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.

Program Objectives

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

Australian Qualifications Framework

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

Structure of the MBSI program

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
International Business
Professional Communication
Sustainable Business

Research Specialisations

Applied Research
Advanced Research

Periods of Teaching

There are three semesters per year.

Start dates:

Semester Study Period Commencement Date
Semester 3,2018 November'18 - February '19 19 November 2018
Semester 1,2019 February - June 2019 25 February 2019
Semester 2,2019 July - November 2019 15 July 2019

Application due dates:
Semester 3,2018 - 2 November 2018
Semester 1,2019 - 11 February 2019
Semester 2,2019 - 28 June 2019

Admission Requirements

• 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.

Study Packages

All study material will be available online on UConnect. Students may require additional textbooks, which can be ordered from Australia. (Delivery at your doorstep within five working days.)

Internet Access

Students receive a username and password to access the student site: UConnect. With this password, you will be able to join subject discussion groups and e-mail your lecturer. All course material, assignment results and pas examination papers are available on the internet.

Local Support

As the Local Support Office of USQ in Africa, we are here to assist students. We receive and distribute study CD's, 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.)


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.

Program Fees

The fee for 2018 is AUD3070 per course (subject). Students pay as they go - so if you take two courses in a specific semester you have to pay the full fee for the two courses by the start of that semester. Students may start during any semester.   Due to the extreme fluctuations in international exchange rates we are only able to confirm the applicable rate per semester.  This will be communicated to all existing and prospective students prior to the start of each new semester.

Assessment and Examinations

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.