Eligibility

The eligibility requirements and admission procedure for the USQ MBA and Masters programs at MDi Pakistan are as follows:

Applicants with a recognized Bachelor degree or postgraduate qualification and 2 or more years of professional work experience can apply for direct entry into the MBA or Masters degrees.

In addition to the technical criteria indicated above, all applicants are also qualitatively assessed locally in terms of their academic standing, standing and credibility of academic institutions previously attended, subjects taken, type of work experience and job position, profile of employer, language proficiency and overall aptitude for a program of this nature. Once an applicant has been assessed to be eligible, then MDi assists the applicant to put together a formal application for admission to USQ Australia.

All applications for admission are sent to USQ Australia and final confirmation of eligibility and approval of admission is granted only by the University of Southern Queensland admission council.

Candidates whose undergraduate study has been in a language other than English need to demonstrate English language proficiency with IELTS or TOEFL type certification.

If you are unsure about your eligibility for this program, please call the USQ MBA program at +92 51 8480200 or 8480201 or email usqmba@mdi.com.pk for assistance.

Application and Admission Process

-Initial registration and counseling by faculty/staff at MDi Pakistan
-Interview and eligibility confirmation
-Verification of English proficiency, academic standing
-Completion of USQ Australia application form
-Submission of testimonials by last date to MDi
-Payment of Application Processing Fee
-Completed application and MDi Pakistan assessment sent to USQ Australia
-USQ Australia issues Offer Letter
-Applicant accepts and signs Offer Letter and pays one-time admission fee
-Applicant receives USQ Student ID and UConnect sign-on details
-MDi issues first semester fee invoices and course details, semester schedule
-Student pays semester fees and receives study materials

Classes and Delivery

To accomodate working professionals with full-time work commitments, classes are held in the evening or on weekends. The typical class schedule and timings are as follows:

Weekday evenings 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm
Saturdays 10.30 am to 12.30 pm

On occasion, classes are extended or arranged on other days particularly during assignment submission periods. It is also usual for students to arrange group study sessions at the institute during agreed times.

In the average semester (there are 3 semesters per year in the USQ Australia system), the total class time per course is between 20-24 contact hours depending on the course and the specific needs of the group.

The USQ MBA program is renowned for its global reach, quality of content, and delivery methods designed for working professionals. The overall delivery method for USQ postgraduate programs at MDi Pakistan includes a combination of classes, self study with comprehensive materials, support from local tutors and web support with USQ’s own comprehensive learning management system called UConnect.

The delivery of the program can be summarized as follows:

-20-24 class contact hours per course
-access to UConnect online resources, ebooks, presentations, videos, course discussion boards
-access to USQ-approved local tutors as well as course leader in USQ Australia
-comprehensive online study modules and textbooks and materials for each course
-all grading of assignments/exams marked by faculty in Australia
-exams conducted at British Council
-assignments submitted online via UConnect directly to USQ course leader for assessment
-self study when attendance in class is not possible or practical due to job or location

Study Materials and UConnect

Study materials used by the USQ MBA and Masters programs at MDi Pakistan are the same as those used in the on-campus program. Each course, developed by faculty and course leaders at USQ Australia, has its own online study materials. These include a detailed guide with a week by week navigation through the syllabus and course material. The study materials refer to the recommended textbook(s) for the course as part of an integrated package of study. Students are also supplied with supplementary materials and references.

USQ Australia has a policy of using the very latest textbooks. Students can purchase these from the USQ Bookshop, from local bookshops or second-hand from other students. Subject-related textbooks are also available for reference in the MDi library.

UConnect is the university’s web based learning and online reference facility that is available free of charge to all students. It is an invaluable resource that provides access to a study desk, study materials, course discussion boards, and library facilities including reference databases, journals and e-books. It also allows students to have visibility about other students enrolled in the same course at other USQ partner locations around the world. UConnect provides an opportunity to interact with fellow students as well as USQ faculty.

Assignments and Exams

The assessment and grading of courses is based on a composite grade of assignments and final exams. All assignments are set by USQ Australia with a submission schedule that is known at the beginning of the semester.

Students prepare their assignments and submit these to the USQ Australia Course Leader via the assignment submission module in UConnect. USQ faculty then mark and grade the assignment directly.

Local tutors guide the students during classes on preparation of assignments but are not involved in final assessment.

To ensure maximum transparency, and in line with HEC requirements, all USQ MBA and Masters exams are conducted at British Council. O­n completion of the exams by students, the exam scripts are immediately dispatched by British Council to USQ Australia for marking and final grades.

Students can request for transfer of exam venue in case of travel locally or abroad during exam periods. USQ exam centers can be arranged at British Council or similar centers anywhere in the globe. We have already arranged exam centers for our students in Lahore, Karachi, Kabul, Riyadh, Jeddah, Abu Dhabi, Rome, Tokyo, Stockholm, etc.

