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Master of Business (MBIS) - MBus

CRICOS code (International applicants): 061303B

This program is offered only to continuing students. No new admissions will be accepted. Students who are interested in this study area should contact us.

 On-campus*External
Semester intake:No new admissionsNo new admissions
Campus:Springfield, Toowoomba -
Fees:Domestic full fee paying place
International full fee paying place
Domestic full fee paying place
International full fee paying place
Standard duration:1.5 years full-time, up to 6 years part-time 
Program articulation:

From: Postgraduate Certificate of Business

Notes

There are limited courses available in semester 3.

Footnotes
*not all specialisations are available on-campus

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Program aims

The Master of Business is an advanced academic program for graduates of any discipline or for students with extensive relevant business experience. This program aims to develop generic business skills and to extend those in a specialised area.

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Program objectives

Upon completion of the Master of Business, students will be able to:

  • demonstrate underlying knowledge of the theoretical structure underpinning their chosen area of specialisation

  • apply those theoretical principles in business

  • apply a range of management skills relevant to their specialisation.


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Admission requirements

To be eligible for admission, applicants must satisfy the following requirements:

Admission to the Master of Business degree will be available to graduates with an approved bachelor degree as deemed sufficient and appropriate on application.

Candidates who do not have a degree may be permitted to enrol in the Postgraduate Certificate of Business, provided that they have a minimum of three years' full-time equivalent work experience, which includes relevant experience as deemed sufficient and appropriate on application. Upon completion and achievement of a minimum GPA of 4.0, they will be eligible to articulate into the Master of Business.

All students are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements.

If students do not meet the English language requirements they may apply to study a University-approved English language program. On successful completion of the English language program, students may be admitted to an award program.

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Program fees

Domestic full fee paying place

Domestic full fee paying places are funded entirely through the full fees paid by the student. Full fees vary depending on the courses that are taken. Students are able to calculate the fees for a particular course via the Course Fee Finder.

Domestic full fee paying students may be eligible to defer their fees through a Government loan called FEE-HELP provided they meet the residency and citizenship requirements.

Australian citizens, Permanent Humanitarian Visa holders, Permanent Resident visa holders and New Zealand citizens who will be resident outside Australia for the duration of their program pay full tuition fees and are not eligible for FEE-Help.

International full fee paying place

International students pay full fees. Full fees vary depending on the courses that are taken and whether they are studied on-campus, via distance education/online. Students are able to calculate the fees for a particular course via the Course Fee Finder.

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Program structure

The program is comprised of 12 units. A student must complete one specialisation (which will appear on their testamur).

Note: It is assumed that students, when selecting 8000 level courses, have a basic knowledge in these areas (either from their undergraduate degree or from relevant work experience)

Specialisations

Note: Not all specialisations are offered in on-campus mode. Where a specialisation is offered on-campus, it may not be offered in that mode at all campuses.

Accounting and Sustainable Business

No new enrolments will be accepted in this specialisation.

Students must study 4 foundation, 4 core and 4 elective courses. The elective courses must include at least two 8000 courses.

Course  Semester of offer
Distance/Online 
Semester of offer
Toowoomba campus 
Semester of offer
Springfield campus 
Foundation courses — select 4 of the following courses: 
ACC5216 Accounting Theory  1, 2 
ACC5218 Auditing Practice  1, 2 
FIN5000 Finance for Managers  1, 3 
LAW5206 Corporations Law  2, 3  2  
LAW5230 Taxation Law  1, 2, 3 
or any other course approved by the Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts 
Core courses 
ACC8101 Finance and Accounting for Sustainability      
ACC8104 Environmental Management Accounting     
ACC8105 Financial Statement Analysis (Formerly FIN8105)   
POL8013 Environmental Politics and Policy (Formerly MGT8013).*       
Electives — select 4 of the following — two of which must be 8000 courses: 
ACC8106 Forensic Accounting       
ECO8010 Corporations and Sustainable Development (Formerly MGT8010).       
ECO8011 Global Issues in Sustainability (Formerly MGT8011).     
ECO8012 Methods for Sustainable Development (Formerly MGT8012).     
or any other course from the Master of Business Administration or Master of Business approved by the Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts. 

