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Master of Business and Innovation Specialisation General (MBSI)

Study Mode
  • On-campus
  • Online

  • Semester 1 (February)
  • Semester 2 (July)
  • Semester 3 (November)

Number of Units
  • 12 units

  • 1.5 years or part-time equivalent

  • Springfield
  • Toowoomba

View USQ Handbook
Program Information Set

Future proof your career

Are you looking to make the next big move for your career? USQ’s Master of Business and Innovation (General) specialisation lets you pick four courses from either the Master of Business Administration, Master of Project Management or the Master of Business and Innovation to customise your degree to suit your future career path. You could alternatively select from a variety of courses approved by the Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts, or gain credit from those courses you’ve already completed.

As part of your degree, you will be able to choose a second specialisation that can compliment your career ambitions.

Research project

The third component of your studies will be a research project which will expand your knowledge in innovative business and entrepreneurship. The Research specialisation has a practical emphasis on innovative and creative approaches to current issues in the business environment. You can use your own experiences as a backdrop to your studies and develop a research project based on your current workplace.

This degree emphasises collaboration with other specialisations to prepare you for decision making in the future - ensuring you are well equipped for this era of innovation.

Courses to be studied Units
1 x general specialisation 4
plus 1 x second specialisation 4
plus 1 x research specialisation 4
Total 12



Choose four USQ postgraduate courses from the Master of Business Administration, Master of Project Management, Master of Business and Innovation or other courses as approved by the Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts.
four units from another Master of Business and Innovation specialisation
the Applied Research specialisation
the ​Advanced Research​ specialisation

Refer to the USQ Handbook for courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.

How much will it cost?

Approximate annual costs1 for your first year of study (8 units) in this program are:

Study Mode Cost
Domestic full fee paying AUD 22430

Loan to help you pay your fees

You may not have to pay your course (subject) fees upfront. FEE-HELP allows you to defer your fees until your income reaches a certain level.

You may also be eligible to receive financial support from Centrelink.

Scholarships and financial assistance

You may be able to apply for scholarships to help with your study costs.

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2018 and costs will vary depending on the actual courses selected during your study. Fees may also vary from year to year as they are reviewed annually.

Entry Requirements

  • A bachelors degree or equivalent in a business-related discipline

*USQ’s Graduate Certificate of Business provides a pathway into the Master of Business and Innovation for students who meet the work experience requirements but do not hold a Graduate Certificate at AQF level 8 or equivalent.

English Language Requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements. This program requires a minimum of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.

How to apply

Note: Semester 3 intake is only available via distance education.

Closing dates

Applying directly to USQ:

  • Semester 1, 2018 - applications close Monday 19 February, with semester 1 commencing on Monday 26 February 2018.
  • Semester 2, 2018 - applications close Monday 2 July, with semester 2 commencing on Monday 16 July.
  • Semester 3, 2018 - applications close Monday 5 November, with semester 3 commencing on Monday 19 November. 

If you are applying via QTAC, you will need to check the QTAC closing dates.

Credit for previous study or work experience

You may be eligible for credit if you have previously studied or have relevant work experience. This will help to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.