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Master of Business Administration/Master of Human Resource Management

Course code: 3184 ~ Course abbreviation: MBA/M.HRM ~ Total credit points required: 120 ~ 2.5 years full-time, 5 years part-time ~ Managing faculty: Business and Economics

Study mode and course location

On-campus (Caulfield)

    Course description

This double-degree course aims to provide a broad-based foundation in business and management while providing existing and aspiring managers with the opportunity of developing specialist knowledge and expertise in human resource management, with an emphasis on strategic management.

Course objectives

The learning goals associated with this course are to: provide managers and aspiring managers with an educational experience that will enable them to become outstanding leaders within organisations; develop knowledge and skills across a broad range of business disciplines to enable students to effectively manage and lead an organisation; develop specific knowledge and skills in human resource management; further enhance communication, inter-personal, problem solving and critical thinking capabilities; analyse and evaluate the strategic contribution that can be made by human resource management (HRM); develop specialist knowledge and expertise in HRM responsibilities; review and analyse contemporary HRM issues and the design of related HR policy and practice; examine the interplay between HRM and related specialist areas such as industrial, workplace and employee relations, organisational and change management and leadership; critically analyse and apply HRM theory and empirical research.

    Course structure

Course requirements

a) Students must complete 10 core MBA units (60 points) as follows:

(b) students must complete 10 units (60 points) from the Master of Human Resource Management degree as follows:

(i) six core units (36 points):

  • MGX5261 Human resource management issues
  • MGX5551 Strategic human resource management
  • MGX5631 International human resource management
  • MGX9600 Managing people and organisations*
  • MGX9850 Human resource management

plus one of the following units:

  • MGX9180 Employee relations
  • MGX9220 Industrial and workplace relations

(ii) four elective units (24 points) from 9000-level or 5000-level graduate units subject to the following conditions:

  • a maximum of two elective units (12 points) may be taken from other faculties
  • students seeking AHRI accreditation should include MGX5670 Leadership, and MGX9720 Managing change as elective units
  • a research option is available with permission of the course coordinator. Students enrolling in the research option will be required to complete the units MGX5901 and MGX5900 as part of their elective component.

    * Students are permitted to enrol in either MBA9008 (Managing and leading people at work) or MGX9600 (Managing people and organisations) but not both. If MGX9600 is completed, to complete section (a) of the course requirements, students are required to complete the remaining nine MBA core units plus a further elective unit selected from MBA-coded units. If MBA9008 is completed, to complete section (b) of the course requirements, students are required to complete the five remaining MGX core units plus a further elective unit selected from MGX-coded units.

    Professional Recognition

This degree with relevant units is recognised by the following legal entities:

  • Australian Human Resources Institute.

Professional recognition may be dependent upon work experience requirements and the correct choice of units.

    Contact details

MBA programs: telephone +61 3 9903 1166; email:

Course coordinators

MBA: Associate Professor Peter Reed; MHRM: Dr Cathy Sheehan