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Master of Business and Innovation (MBSI) - MBusInv

CRICOS code (International applicants): 086146D

 On-campusOnline
Semester intake:Semester 1 (February)
Semester 2 (July)
Semester 1 (February)
Semester 2 (July)
Semester 3 (November)
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 3 years part-time 
Program articulation:

From: Graduate Certificate of Business

To: Doctor of Business Administration ; Doctor of Philosophy

Notes

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.
There are limited courses available in semester 3.

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Freecall (within Australia): 1800 269 500
Phone (from outside Australia): +61 7 4631 5315
Email: study@usq.edu.au  
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Email: international@usq.edu.au 
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Phone (from outside Australia): +61 7 4631 2285
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Program aims

The Master of Business and Innovation is an advanced cross disciplinary academic program that aims to build and extend business related skills in two specialised areas. It provides students with the ability to match their specialisations with their career goals.

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Program objectives

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

  • demonstrate advanced and integrated understanding of a complex body of knowledge in business and emerging cross-disciplinary specialisations

  • independently undertake critical analysis, reflect on and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories in business and emerging cross-disciplines

  • engage in independent research using a relevant theoretical framework as a practitioner or learner

  • demonstrate expert judgement, autonomy and responsibility in the application of established theories to a body of knowledge or practice

  • communicate knowledge, skills and ideas to specialist and non-specialist audiences.


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Australian Qualifications Framework

The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) is a single national, comprehensive system of qualifications offered by higher education institutions (including universities), vocational education and training institutions and secondary schools. Each AQF qualification has a set of descriptors which define the type and complexity of knowledge, skills and application of knowledge and skills that a graduate who has been awarded that qualification has attained, and the typical volume of learning associated with that qualification type.

This program is at AQF Qualification Level 09. Graduates at this level will have specialised knowledge and skills for research, and/or professional practice and/or further learning.

The full set of levels criteria and qualification type descriptors can be found by visiting www.aqf.edu.au.

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Admission requirements

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

  • Completion of an Australian university Bachelor degree in the area of business, or equivalent.

  • English Language Proficiency requirements for Category 3.


For candidates who have a Bachelor degree or equivalent (AQF level 7) in a non-related discipline from a recognised institution, USQ’s Graduate Certificate of Business provides an articulation pathway into the Master of Business and Innovation. Upon completion and achievement of a minimum GPA of 4.0, they will be eligible for entry into the Master of Business and Innovation.

Candidates with a Graduate Certificate (AQF level 8) or higher qualification in any discipline may apply for entry into the Master of Business and Innovation. Eligibility for entry will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

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 Master of Business and Innovation is comprised of 12 units. All students must complete:

  • Two coursework specialisations of 4 units each (8 units)

  • One research specialisation (4 units).


Note: Students must successfully complete 8 units of the program before enrolling in either RSH8001 Research Methods (2 units) or {BUS8101 Business Project A (1 unit) and BUS8102 Business Project B (1 unit)}.

Normally these courses should be undertaken in the final semester of study.

Coursework Specialisations

Select two coursework specialisations from the following:

  • Big Data and Visualisation

  • Crisis Management

  • Digital Transformation

  • Enterprise Leadership

  • Finance

  • General

  • International Business

  • Professional Communication

  • Sustainable Business.


Research Specialisations

Select either the Applied Research Specialisation or the Advanced Research Specialisation.

  • The Applied Research Specialisation does not qualify students for direct entry to the Doctor of Philosophy.

  • Students undertaking the Advanced Research Specialisation must achieve a GPA of 5.75 for the 4 research units to be eligible to apply for entry to the Doctor of Philosophy.


Specific specialisations

In this section:

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Big Data and Visualisation specialisation

Course  Semester of offer
Distance/Online 
Semester of offer
Toowoomba campus 
Semester of offer
Springfield campus 
CSC8001 Introduction to Data Science and Visualisation   
CIS8701 Big Data Visualisation   
CIS8702 Crypto-currencies   
MKT8011 Digital Marketing   

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Crisis Management specialisation

Course  Semester of offer
Distance/Online 
Semester of offer
Toowoomba campus 
Semester of offer
Springfield campus 
PRL5002 Strategic Issues and Crisis Management     
PRL8005 Management Communication     
PRL8007 Community Participation     
PRL8008 Social Media for Organisations     

Footnotes
This course is offered in odd-numbered years only.
This course is offered in even-numbered years only.

