Executive Master of Business Administration (Executive MBA)

This section outlines the course rules and other requirements for the Executive Master of Business Administration offered by the University of Sydney Business School.

Course details
Executive Master of Business Administration
Course abbreviation EMBA
Credit points required for completion 72
Duration (minimum) 1.5 calendar years of full-time study

The Executive Master of Business Administration is designed to meet the needs of experienced managers who are on a path to senior leadership positions in their organisations.

It is structured as a series of five two-week units of study over 18 months, enabling busy executives to complete the degree in tandem with their work commitments. In addition, throughout the 18 months participants prepare a Board Report that addresses a major strategic issue facing their organisation (the sixth unit of study). These reports are presented to a senior executive group at the end of the degree. Learning is highly experiential and structured around major strategic challenges rather than traditional business disciplines, with leadership as the underlying theme. The course will also expose participants to a wide range of perspectives drawn from beyond business and economics, such as drama, music and philosophy, to broaden the mind and develop leadership attributes.

As well as taking place in Sydney, learning occurs in three other continents representing contrasting business contexts. Participants gain hands-on experience in these other parts of the globe by working on live projects and being exposed to a range of people and situations.

Degree structure

To qualify for the award, Executive Master of Business Administration, a student completes core units of study totalling 72 credit points.

Core units of study

Note: All core units except EMBA6000 are worth 12 credit points.

  • EMBA6000 Executive MBA Primers (zero credit points)
  • EMBA6001 EMBA Report
  • EMBA6002 Leadership
  • EMBA6003 Foundations of Management
  • EMBA6004 Creating and Developing New Opportunities
  • EMBA6005 Managing Growth
  • EMBA6006 Turning Around Mature Businesses.

Progression guide

The Executive Master of Business Administration will involve one and a half (1.5) calendar years of full-time, intensive study. Students will be required to follow a prescribed schedule of study, to facilitate progressive learning.

Students will enrol in six, 12-credit point units of study over 18 months (two units in each of the three semesters).

The timing of the units of study is depicted in the table titled "EMBA Delivery Structure – 2014 Intake".

EMBA Delivery Structure – 2014 intake

This degree will be delivered as set out in the following table for students commencing in 2014.

The total duration of this program is 18 months.

Module / Unit of study Module / Unit Location Module Timeframe/Duration
EMBA6000 Executive MBA Primers # Online: Economics, Financial Statements, Business Statistics, Excel Spreadsheets December 2013/January 2014
EMBA6001 EMBA Report # In-company project; ongoing over 18 months February 2014 to July 2015

EMBA6002 Leadership # *

University of Sydney and off-site location in Sydney February 2014
EMBA6003 Foundations of Management # * University of Sydney and off-site location in Sydney May/June 2014
Functional knowledge online modules # Online: Cross Cultural Management, Finance / Accounting, Organisational Behaviour, Operations and Supply Chain Management, Strategy Marketing May/June 2014

EMBA6004 Creating and Developing New Opportunities # * ^

Bangalore, India October 2014
EMBA6005 Managing Growth # * ^ Silicon Valley, USA January 2015
EMBA6006 Turning Around Mature Businesses # * ^ London, UK and Languedoc, France May/June 2015

# These modules involve self directed distance learning (with mentors) / pre-module preparation.
* These modules involve two-week face-to-face delivery approximately every four months.
^ Please note, the locations of the 'Creating & Developing New Opportunities', 'Managing Growth' and 'Turning Around Mature Businesses' modules may change, with locations to be confirmed by July 2014.

Please note: For further details regarding how individual modules/units will be offered students should refer the EMBA page on the faculty website sydney.edu.au/business/globalEMBA or the EMBA Program Coordinator.