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Commonwealth Executive Master of Business Administration (CeMBA)

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Developed as a collaborative programme by the Commonwealth of Learning (COL), Vancouver, and a consortium of four participating universities in Asia, the Commonwealth Executive MBA programme is designed to help professionals working as managers and supervisors in Malaysian organisations, to get an in-depth grasp of management principles and develop skills and capabilities required to function as effective executives in the highly competitive global business environment.

The presentation of course content in the Open Distance Learning (ODL) ensures that the learners do not have to dislocate from their workplace. The contemporary and highly relevant programme content is supported by highly interactive and well-designed learning support system, including face to face tutorials, online and telephonic tutoring, threaded discussions and possible interaction with industry leaders.

  • Fully accredited by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA)
  • Recognised by the Public Service Department (JPA)

Global Presence

In 12 Countries In the Commonwealth

Recognition & Credibility

The Commonwealth of Learning In Canada Provides Learning Resources & Support Employee Retention Consultant

Top-Quality Curriculum

The Courses Were Developed By Subject Matter Experts from Universities In Australia, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, India & Canada


Join Over 18,000 Graduates Globally & Seize International Networking Opportunities

“The expert in anything was once a beginner.”
Helen Hayes

Top Core Courses

Fundamentals that will build you up to stay relevant and excellent today, tomorrow and beyond.

Management in Organisation

Provides the fundamental business knowledge for those who do not have the necessary background.

Economic Environment of Business

Provides for an understanding of the business environment in a globally challenging environment.

Strategic Management

Provides the required training for managers to critical thinkers and strategic-minded.

Quality Management

Trains managers to be quality conscious.

Business for Sustainable Development

Course designed in tandem with the sustainable efforts of businesses and the nation.

Learning Path

Students will discover the basics of management relevant for the contemporary business environment.

Students will learn critical thinking, problem-solving and research skills through systematic research.

The Master’s degree will qualify you for middle and senior executive positions in national and international organisations. You can go up the ladder in your own organisation or take up challenging assignments elsewhere, in both industrial and service sectors.


No.Course CodeCourse TitleCredit Hours
1.BIS541/03Managing Information Systems   (APEL.C)3
2.BMG501/03Management in Organisations   (APEL.C)3
3.BMG511/03Managing Human Resources   (APEL.C)3
4.BLC571/03Operations Management   (APEL.C)3
5.BBM501/03Economic Environment of Business3
6.BBM511/03Quantitative Techniques3
7.BMK501/03Marketing Management   (APEL.C)3
8.BAC501/03Accounting and Finance   (APEL.C)3
9.BMG521/03Strategic Management   (APEL.C)3
10.BBM521/03Research Methods3
Subtotal Credit Hours 30
ELECTIVE COURSES (Choose 2 out of 9 courses)
1.BIS551/03Electronic Commerce3
2.BMK511/03International Marketing a    3
3.BMG531/03Quality Management   (APEL.C)3
4.BMG542/03Business Law3
5.BMG543/03Corporate Governance and Ethics  (APEL.C)3
6.BMG544/03Business for Sustainable Development (new)3
Subtotal Credit Hours 6
1.BBM601/06Project Course b6
Subtotal Credit Hours6
Total Credit Hours42


Advisory Prerequisites:

No.Course Code & TitleAdvisory Prerequisite
a.BMK511/03 International MarketingBMK501/03 Marketing Management
b.BBM601/06 Project CoursePassed  7 Core Courses and enrolment into BBM521/03 Research Methods

APEL.C Courses

The maximum credit transfer through APEL.C is 30% of the total graduating credits for a specific programme of study.

For courses that you intend to apply for APEL.C but are not listed above, please contact Ms. Nor Asma Warnee Binti Habib at norasmahb@wou.edu.my.

Kindly contact your nearest Regional Centre if you need further clarification.

(1) Regular Entry

  • Bachelor’s Degree with CGPA of at least 2.5; OR
  • Bachelor’s Degree with CGPA of less than 2.5 with a minimum of 5 years working experience in the relevant field; OR
  • Any other equivalent qualification recognised by the Malaysian Government and approved by the Senate of the University

(2) Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)

Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) provides an opportunity for individuals with working experience but lack of formal academic qualifications to pursue their tertiary studies.  APEL involves the identification, documentation and assessment of prior experiential learning to determine the extent to which an individual has achieved the desired learning outcomes, for access to a programme of study.

