Master of Business Administration (MBA) - Flexible Learning (POM Campus)

Launched in 2009, it was intended that the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program would address the demand for professional development of senior level managers in both the public and private sectors of the Papua New Guinea (PNG) economy. Four years on, the number of graduates stands at 31 with the ratio of 19:12 in favour of the private sector. Nearly all of 31 graduates held senior management positions at the commencement of the MBA program and most of them got promoted to higher levels of responsibility upon graduation. There is clear evidence that the MBA program is fulfilling its purpose and intent, albeit gradually.

Papua New Guinea has a current, and on-going, demand for highly qualified professional managers to continue the country’s social and economic development. This requires in-depth and applicable knowledge, a professional attitude and ethical decision-making capability. Papua New Guinea's socio-economic development is faced with many challenges. Although economic growth is being boosted by the LNG oil and gas project, the realities associated with poor quality of general education and health-care facilities, infrastructure, and law and order challenges require knowledgeable managers who can lead, re-align and innovate. Modern theories and international best practices in accounting, economics, finance, business law, human resource management, marketing management, organisational behaviour, cross-cultural management, business analytics, strategic management and ethical leadership hold the key to professional transformation of the higher level workforce in PNG. The executive manager who is not computer literate and not quant literate is a liability to his/her organisation. The MBA program is designed to address such concerns.

The graduates of the DWU MBA program will be the change agents in transforming the workplace into a new generation of lead public administrators and private sector CEOs. They will lead by example to reorientate the workforce towards enhanced ethical values and in turn contribute towards the elimination of corrupt practices. The outcome will be enhanced productivity of employees.

This program is targeted at experienced (minimum of five years managerial experience) senior managers who would benefit from the study of management theory and international best practice with regard to the management of people, markets, and money. The DWU MBA program is gaining popularity among the senior to executive level managers. The program is offered in block mode with each unit taking 40 hours split over two weekends between Friday and Sunday. There are twelve units in total and students can take three units per semester and be able to complete the program in two years.

Program Code: MBA

Program Description

One of key defining features of the DWU MBA program is its core requirement of the study of ethical decision-making and professionalism. This focus on ethics will both be taught directly in the Ethical Leadership unit and be infused in each unit where the ethical dimensions of managerial decision-making will be considered when making marketing, financial, and human resource management decisions.

The main aim of the MBA program is to develop new breed managers for public and private sector organisations in Papua New Guinea who have the knowledge, skills and attitudes to work towards sustainable development of the country. Specifically the University aims to initiate and maintain the offering of high-quality and innovative postgraduate programs in business and public administration that will educate/train the next generation of leaders in Papua New Guinea. The expected outcomes of the MBA program are:

  • • The MBA program is recognised to be the premier MBA program in Papua New Guinea
  • • The graduates from the MBA program demonstrate ethical leadership underpinned by sound theoretical and socially responsible management best practice in the workplace in Papua New Guinea and elsewhere in the world where their careers may take them.

Credit points required

Achievement of 120 credit points

Duration of study

Two years

Study Mode and Location

Program offered fulltime at DWU Port Moresby Campus. Each year is divided into two semesters. A student is expected to take three units per semester. Each unit is delivered over two weekends. Students may commence the program at the start date of any unit except MB614 for which MB607 and MB610 are pre-requisites. A student who wishes to take more than three units per semester is advised to discuss their plan with the MBA coordinator and obtain approval of the Dean of the Faculty. All 12 units must be completed in order to qualify for the award of MBA. Exit points serve to facilitate an individual’s unavoidable circumstance.


This program is targeted to practising managers with at least five years of managerial experience. Direct entry to the MBA would require a good undergraduate degree (with grade-point average of 3.3 or higher) plus demonstrated maturity in managerial practice.

