MC162 - Executive Master of Business Administration

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Plan: MC162P17 - Executive Master of Business Administration
Campus: City Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Executive Master of Business Administration
Award abbreviation: ExeMBA
Total credit points: 144
Career: PGRD
Duration: 1.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Location: Melbourne City campus
Owning school: Graduate School of Business and Law (660H)
Owning school URL:
ASCED code: 080301
CRICOS code: 058615A

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Purpose of the Program

Leadership infused with Business Design Thinking: Empowering aspiring professionals to lead change with innovation.

The Executive Master of Business Administration develops forward thinking leaders underpinned by contemporary business knowledge, practice and research. The program is infused with principles of business design, enabling you to create, innovate, lead and manage complex initiatives within uncertain globally connected environments.

Business leadership grounded in design means that as a graduate, you will understand the importance of analysing the architecture of business problems and the value that prototyping, creativity and synthesis bring to the creation of sustainable solutions that are end user driven. You will be equipped with the skills to effectively drive innovation and change so as to create ongoing value for your organisation and the communities it serves. The program uses an adult and facilitated learning approach to delivery, and authentic assessment. Learning activities and experiences are a combination of issue-based seminars, case study analyses, simulation, exploration of readings and research, and facilitated discussions.  Assessment tasks will require you to integrate relevant academic theory with contemporary practice, and apply this within authentic,  workplace settings.

The capstone course BUSM4522Executive Consulting will give you the opportunity to critically reflect on this program’s curriculum. The course will promote the integration and synthesis of a range of knowledge and skills gained in the program and the application of these in discipline related real-world scenarios leading to work readiness.

The core research course of this program is BUSM4448 Business Research Design. This course is designed to develop your knowledge of research principles and methods and how to apply them within the contemporary business environment. You will have the opportunity to conduct a research project/proposal and further develop your skills in research methodology.

This program is available for on-campus study.  

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Articulation and pathways

Credit will be assessed consistently with the RMIT University credit policy and procedures.

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Entrance requirements

Academic entrance requirements

  • Australian Bachelor degree or equivalent in any discipline with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 (out of 4.0); or
  • Australian Bachelor degree or equivalent in any discipline with a minimum GMAT of 600; or 
  • the RMIT Graduate Certificate in Business Administration (Executive).

Additional requirements

In addition to the academic requirements, applicants must provide the following:

  • Evidence of a minimum of three years full-time equivalent work experience in a management role with supervisory responsibilities. Applicants are required to submit a curriculum vitae (CV) that outlines supervision of staff, performance review and responsibility to budget; and
  • A personal statement (maximum of 500 words) outlining a concise explanation of your personal motivation for undertaking Executive MBA studies, and your attitude towards personal reflection and reflective learning; and collaboration and class participation; and
  • Submit two referee recommendations either from your supervisor or from a professional peer.

Entrance requirements for international onshore applicants

All non-Australian residents and overseas full-fee paying students are required to meet RMIT English language requirements. For more information on these requirements and acceptable English Language tests please see

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External accreditation and industry links

This program is accredited by the professional bodies listed in the table below.

The professional bodies may offer membership for students and/or graduates as a career enabler which could include opportunities for networking and access to discipline specific resources. Application for membership is the student/graduate's responsibility.

Professional Body Accreditation Description Membership and Opportunities

European Foundation for Management Development

Program satisfies the quality and content standards defined the European Foundation for Management Development for the EFMD Programme Accreditation System recognising quality MBA programs. None

Institute of Managers and Leaders [IML]

Not Applicable
  • Students may be eligible for membership category: Affiliate, Member or Associate Fellow [depending on experience]
  • Graduates may be eligible for membership category: Affiliate, Member or Associate Fellow [depending on experience]


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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

RMIT Library provides extensive resources, services and study space. All RMIT students have access to scholarly resources including course related material, books, e-books, journals and databases. Computers, printers and group study rooms are available at each Melbourne Library location. You can access the Internet and Library e-resources. You can also access the RMIT University wireless network in the Library. Contact Ask the Library for assistance and further information

Study Support is available for assistance with assignment preparation, academic writing, information literacy, referencing, maths and study skills.

Online learning tools and content

As a student in this program, you may access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses from the student portal

Services available to you as a student at RMIT University

RMIT University provides a wide range of resources and opportunities to assist your learning and wellbeing so you can achieve your study and career goals. Services are available face to face and online assisting with: 

  • transition to tertiary study and learning 
  • study skills, academic skills including literacy, mathematics and basic sciences if relevant 
  • enabling assistance if you have a disability, long term medical condition or other form of disadvantage which may impact on your learning 
  • career development and employment 
  • living and wellbeing (including advice on health, housing and financial matters) 
  • opportunities for scholarships, leadership and study abroad. 

We also offer a dedicated support service for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. You can find more information at


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