfully and in a manner that meets stakeholder expectations and broader community standards of acceptable behaviour. This is true across business entities, not-for-profits and in the business of government. It requires managers to understand and be accountable for compliance with a complex array of legal and non-legal rules and expectations, derived from different sources. The reputational risk which flows from decisions influenced by personal, professional and institutional ethics can be amplified enormously by social media. This course is designed to equip students with the analytical tools to identify and manage the governance, compliance and risk management issues that arise from law, regulation and ethics in the context of businesses’ relationship with society.


Change specialisation courses

These two courses are compulsory.

MBAX6271 Approaches to Change

In this course you will learn some of the major frameworks that help you to understand and manage change. Starting with the change agent, you explore the skills needed and the types of analysis change agents use to decide appropriate courses of action.

You will develop your skills and learn a range of different strategies for influencing individuals, groups and the organisation. Change is also considered from an organisational perspective and you will explore how organisations respond to, resist, initiate and drive change.

Your role in understanding and managing the organisation is examined. By the end of the course you will be able to: Understand the main frameworks that describe personal and organisational change Identify the role you play in initiating and facilitating change Analyse effective and ineffective change interventions Choose appropriate strategies to facilitate personal and organisational change.

This course is a prerequisite for MBAX6274 Systems for Change.

Students who have completed MNGT6371 Managing Change are not permitted to undertake this course.

MBAX6272 Change Skills

You will gain the confidence and self-knowledge to understand which of your current abilities are helpful and which skills you need to acquire or strengthen. The course helps you to develop an action plan around your change skills. Although you work in groups, your competence is assessed individually.

Students who have completed MNGT6372 Managerial Skills, MNGT6370 Foundations of Managerial Skills (FMS) or MNGT6211 The Executive Blueprint are not permitted to undertake this course.


Students who have completed MNGT6371 Managing Change are not permitted to undertake MBAX6271 Approaches to Change.

Students who have completed MNGT6372 Managerial Skills, MNGT6370 Foundations of Managerial Skills (FMS) or MNGT6211 The Executive Blueprint are not permitted to undertake MBAX6272 Change Skills.


Change specialisation courses - choose three

MBAX6274 Systems for Change

This course examines how you can sustain change in yourself and your organisation and teaches you the skills to support both processes. You will learn the four-step action research method:

  • Implement change, Study and reflect on outcomes, Design new interventions, Continually assess the effectiveness of your actions. The aim is to become competent in using an open-systems model to understand how organisations function.
  • You will learn to analyse the extent to which systems enable and motivate sustainable change.
  • About one-third of the course is devoted to applying skills to a current, action research project at your workplace.

Prerequisites: MBAX6271 / MNGT6271 Approaches to Change.

It is recommended to also complete MBAX6273 / MNGT6273 Redesigning the Organisation before undertaking this course.

MBAX9101 Project Management

Project management involves the overall planning, control and coordination of a project. It is the process by which the responsibility for all phases is combined within one multidisciplinary function. This course introduces you to the project management skills needed during the lifetime of a project. It explores some key concepts of project management, including project risk management.

MBAX9132 Intrapreneurship

For many established businesses, the ability to identify and effectively respond to new opportunities is increasingly central to their success and, indeed, survival. Evidence suggests that innovation in a corporate context can often be difficult. In recent years, however, a growing number of organisations have drawn on approaches and practices more common to small entrepreneurial start-ups to help them identify new market opportunities and how they could respond to these opportunities. This is sometimes called ‘intrapreneurship’.

The aim of this course is to provide students with insights into the intrapreneurship process and to help them develop the skills and knowledge they need to enhance the ability of their organisations to identify new opportunities in the market and respond to them effectively. It does so by giving them hands-on experience of participating in an online corporate challenge.

One of the key aspects to successful intrapreneurship is the ability to work collaboratively across different aspects of the business, often in different locations and parts of the world. For this reason, the corporate challenge is based on group work, where students will work through an online platform to identify and develop a new business opportunity for a corporate partner.

MBAX9153 Implementing Strategy

This course provides students with applied, critical thinking and application skills for effective strategy implementation. With a focus on a spectrum of principles and features that influence strategy execution, it helps develop practical insights into organisational transformation. The course aligns with the content of other strategy courses, but focuses on the spectrum of issues to translate strategy implementation detailing how organisations can achieve sustained effectiveness with both its current challenges and future possibilities. In this context, the course deals with themes on the strategic process of managing for change, redesigning structure, human capital and talent management, and smart responses to technology. The course challenges students to think critically and develop useful insights about the concepts and principles on making better strategy.


Prerequisites:

MBAX6274 Systems for Change - Required: MBAX6271/MNGT6271 Approaches to Change. Recommended: MBAX6272/MNGT6172 Change Skills


Capstone (required)

MBAX9155 Strategic Consulting Project

This course provides you with the opportunity to develop and practise your problem-solving skills by integrating your knowledge, skills, experience and various tools you have acquired during your MBAX studies. By investigating a particular strategic issue in an organisation, working as a team on the client issue, identifying solutions for that issue, and presenting practical recommendations to the client, you will acquire the skills and practical experience to become effective leaders and innovators.

