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.