Commonwealth Executive Master of Business Administration

Overview

Commonwealth Executive Master of Business Administration (CEMBA) at UCCI Graduate Studies Department is a two-year programme in partnership with the Commonwealth of Learning (COL). CEMBA provides a comprehensive and in-depth look at challenging issues through core, elective and project courses in business administration and provides students with the option of exit points as the are earning a master’s degree. The programme offers an opportunity to learn at one’s own pace, place and time; self- instructional learning materials and both face-to-face and distance tutor support are also offered.

Modular and Flexible Scheduling

The CEMBA is offered as a full master’s degree. The programme provides comprehensive and in-depth coverage of challenging issues through core, elective and project courses in Business Administration. The programme is equivalent to two years of full-time study--i.e., four semesters or approximately 1,800 hours.

When it comes to personal development, being able to believe and invest in yourself is very essential. I really do believe that when we are able to venture out of our comfort zones is when we can truly begin to grow and reach new heights. The UCCI Master's programme and its professors have certainly pushed, guided and encouraged me to set and meet my goals. If you are interested in taking yourself to the next level, then UCCI's Master's programme is the right choice!

Chantell Ebanks,
CEMBA Student

Key Features

  • Gain an immersive business experience with intensive and challenging curriculum.
  • Opportunity to develop your expertise in corporate projects, marketing and consulting that interests you.
  • Develop your leadership and managerial ability.
  • The CEMBA equips you for employment in a number of business areas.

Entry Requirements

What qualifications do you need?

Welcome to you potential Graduate School Students. Please see a list of requirements for the programme below. Don’t worry if your qualifications are not listed here, we take a range of factors into account when assessing your application and are happy to consider other alternative combinations of qualifications and experience.

  • Gain an immersive business experience with intensive and challenging curriculum.
  • Opportunity to develop your expertise in corporate projects, marketing and consulting that interests you.
  • Develop your leadership and managerial ability
  • Learn from and engage with business administrative practitioners
  • Make a difference to an organization and develop your consultancy skills working on project briefs sources across a variety of industries and sectors.

Course Descriptions and Programme Structure

The CEMBA Programme is equivalent to two (2) years of full-time study (i.e., four (4) semesters or approximately 1,800 hours). Student hours include such learning activities as working through student material, preparing assignments, tutored activity and preparing for examination.  The CEMBA Programme is based on a credit accumulation system. All courses have a weighting of six (6) credits = 120 study hours. The programme is designed so that it may be completed in four (4) semesters, but students have a maximum of five years to complete the degree.

 

8 Core (Required) Courses:

This course is designed to enhance your knowledge and competencies in various aspects of the development and applications of management information systems. It provides a general overview of information systems and the frameworks required to plan and implement effective information systems which will be useful for management decisions and support. The course provides inputs on the enterprise concepts, strategic information systems, roles of information systems and strategies for e-commerce applications, the impact that the Internet and the World Wide Web have had on the world of modern business and the importance and relevance of strategic use of information systems in this environment. This course gives the learner a contemporary worldview of information systems and applications at all management levels.

This course is organised into 12 modules, addressing topics of management and organisational behaviour. The course begins with a micro focus, embarking from the individual level of analysis and then moving on to group behaviour in organisations. The modules that follow explore more macro issues at the organisational level of analysis, including decision making, communication, planning, structure, leadership, technology and globalisation, politics and power, culture and organisational change, conflict and negotiation.

This course addresses various aspects in managing human resources in an organisation. It begins by outlining the various approaches to human resource management and the evolution of the discipline to its present orientation. The course introduces a holistic approach to human resource management practices that include job analysis, recruitment and placement, training and development, compensation and lab our relations and employee security. The course ends with a discussion on the emerging issues in human resource management and the use of various approaches to organisational development.

This course examines the requirements for the operations function of an organisation and how that function can create customer value through effective processes in both product and service-based organisations. The emphasis is on strategic process inter-relationships and infrastructural requirements. The role of operations management in production and service organisations is recognised and a variety of models are formulated to improve a firm’s production processes and service delivery. The supply chain management process is developed to improve the competitive position of the entire supply chain.

Economics is the study of how individuals and societies choose to use scarce resources. It is a behavioural science of how people make choices. This course is organised into five modules addressing topics of economic issues faced in business environment. The course begins with an overview on the economic environment and the market mechanism. The modules that follow explore production theory, cost theory, market structure, aggregate demand and supply, and government macroeconomic policy. In module five, economy in an open environment will be covered.

Quantitative techniques provide the mathematical, statistical and operations-research foundations that enable informed decision making and management. This course will teach you to apply and interpret quantitative results and should equip you with the analytical skills you need to understand, formulate and solve business problems. You will develop a combination of theoretical and applied skills within a modelling approach, which is integrated with computer-based spreadsheet modelling. The aim is not to make you an expert in mathematics or statistics, but to show you how to use information to make decisions. However, you will need to invest time and effort, as this course is challenging. In the process of acquiring skills, you should also take time to reflect on, interrogate and critique the subject matter.

This course aims to give you a full understanding of key marketing topics, such as those related to the marketing mix and a detailed understanding of its various components, market segmentation, determinants of consumer behaviour and purchasing decisions, and the marketing organisation. It touches upon many significant topics necessary at the introductory stage including the marketing mix, the product life cycle, approaches to pricing, packaging, and distribution, the drivers of consumer decisions, and market research. The course will equip you with the fundamentals necessary for the pursuit of more advanced courses in marketing. What is particularly appealing is that it is very practical. Concepts are well supported by numerous examples.

