Can I study part-time?
Yes, it is possible to study the MBAe over more than one year by reducing the number of subjects you take per session. We can help you make the right choice, with reference to your prior knowledge, the teaching schedule and the recommended study path.
What is the time commitment?
The MBAe is designed as a full-time study experience. For every hour in the classroom, you can estimate another three hours of self-guided study, group work and data collection. If studying full-time, this means you have to commit about 40 hours per week during the session. If you reduce your hours to a part-time load, this time commitment becomes less.
When are classes taught?
All classes are taught in the evening or on the weekend. This means you can study the MBAe while working. For instance, the Autumn 2020 timetable looks like this:
- Start-up Data, Marketing and Sales: 9 am − 5 pm, Sat 21 and Sun 22 March; and 9 am − 5 pm, Sat 4 and Sun 5 April
- Start-up Finance and Accounting: 6 pm − 9 pm, Thurs 19 March, Tues 24 March, Thurs 26 March, Tues 7 April, Thurs 16 April; 9 am − 5 pm, Sun 3 May; 1 pm − 5 pm, Sun 15 May
- Opportunity Commercialisation: 9 am − 5 pm, Sat 14 March, Sat 2 May, Sat 16 May, Sat 30 May, Sat 6 June; and 5 pm − 9 pm Fri 3 April
The full calendar can be downloaded here.
Timetables are subject to change. For full and up-to-date timetable information, see the UTS Timetable Planner.
What is the cost?
The MBAe costs about AUD 50,000 for domestic students. For full fee information, visit UTS tuition fees.
How many startups have launched after taking the MBAe?
Since the MBAe was launched in 2016, about 120 students have taken subjects or graduated from the program. While every student launches a startup or social venture by the end of the program, about 10 per cent are still working on that project a year later. Many graduates have moved on to other projects, joined another startup or taken roles in larger organisations.
Can I start with a Grad Cert?
Yes, there are three Graduate Certificates (Grad Certs) that you can start with if the full MBAe seems too big of a commitment. The Grad Certs also serve as a flexible exit option in case you want to reduce your study load.
Can you learn entrepreneurship?
Some say "No", but we say "Yes, of course!" Entrepreneurship, like any other professional field, can be learned through practice. The tools, methods and mindset of entrepreneurship can be studied, especially if taught in an experiential way. This is why every student in the MBAe works on a project from ideation to launch.
Who takes this course?
The MBAe attracts a very diverse cohort. The average age of students is about 32 years old with the youngest students in their 20s having just finished their undergraduate qualifications and the oldest in their 50s having many years of professional experience. This makes for a vibrant mix, valuable connections and inspiring conversations. Students have a wide range of backgrounds, including in engineering, IT, science, design, business, arts, journalism, and many more.
Can I work on my startup in this course?
Yes, the MBAe is specifically designed so that you can work on your own ideas. Over the course, you have many opportunities to also work on startup ideas of your fellow students or other startups and scale-ups that are associated with the degree.
I don't have a well-defined idea yet. Can I join the program anyway?
Yes, although you should at least have an area of interest or problem space to work with. Most subjects in the MBAe will require that you apply the learning to your own project.
What if my ideas change?
We understand that your ideas change as you progress through the program. This is a normal part of the entrepreneurial journey. Your ideas will transform as you learn more about the problem you are trying to solve and as you are understanding more about entrepreneurship.
Do I get funding from the university?
No, UTS will not fund your startup as part of the MBAe. However, as a UTS student and MBAe candidate, you have access to a range of support and awards or prizes. For example, you may win cash and in-kind awards as part of Venture Day at the end of your studies. Also, by signing up to UTS Startups, you have invaluable access to co-working spaces at UTS and many other benefits.
Can I find a co-founder at UTS?
You will meet many other like-minded people not only within the MBAe student and alumni body but also at UTS more widely and the entrepreneurial ecosystem in general. This may help you find a co-founder or other talented individuals who can help you advance your ideas.
How is this degree different to the other UTS MBAs?
With its focus on innovation and entrepreneurship, the MBAe is distinct from other MBAs at UTS and unique in Australia. Please see here for a comparison of the MBAe with our other MBAs.
How much professional experience do I need?
There is no professional experience required to join the MBAe if you have graduated from an undergraduate degree with a credit average. If you are not a university graduate or you haven't graduated from your degree with at least a credit average, we take into account your work experience. In general, some professional experience will help you better understand the course content.
I'm an international student? Can I join the MBAe program?
Yes, the MBAe is open to international candidates. About 10 per cent of students in the program are from countries including the USA, Canada, Germany, China, Indonesia, India, Netherlands, Sweden, the Philippines, Vietnam, and many more.
I am a mature-age student. Can I join the MBAe program?
Yes, the MBAe has been particularly popular with people who have more than 15 years' professional experience and who want to try out entrepreneurship or develop their innovation skillset to advance their career.