Pre-requisites to Register

In order to register applicants are required to comply with the following;
•    Completed Application Form
•    Two completed Referee’s Reports
•    Certified copy of Degree Certificate
•    Two passport size photographs
•    Application fee PGK200

(Deposit to Bank South Pacific Account No. 1001129000; attach original of deposit slip to the application form; retain a copy for  your records)

The application package needs to be submitted to the Assistant Registrar at the Divine Word University campus in Port Moresby.

Note : MB633 and MB634 Units required going from MBA to MPA
Program Unit Description


MB607 Accounting Foundations - Credit Points 10

This unit provides the students with the necessary skills to understand the nature and application of the basic accounting equation of A = L + OE. All accounting transactions must conform to this equation. Students are introduced to the concepts and rules governing the identification, measurement, recording and reporting of accounting events and transactions. In the context of sole trader, partnership and company structures are also examined. On completion of this unit, students should be able to analyse economic events and be able to prepare financial records and reports based on these events.


MB610 Management Accounting - Credit Points 10

The fundamental of any management accounting system in organization is to provide appropriate information for the costing of products and services:

  • • Support functions - planning, controlling, evaluation, continuous improvement, and decision making;
  • • Competitive support - focuses on the provision of both financial and non-financial services to the management team to enhance the firm’s competitiveness.


MB612 Information and Decision Analysis - Credit Points 10

This unit is an introduction to decision technology and its applications in the firm. The unit covers introductory quantitative skills, data analysis, and the development of computer modeling analyses for both strategic planning and tactical decision making. It also covers the efficient use of computing resources to enhance the effectiveness of management.


MB613 Marketing Management - Credit Points 10

Marketing is a business discipline which involves amongst other things an understanding of the choices of the ‘products’ and ‘markets’ within which the firm will operate. Consequently, marketing performs a critical function in the management of modern organisations and in shaping their strategic directions and ultimate profitability. In this sense, “marketing” means more than the popular traditional “managerial” concerns of advertising and personal selling. Furthermore, in recent years, there has developed a growing awareness of the importance of marketing in emerging “non-traditional” areas such as the service, public and non-profit sectors. The influence of new technology, particularly information technology and the internet is also a potentially important “driver of change” in marketing. These themes, and others, will be explored in this unit.


MB614 Financial Management - Credit Points 10

Pre-requisites: MB607, MB610

This unit introduces the fundamental concepts of finance theory and tools of financial decision making in the context of institutional environment. These concepts relate primarily to the time value of money, risk and return, capital budgeting and capital structure. The unit’s purpose is to develop an understanding of the basic practices of financial management from the perspective of a firm (both large and small). Students examine the investment, financing and dividend decisions of corporations.


MB615 Organisational Behaviour - Credit Points 10

The course will provide an overview of organizational behaviour theory, within the context of external and organizational forces that impact management. As well the course introduces you to the practical application of organizational theory in managing human resources. Through individual reading of the text, you will learn the theoretical basis of managing people in organizations; through in-class case analysis, experiential exercises and self-assessments, you will have the opportunity to identify and use the skills required to apply theoretical concepts. Key topics include individual factors, such as personality and perception; organizational processes, such as performance practices, communication, conflict and negotiation management; and contextual issues, such as organizational culture and change. Having the knowledge and skills how to design and change organizations is more critical today than it has been in the past.


MB617 Business Law - Credit Points 10

This unit offering will cover basic principles or requirements of PNG business law that those who hold or will hold leadership positions in management would need to have a working knowledge of. The offering is limited to those basic principles or requirements of business law that (if known) will guide a person who holds such a position to make decisions that will better manage law related risks in a business or public sector environment.

Basic principles or requirements of PNG business law to be covered will be in the areas of:
•    contract law
•    company law
•    trust arrangements
•    banking law
•    land related law
•    tax (including stamp duty)
•    statutory certifications and approval

This unit offering will also cover the basic anatomy of a commercial transaction. It will end with drawing attention to issues that one must be familiar with when transacting with the State and its agencies and instrumentalities.


