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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Course

This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Business and Economics

Managing facultyBusiness and Economics
Abbreviated titleMIntBus
CRICOS code034886J
Total credit points required72
Standard duration of study (years)1.5 years FT, 3 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Caulfield, Sunway)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Graduate Student Office

Telephone: +61 3 9903 1400

Fax: +61 3 9903 1357


Course coordinator

Dr Paul Kalfadellis


The course is an inter-disciplinary program of study that provides students with the ability to understand the issues affecting contemporary international business. Academically rigorous, the course enables students to gain the appropriate knowledge and analytical skills that can be applied in a variety of organisational settings including the corporate, governmental and non-profit sectors. The course enables those seeking either career entry or progression or those with a special interest in international business, to extend their skills and knowledge base by being better able to comprehend, critically evaluate and interpret the workings of global business.


The Master of International Business aims to produce graduates who will:

(a.) be critical and creative scholars who:

  • produce innovative solutions to problems
  • apply research skills to business challenges
  • communicate effectively and perceptively

(b.) be responsible and effective global citizens who:

  • engage in an internationalised world
  • exhibit cross cultural competence
  • demonstrate ethical values

(c.) have a comprehensive understanding of their discipline and be able to provide discipline based solutions relevant to the business, professional and public policy communities we serve

(d.) have advanced knowledge to masters level in international business.

Research component

An optional research pathway is available.


The course structure has two main components:

  • a set of core units in international business
  • six open electives.


Students must complete:

(a.) six core units (36 points) as follows:

  • BTX9190 International trade law
  • ECF9210 Introduction to international economics
  • MGX5171 Managing the multinational enterprise: cases and issues
  • MGX5730 International trade policy
  • MGX9660 International business theory and practice
  • MKX9550 Marketing and the international consumer

(b.) students must complete a further six graduate-level units subject to course coordinator approval and the following conditions:

  • a maximum of two elective units (12 points) may be taken from other faculties
  • students interested in pursuing PhD studies can choose the three-unit research report elective option.

Research report elective option

The research report option may provide an alternative pathway for students from a course work masters programs into a PhD program. The research report elective option consists of a three unit combination totalling 24 points, and comprises the following units:

  • MGX5000 Introductory management research methods (6 points)
  • MGX5901 Research report (introduction) (6 points)
  • MGX5900 Research report (12 points)

Students intending to enrol in the research report require permission. Students must have completed a minimum of 24 points of coursework study, including MGX5000 and achieved a minimum average of 70 per cent, to progress to the research report. Students should discuss this option with their course director prior to enrolling.

Additional degree requirements:

  • students must study a minimum of four 5000-level units.

Progression to further studies

This degree may serve as a pathway to a higher degree by research. Students considering a research degree are advised to consult a course coordinator prior to making an application.

Alternative exit(s)

Students wishing to exit the Master of International Business early may apply to graduate with one of the following, provided they have satisfied the requirements for that award:

  • Graduate Certificate in Business after successful completion of 24 points of study
  • Graduate Diploma in Business after successful completion of 48 points of study


Master of International Business