Master of Business Administration / Master of Human Resource Management

The University of Newcastle, GradSchool (Online)

Program Description

Master of Business Administration / Master of Human Resource Management

The University of Newcastle, GradSchool (Online)


Are you passionate about Human Resource Management (HRM) and Employment Relations and also want a strong foundation in business administration? To extend your business capabilities as well as obtain specialised Human Resource Management knowledge, the Master of Business Administration/Master of Human Resource Management is the program for you.

A combined Masters in Business Administration and Human Resource Management will equip graduates with advanced leadership skills, superior analytical reasoning and administrative expertise and also develop the knowledge and practical skills required to be an effective and professional manager of people. This is a program which will be equally valuable to general managers in all types of organisations with significant responsibilities for managing people, and to HRM practitioners, who want to be effective and respected strategic ‘business partners’.

This combined program will equip you for diverse real-world business situations, increasing your value as a professional, and providing a fast-track to leadership, increased salary, and career advancement.

Our advanced online learning system provides you with the flexibility and support to study anytime, anywhere and thereby balance work, life and study. You can achieve your Master of Business Administration/Master of Human Resource Management in a timeframe that suits you.

Is it for you?

Are you looking to advance your career or gain formal recognition for your wealth of experience? A combined Master’s Program in Human Resource Management and Business Administration will enhance your professional standing as a specialist and a generalist, with the added advantage of allowing you to complete the program in less time than it would take to complete these two degrees individually.

The MBA focuses on developing a higher level of understanding of the fundamental building blocks of organizational management; managerial decision making, marketing, organizational behavior, accounting and finance, and strategic management.

The Master of HRM program focuses on developing professional skills for people working as advisors to and advocates for, as well as managers of, people. In these roles, HRM and ER professionals must be able to put a strong and reasoned argument for a particular way forward, based on a deep understanding of relevant HRM and ER theory as well as a practical understanding of workplace problems and their context. The Problem-Based Learning (PBL) approach used in this program builds confidence and competence in effective management of people, and will prepare you well for a senior management/leadership role, specialist HR role, or consulting career.

This combined postgraduate qualification can be the key to your future career success, building significantly on your formal qualifications and advancing your career.

Career Pathways

A combined Master degree will enhance your career opportunities and progression potential. The Master of Business Administration (MBA) is an internationally recognised and prestigious qualification, which can significantly increase your professional value and employability. Combined with the Master of Human Resource Management (MHRM) - a qualification which develops advanced knowledge and practical skills in managing people - the professional outcomes from each program are enhanced. With your superior leadership capabilities, business management understanding and chosen human resource specialisation, you will be able to make an unusual and valuable contribution to many organisations.

With a combined Masters in Business Administration and Human Resource Management you can leverage your existing experience with enhanced skills to gain control of your future. Whether your goal is to boost your current career or change career paths, you will have the advanced skills and knowledge to achieve this.

This degree will prepare you to lead others in a position such as:

  • Site or General Manager with significant people management responsibilities
  • Human Resources Manager or Human Resources Director
  • Senior Consultant/Partner in a business/HR consulting firm
  • Policy Advisor to government.

Admission Requirements

There are two pathways into the Master of Business Administration/Master of Human Resource Management.

Direct entry into the Masters Program (160 units) will be available for applicants who have:

  • 3 year Bachelors Degree in the discipline; or
  • 3 year Bachelors Degree not in the discipline + 1 year relevant business experience; or
  • At least 7 years business experience, including 2 years in a management position.

Students entering via this pathway are able to complete 4 courses per trimester, and are able to complete courses in any sequence they wish, that is consistent with course prerequisites. Applicants with an Honours degree in the cognate area or equivalent relevant qualifications at level 8 or above will be given appropriate recognition of prior learning.

The alternate pathway is through the Graduate Certificate (40 units) which will be available for applicants who have:

  • 3 year Bachelors Degree not in the discipline; or
  • 3 year Diploma in the discipline; or
  • 3 year Diploma not in the discipline + 1 year relevant business experience; or
  • 2 year Diploma in the discipline + 2 years relevant business experience; or
  • 2 year Diploma not in the discipline + 3 years relevant business experience; or
  • At least 5 years business experience.

Students entering via this pathway will be required to:

  • Complete the Graduate Certificate over a minimum of two trimesters (typically 20 units per trimester); and
  • Successfully complete a Business Academic Skills Progra (BASP) which will be of 6 weeks duration. The BASP will be non-fee based and can be completed concurrently with courses in the Graduate Certificate.

Only after the successful completion of the Graduate Certificate and the academic skills program will students be eligible to formally enrol in the Masters Program.

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants who do not speak English as a first language must demonstrate that they meet the University's English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/about-uon/governance-and-leadership/policy-library/document?RecordNumber=D15/15438

This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated April 10, 2016
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