MB618 Business Economics - Credit Points 10

The unit covers all of the major principles of economics but its focus throughout is firmly applying these economic principles to the real world of business.


MB619 Human Resource Management - Credit Points 10

This unit explores the issues and choices confronting organisations in regard to the management of people. A central focus is the relationship of human resource management, equity and workplace performance. The unit identifies and analyses a range of factors which influence attitudes toward the management of people and experience at work. It examines, amongst other things, recruitment and selection, performance management, training, equal opportunity and health and safety.


MB620 Cross- Cultural Management - Credit Points 10

In essence, the unit considers the issues and problems of managing in different cultures, in particular at the ‘people problems’ that invariably arise in international business relationships. Failure on the part of managers to appreciate and deal with the differences in attitudes, values and behaviour of those with whom they interact in international business transactions consistently has been shown to be a major source of difficulties. The unit involves marrying theories and concepts from the broad fields of ‘culture’ and ‘international business’ and applying them to problems typically confronted by managers involved in international business.


MB621 Strategic Management - Credit Points 10

This unit deals with the foundations of the firm's competitive strategy. It covers a range of strategic management issues including industry analysis, strategy based on internal capabilities, business-level competitive strategy and strategy implementation. In the 21st Century the traditional ways of measuring an organisation's value are continuing to change. Value used to be measured predominantly by revenue, profit, P/E multiples and assets. In the new century an organisation's value is increasingly (and in many cases solely) measured by the strength of its brand, the quality of relationships with suppliers, the quality of relationships with customers, its alliances (web and non-web) and, crucially, its marketing, business unit and corporate strategies.

There are few “universal solutions” in the field of strategic management. What we have are different perspectives and lenses which can help in analysing situations, forming judgments, developing sensitivities to issues, and in laying bets that may have above average chances of success. The unit is designed to expose the student to some of the competing perspectives on strategic management and to challenge the candidate to define and develop his/her own approach for dealing with complex problems in the context of high uncertainty, inadequate power and poor information.


MB639 Ethical Leadership - Credit Points 10

This unit explores ethics and philosophy of human acts as foundations of management thought and action. In today’s business many CEOs need to know what the signs are that an organization is getting it right and addressing the most important dimensions of managing ethics, creating ethical culture and an ethical organization. This unit is designed to assist students to think ethically. Making good business decisions requires a trained sensitivity to ethical issues and a practiced method for exploring the ethical aspects of a decision and weighing the considerations that should impact on the choice of a course of action in any organization. Having a method for ethical decision-making in any organization is absolutely essential in today’s business world. This unit will assist students to create a framework for ethical decision-making as a useful process for exploring ethical dilemmas and identifying ethical courses of action in PNG’s complex culturally diverse context. This unit will examine theories of what an ethical community, an ethical business, an ethical government or an ethical society should be. It will make inquiries into different levels of humans acting ethically as individuals, creating an ethical culture and organizations or governments and making the PNG  society as a whole ethically in the way it  does business


MN609 Applied Research and Evaluation Methods - Credit Points 10

Contact Hours: 36


This unit is intended to be taken by students who have successful completed the Master of Business Administration program and who seek articulation to the Master of Professional Accounting program at Divine Word University.
Organizational credibility, community trust, and fundraising are increasingly dependent upon demonstration of program effectiveness and success. This unit introduces research and evaluation methods in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Key components of Action Research, as participatory applied research will be covered and opportunities given to participants to investigate the various research methods and techniques required for workplace learning. Participants will examine models, quantitative metrics, and tools used to evaluate programs and policies; legal and ethical issues associated with research and evaluation methods; and the strengths, limitations, and threats to validity. Participants will critically evaluate sample research using these parameters and apply these principles through various case analysis related to the nature of their work. As a final outcome, participants will write a research proposal.


