Melbourne Business School

University of Melbourne
Program Strengths

The Melbourne Business School (MBS) has two programs in its Executive MBA suite. At more experienced levels, executives really benefit from a format that allows for a deep immersion into the program without career interruption, and that promotes engagement.

A high-level, intensive residential program, the Senior Executive MBA (SEMBA) Program consists of 10, nine-day modules during a period of 18 months. Students travel to China, Europe, and the U.S. for three of those modules. With an average age of 42 years, students come to the program with a minimum 10 years of executive experience and an average 20 years of experience. The average class size is 40 participants.

Designed for mid-career executives, the intensive residential Executive MBA (EMBA) Program takes place four consecutive days once per month for 18 months. With an average age of 35 years, students come to the program with a minimum five years of management experience and an average 12 years of experience. The average class size is 60 participants.

MBS provides Executive MBA opportunities for professionals at different stages in their careers. The suite of EMBA Programs means that participants can find a true cohort of their peers. Experienced classmates from diverse sectors and professions enhance the accelerated learning. This intensive, rigorous focus on high-level outcomes immediately impacts students’ work and careers.

Curriculum Highlights

The curriculum takes into account the distinctive and diverse needs of experienced practitioners. At every stage and in every subject area, it achieves the balance of academic rigor and practice relevance, leveraging the full range of pedagogies appropriately. Melbourne EMBA Programs use case studies, simulations, company visits, live consulting projects, and an iPad-based learning platform among other approaches to ensure the best possible learning experience.

The Executive MBA curriculum at MBS features a number of attractive components for executive students. For the SEMBA Program, three of the 10 modules take place overseas – in Asia, Europe, and the U.S. The Asia module involves a “live” strategy consulting project in China for an Australian business; based at the WHU business school in Germany, the European module offers insights on European business models and the European economy; and at University of California at Berkeley, the U.S. leg offers students interaction with iconic technology companies to understand innovation processes and next-generation organizational leadership.

A series of executive seminars and executive skill workshops complement the core curriculum. Directors from WTO and GATT make presentations during Trade and the Global Economy. Experienced professional lead Coaching your Management Team. Managing Diversity in the Workplace considers the complex challenges of leading in the multicultural, global organizations of the future.

Leadership Development

From the start, EMBA students at Melbourne take a number of courses and workshops on personal leadership effectiveness. These involve 360-degree feedback instruments and a thorough review and debrief by professional coaches. The program encourages individual exploration and reflection through a range of exercises and discussions. Such personal commitment helps in establishing learning and development priorities for each individual.

The programs then feature a series of core and advanced subjects in the leadership area that evolve throughout the journey. In the early stages, personal development is a priority, followed by an emphasis on leading within organizations. Then, the focus turns to change management and higher-order transformational projects. The role of top-level executives in transforming organizations requires a deep knowledge and understanding of the classic ideas of authority, legitimacy, and power, and the advanced skills and experience to make an impact in that context.



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