Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University
  • Awarded by

    Charles Sturt University

  • Qualification

    Master's Degree

  • Study Mode


  • Payment Options

    FEE-HELP may be available

  • Duration

    2 years part-time

  • Start Date

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  • Career Outcomes

    Financial Broker | General Manager | Human Resources Manager | Property Manager | View all

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Last modified: 05 Feb 2019

In a Nutshell

This online Master of Business Administration (MBA) course will equip you with the theory and training necessary to excel in business management and leadership.

In line with global business trends, the course has been developed to provide students with the latest industry knowledge and cutting-edge business practice. Students are given the opportunity to engage with the latest management theories across topics such as increased competition, renewable energy resources and other challenges to business sustainability.

Those students undertaking the course via distance education are given the opportunity to specialise in one of the following areas: business research, economic analysis, educational leadership, finance, human resource management, information technology marketing and public sector management. A limited number of specialisations are available to those studying at CSU Study Centres in Sydney or Melbourne.

Distance education students are also offered a one-day voluntary workshop for each MBA core subject to provide you with the opportunity to engage in face-to-face learning interactions and develop relationships with other MBA students.

CSU believe that learning is about more than just a degree.

Shorter programs

If you choose not to study the entire Master of Business Administration degree, you may be able to complete an alternative program. This is beneficial for students who need to develop a specialisation or who prefer not to commit to the whole study period.

Depending on the units studied, you may exit with a Graduate Certificate in Business Administration (32 points) or a Graduate Diploma of Business Education (64 points).

  • What You'll Need to Get In


    Applicants must meet the following minimum requirements:

    • Hold an undergraduate degree from an approved tertiary institution


    • Have a minimum of three years of professional work experience in a relevant field

    Other attainments or experience may be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

    Applications for distance education and postgraduate courses are accepted all year round. Provided you are eligible for admission, your application will be held for consideration in the next available intake.

  • Subject Breakdown

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    In this Master of Business Administration, the subjects you will study include:

    Core subjects:

    • Management, people and organisations
    • Marketing for managers
    • Accounting and financial management
    • Business strategy

    And four restricted electives from group A: 

    • Business economics
    • Corporate finance
    • Human resource management
    • Operations management
    • Research methods
    • Leadership and entrepreneurship
    • Management of change
    • Ethics of corporate governance 
    • Project management 
    • Sustainable management

    You can choose to complete one of the designated specialisations or selet a combination of any four subjects from the remaining group A restricted electives, specialisations and/or group B restricted electives. 

    If you completed a specialisation, you will graduate with the specialisation name on your testamur:

    Business research specialisation (this specialisation can only be taken with the approval of the MBA course director):

    • Research methods
    • Advanced research methods
    • Business research project

    Economic analysis specialisation:

    • Business economics
    • International economics (offered every second year from 2010)
    • Managerial economics (offered every second year from 2011)
    • Economic evaluation (offered every second year from 2011)

    Educational leadership specialisation:

    • Mapping the field of educational leaderships
    • Educational leadership in contemporary organisations
    • Leading educational change
    • Education policy analysis

    Finance specialisation (choose four):

    • Corporate finance
    • Financial modelling
    • Money and capital markets
    • Investments analysis
    • Strategic finance
    • Financial planning

    Human resource management specialisation (choose four):

    • Human resource management

    Plus three of the following:

    • International human resource management
    • Advanced studies in industrial relations
    • Strategic human resource development
    • Human resource development

    Information technology specialisation:

    • Systems development project management
    • Telecommunications management PG
    • IT management issues
    • IT risk management

    Marketing specialisation (choose four):

    • Consumer behaviour
    • Managing product and service innovation
    • Electronic marketing
    • Marketing strategy
    • Global marketing
    • Integrated marketing communications

    Public sector management specialisation:

    • Financial accountability in the public sector
    • Australian administrative law
    • Management of change
    • Public sector management

    Group B restricted electives:

