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Become a more effective decision maker

MicroMasters® Program in
Evidence-Based Management

What you will learn

  • Evaluate and reflect on evidence to inform decision making.
  • Explore opportunities and novel solutions to challenges.
  • Work effectively with others to resolve challenges.
  • Adapt to complex and uncertain situations.
  • Engage, inform and influence stakeholders.
  • Incorporate the influence of a changing global environment.
  • Demonstrate ethical behaviour and make principled decisions.

Bias and error often contaminate perceptions and judgments, which guide and inform action and decision-making. Evidence-based management (EBM) involves the conscientious, explicit, and judicious use of research evidence to inform decision-making.

The Evidence-Based Management MicroMasters program will equip learners with a solid foundation of, knowledge and skills in evidence-based decision making, and provide applications to use this critical thinking in the areas of management, marketing, international business, technology and project management.

This MicroMasters program is for those who want to enter a range of analyst roles and will also provide a pathway into a broad range of general and specialized coursework in Master’s programs in business and management offered by ANU.

Expert instruction
8 graduate-level courses
1 year
392 - 504 hours of effort
For the full program experience

Courses in this program

  1. ANUx's Evidence-Based Management MicroMasters® Program

  2. 8–10 hours per week, for 12 weeks
    Learn how to make better managerial decisions through the judicious and strategic use of the best available evidence.
  3. 8–10 hours per week, for 6 weeks
    Learn how to achieve effective communication by evaluating evidence to identify and support the best communications strategies for your business.
  4. 8–10 hours per week, for 6 weeks
    Position your organization for success by learning how to evaluate research and evidence to identify and support key marketing strategies.
  5. 8–10 hours per week, for 6 weeks
    Become a better manager by critically evaluating key management theories and concepts that form the foundation of modern management thinking.
  6. 8–10 hours per week, for 6 weeks
    Identify and evaluate the best international business strategies using evidence-based management.
  7. 8–10 hours per week, for 6 weeks
    Recognize the value of your data and leverage information assets to achieve business objectives using evidence-based practices.
  8. 8–10 hours per week, for 6 weeks
    Learn which project management strategies, tools and techniques are most effective by analyzing evidence-based research.
  9. Started Apr 7, 2018
    4–12 hours per week, for 2 weeks
    This MOOC summarizes and assesses the learnings from the Evidence-Based Management MicroMasters program.
  10. p>What is a MicroMasters Program?
    MicroMasters programs are a series of graduate level courses from top universities designed to advance your career. MicroMasters program certificates showcase deep learning and in-demand skills to employers and can help you get started on a path toward completing an advanced degree.

    How to Earn a MicroMasters Program Certificate
    To earn the program certificate, learners must complete and successfully earn a verified certificate in all seven MicroMasters program courses.

    From Program Certificate to a Master’s Degree
    MicroMasters programs are designed to offer learners a pathway to an advanced degree and can count as credit toward completing a Master’s degree program. Learners who successfully earn this MicroMasters program certificate may apply for admission to a Master’s program, and if accepted, the MicroMasters program certificate will count towards the degree.

    Learners who successfully complete the ANUx Evidence-Based Management MicroMasters program with a score of at least 70% in the final capstone exam will receive advance standing for the following on campus ANU programs:

    • Master of Management
    • Master of International Management
    • Master of Marketing Management
    • Master of Leadership
    • Master of Entrepreneurship & Innovation
    • Master of Project Management
    • Master of Business Information Systems

    Students achieving a mark of 70% in the capstone exam will also be considered for entry to the ANU MBA if they also meet the experience requirement (5 years work experience including 3 years of documented management experience).

    Students who are accepted into these programs will receive 24 units of credit (25% of the on campus program). This is equivalent to four courses.

    • Exciting career opportunities as a consultant, business analyst, intelligence and policy analyst, management and organizational analyst, and more!
    • By November 2019, the number of job openings for each of these positions is expected to average between 10,001 and 50,000 in Australia alone. (source:
    • Median salary for careers in this field range from $80,000 – 95,000 per year. (source:

Meet your instructors

from Australian National University (ANUx)
Byron Keating
Australian National University
Patrick L'Espoir Decosta
Australian National University
Shari Read
Senior Lecturer in Management
Australian National University
Sigfried Goode
Associate Professor in Information Systems
Australian National University
Ying-Yi Chih
Senior Lecturer in Project Management
Australian National University
Alessandra Capezio
Senior Lecturer in Organizational Behavior
Australian National University
Andrew Hughes
Lecturer in Marketing
Australian National University
Karen Jansen
Associate Professor in Management
Australian National University
Andrew Bradly
Senior Lecturer in International Business
Australian National University

Experts from ANUx committed to teaching online learning

Program endorsements

We live in the age of big data… being able to identify, synthesize, and evaluate different sources of evidence is a critical skill for modern managers.

Judy Anderson, Government Transformation and Innovation Lead, IBM Australia

This is a very exciting initiative. Evidence-based management is the key to unlocking better organizational outcomes. The ANUx MicroMasters in Evidence-Based Management represents the future of business education.

Dr. Eric Barends, Managing Director, Center for Evidence-Based Management, Netherlands

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  • Students must complete the verified versions of each course, and achieve a grade of 70% or more in the final capstone exam to qualify for entry into one of the ANU on-campus programs.

  • It is possible to transfer between ANU programs after enrolling, however, there is no guarantee that the new program will recognize the full credit offered by the pathway programs.

  • The credit arrangements only relate to the listed ANU on-campus programs. Students can apply for credit into another ANU degree, or at one of the MOOC credit sharing partners listed, but credit is not guaranteed, and each case will be evaluated on its own merit.

  • In the majority of cases, it is expected that qualifying students will use the credit to eliminate the need to undertake the on-campus equivalent courses comprising the ANUx Evidence-Based Management MicroMasters program.

  • Qualifying students will be given 24 units of credit within one of the ANU on-campus programs offered by the Research School of Management.

  • Students will be required to attend an authorized exam center to undertake the final capstone exam. An online invigilated examination is not currently available for this MicroMasters program, but may be introduced at a later date.

  • While the final exam has not yet been set, we expect that it will be around three hours in duration.

  • While the final exam has not yet been set, we expect that it will involve a mix of multiple choice, short answer and case study questions to assess understanding of the learning outcomes in all courses comprising the ANUx Evidence-Based Management MicroMasters program.

  • The exams at the end of each course will be online multiple choice examinations and will only cover material from within the relevant course. The final capstone exam will be a formally invigilated exam that assesses learning from across all courses comprising the ANUx Evidence-Based Management MicroMasters program.

  • Students must enroll in the verified versions of all courses and complete all tasks in these courses and achieve a mark of 70% in the final exam for each course.

  • The ANUx Evidence-Based Management MicroMasters program is a graduate level program. It is recommended that students have completed a Bachelor’s degree and have a basic understanding of business statistics.

  • Unfortunately, learners from one or more of the following countries or regions will not be able to register for this program: Iran, Cuba and the Crimea region of Ukraine. While edX has sought licenses from the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) to offer our courses to learners in these countries and regions, the licenses we have received are not broad enough to allow us to offer this program in all locations. EdX truly regrets that U.S. sanctions prevent us from offering all of our courses to everyone, no matter where they live.

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