Global Executive Master of Business Administration - 2019

Postgraduate - Course

Commencement year

This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2019 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Business and Economics.

Other commencement years for this course: 2018

Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.

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Managing faculty

Business and Economics

Admission and fees


Course type

Master by coursework

Standard duration

1.5 years FT

Full-time study only.

You have a maximum of 4.5 years to complete this course including any periods of intermission and suspension, and must be continuously enrolled throughout.

Mode and location

On-campus (Caulfield)


Global Executive Master of Business Administration

Alternative exits

  • Graduate Certificate of Business
  • Graduate Diploma of Business

Refer to 'Alternative exits' entry below for further requirements and details.


  • This course has compulsory overseas travel requirements. You must be able to meet the visa entry requirements for all of the countries to which you are required to travel.


The Global Executive Master of Business Administration course is designed for experienced managers seeking advancement to executive-level positions within or beyond their organisations, professions or sectors. It provides an advanced framework of analytical and strategic problem-solving models, and develops the leadership mindset and executive competencies of participants.

The course aims to develop graduates who are global in orientation and who can lead organisations at a senior level. It emphasises contemporary business and organisational challenges, and provides an integrated approach to discipline-based academic content. The course architecture involves intensive, executive-level modules in Melbourne and in Europe, Asia and America, and features applied projects and direct engagement with businesses and industry leaders.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 9 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 9 and Monash Graduate Attributes (

On successful completion of this course, it is expected that you will be:

  1. critical and creative scholars and practitioners who:
    • produce innovative solutions to problems
    • apply research skills to business challenges
    • communicate effectively and perceptively
  2. responsible and effective global citizens who:
    • engage in an internationalised world
    • exhibit cross-cultural competence
    • demonstrate ethical values
  3. able to analyse and sythesise complex information to develop business models and create and implement strategies that build sustainable, agile and entrepreneurial organisations
  4. able to lead diverse, globally-orientated organisations in transformative environments consistent with the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals.


The Global Executive MBA is a fifteen-month course that is completed in four trimesters. The program comprises four modules, each focusing on a theme: Foundation, Globalisation, Innovation and transformation.

Each module has two 12-credit-point units.

Structurally, each module features a one-week residential unit plus a unit spread over blocks of intensive days at three-week intervals.

Part A. Module 1: Foundation

The foundation module provides the academic and practice base for the GEMBA program. It is preceded by a two-day orientation residential workshop that emphasises the importance of, and competencies required for, leading management teams in fast-paced, global contemporary organisations. The first unit consists of Global political economy and business models and strategy. Then, four component topics are completed in the next unit: Executive leadership 1: Leadership mindset, design thinking, strategic marketing and business analytics. These units are presented in an integrated pedagogy, and also combine to set up the international business project to be undertaken in a European market in the following module.

Part B. Module 2: Globalisation

The globalisation module begins in Europe with a one-week immersive study of global business strategy at a leading European business school, and a live consulting project for an Australian company in a European market. The subsequent unit based in Melbourne comprises Executive leadership II: Global mindset, sustainable strategy in the 21st century, global logistics and operations and financial accounting.

The globalisation theme of the module integrates the material, develops earlier studies and international project experiences, and also contributes to setting up the content and project for the following Asian module.

Part C. Module 3: Innovation

The innovation module commences with a one-week intensive unit in China, based at a leading partner business school. China business strategy provides a deep immersion in business culture, strategy and practice in China, and involves intensive class-based work, an international business consulting project and direct engagement with businesses leaders in the location. The associated project will be grounded in the exploration of innovation and entrepreneurship opportunities in the China market. In the second unit of the innovation module, the class address Executive leadership III: Innovation mindset, corporate finance, innovation and entrepreneurship and commercialisation of technology. These topics are developed in an integrated design; as well as tackling the global and executive-level issues of innovation, they establish the foundation for the transformation work in the final module.

Part D. Module 4: Transformation

The transformation module builds on earlier studies and consolidates the program learning and experiences to develop transformative executive capability for a complex global environment. In the international unit based in a leading American business school, innovation and design processes are the central feature, and the applied transformation projects and engagement with innovative high-tech organisations exemplify the purpose and the approach. Subsequently, the Executive leadership IV: Transformation mindset topic supports the module theme of leading business transformation. Corporate governance deals with the legal, regulatory and board-level issues facing executives in organisations. The executive masterclass seminars and workshops provide critical opportunities to customise the program: expert faculty and leading practitioners co-create content with participants that reflects the developmental and experiential priorities of the class. Corporate strategy provides the capstone opportunity to consolidate the entire program.


You will be required to undertake part in study activities overseas.

The course comprises 96 points structured in four parts: Module 1: Foundation (24 points), Module 2: Globalisation (24 points), Module 3: Innovation (24 points), Module 4: Transformation (24 points).

Students complete all four parts.

All units are 12 credit points unless otherwise indicated.

Module 1. Foundation (24 points)

You must complete:

  • MBA5221 Global executive MBA foundation I
  • MBA5222 Global executive MBA foundation II

Module 2. Globalisation (24 points)

You must complete:

  • MBA5223 Global executive MBA globalisation I
  • MBA5224 Global executive MBA globalisation II

Module 3. Innovation (24 points)

You must complete:

  • MBA5225 Global executive MBA innovation I
  • MBA5226 Global executive MBA innovation II

Module 4. Transformation (24 points)

You must complete:

  • MBA5227 Global executive MBA transformation I
  • MBA5228 Global executive MBA transformation II

Alternative exits

You may exit this course early and apply to graduate with one of the following awards, provided you have satisfied the requirements for that award during your enrolment in this master's course:

  • Graduate Certificate of Business after successful completion of 24 points of study with a minimum of 24 credit points at level 4 or above
  • Graduate Diploma of Business after successful completion of 48 points of study with a minimum of 48 credit points at level 4 or above.