A pinnacle business qualification for individuals that believe in more than just maximising profits.


The corporate landscape is shifting; companies focused exclusively on maximising shareholder wealth are being challenged to consider their broader social and community obligations and how they are contributing to the common good. To what extent should corporations be ethically or values-driven rather than shareholder focused?

At ACU we believe this is a false dichotomy – and an illusory trade-off. Emerging evidence suggests that serving the social good is a winning model for driving sustainable long-term profit growth and value creation.

Our Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) challenges participants to consider how contemporary business models can embrace ethical values and sustainable profit growth, and how these two apparently competing ambitions are, in fact, intertwined and interdependent.

This executive-level program is ideal for experienced managers, leaders, decision-makers and those aspiring to advance their careers. We understand you’re busy, so we aim for efficiency and flexibility. We offer an accelerated study model and units are delivered in seminar-style intensives across two weekends.

The EMBA is robust by design. We aim to challenge you, to engage you in lively debate, to give you skills that enable you to think critically, differently and outside of the standard, to tackle the big questions, and create bigger results with true mutual value and benefit.

It is a refreshing interdisciplinary learning journey, drawing from the fields of psychology, sociology, humanities, business, economics, accounting, finance, education, and philosophy, and focusing on the core elements of business.

Core program themes

  • Customers and stakeholders
    A holistic, value-driven and customer-centric approach.
  • People, culture and governance
    Critical for building trust and underpinning competitive advantage in an era of commoditisation.
  • Complex systems and digital technologies
    Wicked problems and emergent technologies represent significant challenges, but also great opportunities.
  • Finance
    The laws of economic gravity apply even to disruptive business models.

The EMBA is a rigorous, practical program grounded in best practice and backed by research. The program brings you advanced adult learning methods, designed by our internationally renowned faculty who will mentor and partner with you through a collaborative learning process.

With a focus on applied learning, the intensive seminar-style approach inspires group discussion and knowledge sharing among participants who undertake work-based projects to ensure learning is integrated into the workplace.

CEO Institute Executive MBA studies* can access the valuable and prestigious added benefit of CEO certification.

The CEO Institute, in its role as a global certification body, recognises ACU’s Executive MBA as an approved MBA supporting the educational requirements for certification eligibility. In awarding certification to CEOs, Senior Managers and Middle Managers globally, The CEO Institute acknowledges professional qualifications assessed on business education, work experience, and a commitment to continuing professional development.

The certification designations available to you are:

  • Full Certified CEO Certification for CEOs or equivalent position with 5+ years' CEO experience. Full Certification comes with the right to be called a Certified CEO and use the post nominal CCEO.
  • Provisional Certified CEO Certification for Senior Managers with 3+ years' senior management experience. Provisional Certification comes with the right to use the post nominal CCEO(prov).
  • Full Certified Manager Certification for Middle Managers with 3 years' management experience. This comes with the right to be called a Certified Manager and to use the post nominal CertM. 

The privileges and advantages of Certification include:

  • Global recognition
  • A point of difference setting your Executive MBA studies apart
  • Increased potential for global employment opportunities and career development
  • Professional credential (see above) recognising business education, work experience and commitment to continuous professional development
  • Associate membership of The CEO Institute and the right to use the post nominal AMCEOI.

The Certification fee is currently fully sponsored*. For more information about The CEO Institute Certification please contact executiveeducation@acu.edu.au.

To take advantage of this special arrangement and to add an impressive professional credential to your name, click here

*Available to new and current students completing their Executive Master of Business Administration with ACU's Executive Education during the term of the Agreement.

The EMBA comprises 12 units of study:

  • Eight essential units
    The must-haves of your business learning.
  • Four elective units
    Choose subjects most relevant to you from a selected schedule of units.

You can choose to study your EMBA with a generalist focus or emphasise expertise in a specific area by completing a four-unit  graduate certificate level qualification first. Successful completion of the graduate certificate is a pathway straight into the EMBA. Use your graduate certificate qualification to generate up to four credits and progress with the rest of your EMBA by completing another eight units. If you choose the generalist focus or the pathway option, you must still complete 12 units of study in total to qualify for your EMBA.

