Master of Business Administration (MBA) Flexible


Program Description

UWA’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) has a strong focus on current business trends and is highly desirable for professionals looking to move into higher levels of management.

About The Course

The MBA Flexible is ideal for experienced professionals looking to transform their career and build on their skills in leadership and management.

As an MBA Flexible student, you will complete core studies in all the principal areas of business – accounting and finance, decision making, economics, organizational behavior, marketing, and strategic management – giving you the skills and knowledge necessary to take on the greatest business challenges.

In addition, you are able to choose from a range of option units, allowing you to tailor the course to suit your interests and goals. The MBA Flexible includes specialist focus areas in Leadership, Natural Resources or General Management, as well as option units in areas such as finance, entrepreneurship, and social impact.

Our flexible delivery model allows you to tailor your studies to suit your lifestyle. MBA Flexible classes are offered on weeknights and weekends, as well as in intensive teaching blocks and intensive overseas programs. From 2015, select core units will also be available in a fully online mode, with high levels of interactivity. You may choose to study up to four units each trimester, or even take a break from study altogether for a trimester—the decision is yours. The MBA Flexible can be completed in sixteen months full-time or up to five years part-time.

The MBA Flexible has intakes in January, May, and August each year.

Course Structure

Postgraduate coursework degrees and combined (coursework and research) degrees comprise a number of units.

Core - Group A

Take all units (42 points):

  • ACCT5602 Accounting (6)
  • ECON5503 Economic Management and Strategy (6)
  • FINA5530 Managerial Finance (6)
  • MGMT5501 Organisational Behaviour (6)
  • MGMT5513 Data-Driven Decision Making (6)
  • MGMT5700 Strategic Management (6)
  • MKTG5550 Marketing Principles (6)

Option - Group B

Take unit(s) to the value of 30 points from this group if exiting with the MBA without a specialization, or take units to the value of 6 points from this group if exiting with the MBA with a specialization.

  • ECON5504 Global Energy and Mineral Markets (6)
  • FINA5601 Valuation and Risk Analysis for Resource Companies (6)
  • FINA5602 Strategic Corporate Finance (6)
  • FINA5603 Mergers and Acquisitions (6)
  • MGMT5505 International Management (6)
  • MGMT5514 Demonstrating Social Impact (6)
  • MGMT5516 Social Impact: Entrepreneurs and Social Innovation (6)
  • MGMT5517 Leadership for Social Impact (6)
  • MGMT5518 Social Investment and Philanthropy (6)
  • MGMT5520 Legal Principles for Management (6)
  • MGMT5521 Operations and Strategic Supply Chain Management (6)
  • MGMT5522 Leading Global Collaborations (6)
  • MGMT5523 Becoming a Leader: Perspectives on Leadership Development (6)
  • MGMT5524 Strategic Management of Resource Companies (6)
  • MGMT5528 Leading Self and Leading Others (6)
  • MGMT5570 Organisational Change and Transformation (6)
  • MGMT5601 Small Business Management (6)
  • MGMT5608 Entrepreneurship and Innovation (6)
  • MGMT5615 Selected Topics in Management (6)
  • MGMT5616 Advanced Topics in Management (6)
  • MGMT5618 International Study Program (6)
  • MGMT5623 Leadership Effectiveness (6)
  • MGMT5647 Negotiation Behaviour (6)
  • MGMT5665 Project Management (6)
  • MGMT5782 Management Case Study (6)
  • MKTG5603 Management of Technology and Innovation (6)

Exit award specializations specialization

Take unit(s) to a value of 24 points as required by the specialization if exiting with the MBA with a specialization.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—

(a) a bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualification, as recognized by UWA and at least three years of relevant documented professional experience; and

(i) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 60 percent; or

(ii) a valid Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) score of at least 5501; or

(iii) at least two additional years of relevant documented professional experience considered by UWA to be sufficient to permit satisfactory completion of the course;


(b)(i) a UWA graduate certificate which articulates with this course; and

(ii) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 65 percent;


(c)(i) a Graduate Certificate in Business, or an equivalent qualification from a post-experience and accredited course, as recognized by UWA; and

(ii) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 70 percent.

1GMAT scores are valid for five years.


Scholarships are available to students from a diverse range of backgrounds, including academic achievement, financial need, educational disadvantage, leadership and community service, artistic or sporting achievements, and being from a rural or remote area.

Career Pathways

MBA Flexible students have gone on to senior management roles such as Company Partner, CEO, Managing Director, Executive Manager, General Manager, Regional Manager and Functional Manager. Graduates can also find positions in the areas of business development, marketing and sales.

Course Accreditation

UWA Business School is accredited internationally by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International. AACSB is a worldwide, not-for-profit membership organization of educational institutions, businesses and other entities devoted to the advancement of management education.

Quick Details


  • Available 2018


  • Perth


  • Full-time
  • Part-time


  • On-campus

Starting dates

  • Trimester 1 (January), Trimester 2 (May), Trimester 3 (August).
    Please note that orientation begins one week before the start of each trimester.

Weekly contact time

  • The estimated time commitment is 12 hours per unit per week which includes contact hours, personal study and examinations.

Level of study

  • Postgraduate

Course Code

  • 42520


  • 046894K

Full time/part time duration

  • 16 months

Degrees course is available in

  • Master of Business Administration - Coursework
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