Executive Master of Arts

1 - 2 years full-time, Parkville — Domestic and International students. CRICOS code: 068099M

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Course Description


Develop the skills you need to tackle contemporary leadership challenges with the Executive Master of Arts (EMA). This world-first graduate degree draws together the practical skills needed for effective career development, and the creative and critical thinking strengths from the humanities. The EMA is developed in consultation with arts, government, corporate and community sectors.

The program focuses on project management, leadership, creative and critical thinking, people management, budgeting and financial management, as well as organisational theory and practice. You can diversify your skill base with subjects including international history, politics, HR practice, arts management and social entrepreneurship. Or internationalise yourself by studying a language from beginner to advanced level. During your studies, you'll have the opportunity to find a placement in a wide range of national and international government, cultural, corporate and not-for-profit organisations.

Leaders, Business & Culture in Florence (MGMT90234)

Part of the Executive Master of Arts (EMA) in the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences this overseas intensive investigates how successful cultural businesses are built. How do we understand the business of art and culture, and what is the role of leadership and entrepreneurialism in the cultural sector?

Florence has been famous as a centre of European culture, industry, trade and finance through the ages. The Florentine industrial district provides a model of development that we can draw on today to inform understandings of contemporary finance, marketing and customer service. Taught on location in Florence, this subject examines both the unique Florentine complex of cultural and commercial interests, and also other Australian and European approaches to the creation of business models in the arts and cultural sectors. Through case studies, site visits and industry comparisons, the subject explores how to build business models that can go from good to great.

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Who is it for?

For those striving to develop and hone their professional skills in management and leadership positions. The EMA is designed to draw on the expertise of academics, industry professionals and fellow students to give you a rewarding cohort-building experience. You can also tailor study to your individual career goals and interests, with a choice of subject specialisations, meaning you start to build you career from the moment you start studying. If you want to apply your skills and knowledge to real world situations, the EMA has an external internship placement or special project that you can be the leader in creating.

Where will it take me?

Career outcomes for the Executive Master of Arts are rich. As globally recognised qualification, you'll have a head start pursuing roles including:

  • Arts program director
  • Business analyst
  • Communications manager
  • Foreign affairs and trade officer
  • Management consultant
  • Public relations manager

Graduates have also gone on to work in global organisations including:

  • Amnesty International
  • ANZ Bank
  • Australia India Institute
  • Cubed Communications
  • Lonely Planet Publications
  • Marie Stopes International
  • National Australia Bank
  • Talent 2

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Application deadlines

  • 31 October 2019 for Semester 1 2020 intake
    Please note: later applications for some courses may be accepted through until 31 December 2019
  • 31 March 2020 for Semester 2, 2020 intake
    Please note: later applications for some courses may be accepted through until 31 May 2020
  • Scholarship deadlines 

In applying past the deadline, students should take into account student visa deadlines.

 International applicants can apply up to one year in advance of their studies. That is, if a student would like to commence in Semester 1, they can apply from Semester 1 of the previous year

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Please note: If you wish to be considered for a scholarship or bursary at the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences you must submit an application to a GSHSS degree by 31 Oct for Semester 1 and 31 March for Semester 2.

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