The Master of Co-operative Management and Organisation at the University of Newcastle has been designed to offer extended education to co-operatives professionals enhancing career opportunities in this field.
The program will teach you fundamental management skills and knowledge from traditional disciplines as well as how such skill and knowledge can be adapted to suit co-operative, mutual, club and registered association business models. You will graduate from this program with a comprehensive understanding of the history and roles of co-operative type organisations and sector specific management issues.
Is it for you?
Are you looking for a unique and targeted business education that will expand your professional expertise and career prospects? The Master of Co-operative Management and Organisation give you a comprehensive understanding of management within the context of a co-operative business model.
This program will provide fundamental skills allowing you to manage profits to benefit members of co-operatives, mutual societies, clubs and registered associations. You will gain a vital understand of both profit and non-for-profit organisations and develop the necessary skillset to manage and lead in both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors.
You will graduate with the ability to critically analyse various co-operative constructs and their applicability in a rapidly evolving, global economy. The program incorporates practical components designed to provide you with the skills, information and capabilities to be a visionary leader within the co-operative movement.
Graduates will be equipped to work at an advanced level in cooperatives, credit unions, mutual societies, clubs and registered associations. You will be differentiated by your ability to critically analyse and implement a co-operative framework and have deep knowledge of the altruistic principles, social innovation and social entrepreneurship skills that are paramount within co-operatives.
The theoretical knowledge and practical experience you acquire through the Master Co-operative Management and Organisation will equip you for diverse real-word situations. This knowledge will increase your value in the workplace and help you to fast-track your career.
There are two pathways into the Master of Co-operatives Management and Organisation.
Direct entry into the Masters program (120 units) will be available for applicants who have:
- 3 year Bachelor Degree in a related field such as economics, business, accounting, finance, human resource management, marketing, management; or
- 3 year Bachelor Degree not in a related field + 1 year relevant economics or business experience; or
- At least 7 years of appropriate business experience.
Students entering via the Master’s pathway are able to complete 4 courses per trimester, and are able to complete courses in any sequence they wish, as long as it is consistent with assumed knowledge requirements and course requisites. Applicants with an Honours degree in the discipline area or equivalent qualification with at least an AQF Level 8 or above will be given appropriate recognition of prior learning before enrolling in the Master of Co-operatives Management and Organisation degree program.
The alternate pathway is through the Graduate Certificate (40 units) for applicants who have:
- 3 year Bachelor’s Degree not in a related field; or
- 3 year Diploma in a related field such as economics, business, accounting, finance, human resource management, marketing, management; or
- 3 year Diploma not in a related field + 1 year relevant economics or business experience; or
- 2 year Diploma in a related field as above + 2 years relevant economics or business experience; or
- 2 year Diploma not in a related field + 3 years relevant economics or business experience; or
- At least 5 years appropriate business experience.
Students entering via the Graduate Certificate pathway will be required to:
- Complete the Graduate Certificate in Co-operatives Management and Organisation over a minimum of two trimesters (typically 20 units per trimester); and
- Successfully complete a “Business Academic Skills Program” (BASP) which will be of 6 weeks duration. The BASP will be non-fee based and can be completed concurrently with courses in the Graduate Certificate.
The relevant co-operatives or business experience (RPL) will be assessed through the Faculty’s approved process. See the Professional Credit tab at the top of the page for more details.
Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements
Applicants who do not speak English as a first language must demonstrate that they meet the University's English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/about-uon/governance-and-leadership/policy-library/document?RecordNumber=D15/15438
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Last updated September 28, 2017