If you’re looking to start and scale a successful new business venture or incorporate entrepreneurial thinking, behaviours and competencies into an existing corporation – the AIB Master of Business Administration in Entrepreneurial Management is the specialist degree for you.

Entrepreneurship is about transforming the way we think and act to create value in the world, whether as an engaged employee, inspiring leader, research pioneer, driver of social change or creator of the next ‘big thing’. As catalysts for change who shape the competitive global marketplace and have a significant impact on our global economy, entrepreneurs are more important than ever before in advancing the social and financial make-up of nations across the globe.

As an entrepreneur or soon to be entrepreneur, you’ll likely be wearing multiple hats and will need knowledge of all functional areas of a business – from marketing to operations, finance, and human resource management. In the Fast-Track MBA, you’ll have the opportunity to round out your understanding of all of these business-critical areas, as well as build capacities in your leadership and project management.

Then, you’ll have the opportunity to develop your entrepreneurial skills in the areas of digital startups, business consulting and the design of new products and services.

Graduate with one of the most well-respected qualifications globally – the MBA.

MBA (ENTREPRENEURSHIP MANAGEMENT) COURSE STRUCTURE 

Three stages to The Fast-Track MBA 

The Fast-Track MBA (MBA Entrepreneurship Management) encompasses 12 courses that make up 3 nested postgraduate qualifications: a Graduate Certificate in Management, a Graduate Diploma in Management and an MBA. 

Each qualification is a ‘milestone’ towards your Master of Business Administration, and can be achieved upon the successful completion of 4 courses in as little as 4* months each. We know that life happens, therefore if you need to exit the program early, you can still achieve a postgraduate qualification. 

*eligibility criteria applies

AIB MBA course structure

The courses you’ll study

Your core courses are: Leadership (First Subject), Strategic Management (Second Subject), Marketing Management, Operations Management, Financial Management Strategic Human Resource Management, Corporate Governance, and Project Management.

After completing those courses, you’ll move on to your specialist units that will develop your entrepreneurial expertise for the ever-changing business world.

Leadership (First Subject)

The course provides a scholarly and in-depth knowledge of the dynamics of leadership and how it applies to contemporary leadership practice.

On completion of this course participants should be able to:

  • Demonstrate advanced understanding of leadership theories, concepts, and practice, including both traditional and contemporary forms of leadership.
  • Critically evaluate various modes of leadership with consideration of ethical and socially responsible practice.
  • Effectively communicate and apply relevant leadership principles to address diverse needs of various stakeholders.
  • Develop a critically reflective leadership model for your own development.
Strategic Management (Second Subject)

This course provides comprehensive knowledge of the strategic management process and gives exposure to the concepts and frameworks that are used in understanding a company’s competitive position in domestic and international markets, and the development of new strategies.

On completion of this course participants should be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding of contemporary strategic management theory, concepts and principles.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of how strategy formulation and strategy implementation processes work in contemporary organizations.
  • Conduct an analysis of the internal and external environment of the selected organizational context, using appropriate strategic management theories and frameworks to inform future direction.
  • Critically evaluate different strategic alternatives and suggest an appropriate and ethical pathway for a business to build and sustain competitive advantage.
Marketing Management

This course discusses the importance and strategic role of marketing in today’s globalized and digital business environment. Students learn practical skills that impact on business growth, like how to analyse the market context in which a business or enterprise is operating, segment the market, select an appropriate target market, and recommend strategic and tactical plans that co-create value for the selected target market.

On completion of this course participants should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an advanced understanding of contemporary marketing theory and practice.
  • Evaluate marketing concepts and organizational issues to make evidence-based decisions on creating value for customers.
  • Apply innovative marketing approaches, techniques, and ethical perspectives to recommend an evidence-based solution to the problem of capturing value from customers.
  • Communicate marketing knowledge, skills, and ideas to others in writing clearly, persuasively, and credibly.
Operations Management

This course provides an in-depth knowledge of issues critical for the efficient and effective management of operations in service, public, manufacturing, not-for-profit, and other sectors.  The subject covers operations management principles, frameworks, and contemporary topics.

On completion of this course participants should be able to:

  • Demonstrate advanced understanding of operations management principles, frameworks, and contemporary topics.
  • Critically analyse and evaluate operations management issues.
  • Clearly, concisely, and credibly communicate operations management knowledge to others.
  • Apply relevant principles and frameworks to develop innovative and evidence-based solutions for complex operations management issues.
Financial Management

This course prepares students for effective financial management in organizations. At a foundational level, the subject introduces how a manager can interpret financial statements, identify trends and utilize financial tools and techniques to improve decision making, alongside non-financial considerations including ethics

On completion of this course participants should be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding of core contemporary financial management theory, techniques and practice.
  • Critically evaluate and effectively communicate recommendations to address financial management issues.
  • Apply financial management theory and techniques to professional practice in an ethical manner.
Strategic Human Resource Management

This course will prepare students for the continuously evolving nature of work in uncertain times and the challenges and opportunities that this presents for organizations in meeting the strategic needs of a diverse workforce.