The AGSM MBAX program is highly competitive for entry. You will need to show excellence in your application as well as meeting the following entry requirements.

To apply for the AGSM MBAX you will need either:

  • A recognised undergraduate degree (or equivalent qualification), and a minimum of 2 years professional or managerial work experience, or
  • At least 6 years professional work experience*


All applicants must meet the University's English requirements regardless of nationality or residency.
Please refer to the UNSW English Requirements Policy for further information.

* If you are applying based on work experience, please ensure your referee reports clearly cover at least 5 out of the last 7 years (sometimes multiple referee reports are necessary to cover 5 years). 


Please note: An English waiver based on work experience and residency only applies to the following countries:

American Samoa, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Botswana, Canada, Fiji, Gibraltar, Ghana, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, The Gambia, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom (including Northern Ireland), United States of America, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

You can apply to the AGSM MBA (Change) program online. Applications are assessed on a session by session basis.

Term
Applications
open
Application
deadline
Classes startClasses finish
Term 1 201917 September 201828 January 2019
18 February 201919 May 2019
Term 2 201918 February 201913 May 20193 June 20191 September 2019
Term 3 20193 June 201929 July 201916 September 201915 December 2019

Documentation checklist

Before applying you will need to gather the following supporting documentation:

Please see the AGSM MBA (Executive), MBAX and GCCM Admissions Policy (pdf) for more details on supporting documents and the application process.

* If you are applying based on work experience, please ensure your referee reports clearly cover at least 5 out of the last 7 years (sometimes multiple referee reports are necessary to cover 5 years). 

Apply online

Please refer to the application process for further details on how to apply.

The AGSM MBA Admissions Selection Committee will review your application. We will advise you of the outcome by email within three weeks of your complete application.

There is a non-refundable online application fee of AUD$125.



 

The MBA (Change) program is offered entirely online; AGSM @ UNSW Business School becomes your 'mobile campus' - take your course materials with you on business trips and continue to participate in on-line discussions. Students may also opt to take some classes in face-to-face class mode according to preferences and offerings.

Online classes

The MBA (Change) can be studied entirely via interactive online classes through the intuitive communication tool: Moodle. Whether your class is real or virtual, the emphasis will be on sharing knowledge and skills. Online classes do not require facilitators and participants to be online at the same time, it is asynchronous, enabling contributions to discussions at a time of personal choice. AGSM @ UNSW Business School becomes your 'mobile campus'; take your course materials with you on business trips and continue to participate online. Class facilitators manage the discussion and assess for participation.

Class size

For each course you undertake you will be allocated to a class with typically 25 to 28 co-participants and a class facilitator. Group discussion, either on-line or face-to-face, ensures a sharing of knowledge with fellow students of diverse backgrounds and experience and contact with program staff.

Your class facilitator will lead and guide interaction and participation in the online classroom environment.

Interactive learning areas

You can log into your online class at any time during the week, day or night, to contribute to set learning activities. In an MBA (Change) online class there are four main locations:

  • The announcements where facilitators post notices to the class
  • The forums where facilitators conduct the formal teaching and learning activities in a class
  • The coffee shop where informal discussions among members of the class take place
  • The student profile where each member of the class can introduce themselves and upload a photo

Face-to-face classes

In some cases, certain MBA (Change) courses will be available in face-to-face mode at a UNSW campus with course selection alternating each session. Both class delivery options are based on the same course material content, and students who undertake face-to-tace classes will access our online tool Moodle to download their course materials.

Course materials

The course materials are the starting point of your weekly studies. MBA (Change) course materials are divided into 12 units, one per each teaching week, and include the core concepts, activities for reflection, set readings, reference lists of further readings and detailed information regarding assessment.

It is expected that all participants will have read the week's unit prior to attending class or participating in online class discussion. Course materials are available in three different formats:

  • A PDF via Moodle 4 weeks prior to the commencement of class (typically in the week enrolments close)
  • Approximately one week before classes commence, course materials are available in separate units and you should expect to receive an email from your facilitator in this period
  • For those who prefer a hardcopy, the printed course materials may be purchased from the UNSW Bookshop at cost price plus delivery

Other materials

Many courses also have prescribed textbooks which may be ordered online from the UNSW Bookshop. All participants have access to the vast online resources of the UNSW library, and borrowing rights at your local academic library can usually be arranged.

 

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Quick facts for students

Program code
8625
Award
MBA (Specialised)
Total Units of Credit (UOC)
72
Study Mode
Face to face
Online
Duration
2-6 years part-time
Commencing terms
Term 1 – February
Term 2 – June
Term 3 – September
Course fee*
$4,830
Program fee (total)*
$57,960 in 2019
* Fees are indicative only

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