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Digital Transformation specialisation

Course  Semester of offer
Distance/Online 
Semester of offer
Toowoomba campus 
Semester of offer
Springfield campus 
CIS8008 Business Intelligence  1, 2 
CIS8011 Digital Innovation  2, 3 
CIS8018 Strategic Information Security 
CIS8100 Digital Enterprise  1, 3 

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Enterprise Leadership specialisation

Course  Semester of offer
Distance/Online 
Semester of offer
Toowoomba campus 
Semester of offer
Springfield campus 
MGT8038 Leadership Development     
MGT8039 Strategic Leadership     
MGT8034 Strategic Management of Human Resources and Innovation     
MGT8031 Global Issues in Employment Relations     

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Finance specialisation

Course  Semester of offer
Distance/Online 
Semester of offer
Toowoomba campus 
Semester of offer
Springfield campus 
FIN8201 Corporate Finance  1, 3 
FIN8202 Financial Markets and Instruments     
FIN8203 Strategic Investments     
FIN8104 International Financial Management   

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General specialisation

The General specialisation comprises any 4 courses from the Master of Business Administration, Master of Project Management and Master of Business and Innovation as well as other postgraduate courses from across the university subject to the approval of the Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts and meeting any prerequisite requirements. To discuss which courses to study within the General specialisation, please contact USQ.

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International Business specialisation

Course  Semester of offer
Distance/Online 
Semester of offer
Toowoomba campus 
Semester of offer
Springfield campus 
ECO8060 Business in the International Economy     
MGT8032 International Management     
INR8010 International Relations: Guided Topics (Masters)   
MKT8002 International Marketing     

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Professional Communication specialisation

Course  Semester of offer
Distance/Online 
Semester of offer
Toowoomba campus 
Semester of offer
Springfield campus 
PRL5000 Change Communication     
PRL5004      
PRL8003 Strategic Communication Planning     
MGT8074 Project Team Leadership   

Footnotes
This course is offered in odd-numbered years only.
This course is offered in even-numbered years only.

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Sustainable Business specialisation

Course  Semester of offer
Distance/Online 
Semester of offer
Toowoomba campus 
Semester of offer
Springfield campus 
ECO8011 Global Issues in Sustainability     
ECO8012 Methods for Sustainable Development     
MGT8002 Strategic Management  1, 2, 3 
REN8101 Environment, Society and Sustainability     

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Applied Research specialisation

The Applied Research specialisation does not qualify students for direct entry to the Doctor of Philosophy.

Course  Semester of offer
Distance/Online 
Semester of offer
Toowoomba campus 
Semester of offer
Springfield campus 
MBA8000 Applied Business Research and Ethics  1, 2 
MGT8040 Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Creativity     
BUS8101 Business Project A   1, 2     
BUS8102 Business Project B  1, 2     

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Advanced Research specialisation

To be eligible to enrol in the Advanced Research specialisation, students must successfully complete the first 4 units of the Master of Business and Innovation with a minimum GPA of 5.0 (B average). Students who do not meet this requirement cannot enrol in RSH8000 Introduction to Research and RSH8001 Research Methods. Where possible students should complete RSH8000 before enrolling in RSH8001.

Students undertaking the Advanced Research specialisation must achieve a GPA of 5.75 for the 4 units of study to be eligible to apply for entry to the Doctor of Philosophy.

Course  Semester of offer
Distance/Online 
Semester of offer
Toowoomba campus 
Semester of offer
Springfield campus 
RSH8000 Introduction to Research  1, 2  1, 2   
RSH8001 Research Methods  1, 2  1, 2   
RSH8002 Business Innovation Research (2 units)  1, 2  1, 2   

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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

The Master of Business and Innovation articulates from the Graduate Certificate of Business. On completion of the Master of Business and Innovation, students may be eligible for entry into the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) or the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), provided they meet necessary entry requirements. Please refer to the DBA and the PhD for further information, or contact the Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts.

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Exit points

A student who chooses not to complete or who does not maintain good standing in this program may be permitted to exit with a lesser qualification as set out below:

  • A student who successfully completes eight Master of Business and Innovation units may, upon application, exit with a Graduate 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 four Master of Business and Innovation units may, upon application, exit with a Graduate Certificate of Business. 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

Credit may be granted on the basis of completed equivalent postgraduate study from a recognised university. In order for credit to be granted, the claim must meet the following specific requirements:

  • 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)

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

  • the maximum credit granted is no greater than six courses for the Master of Business and Innovation

  • credit approved in this program will not automatically apply to other programs offered by USQ.


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.

Recommended enrolment pattern

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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.


CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Enrolment requirements
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem
Specialisation 1 course1111
Specialisation 2 course1111
Specialisation 1 course1121
Specialisation 2 course1121
Specialisation 1 course1212
Specialisation 2 course1212
Research specialisation course1222
Research specialisation course1222
Specialisation 1 course2131
Specialisation 2 course2131
Research specialisation course/s*2132

Footnotes
*Select either RSH8002 Business Innovation Research (2 units) or {BUS8101 Business Project A (1 unit) and BUS8102 Business Project B (1 unit)}.