MBA Admissions FAQ's

MBA Admissions FAQ's

The following are the most Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) we receive from prospective students interested in the UQ Business School MBA program.

I don’t have a degree. Can I still do an MBA?

Yes! We can confirm that applicants applying on the basis of work experience - a minimum of seven years relevant work experience including at least three years at supervisory/managerial level as approved by the Executive Dean - would follow the Graduate Certificate in Business Administration (GCBA) articulation pathway. We have many students in your position with considerable work experience and no prior degree that progress successfully from GCBA to MBA.

You enrol in the same courses, classes and cohort that our MBA students are in. The GCBA pathway allows students like you to ultimately gain their MBA without the need for completion of an undergraduate degree. We emphasise that all our GCBA students are recognised as part of the MBA cohort and attend exactly the same classes. All students complete the same assessments, and are graded on the same criteria.

Our admission pathway via the GCBA through to the MBA is a process we must follow to ensure we are consistently applying University rules and procedures fairly and equally to all our students.

Will the Graduate Certificate in Business Administration (GCBA) pathway increase the amount of time I need to spend studying?

No! It will take you exactly the same amount of time to complete via this pathway as it would for a student admitted directly into the MBA. The courses and timeframe for study are exactly the same as at Master level, ultimately this is just a different method of gaining the same MBA degree.

An articulation offer for the Graduate Certificate in Business Administration (GCBA) means, upon successful completion of the GCBA - with a minimum grade point average of 4.0 - you would articulate into the Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (GDipBA) program with four courses credit; then upon successful completion of the GDipBA - with a minimum grade point average of 4.5 - you would articulate into the MBA program with eight courses credit.

Once you have completed the GCBA, and GDipBA programs plus meet the overall program GPA requirements you would articulate into the MBA to complete the remaining four courses and graduate with the MBA degree.

I am currently working and it keeps me really busy. Can I manage to do an MBA at the same time?

Our MBA program has three different options for study so you can choose the model that best suits your lifestyle and work commitments. To optimise the cohort benefits, UQ Business School offers two structured options – the Accelerated and the Streamlined MBA. The Accelerated MBA takes just 12 months full-time, and the Streamlined MBA can be completed in 24 months (alongside your job). Your third option is to study in the Flexible part-time mode that gives you up to a maximum of seven years to complete the MBA program. Please review our current MBA handbook for further details.

We have prepared a Streamlined 24-month program plan available in the MBA handbook, but on average students need to take three courses each semester to complete within the 24 month timeframe. Flexible part-time students take an average of two courses per semester. Students opting for either of these study modes can take courses on weekends, weeknights, and even the Accelerated full-time intensive classes. Students can also meet with an MBA Student Liaison Officer for assistance in designing their own plan.

We expect that for an average student to obtain an average mark they would need to undertake approximately 150 hours of study per course per semester. This includes 40 hours of face to face class time during the semester, and 110 hours’ worth of group work and/or individual research. Our weeknight courses run one evening for three hours each week of the semester at our Executive Venue on level 19 of Central Plaza One in the Brisbane CBD. Our weekend courses run for five full weekend days 9 am to 5 pm within a semester. In general these weekend days are not run over consecutive weekends.

To receive a copy of the current MBA course timetable please email mba@business.uq.edu.au

I have a GPA between 4.0 and 4.49. Can I still do an MBA?

An articulation offer for the Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (GDipBA) means, upon successful completion of the GDipBA (8 courses/#16 units) - with a minimum grade point average of 4.5 - you would articulate into the MBA program.

Once you have completed the GDipBA program and met the program GPA requirements to progress you apply for a program change (via our student system called mySI-net) into the MBA to complete the remaining four courses.

The courses and timeframe for study are exactly the same as at Master level, this is just a different method of ultimately gaining an MBA degree.

Can I ask for credit and exemptions?

You can make an application for credit or exemption when you make your application for the program. You should be aware that credit and exemptions are subject to University General Award Rule 1.8 and must have been completed within specific timeframes prior to commencement of the program in order to be considered, e.g. seven years for courses at Master level. Time limitations on the granting of credit (or exemptions) ensure the currency and relevance of our programs and your award.

It has been ruled that work experience will have no influence on the granting of credit. Credit is granted solely on the basis of previous postgraduate studies at a recognised tertiary institution, deemed equivalent by the assessor.

For non UQ courses please upload a detailed course outline is required for each course that needs assessment and should include the following information:

  • Week-by-week list of topics.
  • Texts, other required and/or recommended readings.
  • Assessment description, assessment criteria and weighting.
  • Class format (e.g. lecture/seminar/workshop).
  • The number of contact hours for the course.

 

NB credit assessment can take several weeks and may delay any offer we make for our programs. Please apply for the program well in advance of the closing date to ensure you receive a timely response.

I am a domestic student. How can I apply to the MBA?

To commence study in semester 1 applications with all the necessary documentation should be received by 30 November of the previous year. To commence study in semester 2 applications with all the necessary documentation should be received by 31 May of the year of commencement.

You should supply all your documentation with your application. Your online application needs to include ALL the required documentation at the time of submission:

  • Official transcripts of previous studies. If you are a previous UQ student there is no need to attach a transcript for these studies just include your student number.
  • Evidence of work experience including details of management experience in the form of a CV. Please ensure that your CV includes your full work history, and outlines the major activities you undertake on a daily basis.
  • Two written references that are work related. Your referees need to substantiate the nature of your work and the managerial duties you currently perform. They should verify details including but not limited to: managing a team of people, managing client accounts, the managerial components of any major projects you have been directly responsible for, and/or financial delegations for which you are directly responsible. All references should be dated, signed and preferably on company letterhead. All references must be to the satisfaction of the MBA Director.
  • Evidence of residency status.
  • Permanent residents will be required to sit an IELTS and/or GMAT test if their prior studies were taught in an institution where English was not the language of instruction.

NB: UQ Business School reserves the right to request a domestic applicant undertake a GMAT test for admission purposes if deemed necessary by the School (full information about the test can be found at www.mba.com).

I am an international student. How can I apply to the MBA?

To commence study in semester 1 applications with all the necessary documentation should be received by 31 October of the previous year. NB there is no semester 2 entry for International Students.

International students need to make their application for the MBA through UQ International. More information about UQ for International Students, including the study environment, links to estimated living costs, refund policies, support services, information for students with families, and your legal rights as an international student can be found here.

You will need to include the following items with your MBA application:

  • Official transcripts of previous studies. If you are a previous UQ student there is no need to attach a transcript for these studies just include your student number.
  • Evidence of work experience including details of management experience in the form of a CV. Please ensure that your CV includes your full work history, and outlines the major activities you undertake on a daily basis.
  • Two written references that are work related. Your referees need to substantiate the nature of your work and the managerial duties you currently perform. They should verify details including but not limited to: managing a team of people, managing client accounts, the managerial components of any major projects you have been directly responsible for, and/or financial delegations for which you are directly responsible. All references should be dated, signed and preferably on company letterhead. All references must be to the satisfaction of the MBA Director
  • Evidence of residency status.
  • Evidence of compliance with English language requirements.
  • For international students GMAT results.

 

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