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The University of Adelaide

Adelaide , South Australia ,Australia

Master of Business Administration (Emerging Leaders)

Lead others to greatness amidst complexity

We’re living in a world that’s frequently volatile, unexpected and ambiguous. It’s essential that current and future business leaders are able to rapidly understand and solve complex problems in a systematic, integrated way.

Success demands the ‘leadership mindset’. And with our new ‘pre-experience’ Master of Business Administration (Emerging Leaders), you can start acquiring it immediately after graduating from any bachelor degree—and complete your studies in as little as 12 months.

What will you do?

The Emerging Leaders MBA is part of the Adelaide Business School’s MBA suite, and is designed for aspiring leaders and young entrepreneurs looking to fast-track their pathway into business management. This program is normally completed over 12 months so is ideal for those coming straight from a Bachelor’s degree. The degree will equip you with:

mastery of complex leadership concepts and skills—from identifying technical and human challenges, to mobilising collaborative action in different cultures and environments
highly advanced strategic thinking skills—the ability to see the bigger commercial and societal picture and make decisions with a truly global outlook
high-level problem-solving, research and analysis, critical thinking and self-reflection skills
outstanding management capabilities in critical business functions, including finance, accounting, economics, marketing and business law.
You’ll also:

partner with an experienced industry mentor to plan and develop a sustainable entrepreneurial enterprise through the Australian eChallenge or Tech eChallenge
build extensive professional relationships and networks.
Where could it take you?

The Master of Business Administration (Emerging Leaders) will prepare you to lead projects, teams and, ultimately, organisations all over the world. You could even take your destiny entirely in your own hands by launching your own business.

Note: Intakes occur throughout the year, in January, May and September, with summer school options in January.

Campus Information

North Terrace

The campus provides a mix of the historical and contemporary, combining old sandstone buildings with state-of-the-art teaching, learning and research facilities.

Intakes

  • Jan
  • May
  • Sep

Application Processing Time in Days: 10

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

There are three key steps you will need to take when addressing the selection criteria in any University of Adelaide job application:

  • Create a new document. Your statement addressing the position’s specified selection criteria should be separate from your cover letter and resume.
  • List each criterion separately. Give each a title, using exactly the same wording as appears on the Position Description (e.g. Excellent verbal communication skills).
  • Address each criterion. Under each heading, write two short paragraphs explaining how your experience, skills, education and training equip you to meet that specific requirement. Dot points are also acceptable.

Please note that failing to submit a statement addressing the selection criteria could result in your application not being considered.

Some helpful writing tips
There are a number of steps you can take when putting together your responses to increase their clarity and impact.

  • Give details of one or two specific things you’ve done that are good examples of the relevant experience or knowledge required. For example: ‘I was responsible for organising an event attended by… This involved…'
  • Preface these examples with a short overview that shows you appreciate the relevance of the specific criterion.
  • Quantify your experience (number of years worked, staff supervised, etc.). For example: ‘I delivered a presentation to an industry forum with an audience of 80 people.’
  • Where possible, indicate how successfully you meet the criterion. You could do this by referring to feedback from others, or things you've set up that are still being used. For example: ‘A report I wrote about… was endorsed by the… Committee and circulated to all stakeholders for discussion.

You could also consider using the STAR method as a structural framework when describing examples of your work. This involves describing, in the order listed here, the:

  • situation you faced
  • task required, and desired outcome
  • action you took to complete the task
  • results you achieved, and lessons you learned.

Potential careers
Business Manager, Entrepreneur, Manager / Business Management, Business Consultant, Business Development Manager, Project Manager, Team Leader

PSW Opportunity

NA

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

Entry to postgraduate coursework programs as a minimum requires a Bachelors degree or equivalent qualification from an approved institution as a qualification for entry.

Some of the graduate certificates and graduate diplomas that are offered may be accepted as qualifying work for entry to a Masters program, or as professional qualifications in their own right.

IELTS Overall 6.5 Reading 6 Listening 6 Speaking 6 Writing 6

TOEFL Overall 79 Reading 20 Listening 20 Speaking 23 Writing 27

Pearson Overall 58 Reading 58 Listening 58 Speaking 65 Writing 65
 
C1 Advanced Overall 176 Reading 176 Listening 176 Speaking 185 Writing 185
 
Tertiary Qualifications Bachelor degree or equivalent