Warning! This degree has changed. Read the transition arrangements. 

Warning! This degree has been withdrawn and is no longer available for new applicants. Students who are already working towards this degree can continue to enrol in subjects.

Degree structure

Degree details

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  1. Apply coherent and advanced knowledge to a range of management disciplines in a cross-disciplinary approach to holistic and problem-oriented business issues paying particular attention to mitigating risk.
  2. Apply knowledge of research principles to identify critique and synthesise complex information and apply it to problem-solving and decision-making exercises as an individual and as a team member.
  3. Demonstrate an ability to apply business research methods to identify and address managerial dilemmas through multidisciplinary approaches to business and management problems.
  4. Manage paradox and tensions in applying degree content to dynamic business issues in fast changing and uncertain environments.
  5. Develop an advanced knowledge of business and stakeholder management challenges and skills associated with the current complex business environment from a commercial, environmental, and people and culture sustainability perspective.
  6. Reflect on the impact of self (from the perspective of personality and learning style) on stakeholder engagement, teamwork processes and outcomes on leadership style and strategies.
  7. Develop the critical and research skills necessary to prepare students for successful further postgraduate study and the transfer of learning to the workplaces.

Higher education

Please Note: This course will be in teach-out and is not accepting any new applications.


  • A recognised bachelor degree in business as well as 12 months of relevant work experience; Or
  • Successful completion of the Graduate Certificate of Business Management* or Graduate Diploma of Business Management.

*Entry under this admission requirement would allow students to be awarded the Master of Business Management by successfully completing a further eight (8) units of study.

Please note: Applicants with a recognised bachelor degree in another discipline (other than business), as well as 12 months relevant work experience, may be admitted to the Graduate Certificate level.

Work and Life

Three (3) years relevant work experience. 

English Proficiency Requirements

English language requirements

Swinburne College English for Academic Purposes Certificate: EAP 5 Advanced: 70%; OR, obtaining a minimum IELTS overall band of 6.5 (Academic Module) with no individual band below 6.0; OR, a TOEFL (Paper-based) minimum score of 550 (with Test of Written English (TWE) score of 5); OR, a TOEFL (Internet-based) minimum score of 79, with no individual band below 18; OR, equivalent levels of English language proficiency using other English language tests or measures as approved by the Senior DVC & Provost.

Applicants with prior tertiary studies that satisfy part of the academic requirements of this degree may be granted ‘credit’ and/or entry to the degree with ‘advanced standing’. University policies apply and applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process where a student may be granted credit or partial credit towards a qualification in recognition of skills and knowledge gained through work experience, life experience and/or formal training.

For information on how to apply for credit please refer to Swinburne’s website at http://www.swinburne.edu.au/open-universities-australia/advanced-standing-rpl.html

Please note: The maximum level of credit that can be granted for the Graduate Certificate in Business Management is 50 credit points (normally four subjects).

Please Note: This degree will be in teach-out and is not accepting any new applications.

This Master of Business Management addresses the needs of graduates from a range of disciplines who are seeking to increase their professional value through acquiring both an understanding of global, national and local pressures on business and a capability to respond professionally and effectively to those pressures. It provides students with concepts, frameworks, analytical, problem solving and research skills to enable them to operate confidently and effectively in a global environment characterised by constant change and requiring flexible and innovative responses at a professional level. 

Students apply subject content to develop dynamic and strategic responses to complex internal and external challenges facing organisations from the perspective of strategic decision making, strategic finance, contemporary marketing challenges and managing complex alliances across the public and private sector. Successful completion of this program can improve prospects of employment, enhance your current job performance, aid promotion towards middle or senior management and increase your ability to meet new opportunities. The program will enhance your capabilities for working within technical, operational or line management roles while increasing your value contribution to an organisation.

Award Requirements

To qualify for the award of Master of Business Management students must complete twelve subjects (150 credit points) comprising of:

  • Eight (8) Core subjects of study (100 credit points)
  • Four (4) elective subjects of study (50 credit points)

Master of Business Management Transition Information

The Master of Business Management and nested courses including the Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma went into teach out from Study Period 1, 2017. Please refer to the teach out information below to see how you are affected by these changes.

No further admissions are permitted into any of the levels within the suite.

If you are continuing in the Master of Business Management or the nested Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma it is imperative that you take in to consideration the last offerings of any units that are in teach out. 

For advice on which units need to be completed, please see here.