Applicants should comply with the following admission criteria stipulated by the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) and Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA):

  • The candidate should be at least 30 years of age in the year of application and possess at least STPM / Diploma / equivalent (e.g. foundation) with relevant work experience.


Fee Schedule 





Number of Courses


Number of Credits


Tuition Fees






10,310 -14,050

Bachelor Degree

26 - 39

120 -126

24,390 - 43,850


Postgraduate Diploma



7,500 - 9,888

Master Degree

8 -13

41 - 46

17,400 - 30,890

Doctor of Business Administration(DBA)



41,600 - 47,350

PhD in Philosophy (PhD Phil)(Research)

By research

By research

23,535 - 25,200


  • A one-off payment Processing and Administration fee (P&A) is chargeable for new students and varies according to programme.
  • Registration, Resource and Services (RR&S) fee is chargeable every semester and varies according to programme.
  • All tuition fees are merely indicative and fees are subject to change without notice.

Looking at the specific features of the executive MBA programme, and the expected student profile, the programme delivery incorporates several features of  online students support in addition to the face to face support. The following are the components of the programme delivery :

Face-to-face Tutor support: Tutors will engage 5 tutorial sessions per course, to provide face-to-face tutorials to the learners, along with e-mail based support in response to student queries. Not more than 25 students are proposed to be assigned to each tutor for a given course. The online tutorial support will be provided on the basis of a pre-announced schedule and students are expected to participate actively in the sessions.  A total of 5 tutorial sessions per semester are planned for each course. Tutors will lead discussions at tutorials and provide clarifications on issues related to the course, mark your assignments, provide feedback and advise you as well as monitor your progress. Tutors will also conduct case study discussions as part of the tutorials.

The online chat session can be conducted either with or without audio and video presentation. Discussions and messages on class projects and case studies can be posted for the entire class or for a specific group of students. There is also the chat log feature containing details of the chat sessions which the learners can view anytime. Tutors and the course coordinators will also conduct online threaded discussions on topical themes for each course.

Video conferencing support: The video conferencing facility is available for conducting tutorials occasionally. It may also be utilised for conducting Viva Voce for student research projects under the programme. For the benefit of the students, public lectures by eminent academicians and industry experts may be organized through video conferencing.

Discussion room for Learner interaction as part of the WawasanLearn features: This is an interactive environment in which the students can have discussions and post questions among themselves, organise case discussions, experience sharing and other peer interaction. Students are encouraged to form learning communities to enhance their learning through sharing other’s experiences as well as learning about diverse applications of management concepts in different organisations

Residential School cum Project Workshop (RSPW):  A Residential School cum Project Workshop, spread over a weekend, will be organised once in each semester to provide intensive interaction with industry experts to enhance their knowledge and assist in completing their project work. In addition, the Residential School will provide a platform for learners to share experiences and establish useful networks.

Digital Library Access: Registered learners, upon authentication, will have access to electronic library catalogues, databases, e-books, e-journals and other virtual reference resources.

Handy Guide to Management Gurus: Through a collaboration between BBC and COL, Charles Handy, the noted management professor from the London Business School and now an independent writer, was commissioned to prepare “The Handy Guide to The Gurus of Management” as a kind of “essential introduction” to a programme of this type. The Guide is a radio series, a total of 12 programmes lasting 15 minutes each, first broadcast in the BBC World Learning strand of educational programmes, during the last three months of 2001.  The students can now hear this series – which looks at the work of twelve management gurus including Peter Drucker, Tom Peters, Sumantra Ghoshal, Kenichi Ohmae and Bill Gates – online on the BBC World Service Learning English website http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/work.

All of the University’s courses are classified into three categories, i.e., lower level, middle level or higher level. Lower-level courses are basic, introductory or foundation courses designed for freshmen. Middle-level courses may require some knowledge of previous study or a certain amount of intellectual maturity. Higher level courses are specialised courses usually designed for those majoring in a particular discipline. The level of a course is indicated by the first digit of the course code, i.e., lower level courses are indicated by the code 1XX/XX, middle level courses by 2XX/XX and higher level courses by 3XX/XX or 4XX/XX. The 2 digits after the slash indicate the credit value of the course. i.e., WLA101/03 is a lower level course of 3 credits while BBM203/05 is a middle level course of 5 credits and TEC305/10 is a higher level course of 10 credits.

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