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Key details

Duration

2 year/s full-time
4 year/s part-time
2 year/s full-time

Intake

Semester 1, Semester 2
On campus - Semester 1, Semester 2
Online - No

Locations

CDU Waterfront Darwin, Online
CDU Waterfront Darwin

Credit points required

160

Course code

SBASL1
SATAC/UAC codes

Overview

As a graduate of the Master of Business Administration Sustainable Leadership course, you will have the skills to run organisations of all sizes, in ways that are future focused and not solely profit-driven. You will have a deep understanding of genuine sustainable business practice.

This course will guide you through how business can operate both profitably and in a manner that supports society, the economy and the environment. In addition to the traditional core MBA business competencies, this course will provide the essential knowledge and skills required by the sustainable enterprises and businesses of the future, including developing effective sustainability and CSR strategy, designing and implementing sustainability initiatives, as well sustainability disclosure and reporting. You will also have the opportunity to undertake an applied professional business placement, undertake significant research experience or select specialist electives that support your chosen career pathway.

Credit transfers and advanced standing

Pathways


Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education

For information about credit transfer available to students with complete or incomplete study at this or other Institutions refer to Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education

Credit transfer

For further information on credit transfer and how to apply visit ASK CDU

Credit transfers and advanced standing

Credit transfer

For further information on credit transfer and how to apply visit ASK CDU

Fees

Non-Commonwealth supported places

Full fee paying places are available in this course.
Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments.

International tuition fees

The annual tuition fee for full time study is AUD $32,760.00. This equates to $4,095.00 per 10 credit point unit (0.125 EFTSL).
These fees are subject to increases annually, effective at the start of each calendar year.

You can find a list of International fees and payments you can expect to pay as part of your studies in Australia.

CDU offers a number of scholarships to international students to assist with the cost of study.

International students Adele and Zarah

Why study business at CDU?

Learn from internationally recognised academics when you study Business at CDU. Future-proof your career with accredited courses built on sustainable business practices and innovation. You'll graduate ready to make an impact on the global market.

  • Study online or on campus, full-time or part-time, however it suits you
  • #2 Australian university for postgraduate employment outcomes (GUG 2023)
  • Industry experts with experience in Australia, the Asia Pacific and beyond
International students Adele and Zarah

Why study business at CDU?

Learn from internationally recognised academics when you study Business at CDU. Future-proof your career with accredited courses built on sustainable business practices and innovation. You'll graduate ready to make an impact on the global market.

  • #2 Australian university for postgraduate employment outcomes (GUG 2023)
  • Industry experts with experience in Australia, the Asia Pacific and beyond

What will I study?

The MBA Sustainable Leadership will provide you with the opportunity to develop serious understanding of sustainable business practice in our rapidly changing world. You will complete units focusing on leadership, sustainable enterprise, design thinking for sustainable innovation, business analytics, global megatrends, economics, finance, investment, entrepreneurship, strategy and management through a framework of sustainability theory and practice. You will gain significant experience through a social enterprise and consulting project.

Course structure

Your specialisation will allow you to choose to focus on professional placement, research experience or select elective units that support your professional future.


A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 160 credit points as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless otherwise indicated.

Unit typeCredit PointsSpecific requirements
Core
(7 units)
80cpCompulsory Core units totalling 80 credit points as detailed below:

BUS504 Sustainable Enterprise
BUS505 Design Thinking for Sustainable Innovation
BUS507 Global Market and Sustainability Strategy
BUS508 Business Analytics
ECO505 Economics of Sustainability
MAN514 Management for the Executive
BUS610 Sustainable Enterprise Consulting Project (20cp)
 

Specialist Electives
(8 units)

 

80cp

 

Specialist Elective units totalling 80 credit points. Students can complete a prescribed specialisation or select units from the discipline-focused unit list below:

Sustainable Business Specialisation
BUS506 Global Megatrends
MAN516 Resilience Management and Leadership
ENT501 Sustainable Entrepreneurship
FIN503 Finance, Investment and Sustainability

Professional Placement Specialisation
Minimum academic performance required
WIB601 Business Skills and Professional Communication (unit title change 2022)
WIB602 Professional Practice 1
WIB603 Professional Practice 2 (20 CP)

Advanced Business Research Specialisation
Minimum academic performance required
BUS801 Business Research Project 1: Literature Review and Research Design
BUS802 Business Research Project 2: Applied Qualitative Business Research
BUS803 Business Research Project 3: Applied Quantitative Business Research
BUS804 Business Research Thesis Proposal

Discipline-focused electives
Units can be chosen from across the lists below.

