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MBA (Executive) Pre-2017

Designed for busy executives, this program offers the chance to gain a world-leading MBA when it suits you, and enhance your analytical and leadership skills.

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Why choose this MBA?

  • Flexibility to study Australia’s leading part time MBA program
  • Accredited by international agencies, Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS)
  • Challenge yourself to reach your full career potential and fast track your success
  • Practical focus to learning, where you apply new skills in your current role as well as class projects
  • Be part of an elite cohort of talented business students, and develop a valuable and influential global network
  • Tailor your MBA to pursue a personal interest area with a wide range of elective choices, including overseas intensive study
  • Option to study some courses at one of 30 elite partner schools through our international exchange program
  • Online access to program materials, timetables, results and academic and business journals
  • With five intensive, residential cohort experiences, where students live-in for the duration of the course, these valuable opportunities allow you to harness the power of collective intelligence and are unique only to AGSM.

Who is this program for?

Ambitious and experienced managers, executives and professionals who want to take their career to a new level and are seeking:

  • A globally recognised MBA from Australia’s leading business school, without having to put a successful career on hold.
  • New skills and concepts that are immediately transferrable to the workplace.
  • A flexible program that lets you study in multiple locations, work at your own pace and is delivered through a blend of face-to-face, online and intensive residential study periods.

Job and career prospects

  • Senior management roles (GM, CEO and board level)
  • Senior government leader
  • Not-for-profit manager
  • Entrepreneur
  • Consultant
  • Venture capitalist
  • Executive roles in accounting, finance, marketing, sales and communications, amongst others

You can complete the AGSM MBA (Executive) in anywhere between 2.5 to 7 years. Typically, it's completed in 3 - 3 ½ years. A unique part of the program is the intensive residential cohort experiences which bookend the program.

View MBA (Executive) Course Structure (PDF)

View 2017 revised MBA (Executive) program information (PDF)

Stage one

MNGT6321 Corporate Finance

The underlying theme of this course is that a business must add value. Those that do not will either be forced to change or cease to exist. The course addresses the questions: 
  • What is value, how is it measured and how does a well-run business create or add value?

In examining value, you will be introduced to the three basic ideas in finance: 

  • The time value of money, diversification and arbitrage.

MNGT6370 Foundations of Managerial Skills

FMS is a 12 week course that includes a 3 day compulsory residential.

The course is an academically-grounded orientation to the AGSM MBA (Executive) program. It is intended to provide a cohort experience and to help students acquire a range of useful strategies and skills for enhancing their managerial effectiveness, as well as for engaging productively with the MBA(Executive) course concepts and their colleagues throughout their program. The three themes addressed are managing your learning, learning together, and managerial skill development.

Learning in this course occurs through a combination of mindful engagement with reading course materials and assigned articles, completing written exercises, self-assessments, repeated 360 degree feedback, peer coaching, team-based case analysis, skill development planning, and action learning.

Please Note: Existing AGSM students who have already completed any MBAX or MNGT coded courses will need to contact the AGSM Student Experience Team for assistance with enrolment into this course. studentexperience@agsm.edu.au

Foundations of Managerial Skills (FMS) is our recommended starter course. We advise that you commence your MBA with this program, as it has been designed to help you embark on a path to success in your AGSM MBA (Exec) program. It is intended to enable you to:

  • Craft a range of useful strategies and skills for being a more effective manager
  • Begin to engage productively with the concepts and tools that you encounter during your MBA (Exec)
  • Build life-long relationships with your fellow MBA (Exec) students during the 3-day residential component, for which AGSM organise your catering and accommodation. It is mandatory that students attend all sessions and stay on-site for the duration.

Foundation courses

ACCT1501 Accounting and Financial Management 1A

The compulsory core accounting unit will have a preparer perspective. It will provide an introduction to basic concepts in accounting and their application for decision making by a wide range of potential users (eg, shareholders, investment analysts, lenders, managers etc).
 
This unit should benefit students who wish to specialise in accounting, and will also be of value to students whose primary interest lies elsewhere in the field of business. On completion, students should have a clear understanding of the accounting process and the language of accounting to enable communication with an accounting professional, understand the relevance of accounting information for informed decision making by a wide range of potential users, and have the ability to analyse and interpret accounting information.
 
Topics covered will include the accounting equation, general purpose financial reports, cash and accrual accounting, adjustments, internal control, financial statement analysis, and interpreting and preparing information for managers to use in planning, decision making and control.

MNGT6210 Accounting and Financial Management

This course explains accounting techniques and terminology, providing you with sufficient conceptual and practical skills to give you the knowledge and confidence to understand complex financial strategies and make better financial decisions. The course assumes that you have limited prior knowledge of accounting and financial management.

MNGT6232 Data Analysis and Statistical Modelling

There is an explosion of data in the business workplace, but very few managers are equipped with the quantitative skills to make effective use of this data. This course develops expertise in a standard set of statistical and graphical techniques, which will be useful in analysing data. These techniques are widely applied in a number of areas of management, including marketing, finance and economics. The course provides a change in mindset from "statistics can be used to show anything" to "statistics provide a methodology to cope with uncertainty" via the art of statistical thinking, that is, the ability to collect, understand and use data. A work-based project is a key part of the course.