The course is designed as an overview of financial accounting principles and processes, to provide an understanding of how financial transactions are captured, measured, and compiled into financial reporting statements. You will be introduced also to techniques commonly used to analyse and interpret the financial statements of an entity. Opportunities will be given throughout the course for you to select, calculate and manipulate transactional data, produce financial statements and conduct analysis. The ultimate object is for the student to be able to assess the financial performance and position of an entity from which to make informed executive management decisions.

2 (Required) Specialty Core Courses:

The Strategic Management Course is a multidisciplinary, integrative course that aims to provide an insight about the nature and scope of strategic decisions, which are the responsibility of the top management. The strategic management course engrains a general management perspective about the manner in which organisations set their direction. The course builds analytical skills for appraisal and analysis of the external and internal environment for strategic decisions. The central theme of the course is the articulation of corporate strategy which steers organisations amid external changes and is therefore also an agent of strategic change. The course provides an exhaustive knowledge base to appreciate the different perspectives on strategy, and the necessity to integrate analytical and behavioural skills for effective strategic implementation. It draws on concepts from different specialisations such as macroeconomics, industrial economics, micro economics, game theory, marketing, finance and accounting, behavioural theories, production and operations management, philosophy and ethical studies. It provides knowledge about different tools and techniques that a strategist uses for decision making. It sensitises the reader/ student about the role of ethics and social responsibility in strategic decision making. It aims to develop an attitude of a ‘general manager’ so as to appreciate the high level of integration and coordination required for effective strategic decision making that ensures sustainability of the organisation in highly turbulent environments. It also aims to develop an attitude of acceptance of ambiguity as strategic decisions have longer time frames.

To understand total quality, we must first understand quality. Customers will define quality very clearly using specifications, standards and other measures. People deal with quality issues continually in their daily lives. We concern ourselves with quality when shopping for groceries, eating in a restaurant, and making a major purchase such as an automobile, a home, a television or a personal computer. Perceived quality is a major factor by which people make comparisons of products or services in the marketplace. The coverage of this course is very broad and is designed for managers, as opposed to quality control professionals, or generally for those seeking knowledge in quality management.

3 (Selected) Elective Courses:

This course is designed to give you a contemporary worldview of electronic commerce (e-commerce) usage and its application to business. During the course you will explore the development and application of e-commerce to the business context, including consideration the infrastructure frameworks required to implement e-commerce applications.

This course provides you with a logical and systematic approach to acquiring the conceptual foundation of project management. It introduces you to the fundamental principles, concepts and theories that will help you to understand and analyse the various aspects of project management. This can be a mega project like the construction of an airport or a small project within your own department. In this course, mega projects are mentioned as case studies and are more easily available for your reference.

Managerial economics is the science of directing scarce resources to manage cost effectively. Wherever resources are scarce, a manager can make more effective decisions by applying the discipline of managerial economics. These may be decisions with regard to customers, suppliers, competitors, or the internal workings of the organisation. It does not matter whether the setting is a business, non-profit organisation, or home. In all of these settings, managers must make the best of scarce resources. Throughout this course learners are exposed to the tools of managerial economics in solving business problems using economics. This course emphasises both theories and applications that will help students to understand and analyse various aspects of project management.

The course, Policy Analysis and Implementation, is designed to expose learners to the theories, models and practices in contemporary policy making, analysis and implementation. The course also provides inputs on the role of legislature, the impact of international organisations and programme evaluation.

To successfully manage within the public service, we must first understand basic administrative principles that underpin the organisations we work within, as well as the larger context within which those organisations are situated. It is fashionable to claim that management is management, is management. But the reality is that the job of managing governments has a different purpose than managing in the private sector. The latter concerns itself with the bottom line: maximising profit. The former concerns itself with maximising the common good – which is a far more difficult concept to define. This course seeks to provide a basic understanding of the principles, context, tools and institutions of contemporary administrative systems.

From ancient times to present day, disasters have been a fact of life. No country is exempt from their effects. However, negative impacts can be reduced and lives saved by the application of key disaster management principles and strategies. This course offers a comprehensive and practical overview of these fundamental principles and strategies, from an international perspective, to introduce learners to the discipline and profession of disaster management.

This course provides a fundamental understanding of why it is essential for companies to ensure optimal corporate financial decisions are made, and how optimal strategies that create or protect value and reduce risk for their shareholders can be produced. It contends that sound financial decisions are made in terms of financing decisions and investment decisions. The course will explore the nature of sound financial decision-making strategies and management. The course covers a wide-range of topics such as ratio analysis, leasing, derivatives, risks, mergers and acquisitions, and international financial management. The key approach of this course will be based on a combination of theory and practice in each topic.

International Marketing is a graduate course that introduces the student to the complexities of international or global marketing. It is assumed that students have gained a fundamental understanding of the basic concepts and principles of marketing from a combination of previous marketing courses, workshops and from their own personal professional past experiences. It is further assumed that students are also conversant with the use of the Internet and the World Wide Web for research purposes, as the Internet should be accessed and navigated both during and following the formal module sessions in order to fully reap the benefits of this course.

2 Required Courses:

This course has been designed to give you an understanding of the process of business research and its components, such as research design, data collection, sampling, statistical analysis and report writing. It involves a systematic and replicable process that identifies and defines problems within specified boundaries. Students will employ well-designed methods to collect data and analyse the results in order to resolve a business-related problem or achieve an understanding of a particular trend or issue.

Students can take up this capstone research project course only after completing the eight core courses for their respective programme and completing the course on Research Methodology. The student may choose a project supervisor and will work closely with the supervisor for the entire project course. The objective of the research project is to teach the student how to apply multidisciplinary concepts, tools and techniques to solve organizational problems.