Footnotes
*This course will not be offered from 2013.

Applied Finance

Students must study 4 foundation courses, 4 core courses and 4 elective courses. The elective courses must include at least two 8000 courses.

Course  Semester of offer
Distance/Online 
Semester of offer
Toowoomba campus 
Semester of offer
Springfield campus 
Foundation courses 
ACC5502 Accounting and Financial Management  1, 3 
ECO5000 Economics for Managers  2, 3 
FIN5003 Decision Support Tools  1, 3 
Select one of the following two courses: 
MGT5000 Managing Organisational Behaviour  1, 3 
MKT5000 Marketing Management  2, 3 
Core courses 
FIN8104 International Financial Management   
FIN8201 Corporate Finance  1, 3 
FIN8202 Financial Markets and Instruments     
FIN8203 Strategic Investments     
Electives — select 4 electives — two of which must be 8000 courses. 
Select any 4 courses from the Master of Business Administration or Master of Business approved by the Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts. 

Business Forensics

Students must study 4 foundation, 4 core and 4 elective courses. The elective courses must include at least two 8000 courses.

Course  Semester of offer
Distance/Online 
Semester of offer
Toowoomba campus 
Semester of offer
Springfield campus 
Foundation courses — select 4 of the following courses: 
ACC5216 Accounting Theory  1, 2 
ACC5218 Auditing Practice  1, 2 
CIS8000 Global Information Systems Strategy (Formerly CIS5001)  1, 2  1, 2 
FIN5000 Finance for Managers  1, 3   
LAW5206 Corporations Law  2, 3 
LAW5230 Taxation Law  1, 2, 3 
or any other course approved by the Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts. 
Core courses  
ACC8105 Financial Statement Analysis (Formerly FIN8105).        
ACC8106 Forensic Accounting       
CIS8008 Business Intelligence 
CIS8018 Strategic Information Security 
Electives - select four of the following — two of which must be 8000 courses: 
CIS8011 Digital Innovation  2, 3 
plus any 3 other courses from the Master of Business Administration or Master of Business approved by the Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts. 

Information Systems

Students must study 4 foundation, 7 core and 1 elective course.

Course  Semester of offer
Distance/Online 
Semester of offer
Toowoomba campus 
Semester of offer
Springfield campus 
Foundation courses 
CIS2000 Systems Analysis and Design  1, 3 
CIS2002 Database Design and Implementation  1, 3 
CIS3008 Information Technology Service Management 
CIS8000 Global Information Systems Strategy (Formerly CIS5001)  1, 2  1, 2 
Core courses 
CIS8004 Enterprise Planning and Implementation   
CIS8008 Business Intelligence 
CIS8009 Management of Business Telecommunications 
CIS8010 Information Systems Project Management 
CIS8011 Digital Innovation  2, 3 
CIS8018 Strategic Information Security 
CIS8100 Digital Enterprise  1, 3 
Electives - select one course from the following: 
BUS8401 (Formerly MGT8401)  1, 2  1, 2   
or any other course from the Master of Business Administration or Master of Business approved by the Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts. 

Property

Students must study 4 core and 8 elective courses. The elective courses must include at least two 8000 courses.

