The Online Master of Business Administration (Leadership and Innovation) is designed to position graduates as leaders able to integrate technological, strategic and professional skills to innovate, and transform organisations or develop their own entrepreneurial venture.

What You Will Study

The Online Master of Business Administration (Leadership and Innovation) is designed to position graduates as leaders able to integrate technological, strategic and professional skills to innovate, and transform organisations or develop their own entrepreneurial venture.

The Online MBA (Leadership and Innovation) has been designed to provide an understanding of leadership, particularly in an international context, entrepreneurship, project management, ethical, cultural and emotional intelligences, sustainability and strategy. Innovation, creativity and data analytics underpin and permeate the course, representing areas of knowledge where graduates will have substantial awareness and highly developed skills. They will have the opportunity and ability to engage with projects where they can experience, and reflect on, professional and leadership identity. To facilitate this, students will undertake applied research training and develop critical thinking and practice skills.

Students have the opportunity to study current trends and predict future trends in technology and leadership. Two capstone subjects will enable students to assure Graduate Attributes and synthesise all acquired skills and knowledge in an applied task. Some students will engage in their own entrepreneurial venture and others will engage in leadership case study projects.

Students have flexibility in elective choice to broaden studies. It is recognised that there is a set of common skills and knowledge for leaders but those entering established organisations may be more focused on identifying areas for improvement, and entrepreneurs more focused on creating or developing their ventures. The course currently has two electives to allow a focus on the area of interest, and it is anticipated that others will be added over the next two years.

Throughout the course, students are provided with opportunities to engage in different types of leadership and explore their relevance to different contexts, including government and not-for-profit organisations.

Online MBA Course Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the Online MBA, students will be able to:

    • integrate business knowledge, data analytics and diagnostic problem-solving skills in order to support leadership decision-making, creativity and innovation in continually changing organisational and entrepreneurial environments.
    • create inclusive team cultures required to coordinate and implement sustainable organisational strategies and manage change in professional and community contexts.
    • inform leadership decisions and strategies by drawing on cultural, interpersonal and intrapersonal theories in ways that promote sustainability, inclusivity and diversity.
    • apply a range of research skills and critical thinking to explore complex and unfamiliar problems to inform leadership actions.
    • devise a range of communication strategies to reach agreement about appropriate responses to complex and unfamiliar problems.
    • respond to ethical dilemmas in organisational contexts, drawing on ethical and leadership theories, practices and principles.
    • critically reflect upon and evaluate the professional practice of leaders in various contexts.
  • implement sustainable strategies for self-awareness leading to lifelong professional and personal development.

Course Duration

The Online Master of Business Administration (Leadership and Innovation) is a 2 year full time course (or equivalent part time). It is normally delivered over 4 study periods (2 study periods per year).

Each study period consists of 12 teaching weeks plus a mid study period break of 1 week plus 2 assessment weeks.

Full time students will normally enrol in 4 subjects per study period (8 subjects per year).

For each subject, please allocate 10 hours per week. This is made up of 3 contact hours, face to face on campus, plus 7 personal/private study hours per week, a total of 40 hours per week for full time study. Students undertaking blended learning mode will attend lectures/seminars on campus. They will submit assignments and complete some collaborative work online.

Total Course Hours
Contact Hours
Personal Study Hours

Course Structure

Level 500 Subjects

Year 1

Subject Code Subject Name Pre-Requisites
Level 500
Leadership and Innovation
Leading Contemporary Organisations
Leading Diversity and Inclusion
Data Analytics, Artificial Intelligence and Decision Making
Leading for Sustainability
Law and Ethics
Financial Strategies For Growth
Creative Thinking for Innovation and Strategy