Degree Award

The USQ MBA and Masters awarded to the graduates of this program at MDi Pakistan are exactly the same as the on-campus degree. In fact, one of the conditions by HEC Pakistan in granting recognition to the program has been that the degrees should be identical to the Australian on-campus version. The degrees are identical because the syllabus, study materials, assignments, exams and overall assessments are exactly the same.

In addition, graduates can receive the degree in Pakistan or visit any of the convocation centers on-campus in Australia, Singapore or Malaysia.

Local and International Recognition

The USQ MBA program at Management Development Institute – MDi Pakistan – has been formally validated and recognized by HEC Pakistan. The approval process required extensive submissions, inspections by an HEC committee and conformance to HEC’s quality requirements. The USQ MBA at MDi Pakistan is a serious program that does not promise any short-cuts and is externally examined with exams conducted by British Council.

The USQ Bachelor of Business, MBA and Masters programs at MDi Pakistan are now listed as approved programs on the HEC website here

The university also enjoys a solid reputation with local organizations and employers. A substantial number of our students from organizations such as Nortel Networks, Nokia Siemens, Mobilink, BHP Billiton etc. are sponsored by their employers. USQ MBAand Masters graduates now work in key positions in many sectors within the country – as senior business and technology managers in telecom companies, as CEOs of IT companies, as top managers within the development sector and public sector organizations.

In terms of international recognition, USQ Australia is an approved member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities. It is a federally funded and recognized university in Australia with a significant physical infrastructure across various campuses.

USQ Australia is the Winner of the Australian University of the Year 2000-2001 and Recipient of the World Best Award for Institutional Excellence from the UNESCO based International Council for Distance Education (ICDE). It is also the recipient of the 2004 Commonwealth of Learning Award of Excellence for Institutional Achievement at the third Pan-Commonwealth Forum on Open Learning in New Zealand.

Its qualifications are recognized globally by universities and many leading institutions and multinationals including organizations such as UNESCO and World Bank. USQ degrees are recognized throughout the European Union, including Germany and Austria, Switzerland, the US and more than 80 countries worldwide, including Commonwealth nations such as Canada and India.

Credit Transfers and Exemptions

The USQ MBA and Masters programs in Pakistan enjoy full credit transfers with the o­n-campus program at USQ Australia. You may complete a few courses at MDi Pakistan and the remaining at USQ Australia. For example, you may wish to do 6 courses here and 6 in Australia, or 8 here and 4 in Australia. The choice is yours.

Once you have gained admission into the USQ MBA or Masters program at MDi Pakistan, there is no need to re-apply for o­n-campus admission. All that is required is a transfer request and of course completion of visa formalities.

Please note that in case of transfers, the standard USQ Australia fee structure for international students will be applied.

The program has the great flexibility that you can in the case of say a transfer abroad continue the program without interruption at one of the international USQ locations or by switching seamlessly to a fully online or a fully distance education mode. USQ Australia maintains your student ID and enrollment as well as transcripts for immediate continuation from where you left off.

Exemptions can be applied for during the application. USQ grants exemptions if the candidate has successfully completed the requisite business courses previously at a credible and recognized institution and where the courses are similar in content and level. For example, an ACCA graduate or a CA can get up to 4 exemptions. A local MBA graduate from a recognized university can secure up to 6 exemptions (out of 12 courses).

Flexibility and Relocation

In terms of flexibility, which is vital for working professionals who may have to balance professional workload, study and personal commitments, the USQ MBA and Masters program at MDi Pakistan offers unmatched flexibility. This flexibility is a function of the way the program has been constructed using the following principles:

a) delivery method and attendance can vary but assessment standard does not change
b) great combination of self-study facility plus full classroom support
c) comprehensive study materials per course and online access to course resources
d) the same syllabus, materials, assignments, exams, degree regardless of location

This translates directly to giving busy working professionals specific flexibility as follows:

I am very occupied with work this semester.
You can defer a course to another semester, take only 1 course in a particular semester, or drop the semester completely (freezing the semester). You can extend the total program time to 6 years in order to complete the degree.

Medical leave or urgent work project during exams/assignments.
You can apply for exam deferment based on formal medical/employer request

I am traveling to another country during exams.
You can request for change of exam center to any location in the globe.

I want to transfer my credits to the on-campus program. 
Yes, this is a standard facility

I started a course but I can’t do this now because something urgent has come up.
You are allowed to drop a course after having started it by a certain drop date – which is about 2 weeks into the semester – without a financial or academic penalty.

Relocation

The program has the great flexibility that you can continue the program without interruption in the case of a transfer abroad or to another city in Pakistan.