MN610 Applied Research Project - Credit Points 10

Contact Hours: 36

Pre-requisites: MN609

This unit provides participants with an opportunity to integrate learning from earlier units in the program, especially MN609, by engaging in and producing an applied research project. Participants will apply the techniques and principles of Action Research, which will require them to select an aspect of their organization and reflect on their workplace practices. They will then apply the research methodologies covered earlier to conduct their research, which will culminate in an actual project. The project may focus on governance, policy, or leadership and management in either the public or nonprofit sectors or take a cross-sector comparative perspective, so long as it is directly related to the nature of their work and will be of benefit in the future.

Master of Leadership in Business Administration (MLBA) - Flexible Learning (Madang Campus)

applyonlineIt is highly recognized that organisations of all types, forms and sizes, require leaders and leadership, rather than just managers or management. In today’s progressive and successful business organizations, quality leadership is a prerequisite, if they are to flourish in the 21st century. Responsible business administrators and managers assume the leadership roles of creating a meaningful vision for the organization and its people. Organizations require leadership at all levels and aspects of their operations.

The Master of Leadership in Business Administration (MLBA) program of Divine Word University develops leadership in business and management necessary for national growth and development and keeping at pace with the demands of global competitiveness. It trains graduates to become competent, socially responsible managers and business leaders for Papua New Guinea, the Pacific Region and beyond. Successful completion of the program will assist individuals with advancement into management positions.

The MLBA is a program for business and management leaders in the 21st century.  It addresses the needs and demands of organizations in Papua New Guinea for a greater quality of work and life that require managers to be good leaders who are honest and committed and able to create an organizational culture that enables and empowers people to bring out the best in them for the good of the society they live in. This postgraduate program recognizes the needs articulated in the National Plan for Education 2005 – 2014 and PNG Vision 2050. The program promotes the development of business leaders in Papua New Guinea through professional education and learning.

Program Code: MLBA

Program Description

The program intends to develop the leadership and management skills of managers in Papua New Guinea. It covers competencies needed by managers in managing business environment, strategic management, corporate financial management, marketing and human resource management, research; including leadership skills The need to produce more managers become more pressing as the country begins moving into further development that requires leadership, management and business administration skills.

Industry executives have raised the need to develop and promote managers in order to become more competitive.  The MLBA program aims to enable managers to enhance their ability in managing and leading organizations. Companies can use this program as an incentive to their employees and in promoting middle and top level managers in their organizations.

Credit Points Required

Achievement of 80 credit points

Duration of Study

Two Years

Study Mode and Location

Offered in flexible learning mode with each semester beginning with a residential component followed by studies in distance education mode.


Applicants are required to: Hold a bachelor degree in business, management or appropriate or related field from a recognized institution of higher learning and have at least three years’ related work experience or self-employment. Programs are offered at various times throughout the year.


Program Units

Semester 1

MB601 Business Environment
MB602 Strategic Management
MB608 Research Methods

Semester 2

MB603 Corporate Financial Management
MB604 Modern Marketing Strategy
MB640 Information Systems Management

Semester 3

MB605 Managing People in Organizations
MB606 Papua New Guinea Leadership in Business and Management
MB609 Research Project

Semester 4

MB641 Corporate Governance
MB642 Portfolio Management & Investments
MB643 Entrepreneurship and Small Business


Program Unit Descriptions


MB601 Business Environment - 10 Credit Points                                                    

This unit provides an integrative grasp and understanding of the dynamics of the Papua New Guinea business environment and the Pacific Region and analysis of contemporary and emerging global business issues. It uses multi-disciplinary and holistic approaches in learning relevant concepts.


MB602 Strategic Management - 10 Credit Points                                                    

This unit develops strategic management thinking and skills. It dwells on the interplay of strategy and planning as operational tools used in the process of managing corporate strategic plans and managing for change and innovation in organizations. It examines the role of manager as decision maker, as strategist, as leader, visionary and implementer.