Accounting & Law
ACT501 Accounting Principles
ACT502 Management Accounting
FIN510 Aspects of Corporate Finance
LAW513 Corporate Law
LAW514 Commercial Law
STA510 Business Statistics

Indigenous Engagement & Policy Development
IAS530 Neocolonialism, Advocacy and Critique of Development
IAS531 Indigenous Policy Agendas in Federal and State Politics
IAS532 Indigenous Knowledges, Property Rights and Economic Participation
IAS534 Partnerships and Engagement in Indigenous Land and Sea Management
IAS537 Building Relationships in Indigenous Contexts

Emergency and Disaster Management
DEM511 Emergency and Disaster Management in Context
DEM512 Interdisciplinary Aspects of Emergency and Disaster Management
DEM513 Leadership in Emergency and Disaster Management
DEM514 Cultural, Social and Psychological Aspects of Emergency and Disaster Management

Environmental Management
ENV517 Natural Resources and Indigenous Livelihoods
ENV521 Community Engagement for Biosecurity and Natural Resource Management

Public Health and Health Research
PHM523 Health Promotion
PHM536 Health Systems, Planning and Evaluation
PHM554 Public Health Economics and Decision Making
PHM559 Health Policy
PHM567 Public Health
PHM592 Global Health

Course Total160cp 

Students who commenced in or after 2013
The grade of "PC" cannot be counted towards a Masters Degree by Coursework AQF Level 9 course award. 
Students should refer to the current Grading Policy and Common Course Rules for further information.

Study plan


Students Commencing in Semester 1

The Recommended Study Plans provided below are suitable for students commencing in semester 1 and enrolling in a standard full-time or part-time load. Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should use these as a guide to create an individual study plan.

Standard Full-time Study Plan

Legend:CO = Core UnitSE = Specialist Elective
Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
BUS504 Sustainable EnterpriseCOBUS505 Design Thinking for Sustainable InnovationCO
BUS507 Global Market and Sustainability StrategyCOBUS508 Business AnalyticsCO
MAN514 Management for the ExecutiveCOSpecialist Elective 1SE
ECO505 Economics of SustainabilityCOSpecialist Elective 2SE
Year 2
Specialist Elective 3SESpecialist Elective 7SE
Specialist Elective 4SESpecialist Elective 8SE
Specialist Elective 5SEBUS610 Sustainable Enterprise Consulting Project (20cp)CO
Specialist Elective 6SE  

Standard Part-time Study Plan

Legend:CO = Core UnitSE = Specialist Elective
Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
BUS504 Sustainable EnterpriseCOBUS505 Design Thinking for Sustainable InnovationCO
BUS507 Global Market and Sustainability StrategyCOBUS508 Business AnalyticsCO
Year 2
MAN514 Management for the ExecutiveCOSpecialist Elective 1SE
ECO505 Economics of SustainabilityCOSpecialist Elective 2SE
Year 3
Specialist Elective 3SESpecialist Elective 7SE
Specialist Elective 4SESpecialist Elective 8SE
Year 4
Specialist Elective 5 BUS610 Sustainable Enterprise Consulting Project (20cp)CO
Specialist Elective 6   

Students Commencing in Semester 2

The Recommended Study Plans provided below are suitable for students commencing in semester 2 and enrolling in a standard full-time or part-time load. Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should use these as a guide to create an individual study plan.