To qualify for the Executive Master of Business Administration, students must complete 120 credit points comprising of:

  • 80 cp essential units, and
  • 40 cp elective units.

With a focus on flexibility and options to accelerate, you can start your study at one of eight different entry points throughout the year.

Our recommended essential units of study include subjects such as:

 MGMT641 Organisational Dynamics and Behaviour
 BUSN602 Money management
 ECON600 Managerial economics in a global environment
 BAFN602 Corporate finance
 MGMT638 Ethical leadership
 MGMT605 Strategic management for sustainability
MGMT647Foundations of Management Thought

BUSN603 Corporate governance and risk management


MGMT646 Governance in Not for Profit Organisations

*To be approved

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Each unit will be delivered over two weekends in seminar-style intensives – one includes a Friday evening. You’ll enjoy a focused and collegial environment with a supportive and highly collaborative team.

You can start your study at multiple entry points throughout the year and complete your EMBA in as little as two years, depending on the units you choose. Some units may require pre-requisite study.

Essential unit dates

MGME647 Foundations of Management Thought 1 - 3 Nov 23 - 24 Nov
2020 Dates
MGMT605 Strategic Management for Sustainability 17 - 19 January 2020 8 - 9 February 2020
MGMT641 Organisational Dynamics and Behaviour 13 - 15 March 2020 4 - 5 April 2020
BUSN602 Money Management 8 - 10 May 2020 30 - 31 May 2020
BUSN603 Corporate Governance and Risk Management 12-14 June 2020 4 - 5 July 2020
ECON600 Managerial Economics in a Global Environment 3 - 5 July 2020 25 - 26 July 2020
MGMT647 Foundations of Management Thought 28 - 30 August 2020 19 - 20 September 2020
MGMT638 Ethical Leadership 23 - 25 October 2020 14 - 15 November 2020
2021 Dates
BAFN602 Corporate Finance 15 - 17 January 2021 6 - 7 February 2021
MGMT605 Strategic Management for Sustainability 12 - 14 March 2021 3 - 4 April 2021
BUSN603 Corporate Governance and Risk Management 7 - 9 May 2021 29 - 30 May 2021

Elective Units

Elective units can be taken at other times through the year, as they are offered. Please talk to us about these dates.

If you are considering a four-unit graduate certificate level pathway, check the dates units will be offered or please contact us or register your interest.

  • Psychology of risk
  • Not-for-profit management
  • Catholic leadership

Intensive seminars will take place in a professional face-to-face learning environment at one of four campus locations: Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne or North Sydney.

Full online conferencing facilities will be available at our other campus locations, which means you can attend seminars no matter which city you happen to be in at the time.

To be eligible for admission to the EMBA, you need to meet the following requirements:

  • five years full-time work experience in a management/leadership role, and
  • a prior degree.

For more information about entry requirements and pathways, or for pathway options if you do not meet the above criteria, please contact us.

Contact ACU Executive Education

When you apply via our online portal you’ll need to supply:

  • past academic transcripts
  • a curriculum vitae (CV).

We're about accessible, quality education. The EMBA offers you an inspired education and an exceptional learning journey - all with unit fees within reach. Because of our flexibility, unit fees may vary in accordance with:

  • your choice of specialisation, and
  • elective units selected.

2020 essential unit fees: $3,500 per unit

Talk to us about your preferred study approach and we can provide advice about total tuition fees.

A student services fee of $45 per term, capped at $270 annually, is also payable.  Textbooks may need to be purchased for each unit.

Enjoy the advantage of a community of thought-leaders, grounded in evidence-based scholarly practice, each with deep industry and proven professional experience. A team dedicated to meeting client needs, they are globally renowned authors, business owners, consultants, academics and experts in their disciplines. Critically, they understand and have proven experience in developing and delivering adult learning methods that produce results.

You will benefit from their extensive theoretical knowledge, academic rigor, impressive practical skill sets and their absolute dedication to their discipline.

"The real-life applicability is invaluable and enables practical learning that can be applied directly to the workplace.”

Jo Armstrong
EMBA Graduate

Reserve your place today

If you are ready to make it your business to change the world, then reserve your place today.

Apply now

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For more information or to discuss your application, contact Executive Education at executiveeducation@acu.edu.au or call (02) 9739 2652.

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