Law and Business

Master of Business Administration (Executive)

Tailored for busy professionals

The MBA (Executive) is designed for experienced managers and professionals who aspire to executive roles - critical and creative thinkers for whom informed and ethical decision-making will define their management style.

Intensive weekend mode with flexible start dates

The MBA (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 over 2 weekends per unit (subject). There are six start dates available for 2017 in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne and applications are welcomed year round. The terms are eight weeks long and there are minimal prerequisites, so students can miss a term if circumstances dictate and pick out the next subject within eight weeks.


At ACU Business our purpose is to challenge, empower and inspire graduates to make a positive difference for self and society. The theme of the course is ethical, global and practical decision-making. We teach modern business practices and challenge you with possibilities of current business theories and practices that will lead to the development of higher level strategic skills in:

1. Ethical leadership

2. Change management

3. Corporate governance

4. Management for sustainability

5. Global practices

6. Financial management

Who should study this program?

The MBA (Executive) program is designed for professionals and practicing managers with a minimum of three years professional experience and/or managerial experience who are looking to take their career to the next level. It is ideal for those who are seeking promotion in their chosen career, as well as those who would like to move into a different industry.

The MBA (Executive) is a broad-based, postgraduate degree, rather than a technical qualification required for a particular job or vocation. It is designed to accelerate your functional and strategic understanding of the management process, and to provide you with analytical tools for decision-making beyond the traditional bottom line.

International study tour

This optional unit aims to expose students to the diverse business practices in international business and to allow them to gain an appreciation of cultural diversity and business behaviours. It does so through an intensive engagement with enterprises in host countries such as the USA, China or countries within the EU. Using a series of case studies, inquiry will be made into the functional aspects of international business operations such as international financing, marketing and human resource management. In 2016 we visited London and Rome.

Comparative advantage

The ACU MBA Executive has been ranked at number 6 in Australia in the 2015 AFR Boss rankings, just behind universities that charge many times more for a comparable educational outcome. Also our classes have about half as many students as those provided by our competitors, which means we can focus on student centred learning and individualised care.

Application and admission

Prospective students can contact ACU if more information on the application and admission process is required. Recognition of prior learning is available.

Entry paths for non-degree holders with extensive professional and managerial experience is possible.

Program overview

The program consists of 12 units (subjects). All of the units are taught by highly qualified and experienced specialists in a small group setting.

The course is 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 structure of the program is as follows:

Core Units (3)

Strategic Management for Sustainability

Ethical Leadership and Social Responsibility

International Business Environment

International Study Tour

Required Units (8)

Accounting for Decision Making

Finance and Quantitative Methods


Corporate Governance and Risk Management

Managerial Economics in a Global Environment

Management of Change

Organisational Dynamics and Behaviour

Managerial Marketing

Elective units (1*)

International Business Environment

Special Topics in Business

Human Resource Management

Knowledge Management

Commercial and Corporations Law

* The Peter Faber Business School will generally schedule three of the 5 Elective units detailed above and advise students accordingly, one in each capital city.

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* Disclaimer (March 2017): Information correct at time of posting. The University reserves the right to amend, cancel or otherwise modify the content without notice.