The University of Southern Queensland offers a MBSI program by distance education. It is an 12 course (subject) program. The focus of the MBSI program is to provide a high-level, professionally-orientated set of postgraduate courses for students who wish to further their career prospects in senior management positions.

Graduates will gain an advanced understanding of theory and practice in the broad areas of management and leadership to enable them to address the challenges of managing in a rapidly-changing global business environment.

On successful completion of the MBSI program, students will be able to:

  • demonstrate an advanced and integrated understanding of a complext body of knowledge in business and emerging cross-disciplinary specialisations
  • independently undertake critical analysis, reflect on and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories in business and emerging cross-disciplines
  • engage in independent research using a relevant theoretical framework as a practitioner or learner
  • demonstrate expert judgment, autonomy and responsibility in the application of established theories to a body of knowledge or practice
  • communicate knowledge, skills and ideas to specialist and non-specialist audiences

The MBSI consist of 12 courses. Students must complete two coursework specialisations of 4 units each plus one research specialisation (4 units).

Specialisation Areas
  • Big Data and Visualisation
  • Crisis Management
  • Digital Transformation
  • Enterprise Leadership
  • Finance
  • International Business
  • Professional Communication
  • Sustainable Business
  • Finance and Wealth Management
Research Specialisations
  • Applied Research

Periods of Teaching

  • There are three semesters per year.

• a bachelor’s degree at AQF level 7 or equivalent in a business related discipline from a recognised institution. USQ's Graduate Certificate of Business provides a pathway into the Master of Business and Innovation for candidates who have a bachelor degree or equivalent in a non-business related discipline from a recognised institution.
• Candidates who do not hold a bachelors degree, but who have more than 5 years relevant working experience in a managerial/supervisory position may also apply to enrol in the Graduate Certificate of Business.

The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) is a single national, comprehensive system of qualifications offered by higher education institutions (including universities), vocational education and training institutions and secondary schools. Each AQF qualification has a set of descriptors which define the type and complexity of knowledge, skills and application of knowledge and skills that a graduate who has been awarded that qualification has attained, and the typical volume of learning associated with that qualification type.

This program is at AQF Qualification Level 09. Graduates at this level will have specialised knowledge and skills for research, and/or professional practice and/or further learning.

The full set of levels criteria and qualification type descriptors can be found by visiting

Study Periods
Semester Study Period Commencement Date
Semester 3,2019 Nov 2019 - February 2020 18 November 2019
Semester 1,2020 Feb - June 2020 24 February 2020
Semester 2,2020 July - November 2020 13 July 2020

Semester 3,2019 - 1 November 2019

Semester 1,2020 - 7 February 2020

Semester 2,2020 - 26 June 2020

Note: There are limited places available so early submission of your application will improve your chances of obtaining a place in the MBA program. Please note that you will need to include a CV of your working experience and certified copies of all qualifications with your application in order for USQ to evaluate your application.

The duration of the program depends on the student's dedication and time available. Students normally enroll for 2 courses per semester and there are 3 teaching periods per year. Distance education students can commence their studies during any semester. It is advised that students need to study approximately 15 hours per week per course. This equates to 165 hours per semester per course.

Assessment requirements vary according to the courses studied. Details are provided in each student's package. To complete each course it is standard to submit a number of assignments or reports by scheduled dates. Completed assignments are returned to the student with a grade and feedback to further assist their learning. Most courses include an end of semester examination. Examinations are held at the end of each semester and take place during working hours. Timetables are sent out so that students can plan accordingly.

Exemptions may be granted on the basis of completed equivalent postgraduate study from a recognised university. In order for an exemption to be granted the claim must meet the following specific requirements:

• the course was passed within five years prior to the application (courses up to 10 years old may be considered if evidence is provided that the applicant has been employed in that field);
• the course passed is sufficiently equivalent in objectives, content and weightings to a course prescribed in the Master of Business and Innovation, or alternatively where applicable the course is suitable as an elective;
• the maximum number of exemptions granted is no greater than six courses for the Master of Business and Innovation;
• exemptions approved in this program will not automatically apply to other programs offered by USQ;

To apply for an exemption you would need to apply on an official Exemption Application Form, together with your academic record, degree certificate (if applicable) and the full syllabi of the courses in question. (This form should be requested from the USQ Local Support Office, Southern Africa).
Claims for exemptions should be submitted prior to or at the time of enrolment in a course. Each claim will be assessed on individual merit in line with the Faculty’s exemption policies.
Note: Where exemptions are granted, the maximum and minimum duration will be adjusted in the same proportion as the exemptions, e.g. where the maximum of 50 percent exemptions is granted, the maximum and minimum duration will be reduced by one half.

All study material will be available online on UConnect. It should be noted that as a student you may require additional textbooks from time to time. These can be ordered directly from the USQ Bookshop (Australia). (Delivery at your doorstep within five working days).

Students receive a user name and password to access the student site: UConnect. With this password, you’ll be able to join subject discussion groups and email your lecturer. All course material, assignment results and past examination papers are available on the internet.

As the Local Support Office of USQ in Africa, we are here to assist students. We receive and distribute study CDs, collect fees, arrange examinations (as close to home as possible - we already have 72 centres in South Africa alone), assist students with any problems they may have and see to any administrative matters requiring our attention. (It should be noted that study materials are set up to assist students to study independently wherever they may be.)