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The Fast-Track MBA

Designed for busy working professionals, this fully online MBA course is highly flexible and delivered with interactive, bite-sized content and personalised student support.

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The Fast-Track MBA

(Entrepreneurial Management)

Course Overview

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 Fast-Track MBA (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.

Why do an MBA?

No matter what sector you’re in, innovation and technology have created a world that is rapidly changing. It has become increasingly challenging to have the most up-to-date knowledge and experience to stay ahead of the competition.

A Master of Business Administration degree is a highly-regarded postgraduate qualification that teaches foundational business and leadership skills, as well as specialist knowledge, providing you with a pathway to career success.

Learning outcomes

The AIB MBA is a practical MBA for working adults. With no exams, you’ll instead learn from the practical application of theory to real life business problems often based on your organisation or business. An approach designed for immediate career impact.

Our programs foster your ability to understand and apply leading business theories, critically analyse and solve problems, lead and communicate effectively, and make decisions to support the growth of your team and organisation.

Our MBA opens many doors with both current and prospective employers giving you more opportunities for career progression, higher salaries, starting your own business and more.

There’s no limit to what you can do with an MBA from AIB.

Number of Subjects9 core subjects
and 3 elective subjects
Duration12 months* and up to 3 years part time
Start Dates12 intakes a year
Stages3 stages with 2 exit points
Entry RequirementsPrior degree
or prior experience


Our online Master of Business Administration is comprised of 2 nested postgraduate qualifications, so should you need to exit the MBA early, you can still achieve a postgraduate qualification.

4 Subjects

Master of Business Administration

4-8 months

The subjects you’ll study

There are 8 core subjects you’ll undertake prior to moving on to your electives, allowing you to tailor your experience to suit your personal, career and business goals. You’ll conclude your MBA with Project, the capstone subject.

Core Subjects
Specialisation Subjects

Complete the 8 core subjects listed below. Additionally, you’re required to select 3 electives from the electives tab and complete the capstone Project.

Leadership (First Subject)

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

On completion of this subject 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 subject 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 subject 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 organisations
  • Conduct an analysis of the internal and external environment of the selected organisational 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 subject discusses the importance and strategic role of marketing in today’s globalised 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 subject participants should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an advanced understanding of contemporary marketing theory and practice.
  • Evaluate marketing concepts and organisational 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 subject 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 subject 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 subject prepares students for effective financial management in organisations. At a foundational level, the subject introduces how a manager can interpret financial statements, identify trends and utilise financial tools and techniques to improve decision making, alongside non-financial considerations including ethics.

On completion of this subject 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 subject will prepare students for the continuously evolving nature of work in uncertain times and the challenges and opportunities that this presents for organisations in meeting the strategic needs of a diverse workforce.

On completion of this subject 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 subject examines the development, concepts, and significance of the concepts and practice of Corporate Governance, and organisational governance within the context of organisational capacity building.

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

On completion of this subject 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 subject develops the critical skills, capabilities and knowledge required to successfully manage projects across all stages of the project life cycle, applicable to all industries: service, public, not-for-profit, private, and other sectors.

On completion of this subject participants should be able to:

  • Demonstrate advanced understanding of project management principles, frameworks, and critical awareness of contemporary approaches needed for managing and leading projects.
  • Critically evaluate, analyse, reflect on, and synthesise information to address complex project management issues in specific contexts.
  • Research, adapt and apply relevant principles and frameworks to develop innovative, ethical, and evidence-based solutions to improving the management of projects.
  • Clearly, concisely and credibly communicate project management knowledge to specialist and non-specialist audiences to inform practice.


This subject provides scholarly, practical and in-depth knowledge of contemporary entrepreneurial professional practice and entrepreneurial mindsets. By exploring the key life cycle stages of an entrepreneurial venture and the drivers of entrepreneurial culture, students are provided with insights into the process of entrepreneurship and into developing the resource base needed to pursue entrepreneurial initiatives. The subject draws on experiential and collaborative learning to build and strengthen entrepreneurial capabilities.

On completion of this subject participants should be able to:

  • Examine contemporary entrepreneurship theory and practice to create insights into potential entrepreneurial 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 external and internal environmental factors and contexts of an entrepreneurial venture to create and formulate well-informed decisions that will ensure the success of the venture.
  • Communicate entrepreneurship knowledge, skills and ideas to others clearly, persuasively and credibly.

New Product Design*

This subject takes the student through new product design from conception to launch of a new product or service. The subject aims to provide in-depth knowledge and application of traditional and innovative tools and frameworks used in a successful new product design process.

Pre-requisites: Marketing Management

On completion of this subject participants should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an 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.
  • Evaluate complex business concepts and issues to deliver an evidence-based rationale for new product design.
  • Communicate new product design knowledge, skills and ideas to others clearly, persuasively and credibly.

Business Consulting

The subject provides scholarly and practical in-depth knowledge of the business practices, processes and management for external consultants, owners of consulting firms and those with expertise considering consulting as a profession who are wanting to start, run or scale a business consulting enterprise.

On completion of this subject 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 capstone subject 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 subjects (all AQF level 8 subjects and at least 4 AQF level 9 subjects) must be completed before attempting the Project.

On completion of this subject 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 subjects have pre-requisites that must be successfully completed prior to commencing the subject.

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.


With the flexibility and convenience of 12 start dates every year you can start your MBA when it suits you.

Upcoming start dates

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 subjects, 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 12 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 subject (or about 20 hours per week) to complete their MBA, but this varies, depending on your personal level of experience and education.

Learn more: MBA Hours Per Week Study Calculator

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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.

MBA Entry Requirements

You don’t need a degree to qualify for an MBA- your experience counts!
Applicants must have ONE of the following:

Minimum 5 years experience

A minimum of five years of relevant work experience, which includes at least three of years management experience, or significant technical experience.

An Advanced Diploma

An Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree (AQF Level 6) or learning equivalent to an AQF Level 6 qualification and at least three years of relevant work experience.

A Bachelor’s degree

A Bachelor’s degree (AQF Level 7) and at least two years of relevant work experience.

Minimum GMAT score of 550

Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) with a minimum score of 550 and at least three years of relevant work experience.
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. 
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