Designed for managers with the ambition to challenge for greater responsibility and more senior positions, the Executive MBA (EMBA) program provides the right platform to enhance executive capabilities.
The EMBA program is a rich learning environment that accommodates the understandable time constraints of managers. Completed over 18 months, it consists of 17 x 4-day weekend residential modules and one week-long overseas module in Asia. You return to your workplace between these weekends to apply your new insights, knowledge and skills, providing immediate return on investment for you and your employer throughout the program.
The curriculum is current and global in its orientation. It is an exciting, creative program with multiple learning methods, including interactive technologies, class discussions, syndicate projects, case studies, group problem-solving activities, simulations and international projects.
Faculty who teach on the program come from leading business schools around the world and combine academic rigour with practical business experience, often as consultants for high-profile corporations, non-profit organisations and government agencies.
The cohort’s background and experience is integral to the learning environment of the EMBA program. The professional, sectoral and cultural diversity of participants provides an exceptional opportunity for real insights into management and leadership.
By drawing together a group of ambitious, curious and motivated managers in a collaborative academic environment, Melbourne Business School is able to support life-long engagement with your peers.
The EMBA program commences in March each year. Students commit to attending 17 x 4-day residential modules every four weeks and one, week-long, international module over an 18 month period. This equates to 20 days away from work in Year 1 and 19 days in Year 2 with the program concluding in August.
Current class size: 66
Average age: 36 years
Average years’ work experience: 13 years
Nationalities represented: Australia, NZ, USA, China, Malaysia, India, Sri Lanka, France, Colombia, Ireland, UK, Israel.
Industries represented: Agriculture, Entertainment, FMCG, Financial Services, Biotechnology, Building/Construction, Government, Health & Pharmaceuticals, Hospitality & Tourism, Information Technology, Logistics & Supply Chain, Manufacturing, Mining/Natural Resources, Not-For-Profit, Professional Services, Property, Telecommunications and Utilities.
- 17 x 4-day residential modules over 18 months.
- Melbourne-based modules commence at 10.00am Thursday and conclude at 4.00pm Sunday.
- Two subjects are taught concurrently on two sequential weekends over an 8 week period.
- The international module in Asia requires a maximum 9 days away from home, including travel time.
- Approximately 15 hours of self-study is required each week.
- Students are expected to complete all coursework, no exemptions or substitutions are granted in the EMBA program.
The 17 Melbourne-based modules are conducted at Melbourne Business School's residential facility at Carlton campus in Melbourne, Victoria. In 2017, the Industry Studies in Asia module will take place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
For more detail on individual subject areas, please refer to our Draft Subject Guide.
Applications should be submitted online at apply.mbs.edu.
Entry to the EMBA is highly competitive. Meeting minimum entry criteria does not guarantee an offer to the program. Applicants are assessed over a series of rounds on specified dates and short-listed for an interview before offers are sent out.
- Completed application due: 30 April
- Offers sent out approximately: 31 May
- Offers accepted approximately: 30 June
- Completed application due: 30 June
- Offers sent out approximately: 31 July
- Offers accepted approximately: 30 Aug
- Completed application due: 30 Sept
- Offers sent out approximately: 31 Oct
- Offers accepted approximately: 30 Nov
- Completed application due: 30 Nov
- Offers sent out approximately: 17 Dec
- Offers accepted approximately: 20 Jan
To apply, you will need to provide:
- A CV, showing a minimum five years’ management experience, gained after graduating from an undergraduate degree, in any organisation or industry.
- Certified copies of Bachelor and/or Master degree transcripts, which should include subjects completed, marks achieved and proof of completion.* Applicants without formal tertiary qualifications should contact the Executive MBA Programs Office to discuss alternative entry criteria.
- Certified copy of citizenship, for example, copy of passport or birth certificate.*
- Personal statements relating to your goals and how you can contribute to the program.
- Two referee reports, which must be submitted prior to the application deadline.
- An excellent command of English (copy of IELTS or TOEFL score, where required).
- A Graduate Management Admissions Test, which may be required if you have not completed pervious tertiary study. (GMAT is the worldwide standard in aptitude assessment for admission to postgraduate management programs. For further information, visit the GMAT Educational Testing Services website.)
* Please ensure copies of transcripts and passport are correctly certified. Certified copies are not required until you reach the interview stage. Most applicants have photocopies of the original documents certified by a lawyer, pharmacist, doctor, police officer or Justice of the Peace, who must see the original copy and its photocopy at the same time to ensure the photocopy is an exact copy of the original. They then stamp and sign the photocopy to confirm its authenticity.
We will notify you of your application outcome by email. As limited places are available each round, the Selection Committee may decide to place an application on 'hold' for consideration in the next round. Successful applicants will be notified of their offer to the program. Applicants who applied for scholarship consideration will also be notified of the outcome of their application at this point in time.
Unsuccessful applications will not be reassessed in following rounds. The School appreciates that considerable time and effort are required to apply for a place in the program. However, we regret that we cannot comment on specific factors that may have led to the Selection Committee’s final decision.
The Executive MBA program fee for the 2017 program is AUD$98,500 and subject to change on an annual basis. The program fee includes:
- Full tuition for all modules
- All text books, instruments, case material, readings, articles and study notes
- Residential accommodation (in Melbourne and overseas) for the duration of the program
- Meals on class days
- University of Melbourne and international partner institution fees.
The program fee does not include travel costs, associated with the Asia module, including airfares, airport transfers, visa charges and travel insurance.
Students are responsible for some meals on class days of the international module, as well as incidental expenses, incurred during the module, such as telephone, laundry, car parking and other personal charges. Students located outside Melbourne are also responsible for their travel costs to and from Melbourne for the MBS-based modules.
Please note, an acceptance fee of AUD$5,000 is required to secure your place on the program. This amount is allocated toward your first subjects’ tuition upon commencement of the program.
The Australian Government's FEE-HELP is available for those who meet the eligibility criteria. Repayments are deducted from your taxable income by the Australian Tax Office. Please refer to the FEE-HELP website for additional information about FEE-HELP limits, which can vary each year.
Students who pay their own fees are often able to claim tuition expenses as a self-study tax deduction, provided the degree is relevant to their job. Check with your financial advisor to find out if this is possible in your situation.
Executive MBA students can be completely or partially company sponsored and funded. We would be happy to talk to employers about the benefits of the Executive MBA for their staff and to facilitate the company sponsorship process. We can also provide prospective students with a business case to share with their employer, outlining the benefits of supporting participation in the program.
A small number of partial scholarships are available for the Executive MBA program, particularly for applicants from under-represented groups in the program who can demonstrate the value they would bring to the class. As a guide, these scholarships generally range from AUD$10,000 to AUD$15,000.
There is no separate application required for consideration for these scholarships. To be considered, simply enter this request when completing your Executive MBA application online. The Selection Committee will review all requests and grant scholarships on merit.