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Master of Management vs Master of Management (CEMS)

1 September 2021
Which postgraduate management degree is right for you?
Find out whether the 1 year Master of Management or 1.5 year Master of Management (CEMS) is the right degree to help you fast track your career in business.

Our postgraduate management degrees are designed for recent graduates and early career professionals who are looking to accelerate their career in business, but don't yet have enough work experience to undertake an MBA.

Studying the Master of Management or Master of Management (CEMS) will provide you with access to business projects with industry leaders, personalised career coaching and opportunities to network with decision-makers in a diverse set of industries.

Through real-world experience and practical learning, you will graduate with an understanding of all aspects of business so that you can launch your career with confidence.

Why choose the Master of Management?

In just one year, our Master of Management degree will provide you with a strong foundation in business and the fundamental skills needed for a career in management.

Who is the Master of Management for?

Ranked number 1 in Australia*, the Master of Management degree has been specifically designed for recent graduates and young professionals seeking a dynamic business career. Admission into this degree requires no prior work experience, and graduates from any area of study are encouraged to apply.

Take just one year to accelerate your career and reach your aspirations faster. The Master of Management is the shortest and most cost-effective degree of its kind in Australia.

Serene Tan

Serene Tan, current Master of Management student

"For me, this course is not just about achieving good grades. It has always been about using my knowledge to better myself personally and professionally.

The Master of Management is about setting yourself up for success in a real-life environment and pursuing your individual goals." 

*FT (2013-20), QS (2018-21), and The Economist (2017 and 2019).

Access to Industry

Gaining real-world experience is an important aspect of any business degree, and that’s why the Master of Management connects students with leading businesses to work on real projects and help solve real management problems.

You will get to work directly with our corporate partners including Deloitte, EY, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, and CISCO, and use the business skills developed throughout the course to participate in consulting projects.

Course Structure

The Master of Management program consists of nine units of study (60 credit points), including six core units of study, two elective units, and a business project.

The business project will provide you with the opportunity to put theory into practice and develop solutions to some of the most challenging contemporary business issues.


Why choose the Master of Management (CEMS)?

In just 1.5 years, the Master of Management (CEMS) will provide you with the business skills and global experience you will need to kick-start an international career in business and management.

Who is the Master of Mangement (CEMS) for?

If you have a business background, the Master of Management (CEMS) degree will open doors for you internationally.

This degree has been specifically designed so that you can complete the CEMS Master in International Management program as part of your degree. We are the only Australian university to offer this program, and the only business school in Australia to be admitted as a member of CEMS. Upon completion of this program, you will graduate with two qualifications:

  1. Master of Management (CEMS) from the University of Sydney
  2. CEMS Master in International Management from CEMS

Global Industry Experience

During your studies, you will spend at least one semester at a CEMS network University where you will experience different cultures while studying and gaining business knowledge and experience.

As part of the program, you will work closely with industry partners through skill seminars, career forums and capstone projects where you will interact directly with senior leaders and alumni. You will become part of a global pool of talent where leading multinational corporations eagerly seek CEMS graduates.

YinFeng (Benny) Shen, Master of Management (CEMS) alumni 

President of the University of Sydney CEMS Club. 

"The Master of Management (CEMS) appealed to me particularly around the encouragement of students becoming responsible citizens through their exposure to interdisciplinary challenges in an international context.

"Getting to work closely with many not-for-profit organisations and multi-national corporations through this degree, is allowing me to contribute my ideas and perspectives to real-life projects, listen to other people's perspectives and work with individuals from various cultural backgrounds."

Course Structure

The Master of Management (CEMS) program consists of twelve units of study (72 points), including a maximum of six CEMS exchange units of study completed at an international CEMS partner institution, and a CEMS business project.

As part of the program, you will also be required to learn a third language to an elementary level. 

Compare the programs

  Master of Management Master of Management (CEMS)  
Length of program

Duration full time: 1.15 years full time

Duration part time: 2 years part time (not available to international student visa holders)

Duration full time: 1.5 years full time

Duration part time: Not available part-time

 
Program start dates March (Semester 1) and July (Semester 2) March (Semester 1) and July (Semester 2)  
Cohort size 50 students 40 students  
Professional experience No prior work experience required. Recent graduates from all areas of study can apply. No prior work experience required. Recent graduates from a business background can apply.  
Study mode Intensive Intensive  
Dedicated Management Careers Service Yes Yes  
Internship Yes Yes  
Admission criteria

To be considered for admission, an applicant is required to have:

  • an Australian bachelor's degree or higher with a credit average (65 percent) or equivalent qualification or 
  • an Australian bachelor's degree or higher with less than a credit average (minimum 50 percent required), and satisfactory performance in the GMAT (for guidance, the class average score is 630) or equivalent Business School approved admissions test.

To be considered for admission, an applicant is required to have:

    an Australian bachelor's degree or higher with a credit average (65 percent) or equivalent qualification or 

    an Australian bachelor's degree or higher with less than a credit average (minimum 50 percent required), and satisfactory performance in the GMAT (for guidance, the class average score is 630) or equivalent Business School approved admissions test.

 
Language requirements No language requirements. Students must demonstrate a high level of proficiency in a minimum of two languages, one of which can be English.#  

# From 2023 Australian citizens will be exempt from the CEMS language requirements (they will be admitted based on English as a mother tongue). As part of the program, these students will be required to learn a second and third language to a beginner/elementary level. Please note that the CEMS language requirement is an exit requirement and must be completed prior to graduation.


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