The Stage By Stage Approach of The AIB MBA
When enrolling in the Australian Institute of Business MBA programme, many students don’t realise that the degree actually comprises two post-graduate qualifications, in addition to the MBA. These qualifications are represented as stages of the MBA but are milestones in their own right. They are the Graduate Certificate in Management, the Graduate Diploma in Management and the Master of Business Administration. This stage-by-stage structure of the MBA allows a milestone to be achieved every four subjects which students can use to advance their career. If you would like to learn more about each of the qualifications, see below.
Awarded after the completion of only four subjects, the online Graduate Certificate in Management is the first step towards the prestigious MBA. Listing the qualification on your resume and LinkedIn profile shows that you are well on track to achieving your MBA, having successfully completed the first stage. As the Graduate Certificate is a postgraduate qualification, it is a higher level qualification than a Bachelor degree. It also reinforces that you have already gained a great deal of knowledge which can now be applied in a practical sense in the workplace. These skills include those that are necessary to manage real-world business situations at both operational and strategic levels.
At AIB, the Graduate Certificate is comprised of four core subjects which students must complete to achieve their MBA. Every student begins the qualification with our Leadership subject, which is the springboard for the rest of the MBA, followed by Marketing Management. After these two, students complete two of the following core subjects to round out their Graduate Certificate: Strategic Human Resource Management, Operations Management, Corporate Governance, Financial Management, Project Management and Strategic Management.
After the completion of 8 subjects – all of the core MBA courses – students are eligible for the Graduate Diploma in Management. A prestigious qualification within itself, this milestone represents that the student is only a short time away from achieving the MBA. The Graduate Diploma explores strategic business and management skills and knowledge in greater breadth and depth. Some students find that following the completion of this stage is the perfect time to take a short break from study to recharge and prepare for the final three subjects and MBA project.
Towards the end of the Graduate Diploma, in preparation for the final stage, students decide if they will specialise their degree, and if so, which specialisation they will pursue. At AIB, specialisation options include Entrepreneurial Management, Finance, Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Human Resource Management and Marketing Management. For those who decide not to specialise, they can choose three electives that are of interest to them.
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Now for the one we’ve all been waiting for – the MBA. Whether you’re looking to improve your professional credibility, grow or start a business, change your career path, increase your salary or just get qualified – the MBA is certain to contribute greatly.
The final stage of the journey – the MBA – is made up of the three specialisation or elective subjects and the final project. For the project, students identify an appropriate workplace-based research problem, conduct a small literature review, analyse the data relating to the workplace or industry, and present findings in a formal business research report.
With AIB’s programme structure, the standard time frame the MBA can be completed in is 2 years. For those who wish to accelerate their learning and have the capacity to do so, subjects within the Graduate Diploma and MBA stage can be undertaken concurrently. This can reduce the duration for the whole degree to 18 months. Of course, should student wish to learn over a long period of time, they can do that too. AIB MBA students have 4 years to complete the full MBA.
It is clear that each of the qualifications are important milestones on the journey towards completing the MBA. Each stage allows the student be recognised for their hard work, apply the knowledge they have learnt thus far, and be proud of achieving a qualification. By earning qualifications like the Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma on the road to the MBA, students will be better placed for promotions, new roles and recognition in the workplace.
The MBA from AIB is Australia’s largest MBA, chosen by more professionals than any other MBA degree in the country. It has been specifically designed for busy working adults, delivered 100% online through our interactive Student Learning Portal. The AIB MBA offers genuine flexibility, industry-relevant course content and the practical knowledge and skills you need to achieve your career goals.