MNGT6275 Managing People and Organisations

This course explores the issues you face in managing people, groups and organisations.

We ask such questions as:
  • What is my role as a manager and a leader?
  • What motivates people at work?
  • How does my group function, and how can it be more effective?
  • What impact does the structure and culture of my organisation have on our performance?

MNGT6302 Economics in Management Practice

Economic principles are the foundation for many areas of importance to managers – for accounting, finance, marketing, strategy and negotiation. In this subject, we learn about the principles of opportunity cost, of diminishing marginal returns, of understanding interdependence between players in the market and how to structure our strategic responses within these markets. We develop an understanding of the implications of asymmetric information and how this affects the decisions a manager makes on a day-today basis. We also look at the bigger picture in the economy, developing frameworks for understanding the impact of interest rates and exchange rate changes, the link between inflation and unemployment, and why business cycles occur.

MNGT6582 International Business

The forces of globalisation have increased the permeability of traditional boundaries around countries, economies and industries. These forces include the expansion of international trade and investment, the growth of multinational corporations (MNCs), the ability of information and communications technology to span time and distance, and the shift of the world’s economic centre of gravity from the West to Asia. Because of globalisation, the environment of business is now more complex, more dynamic, more uncertain, and more competitive than ever before.

This course examines important strategic, organisational, and operational issues from the perspective of managers working for local Australian firms or subsidiaries of MNCs based in Australia. Its main objective is to develop an understanding of the international business opportunities and challenges facing these firms and how they can best address these issues when competing in the global marketplace.

MNGT6583 International Business Experience

*This course is not open for general enrolments. A separate application process takes place around March each year.
**To be eligible to apply for this competitive and highly popular course, students must have successfully completed a minimum of two AGSM courses with a WAM of 65% or above.

Refer to the International study options for further information.

The interaction between Australian businesses and overseas-based businesses is consistently increasing. As such, it has become critical for the managers of Australian businesses to develop the necessary skills and knowledge to effectively conduct business activities in the complex, dynamic and highly diverse International markets. There is little doubt that future growth in Australia depends on the ability of managers to understand and function in this culturally diverse environment. This course is a field study-based unit that allows students to apply skills they have developed in the core courses of the MBA. The field study trip will focus on a specific organisation’s new or existing products/services/ventures, or entire industries. Furthermore, it will provide the unique opportunity to have open discussions with leaders from both the government and business sectors, as well as with other MBA students from top business schools.

ACCT1501 Accounting and Financial Management 1A

The compulsory core accounting unit will have a preparer perspective. It will provide an introduction to basic concepts in accounting and their application for decision making by a wide range of potential users (eg, shareholders, investment analysts, lenders, managers etc).
 
This unit should benefit students who wish to specialise in accounting, and will also be of value to students whose primary interest lies elsewhere in the field of business. On completion, students should have a clear understanding of the accounting process and the language of accounting to enable communication with an accounting professional, understand the relevance of accounting information for informed decision making by a wide range of potential users, and have the ability to analyse and interpret accounting information.
 
Topics covered will include the accounting equation, general purpose financial reports, cash and accrual accounting, adjustments, internal control, financial statement analysis, and interpreting and preparing information for managers to use in planning, decision making and control.

You must complete Stage 1 with an average result of 65% before you can progress to Stage 2.

Stage two

Leadership

An advanced, 3-day residential course, drawing upon knowledge gained in the foundation courses with a particular emphasis on leadership development.

AGSM organises catering and accommodation. It is mandatory that students attend all sessions and stay on-site for the duration.

MNGT7480 Leadership

The Leadership course builds on the foundations courses and prepares students to successfully engage with the advanced SMY component of the MBA (Executive) program. The aim is developing student’s capacity to think and act as leaders. This is achieved by making sense of previous learning and experience, evaluating personal theories about what works against research insights, and developing strategies for continuous development. The focus is on bridging the gap between the “knowing”, the “doing”, and the “being” of leadership.

Strategic Management Year (SMY)

The Strategic Management Year (SMY) is an immersive twelve month program, investigating the challenges and opportunities at different stages of the business lifecycle.

Students participate in four residential learning experiences, bringing together Australia's best and brightest for an experience that has an extraordinary impact on leadership careers. AGSM organises catering and accommodation. It is mandatory that students attend all sessions and stay on-site for the duration.

MNGT7491 Strategic Management 1

This is an intensive 10 week course including a 5 day compulsory residential.

The Strategic Management Year (SMY) is the capstone program of the MBA (Executive). The design of the SMY is organised around the general manager's fundamental problems, and arranged to reflect the different stages of the organisational life cycle.

Detecting and Selecting Business Opportunities is the first of the four subjects in the SMY.

The course is constructed around four specific problems faced by the manager in the early stages of a business:

  • How do I formulate a successful strategy?
  • How do I position the organisation to compete?
  • How do I sell a business plan to potential investors?
  • How do I evaluate the level of risks associated with a proposed business?