Standard Full-time Study Plan

Legend:CO = Core UnitSE = Specialist Elective
Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
  BUS504 Sustainable EnterpriseCO
  BUS505 Design Thinking for Sustainable InnovationCO
  BUS508 Business AnalyticsCO
  ECO505 Economics of SustainabilityCO
Year 2
BUS507 Global Market and Sustainability StrategyCOSpecialist Elective 3SE
MAN514 Management for the ExecutiveCOSpecialist Elective 4SE
Specialist Elective 1SESpecialist Elective 5SE
Specialist Elective 2SESpecialist Elective 6SE
Year 3
Specialist Elective 7SE  
Specialist Elective 8SE  
BUS610 Sustainable Enterprise Consulting Project (20cp)CO  

Standard Part-time Study Plan

Legend:CO = Core UnitSE = Specialist Elective

 

Semester 1Semester 2
Calendar Year 1
 COBUS504 Sustainable EnterpriseCO
 COBUS505 Design Thinking for Sustainable InnovationCO
Calendar Year 2
BUS507 Global Market and Sustainability StrategyCOBUS508 Business AnalyticsCO
MAN514 Management for the ExecutiveCOSpecialist Elective 1SE
Calendar Year 3
ECO505 Economics of SustainabilityCOSpecialist Elective 3SE
Specialist Elective 2SESpecialist Elective 4SE
Calendar Year 4
Specialist Elective 5SESpecialist Elective 7SE
Specialist Elective 6SESpecialist Elective 8SE
Calendar Year 5
BUS610 Sustainable Enterprise Consulting Project (20cp)CO  
    

 

Entry requirements

Admission criteria

Successful completion of a recognised bachelor degree, graduate certificate, graduate diploma or master's degree or equivalent international qualification in a business related field.

Applicants who have one of the above qualifications in a non-business-related discipline and who have at least six months business/management experience will also be considered. Applicants must provide further documentation in the form of a curriculum vitae (CV) that includes a statement of purpose addressing how the course will help you achieve your career aspirations.

International entry pathway

International Pathway Applicants who have completed the CDU International Masters Qualifying Program (ZMQP01) or the Accelerated International Masters Qualifying Program (ZAMQP1) are eligible for entry.

Essential requirements

English language requirements

To gain entry into Charles Darwin University, all Higher Education applicants must satisfy the University's English Language Proficiency Requirements for their chosen course of study. International applicants will be required to supply evidence of this at the time of application.

The minimum English language requirement for this course is met by either undertaking previous education in an English-speaking country or undertaking one of the following English language tests and obtaining the minimum requirements listed below.

IELTS Academic ModuleA minimum overall score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0.
Cambridge Advanced English (CAE)A minimum overall score of 176, with no skill below 169.
Common European Framework Certificate of English ProficiencyA minimum overall grade of C1, valid for three years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU.
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic moduleA minimum overall score of 58 with no score lower than 50.
TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT)A minimum overall score of 79 with a minimum writing score of 21.

* All tests are valid for two years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU, unless otherwise specified.
* Where applicable, international applicants must also satisfy the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) English language requirements for student visa applications.

Do you have a question regarding English requirements at CDU? Please email: international@cdu.edu.au.

 

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Course details

Accreditation

This course is accredited by the University in accordance with the Higher Education Standards.

Inherent Requirements

There are inherent requirements for this course. Students must read and understand the requirements for this course.

Australian qualification framework

This course is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 9.

Additional information

Can offers be deferred?
Yes
Award
Master of Business Administration Sustainable Leadership
Faculty/College
Asia Pacific College of Business and Law
Sector
HE
Area of study
Business

Contact details

For further information about the course, enrolment procedures, closing dates and other administrative issues please contact Student Central on:

Email:Student.Central@cdu.edu.auPhone:1800 061 963 (free call)

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How to apply

There are many ways to apply to CDU. The method you use depends on your course type, where you live and whether you are a new or returning student to CDU.

Remember to apply early for your best chance at securing an offer to study with us.

SATAC

SATAC is the application channel for residents of NT, ACT, SA, WA, QLD, VIC or TAS.

UAC

UAC is the application channel for residents of NSW.

International applications

Applications must be submitted online through our application portal, Studylink. You'll need a valid email address to create your online account. Once you have started your application, you will be able to save it and resume it later. There is no application fee when you apply online.

You may be able to lodge a direct application; however, there may be restrictions on your geographic location. If you cannot submit a direct application via the application portal, please apply through one of our registered agents.

Apply through StudyLink or through an Agent.

SATAC/UAC codes

Location
SATAC Code
UAC Code
CDU Waterfront Darwin (FF)
1CM621
873041
Online (FF)
1CM621
873041
* CSP = Commonwealth supported place
FF = Full fee

CRICOS codes

Location
CRICOS Code
CDU Waterfront Darwin
107256J

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