Course Description

The Master of Business Administration (Executive) is designed to accommodate professionals who may need to balance the competing pressures of family, work and lifestyle. The course is offered in intensive mode, with each unit delivered over two weekends. Units are taught individually over twelve Professional Terms. The degree is generalist in focus, with units covering the managing of money, people, knowledge, markets and strategy. The learning experience is designed to strengthen managerial ability and in particular aids in the move from management to executive responsibility. It includes the latest theory and practical knowledge, but is also built on reflection on experience. As such, only managers or professionals with at least three years’ experience can be admitted to the course. The aim of the course is to take students on a journey through the challenges and possibilities of modern business theories and practices. Each of the twelve units is taught by highly qualified and experienced specialists in a small group setting. The course will be delivered in seminar format, characterised by the exchange of ideas, knowledge and experience, rather than having formal lectures and tutorials. Students will be assessed on their understanding of concepts and processes and their ability to apply them innovatively and ethically to real-world issues. The MBA (Executive) includes 11 specified units and 1 business elective unit. There are three capstone components included in the MBA (Executive): the Strategic Management for Sustainability unit, the Ethical Leadership and Social Responsibility unit, and the International Study Tour or the International Business Environment unit. The intensive international study tour provides essential research driven learning. Students will be completing assessment items which require them to critically reflect upon information that they have gathered in preparation for their visits, during the visits and following the visits to a number of organisations.

Tuition Fees

Australian Fee Paying (AFP): $22,591 per year full-time, $45,182 total course cost


2 years full time, 3 years part time

Starting dates

January, March, April, June, July, August, October

Graduate Rating

Graduates of Business & Management postgraduate courses at Australian Catholic University (ACU) rated their degrees as follows:

Teaching quality: 64.1% (national average 66.7%)
Improved skills: 81.7% (national average 80.6%)
Overall satisfaction: 82.4% (national average 83.0%)

The ratings above refer to the proportion of surveyed graduates who agreed with the statement about their postgraduate degree from Australian Catholic University (ACU). You can find out more about these results here.

Employment Outcomes

Graduates of Business & Management postgraduate courses at Australian Catholic University (ACU) had the following employment outcomes:

Employed full time: 93.0% (national average 89.6%)
Studying full time: 2.5% (national average 5.2%)
Median full time salary: $118,700 (national average $102,000)

You can find out more about employment outcome results here.

Entry Requirements

An applicant must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy. To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must have completed the following prerequisites:Bachelor degree in a related discipline and evidence of suitable industry experience, ORBachelor degree in a