The course seeks to provide opportunity for you to explore the answers to these questions, and to develop self reflective team working and communication skills. Additionally the SMY explores four themes across all four courses:

  • Economic Logic Formulation
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Leadership
  • Decision Making

MNGT7492 Strategic Management 2

This is an intensive 10 week course including a 4 day compulsory residential.

The Strategic Management Year is structured on the organisational life cycle, including start up, growth and decline phases. The key questions that students will consider are:

  • How do I detect and select business opportunities?
  • How do I develop business opportunities?
  • How do I grow a business?
  • How do I transform a business?

This course focuses on the second key question, i.e. how to develop business opportunities. Students will learn about different organisational architectures, and how to decide which architectures are most appropriate for different business opportunities. Students will consider organisational arrangements required to successfully implement strategies, as well as organisational arrangements required to generate new strategic alternatives.

MNGT7493 Strategic Management 3

This course is an intensive 10 week course including a 5 day compulsory residential.

Growing Businesses is the third of the four subjects in the SMY . The course is constructed around four specific problems faced by the manager in the middle stages of a business:

  • What options for growth do I have?
  • How do I implement a growth option?
  • How do I sell a growth plan to internal and external stakeholders?
  • How do I evaluate and manage risks associated with a proposed growth option?

MNGT7494 Strategic Management 4

This course is a 10 week course with a 4 day compulsory residential.

It is rare for a company to be able to prosper and grow over an extended period of time without having to reconsider the very fundamentals of the business that it is in.

The fourth course in the SMY addresses how a General Manager can respond to performance risks generated from a lack of external fit that might already exist or be likely to exist in the near future. The risk to external fit can come from any one of a number of sources: regulation, buyer power, technology, competitors, supplier power etc. Responses to these threats have to be substantive and are made under extreme uncertainty.

When external fit is at risk it is likely that the business model will need to be re-examined and redefined, leading to transformational change. At the end of this course you will be able to;

  • Recommend a transformation strategy for an organisation
  • Develop a plan for the implementation of transformational change
  • Evaluate and manage the risks associated with a proposed transformational change
  • Facilitate your organisation’s ability to renew itself proactively through identifying and interpreting weak signals in both the external and internal environments.

The SMY is the intensive 1 year section of the program which involves a series of 4 residential learning experiences. The program brings together Australia's brightest talent for an experience that has an extraordinary impact on careers.

The SMY immerses groups of around 40 of Australia's leading managerial talent in a program that undertakes a practical investigation of the challenges and opportunities for businesses at various stages of the business lifecycle.

The AGSM MBA Executive 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 MBA (Executive), 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

Note: Most of our students have at least 5 years work experience, and you need to show outstanding work and study progression to be admitted to our program with less than 3 years experience.

The UNSW English Language requirements also apply to this degree.

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

Semester Applications
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Application
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Classes startClasses finish
Summer Semester, 2017 5 September 2016 7 November 2016 13 February 2017 14 May 2017
Semester 1, 2017 13 February 2017 10 April 2017 29 May 2017 27 August 2017
Semester 2, 2017 29 May 2017 24 July 2017 11 September 2017 10 December 2017

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.

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$100.

We know you're busy balancing postgraduate study with your personal and other work commitments. So UNSW Business School's dynamic learning spaces, facilities and student support helps you make the most of every day on campus.

Expand your professional network

Your postgraduate cohort is more than a valuable future business network – you'll make lifelong friends in class and at a range of social events. Join a student club – there are more than 180 social, cultural, sports and professional clubs to choose from. The Graduate Student Association is a great place to start.  Find out more

All the support you need to achieve

If it has been a while since you last studied, you may need to brush up on your skills. We'll help with study skills workshops and Career Mentoring programs. Our Meet the Executive series offers unique behind the scenes business insights and the Business School's LEAD Business Leadership program, as well as many other orientation, leadership and mentor programs, can open the door to new opportunities. Find out more

Stay active on campus

Exercise boosts your mental wellbeing and can help you deal with exam or assignment pressures. It's easy to stay fit with state of the art sporting facilities on campus, including a 50m indoor pool, fitness centre, squash courts and a range of competitive sports teams. Find out more

Everything you need in one place

The UNSW Kensington campus is like a village hub, with cafes, bars, banks, a post office, medical and dental centres as well as retail outlets. It's a short bus trip to Sydney's CBD, many beautiful beaches, the SCG and Centennial Park, and movie theatres at Fox Studios. Find out more

Make the most of every opportunity

Your postgraduate degree is a unique chance to get a new perspective on life. So get involved – as well as student clubs and social activities there are internships, volunteer projects, competitions and international exchanges on offer. It's a great way to further develop your leadership, project management or specialist skills.

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Quick facts for students

Program code
8355
Award
MBA (Executive)
Study Mode
Face to face
Duration
2.5-7 years part-time
Commencing terms
Term 1 – February
Term 2 – June
Term 3 – September
Course fee*
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