On completion of this course participants should be able to:

  • Demonstrate advanced understanding of strategic human resource management theory and its application in practice.
  • Critically evaluate and recommend improvements to existing human resource management strategies.
  • Identify and evaluate different perspectives and contemporary trends, and their impact on strategic HRM.
  • Design and effectively communicate an evidence based human resource management initiative with consideration to ethical concerns.
Corporate Governance*

This course examines the development, concepts, and significance of the concepts and practice of Corporate Governance, and organizational governance within the context of organizational capacity building.

Pre-requisites: Three AQF Level 8 courses must be completed before attempting Corporate Governance

On completion of this course participants should be able to:

  • Demonstrate advanced understanding of contemporary corporate governance theories, principles and regulatory frameworks.
  • Use corporate governance theories and frameworks to interpret the key corporate governance responsibility, structure and function in practice.
  • Critically evaluate corporate governance structure and practices with consideration of needs of various stakeholders, corporate ethics and social responsibility.
  • Effectively apply and communicate relevant theories and frameworks to ensure sound and ethical corporate governance decisions in practice.
Project Management*

This course provides the skills and knowledge required to successfully manage projects in service, public, not-for-profit, private and other sectors. The subject covers various practical frameworks and emerging topics.

Pre-requisites: A minimum of three AQF level 8 courses which must include Operations Management must be completed before attempting Project Management.

On completion of this course participants should be able to:

  • Demonstrate advanced understanding of project management principles, frameworks, and contemporary topics.
  • Critically analyse, reflect on, and synthesize complex information, problems, principles and frameworks related to project management.
  • Research and apply relevant principles and frameworks to develop innovative, ethical, and evidence-based solutions for complex project management issues.
  • Clearly, concisely and credibly communicate project management knowledge to specialist and non-specialist audiences to inform practice.

Entrepreneurship

The subject provides scholarly, practical and in-depth knowledge of contemporary entrepreneurial professional practice, the entrepreneurial mindset and how these applies to a dynamic and complex global environment. The subject uses experiential and collaborative learning to build and strengthen entrepreneurial capabilities that support an individual in identifying an entrepreneurial opportunity and developing the resource base needed to pursue it. Modules covered include: the development of 21st Century entrepreneurship; entrepreneurial mindset, cognition and career; designing entrepreneurship from opportunity identification to business modelling; and, strategic entrepreneurial growth planning. Therefore the subject provides a foundation for lifetime learning on the key life cycle stages of an entrepreneurial venture as well as how leaders can foster an entrepreneurial culture.

On completion of this course participants should be able to:

  • Examine contemporary entrepreneurship theory and practice to create insight into enterprise growth opportunities.
  • Reflect upon, and apply contemporary entrepreneurship approaches, techniques and ethical perspectives, that develop an entrepreneur’s: leadership, mindset, capabilities and pathways to an entrepreneurial career.
  • Evaluate the entrepreneurial venture’s external environment and internal environment factors and contexts to create, formulate, hypothesise, test, and validate evidenced based decisions at key life cycle stages of the entrepreneurial venture.
  • Communicate entrepreneurship knowledge, skills and ideas to others clearly, persuasively and credibly.
New Product Design*

This course takes the student through new product design from conception through to the launch of a new product or service. The objective of this course is to provide in-depth knowledge of new product design from conception through development to the launch of a new product or service. The course uses a combination of traditional and innovative approaches in new product development and design. Modules covered include: the new products process; planning for new products; generating product ideas; concept evaluation; financial analysis for new products and use of design thinking in new product design.

Pre-requisites: Marketing Management

On completion of this course participants should be able to:

  • Demonstrate advanced understanding of contemporary new product design theory and practice.
  • Demonstrate an ability to apply innovative approaches and techniques as well as ethical perspectives throughout the development of new product design.
  • Communicate new product design knowledge, skills and ideas to others clearly, persuasively and credibly.
  • Evaluate complex business concepts and issues to deliver an evidence-based rationale for new product design.
Business Consulting

The course provides scholarly and practical in-depth knowledge of the business practices, processes and management for consultants, managers and owners of consulting firms and those with expertise considering consulting as a profession. Modules covered include: Starting a consulting business including financial and legal considerations; tips on surviving the first year, which include networking, database building and digital marketing initiatives; the actual process, which includes agreements, strategies, interviewing techniques and tips, agreements and strategies; creating a consulting relationship with clients; developing effective systems including negotiating fees, billing, contracts and insurance and finally, growing the business and productivity considerations.