Year 2

Subject Code Subject Name Pre-Requisites
Level 600
Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Digital Transformation Through Innovative Technologies
Capstone Project Part A
8 Level 500 Subjects
Elective Choice (see below)
International Environment and Strategy
Innovative Practices in Strategic Marketing
Capstone Project Part B
Elective Choice (see below)
Directed Studies in Contemporary Practice
MLI500, MLI501, MLI502, MLI503
Project Management
Business Intelligence and Data Visualisation


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Career Outcomes

    • Digital Transformation Manager


    • Strategy Manager


    • Implementation Consultant


    • Strategy Advisor


    • Advisory Consultant


    • Corporate Advisory


    • Chief Executive Officers


    • Planning and Operations Manager


  • Project Manager


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Course Entry Requirements

Online Master of Business Administration (Leadership and Innovation)​
Online Master of Business Administration (Leadership and Innovation)​
Minimum age criteria: all applicants
To be eligible for admission, the applicant must be at least 18 years of age on the course commencement date.
Applicants with higher education study: (bridging or enabling course)
Applicants must have:

  1. an Australian Bachelor’s degree (AQF level 7); or
  2. equivalent overseas qualification in any discipline
Applicants with Vocational Education and Training (VET) study:
Not Applicable
Applicants with work and life experience:
Not Applicable
Additional admission criteria for international students:

Refer Admissions Policy and Admissions Procedure

Applicants must meet the English Language requirements set out in AIAT’s Admission Procedure. Applicants meet the minimum requirement if they have:

    1. completed two years or longer of study in Australia; or 
    2. successful completion of an Australian Year 12 program; or 
    3. successful completion of an English language course approved by AIAT from a registered English Language Intensive Course for Overseas Students (ELICOS) provider. Such courses give students the minimum English Language Proficiency (ELP) standard as specified in the Admissions Procedure; or 
    4. achievement of the minimum requirements in an approved English language test no less than 24 months prior to commencement of studies at AIAT. The following approved English language tests and minimum standards are documented in Table B of the Admissions Procedure:

      1. IELTS (Academic) Overall 6.5 
        (min. sub-score of 6.0 each)
      2. TOEFL paper based test score of 550  
        (min. 4.5 TWE – Test of Written English)
      3. TOEFL – (iBT) 79 (min. 18 in writing)
      4. PTE 60 (no skill score < 45)
      5. CAE Level B2 176


Prospective students are required to submit acceptable evidence of their English language proficiency at the time of application to study with AIAT, such as an IELTS document showing their overall scores. 

In addition to meeting the requirements, in some cases applicants may be required to successfully complete an AIAT approved English language test. 

Students may be required to attend an interview conducted by the Director, Learning and Teaching (or delegated officer), designed to ascertain levels of ability to study at the appropriate level and to successfully complete the course. 

Special entry pathway: (exceptional circumstances)

Refer Admissions Policy and Admissions Procedure

Applicants may be eligible for special entry in exceptional circumstances in line with AIAT’s Admissions Policy. 

Special Entry 
Applicants whose study has been impacted by circumstances such as disability, illness or family disruption will be given special consideration for admission. Each application will be considered on its merit, based on the evidence supplied by the applicant attesting to the circumstances of the applicant. Applicants applying for special entry are required to meet the criteria of demonstrating their ability to study at the level required for the degree by satisfactory completion of one or more of the following: 

  • written or numerical tasks to assist with assessing eligibility for admission
  • interview with the applicant
  • written assignment which demonstrates their knowledge and abilities in the discipline area
  • statement from previous education institution 
  • other evidence as requested.

Applicants with Indigenous Australian background:

Refer Admissions Policy and Admissions Procedure 

Applicants are required to confirm their Aboriginality or Torres Strait Islander heritage at the time of application to be eligible for priority admission and access to Indigenous specific scholarships. Applicants who require support during the application process are encouraged to contact the Director, Learning and Teaching. 

Additional Note: Assessment of admission requirements is in accordance with AIAT’s Student Access and Equity Policy, Supporting Students with a Disability Procedure and Admissions Policy, Credit Transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning Policy and Procedure.