    • Managmenet accounting for costs and control
    • Financial accounting
    • Current developments in accounting thought
    • Accounting systems and processes
    • Financial accounting 2
    • Auditing
    • Financial statement analysis and valuation
    • Communication in business
    • Financial management of small business
    • International financial management
    • Corporate treasury management
    • Financial modelling
    • Lending and financial institutions
    • Applied portfolio management
    • FInancial institutions management
    • Strategic finance
    • Estate planning
    • Superannuation and retirement planning
    • Property investment
    • Labour market studies
    • Values and conflict in organisations
    • International management behaviour
    • Organisational politics and culture and change management
    • International human resource development
    • Managing people in small business
    • Theory of conflict resolution
    • Skills of conflict resolution
    • Evaluating human resources
    • Organisational behaviour
    • Developing training capabilities
    • Developing organisational capabilties
    • Reflecting on health care systems
    • Evidence-based health care delivery
    • Health planning
    • Evaluating health service performance
    • Industrial relationships environment
    • Industrial relations system and issues
    • Industrial relations practice
    • Law of international business
    • Business and corporations law
    • Taxation 1
    • Law of employment
    • Dispute resolution: methods and results
    • Mediation: processes and uses
    • Taxation 2
    • Negotiation skills
    • Australian law and legal system
    • Taxation strategies
    • Managing business information
    • The social and economic environment
    • Foundations of quality management
    • The learning organisation
    • Entrepreneurship and new venture development
    • International business
    • Business ethics
    • Entrepreneurial project
    • Forecasting and risk assessment
    • Leadership in business
    • Leadership and business ethics
    • Marketing for small business
    • Marketing strategy
    • Services marketing 
    • Business to business marketing
    • Critical reasoning
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  • Why Charles Sturt University?

    One of the first universities to adopt distance education study, Charles Sturt University (CSU) is Australia's leading university in online education and continues to strive for innovation and excellence in higher learning. With a track record in graduate employment and strong industry contacts, CSU offers relevant training and workplace skills at both an undergraduate and postgraduate level. CSU specialises in a range of industries such as agriculture, viticulture, education, librarianship, allied health and criminology. Charles Sturt has 6 campuses in NSW, Australia. All CSU students can attend any campus for support and to use available facilities. Campus locations include; Albury-Wodonga, Bathurst, Dubbo, Orange, Port Macquarie, Wagga Wagga.

    CSU offers a range of student support services, academic learning support and skills development for all its distance education students. Studying with CSU, you will have access to your online subjects, Student Services, the CSU Library, forums and your exam results through student.csu, a personalised online portal.

    You will also have entry into CSU Interact, a scholarly environment that connects students and staff online. Each subject you’re enrolled in will have its own subject site housed within CSU Interact, giving you access to learning content, tools and subject forums.

Where Will This Course Take You?

This Master of Business Administration (MBA) provides the ideal career launch pad for those looking to transition into senior management roles across a broad range of industries.

Graduates will have successfully acquired the knowledge and business acumen to fulfil a number of management and leadership roles, both domestically and internationally. This includes positions such as chief executive officer, strategic management consultant and executive manager.

Wondering where a career in MBA could take you? Potential job outcomes may include; General Manager, Management Consultant, Sales Manager, Chief Executive Officer, Operations Manager, Managing Director, Consultant, Business Development Manager, Chief Executive Officer, Chief Administrative Officer, Business Systems Analyst, Office Administrator, Project Support Officer.

Let's Talk Price

Courses that are not Commonwealth support places require students to contribute the full cost of their course. You may be eligible for a loan to help pay for tuition fees through the Commonwealth Government FEE-HELP program.

CSU provides access to a range of scholarships and loans to help its students with the costs associated with university study.


You may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, you may not need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees directly to the provider on your behalf. You'll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $55,874 (2017-18 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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Applicants must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Hold an undergraduate degree from an approved tertiary institution


  • Have a minimum of three years of professional work experience in a relevant field

Other attainments or experience may be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Applications for distance education and postgraduate courses are accepted all year round. Provided you are eligible for admission, your application will be held for consideration in the next available intake.


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