Four reasons to study an EMBA at RMIT

Thinking about doing an Executive MBA at RMIT? Take the next step and move up in your career with an industry-connected degree centred around design thinking, run by one of the largest business schools in the Asia Pacific.


RMIT University’s Graduate School of Business and Law recently received five-year EPAS re-accreditation for the Executive MBA, in recognition of the commitment to quality assurance and excellent program offered in a student-centred learning environment.

Professor Julie Cogin, Deputy Vice Chancellor of the College of Business and Law, says the EMBA program stands out because it has design thinking at its core, which is rare in the market. RMIT offers Australia’s most established human-centred design thinking and problem-solving methodology. 

“Our students come to us because we provide them with industry-relevant tools and techniques they can readily apply to their workplaces,” says Julie. 

"We’re very proud to offer such a distinctive program delivered by a world-class faculty, and hope it will positively influence the business leaders of the future."

Studying an EMBA expands your career options and gives you the tools to take the next step. Here are four good reasons to study an Executive MBA at RMIT.

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#1: Advance your career

Our EMBA is tailored for ambitious executives with ample work and managerial experience looking to increase their salaries or change roles, industries or locations. Alumni Katie Rooke says she was looking to further her education and gain a competitive edge in her career - with an ambition to start her own business and work for herself - when she chose to study an EMBA at RMIT. 

“The EMBA gave me a more encompassing understanding of the world that might open up down the track,” Katie says. 

“The focus on innovation at RMIT really made the program unique – it’s quite different to what other universities focus on.”

In a survey of RMIT 2017 EMBA graduates, 92% of respondents believed that they achieved an acceptable return on investment after completing the EMBA (after considering cost and career progression). At least 50% of graduates began earning annual salaries above $150,000 on completion of the EMBA, and the top three improved skills were communication, leadership and problem analysis, and decision-making.

The return on investment for studying RMIT’s postgraduate business programs is more than financial though, with an postgraduate cohort making for a valuable professional network. The EMBA program brings together students from a wide range of nationalities and backgrounds, offering ample opportunities for cohorts to engage in networking opportunities with industry experts, employers, alumni and academics.

#2: Receive a world-class qualification

The RMIT EMBA has a five-year EPAS accreditation from EFMD Global, the leading international network for management development. RMIT is the only Australian university with a five-year accreditation, and one of only four universities globally.

EFMD recognised that the driving force behind RMIT’s EMBA program is the “innovative spirit and clear vision of how to continue enhancing the distinctive program, combined with the engagement of faculty and staff.” 

For Frank Kennedy, Deputy PVC of Strategy & Innovation at RMIT’s College of Business and Law, RMIT’s postgraduate business programs give students the tools to design their own future.

“RMIT prepares students to become exceptional contributors, entrepreneurs and executives, and we want to be renowned as the go-to destination for shaping socially-conscious individuals,” Frank says.

Postgraduate students in the classroom At RMIT, students have engagement opportunities with some of the largest local and global organisations.

#3: Engage with the biggest names in the industry

Industry connections are built into all of RMIT’s programs. In particular, EMBA students and alumni benefit from a professional development series with industry that gives them the opportunity to strengthen networks and engage with prominent industry leaders.

At RMIT, students have engagement opportunities with some of the largest organisations in Australia and the world. They can learn directly from experts in the field, with opportunities available from RMIT partners like KPMG, Deloitte, APEC, Australia Post, MediBank, CapGemini and PwC.

Frank Kennedy has seen first-hand the difference these partnerships make to both industries and students. 

“We engage with industry to get the best opportunities for students to join a business, whether it’s for an internship, a semester or an exchange,” says Frank.

“We find the right companies who are willing to provide the experience, coaching and mentoring that students need. Part of RMIT’s DNA is social responsibility, innovation and impact. RMIT stands for business capability and that’s our strong proposition to industry.”

#4: Experience online enabled study and weekend delivery

RMIT offers increased flexibility to our EMBA students on how they learn, with online study options available for the modern learner. The EMBA program is designed for busy executives seeking a challenge to learn without disrupting their career or their personal life, and the majority of subjects are delivered in block study and intensives.  

EMBA students receive one-on-one tutorials with an academic from the EMBA team for the duration of their studies, with whom they can meet online frequently to discuss their motivations, studies and career.

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