You can do this anywhere in the world by simply maintaining your registration with MDi Pakistan. We continue to provide you with study materials and facilitation for the rest of your tenure. Your exams are arranged at the British Council or similar exam center in your city. You transmit your assignments as usual via the UConnect for assessment by USQ Australia.

We help you to stay in touch with the local tutors and send you class materials and presentations where appropriate. Your student ID and access to the USQ online learning system UConnect stays with you until you graduate.

Fees and Scholarships

The fee structure for the USQ MBA, Master of Project Management and Dual Masters program at MDi Pakistan has been especially designed in a way that is affordable and within reach for most working professionals in Pakistan.

The total cost of this MBA or Masters is of course higher than the average local MBA. This is after all an international program that awards exactly the same degree as the on-campus version. However, it offers significantly more value, differentiation and international recognition than a local degree at a fraction of the fee payable for the on-campus program in Australia.

The fee is paid on a per-course, per semester, pay-as-you-go basis. This allows students to spread the costs of the program over a number of semester payments. It is also possible to take only one course in a semester due to financial, workload or personal commitments. In this case, the fee payment is only for that one course.

The current investment in Australian Dollars for the various programs (including one-time admission fee) is as follows:

1-MBA Program – 12 courses A$ 16,960. This includes:

One-Time Local Admission Fee Rs. 75,000 (approx. A$1,000)
MDi Fee of A$7,800 @ A$650 per course
USQ fee of A$8,160 @ A$680 per course

2-Master of Project Management – 12 courses A$ 16,960. This includes:

One-Time Local Admission Fee Rs. 75,000 (approx. A$1,000)
MDi Fee of A$7,800 @ A$650 per course
USQ fee of A$8,160 @ A$680 per course

3-Dual Masters – 16 courses A$ 22,280. This includes:

One-Time Local Admission Fee Rs. 75,000 (approx. A$1,000)
MDi Fee of A$10,400 @ A$650 per course
USQ fee of A$10,880 @ A$680 per course

4-Master of Professional Accounting 16 courses A$ 22,280. This includes:

One-Time Local Admission Fee Rs. 75,000 (approx. A$1,000)
MDi Fee of A$10,400 @ A$650 per course
USQ fee of A$10,880 @ A$680 per course

5-Graduate Certificate – 4 courses A$ 6,320**. This includes:

One-Time Local Admission Fee Rs. 75,000 (approx. A$1,000)
MDi Fee of A$2,600 @ A$650 per course
USQ fee of A$2,720 @ A$680 per course

** For students who complete the Graduate Certificate program then complete the MBA or one of the Masters program, the total cost of the MBA or Masters program as in items 1-4 above is reduced by A$6,320 as the cost of the first 4 courses and admission fee has already been incurred.

Students are advised to cater for a nominal additional amount for books, local photocopies, stationery, and refundable library deposits. It is possible to acquire text books at reasonable local prices from previous or fellow students.

Students are provided with online access to USQ Australia study material for each course. All students get a UConnect login id/password at no extra cost for the tenure of their program at MDi.

Scholarships

For those applicants who have outstanding academic and professional qualifications but who may have financial constraints, the institute has a provision for scholarships and/or financial assistance.

Scholarship amounts range from A$1,200 to a maximum of A$2,400 spread over 2 years. Other forms of financial assistance include phased payment plans such as one-time admission fee being split across smaller payments. A number of our students are also partly or fully sponsored by their employers.

MDi also offers an institutional discount for working professionals. Please contact MDi for more details about this.

Student Profiles

General managers, IT managers, Business managers, HR professionals, Finance professionals, Advertising executives, Marketing and Product managers, Banking executives, Science and Research executives, Entrepreneurs, Telecom Professionals, Development Sector professionals, Armed Forces officers and New graduates..
from the following sectors

IT / Software Development, Oil and Gas, Construction and Property, Media and Advertising, Healthcare and Pharmaceuticals, Consumer Products, Science and Technology, UN Agencies, Local and International NGOs, Telecoms, Banking and Finance, Education, Defence, etc.

These students represent many well-known organizations in Pakistan including:

Premier Kufpec, OMV, BHP Billiton, Orient Petroleum Inc, Weatherford Oil, UNDP, CIDA, UNFAO, UNICEF, JICA, Save the Children, Pepsi International, Interflow, Serena Hotel, Elixir Technologies, DPS, Teradata, LMK Resources, Nokia-Siemens, Alcatel Pakistan, Oracle, HP Enterprise, Nortel Networks, ZTE Telecom, Zong, UFone, Mobilink, Warid, Telenor, Huawei Technologies, PTCL, REDTone, IBM Pakistan, EMAAR, ORASCOM Construction, NESCOM, Bank Alfalah, Samba Bank, SNL Financials, Pakistan Army, Pakistan Air Force, Fauji Fertilizer, NADRA, IQRA University, Ministry of Finance and others…

 

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