Course  Semester of offer
Distance/Online 
Semester of offer
Toowoomba campus 
Semester of offer
Springfield campus 
Foundation courses 
This specialisation does not have any foundation courses. 
Core courses 
LAW8074    
MGT8022 Project-Based Management  1, 2, 3   
MGT8070 Property Development     
MGT8072 Property Ownership Management (Formerly FIN8072).     
Electives — select 8 of the following courses: 
ACC5502 Accounting and Financial Management  1, 3 
CIS8000 Global Information Systems Strategy (Formerly CIS5001)  1, 2  1, 2 
ECO5000 Economics for Managers  2, 3 
FIN5003 Decision Support Tools (Formerly MGT5001).  1, 3 
MGT5000 Managing Organisational Behaviour  1, 3 
MGT8002 Strategic Management  1, 2, 3 
MGT8024 Project Quality, Risk and Procurement Management    
MGT8025 Project Scope, Time and Cost Management    
MGT8027 Project Human Resources, Communications & Integration Management  2, 3   
MGT8028 Project Tendering and Contracting    
MGT8037 Team Leadership     
MGT8040 Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Creativity     
MKT5000 Marketing Management  2, 3 
or any other course approved by the Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts. 

Other Courses

Students wishing to complete a project as part of the program must first obtain permission from the Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts before enrolling in BUS8101 Business Project A or BUS8102 Business Project B. Enrolment in the project courses is contingent upon the availability of a suitable supervisor.

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Required time limits

Students have a maximum of 6 years to complete this program.

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IT requirements

For information technology requirements please refer to the minimum computing standards.

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Other program requirements

Students must maintain good standing in this program. Please refer to the Academic Standing, Progression and Exclusion Procedure.

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Articulation

It is possible for students who do not meet standard admission requirements to articulate into the Master of Business from the Postgraduate Certificate of Business. Upon completion and achievement of a minimum GPA of 4.0, they will be eligible to articulate into the Master of Business.

Students who wish to articulate to the higher award must lodge an application for entry to the relevant program.

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Exit points

A student who chooses not to complete or who does not maintain good standing in this program will be permitted to exit with a lesser qualification as set out below, provided that they have met the requirements of that program.

  • A student who successfully completes 8 Master of Business units may, upon application, exit with a Postgraduate Diploma of Business. A student who has successfully completed all the requirements of at least one specialisation may have one specialisation shown on their testamur.

  • A student who successfully completes all requirements for the Postgraduate Certificate of Business may, upon application, exit with that qualification. A student who has successfully completed all the requirements of a 4-unit specialisation may have that specialisation shown on their testamur.


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Credit

Candidates for admission to the Master of Business may be eligible for a maximum of six units of credit. With the approval of the Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts, credit may include up to four units of credit, to be granted on the basis of prior successful completion of relevant undergraduate study, where a student is studying a specialisation in the same or similar discipline as their undergraduate study.

Credit granted for equivalent postgraduate study from a recognised university or institution must meet the following specific requirements:

  • the course passed was taken at least at Masters or equivalent level

  • the course was passed within five years prior to the application (courses up to 10 years old may be considered if evidence is provided that the applicant has been employed in that field) and

  • the course passed is equivalent in objectives, content and weightings to a course prescribed in the Master of Business course, or alternatively, the course is suitable as an elective.


Applicants for enrolment in the Master of Business (Property) who are graduates of the Property Council Academy Diploma in Property Development can gain an additional credit if they have completed the relevant assessment requirements. Full details can be obtained from the Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts.

Claims for credit should be submitted prior to or at the time of enrolment in a course. Each claim will be assessed on individual merit in line with USQ policy. Credit approved in this program will not automatically apply to other programs offered by USQ. Please contact the Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts for further information.

Note: Where credit is granted, maximum and minimum duration will be adjusted in the same proportion as credit, for example, where six units of credit is granted, maximum time will be three years and minimum duration will be two semesters.

Recommended enrolment patterns

In this section:

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Accounting and Sustainable Business recommended enrolment pattern

Students are able to enrol in any offered mode of a course (on-campus, external or online), regardless of the program mode of study they enrolled in.

No new enrolments will be accepted in this specialisation.