MB608 Research Methods - 10 Credit Points                                                           

In the research methods unit students acquire the skills to undertake a research project. Different research paradigms and prospective and related data collection and analysis techniques are explored ad applied to case material. Students are required to develop a proposal to explore a research problem. Students identify specific research problems that of interest, conduct initial reviews of relevant literature, and select and design ways of conducting the study.


MB603 Corporate Financial Management -10 Credit Points                              

This unit provides an overview of the activities, functions and responsibility of financial managers and offers a forum to discuss current and emerging financial management issues. It also deals with the nature of managerial accounting, control systems and responsibility accounting as tools for management planning and control and the use of interdisciplinary approach in solving financial problems.


MB604 Modern Marketing Strategy - 10 Credit Points                                         

This unit provides theoretical framework and conceptual ability in making decisions in the business world and develops clear understanding and meaningful applications of modern analytical techniques in managing corporate marketing process. It is presented within a strategic marketing planning framework in which marketing theories and concepts focus on the practical need of developing and implementing effective marketing strategies.


MB640 Information Systems Management - 10 Credit Points                                         

In this unit, students are offered what today’s managers need; the professional development of skills and knowledge related to information systems. It is based on the acquisition of skills of how technology, social structure and organization together create the dynamics of information exchange. The unit prepares students for the application of knowledge and analytical abilities in the further development of their career.


MB605 Managing People in Organizations - 10 Credit Points                             

This unit develops an in-depth and advanced understanding of the nature of people at work and human problems of management. It studies the managerial and operative functions of the Human Resource Manager with emphasis on the effective use of human resources. It provides an analytical framework in understanding the dynamic interplay of people, structure and organization and the use of behavioural sciences in administering modern organizations.


MB606 PNG Leadership in Business and Management - 10 Credit Points            

In this unit, students are provided an opportunity for business people interested in leadership to engage in critical reflections and analysis of contemporary practices, issues and challenges which enforce upon Leadership in Business Administration within the Papua New Guinea context. The unit challenges students to recognize and articulate historical and current global and local forces which influence leadership styles in Papua New Guinea’s business environment and society. Good leadership is increasingly viewed as a critical component in the development of businesses, organizations and society. This unit provides the students with an insight to his/her own leadership capabilities and enables them to design leadership programs. It gives them an insight in leadership from different cultural perspectives.


MB609 Research Project - 10 Credit Points      

In the research project, students are guided to produce a report on the research problem they explored in unit MB 608. Special attention is given to the interpretation of findings and the presentation of the report. Crafting skills are developed for sections such as introduction, context, and literature review, design of the research study, results, discussion, recommendations, bibliography, and appendices.


MB641 Corporate Governance - 10 Credit Points      

In this unit, students deal with the system by which business corporations are directed and controlled. The Corporate Governance structures specifies the distribution of rights and responsibilities among different participants in the corporation, such as, the board, the managers, the shareholders and other stakeholders and spells out the rules and procedures for analyzing decisions on corporate affairs. The unit also provides the stimulus through which the company objectives are set and the means of attaining them and monitoring performance.


MB642 Portfolio Management & Investments - 10 Credit Points      

In this unit, students are provided with advanced knowledge on principles of investments and the application of portfolio theory to investment decisions and performance evaluation to cover both the fundamentals of investment theory and the practical implementation and analysis of modern portfolio strategies. It includes an analysis of the types and features of securities available for investment, including financial markets. The practical part of the unit includes practical simulation of portfolio, during which students will professionally handle different categories/types of assets, bearing in mind principles they have learned during the lectures.


MB643 Entrepreneurship and Small Business - 10 Credit Points      

In this unit, students are provided an understanding of the process of creating and growing a new venture and are introduced the entrepreneurial perspective and focuses on all the elements in the entrepreneurial process that are part of creating a new venture. It includes creating a new venture through allocating sources of capital in financing with emphasis on managing a new venture during early operations, growth and expansion.