This course is also highly suitable for managers using consulting services and Internal Consultants, i.e. employees who perform consulting for their organization as a part of their role.

On completion of this course participants should be able to:

  • Demonstrate advanced understanding of contemporary business consulting theory, process and practice.
  • Apply innovative approaches and techniques as well as ethical perspectives throughout the development of a consulting service.
  • Evaluate complex business and enterprise concepts and issues to make evidence-based recommendations.
  • Communicate business consulting knowledge, skills and ideas to others clearly, persuasively and credibly.

The objective of this course is to undertake a project related to the chosen area of professional focus. Students will identify an appropriate workplace or industry related research problem or opportunity, conduct a concise review of theories and frameworks, engage in identifying secondary data, analyse the data and present findings in a formal business research report.

Pre-requisite: A minimum of 10 MBA courses (all AQF level 8 courses and at least 4 AQF level 9 courses) must be completed before attempting the Project.

On completion of this course participants should be able to:

  • Critically examine contemporary business theory and practices related to an identified enterprise (or industry) problem or opportunity.
  • Demonstrate ability to apply innovative approaches, techniques, ethical perspectives, and the use of secondary data, to an identified enterprise (or industry) problem or opportunity.
  • Critically evaluate business (or industry) concepts and synthesise existing research, theory, and secondary data to advise business stakeholders on business solutions.
  • Communicate evidenced-based recommendations to stakeholders clearly, persuasively, and credibly

*When scheduling your timetable, please note that some courses have pre-requisites that must be successfully completed prior to commencing the course.

In addition to an MBA in Entrepreneurial Management, the following specialisations are offered by AIB: Finance, Logistics & Supply Chain Management, Human Resource Management and Marketing Management.

Prefer not to specialise your MBA degree? That’s ok – our general MBA option allows you to mix & match elective courses to tailor your study program.

Multiple start dates

With the flexibility and convenience of 11 start dates every year, you can start your MBA when it suits you.

START DATES

Enrolment cutoff date: 06 June 2022

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Study at your own pace 

At AIB, students have the flexibility to study at the pace that suits them. Unlike other institutions, we offer many intakes throughout the year, plus the ability to speed up your studies with concurrent courses  subject to meeting our eligibility criteria or slow it down to make it achievable for you, and schedule breaks in as well when you need them. The Fast-Track MBA is truly flexible to your schedule.

There are 11 MBA terms per year at AIB, with each term running for 7 weeks followed by a 1-week break. Students typically spend around 150 hours per course (or about 20 hours per week) to complete their MBA, but this varies, depending on your personal level of experience and education.

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Assessment

The assessments in our MBA include written assignments and reports, recorded presentations, case study analyses and online quizzes. As a practically-focused business school, all of AIB’s assessments are practical in nature, and we have a strong focus on authentic assessment methods.

This means that you can base your MBA assessments on your workplace, industry or a professional scenario you’ve been in, so that your MBA learning has real world context and application. In many cases, students are able to use their assessment research and reports to start enacting change in their workplace while studying.

Eligibility Requirements

A degree is not essential for entry to the Fast-Track MBA (Logistics & Supply Chain Management). There are multiple entry pathways that allow you to use your practical experience.

MBA applicants must have one of the following to be eligible:

  1. Minimum five years’ work experience, including at least three years’ of management or significant technical experience.
  2. An Advanced Diploma or associate degree (or equivalent) and at least three years’ of relevant work experience.
  3. A bachelor’s degree and at least two years’ of relevant work experience.

The Fast-Track MBA is taught online in English. Additional English and computer requirements apply.

There are 6 MBA terms per year at AIB, with each term running for 7 weeks with a 1-week break to follow. We anticipate that you will spend around 150 hours per course (or about 20 hours per week) to complete your MBA – but this depends on you, as everyone has different levels of experience and education. 

As the practical business school, all of AIB’s assessments are practical in nature, and we have a strong focus on authentic assessment methods. What this means is that you can base your MBA assessments on your workplace, industry or a professional scenario you’ve been in, so that your MBA learning has real world context and application. In many cases, students are able to use their assessment research and reports to enact change in their business. The assessments in our MBA include written assignments and reports, recorded presentations, case study analyses and online quizzes to name a few.

My MBA has been the single most rewarding thing that I’ve done, not only for my career but also for myself. I am now actively looked at on LinkedIn and in my field as a respected member of the customer experience community, and I’m asked regularly to speak at conferences across industry and discipline. 

Yvette Mihelic
Director Customer Experience, John Holland

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