Students must study 4 foundation, 4 core and 4 elective courses. The elective courses must include at least two 8000 courses


CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Enrolment requirements
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem
FIN5000 Finance for Managers11
ACC8105 Financial Statement Analysis11Pre-requisite: ACC5202
Elective course12
Elective course12
POL8013 Environmental Politics and Policy*21
Elective course21
ACC8101 Finance and Accounting for Sustainability22
ACC8104 Environmental Management Accounting22
LAW5230 Taxation Law31Pre-requisite: (ACC5000 or ACC5202 or ACC5502 or ACC5216 or ACC5218) and (LAW8500 or (LAW5201 and LAW5206))
Elective course31
LAW5206 Corporations Law32
ACC5216 Accounting Theory32Pre-requisite: ACC5202. Students in the MPAC and MBAC must also complete ACC8000.

Footnotes
*This course will not be offered from 2013.

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Applied Finance recommended enrolment pattern

Students are able to enrol in any offered mode of a course (on-campus, external or online), regardless of the program mode of study they enrolled in.

Students must study 4 foundation, 4 core and 4 elective courses. The elective courses must include at least two 8000 courses.


CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Enrolment requirements
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem
FIN5003 Decision Support Tools1111
ACC5502 Accounting and Financial Management1111Pre-requisite: Students enrolled in one of the following Programs: Master of Professional Accounting (MPAC) or Master of Business Administration & Master of Professional Accounting (MBAC) are not eligible for enrolment

Select one of the following two courses:

     MGT5000 Managing Organisational Behaviour1121
     Elective course
FIN8201 Corporate Finance1121

Select one of the following two courses:

     MKT5000 Marketing Management1212
     Elective course
ECO5000 Economics for Managers1212
FIN8202 Financial Markets and Instruments22Pre-requisite: FIN8201
FIN8104 International Financial Management1222
FIN8203 Strategic Investments31Pre-requisite: FIN8201 or FIN5000
Elective course2131
Elective course2132
Elective course2132

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Business Forensics recommended enrolment pattern

Students are able to enrol in any offered mode of a course (on-campus, external or online), regardless of the program mode of study they enrolled in.

Students must study 4 foundation, 4 core and 4 elective courses. The elective courses must include at least two 8000 courses.


CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Enrolment requirementsComments
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem
FIN5000 Finance for Managers1111
Elective course1111
ACC8105 Financial Statement Analysis1121Pre-requisite: ACC5202
Elective course1121
LAW5206 Corporations Law1212
Elective course1212
CIS8018 Strategic Information Security1222
CIS8000 Global Information Systems Strategy1222Formerly CIS5001
CIS8008 Business Intelligence2131
LAW5230 Taxation Law2132Pre-requisite: (ACC5000 or ACC5202 or ACC5502 or ACC5216 or ACC5218) and (LAW8500 or (LAW5201 and LAW5206))
Elective course2132

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Information Systems recommended enrolment pattern

Students are able to enrol in any offered mode of a course (on-campus, external or online), regardless of the program mode of study they enrolled in.

Students must study 4 foundation, 7 core and one elective course.


CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Enrolment requirementsComments
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem
CIS2000 Systems Analysis and Design1111
CIS2002 Database Design and Implementation1111
CIS3008 Information Technology Service Management1121
CIS8004 Enterprise Planning and Implementation1121
CIS8010 Information Systems Project Management1212
CIS8011 Digital Innovation1212
CIS8018 Strategic Information Security1222
Elective course1222
CIS8008 Business Intelligence2131
CIS8009 Management of Business Telecommunications2131
CIS8000 Global Information Systems Strategy2132Formerly CIS5001
CIS8100 Digital Enterprise2123

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Property recommended enrolment pattern - Toowoomba external

Students are able to enrol in any offered mode of a course (on-campus, external or online), regardless of the program mode of study they enrolled in.

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Students must study 4 core and 8 elective courses. The elective courses must include at least two 8000 courses.


CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Enrolment requirementsComments
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem
MGT8022 Project-Based Management11
MGT8070 Property Development11
MGT8072 Property Ownership Management12 Formerly FIN8072
LAW8074 12
Elective course21
Elective course21
Elective course22
Elective course22
Elective course31
Elective course31
Elective course32
Elective course32