Eligibility

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

Applicants with a recognized 3-4 year Bachelor degree or postgraduate qualification and 3 or more years of professional work experience with at least one years’ management or supervisory level experience

Applicants who do not meet the above requirements, for example those with substantial experience but only a BA/BSc/B.Com type qualification or those with a proper 3-4 year Bachelor degree but limited work experience, may apply for entry via the USQ Graduate Certificate of Business Administration pathway. This consists of 4 courses from the 12-course MBA.

Applicants are also required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements and this degree requires a minimum of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

In addition to the criteria indicated above, all applicants are also qualitatively assessed locally in terms of their academic standing, 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.

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
-Student pays semester fees and receives study materials

For assistance with the application process, please call MDi Pakistan at 051 8480200 | 8480201 or email usqmba@mdi.com.pk

Classes and Delivery

To accommodate 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 teaching period, 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 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 leaders in USQ Australia
-comprehensive online study modules and materials for each course
-all assignments and tests marked by faculty in Australia; there are no final exams
-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 program 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.

Assessment and Grades

The assessment and grading of courses is based on a composite grade of tests, coursework and assignments. There are no final exams. All tests and assignments are set by USQ Australia with a submission schedule that is known at the beginning of the teaching period.

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.

Degree Award

The USQ MBA 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, 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 and other degree programs at MDi Pakistan are 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 are sponsored by their employers. USQ MBA 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 program in Pakistan enjoys 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 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 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, 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 teaching period, or drop the teaching period completely (freezing). Y

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

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 teaching period – 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. 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 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 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.

The fee is paid on a per-course, pay-as-you-go basis. This allows students to spread the costs of the program over 2 years.

For those applicants who have outstanding academic and professional qualifications, MDi has a provision for scholarships and/or financial assistance.

For full fee and scholarships information, please call MDi Pakistan at 051 8480200 | 8480201 or email usqmba@mdi.com.pk

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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